WINDHOEK CITY TOUR
Private Half-Day Trip
Windhoek is a compelling city of contrasts and complexities. On this half-day guided city tour, you will gain an insight into what makes Windhoek so unique. You visit and view historical buildings such as the Old Fort (Alte Feste), Christ Church and House of Parliament (Tintenpalast). You cruise through the city streets and develop a better understanding of contemporary life in the city of Windhoek. Finally, your guide escorts you to Katutura to see and experience this community’s exciting spirit. After the tour, you will see Windhoek in a new light.
Day 1 | Windhoek
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Windhoek and your city tour may begin. Windhoek is still very young compared to other capital cities, but despite its youthfulness, it has plenty of stories to tell. On this tour you will learn about Windhoek’s past, its present and its many contrasts. Quite soon you will notice that the remnants of Windhoek’s past, are still clear to be seen in the city’s colonial architecture. The Old Fort (Alte Feste), Christ Church, House of Parliament (Tintenpalast) and Railway Station are all testament to this. You can even catch a sight of the city’s three romantic, medieval-styled castles, very unique for a city in Africa. As you wind through the streets, your guide will acquaint you not only with Windhoek’s history, but also familiarise you with regards to daily life in the city. By far Namibia’s largest city (and perhaps its only one), Windhoek is the heart of the country. Once on the main street, now called Independence Avenue, you can begin to see another side to Windhoek. The commercial centre has a modern feel, flanked by taxis, contemporary stores and businesspeople going about their day. As you make your approach to Katutura, you will learn more about how difficult life was for the majority of the population before democracy and independence came to Namibia. This lends to a better understanding to your visit. Katutura is the township to which the residents of the Old Location were forcefully resettled to during the 1950s. Today, it is still home to many of Windhoek’s poorer population. Despite the poverty, the township has a vibrant energy, which you are sure to feel as you make your way through streets. Time permitting, you can even visit one of the local markets. Once your Windhoek city tour winds down and you start to head back to your accommodation, you will notice that today you have gained a better appreciation for Windhoek and for its people.
This is a half-day city tour with flexible start times. Please let us know your preferred times, e.g. starting in the morning or after lunch.
The itinerary above serves as a suggestion. Unforeseen circumstances, although unlikely, may prevent the undertaking of certain items in the itinerary.
- Transport in a minibus or other suitable vehicle
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Flights (international & domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a private trip and hence the group will only consist of the people you chose to travel with.
No, there is no age limit.
You will be transported in a minibus or similar.
Namibian food is a combination of African and European styles. The latter is often German cuisine – pork dishes, potatoes, breads and pastries. Dishes with game meat, beef and lamb are very popular. Seafood is also regularly on the menu. Biltong (cured, dried meat) and droëwors (dried sausage) are typical Namibian snacks.
Yes, you should bring along some cash for extras like drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia.
You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.
In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and for small purchases such as curios or souvenirs at markets cash is needed.
Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.
Tipping after a tour is customary and we recommend 150-220 N$ per day, per group for your Namibia-Experience guide.
Basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the tour vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body or leave in a lodge safe. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.
Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.
You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.
You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.
If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.
It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas (however not Windhoek) and we recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.
Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.