Cheap Flights & Boredom – Windhoek, Namibia

Hi there! My week’s schedule has been messed up completely & I had hoped to write about something current, but that will have to wait. In the meantime, I’ll tell you about a day I had a few months ago.

 

Windhoek, the capital & largest city of Namibia, has a number of interesting aspects. The population is only a few hundred thousand which is tiny in comparison to other capital cities, but makes sense considering Namibia’s population. The city’s main airport is located 40-50 kilometers outside the city which means when you arrive you have quite a long drive & there is nothing to see – almost as if you are in the middle of nowhere. Another thing that I found to be quite strange is that a number of the streets are named after dictators; I say this because Namibia is not & has never been a dictatorship.

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Anyway, Windhoek is not high up on any travel “must see” lists & almost all travelers visiting are merely passing through, just like I was. I saw cheap flights available so I booked them, but the minor detail was a 20-something hour stop over in Windhoek. Naturally, I saw this as an opportunity to see a bit of the city.

 

The thing is, there isn’t all that much to do there & even less if you are there on the weekend like I was. After I had been to Christuskirche, an old Lutheran church & probably the most iconic building in Windhoek, I went to the crafts centre & had a good walk around. I went back to my accommodation & found myself feeling something I had never felt while traveling. I was bored.

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I decided to go to a place called Joe’s Beerhouse to kill some time before my flight out. I also thought this would be the perfect opportunity to drink a Windhoek Lager in Windhoek. Before that drink arrived, a local man joined me & started telling me his life story. He went on for almost an hour about how his mistress was pregnant & how he really loved his wife, but this was all a big mistake. I think in that time, I had the opportunity to say 5 words. As entertaining awkward as that was for me, I said goodbye & made my way to the airport very early for my flight.

 

To sum this up, Windhoek is a very beautiful & peaceful city. However, if you are passing through the sleepy capital, maybe limit your stay to just a few hours.

 

Keep traveling, keep safe.

DanVenture Travels

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15 thoughts on “Cheap Flights & Boredom – Windhoek, Namibia

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  1. Were there no ladies in their beautiful dresses snd headdressings? I was there many years ago and don’t remember it being so quiet.
    A couple of years ago I visited Luderitz and the town itself had really gone downhill. Perhaps its a sign of the times.

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  2. I couldn’t relate more to your post title today. Getting ready to jet off (only domestically in the U.S.) this weekend. Stay tuned for a blog post. Thanks for sharing about Namibia! It’s always interesting to hear about places people don’t always think to travel to.

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  3. I’ve read a few of your blogs about your travels through different African countries and they’re really interesting! I hope to visit all of Africa one day, come visit Côte-d’Ivoire if you haven’t yet! 😊

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      1. No problem, and really? It’s actually quite easy no matter which country you’re from. I have an American passport and the process was pretty smooth, but maybe it differs with other countries.

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  4. I actually moved around Namibia and the “sleepiness/boredom” you are describing is quite accurate! If you were to pass through Namibia again, it’s definitely worth it to make the drive to Walvis Bay. Granted, it is a bit touristy during certain seasons, but being able to see the desert meet the sea is like no other!

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