Welcome to Windhoek, the gateway to Namibia!
According to Lonely Planet, Namibia is considered to be one of the safest countries in Africa with a stable, democratic government and infrastructure and is very easy to travel. Windhoek possesses a unique charm due to its harmonious blend of African and European cultures. With 250,000 inhabitants, Namibia’s capital is the biggest city in Namibia and lies in a beautiful valley bordered by the Eros Mountains in the north and the Auas mountains to the south. Towards the west stretches the Khomas Highland to the Namib desert and the coast.
Namibia’s unique landscape consists of beautiful desert ecosystems, rugged mountains, and sweeping savannas and plains. Outside of Windhoek, you will find the the highest sand dunes in the world and the deepest canyon in Africa. Visit Etosha National Park, one of the world’s greatest wildlife-viewing areas, to see a wealth of African wildlife or head to the coast to see the most endangered penguin in the world, the African penguin.
Conservation is very important to Namibian culture. It was the first country in Africa (and one of a few in the world) to include environmental protection in its constitution. The government gave people living in communal areas the opportunity to manage their natural resources through the creation of communal conservancies, which have helped restore populations of some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife.
Between 1995 and 2008, Namibia’s elephant populations more than doubled in size from 7,500 to over 16,00 individuals and is considered to be one of the greatest wildlife recoveries in Africa. In addition to elephants, Namibia boasts the largest population of wild black rhinos and cheetahs in the world and is the only country with a rising wild lion population.