Namibia is a rewarding self-drive destination when you have the freedom of an Avis hire car. Jet in to Windhoek International Airport, officially known as Hosea Kutako International Airport, and let our Avis rental Agents set you off on your journey. This single terminal airport is Namibia’s largest, and has recently been upgraded to help you pass the time in between flights.
The facility now offers the convenience of plush lounges with complimentary Wi-Fi, for those who like their luxury, as well as restaurants and shops selling distinctive Namibian goods. If you can’t bear to miss out on experiencing some of the highlights of Namibia’s capital while in transit, check out your Avis hire car from our outlet opposite the international arrivals desk and take to the road.
Exploring the Capital
Windhoek is found 45km from Hosea Kutako International Airport and is a neat organised city reminiscent of South Africa’s major stops. You will find familiar restaurant franchises and fast food outlets as well as some uniquely Namibian places to eat in the city.
If you are lucky enough to have a layover in Windhoek, Arebbusch Travel Lodge offers a 3-star budget stay, while the 5-star Hilton Windhoek is ideal for those who fancy the finer things in life.
Being a small city, Windhoek has a very relaxed atmosphere and many places to bide the time. You can sample the joys of the local markets, eat authentic local foods, or amble through museums proudly showcasing its history.
Try to visit the following attractions while you are in town:
This German Lutheran church is Windhoek’s best-recognised landmark. The church holds pride of place on a traffic island in Robert Mugabe Street opposite the lush Titenpalast Gardens and the Equestrian Memorial. This large statue commemorates the efforts of German soldiers and their mounts during the colonial wars.
The church was created by Gottlieb Redecker in 1907 and features both neo-Gothic and art nouveau elements – making it a bit of a design contradiction, and not unlike a giant fanciful gingerbread house.
National Museum of Namibia
Nearby, the oldest surviving building in Windhoek, which was built in the early 1890s, explains the progression of Namibia’s Independence. The Owela Museum, located just 600m away highlights Namibia’s natural and cultural history, and has a very interesting display of rock art.
National Botanical Gardens
These gardens display the natural vegetation of Namibia in its purest form, with natural landscapes showcasing many of the diverse plants of the country. Take a stroll among these interesting specimens and see if you can spot some of the ‘dassies’ (rock hyraxes) that have made themselves at home here.
The Zoo Park was once the scene of a stone age elephant hunt. This popular picnic spot with its enigmatic ‘elephant column’ marks the site where the 500-year old fossilised remains of two elephants and numerous ancient implements were unearthed.
Namibia Crafts Centre
Don’t leave town without picking up some authentic locally-made leatherwork, basketry, pottery, jewellery, needlework or hand-painted textiles at the Namibia Crafts Centre. Indulge in a break from your travels while enjoying a refreshing drink and a light meal at the onsite restaurant here before continuing your exploration of this interesting city.
There is always more to discover when it comes to Windhoek, where you will find museums galleries parks and historic architecture on almost every street.