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Where in the world: Africa  /  Namibia  /  Khomas Region  /  Windhoek

Top 15 things to do in Windhoek

1. Christuskirche

Located in the city's historic center, Christuskirche represents an example of Gothic Revival architecture, built between 1907 and 1910 and accented with Art Nouveau elements. The church boasts a spire made from quartz sandstone, while part of its roof and three bronze bells were sent from Germany. The stained glass windows, a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II, remain the building's major feature.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Christuskirche

2. Safaris

Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $120 › Learn more about Safaris

3. Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve

Head to the Namibian highlands and explore over 40 sq km (15 sq mi) of the country's wilderness at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve. The nature park shelters a wide array of animals, including springbok, blue wildebeest, and mountain zebras. There are also over 200 bird species here, including endemic Ruppell's parrots, Monteiro's hornbills, and white-tailed shrikes. Walking through the park is encouraged, as there are no large predators here. You can stay overnight at one of 19 luxury chalets or 12 campsites on offer. For shorter visits, there is a 6 km (3.7 mi) game route, plus two hiking trails.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $142 › Learn more about Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve

4. Half-Day Windhoek City and Township Cultural Tour

FROM $30
This 3-hour tour will give you a stunning view over Windhoek from the famous Lover’s Hill while you get to know the comprehensive history of Windhoek and Namibia from colonial era to modern day. Visit the Christ Church, Ink Palace, Parliament Gardens, and the Old Fort before heading into the township of Katutura to meet the people, taste of local delicacies and learn the history of Windhoek and it's people.
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $30 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. NamibRand Nature Reserve

Feel at one with nature as you explore over 2,020 sq km (779 sq mi) of NamibRand Nature Reserve. You can explore the protected area on foot, in a cross-country vehicle, or via a hot air balloon. Accommodations in the form of lodges and campsites provide a chance to spend longer in the wilderness and experience the region after dark.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $945 › Learn more about NamibRand Nature Reserve

6. National Museum of Namibia

Learn about Namibia’s rich history, from ancient, eye-catching rock art to the epic struggle for independence in 1990 at National Museum of Namibia, a museum with two display centers located in Alte Feste and Owela, some 600 m (1,968 ft) apart. Admire the tall, modernist arch with a statue of Namibia’s first president in Robert Mugabe Avenue, and understand the history behind the country's colonial and UN-mandated prison system. Housed in Windhoek’s oldest surviving building, an old German fort dating back to 1890, the museum details the history of the nation's liberation struggle. A collection of photographs and documents detail early resistance against colonialism, while Owela has over 1.5 million fossils, geological specimens, and ethnographic artifacts.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $30 › Learn more about National Museum of Namibia

7. Namibia Craft Centre

Browse the stalls for Namibian handicrafts at Namibia Craft Centre. Around 38 vendors sell items from rural communities, ethnic groups, and humanitarian projects all across Namibia. Choose among gifts and souvenirs ranging from jewelry to carved tree roots. The center supports Namibian small enterprises in their fight against poverty, and utilization of Namibian natural resources through eco-friendly products and sustainable production. To that end, only 10 percent of goods sold here can be from other countries, and all goods must come from the African continent. Sample fresh Namibian food, plus reputedly the best cheesecake and apple crumble in the city.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $103 › Learn more about Namibia Craft Centre

8. 6-Day Dunes and Wildlife Accommodated Safari from Windhoek

FROM $1,319
For those with limited time available, this fully accommodated combination of Sossusvlei & Etosha is the perfect choice. Overnight in well located lodges in and near Etosha National Park and outside Namib Naukluft National Park and includes 1 night at Swakopmund in between. You will be able to experience the amazing sand dune sea of the Namib and Sossusvlei region as well as Etosha National Park, renowned as one of the best game reserves in Africa.
Tours from $1,319 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Okapuka Ranch

Experience African wildlife at Okapuka Ranch, a lodge and a zoo offering game safaris, lion feedings, and day tours. The ranch is home to white rhinos, crocodiles, various antelopes, and lions. With 18 thatched roof rooms, the place is a popular venue for conferences and corporate team-building. There is a bar carved out of camel thorn tree from which you can sip a drink and watch the bush rising toward the mountain. This setting reflects a bygone era, as decor includes wall paintings by a local artist and hand-woven rugs with wool from indigenous sheep.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $5,940 › Learn more about Okapuka Ranch

10. Parliament Gardens

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $14 › Learn more about Parliament Gardens

11. Heroes Acre

Situated south of Windhoek, Heroes Acre is a war memorial dedicated to the national heroes of Namibia. Take the stairs to get close to the monument and enjoy panoramic views over the city as you pay your respects to those who died fighting for their country. Sense the history embedded in the tombstones of the fallen comrades during battles over the years, then reflect on the memorial with a drink at the nearby coffee shop.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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12. 10-Day Namibia Hightlights Guided Tour from Windhoek

FROM $3,112
See the top Namibian attractions on this accommodated guided tour: the Namib Desert, Solitaire, Sossusvlei (the 'Sea of Sand' UNESCO World Heritage), Namib-Naukluft Park, Dead Vlei, Swakopmund, Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings (UNESCO World Heritage), Damara "Living Museum', Etosha National Park.
Tours from $3,112 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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14. National Botanic Garden of Namibia

Nestled on the slopes of a hill, National Botanic Garden of Namibia offers an insight into the flora Africa's driest region south of the Sahara. Spreading over 11 hectares (27 acres), the garden is colored with shades of beige, brown, and olive tones and unlandscaped for the most part. It features walking trails with labeled plants, a rockery, a desert house, and a nursery with a collection of endangered and rare succulents. Pay attention to the thick white trunks of two Phantom trees as you approach the steps leading into the garden proper. Visit the desert house around noon to watch flowers open.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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15. Windhoek City Tour

FROM $32
This comprehensive 3-4 hour Windhoek City Tour tour gives the visitor an overview of the historical sites in the center of Windhoek as well as an overview of the Katutura township where the majority of the city’s residents live.
Suggested duration: 3h
Tours from $32 › More about this tour at viator.com ›