Cheap Flights To Windhoek
A city that is sometimes referred to as 'Africa for beginners', Windhoek lies in the heart of Namibia surrounded by mountains that protect it from the harsh winds of the surrounding desert landscape. The country's colonial past has left its mark on this city, creating a rare opportunity where visitors can view beautiful neo-baroque cathedrals and German architecture set against an African landscape. It is precisely this mix of local culture, colonial history and modern amenities that combine to create a truly memorable experience for its visitors.
While Windhoek is a vibrant, multi-cultural city, visitors should not expect a typically African metropolis. Being far smaller than destinations like Lagos or Nairobi, the city has a more provincial feel to it. It is often only used as a short stop-over destination for safaris in Namibia, but the city itself offers several interesting attractions for visitors and should not be overlooked as a destination in its own right. Some of the attractions that this city has to offer include museums, colonial architecture, parks and even events like the annual Oktoberfest. One attraction that is a little out of the ordinary is a sculpture made from 33 meteorites that can be found in the Post St. Mall.
Things To Do
This city offers everything you would expect from an African destination and so much more on top of that. Whether you are interested in a traditional safari, visiting museums or even shopping and great food, this city has it all.
For the History Buff - Architecture and Museums
The influence of this country's colonial past is still ever-present in the many old buildings that are found throughout Windhoek. The best example of this is the Christuskirche, which has become a symbol for the city. Several museums offer interesting displays, including the history of Namibia and their road to independence.
For Shopping Lovers
Whether you are looking for a unique gift from a traditional street vendor or the perfect dress from a great little boutique, this city has the right shop for you. There are several shopping centres throughout the city and for more traditional African crafts and curious, make sure to visit the Namibia Craft Centre in the old Breweries complex to ensure you take home something authetic and cultural.
For the Nature Lovers
There are several safari tours that depart from the city daily, making it an excellent starting point for a truly African adventure.
Calendar oOf Events
Though there is always something to enjoy when visiting Namibia, some of the annual events to look forward to every year include the following:
The Ejando Street Festival: Also known as Mbapira, this two-day festival in **Windhoek's** city centre features bright costumes, live music and lots of dancing. It takes place in March.
The Wild Cinema Festival: Every year in late spring or early summer, the city plays host to an international film festival.
Oktoberfest: Another throwback to the colonial past of the country, there is an annual beer festival around the end of October - this event is a must for beer lovers.