Windhoek City Guide
City Guide - WindhoekLet our handy Avis mini guide show you the way around Windhoek during your visit to Namibia.
With so many places to explore once you have picked up your Avis hire car - from one of our helpful Avis rental agents, you will be grateful for the advice.
Let’s get started.
Where to start?Dazzling deserts, fascinating creatures and diverse people are what Namibia is all about. With huge mountains, vast expanses of sand, a hostile ocean and wealth of wildlife throughout, it is difficult to choose where to go first when you visit Namibia.
Our Avis branches
While our other branches all offer the full range of useful products and services, our Avis Windhoek International Airport outlet, located 45 km from the city centre, is likely to be the starting point of your Namibian adventure in your Avis hire car.
These branches may be found in:
- Windhoek Downtown
- Walvis Bay Airport
- Walvis Bay Downtown
Avis Windhoek International Airport
Windhoek International Airport is also known as Hosea Kutako International Airport and has just undergone an extensive refurbishment. You will find VIP lounges, restaurants and interesting curio shops to keep you amused during your short sojourn at this terminal. When you are ready to hit the road, simply pick up the keys to your Avis hire car opposite the international arrivals desk and off you go.
Planning is key, and if you intend to make the most of your visit to this vast country, you should plan to stay over for as long as you can. Economical accommodation is available near the airport at Arebbusch Travel Lodge or Protea Hotel by Marriot, while those who desire all the bells and whistles can stay at the Hilton Windhoek or Hotel Thule also in town.
Windhoek is filled with historic sites and you should try to see as many as you can. Some of the best known of these are:
- Titenpalast Gardens
- Equestrian Memorial
- National Museum of Namibia
- Owela Museum
- Trans-Namib Transport Museum
- Gathemann’s Complex
- Heinitzburg Castle
- Old Magistrates’ Court
- Kaiserliche Realschule
- Independence Avenue
- Meteorite Display
If it’s the outdoors you seek, you will not be disappointed when you visit the following nearby places to get your fix:
- National Botanical Gardens
- Zoo Park
- Daan Viljoen Game Park
- Von Bach Recreation Resort
- Oanob Dam
- Khomas Hochland
- Gocheganas Game Lodge
- Auas Game Lodge
- Grauman Water Reclamation Plant
- Avis Dam Nature Reserve
ulture buffs can mingle with the locals, and appreciate their handiwork, on a tour to Katatura Township, Penduka Women’s Craft Project, and the National Art Gallery.
You can shop until you drop at the Namibia Crafts Centre, catch a bite to eat at traditional restaurants, or stick to the familiar at one of the malls found throughout this modern city.
Getting out of the city
If you came to Namibia in search of the vast open spaces that you hear about, then you won’t be disillusioned on a scenic drive to Swakopmund from Windhoek in your Avis hire car.
Travel through the lush grasslands surrounding the capital, with tiny towns and massive mountains appearing alongside. The vegetation eventually dwindles to nothing and you enter the Namib Desert. Gaze at the passing landscapes of this amazing ancient desert until it crashes into the ocean at your destination about 3 hours’ drive from Windhoek.
Don’t miss the following highlights along the way:
- Erongo Mountains
- Namib Desert
- Moon Landscape
- Gross Barmen
- Anita Steyn’s Art Gallery at Karibib
- Ûiba-Ôas Crystal Market
Once you arrive, you can take full advantage of this action-packed adventure sports playground with some risky business on land and at sea, before heading back to Windhoek or onward to your next exciting destination.
Don’t miss a chance to explore as much of this incredibly diverse country while you can – your Avis hire car gives you the freedom to make it happen.