Namibia

Windhoek & Central Namibia

Candice Buchan
Candice Buchan Africa Product Manager
"Namibia is so different to the African bush – I loved its desert hues and the animals that struggle so hard to overcome the harsh climate."

Windhoek & Central Namibia Holidays

Windhoek

Namibia’s capital is a small relaxed town of approximately 200,000 population in a valley flanked by the Auas and Eros mountains in the exact centre of Namibia. It is a well-organised and tidy city, with German and South African architecture and town planning, now overlaid with a modern African culture. It is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century; African drums and wood carvings from the north displayed on pavements vie with elegant shops offering sophisticated Swakara garments and Namibian gemstones, set in individually-designed pieces of jewellery. While some shops display clothing, silver and glassware imported from Europe, others offer casual and colourful clothes from West Africa.

Windhoek's sidewalk cafés are a special feature, where Namibian-style breakfasts known as Frühschoppen can be enjoyed with a glass of chilled, sparkling wine or draught beer. Namibia's excellent range of locally brewed beers can be savoured at several traditional beer gardens. In addition to steak houses and coffee bars selling snacks, the city has a wide range of á la carte restaurants serving international cuisine, including German, French, Korean, Italian, Spanish, African, Greek, Portuguese and Chinese.

The main street is Independence Avenue, previously Kaiser Street. The Post Street Mall has a large number of shops and boutiques, and is a favoured spot for street vendors selling rural art, African-style clothing, curios and jewellery. There are several interesting historic buildings built by the German between 1890 and 1913, including the Railway Station, the Alte Feste, Gathemann House, the Turnhalle and the Tintinpalast which today houses the National Assembly and the National Council. 

The ‘old location’ was the township for black people on the western outskirts of the former ‘white’ Windhoek. In the late 1950’s, the old location was demolished and the people forcibly moved to the newly-established Katutura and Khomasdal townships. The cemetery, which was upgraded after independence, is situated on Hochland Road. We can arrange a half-day visit to Katutura township.

Our accommodation section  features several nice places to stay in Windhoek itself. We particularly recommend Olive Grove and the Heinitzberg Hotel.

Okonjima & the Africat Foundation

If you don’t want a night in town, head straight out to Okonjima, just two or three hours north on the road to Etosha. It is the home of the conservation charity, Africat Foundation. The Africat Foundation works to conserve Namibia's big cats by working with farmers (farmers are their worst enemy), to protect them and by relocating and rescuing animals, especially leopard and cheetah. Okonjima often provides extraordinary opportunities for observing and photographing these beautiful animals, though, of course, sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Rescued cheetahs no longer stroll across Okonjima's lawns. With the increasing number of lodges holding cheetahs and other wild animals in captivity for entertainment purposes, Okonjima decided to set an example to discourage this practice and by withdrawing the cheetahs from the lawn in front of the lodge.

See our accommodation section for information on the range of lodges at Okonjima.

Waterberg

Towering 200 meters above the surrounding landscape, this massive flat-topped sandstone plateau is Namibia’s Lost World. Its isolation has made it an ideal refuge for Namibia’s endangered species, including rhino, buffalo, sable and roan antelope. It is a fantastic landscape of sheer cliffs, ravines, springs, woodland and grassland; a nature-lover’s paradise with many walking and hiking trails. Over 200 bird species have been recorded, including black eagle. There is a government rest camp here, Bernabe de la Bat, which is currently being upgraded, and the private Waterberg Wilderness Lodge. Either place would make a good beginning or end to your Namibian self-drive adventure.

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Northern Namibia Adventure Camping Safari
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £1950 per person
10 day holiday
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Namibia
This is a good-value, semi-participatory, camping tour that explores the highlights of northern Namibia - Etosha, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast and Swakopmund.
Southern Namibia Camping Safari
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £1950 per person
10 day holiday
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Namibia
A good-value, semi-participatory camping safari that takes in the scenic highlights of the southern Namibia - Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Orange River and Luderitz.
Open Road Self-Drive Namibia safari
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2035 per person
13 day holiday
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Namibia
This two-week, self-drive holiday visits many Namibia's iconic highlights including a safari in Etosha and the dunes of Sossusvlei, staying at comfortable lodges, rest camps and guesthouses.
Self-Drive Roof-Top Camping Holiday
  • Adventure
  • Fly-Drive
From £2199 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
A self-drive, roof-top camping trip is an excellent way for the independent-minded traveller to experience Namibia. Everything you need for a self-sufficient trip is provided.
Delta and Falls
  • Adventure
  • Culture & History
  • Small Group Tours
  • Wildlife
From £2260 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia     Botswana     Zimbabwe
This is a good-value, camping tour that explores the highlights of northern Namibia - the Okavango delta, Chobe National Park and the Majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Pocket-size Northern Namibia Self-Drive
  • Safari
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From £2340 per person
12 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
Limited time but still want to explore some of Namibia's highlights? Then you could consider a shorter trip that focuses on the...
Classic Namibia Self-Drive Holiday
  • Safari
  • Fly-Drive
From £2499 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
Our two-week self-drive tour stays in top quality camps, lodges and guesthouses and you will visit Namibia's most notable highlights including Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei
Delta & Dunes Camping Safari
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £2835 per person
17 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia     Botswana
This semi-participatory camping safari is an excellent introduction to Botswana and Namibia, including the pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta, Bushmanland, the Namib Desert and Etosha.
Namibian Honeymoon Adventure
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari
From £2980 per person
14 day holiday
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Namibia
This Namibian self-drive honeymoon takes in the inspiring Africat project, the world-famous Etosha National Park, the rocky deserts of Damaraland and the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei.
Discover Namibia Lodge-Based Small Group Tour
  • Safari
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From £3050 per person
13 day holiday
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Namibia
This small-group tour visits Namibia's top highlights - Etosha, Damaraland, Swakopmund and Sossusvlei - staying in comfortable guest houses / small hotels and lodges. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 persons.
Namibia Private Camping Safari
  • Family
  • Safari
  • Small Group Tours
From £3435 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia
A new privately guided camping tour that visits Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park, Okonjima and Swakopmund. Suits a group or family of four.
Namibia & Cape Town Experience
  • Adventure
  • Honeymoons
  • Safari
From £4980 per person
14 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia     South Africa
Start your married life exploring the vast landscapes of Namibia and its many highlights including Damaraland and Sossusvlei before jetting off to the 'mother city' for some rest and relaxation.
Namibia & South Africa Train Journey
  • Adventure
  • Culture & History
From £5550 per person
15 day holiday
Flights included
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Namibia     South Africa
Our two week journey by train through South Africa and Namibia takes you to all the magnificent sights of these two destinations, the perfect choice for those who prefer to leave the driving to someone else.
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