When travelling to Namibia, it doesn’t always have to be business as usual. This desert land is a diamond in the rough, and has many untapped jewels on offer. There are a few must-do activities in Namibia, and specifically in the buzzing capital Windhoek. Here is a list of must visit places:
Holding the Fort
Namibia, being a former German colony, there are still a variety of these references within the country. Alte Feste (Old Fortress) is the oldest building in the city, and plays home to the National Museum of Namibia. Interested in the years of history this country holds? Go take a tour around.
Come Dine with Hilton
There is all day, every day dining at Ekipa restaurant at the Hilton Windhoek. If tourists are looking for a unique dining experience, Ekipa should definitely be first choice. The restaurant boasts a world class kitchen that serves delectably decadent dishes, from buffet to a la carte. Ekipa also has its very own meat-aging cabinet for exquisite cooked-to-order cuts.
Become one with nature
The Klein Windhoek Valley offers majestic views of the city and the vegetation in the outlying areas. A walk in the valley will only take about an hour and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
All’s fair in love and war
Discoverers don’t have to travel very far to see Romanesque Revival architecture, Christuskirche (Christ Church) is a historic Lutheran church and landmark located in Windhoek. The Church was originally known as the Church of Peace because it was built post the war between the Germans, the Khoikhoi, Ovambo and Herero.
Find tranquillity in the chaos
Hilton Windhoek’s 9th floor is home to the award-winning Breeze Spa. For those wanting some time out on their holiday, this is the perfect spot for a pamper session. A variety of rejuvenating spa treatments are accompanied by breath-taking views of the Namibian skyline, what more is needed for a full body recharge.
No man’s land
Another exciting place to visit would be Kolmanskop (Coleman's hill), this is a ghost town located in the Namibian desert, 10 kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was once a small but very rich mining village, but the town declined after World War I when the diamond-field slowly exhausted and was ultimately abandoned in 1954. It is now a popular tourist destination.
A walk on the wild side
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), located in Namibia, has a mission to be the world’s protector of Cheetahs. Dog and cat lovers alike, are sure to enjoy a visit to see these magnificent creatures and see the great work the CCF are doing. Namibia currently has the largest and healthiest population of cheetahs left in the world
Panoramic views and cocktails
There isn’t a better way to enjoy sundowners, than with an amazing view of the beautiful Windhoek. At the Hilton Windhoek Skybar guests can enjoy a classic range of cocktails, while you watch the sunset over stunning panoramic views of the city.
Being a predominantly German country, of course they would host one of the biggest beer fests there is, Oktober Fest. There’s no better way to become one with the culture, than joining in at this annual event. Go and enjoy great German food, traditional games & activities, world-class entertainment and lots of German beer of course.
If there aren’t any souvenirs, did you really go there?
Windhoek is home to the Namibian Craft Centre, this is where original, handmade leatherwork, basketry, pottery, jewellery, needlework can be found, which are perfect gifts to take home to loved ones. Namibia can be felt in the artwork, and it’s a perfect reminder of the beautiful country.