by Club KLM
Windhoek – Visit The Historical And Cultural Site Of Africa
Windhoek is based on Khomas Highland plateau positioned in central Namibia at 1,700 meters above sea level, 360 km from the Atlantic coastline and 650 km in the North of Orange River. It is the capital of Namibia with a population of about 322, 500. It is the cultural, social, and economic hub of the Centre. Approximately every Namibian business enterprises, Government organizations, and educational institutions have their headquarters in Windhoek.
Windhoek is the entry point and this is the reason that the majority of the visitors touring Namibia begins their safari adventure from this ideal spot. The weather is friendly with semi-arid climate suitable for tourists. The days are warm and nights are cool all around the year with summer temperature 20°C and winter temperature 5 to 18°C.
Traveling can be possible by train, road and airways. Hosea Kutako is the international airport located 42 km east from the center of the city. The Eros airport positioned on the south deals with domestic flights. Air Namibia is the national flight carrier. The main bus station is Intercape Mainliner that runs to and fro from the Cape Town. Railway line connects Windhoek with Rehoboth, Mariental, Keetmanshoop, Tsumeb, Otjiwaronjo and many other places.
The population in Windhoek is roughly 200,000 people, which is developing continuously because of unemployment in rural regions. Even though there is an increase in the population, it is exceptionally clean and trouble free.
German styled buildings are seen in the city that proudly highlight Namibia’s colonial past. Alte Feste, Christuskirche and Tintenpalast are the oldest buildings, which house spectacular memorabilia and pictures of the early royal period. Other surviving buildings are the Trans-Namib Railway Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. George’s Cathedral, National Art Gallery, and more. Exploring each of these remarkable wonders on a day tour offers an insight in the history of Namibia and its transformation into an independent state.
Namibia safari commences in Windhoek and takes you to the attractive Daan Viljoen, a game park in the west. Other sights include kudu, gemsbok, mountain Zebra, warthog, and springs bok. Day tours made at the Zoo Park are also fascinating because you will be able to see the rare sight of an elephant fossil from the Stone Age that is 5000 years ago.
You can shop an array of African crafts, gifts and souvenirs from the Post Street Mall, an open air bazaar. Penduks Craft Village situated in Katutura supports rural women throughout the country and you can support these women by purchasing an item or two from there.
Windhoek has lots of accommodation options from luxury hotels to budget guesthouses to self-catering accommodations. There are plenty of restaurants waiting to serve tourists with delicious cuisines and among them the most popular is Am Winberg and Hoe’s Beerhouse. The local restaurant La Marmaite is well-known for its African dishes. You can enjoy the fine West African melodies and contemporary music at Club Thriller.
You can have a safari tour planned around Windhoek, which is surprisingly settled and organized capital city with plenty of delving in the colonial period.