Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, with a population numbering around 300,000 souls. A clean city, it has buildings both from the bygone eras as well as modern architecture. Windhoek used to be called !Ai Gams, and served as the headquarters for Jan Jonker Afrikaner. With a strong fountain and a lot of grazing for his cattle, he stayed here until uprooted by the Germans in the colonial wars.
Today Windhoek is a bustling, modern city with shops and restaurants of world standard. One thing in Windhoek stands out though, and that is the pace of the city – or lack of it. It has a relaxed atmosphere to it, and the visitor will immediately feel this when walking around Windhoek. With many museums and old buildings present, Windhoek offers a lot for the enthusiastic photographer.
Town tours to Katatura, as well as into the city are a good way to get to know the place. The closest park to Windhoek is the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve. Not to the standard of some of Namibia’s other game reserves, it still offers something to the visitor and is to be enjoyed in that way.
Several lodges complement the area as well, with well-stocked game numbers and beautiful African styles; these lodges can be visited as you travel through Namibia.