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    German Chruch

    by THLIN Written Sep 25, 2004

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    It's really an amazing stuff to see a beautiful chruch in Africa. Just 10 minute walk from the town. Inside there is a nice grandpa who gives visitors a hand, even you need a photo-taking, he is willing to do so. What's more, you don't have to pay any entrance fee.

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    Katatura

    by Bigjones Written Apr 28, 2005

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    We felt like home in the center of Windhoek, but when we went to the suburb, in the Katatura township (= black ghetto), we entered a very different world. This is where most of the middle-class and poor black people live. It's recommended to go there with a guide who will explain you the history of this township and show you around instead of going on your own, this could be dangerous in some places. The tourism information office on Independence Ave offers 3-hour-tours for about 150 N$. It worths the value.

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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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    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.

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    THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NAMIBIA

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a very fascinating and free museum. Unfortunately the staff will ask you for a ‘donations' but just ignore them. The Museum is part of an old army garrison that contains lot of interesting Political exhibits from the last century. It shows the struggles of SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organization) to gain independence from Germany. Among the exhibits it shows imprisonment of SWAPO members in South Africa, Independence, and the first elections. It also has exhibits on colonial times and displays of the Constitution, Flag, National Anthem and Coat of Arms. Interestingly, the official language of Namibia is ENGLISH.

    Please note: Their website is not currently working.

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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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    GET YOUR CASH IN A FLASH – THE BOB ATM

    by DAO Written Mar 7, 2008

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    2 ARE HERE !
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    BOB’s your uncle! OK, maybe he is not. The saying “Bob’s your uncle” is an English expression meaning life is great. The First National Bank (Bank Of Botswana) has an extensive network of ATM’s across Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. They have 6 machines here in Windhoek. Their helpful website, listed below, has a Branch and/or ATM finder so you can get your money for your adventures in other cities as well. They have a huge network and they often have ATM’s at petrol garages near border areas and in shopping areas. Just where you need your cash to be. So don’t worry about carrying large amounts of cash in Southern Africa. BOB’s your uncle!

    Details of Windhoek ATM’s:

    ATM Name: Windhoek Branch Lobby (3 MACHINES INSIDE - SECURE)
    Street Address: 207 Independence Avenue
    City: Windhoek
    Hours: 24
    Deposit: No

    ATM Name: Windhoek Country Club
    Street Address: Hotel Resort Western Bypass
    City: Windhoek
    Hours: 24
    Deposit: Yes

    ATM Name: Windhoek Sidewalk (2 MACHINES)
    Street Address: Corner Independence Ave and Post St Mall
    Suburb: Windhoek
    City: Windhoek
    Hours: 24
    Deposit: Yes

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    REITERDENKMAL

    by DAO Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    On 27 January 1912 the government of the German Colony of South-West Africa inaugurated the "Equestrian", a statue in Windhoek. This is the largest and best known Kolonialdenkmal, or colonial statue in Namibia. A plaque (pictured) commemorates the brave German soldiers, serving the Kaiser, fought during the wars with the Herero and Hottentottenaufstandes 1903 to 1907 and during the Kalahari expedition in 1908. It lists the statistics of Germans who died from wounds and diseases: Protection Force: Officers 100, NCOs 254, Riders 1180; from the Navy: 7 officers, NCOs 13, teams, 72, killed in uprisings: 119 men, women 4, Children 1.


    Prior to Independence this monument was both a rallying point and a symbol of hatred depending which side you were on. In the years since independence there have been discussions about changing the plaque as some consider it insensitive to the plight of indigenous peoples during Colonial times. So far, it remains in its original position unaltered, a historical symbol of past times.

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    Hiking safari in Daan Viljoen Game Parc

    by Bigjones Updated Apr 28, 2005

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    Ugly spiders (in my opinion)

    Since there are no seriously dangerous animals there, you can walk in the mountains to try to spot some animals. It's a very different approach but it's probably the one I prefered. During our 9km-hiking, we had the feeling we were the only one on earth, there was nobody around. We only met a German couple after one or two hours. We began our walk around 3pm but were a bit afraid of not getting back on time before sunset (6 pm) since the trail was not always well indicated, the map was hand-drawn and we spent time watching the animals. As the sun was going down, we could hear more and more frightening animal screams. But if I write this today, it means that we made it before the night and indeed, we arrived at the exit at 5:55 pm !!

    Animals we saw in Daan Vijoen :

    - plenty of (ugly) spiders
    - oryx
    - Hartmann’s mountain zebras
    - a warthog

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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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    CHRISTUSKIRCHE

    by DAO Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    Die Christuskirche or Christ Church was founded in April 1896 by the Rev. William Anz. It was finally inaugurated in 1910 as a memorial to the peace accords achieved with the Hottentots, Ovambo and Herero peoples. The outside walls are made from quartz sandstone as is the 24 metre high tower. It has an impressive marble alter and the stain glass windows in the sanctuary were donated by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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    Okapuka Game Ranch II - Animals

    by PierreZA Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    Rhino @ Okapuka
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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.

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    Our first safari in Okapuka Ranch

    by Bigjones Updated May 3, 2005

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    Kiss in Okapuka

    This paradisiac lodge located at about 30km from Windhoek was recommended to us by our friend Heidi. The lodge seems to be the perfect place for a honeymoon (may be one day ;-)) We didn't spend the night there this time but we went on a game drive in the long grass at the foot of the mountains and watch the lion feeding afterwards, it was a great experience.

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    Presidential home

    by mvtouring Written May 8, 2007

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    Presidential home

    Windhoek offers quite a variety of architectural styles, but it is mainly colonial so you can see German-style houses and churches, half-timbered houses and Sam's monstrous modern presidential buildings. It is said that this building is already costing more than $8,000,000 and it is build by the Chinese in exchange for the mineral rights of Namibia. Makes you wonder how so much money can be spend on one building when the country is poverty stricken.

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    THE ONLY OFFICIAL ROAD MAP

    by DAO Written Mar 10, 2008

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    These are photos of the only road map of Namibia endorsed by the Roads Authority. I found it in a bookshop (there is another tip on the bookshop), as they do not sell these at fuel stations. If you are going to drive yourself, especially 2-wheel drive, you MUST have and understand this map. Major roads in Namibia are not paved! The map indicates if it is a ‘sealed’ road, gravel, salt or sand. They are coloured by road type and you need to know before you go. Plan ahead or you may very well get stuck 100+ kms from civilization. I have driven for as much as 6 hours at one stretch without seeing another vehicle. The map also has fuel points clearly marked. One of the fuel points on the map north of Swakopmund would be easily missed if you were not looking at this map. In addition, if you want to stay only on sealed roads, you need to follow some interesting and longer routes. Here the map is indispensable. It also indicates accommodation (a long, but not complete listing).

    Drive safe and educate yourself before you drive off.

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