You could say that Namibia is a diamond in the rough, having been known to produce some of the highest quality diamonds from the desolate part of South Africa marketed throughout the world. A former colony of Germany that claimed independence only in 1990, Namibia is fast catching up with the times. Vibrant and modern Windhoek is a breath of fresh air among other cities in Central Namibia. Windhoek is a modern African city that may be similarly compared to any West state despite its small size. Visitors who want to explore Namibia consider getting here in the capital, where they can help themselves to the friendly Zoo Park, or do window shopping in Post Street Mall, which houses a craft market. After lounging in the capital for a few days, consider taking a trip to Katutura, an outer suburb that gives you an insight of the quality of living within the capital.
Deemed as the best renowned landmark in Windhoek, Christuskirche stands as the official-unofficial symbol of the city. The German Lutheran church which was constructed from local sandstone in 1907 sits on a traffic island and proudly stands over the city centre. Seeing Christuskirche can literally feast your eyes, as its edifice is somewhat similar to that of a gingerbread house. Inside, its Resurrection of Lazarus altarpiece is a copy of the renowned work by Rubens.
You can also get in touch with Namibia’s historical bearings at the National Museum of Namibia, which provides enlightening context to its struggles. It is housed in one of Windhoek’s oldest surviving building that dates back to 1890s. Aside from the facts, you can also take a look at the rock-art display, the National Museum of Namibia’s crowning glory. The rest of the museum contains memorabilia and photos as well as indigenous artefacts from the colonial period. Outside the open air exhibit, you can also take a look at the collection of railway engines and coaches that formed one of the country’s first narrow-gauge trains.
You can also take a stroll in the Zoo Park, which is popular among locals for whiling away time. It used to be a public zoo until 1962, but now functions as a popular picnic spot and momentary retreat for the office workers. But before it was a zoo, it was known as the site of the Stone Age elephant hunt some five thousand years back. The living proof would be the remains of two elephants and several quartz tools found in the early 1960s.
How to get around within Windhoek
From the airport, the easiest way to reach Windhoek would be by shared taxis, which run between townships and main industrial and commercial areas of the city. Another easiest way to get into Windhoek would be the combie, which practically runs everywhere in Namibia. If you want to get to southern and western destinations, you can catch a combie in the Engen petrol station north of downtown (Rhino Park), while if you want to reach northern destinations, you should head to Hakahana Service Station in Katutura.
How to get there
To get into Namibia, you have to fly by the Hosea Kutako International Airport located approximately 40km out of town. The airport is being served by airlines such as Air Namibia, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, South African Airways, SWISS, and TAAG. The aforementioned airlines fly coming from destinations such as Frankfurt, Cape Town, Luderitz, Lusaka, Maun, Johannesburg, and Luanda. It also flies to destinations such as Accra, Victoria Falls, Harare, and Walvis Bay.