Best Areas to Stay in Windhoek, Namibia

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Where to stay in Windhoek – A guide to the capital of Namibia

Windhoek (which means “corner of the wind”) is the capital, largest city and financial centre of the Republic of Namibia.

Also known as Windhuk, the city is located in the centre of Namibia, in the area of the plateau of Khomas Highland.

Windhoek is a natural paradise on the west coast of Africa, surrounded by great mountains and plateaus that shelter Namibia’s most important historical monuments and treasures.

The architecture in the city exhibits a German influence in buildings such as the Alta Feste (Old Fort), the Christuskirche Tinte Palast (the parliament buildings), the Festefort Alte (National Museum of the Independence of Namibia), the Reiter Denkmal, and the Turnhalle building.

Windhoek offers direct contact with its nature through green areas such as Daan Viljoen Game Park and Zoo Park, two of the most famous and visited recreational centres in the country.

Its gastronomy is among the most exotic and popular in the continent, represented by Kalahari truffles, Ovamboland legumes, and Walvis Bay oysters, among other specialties in Windhoek restaurants.

Windhoek is a city with a semi-arid climate, with more than 300 sunny days a year and few rainy days, due to its proximity to the Kalahari desert.

The Hosea Kutako International Airport has a large number of foreign airlines operating to and from Windhoek. It also has the Eros airport, designed for smaller aircraft.

To move in Windhoek, taxis are the best option since public transport does not work in all areas and is very scarce.

The modern and cosmopolitan face of Windhoek is reflected in the neighbourhoods located east of downtown, where the best shopping centres and hotels are (See accommodation in East Windhoek).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Windhoek, Namibia.

The best areas to stay in Windhoek, Namibia

1. Nuestra zona favorita: East End & Klein Windhoek

East Windhoek is the most prosperous area of the city, consisting of upper and upper-middle class neighbourhoods such as Auasblick, Avis, Klein Windhoek, Ludwigsdorf, Luxury Hill, Olympia and Suiderhof.

The vast majority of Windhoek shopping centres are located in this district, as well as popular attractions such as the busy arts and crafts centre of Namibia, the Parliament Gardens and the Adjacent Ink Palace.

It is, by excellence, the leisure area in the capital of Namibia, thanks to its natural landscapes like the one in River Crossing Lodge, home of the best views of Windhoek.

The closest bus stop in the area is Klein Windhoek. Therefore, it is recommended to choose to rent a car or a bicycle to easily move around the city.

In East Windhoek, you will find luxury hotels and apartments that make the area one of the best places to stay in Windhoek.

Safest area to stay in Windhoek, Namibia - East & Klein Windhoek

Safest area to stay in Windhoek, Namibia – East & Klein Windhoek

Accommodation in East Windhoek - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in East Windhoek – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Windhoek, Namibia:

  • Safe area to stay
  • Best area for foreign visitors
  • Shopping centres

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

De Vagebond Hotel-Pension

Offering a garden and terrace, De Vagebond Hotel-Pension is located in Windhoek. The property is close to several famous attractions, about 500 meters from the Hidas centre and about 1.4 km from the Maerua shopping centre.

from US$84
Budget

Pension Casa Africana

Offering a pool and barbecue facilities, Hotel Pension Casa Africana is located in Windhoek. It offers free Wi-Fi access in all areas. It has a shared lounge and laundry. It also offers free parking.

from US$44
Luxury

Hotel Heinitzburg

Hotel Heinitzburg occupies a renovated castle with unique architecture, located on the top of a hill in Windhoek. It features a swimming pool, well-tended garden, wine cellar and 2 restaurants.

from US$199
 

 

 

2. South Windhoek

South Windhoek includes districts of middle and upper class like Pioneers Park, Suiderhof, Olympia or Ausblick.

This end of Windhoek showcases a more residential and quiet atmosphere than the east of the city. Among its points of interest are the Zoo Busy Bodies, the Independence Stadium and the University of Namibia.

It is also one of the favourite places in the city to practice golf and a safe area to stay in Windhoek.

South Windhoek also has a small domestic airport, Windhoek Eros Airport, where some light aircraft tours can be booked.

South Windhoek has accommodations of all kinds, although mid-range category options and luxury hotels predominate.

This area is an excellent option to stay in Windhoek, away from the hustle and bustle of the East End.

Where to stay in Windhoek - South Windhoek

Where to stay in Windhoek – South Windhoek

Accommodation in South Windhoek - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in South Windhoek – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Windhoek, Namibia:

  • Safe area to stay in Windhoek
  • Golf courses and shopping centres
  • Near Windhoek Eros Airport

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Arebbusch Travel Lodge

    Arebbusch Travel Lodge is located on a large property next to the dry river Arebbusch, 5 km from the centre of Windhoek. There are outdoor pools with sundecks and free parking is available near the rooms.

    from US$59
 

 

 

3. Windhoek City Centre

Windhoek City Centre is home to the most important university institutions, art galleries and museums, so it is considered the heart of the city.

Besides being the area with the best public transport connections in Windhoek, it is the ideal place to buy cheap souvenirs and try the local cuisine.

Among the attractions of Windhoek City Centre, TransNamib, a railway museum in Namibia where you can admire old trains, stands out.

A few minutes from the museum is the Main Bus Station, from where you can get to any part of Windhoek.

Near the bus station, there are multiple accommodation options, such as three-star hotels and comfortable apartments that make the central area one of the best areas to stay in Windhoek.

Best areas to stay in Windhoek, Namibia - Windhoek City Centre

Best areas to stay in Windhoek, Namibia – Windhoek City Centre

Accommodation in Windhoek City Centre - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Windhoek City Centre – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Windhoek, Namibia:

  • Heart of the city
  • Great area for sightseeing
  • Tourist attractions

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Protea Hotel by Marriott Windhoek Thuringerhof

The Thuringerhof has a central courtyard with a large tree that gives shade. It is located in the financial district of Windhoek. It offers a shuttle service to Eros Airport, located about 5 km away.

from US$89
Budget

Pension Rivendell

Rivendell offers cozy accommodation in the city of Windhoek, 2.5 km from the National Botanical Garden. It has a bar, a breakfast buffet and a garden with barbecue facilities.

from US$54
Luxury

Hilton Windhoek

The Windhoek Hilton is a 5-star property with a rooftop pool with panoramic views of Windhoek and a spa offering massages with views of the countryside. Most of its spacious rooms and suites have views of the city.

from US$119
 

 

 

4. Near Windhoek International Airport

Hosea Kutako International Airport is located east of the city, exactly 45 kilometres from the city centre.

This airport is exclusively reserved for international flights, with one of the longest airstrips on the African continent and the world.

Some of the airlines that operate in Hosea Kutako are Air Namibia, British Airways, Condor, South Africa Express and Angola Airlines. Each one of them offers direct international flights to destinations such as Frankfurt and Johannesburg, among others.

The airport has a bus service to the city centre, as well as a car rental service and several taxi lines.

It is an area of luxurious and comfortable hotels, ideal for a business trip or when making a stopover.

Best areas to stay in Windhoek - Near the international airport

Best areas to stay in Windhoek – Near the international airport

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Etango Ranch Guest Farm

    Etango Ranch Guest Farm is just 5 minutes’ drive from Windhoek International Airport, on a rural property, and 45 km from Windhoek city centre. It also has a pool.

    from US$159
 

 

 

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