Windhoek is the capital of Namibia and is quite often the starting point and end of a journey through this incredible country. It is not often talked about when it comes to traveling in Namibia. Whilst it may not have the beachside ambiance of Swakopmund, there’s no reason to just wait for time to fly by in the capital city because even though it might not be the most impressive city in the world, there are definitely incredible things to do in Windhoek.
Whilst Windhoek may not be a destination location, most visitors to Namibia have to at least pass through Windhoek for a night or two, because the only international airport of Namibia, Hosea Kutako International Airport, is situated only 45km away from the capital.
Now if you’re looking for some things to do in Windhoek to pass the time or just to have some fun, we’ve got you covered below.
Visit the Christuskirche
Easily being the most gorgeous church in Namibia, the Christuskirche is also the most iconic landmark in Windhoek. It is situated quite central, next to the Tintenpalast, Namibia’s Parliament building, and the beautiful parliament gardens.
After you have admired the church and maybe enjoyed a nice picnic in the Tintenpalast Gardens, you can easily walk to some of the other attractions on this list, like the next two on the list.
The Alte Feste, which translates from German to the Old Fort, is the oldest surviving building in Windhoek. Together with the Independence Museum, it is situated next to the Christuskirche.
Even though it is officially the National Museum of Namibia, it does not hold too many items of interest. A majority of which were moved to the neighboring Independence Memorial Museum upon completion in 2014.
What it lacks in interior content, it makes up for with intriguing historical architecture. It’s worth stopping by to have a look at the building itself.
Independence Memorial Museum
Situated between the Christuskirche and the Alte Feste, you’ll find the Independence Memorial Museum.
This 40m high museum showcases the fight for independence. It has a restaurant on the top from where you have an amazing panoramic view of the city.
Hilton Hotel Terrace
Speaking of amazing panoramic views, the terrace atop the Hilton Hotel provides another great view over the city. Perfect for an evening sundowner whilst sipping on cocktails or enjoying a snack with a view.
You cannot mention food or Windhoek without including Joe’s. They say if you haven’t been to Joe’s, you haven’t visited Namibia. The saying holds true these days as the Beerhouse is one of the most popular destinations in the whole country.
The place is massive, or at least that’s how it feels on a busy evening… which is every evening, as Joe’s is pretty much full every single night. It’s not just a spot for the foreigners, the locals love it too!
There are 5 different areas, most of which are outside and undercover, all providing a unique and warm atmosphere. Make sure to book in advance. Assuring you of a seat in this eclectic collection that can only be summed up as a real Namibian experience.
The food and the beer is great too! 😉
Namibian Craft Centre
You’ll find plenty of locally made Namibian crafts & artwork. From wood-carved figures and handmade jewelry from beautiful gemstones to handcrafted pottery. The Namibian Craft Centre provides a convenient place to find a variety of locally made products and souvenirs without charging the usual tourist prices.
If the crafts weren’t enough though, head upstairs to the Craft Café for some of the best apple crumble and cheesecake in town!
Post Street Mall and the Gibeon Meteorites
If you’re in a bartering mood, head to Post Street Mall. This passageway is full of stores (where you can’t barter) and street vendors (where you can barter) looking to sell their beautiful handmade goods.
Along the Post Street Mall, you’ll come across some pedestals housing a few rocks. Well, that’s what it looks like upon first viewing at least. In fact, these are a part of the meteorite that hit Namibia in prehistoric times near the town named Gibeon, hence the name.
There may not be all that much to do or see with the meteorites, but where else can you actually get this close and touch actual meteorites.
Penduka is a development and training village set up for local underprivileged women. Meaning Wake Up, Penduka provides local support for women and children through their various programs and by providing women with work, education, and safety.
Visit the Penduka Village on the banks of the Goreangab dam and browse through the various beautiful garments and glass crafts made here.
These crafts are also available internationally through the Penduka online shop.
In addition to the crafts, you can also have a snack at the terraced restaurant by the waterside or, if you like to stay over, you can book accommodation with views over the dam.
Daan Viljoen National Park
If you’re looking to go on a game viewing safari, Etosha, or even Erindi, would be a more advisable choice. Daan Viljoen National Park, however, is conveniently close to Windhoek to get you ready for the bigger parks or to wind down when returning.
Perfect for an afternoon hike before settling down for a delicious meal at their restaurant.
You can also go on game drives with an experienced guide or stay the night at one of the campsites or in a modern Namibian chalet.
Related: 10 Great places to visit in Namibia.
Horseback Riding through the Eros Mountains
If you’re looking for a more adventurous outdoor experience, there’s nothing like horseback riding through the Eros mountains with Equitrails.
The experienced team will partner you with a horse that suits you no matter your riding experience. Even if you’ve never ridden before.
You can choose from short-hour trips, breakfast trips, sundowner rides, or even longer individually scheduled excursions from your lodge.
If you find yourself with a few days to spare whilst in Namibia, these 10 things to do in Windhoek will keep you entertained.