10 Best Things To Do In Windhoek, Namibia

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Everyone talks about the resemblance between Namibia and Germany although Namibia stopped being a German colony a century ago. It is, however, true. Most buildings in the city center of Windhoek are inspired from German architecture. The story does change a little once you get out of the center and head towards the suburbs or township, as they’re called by the locals. The contrasts are sometimes high. Still, there are a few things you should definitely not miss while in Windhoek.

1. Learn about the history of Namibia by visiting the Independence Memorial

Windhuk Independence Memorial Museum
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Zairon used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Independence Memorial is a large building with an imposing statue of Sam Nujoma (Namibia’s first president) in front of it. The building presents a summary of the history of Namibia, focusing mostly on the struggle for independence. For someone new to the subject, the information is very interesting and a good learning opportunity. Another nice aspect of the building is the glass elevator on the side which provides an impressive view over Windhoek. You can plan about 1, maximum 2 hours for visiting it. It’s free entrance. Should you want to enjoy a meal with a view after your visit, there’s a restaurant on the last floor of the building.

Independence Memorial

Address: Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek, Namibia

Website: Independence Memorial

2. See rock reproductions at National Museum of Namibia

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Posted by National Museum of Namibia on Wednesday, 19 November 2014

National Museum of Namibia covers a wider range of historical and cultural facts about Namibia. Maybe the best part of the museum is the exhibition related to rock art sites. There are good reproductions and comprehensive historical facts. Another exhibition worth mentioning is the independence struggle of the country. You will also be able to see many artifacts.

National Museum of Namibia

Address: Robert Mugabe Ave City Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

Website: National Museum of Namibia

3. Have kapana in Katutura

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Posted by Henock Yakasita on Thursday, 4 September 2014

Kapana is traditional Namibian grill steak. You can find it at almost every corner if you head to Katutura Township. The meat is tender and locals have it with spicy barbecue spice and onion salad. If you have it with a Windhoek draft beer, you’ll blend in with the locals in no time.

Kapana

Address: Katutura Township, Windhoek, Namibia

4. Visit Christuskirche Windhoek

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Source: Photo by user Harald Süpfle used under CC BY-SA 2.5

This unusual Lutheran Church is the most famous landmark in Windhoek. Sometimes it is even used as a symbol for the city. Initially, it was named “Church of Peace” as it was finished in 1910 after the war between Germans and some of the local tribes was finished.

Christuskirche Windhoek

Address: Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek, Namibia

5. Sing karaoke in Warehouse on Tuesdays

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Posted by Sally Jason on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Warehouse is a cool place to hang out with friends for a beer. It’s the place where locals mingle with expats and tourists. Since it’s very social, the conversation flows and it’s easy to make new friends. Every Tuesday, it’s karaoke night in Warehouse, so start your week off by singing. The atmosphere is very lively and the songs usually very cheesy.

Warehouse Theatre

Address: Tal Street, Windhoek, Namibia

Website: Warehouse Theatre

6. National Gallery of Namibia

Posted by National Art Gallery of Namibia on Monday, 27 March 2017

A state-owned institution, National Gallery of Namibia is aiming at promoting local visual and cultural arts. They have on-going collections, but they also sometimes organize temporary exhibitions. They are also involved in a number of art projects. If you love art, you will enjoy learning more about the style and technique used by local artists. It’s a friendly crowd, open to feedback and new ideas.

National Gallery of Namibia

Address: Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek, Namibia

Website: National Gallery of Namibia

7. Alte feste (Old Fortress)

Alte Feste Windhoek (Aussenansicht)
Source: Photo by user [Unknown] used under CC BY-SA 2.0

This is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Its initial purpose was to accommodate the German military force during colonial times. The building was finished in 1915. After South Africa conquered Windhoek, the building became headquarters for South African soldiers. Nowadays, the building serves as a museum, hosting National Museum of Namibia.

Alte feste (Old Fortress)

Address: Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek, Namibia

8. Take a walk in Daan Viljoen Game reserve

Posted by Rob NA on Saturday, 13 May 2017

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is a good place to escape from the city while still being in the city. There are a few hiking paths available, some shorter, other a bit longer and tourists can move freely in the area. Luckily there aren’t any predators around, but you should be able to see giraffes, antelopes and loads of birds.

Daan Viljoen Game reserve

Address: the hill area of Khomas Hochland

Website: Daan Viljoen Game reserve

9. Heroes’ Acre

The Heroes' Acre is an official war memorial of the Republic of Namibia. It opened on 26 August 2002 and serves as a symbol of patriotism and nationalism.

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Located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away from the city center, Heroes’ Acre was opened in 2002. It depicts the “Unknown Soldier.” It’s a war memorial intended to commemorate national heroes, some of which are buried on the premises. The beautiful view over Windhoek is a nice addition to the visit.

Heroes’ Acre

Address: B1 National Road, Windhoek, Namibia

10. Namibia Craft Center

Posted by Namibia Crafts Centre on Monday, 15 May 2017

Namibia Craft Center is a venue that supports and hosts many Namibian enterprises focused on arts and crafts. This is the place to buy local souvenirs from all parts of Namibia. Omba Gallery displays a collection of paintings by both local and international artists. It is one of the most popular galleries in Windhoek.

Namibia Craft Center

Address: 40 Tal St, Old Breweries Complex, Windhoek, Namibia

Website: Namibia Craft center

Learn about a young country with an old history

While passing by Namibia for its wonderful and very diverse landscapes, it’s sure worth it to try and learn as much as possible about its culture and history. You might be able to understand better the struggles faced by this young country with a strong personality. So don’t hesitate to enter all museums you encounter on the way and do ask many questions.

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