Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the African country of Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia. The city is located in the Khomas Highland plateau area in central Namibia, and is around 1,700 metres above sea level. Windhoek contains the primary airport of Namibia, and is the starting point of most safaris that travel through Namibia. English is the country's official language, although other languages used in some parts of Namibia is Afrikaans, German, and Oshiwambo.
What to see & do
Etosha Camping Safari - There is a tour through Etosha National Park that begins and ends in Windhoek and lasts for three days. The tours are done in groups of two to sixteen, in either a landcruiser or a minibus. Etosha is known to be one of the most excellent wildlife destinations in Africa. It is home to an estimate of 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,000 elephants, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, and more.
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve - The reserve is located in the hill area of Khomas Hochland, and features a good example of Namibian wildlife. Tourists that come to the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve can take a leisurely stroll through walking paths that are easy to navigate without a guide.
National Library of Namibia - Namibia's National Library was established in 1926 as the Legislative Assembly Library. The library promotes education and research through providing the people of Namibia and other Namibian libraries access to national and international information resources.
Heroes' Acre Namibia - The official war memorial of Namibia, Heroes' Acre, is located less than 10 kilometres outside of Windhoek. The site is comprised of a monument (The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), 174 occupied and unoccupied tombs, parade grounds, and a grandstand. The Heroes' Acre serves to "foster a spirit of patriotism and nationalism, and to pass on the legacy to the future generations of Namibia."
How to get around within Windhoek
There is no public transit in Windhoek. The city buses have been phased out and the main mode of transportation in the city is by shared taxis and minibuses. The shared taxis do not stick to fixed routes (unlike buses) and provide more flexible service. This means that the fare tends to differ depending on whether your destination is on the way or out of the way from the driver’s original route. You can hail a taxi from the streets by holding out your arm and waving your hand in a downward motion. Private taxis, or on-demand taxis, need to be pre-booked over the phone. Just tell them where you will be picked up and you'll have the vehicle all to yourself. You can also find private taxis behind the Tourist Information Office at the Independence Avenue and Fidel Castro Street intersection and at Wernhil Park shopping mall, as well as other popular establishments. The taxis are not metered and fares will have to be negotiated beforehand.
How to get there
The primary international airport serving Windhoek is Chief Hosea Kutako International Airport, which is situated 45 kilometres east of the city centre. The airport is served by a limited number of airlines: Airlink, Air Namibia, British Airways, Condor, Namibia flyafrica.com, South African Airways, South African Express, and TAAG Angola Airlines. There are regular flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport from Cape Town, Frankfurt, Harare, Johannesburg, Luanda, Lüderitz, Lusaka, Maun, Oranjemund, Victoria Falls, and Walvis Bay.
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