How to Spend 1 Day in Windhoek
Most travelers tend to pass through Windhoek on their way to Namibia’s national parks, but the capital city is more than just a stepping stone. With some planning, you can get an overview of the city’s history and culture in just 24 hours. Here’s how.
Morning: Hit the Highlights
Begin your day with a city tour to get your bearings in Windhoek; take advantage of tours that include hotel pickup to avoid having to find a meeting point. Tours allow you to benefit from the background knowledge of a guide as you tick off historical highlights such as Christ Church, Alte Feste, and Tintenpalast. After your orientation, widen your perspective during a visit to Katutura’s local markets for a taste of Namibian street food. Some itineraries also stop at a local NGO for insight into Windhoek’s past and future.
Afternoon: Nature Near the City
Discover Windhoek’s natural surrounds on an afternoon tour to a nature reserve, which proves ideal for time-constrained travelers. Sanctuaries such as Okapuka Ranch, Düsternbrook Guest Farm, Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, and Naankuse Lodge offer nature trails and game drives, and increase your chances of spotting native wildlife without requiring you to travel deep into the Namibian countryside. Typically, half-day tours include round-trip transfers from your hotel, which saves you the stress of car hire.
Night: Namibian Nightlife
Whether you’re after quiet drinks in the city or an after-dark soirée, Windhoek has it all. The Boiler Room is among Windhoek’s trendiest spaces, offering music, drinks, and dancing well into the wee hours. If you’re after something swankier, the hotels and restaurants around Windhoek Central provide plenty of upscale options, while Katutura’s Eveline Street is a lively local hotspot.