The Best Things to Do in Windhoek
If you’re en route to one of Namibia’s incredible attractions like the Sossusvlei or Etosha National Park, there’s a good chance you’re flying into Hosea Kutako International Airport outside Windhoek.
Instead of rushing off to your next destination, why not spend some time in this modern, inviting city and discover some of these awesome things to do in Windhoek.
Relax at Arebbusch Travel Lodge
Pop into Windhoek’s only officially recognized rest camp for a pizza, a freshly baked slice of cake, or a cocktail with a side of birdwatching. This peaceful, natural environment, just outside the city offers a relaxed ambiance which attracts numerous avian species.
Once you’ve had a taste of this tranquility on tap, you’re bound to want more, so why not stay the night, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and spend the afternoon relaxing around the pool, cocktail in hand.
Get Informed at Windhoek’s Museums
No trip to the capital is complete without delving into the past a little. Here’s where to get your historical fix in Windhoek:
The Independence Museum lies alongside the Alte Fest and boasts an eye-catching North Korean socialist realist design. Outside, a bronze statue of Sam Nujoma holding the constitution of Namibia holds pride of place, while you can explore Namibia’s progression from colonialism inside as you explore each level.
The first floor, “Colonial Repression” commemorates the early resistance leaders. You’ll find “Liberation” one floor up, followed by “Road to Independence” on the third floor with its view of the Panoramic Hall.
The National Museum of Namibia
Enjoy insights into Namibian culture at two fascinating display centers, free of charge. The Alte Feste Museum (Old Fortress) highlight’s Namibia’s colonial and recent history, while the Owela Museum takes a deep dive into the country’s natural past and traditional cultural riches.
You’ll find most of the exhibits in the Museum ACRE, on Robert Mugabe Avenue.
Marvel at the Christuskirche
Nearby, the Christuskirche towers above the intersection of Fidel Castro Street opposite the Tintenpalast. This 1900’s building presents beautifully preserved examples of art nouveau, Gothic Revival and neo-Romanesque architecture.
Spend some time admiring its heights and delving into this history of this landmark building.
Travel Back in Time at the Trans-Namib Railroad Museum
This small museum makes up for its size by transporting you back in time to the history of travel in days gone by. Absorb yourself in the equipment, maps, and locomotive from the days of colonialism and South African administration for an in-depth look at how things were done in days of yore.
Pay Your Respects at Heroes Acre
Heroes Acre echoes with a solemn essence of sacrifices made by those who helped to build the Namibia of today. The main things to see here are the towering monument of the ‘unknown soldier’’, the eternal flame that burns 24/7, a carved relief of the ‘’struggle’’, and the onsite restaurant and pavilion.
Check out these rare prehistoric space rocks on display at the Post Street Mall. These chunks of rock fell to Earth millions of years ago and were used by the local folk of Gibeon village to make tools until their unusual origin came to light. Today they’re proudly on display for everyone to marvel at.
There’s more to Windhoek than historic sights and cultural experiences. You can also have plenty of good clean fun with a host of activities around town. Go-karting is a thrilling pastime for adrenaline junkies of all ages.
Windhoek Go Karting is an open-air venue with custom-made kiddies’ carts, imported vehicles for adults and a bar and restaurant on site.
Get a Workout While Trampolining
Plant Aero offers a host of entertaining ways to get fit while having fun. Trampolining is an excellent exercise and offers entertainment for the whole family with parkour, dodgeball, and slam dunk versions available at this excellent indoor venue.
Challenge Your Family at Bowling
The Maerua Mall is a hotspot of shopping, dining and fun, and bowling is one of the highlights of a visit here. Bowling is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion and the venue offers regular specials to make it affordable for all.
Get in a Game of Glow in the Dark Putt-Putt
Indoor mini golf at the Maerua Mall is a great way to spend a family evening out, and it’s even more fun when it’s a glow in the dark version. What’s more, this 18-hole course also has sensors and interactive objects to take your round to the next level.
Feel Welcomed on a Katatura Township Tour
Meet some of Windhoek’s friendly locals on their own turf with this novel excursion into township life. Here you’ll bump into a wide variety of different cultures and get to explore the ‘Single Quarters’ market where you’ll dine on delicious local meats seasoned to perfection and cooked over an open fire.
Get Back to Nature While Horseback Riding
Exhilarating rides into the Eros Mountains are great for all levels of riders. With Equitrails you’ll find calm, well-trained horses and expert guides to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable excursion into the wilderness, just 15 kilometers outside of Windhoek.
Sample Excellence on a Beer Tour
Everybody knows Windhoek has wonderful beer, but few get to see how it’s made. Now you can be one of the many tourists who get to see the whole process first-hand. These tours take you into the heart of Namibia Breweries Limited so you can witness the true art of brewing the purest Windhoek beer according to traditions dating back to the 1500s.
Enjoy the National Botanic Garden of Namibia
The National Botanic Garden of Namibia welcomes guests every weekday from 8am to 5pm. You’re welcome to explore the bountiful gardens at your leisure, discovering Namibia’s wonderful floral abundance at your own pace.
Guided walks are also available via prior arrangement.
Shop at the Namibia Craft Centre
The Namibia Craft Centre is your go-to for authentic African curios and gifts. The center consists of over 40 women-owned and community-driven enterprises, all hailing from nearby rural areas.
When you’re there, don’t miss the chance to stock up on quality handcrafted goods from Ethnic Africa Crafts, one of the best shops in the complex. You’ll find the Craft Centre in the Old Breweries Complex on Tal Street.
Enjoy Quality Time at iFun Family Park
If you’ve still got energy for more family fun, the iFun Family Park is a state-of-the-art water park and playground aimed at children, but great for all ages. It’s the perfect way to relax and unwind after a morning spent exploring the sights in the warm Namibian weather.
Take up the Challenge at the Action Arena
If you find a few hours to spare during your visit to Windhoek, how about filling them with an exciting round of paintball, where you can settle family disputes while having the most fun ever.
This action-packed game brings out the competitive streak in everyone and is a must-do while you’re in town.
More Things to Do in Windhoek
Whether this is your first or your last visit to the city, you’re sure to find much to entertain and amaze you in Windhoek. If you’d like more information on how to make the most of your travels around Namibia keep browsing our website or get in touch for more information.
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