Cheapest car hire in Windhoek
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*daily rates in Windhoek based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.
Useful things to know about Windhoek
- Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia.
- It’s located 5.600 feet above sea level.
- The original names for the city were Khekhoe and Otijherero both of which refer to the steam that escapes from the ground nearby.
- The city was established by the Dutch in 1840.
- The city was destroyed and abandoned in 1885 before being rebuilt in 1890 by the British.
- South Africa is approximately 850 km south east and Botswana 340 km east of Windhoek.
Windhoek Mini Guide
Where is Windhoek?
Windhoek is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Namibia. It’s far inland and set high up on a plateau at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level. It was originally called German South West Africa and then, when it became part of the British Empire, simply South West Africa. It’s the seat of the government and the centre for safaris searching for the thrill of big cat watching in the savannah around the city.
How do I get to Windhoek?
The best way is to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport. The airport is nearly 25 miles out of town and you’ll need to get a bus or shared taxi, called ‘combos’, from the airport unless you are going to hire a car. This is a good option as it will allow you to see the city at your own speed and head out into the countryside to see the wildlife without the expense of a guided trip. Another alternative is to take the scenic but very long coach ride from Cape Town
(approximately 24 hours!)
What Shouldn’t I Miss Whilst I’m There?
There’s the history of the city from its colonial days including the Lutheran Church from the time missionaries operated here. There are the street names dedicated to the ‘friends’ of Namibia including Robert Mugabe and Fidel Castro. You can go on a ‘big cat safari from the city to see cheetah and leopard in their natural surroundings. You can also visit ‘Cats Unlimited, a breeding and preservation unit near the city and finally you should also take the chance to taste some ‘bush meat’ from the likes of antelope and kudu which is on sale in many of the butchers here and in the restaurants around the city.