Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia, with international guests arriving on a daily basis. It is also the country’s cosmopolitan hub, catering towards a broad variety of tastes and needs. Hotels, luxury lodges and beautiful guest houses cover all accommodation requirements and there is no shortage of places to stay in and around the city. Whether you are just overnighting or planning on a longer stay, here are some fabulous options to consider.
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Heinitzburg garden terrace | Courtesy of Heinitzburg Hotel
The Hotel Heinitzburg combines traditional African friendliness with exceptional hospitality and gourmet cuisine. Once a castle, the hotel exudes a graceful tone with 16 superb and individually decorated en suite rooms and serene and secluded gardens. The elegant surrounds are completed by a first-class restaurant offering spectacular sunset views and a wine cellar holding the largest collection of carefully selected South African vintages in Namibia. There is also a swimming pool for guests and a Knights Room, an exclusive venue situated in the original castle featuring authentic historical artwork.
Standing as a picturesque oasis in the middle of the city, the Windhoek Country Club Resort offers guests a retreat from the hustle and bustle of life while still allowing easy access to everything Windhoek has to offer. Here, a leisurely lifestyle awaits, with a choice of luxurious accommodation and a variety of restaurants ranging from oriental to international cuisine, and cocktails and light meals. Golfers will want to book a round on the 18-hole golf course, while gamers can head to the casino. Fitness fans can get their fix at the gymnasium centre; for relaxation, head down to Lazy River and soak up some sun before taking a dip.
Fun, adventure and pampering await guests of the AVANI Windhoek Hotel and Casino as you unwind in style and absorb the vibe of the city. There is a wide choice of accommodation ranging from standard rooms to presidential suites, all elegantly furnished along clean-cut and contemporary lines. Eating is an eclectic affair featuring an international buffet with live cooking stations as well as a stylish bar and lounge. There is also an onsite beauty and health spa, and workout kits can be ordered and delivered right to your door.
This immaculate lodge is an outstanding ecotourism location, focussing on sustainability and existing side by side with wildlife. Driven by passion, the lodge puts 100% into everything it provides, from accommodation and wildlife experiences to food and wine. The beautiful lodge is constructed with ecologically clean material and many people from the surrounding San community are employed as staff. The onsite restaurant takes African cuisine to new heights of culinary delight, and there is a fabulous variety of wild adventures to explore, including hunting with San bushmen and cheetah tours.
Hotel Thule is a luxurious country estate perched high on a hill above the Windhoek city skyline. Accommodation options range from single rooms to twin and family rooms, all offering cosy yet spacious living quarters and air conditioning to quell the African heat. The Sundowner Terrace is well loved for its outstanding city views and is a popular spot to chill on warm balmy nights. The attached restaurant provides for elegant fine dining and serves up mouthwatering dishes with a diverse range of flavours and tastes.
Located in a small yet well-stocked game reserve, Onjala Lodge is the ideal combination of city and wildlife, affording guests all the attractions of a game reserve without their having to travel very far. The lodge is environmentally friendly and supports sustainable tourism, using solar power for heating and recycled water for irrigation. The natural stone rooms and suites all offer fantastic views and relaxation areas. Activities available include guided game drives, a wellness spa, hiking and stargazing, Dining is a sensory affair, with fabulous food and eye-catching views.
Immanuel Lodge is a charming and hospitable location on the outskirts of Windhoek and provides a peaceful respite from everyday life. There are nine thatched rooms that are simple yet stylish and accented by rustic touches such as handcrafted pieces of furniture. All the rooms have private patios where one can watch the resident tortoises, ducks, ostriches and springboks go about their daily routines and there is also a swimming pool, lapa (a type of gazebo) and barbecue area for guests to use. Meals are available from the lodge and are cooked by the owner himself.
Not far from the centre of Windhoek one will find the Windhoek Game Camp where giraffe, oryx, springbok and various other species of antelope roam free. The luxury lodge is self-catering and exudes a delightful farm-like atmosphere that is unhurried and relaxed. There are eight indulgent en suite tents that are all beautifully furnished and feature decks and fully equipped kitchens. The lodge also offers a swimming pool and all the game viewing you could wish to enjoy. The reserve is not open to day visitors, making wildlife spotting a peaceful experience.
Hillside @ Tenbergen is situated in the bustling suburb of Klein Windhoek, offering spacious and comfortable city living. From studio apartments that can sleep two to larger units that can comfortably sleep four, the hotel offers all the necessary amenities for an enjoyable stay. The modern and contemporary units are all self-catering and come with a fully equipped kitchen, but for those that don’t want to cook there is a great variety of restaurants within walking distance of Hillside.
Only the finest in luxury and style await guests at the sleek and contemporary Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel. The intimate boutique hotel features plush and elaborate suites designed to reflect the various regions of Namibia and each has its own lounge, fireplace and dining area. Cool glass and warm wood unite the soul of Africa into a perfect union with modern lines that exudes tranquil luxury at its best. The hotel also features an outstanding restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, completed with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.
Conveniently located near the Windhoek International Airport, the Etango Ranch Guest Farm offers its guests a uniquely Namibian experience. The working ranch forms part of a conservancy and activities include birding breakfasts, guided nature walks and a fascinating tour centred around the Namibian farming experience, including cattle ranching. Accommodation consists of three spacious en-suite bungalows and two double rooms with their own verandas.