Get attracted to the well-groomed Windhoek

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The city might have recently received its independence, but this does not mean that being a stand-alone area is new to them. As a matter of fact, the cleanliness and orderliness is so impressive that walking on the streets of this well-groomed city is enjoyable and very pleasant, particularly due to its pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

Not only does it boast an admirable city center, but different parts would also bring you to awe as safari and natural reserves also lie around the corners of this city.

Location

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital. Due to this fact, it is expected that political functions and structures are found here. It is even the main hub for education and cultural centers.

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Due to the weight of purpose found in the metro, it is no surprising that business districts are also established here. The area covers 1, 982 square meters and holds more than 320,000 in population.

Climate

The city has a semi-arid climate. The weather is generally hot. Summers occur in January, February, October, November and December.

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On the other hand, dry periods are from May to September. Cool temperatures are usually observed in July.

Transportation

The nearest airport from the city is around 40 km away, which is why international travelers might want to allot time in order to reach Windhoek. Usually, the city can be reached by trains, cars and buses.

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Bus travel time can take up to 24 hours from Cape Town and Johannesburg. It is suggested to book earlier to make sure of getting a reserved seat.

Attractions

Christuskirche

This monument serves as a reminder for the ground-breaking end of the war between Germans and the Khoikhoi, Herero, and Ovambo back in 1907.

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Because of this, the church was even named as ‘Çhurch of Peace’. The materials used were exclusively shipped from Italy and Germany.

Alte Feste

This first served as a headquarters for the colonial military force, but is now a museum exhibiting the remains of the fortress that was once built at the place.

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It was founded in 1890 and designed by German Captain Curt von Francois. After the building was renovated back in 1963, it became the home of Namibia’s national Museum.

Heroes’ Acre

This war memorial has commemorative sites that include entrance gates, an obelisk and an unknown soldier. The gates have two kneeling women with flowers symbolizing the Namibian culture of welcoming their guests.

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The Obelisk, on the other hand, is a copper mural that symbolizes the bravery and courage of the people who joined the quest for the country’s liberation.

Images:
(1) http://goista.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Hilton-Hotel-Windhoek-The-City-Where-Most-Safaris-Travelling-Through-Namibia-Begin.jpg
(2) http://portal.unesco.org/fr/files/49007/13502243263Namibia_mdgf_map.jpg/Namibia%2Bmdgf%2Bmap.jpg
(3) https://idukamicroloans.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/3-windhoek-skyscraper.jpg
(4) http://www.movewindhoek.com.na/sites/default/files/field/image/GIZ_2011_Guy_Suedafrika_ws.jpg
(5) http://www.xeta.at/var/albums/Namibia/DSI_3982_Namibia%20Windhoek%20Christuskirche.jpg?m=1348420751
(6) http://www.zuidafrikaspecialist.nl/app/webroot/upload/windhoek_alte_feste.jpg
(7) http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/8095583.jpg

Sources:

City of Windhoek – Tourism Portal – Top Attractions:
http://www.windhoekcc.org.na/tour_attractions.php

Windhoek Things To Do:
http://www.mydestinationnamibia.com/things-to-do/windhoek

Aira Algado

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