Namibia :: Central Namibia
Category: Places :: Capital City
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With a population of more than 325 000 people, the capital is the country's largest city and its social, economic and cultural centre. Its origins date back to 1849 when the Oorlam Captain, Jan Jonker Afrikaner, settled at the site of the strongest spring in the area. It's unclear where the name Windhoek originates from, but one theory is that Afrikaner called it Windhoek (Afrikaans for windy corner) as the area experiences windy days for more than 70% of the year. The Namas called it "/Ai-//Gams" (Fire Water) and the Herero named it "Otjomuise" (Place of Steam), after the vapour escaping from the hot springs in the area.
Captain Afrikaner built a stone church which was also used as a school but the settlement was destroyed during the war between the Nama and Herero. In 1884 South West Africa was declared a German protectorate and on 18 October 1890 Major Curt Von Francois laid the foundation stone of a fort in Windhoek, from where the Schutztruppe could maintain order. The strong springs in the area provided water for drinking and irrigation, and Windhoek formed a buffer between the warring Herero and Ovambo.
After the War of Resistance ended in 1907 development accelerated as people migrated from the countryside to the city and soon there was also a large influx of European settlers from Germany and South Africa. The German influence can still be seen today.
|Address :||Central Namibia|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)61 209 4111|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+264(0)61 433 1000|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+264(0)61 222 749|
|Embassy :||Yes||Embassy Telephone :||+264(0)61 205 7111|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+264(0)61 290 6000|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||LRP/ULP|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Type :||50ppm Diesel|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone :||+264(0)61 222 067|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Car Rental, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Other Facilities :||Gymnasium. Sportgrounds/Showgrounds. Auto Dealer. Auto Spares. Auto Specialist Service. Court. Government Services. Hostel Services. Municipal. School/s. Weather Station. Commercial Offices. Physiotherapist. Veterinarian/Animal Hospital. Theatre/Cinema. Bar/s. Carwash. Courier Service. Insurance/Financial Services. Photocopying Services. Plumbing Services. Architects. Computer/IT Services. Fast Food. Research Services. Upholsters. Radio Station.|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Wine Tasting, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Donkey Trekking, Horse Trails, Donkey Cart Drives, Camel Rides, Animal Feeding, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Diving, Snorkelling, Surfing, Sandboarding, Water Skiing, Canoeing, Makoro Trips, Sea_Kayaking, Sailing, Boat Trips, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Whale or Dolphin Watching, Scenic Flights, Hot-air Balloon Flights, Stargazing, Photography|
|More Activities :||Sky Diving. Camping Safaris. Desert Excursions. Hunting. Ice Skating.|
|Notes on Activities :||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia. Cash, Debit and Credit cards are accepted at most fuel stops in the larger and touristy towns. Just always take extra cash with in case they only accept cash!
The hospital number for the private Roman Catholic hospital, open 24hrs is +264 61 270 2004.
The contact number for the Medi-Clinic hospital in Windhoek is +264 (0)61 433 1000.
SHOPS & SERVICES:
Windhoek meets all a traveller’s requirements. There are modern, well-stocked grocery stores, specialist shops selling camping and travel gear, banks for foreign exchange, and much more.
The number for Tow-in Specialists (+264(0)61 222 067) is an all hours' number which will divert to a cell phone after hours.
Also try these numbers: +264(0)61 222 111 / +264(0)61 222 064 (Tow In Specialist Windhoek);
+264(0)61 217 377 / +264(0)81 244 1991 (R & R Recovery Windhoek);
+264(0)61 217 421 / +264(0)81 128 3458 (24/7 Recovery Windhoek).
You are not allowed to take photographs of government buildings in Namibia, even if there are no signs to this effect. Opening hours of museums may be restricted to office hours so it’s best to confirm these before planning your day.
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