One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Namibia

NAMIBIA
Namibia the country gets its name from the Namib Desert- one of the oldest deserts in the world.Namibia is, in fact, the second least densely populated country in the world.Some actually say that there is more wildlife population than the humans in Namibia : )

Capital City -Windhoek

An extremely small city by international standards, still Windhoek is one of the most charming and friendliest cities I have traveled to.

Windhoek the capital city of Namibia is renowned for it german architecture and most important the “WILDLIFE”

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

1.)Baboon walk

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Baboon

The Baboons are considered to be the oldest monkeys of Africa. They are huge and usually travel in groups called Mobs.But the sad truth is they are being killed on a daily basis in Namibia.But when there is evil there is God
Women named Marlice van Vuuren started Naankuse Lodge which has been home to so many of these animals who are either physically abused or left on the farms to die.

Coming to the point, the lodge now gives you chance to play with these beautiful animals.
They are so much fun and trust me when I say Fun:).This was one of the best experience of my life.

2.)Joe’s beer house

There’s an unofficial saying that goes like this: ‘You have not been to Namibia if you have not been to Joe’s’. Best you check it out?

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Joe’s Beer House

Joe’s Beer house is a huge restaurant with the funky African decor.It actually serves around 700-800 people on a daily basis and has a staff of more than 100.
What I like about this place its unique community seating tables which means you will surely
guaranteed that you’ll meet and mingle with fellow travelers.
The food is super scrumptious and there is all kinds of game meat – crocodile, kudu, oryx, and springbok. Also every Wednesday they have drumming classes where you sing and play drums with others, so cool right -!

If you ever find yourself in Windhoek, you should stop by this joint to exchange travel tales, taste some game meat, or at the very least enjoy a drink.

3.)Meet the Himba tribes

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Himba tribal woman

One of the highlights of my Namibian trip was a possibility to meet the indigenous tribes of Africa. One such tribe is the Himba tribe. Himba are semi-nomadic indigenous people who have managed to avoid too much outside influence and still live the way their ancestors did centuries ago.
Hairstyle and jewelry are very important for the Himba, it actually indicates the age and the social status of each person within the community. The hair of the women is normally covered in red mud and they also use some kind of a red substance to protect their skin from the sun.

4.)Windhoek Beer

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Windhoek Beer

Most of the beers you drink today are made with help of colorants and preservatives, however, this one is an exception.Winning gold medal awards for the best beer in African continent for last few years “Windhoek beer” is the purest beer you dream of.It was invented by 2 German friends in 1920 and they only use 3 ingredients to make this one -Malted barley, hops, and pure water.
Drinking Windhoek beer is must in Windhoek.

5.)The Christ Church

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Church

The Christ Church (or Christuskirche) is one of the most important landmarks of the city.The church was built in 1907 and the name (Church of Christ) was chosen to symbolize an idea of peace. It is located on a top of small hill and the tower of the church is  42 meters high.Interestingly, the stained-glass windows were a present from the German Emperor, Wilhelm II.

6.INK PALACE (TINTENPALAST)

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Ink Palace

Situated opposite the Christuskirche in Windhoek, the Tintenpalast was designed by leading German architect of the time, Gottlieb Redecker, and built-in 1913.
Today it houses the National Assembly of Namibia.Some say that the palace gained its nickname – the Palace of Ink, because of the sheer volume of ink used by government officials within!

7.)Parliament garden

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Gardens

After visiting the Christ Church, be sure to make a stop at the adjacent Parliament Gardens, also known as Namibia’s National Botanical Gardens. Its perfect spot to relax in evenings.

8.)Namibian tribal food

Namibia is home to a lot of ethnic tribes and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to try the tribal food.Meeting few tribes in the city, I was recommended a restaurant called Xwama.
Xwama is situated in Windhoek’s most diverse and lively township- KATUTURA!

Xwama is traditional Namibian restaurant which offers great tribal food which is almost impossible to find in any other restaurant.It offers that kind of food which you see on the lonely planet, NatGeo wild etc.

On the Menu today is

1.)Omutsegwoshikombo

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Goats head

In simple language, it is goats head made with local spice and is best eaten with rice.

2.)Omalodu

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Local Beer

This is a local beer which normally brewed in the villages.
Super Strong

9.)Na’an Kuse Lodge

The lodge is 30 minutes drive from the airport right in between the Namibian desert.It’s has a lot of activities like cheetah walks, interaction with the local tribes, wine tasting and behind the scene tour which is my favorite.

One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Naankuse lodge

Marlice van Vuuren is
Marlice van Vuuren, is one of Namibia’s most popular nature conservationists and also the founder of Naankuse Foundation. She told me the lodge has been home to so many animals who are physically abused and then left to die.She shows and explains about so many different animals and birds which are endangered now.Behind the scene, tour which is hosted by her is must do where you will get a chance to encounter these beautiful animals

A salute to Marlice Van Vuuren who is doing so much for the wildlife.

ALL the above tours can be customized and  arranged by Windhoek Tours

 

Windhoek Layover tours

 

“They say Namibia is the Smile of Africa, come and experience it for yourself.”

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One day in Windhoek: Places to see and things to do in Namibia

Baba KaranVeeR

Layovers is a personal travel blog which was started by Baba Aka Karanveer .He currently works as Cabin crew for a well known international airline that flies all over the world.He loves traveling to new countries where he explores the culture, the city, and its food. He hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.

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