The best sun­set spots

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Wind­hoek has a hand­ful of great view­points over­look­ing the city and the sur­round­ing moun­tains. Even though most of the places listed here are ex­pen­sive ho­tels, you don’t have to stay there to en­joy the view.

Hil­ton Wind­hoek’s Skybar

Take the lift to the ninth floor and find a place on the deck next to the swim­ming pool to watch the sun dip be­hind the Khomas Hochland in the west. (See pre­vi­ous spread for the view you get from here.) Just about all of down­town Wind­hoek’s im­por­tant land­marks and build­ings are vis­i­ble. Sup­port the bar while you’re there. Where? Rev Michael Scott Street Con­tact: 00 264 61 296 2929; hil­ton.com

Ho­tel Thule

If you want to es­cape the city cen­tre, head to the hills. Ho­tel Thule is a swanky place on a hill over­look­ing the sub­urbs of Eros and Klein Wind­hoek – those are the Auas Moun­tains in the dis­tance (see photo, left). Book a ta­ble at On the Edge Restau­rant for a panoramic view; the win­dows are big. Where? 1 Gorges Street Con­tact: 00 264 61 371 950; hotelthule.com

Ho­tel Heinitzburg

Heinitzburg is a three-storey cas­tle built in 1914 by Dr Hans Bo­g­islav Graf von Sch­w­erin, as a gift for his wife Mar­garethe von Heinitz. From the ter­race you have views of the city to the west, with the Khomas Hochland on the hori­zon. Come en­joy a drink at this colo­nial land­mark (now a luxury ho­tel). Where? 22 Heinitzburg Street Con­tact: 00 264 61 249 597;

www.heinitzburg.com

River Cross­ing Lodge

The deck at River Cross­ing Lodge, south-east of the city, is a favourite spot for sun­down­ers. The lodge is on a 6 500 ha game re­serve. Set­tle into a chair next to the swim­ming pool and look west to see Wind­hoek flanked by moun­tains. Even though it’s close to the city you get a real feel for the coun­try’s wide open spa­ces here. Where? 3 km out­side Wind­hoek; the turn-off is on the B6 (air­port road). Con­tact: 00 264 61 401 494;

www.river­cross­ing.com.na

HO­TEL THULE

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