Windhoek, Namibia's capital city, is situated in the middle of the country and, for a capital city, it is relatively small and quiet with an interesting mix of Africa and Europe. As the main gateway for Namibia, most travellers will visit Windhoek at the start or end of their trip, usually just for an overnight stay before moving on the next day. For those who have a little time here there are a number of interesting museums and art galleries to visit and examples of German colonial architecture including Christus Kirche, an early twentieth century Lutheran Church with stained glass windows donated by Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Old Fort - Alte Feste - is now is part of the National Museum.
The hilly highlands to the north of Windhoek are worth considering as a stop between the capital and Etosha or Damaraland. There are a couple of places where you can gain an insight into the rescue and rehabilitation of Namibia's big cats, the most famous being Okonjima, home to the Africa Foundation. The area also attracts visitors looking to explore on foot with good walking opportunities on the Waterberg Plateau and in the Erongo Mountains.
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For the ultimate exclusivity at Okonjima book the Villa or the Bush Suite which both come with private guide and chef. If you are keen on walking make time for a stop at Erongo or the Waterberg Plateau.
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If you head to the Okonjima Nature Reserve, make a stop at the AfriCat Foundation, which researches and rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyaenas.
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