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Windhoek
Windhoek
Windhoek
Windhoek

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Windhoek is modern and bustling

the Independence Museum - takes you back in history

Windhoek

Windhoek

Most travellers overnight in Windhoek, but few take the time to find out what makes the city tick.

Yet look beneath the surface of Namibia’s small capital and the rewards are many – from smart hotels and classy restaurants to attractive colonial architecture, retail therapy and a hefty dose of culture.

Approached from the airport, it’s clear that Windhoek is surrounded by hills. With minimal urban sprawl, those hills add a natural feel to the setting – especially noticeable from the scattering of personal guesthouses and boutique hotels to the east.

Choose a restaurant with a balcony overlooking the centre, and it’s as if you’re peering into a bowl of twinkling lights, or gaze outwards in the morning and get a feel for Namibia’s vast open spaces. Dining alfresco here can be part of the appeal – though cosier spots abound, with a smorgasbord of international cuisine to tempt those tastebuds.

The city itself is easy to navigate, with an almost provincial feel that is surprisingly appealing. If urban malls have revolutionised shopping here, making it easy to park and pick up items for a trip, or gifts to take home, how much more fun to browse the range of crafts from every corner of the country in one of the smaller outlets.

Allow time to wander through the centre, too. Stop for a coffee in Zoo Park, off the broad central avenue, then head up to the picturesque Christuskirche before dropping into the Independence Memorial Museum for a thought-provoking insight into the country’s recent history.

And so to the present. For many city dwellers, that present is the township of Katutura, built in the 1950s and arguably the capital’s beating heart. To visit on your own is perfectly possible, but to go with a guide is to gain an understanding of Namibian culture that will enhance almost every trip.

Windhoek

Windhoek: in detail

Trips visiting Windhoek

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Buzzard Fly-in Safari

9 days • 5 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

A luxury flying safari of Damaraland and Etosha National Park in northern Namibia with a focus on wildlife, conservation and a collection of fabulous lodges.

Visiting Damaraland, Windhoek and 1 other area

US$6,250 - US$7,580 per person

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Black-footed Cat Safari

14 days • 6 locations • 3 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

Combine three of southern Africa's most iconic destinations in this exciting and varied safari. Discover the world's oldest desert in Namibia, seek iconic wildlife in Botswana and gaze in wonder at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Visiting Windhoek, NamibRand and 2 other areas

US$11,090 - US$19,510 per person

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Goshawk Fly-in Safari

12 days • 6 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

Discover Namibia’s remarkable landscapes, fascinating wildlife and unique cultures on this luxury adventure flying between a selection of the very best camps and lodges in the country.

Visiting NamibRand, Damaraland and 3 other areas

US$10,140 - US$12,710 per person

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Black-faced Impala Guided Safari

13 days • 6 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

A unique mix of luxury and adventure in our original, and perhaps most varied, destination on a privately guided Namibian overland safari. Perfect for families, friends or couples travelling together.

Visiting Windhoek, Namib-Naukluft and 3 other areas

US$5,840 - US$8,140 per person

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Hoopoe Fly-in Safari

11 days • 4 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

This relaxed fly-in safari reveals Namibia at its best. Generous timings and a wide choice of activities help travellers to enjoy the best of the country’s most spectacular areas.

Visiting Windhoek, Namib-Naukluft and 2 other areas

US$5,660 - US$7,240 per person

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Quiver Tree Self-drive Safari

14 days • 7 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

An offbeat Namibian self-drive adventure exploring the epic Fish River Canyon and fascinating ghost town Kolmanskop in the south, before turning north via the classic highlights of Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Damaraland.

Visiting Lüderitz & Aus, Fish River Canyon and 5 other areas

US$2,160 - US$2,220 per person

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Hartebeest Self-drive Safari

16 days • 8 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

This self-drive safari focuses on the best cultural experiences in Namibia. Visit a Himba village and enjoy three days living with the San Bushmen interspersed with some excellent wildlife watching.

Visiting Bushmanland, Central Highlands and 3 other areas

US$3,490 - US$3,820 per person

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Skeleton Coast Safari

5 days • 5 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

An epic flying safari exploring some of Namibia’s most spectacular and remote wildernesses. Exceptional pilots, among the best guides in the country and exclusive camps ¬– this a real bucket list adventure.

Visiting Skeleton Coast, Windhoek

US$9,030 - US$9,030 per person

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Caracal Self-drive Safari

14 days • 8 locations • 1 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT

The quintessential Namibian self-drive adventure exploring the highlights from Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert to Damaraland’s wilderness and a safari in Etosha. A great mix of accommodation and excellent value.

Visiting Namib-Naukluft, Damaraland and 4 other areas

US$2,190 - US$2,920 per person

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Pygmy Mouse Self-drive Safari

18 days • 10 locations • 3 country
WINDHOEK AIRPORT TO VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT

A truly epic southern African self-drive safari adventure from Namibia’s mountains and deserts, along the lush Caprivi Strip to Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe staying at luxury lodges throughout.

Visiting Etosha, Victoria Falls and 6 other areas

US$4,800 - US$6,650 per person

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Windhoek

This is their success for sightings in Windhoek.
Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Elephant

100% success

Giraffe

100% success

White Rhino

80% success

Oryx

73% success

Wildebeest

73% success

Zebra

73% success

Eland

71% success

Wild dog

50% success

Meerkat

50% success

Cheetah

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Lion

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Aardvark

0% success

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Most recent reviews of our trips to Windhoek

Click below to browse all 926 reviews from Windhoek.
All from our travellers; all are in full & unedited.


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926 reviews since August 2007
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Mr & Mrs L from Surrey

Arrived 24 Sep 2019, 20 nights

"My Sep 2019 trip"

"We really enjoyed this holiday and had may memorable days …" Read Mr & Mrs L’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

safari lovers from UK

Arrived 12 Mar 2020, 22 nights

"Return trip to Namibia after 35 years"

"We have used Expert Africa a number of times ... This trip highlighted why! …" Read safari lovers’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs R & V from ASCOT

Arrived 6 Mar 2020, 8 nights

"1 week Taster trip of Namibia"

"a very good 'Taster' of Namibia... a beautiful country... magnificent scenery …" Read Mr & Mrs R & V’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr CB & Dr MB from Tring

Arrived 12 Sep 2019, 19 nights

"The trip of a life-time"

"What a great trip. Superbly organised by Expert Africa (thank you Tracy) …" Read Dr CB & Dr MB’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs C from Golden CO

Arrived 25 Jan 2020, 8 nights

"Namibia is Worth Visiting"

"We sooo enjoyed our trip to Namibia that we plan to return! Our only trouble was …" Read Mr & Mrs C’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs D from Perth

Arrived 9 Jan 2020, 18 nights

"Amazing trip - loved it!"

"Our overall experience was amazing. Thank you, Expert Africa …" Read Mr & Mrs D’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms K & Mr J from USA

Arrived 17 Jan 2020, 8 nights

"January 2020 Fly-in safari in Namibia"

"Amazing adventure.. Expert Africa did a phenomenal job..wouldn't change a thing! …" Read Ms K & Mr J ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs R from UK

Arrived 7 Oct 2019, 19 nights

"My Oct 2019 trip"

"We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Expert Africa to anyone. …" Read Mr & Mrs R’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr K-Prof V from Michigan

Arrived 3 Jan 2020, 10 nights

"A Nice Way to Wrap Up Our African Holiday"

"second trip taken with help from Maruska - pleased with advice and organization …" Read Mr K-Prof V’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Mr & Mrs SH from Seattle

Arrived 3 Dec 2019, 19 nights

"My Dec 2019 trip"

"I believe our trip was as great as it was thanks to help from Maruska and Expert …" Read Mr & Mrs SH’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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When to go to Windhoek

Our month by month guide: What it's like to visit Windhoek in Namibia


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Namibia in January

January is at the heart of Namibia’s rainy season. However, as you’d expect from a country dominated by desert and semi-desert environments, the rains are often (but not always) weak and usually quite localised. Some days will be clear, the strong sun raising temperatures to around 30ºC/86ºF; on others humidity and clouds build, sometimes culminating in spectacular thunderstorms. In extreme cases, these generate flash-floods which race down the beds of ephemeral rivers.
Across the country, the greening landscape makes a refreshing change, especially in desert areas. Many birds are in full breeding plumage and migrant species are here in force. In the north, where the rains are more reliable, the abundant water and food allows wildlife to disperse, making it trickier to spot.

  • Variable weather: clear, hot & dry, or cloudy & humid with some rain
  • Occasional, highly localised thunderstorms
  • Many animals with young; birdlife at its most spectacular
  • Wildlife dispersed & harder to see, especially in Etosha & the Caprivi
  • Very few tourists (apart from the New Year) so rates mostly low

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in January

Namibia in February

February is the wettest month, but as Namibia is dominated by deserts, the rains are often weak and patchy. The variation in weather across Namibia is significant, too; the central highlands and Caprivi can see some heavy rain. More typically, some February days are clear with a hot, strong sun; others are cooler as cloudy skies build and, sometimes, culminate in short, spectacular thunderstorms. Occasionally these generate flash-floods, bringing ephemeral rivers to life and making travel more challenging.
Across the country, the landscape feels green and alive; insects and smaller animals are more easily seen, and many birds and animals are raising their young. However, small pools in the bush and thicker vegetation can make it hard to spot the wildlife.

  • Variable weather: clear, hot & dry or cloudy & humid with some rain
  • Occasional localised thunderstorms meander over the landscape
  • The bush feels alive; birdlife is at its most spectacular
  • Wildlife in Etosha & Caprivi is dispersed & harder to see
  • Few tourists, so rates usually at their lowest

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in February

Namibia in March

March usually sees Namibia’s main rains tailing off, although actual precipitation varies hugely across the country and can be unpredictable from day to day.
Many days will be clear, with a strong sun driving temperatures up. On others, clouds will build, and the late afternoon may see a short, spectacular thunderstorm. Such deluges reduce in both frequency and volume as the month progresses.
Across the country, landscapes are often vivid: a “green and pleasant land”. Many birds and animals are finishing raising their young, so smaller animals and insects are in evidence. In the north, where rains are generally heavier, pools in the bush and thicker vegetation can make it difficult to spot larger animals.

  • Variable weather: clear, hot & dry or cloudy & humid with some rain
  • Afternoon thunderstorms less common as March progresses
  • Animals looking sleek and well-fed, after 3–4 months of plenty
  • Wildlife in Etosha & Caprivi is dispersed & harder to see
  • Few tourists visit during March, so rates often low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in March

Namibia in April

Typically, April is dominated by dry weather; there’s an ever-decreasing chance of rain. Temperatures are now below their peak and continue to fall. Even so, days remain pleasant and warm, but there might be a slight chill in the air at night. The rains usually leave many parts of the country verdant and green, so animals are in fantastic condition – often with fast-growing young in attendance.
With the dust washed out of the atmosphere, photographers make the most of clear air, spectacular landscapes and healthy animals. Stargazers will have clearer night skies as the month progresses. In the game parks of Northern Namibia, water and food remain in plentiful supply, so finding big game can prove trickier than later in the year.

  • Becoming drier &, especially at night, also cooler
  • Few visitors, except around Easter, so rates remain low
  • Wildlife in Etosha & Caprivi remains relatively hard to see
  • Migrant birds have started to leave
  • Fresh, clean air and often green, verdant landscapes

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in April

Namibia in May

By May, Namibia is usually drying out fast as the rains have ended. If they’ve been good, then the land remains green, but wildlife starts to congregate at more permanent water sources. Over much of the country the air quality and clarity can be amazing, making this an ideal month for photography.
Typical days are warm, with crisp, clear mornings and clear blue skies. Evenings are usually cool, and temperatures may dip below 10ºC (50ºF) overnight. Many lodges still charge “low season” prices, although with Namibia’s increasing popularity in recent years, some have started to introduce higher “shoulder season” rates.
May’s good-value rates, increasingly good wildlife sightings, beautiful landscapes and crystal-clear air combine to make this one of our favourite months in Namibia.

  • Lovely weather: dry, warm days & cool nights
  • The country is drying out although many landscapes remain green
  • Fantastic air clarity – ideal for keen photographers
  • Visitor numbers are often still low, mirrored by lodge rates
  • Wildlife is starting to congregate more around remaining water

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in May

Namibia in June

Namibia is dry again. Skies are blue and usually largely cloudless. Days are lovely: warm and dry; nights are cold, sometimes below freezing in the desert. Most swimming pools in Namibia are always outdoors, making them too cold for all except the very dedicated.
Take a warm hat and gloves for game drives, where dawn and dusk will feel particularly chilly. In the north, especially Etosha, wildlife viewing is now into its dry-season pattern, focusing around the waterholes – though the park is still not busy.
Photographers come for superb air clarity, with minimal dust or smoke in the air. Historically, June rates have been low. However, with Namibia’s increasing popularity many lodges now count it amongst their “high-season” months, and request higher prices.

  • Clear, bright days with blue skies; cold nights, mornings & evenings
  • Great air quality, especially welcome for photographers
  • “Shoulder season” for some lodges: lodge rates moderate
  • Wildlife gravitates to waterholes, making game-viewing productive
  • Some greenery in the landscape, depending on the last rains

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in June

Namibia in July

Reliably warm daytime temperatures (upwards of 20ºC/70ºF) and good wildlife sightings make this a popular month to visit Namibia. Rain would be very unusual indeed and clear skies make for great photographs. Once the sun sets, though, temperatures cool rapidly bringing cold nights that may dip below freezing in the desert. Be prepared: dress in layers and expect early-morning and late-afternoon drives, and anywhere coastal, to be cold.
As the land dries and vegetation shrivels, game congregates beside drinking water: Etosha’s waterholes are busy with animals. Across the country, lodges charge “high season” rates; many are fully booked a year or more in advance, especially during European school holidays (from the latter half of July to late August).

  • Dry days, warm in the sun, with crisp, cold nights
  • Cloudless skies: July is usually superb for stargazing
  • The beginning of European school holidays so more families travelling
  • Peak season: so high rates and many lodges fully booked far in advance
  • A fantastic time of year for wildlife watching, particularly in Etosha

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in July

Namibia in August

August is the height of Namibia’s “winter”. Expect cloudless skies and plenty of warm sun in the day, but nights down to freezing in the desert. Dress in layers and bring warm clothes (including hats and gloves) for chilly starts and evenings. Only the hardiest even contemplate using outdoor pools.
It’s 3–4 months since any rain, so the land is dust-dry and much vegetation is golden brown. Many landscapes appear sparse and harsh. Wildlife congregates around available water sources, helping to guarantee good animal sightings.
Namibia is never really “busy” by the standards of Europe or the USA, but August is the most popular time to visit, especially for families. Book early (over a year in advance) if you want to stay at the best lodges.

  • Dry days, warm in the sun; cold mornings, evenings & nights
  • Cloudless skies in the day; spectacular stars at night
  • Busy by Namibian standards: family rooms in particular demand
  • Peak season: so high rates and many lodges fully booked far in advance
  • A fantastic time of year for wildlife watching, particularly in Etosha

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in August

Namibia in September

September is a month of blue, cloudless skies and fantastic wildlife viewing. Rain is almost unheard of. As the month progresses, the days and nights get warmer. In some areas, daily maximums hit around the low 30s Celsius, although low humidity ensures this feels comfortable. The contrast makes the nights seem very cold. The air is becoming dustier, occasionally augmented by smoke from fires – so becoming hazy for photographic purists.
In the national parks, animals congregate around remaining water sources – making September one of the best months for game viewing. Hence it’s one of Namibia’s most popular months for visitors: a “high season” month that is often the time of choice for safari aficionados.

  • One of the best months for wildlife viewing
  • Warm days & cold nights, with temperatures rising during the month
  • Many plants have faded from green to golden brown
  • Air can be hazy – with dust & sometimes smoke
  • High season rates; many lodges & camps are full 9 months in advance.

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in September

Namibia in October

Namibia is usually at its hottest and driest in October. Temperatures build as the month progresses; towards the end, daily highs may exceed 40ºC/100ºF, though with humidity close to zero, even this rarely feels oppressive.
In exceptional years, isolated rain showers may fall in late October. More usually, the end of the dry season sees wildlife watching at its best, particularly in Etosha. The place feels like a desert as spectacular herds of thirsty animals gather around the available water. October is popular amongst wildlife enthusiasts and commands peak-season prices, even if dust and smoke may make the air hazy, challenging photographers. Visitor numbers can fade towards the end of the month, allowing a window for last-minute bookings.

  • Probably the most spectacular month for wildlife-viewing in Etosha
  • Hot and dry: much of the country feels like a desert
  • The air can be hazy with dust & smoke
  • It’s peak time to visit, so expect high season rates
  • Lodges & camps are full, especially early in October

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in October

Namibia in November

November is always a bit unpredictable: sometimes dry and hot; sometimes cloudier and cooler. Typically, mornings are hot and cloudless and clouds appear in the afternoon. Humidity builds and eventually breaks, resulting in spectacular thunderstorms that bring convection rainfall in late afternoons. Such storms are typically sparsely distributed and highly local – being completely absent from desert areas, for example. Places that do get good rain will flush green, with a tangible feeling of new life softening the landscapes. Many mammals give birth to their young.
Once any rains come, wildlife dissipates in search of food, and game viewing in Etosha becomes harder. Conversely, this is a great time for birdwatchers, with migrant species in breeding plumage.

  • A very interesting, variable month, depending on the rains
  • With rains come an amazing explosion of both vegetation & new life
  • Wildlife viewing better in Damaraland than Etosha if it has rained
  • Shoulder season: mid-range rates offer great value
  • Away from the Namib, showers are more likely later in the month

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in November

Namibia in December

December is the first “proper” month of Namibia’s rainy season, and one of its hottest. Clear mornings give way to building clouds and, with luck, the occasional short, spectacular thunderstorm: refreshing and cleansing. These are often highly localised and generally warmly welcomed: most Namibians love rain!
Rains clear the air of dust. Even relatively short showers enable plant life to erupt, carpeting this thirstland in green and providing food for the young animals which abound. Animals disperse widely, which can make game viewing challenging. Many birds are breeding and so sporting their most colourful plumage.
Christmas and the New Year fall within local “summer holidays” – so places to stay can be surprisingly busy, especially in and around coastal towns, where temperatures are cooler.

  • Hot and humid; sometimes refreshed by cooling showers
  • Landscapes flushed green if/where there has been rain
  • A tangible life and energy amidst this often green & pleasant land
  • Very photogenic: blooming deserts amidst crystal-clear air
  • Best time for birdwatchers; larger animals harder to spot

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in December

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