Insider's guide to Windhoek
Issue 4 (May 2009) Grace Kamuingona has lived in Windhoek since she was twelve and now works for the City Tourism Office. Her knowledge of the city’s facilities is one of the best in the business, so we asked her how to spend 24 hours in Namibia’s capital.

 

Q Where serves the best breakfast?
“I love the sausages at Cafe Schneider in Livingstone Arcade. They do a great traditional Namibian breakfast – expect lots of meat!”


Q How should I spend my morning?
“A historical city tour is a great introduction to Windhoek. It explains our colonial past, points out interesting buildings and takes in one of our museums, which are all free.


“If you want to shop then there is a craft market on Post Street Mall where producers sell their own goods. All the prices are fixed so you don’t have to worry about haggling. Or, if you fancy your own Namibian diamond as a souvenir, there’s The House of Gems which is a family-owned business”.


Q Now I’m hungry. Where to for lunch?   

“Thule is an upmarket restaurant with stunning views over the city.  If you want to eat with the locals, then head into Katatura, Windhoek’s former township. Try Otjikaendu Den, Mama Hileni, Club Thriller or Tizombazu Restaurant. You’ll always get a really friendly welcome. If you want to do something a little different, try Iitumba. It’s about three kilometres from the city centre. They do a lunch and quad biking deal, which is a lot of fun. And you get a great view of the city from the quad bike trail too”.


Q What should I do in the afternoon?
“No competition. Everyone should go on our Katatura Tour. It’s three hours long and will give you a real insight into Namibian life.”


Q And in the evening?
“Joe’s Beer House is popular. They serve every type of meat you can imagine, from buffalo to zebra. For something a little more sophisticated try NICE. Or, if you can’t drag yourself away from Katatura after your tour, a company called Face to Face will take you drinking and playing pool in the local shebeens”.


Q Finally, where should I stay?
“Arebbusch is fantastic value and five minutes drive from the centre of town. It does self catering and camping accommodation. There is a nice swimming pool and a restaurant. If you book in advance, they will even pick you up from the airport.


“If you want to treat yourself, try The Olive Grove. I’ve just seen their new honeymoon suite, which has its own balconies and even a plunge pool”.

• There’s more information on Windhoek at www.windhoekcc.org.na
 

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