Windhoek

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Windhoek

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Description

"A pretty little town filled with the air of European appeal await all who travel to Windhoek. The capital city is located almost exactly in the middle of Namibia and is watched over by both the mighty Auas and Eros mountain ranges.

Many of the city’s streets are lined with the memories of a bygone era and the tall German architecturally influenced buildings nestle seamlessly between the Eurocentric sprawl of sidewalk cafes, bustling shops, bakeries, and chocolatiers. As a pedestrian precinct, many places of interest may be easily accessed and reached simply by strolling through the city’s centre.

Windhoek might be a quaint little town and the gateway to all things Namibia, but the city has some unique jewels to offer its guests. Within the city; cultural and historical allure surrounds sites such as Christuskirche, Tintenpalast and Alte Feste Museum.

A blend of cosmopolitan flair and leisure buzzes through the Kalahari Casino, and the Windhoek Golf and Country Club is home to a world-class championship 18-hole golf course; boasting activities such as tennis, flight excursions, brewery tours, and tandem skydiving."

Access Details

Mainly serviced by Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek has many chartered flights to Eros Airport as well. Flights are scheduled daily to Windhoek from London, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Maun.

Suggested Stay Details

Windhoek has a climate that is semi-arid. July to September is generally classified as the dry season with mild temperatures rarely dropping below 0 during night fall.

Rainy season peaks in January to March and during this time, days are very hot, humid and wet. April to June and October to December are generally pleasant with mild temperatures and little rainfall.

Type of Experience

"Only 20km outside the city of Windhoek, you can discover the countryside on horseback, explore craft markets in Post Street Mall, central Windhoek or seek bargains at the craft market in Okahanja.

City surrounded by Aus Mountains, so there are nearby games farms to visit. Most travellers just overnight in Windhoek on their way to other destinations, flying out from Eros airport outside city centre, by light aircraft.

Windhoek Country club has accommodation, casino, 18 hole golf course, tennis and squash courts. From Windhoek traveler can organise tours for Game drives and viewing, Sand boarding, Dune boarding, Hot springs, Golf, Horse riding, Hiking, Walking, Bird watching, cultural tours, township tours, sky diving and brewery tours.

Windhoek famous for German bakeries, chocolatiers and smoked meats.

CULTURE AND HISTORY: Tour the city of Windhoek and visit the Christuskirche; a Lutheran church that boasts some of the finest architecture designed during the German colonialism. Predominantly built in the style of neo-gothic dating back to 1896 with elements of art nouveau, the church only opened its doors in 1910.

The Tintenpalast was build between 1912 and 1913 and was the administrative hub of the German colonial government, but now houses Namibia’s National Assembly. Alte Feste Museum was established in 1890 and is known to be the oldest building in the city."

Infrastructure

Windhoek is a Namibia’s capital city, and as such, it is the country’s economic, cultural and social hub. The city is well maintained and has a good transport network.

Conference centers are equipped to meet the needs of the international business traveler and the accommodation rangers from historic hotels to guesthouse, all exuding elegance, charm and luxury.

Geography

The city is located on the northern slopes of the highlands, as such, it consist largely of slops and hills with rocky mountain ranges surrounding its southern regions.

History

"Namibia was declared as a German protectorate in 1884 as part of German South West Africa. Major Curt von Franèois was sent by Germany to lead the Schutztruppe, a protective corps unit, to maintain rule and establish order. His garrison was stationed at Windhoek.

In 1890, present-day Windhoek was founded by Von Franèois after the foundation stone of Alte Fest was laid. In 1907, the city saw a large influx of European settlers from Germany as well as South Africa. During the time, the three castles of Heinitzburg, Sanderburg and Schwerinsberg were built too.

After World War I, South Africa occupied Windhoek in 1915 on behalf of the British Empire, which resulted in the end of German colonial rule. During this time, the development of Windhoek and surrounding areas came to a standstill, gaining momentum only after World War II in 1955. In 1990, Namibia was granted independence from South Africa and Windhoek was declared its capital."

Activities & Highlights

"GOLF: Windhoek Golf and Country Club is truly a lush valley of greenery and beauty. Laid out in two returning 9-hole circuits, the gold course is back dropped by the Auas Mountains. An oasis to all leisure guests, the Windhoek Golf and Country Club offers exclusivity, tranquilly and charm.

CRAFTS AND MARKETS: The Namibian Craft Centre is situated in an old breweries building on Tal Street and showcases the work of thousands of craft makers and artists. Look out for Caprivian pots and original handmade African delicates such as outfits, woven baskets and wood carvings. The open air market of Post St. Mall is a vibrant display of handmade crafts. Here you will get to see the Herero women proudly adorned in their traditional Victorian dress.

SPA: The Olive Grove Guesthouse offers the ideal opportunity to blissfully unwind, relax and rejuvenate. With so much to choice from, your spa day might extend a little longer than a single day. Hot stone massages, Swedish and holistic head massages, reflexology and even shiatsu massages are on offer. For those who need a little extra pampering, the spa offers facials, manicures and pedicures as well as lash and brow tinting."



Season Travel Details

Windhoek has a climate that is semi-arid. July to September is generally classified as the dry season with mild temperatures rarely dropping below 0 during night fall.

Rainy season peaks in January to March and during this time, days are very hot, humid and wet. April to June and October to December are generally pleasant with mild temperatures and little rainfall.

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