Most trips to Namibia start and end in Windhoek. There’s not denying that it’s not exactly full of things to do, and many spend as little time as possible here. However, for those willing to give it a go – you might well be pleasantly surprised.
One of the main attractions in the area is the Daan Viljoen Game Park. Located around 18 km from Windhoek, this gorgeous park is situated in the Khomas Hochland and is home to a wide range of wildlife. Here, you’ll have the chance to spot the likes of mountain zebras, springboks, kudus and warthogs to name just a few. As well as mammals, it also acts as home to over 200 species of bird, including some of the rarer species such as the pin-tailed whydah and green-backed heron. If you’re a bird enthusiast, you will find plenty here!
The Zoo Park is another popular place to visit, however its name is a little misleading as it stopped serving as a public zoo back in 1962. Nowadays, people choose to come here to sit in the shade of the towering trees with a spot of lunch; a great place to take a breather from the sunshine and the hustle and bustle. The site of the park was once where an elephant hunt took place around 500 years ago, and during the 1960s a number of elephant remains were discovered. Paying tribute to this piece of history, a large elephant statue stands within the park.
If you’re keen to learn more about the history and culture of the city, you should visit Christuskirche, one of Windhoek’s best-known landmarks. This German church overlooks the entire city and is one of the area’s primary landmarks. It was built in 1907 and offers a mixture of gothic and art nouveau architectural styles, making it a striking sight and a firm favourite amongst visitors.
Other attractions include the Heinitzburg Castle, which is home to a top-class restaurant and hotel; and the National Museum of Namibia which provides plenty of in-depth information on the history of the region.
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