Windhoek- Day Activities in the Capital City of Namibia
Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia is a beautiful green and calm city. Visitors and tourists that visit Namibia often begin and end their trip in the capital of Windhoek, home of Hosea, Kutako International Airport. Namibia is known for its ethnic diversity, and, the capital capital offers a handful of opportunities to explore the country’s cultural highlights. For many visitors, Windhoek is simply a point of entry- a place to catch up with your tour guide, or get your personal rental car. However, it could also serve as an amazing tour or adventure, as it is home to some to some interesting sights in its own rights. In order to fully optimize your daily experience and thrill in the city of Windhoek, we have compiled below some of the best ways/daily activities to experience the Namibian culture in Windhoek.
1. Independence Memorial Museum:
The Independence memorial museum is a historical museum in Windhoek, Namibia. The museum was inaugurated on 21st March 2014 which was the 24th anniversary of Independence of the country, by President Hifikepunye Pohamba. It centralizes on the national liberation struggle and anti-colonial resistance of Namibia with an impressive range of paintings, artifacts and informative displays. In front of the museum, there are two relevant statues- one of the first President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma; and the Genocide Memorial, which commemorates the atrocities carried out by German Troops in the early 20th century against the native Namibians. Altogether, it is a very well organized museum, where you get the chance to learn a lot of outstanding pictures and descriptions. The museum is free to access, and remains open seven days a week.
2. Namibia Crafts Centre:
The Namibia Crafts Centre is an outlet for heaps of wonderful Namibian inspiration- leatherwork, basketry, pottery, jewelry, needlework, and other material arts. Situated at the centre of town in the Old Breweries Complex, the Namibian Craft Center is your one-stop shop for authentic souvenirs. The most interesting fact is the documentation of the artist and origin of each piece. There are over 40 Independent shops, and jointly they provide around 4,000 jobs for artists and artisans living in the country’s most remote areas. There’s a bookstore, and a gallery with constantly changing exhibitions by local and international artists. After you’ve stocked up on gifts and other items, you can stop for refreshments at the Craft Café.
3. The Christuskirche Church:
The Christuskirche Church is a beautiful church located in the city of Windhoek also known as “Christ Church “. It was built in the early 1900s and has become very iconic. It is well known as Windhoek’s best-recognised landmark, and something of an unofficial symbol of the city. This German Lutheran Church stands on a traffic island and rules it over the centre of the city. It focused on the idea of a bassilica, which is a rectangular church with a rounded end and 2 aisles. It became a National Monument since 1974!
Sossusvlei Excursion – Dunes unique & must visit (Namibia)
Sossusvlei is one of the most thrilling natural sights to behold on planet earth. It might seem at first like a vast uninhabited desert but it is a teeming with life just below the sand. It’s all about the sand and to have it between your toes, underneath your feet is the best feeling ever.
Sossusvlei is a tiny part of the enormous Namib Sand Sea, that tourists easily have access to in the Sand dunes. Located in the largest conservation area in Africa, Sossusvlei is absolutely breathtaking. It features some of the tallest dunes on the planet, reaching more than 1,300 feet tall, and they create a completely other wordly look.
It is an amazing part of the Namib-Naukluft National park and is also Namibia’s most loved attraction. Surrounded by vast red dunes, the prehistoric river bed that is now Sossusvlei makes for incredible photo opportunities. For anyone traveling through southern Africa, Sossusvlei should definitely be a must-see. So for the sake of as many people that might be ready to give Sossusvlei a try, we have listed below the amazing activities and adventures you are about to experience in Sossusvlei.
1. Climbing Dune 45:
Made from 5,000,000 year old sand, Dune 45 is truly an incredible sight. It is the star attraction of Sossusvlei and can be climbed right to the top. The source of it’s name is from the fact that it is at the 45th kilometre of the road that lies between Sesriem gate and Sossusvlei. It’s close to 80 metres high and is harder to hike up than you can imagine due to the softness of the sand.
2. Big Daddy Dune:
Big Daddy is a dune that can be found at the edge of Deadvlei. It is the highest dune in Sossusvlei although not in the whole of the Namib Sand Sea. With over 1,000 feet tall, this dune is breathtaking. It is 325 metres and stands tall amongst the other dunes surrounding it. Climbing to the peak is very much possible but can only be achieved by taking with you lots of water.
Deadvlei is another main attraction of Sossusvlei. It is dotted with 900-year-old dead camel thorn trees on one of the best photo ops in Sossusvlei. Long before now, it was a clay pan full of water that allowed trees to grow. But years ago, the water disappeared and the trees died- but dry air prevented decomposition and they later got frozen in time. The midnight black trees speckled across cracked white clay to form an incredible vista. It’s easy to stay long there just walking through the ghostly trees, searching for new angles.
Deadvlei is about one kilometer away from car park, so you might have to walk 20 minutes from the parking lot in order to get to Deadvlei. This is after you must have gotten a shuttle to the start of the Deadvlei walking track. As always, in the desert, bring plenty of water.
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