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WINDHOEK - CAPITAL OF NAMIBIA

Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. The city is located in central Namibia in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains at around 1700 metres (5600 ft) above sea level. Its location has obvious benefits when it comes to governing a country the size of Namibia, and also makes it the ideal place to start and plan any Namibia safari.

The 2001 census determined Windhoek's population was 233,529. A population influx from all over Namibia has caused researchers to estimate the figure to be well over 300,000

Due to its relative size, Windhoek is even more so than other capitals the social, economic, and cultural centre of the country. Virtually every national enterprise has its headquarters here. The University of Namibia is here, as is the country's only theatre, all ministry head offices, and all major media and finance bodies.

Windhoek is situated in a semi-arid climatic region. Days are mostly warm with very hot days during the summer months, while nights are generally cool. The average annual temperature is 19°C, which is high for a site at such a high altitude on the edge of the tropics. This is mainly due to the prevalence of a warm northerly airflow and the mountains to the south, which shelter the city from cold southerly winds.

The winter months of June, July and August usually experience little or no rain. Minimum temperatures range between 5°C and 18°C. Nights are usually cool, although the temperature seldom drops below 0°C, and it almost never snows. Days are usually warm to hot, varying from a maximum of 20°C in July to 31°C in January.

Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated 45 kilometres outside Windhoek, handles well over 400,000 passengers a year and connects daily to Frankfurt, Germany. Southern Africa's hub, Johannesburg, is only a two-hour flight away, from where it is possible to connect to more than 50 cities. Other international airports are located in Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.

Eros Airport, located close to the city center, is the busiest airport in Namibia in terms of take offs and landings. The airport handles around 12,000 individual flights a year, the majority of which are light aircraft servicing the Namibia fly-in safari circuit.