Accommodation in Windhoek reflects the essence of Namibia as the country has quite a variety of tantalizing treasures to offer its visitors. From forlorn deserts to the rich-in-wildlife northern areas, it offers wondrous abundance in one complete package. The same abundance can be found in the number and quality of accommodation options found in the capital city of Windhoek. Whether you fancy quaint guesthouses or luxurious hotels, the traveler to Windhoek will not be disappointed with what is available. Each type of accommodation offers guests unique attributes. Below is a short description of each type and what they entail.
Backpackers offer budget accommodation to the adventurous type of traveler who only needs the basics. Bedrooms are usually in dormitory format with bathrooms being shared. Lights meals may be available. In short, it offers visitors an easy get-up-and-go option along with the flair of a rustic style of traveling. Some also offer lockers in which to store valuable items.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is usually offered in a small private house setup. B&B’s are small and quaint with a maximum number of 6 rooms. A family atmosphere allows the guest to feel right at home with personal attention assured by hosts. With a home style cooking menu and family dining area, B&B’s are a sure choice when opting for a quiet and relaxed stay. B&B’s may or may not offer a swimming pool and lapa area.
Camping can be the ultimate in getting up close and personal with nature, in Namibia this can be a most wondrous experience. Campsites and caravan parks are available in abundance across the country at most major destinations with Windhoek being no exception. Hot water is often provided by a “donkie”, local lingo for a fire made underneath a drum filled with water, although some may make use of a geyser or solar panels. Facilities usually include campsites on ground or grass, communal ablution facilities, a barbeque area and a wash up area. Some may even sport private ablution facilities per campsite as well as 220V power points. Camping offers unique “one with nature” experiences and can be truly rewarding.
Guesthouses in Windhoek offer travelers a wide variety to choose from. Locations, decor, services and atmosphere are different for each one and lends body to the fact that diversity, as the Namibian landscape, is abounding. Each guesthouse normally has a minimum of 4 rooms, some with en suite facilities.
Breakfast is included in the rate with some establishments offering dinner as well. Rooms provide more comforts and luxuries and an outside garden setting with swimming pool may also be available.
Accommodation offered by small hotels usually range between 6 and 20 rooms, most with en suite facilities. Each hotel will have its own unique style and atmosphere with all meals generally served. This kind of establishment is more formal in terms of service delivery and may offer full hotel services such laundry and room service.
As the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek hosts a blend of beautiful and luxurious hotels. These normally have a minimum of 20 rooms of which most have en suite facilities. All meals are served and services are of the highest standard. A reception area, lounge, restaurant and other facilities are built in to the design, offering raised levels of comfort to guests. Room service, internet access in rooms, laundry and a minibar are just some of the extras that may be included.
The idea of a purpose-built lodge is to allow the feeling of being closely in touch with nature. Lodges are usually built with natural materials such as wood and thatch. They are built in locations where close contact with nature is favored and around major attractions or highways. A reception and dining area as well as an outdoor lounging area are key features. Rooms are built to accentuate the surrounding environment and may have en suite facilities. All meals are served.
This type may range from a house to an apartment or chalet. They may be rented out for longer periods of stay and usually include a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, stove, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery. With all the fittings of modern day comfort, self catering establishments offer a home away from home atmosphere.
Windhoek truly offers an accommodation product for everyone in terms of personal taste, luxury and budget. Begin your journey to Namibia with a night in the capital city or ponder the wonders and experiences in style before heading home.