About Windhoek

Windhoek happens to be the capital city of Namibia which is located in the central highlands in the famous Khomas Highland Plateau area. It is situated at an elevation of about 1700 meters above sea level at the geographical center of the city.

Windhoek is the capital city is considered to be one of the most sought-after places to visit in Namibia as it is the center for politics, culture, and economics. It houses the headquarters of nearly all governmental and educational institutions. The city was initially built in the year 1840 but due to destruction, it was founded a second time in the year 1890 by Imperial German Army Major Curt von Francois.

Settled by the Germans in the 1890s and sprinkled with colonial buildings (and even a few remaining castles), Windhoek feels like a slice of Bavaria in the desert. It’s a picturesque city surrounded by the Khomas Highland and the Auas and Eros Mountains, offering tourists an urban, palm tree-lined respite from long days spent exploring Namibia’s wilder landscapes.

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Despite its name, which translates as “Windy Corner,” Windhoek enjoys a relatively wind-free, dry, and pleasant climate for most of the year. Summer (December to February) temperatures often soar above the 35°C (94°F) mark while most of the city’s annual rainfall is recorded in January, February, and March, with occasional showers in November and December.


It is home to a healthy population of desert-adapted elephants, a smaller population of black rhino that can be tracked in a similar environment. The secretive brown hyena is sometimes seen lurking around seal colonies on the coast. Other marine wildlife includes the rare Heaviside dolphin and migrating southern right whale.

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