Windhoek is the charming and bustling capital of Namibia, lies in the heart of the country and is the start and end of most journeys through this diverse country. The capital impresses with some remarkable monuments that draw attention to the German colonial era, such as the Christuskirche, the Alte Fester and the Tintenpalast (name and seat of government). The worth seeing Windhoek station was built in 1912 and combines in its architecture Wilhelmine as well as Art Nouveau elements in itself. Otherwise, Windhoek offers small shopping malls, beautiful cafes and craft markets.
- Area to stayNamibia with 824,292 Square Km (318, 259 sq mi). Located on the Southwestern coast of Africa, Namibia borders South Africa in the south and Botswana in the east and Zambia and Angola in the north.
- Population:Slightly more than 2.3 million
- Capital City:Windhoek
- Language:English, German, Oshiwambo, Afrikaans, Rukwangari, Silozi, Otjiherero, Damara, Nama, Khisan and Setswana.
- Currency:the Namibia dollar (NS); the South Africa Rand and the Namibia Dollar are the only legal currencries in Namibia; they are the only currencies that can be used to purchase goods and services.
- Time Zone:Summer time: GMT + 2 hours from the 1st Sunday in September to the 1st Sunday in April. Winter time: GMT + 1 hour from the 1st Sunday in April to the 1st Sunday in September.
- Electricity:220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Outlets are of the three-pin type.
- VisasPlease check the visa requirements before your visit. For more information please visit http://www.gov.na/visas.
Windhoek – Cozy capital
Climate and Seasons
Just like Namibia is full of contrasting geographical landscapes, similar climatic differences do apply depending on the location you are in.
Although covered by the Namib, one of the world’s driest deserts, Namibia’s climate is generally dry and pleasant. Through the year, the Benguella constantly keeps the coast cool and free of rain. During January and February, daytime temperatures in the interior can exceed 40c (104 ), whereas nights are usually cool. It rains from November to April.
The bottom line
Namibia is a year-round destination. Just pack accordingly.