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The Best Things to Do in Windhoek

If you’re en route to one of Namibia’s incredible attractions like the Sossusvlei or Etosha National Park, there’s a good chance you’re flying into Hosea Kutako International Airport outside Windhoek.

Instead of rushing off to your next destination, why not spend some time in this modern, inviting city and discover some of these awesome things to do in Windhoek.

Relax at Arebbusch Travel Lodge

Pop into Windhoek’s only officially recognized rest camp for a pizza, a freshly baked slice of cake, or a cocktail with a side of birdwatching. This peaceful, natural environment, just outside the city offers a relaxed ambiance which attracts numerous avian species.

Once you’ve had a taste of this tranquility on tap, you’re bound to want more, so why not spend the night, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and spend the afternoon relaxing around the pool, cocktail in hand.

Get Informed at the National Museum of Namibia

Enjoy insights into Namibian culture at two fascinating display centers, free of charge. The Alte Fest Museum highlight’s Namibia’s colonial and recent history, while the Owela Museum takes a deep dive into the country’s natural past and traditional cultural riches.

You’ll find most of the exhibits in the Museum ACRE, on Robert Mugabe Avenue.

Marvel at the Christuskirche

Nearby, the Christuskirche towers above the intersection of Fidel Castro Street opposite the Tintenpalast. This 1900’s building presents beautifully preserved examples of art nouveau, Gothic Revival and neo-Romanesque architecture.

Spend some time admiring its heights and delving into this history of this landmark building.

Travel Back in Time at the Trans-Namib Railroad Museum

This small museum makes up for its size by transporting you back in time to the history of travel in days gone by. Absorb yourself in the equipment, maps, and locomotive from the days of colonialism and South African administration for an in-depth look at how things were done in days of yore.

Pay Your Respects at Heroes Acre

Heroes Acre echoes with a solemn essence of sacrifices made by those who helped to build the Namibia of today. The main things to see here are the towering monument of the ‘unknown soldier’’, the eternal flame that burns 24/7, a carved relief of the ‘’struggle’’, and the onsite restaurant and pavilion.

Gibeon meteorites

Check out these rare prehistoric space rocks on display at the Post Street Mall. These chunks of rock fell to Earth millions of years ago and were used by the local folk of Gibeon village to make tools until their unusual origin came to light. Today they’re proudly on display for everyone to marvel at.

Go Go-Karting

There’s more to Windhoek than historic sights and cultural experiences. You can also have plenty of good clean fun with a host of activities around town. Go-karting is a thrilling pastime for adrenaline junkies of all ages.

Windhoek Go Karting is an open-air venue with custom-made kiddies’ carts, imported vehicles for adults and a bar and restaurant on site.

Get a Workout While Trampolining

Plant Aero offers a host of entertaining ways to get fit while having fun. Trampolining is an excellent exercise and offers entertainment for the whole family with parkour, dodgeball, and slam dunk versions available at this excellent indoor venue.

Challenge Your Family at Bowling

The Maerua Mall is a hotspot of shopping, dining and fun and bowling is one of the highlights of a visit here. Bowling is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion and the venue offers regular specials to make it affordable for all.

Get in a Game of Glow in the Dark Putt-Putt

Indoor mini golf at the Maerua Mall is a great way to spend a family evening out, and it’s even more fun when it’s a glow in the dark version. What’s more, this 18-hole course also has sensors and interactive objects to take your round to the next level.

Feel Welcomed on a Katatura Township Tour

Meet some of Windhoek’s friendly locals on their own turf with this novel excursion into township life. Here you’ll bump into a wide variety of different cultures and get to explore the ‘Single Quarters’ market where you’ll dine on delicious local meats seasoned to perfection and cooked over an open fire.

Get Back to Nature While Horseback Riding

Exhilarating rides into the Eros Mountains are great for all levels of riders. With Equitrails you’ll find calm, well-trained horses and expert guides to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable excursion into the wilderness, just 15 minutes outside of Windhoek.

Sample Excellence on a Beer Tour

Everybody knows Windhoek’s wonderful beer, but few get to see how it’s made. Now you can be one of the many tourists who get to see the whole process first-hand. These tours take you into the heart of Namibia Breweries Limited so you can witness the true art of brewing the purest beer according to traditions dating back to the 1500s.

Enjoy the National Botanic Garden of Namibia

The National Botanic Garden of Namibia welcomes guests every weekday from 8am to 5pm. You’re welcome to explore the bountiful gardens at your leisure, discovering Namibia’s wonderful floral abundance at your own pace.

Guided walks are also available via prior arrangement.

Shop at the Namibia Craft Centre

The Namibia Craft Centre is your go-to for authentic African curios and gifts. The center consists of over 40 women-owned and community-driven enterprises, all hailing from nearby rural areas.

When you’re there, don’t miss the chance to stock up on quality handcrafted goods from Ethnic Africa Crafts, one of the best shops in the complex. You’ll find the Craft Centre in the Old Breweries Complex on Tal Street.

Enjoy Quality Time at iFun Family Park

If you’ve still got energy for more family fun, the iFun Family Park is a state-of-the-art water park and playground aimed at children, but great for all ages. It’s the perfect way to relax and unwind after a morning spent exploring the sights in the warm Namibian weather.

Take up the Challenge at the Action Arena

If you find a few hours to spare during your visit to Windhoek, how about filling them with an exciting round of paintball, where you can settle family disputes while having the most fun ever.

This action-packed game brings out the competitive streak in everyone and is a must-do while you’re in town.

More Things to Do in Windhoek

Whether this is your first or your last visit to the city, you’re sure to find much to entertain and amaze you in Windhoek. If you’d like more information on how to make the most of your travels around Namibia keep browsing our website or get in touch for more information.

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The Best Things to Do in Windhoek

If you’re en route to one of Namibia’s incredible attractions like the Sossusvlei or Etosha National Park, there’s a good chance you’re flying into Hosea Kutako International Airport outside Windhoek.

Instead of rushing off to your next destination, why not spend some time in this modern, inviting city and discover some of these awesome things to do in Windhoek.

Relax at Arebbusch Travel Lodge

Pop into Windhoek’s only officially recognized rest camp for a pizza, a freshly baked slice of cake, or a cocktail with a side of birdwatching. This peaceful, natural environment, just outside the city offers a relaxed ambiance which attracts numerous avian species.

Once you’ve had a taste of this tranquility on tap, you’re bound to want more, so why not spend the night, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and spend the afternoon relaxing around the pool, cocktail in hand.

Get Informed at the National Museum of Namibia

Enjoy insights into Namibian culture at two fascinating display centers, free of charge. The Alte Fest Museum highlight’s Namibia’s colonial and recent history, while the Owela Museum takes a deep dive into the country’s natural past and traditional cultural riches.

You’ll find most of the exhibits in the Museum ACRE, on Robert Mugabe Avenue.

Marvel at the Christuskirche

Nearby, the Christuskirche towers above the intersection of Fidel Castro Street opposite the Tintenpalast. This 1900’s building presents beautifully preserved examples of art nouveau, Gothic Revival and neo-Romanesque architecture.

Spend some time admiring its heights and delving into this history of this landmark building.

Travel Back in Time at the Trans-Namib Railroad Museum

This small museum makes up for its size by transporting you back in time to the history of travel in days gone by. Absorb yourself in the equipment, maps, and locomotive from the days of colonialism and South African administration for an in-depth look at how things were done in days of yore.

Pay Your Respects at Heroes Acre

Heroes Acre echoes with a solemn essence of sacrifices made by those who helped to build the Namibia of today. The main things to see here are the towering monument of the ‘unknown soldier’’, the eternal flame that burns 24/7, a carved relief of the ‘’struggle’’, and the onsite restaurant and pavilion.

Gibeon meteorites

Check out these rare prehistoric space rocks on display at the Post Street Mall. These chunks of rock fell to Earth millions of years ago and were used by the local folk of Gibeon village to make tools until their unusual origin came to light. Today they’re proudly on display for everyone to marvel at.

Go Go-Karting

There’s more to Windhoek than historic sights and cultural experiences. You can also have plenty of good clean fun with a host of activities around town. Go-karting is a thrilling pastime for adrenaline junkies of all ages.

Windhoek Go Karting is an open-air venue with custom-made kiddies’ carts, imported vehicles for adults and a bar and restaurant on site.

Get a Workout While Trampolining

Plant Aero offers a host of entertaining ways to get fit while having fun. Trampolining is an excellent exercise and offers entertainment for the whole family with parkour, dodgeball, and slam dunk versions available at this excellent indoor venue.

Challenge Your Family at Bowling

The Maerua Mall is a hotspot of shopping, dining and fun and bowling is one of the highlights of a visit here. Bowling is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion and the venue offers regular specials to make it affordable for all.

Get in a Game of Glow in the Dark Putt-Putt

Indoor mini golf at the Maerua Mall is a great way to spend a family evening out, and it’s even more fun when it’s a glow in the dark version. What’s more, this 18-hole course also has sensors and interactive objects to take your round to the next level.

Feel Welcomed on a Katatura Township Tour

Meet some of Windhoek’s friendly locals on their own turf with this novel excursion into township life. Here you’ll bump into a wide variety of different cultures and get to explore the ‘Single Quarters’ market where you’ll dine on delicious local meats seasoned to perfection and cooked over an open fire.

Get Back to Nature While Horseback Riding

Exhilarating rides into the Eros Mountains are great for all levels of riders. With Equitrails you’ll find calm, well-trained horses and expert guides to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable excursion into the wilderness, just 15 kilometers outside of Windhoek.

Sample Excellence on a Beer Tour

Everybody knows Windhoek’s wonderful beer, but few get to see how it’s made. Now you can be one of the many tourists who get to see the whole process first-hand. These tours take you into the heart of Namibia Breweries Limited so you can witness the true art of brewing the purest beer according to traditions dating back to the 1500s.

Enjoy the National Botanic Garden of Namibia

The National Botanic Garden of Namibia welcomes guests every weekday from 8am to 5pm. You’re welcome to explore the bountiful gardens at your leisure, discovering Namibia’s wonderful floral abundance at your own pace.

Guided walks are also available via prior arrangement.

Shop at the Namibia Craft Centre

The Namibia Craft Centre is your go-to for authentic African curios and gifts. The center consists of over 40 women-owned and community-driven enterprises, all hailing from nearby rural areas.

When you’re there, don’t miss the chance to stock up on quality handcrafted goods from Ethnic Africa Crafts, one of the best shops in the complex. You’ll find the Craft Centre in the Old Breweries Complex on Tal Street.

Enjoy Quality Time at iFun Family Park

If you’ve still got energy for more family fun, the iFun Family Park is a state-of-the-art water park and playground aimed at children, but great for all ages. It’s the perfect way to relax and unwind after a morning spent exploring the sights in the warm Namibian weather.

Take up the Challenge at the Action Arena

If you find a few hours to spare during your visit to Windhoek, how about filling them with an exciting round of paintball, where you can settle family disputes while having the most fun ever.

This action-packed game brings out the competitive streak in everyone and is a must-do while you’re in town.

More Things to Do in Windhoek

Whether this is your first or your last visit to the city, you’re sure to find much to entertain and amaze you in Windhoek. If you’d like more information on how to make the most of your travels around Namibia keep browsing our website or get in touch for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Windhoek:

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Windhoek boasts a number of wonderful things to see and do, such as visiting The Christuskirche, doing some shopping at the Namibia Craft Centre, going on a horse ride, doing some bird-watching and eating pizza at Arebbusch Travel Lodge and going on a beer tour, but to name a few. To fit all of this in, we suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Windhoek.

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Windhoek is well-known for a number of reasons. It the capital city of Namibia. It has a bustling nightlife, shopping, fashion, art and eatery scene. It was founded in 1890 and it contains a number of landmarks of historical and cultural significance. It is surrounded by beautiful nature on all sides. Its geographical location – it is located in the middle of Namibia, so it acts as a central hub for people from all corners of the country. Namibia’s primary international airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport  is located a mere 45 kilometers east of Windhoek.

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When visiting any foreign country it is a good idea to take a few sensible pre-cautions. Keep your valuables out of sight and preferably locked away in a hotel room safe. If you can, go out in groups and look out for each other. Only make use of registered transfer service providers for transport. If you want to go out at night, get advice from your hotels front desk first.

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Windhoek is most certainly worth visiting. Windhoek boasts a number of attractions of historical and cultural significance, such as the The Christuskirche as well as activities such as bird-watching, township tours and even horse rides. Windhoek also has a number of top restaurants and shopping experiences to offer visitors such as The Grove Mall of Namibia and The Namibia Craft Centre.

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The most popular things to do with children in Windhoek are as follows:

1. Horseback riding
2. Go-Karting
3. Birdwatching
4. Play Paintball
5. iFun Family Park
6. Indoor trampolining
7. Glow in the dark putt putt

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The best outdoor activities in Windhoek are as follows:

1. Birdwatching
2. Horseback riding
3. Go-Karting
4. Playing paintball
5. Going on a Katatura Township Tour

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The top attractions to visit in Windhoek are as follows:

1. Namibia Craft Centre
2. National Museum of Namibia
3. Arebbusch Travel Lodge
4. The Christuskirche
5. Trans-Namib Railroad Museum
6. National Botanic Garden of Namibia

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