However, in the surrounding areas, visitors will find a vast array of sights and sounds to experience as part of a vacation of a lifetime!
Windhoek is a great place to start, as it is the administrative hub, the center of all transportation links, both internally and internationally, and home to a wealth of attractions! For example, the National Gallery of Namibia is located here, as well as a number of interesting and culturally important museums and libraries. It is also here that travelers can stock up on supplies before heading out to the other, wilder areas of the country.
Central Namibia is not particularly wild compared with these other areas – it is unlikely that you will need an off-road vehicle in order to visit some of the tourist hotspots or to drive to your accommodation, as the majority of the region’s boutique hotels, luxury lodges and bush camps are accessed via well-maintained roads and highways. However, the area does boast some superb viewing spots for wildlife, especially birdlife. So if you are a keen birder, do not forget your binocs!
In the immediate area surrounding the capital city, there are a number of private and public wildlife reserves. You can book to stay here and take guided tours into the bush, to see all the animals in action up close and personal! Gamsberg Mountain offers a dramatic focal point to the inland plateau in Central Namibia, as part of the Khomas Hochland. Hot springs can be discovered here too, providing a relaxing dip in steaming water! The area also plays host to the beginnings of two deserts – the Namib to the west of Windhoek, and the Kalahari to the east. So whichever direction you choose to take from the center, you are guaranteed to find something spectacular!
The central region of Namibia is a fantastic base from which travelers can explore some of the finest cultural and natural experiences this country has to offer. From chic safari, to hot air ballooning over the desert, to visiting local villages, to seeing the ancient rock engravings first hand at Twyfelfontein… this really is a remarkable region!