There is plenty of comfortable accommodation in Windhoek, from inexpensive backpackers’ hostels to family-run guesthouses, self-catering chalets and modern hotels. Guesthouses form the bulk of the properties, with many places only having a handful of rooms, so it pays to book well in advance. Most of the higher-end guesthouses, smaller hotels and restaurants are situated in the leafy eastern suburbs of Klein Windhoek, Ludwigsdorf and Eros Park, though they’re little more than a ten-minute drive into the centre of town. Other areas offering generally less expensive lodgings include Windhoek West, just west of the city centre, and within walking distance of Independence Avenue, and Pioneers Park – good for self-catering options, a fifteen-minute drive on the main road south next to the University of Namibia, close to a shopping centre. Within a thirty-minute drive of downtown, accommodation at Daan Viljeon Game Park offers a viable alternative. Note that many owner-managed places close down mid-December to mid-January, as people migrate to the coast for the main annual holidays.