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    GIBEON METEORITE FOUNTAIN

    by DAO Updated Nov 23, 2009

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    The Gibeon Meteorites were a massive 150 tons fall of space debris near the town of Gibeon, in Southern Namibia. They were first reported by Capt. J.E. Alexander in 1838, but are estimated to have fallen thousands of years ago. 31 of the original 77 meteorites are displayed on steel columns so you can have a closer look at what was the largest such meteor shower in the world - ever. The meteorites themselves are estimated to be 4 BILLION years old! I wish this was signposted as I didn’t realise its importance until after I left Windhoek. If you are interested, you can actually buy pieces of these meteorites on several internet sites.

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    Botanical Gardens

    by PierreZA Written Nov 10, 2009

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    The Botanical gardens in Windhoek is worth visiting for an hour or more.
    The gardens have some beautiful plants, including aloes, quiver trees etc.
    It is also possible to buy plants from the nursery at the gardens.
    Entrance is free.

    Quiver trees Windhoek - Botanical Garden
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    The Dan Viljoen National Park

    by Gili_S Updated Oct 17, 2009

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    The Dan Viljoen National Park is one of the smallest in Namibia, but it is unique for the area because of its small lake in the middle. It is perfect place for short walks and trekking. The landscape is just amazing and it is very close to Windhoek so you can visit this place even if you have only one day.

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    Windhoek-Skeleton coast

    by georeiser Written Oct 10, 2009

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    It takes 10 hours to drive from Windhoek to Skeleton coast. The roads are bad. 2 days travel on a camping car are the minimum according to the local people. Price from 4000 N$ with guide. Or rent your own car.

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    The clock tower

    by georeiser Written Oct 9, 2009

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    The clock tower in Independence Avenue is a copy of the original Deutsche Afrikabank clock tower from 1908. But it's a nice construction. If you go downwards from the clock tower in the junction of Independence Avenue, you will find a shopping center. This is the main commercial area in the downtown.

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    Reiterdenkmal

    by georeiser Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    Reiterdenkmal monument, man on a horse monument, was build in the early 1910s after the defeat of the Herero and Nama uprising. It symbolises the victory of the German Schutztruppe. Only fallen Germans are remembered with this monument. The monument is therefore not so popular by the Namibians, and will maybe be teared down a day in the future...
    The monument is in front of the "Alte Feste" (Old Fortress).

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    Alte Feste

    by georeiser Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    The "Alte Feste" (Old Fortress) was completed in 1890 during the German colonization of Namibia, and is the oldest standing building in the city. It was the military headquarter in 1915. In 1957 it was declared a national monument. It now houses the state museum with independence collection.

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    The meteorit rocks in Windhoek

    by georeiser Written Oct 8, 2009

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    The Hoba meteorit in Grootfontain, northern Namibia, is the largest known meteorit on the earth with its 60 tons of iron and nickel. It fell into the earth for 80,000 years ago, and is estimated to be 300 mill years old. Pieces of this meteorit is located in stands in downtown Windhoek.

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    Zoo park in Windhoek

    by georeiser Written Oct 7, 2009

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    The main park in the centre of Windhoek is called the "Zoo Park". But it's just a park, and not a zoo. A lot of young people are hanging around here. You will find the park in the middle of Independence Ave, Fidel castro street, Park street and Luderitz street.

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    Gibeon Meteorites

    by PierreZA Written Jul 2, 2008

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    These are to be said the largest known meteorite shower to fall to earth. It covered an area of 360km long and 110km wide.
    There is some good info at the site in Windhoek where the meteorites are exhibited.

    Gibeon Meteorites
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    Okapuka Game Ranch II - Animals

    by PierreZA Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    See previous tip for general info on Okapuka Ranch.
    The Ranch is home to a great variety of game. You will be able to see the magnificent Gemsbok (Oryx) , Springbok, Sabel antilope, Waterbuck, crocodile, giraffe etc etc.
    A very special/scary meeting was with a group of rhino. The game ranger actually got out of the vehicle - with these wild rhinos very close to us. These are huge animals and the first time I had a chance to see these animals at such close range.

    Rhino @ Okapuka Sabel antilope
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    Okapuka Game Reserve/Ranch I

    by PierreZA Written Jun 29, 2008

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    This Ranch is only 30km from Windhoek, which makes it an easy daytrip. There is however good accommodation available, so an overnight is even better.
    Many activities are on offer, and there is also a good restaurant and bar.
    Game drives should be booked, as should all other activities. You are not allowed to drive in the reserve with your own vehicle.
    Tours are conducted under the guidance of experienced Rangers. The Ranger with whom we han two different drives, were extremely knowledgable and we had a very pleasent experience.
    The accommodation is good, and close to the main buildings (reception and restaurant).
    A huge variety of fauna and flora is found on the ranch (which is 14000 ha), at the foot of the Otjihavera mountains.

    Giraffe Late afternoon
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    BUY A ROAD MAP

    by DAO Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    The New Bookseller

    This place could save your life. Or least a lot of time. This very well stocked bookstore sells the up-to-date road map for Namibia for a little over $5. Buy it! I tried 4 petrol garages before this. They do not sell maps there! You must have this map to weigh up your options as not all routes are paved roads in Namibia. They also sell postcards, but at slightly higher price than you can find around the corner.

    Mon-Fri 8h30-17h30
    Saturday 8h30-13h00
    After hours by appointment
    081 2484248 or 081 2518164

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    TINTENPALAST PARK

    by DAO Updated May 10, 2008

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    Tintenpalast Park is just below the ‘Ink Palace’ which houses the different legislative assemblies. It is a little tropical oasis of tranquillity inside the heart of Windhoek. There are lovely steps leading up top the Parliament Building, fountains, beautiful flowers and palm trees. There are some nice wooden benches to sit on and a scenic path to walk around. Don’t be put off by the warning sign (pictured), you can loiter all you want. Just stay out of the flowerbeds!

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    THE INK PALACE

    by DAO Updated May 10, 2008

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    I love the name of this place! It is called the Tintenpalast, which means "Ink Palace" in German. It is a large building that houses both chambers of the Namibian legislature, the National Council and the National Assembly. It was designed by the architect Gottlieb Redecker and built by the company Sander & Kock between 1912 and 1913 out of local materials as an administration building for the German colonial government of the time. It got its name from employees of the building from the vast amounts of ink the government used inside.

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