Living in Windhoek, Namibia:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Windhoek, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 25 people living in Windhoek what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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We do not drink tap water, so be prepared to buy a filter or purified water from the shops. Sunscreen is a must because the sun gets really hot during the day. You must be vigilant at night, especially when you have to take a taxi. When we receive little to no rainfall, water becomes very expensive.

Florence, says: 2020

WIndhoek is the capital of Namibia and is thus the most densely populated city in Namibia. I recommend that someone who wishes to move to Windhoek considers finding accommodation closest to areas of their interest, such as their workplace, since traffic in Windhoek is nightmarish. This is not only due to the large number of vehicles during peak hours, but also due to taxi cab drivers who have a general disregard for traffic rules and are therefore participants in most road accidents.

Mutale, says: 2020

Be aware of the dangers in my city such crimes e.g., robbery. My city is small and easy to navigate in terms of travelling for those who love traveling a lot. My city has a lot of craft industry and black Smith’s, so if you love craft or hand work this is a place.

They would have to know that, Windhoek can be dangerous but it is a beautiful place, work or visit. It is full of interesting people and places. Additionally, most events take place within Windhoek, be it local or international, as this busy city is the capital of Namibia.

Bernadine, says: 2020

The population of Windhoek is very small and businesses are not really making that much profit. But, it is a very peaceful area when you want to avoid noise and those kinds of things. It is a very good area for retirement and when you need a place to relax for your holidays I recommend it.

Vanessa, says: 2020

Prepare for summer because when Windhoek is hot, one needs to have their bikinis ready! Another note when it is winter time Windhoek is extremely cold. Windhoek is a small city, so making friends will be easy for a lot of extroverts. If you save enough money, assuming you are a student then living in Windhoek will not be very expensive though accommodation is very high in this part of the country.

Martha, says: 2020

The price of cab to and from various locations within the city. Where Single Quarter is located for the best kapana. The locations to never visit alone in Katutura, especially if you’re new to town. Never go clubbing alone and always go drinking with people you really trust. Majority of cabs here are shared public transport, always greet people you find inside a cab, it is rude not to.

Bernadine, says: 2020

Windhoek is a breathtaking city in the central of Namibia. During summer the heat is scorching hot and it can get up to -3 degrees cold in winter. The people are friendly and extroverted, so rest assured that you will make plenty friends. Windhoek is a city known for a local delicacy called “kapana” and that is something one should try out at least once in their lifetime. Namibia being a country where most of its population is in poverty, first timers should be wary of pickpockets when they visit Windhoek.

Vanessa, says: 2020

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. My city is in the center of the country and it is surrounded by beautiful mountains. My City is filled with diverse loving people and we are always happy to see new people from all around the world. My city has so many cool places.

Karikurupisa, says: 2020

The city I reside in is the capital of Namibia and is in the heart of the country. What I love most about this city is that it is surrounded by lush green bushveld in summer after the first rainfall and in spring the Jacaranda trees sport vibrant purple flowers, painting the city with blotches of color as the season changers from Spring to Summer.

Robert, says: 2020

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. Windhoek is home to beautiful infrastructure and scenery, with views of hills and greenery that can be seen from different corners of the city. Great weather is enjoyed yearly, even the chilly winter is favourable. Namibians are a friendly and welcoming people. You will always find someone ready to help in the event that you find yourself in need of assistance. The city population is not very big; therefore, there are a number of people in the city but it is not overcrowded.

Robert, says: 2020

Be well versed in the English language as it is the national language of Namibia. Getting into a hotel or guest house is inexpensive, because of the growing tourism industry. Public transportation is relatively cheap, but be aware of robbers as you would any other place. Other than that, the people are very friendly and welcoming.

Florence, says: 2020

Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. It is the social, political, economic and cultural center of Namibia. It is beautiful green city with mountains and great landscape breathtaking view. There are friendly and welcoming people in it. You can access anything you need because nearly every Namibian enterprise, educational institutions and more headquartered there.

Mutale, says: 2020

The weather can be hot and dry, drinking a lot of water during the day is recommended. Our city is quite small compared to cities such as london (about six times smaller). Most people who you will be in contact with do not make racist remarks, regardless of your skin tone.

Karikurupisa, says: 2020

Windhoek is a vibrant city with lots of of ethnic diversity. It is a place where communities help each other, and always assist in building projects to grow. What I love is the nature all around the city, trees, bushes, flowers and all the beauty that Windhoek entails.

Karikurupisa, says: 2020

The city is clean and the people are friendly. Rich cultures exhibited in many parts of the city and hence there are lots of tours you can have in the city. There is a wide variety of restaurants for those who enjoy dining out. You get to also experience the culture through the food.

Bianca, says: 2020

Windhoek is a beautiful city. The temperatures can rise to 35 degrees C in summer. We have many historical buildings which can be viewed. There are many lodges and bed and breakfasts around Windhoek with hiking trails, where you can escape to on weekends and enjoy nature at its best.

Kwayoita, says: 2020

It’s clean, vibrant and has unbelievable cultural diversity. Its property prices are extremely expensive, especially considering its size and location. Beside all that, Windhoek is listed among the world’s cleanest cities, both in Africa and worldwide. Its people are friendly, and it has minimal crime. It’s also surrounded by nature.

Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia with tall buildings and beautiful night lights. Most of the industrial areas are found in Windhoek where one can easily get a job. It is very difficult moving around Windhoek from school, work, gym and shopping due to the high increasing traffic during the morning hours and knock off time. Windhoek is a beautiful city.

Michael, says: 2020

Anyone considering moving to my city, has made the best decision. Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia. Windhoek is also the largest city in Namibia. It has different exotic places that are enchanting to the eye. The people that live in Windhoek come from different walks of life.

Angezelle, says: 2020

Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia. The city is populated by people from all over Namibia. The majority of people are from the Oshiwambo speaking tribe, they are very kind and helpful. You will hardly ever get bored in Windhoek because of the many adventurous activities you can do in this beautiful city such as dune boarding, go-kart racing, and swimming.

Florence, says: 2020

My city has a lot of mountains surrounding it. Certain roads and buildings reside on hills. There are so many cars to look at, taxi drivers yelling out for customers, and of course all the traffic. It’s an interesting place to travel to especially during the summer, we love it here.

I reside in the city of Windhoek, which is located in Namibia. South West of Africa. A few things you should know about my city is that, it is located in the center of the county. Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia and it serves as a tourist attraction for many foreigners.

I reside in Windhoek, Namibia. The top things someone needs to consider when moving to my city include, the accommodation cost which is not expenses at all, the housing cost are quite fare. In addition to this another thing to consider is the cost of living which is unfortunately high due to transport and other living costs.

Manchester, says: 2020

Windhoek is a beautiful city located right in the center of Namibia. The streets are often bustling with activity and the people here are quite friendly. The local cuisine might be the highlight of moving to my city and most food places are inexpensive. The downside to living here is the high rate of gender based violence and passion killings, so finding love here is a hopeless endeavour.

Martha, says: 2020

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