Windhoek. A hearty city in the center of Namibia. Namibia is a unique nation filled with people from diverse tribes and cultures. This country is situated in the south-western part of Africa and its weather is characterized by hyper-arid to arid conditions. The country is divided into 14 major sections popularly known as regions, and each of these geographical segments have a specific tribe and tongue dominant to them. Windhoek is Namibia’s capital city and it is located in the Khomas region. It is the country’s largest city and it is the one city in Namibia which is not characterized by people from a specific cultural or racial group. The city’s population of 340,000 inhabitants belong to distinct ethnic groups and this makes Windhoek quite a special city in Namibia. A typical day in the capital city starts at 6 AM when traffic is still light on the roads that lead from residential locations to the city’s CBD and industrial areas. Small business owners who sell fruits, vegetables, and had-made crafts would be spotted at this time as they assemble their stands to neatly arrange their items for sale. As the later morning hours approach, movement within the city intensifies and the roads become more congested, as the African sun rises to warm the city’s roads and buildings. I have lived in Windhoek for a little over 10 years now and driving down the city’s streets is always a pleasurable experience for me. Taking a stroll through the city’s clean sites, streets and sidewalks often does refreshing wonders to one's subconscious mind. Apart from its cleanliness and rich diversity, Windhoek has some of the most heartwarming places and sites to visit, which locals and tourists alike are quite fond of. This makes the city of Windhoek an ideal travel destination to place under your “Places to Visit” list.
The National Theater of Namibia (NTN)
If you are a lover of plays, poetry, operas, music or other kinds of performance arts, and would like to experience these from a Namibian outlook, the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) is the place for you. The NTN has ideally situated in Windhoek’s Central Business District (CBD) area and it has hosted many performances since its opening on the 15th of August, 1989. At NTN, you will relax in a well-crafted 471 seater hall, as classic arts such as “The Greatest Musicals” are performed. The NTN is further open to performances based on the Christian faith as well. A play titled “Three Women and You” has recently been showcased at the theatre. The play was based on biblical characters and the message it brought forth was quite eye-opening and edifying. If you will be traveling to the Windhoek area soon, be sure to browse the internet for the NTN's upcoming events, and experience a glimpse of Namibian dramatic art.
Right next to the NTN is the Pepata Restaurant. Pepata is a must-visit local restaurant that serves a variety of cuisines, of which Namibian traditional meals are most popular. The customary eater is adorned with a Namibian-rich theme of traditional ornaments and furniture, to purposefully give its visitors a real sense of the country's origins and culture. When you step onto their premises, you would indeed be able to tell that this restaurant's aim is to give its customers an authentic “preview” of Namibia. Pepata has two branches. The first branch is situated at Robin Road, Tauben Glen, Shop Number 3 in Windhoek. The second one, which happens to be their newest outlet, is located in the Central Business District area, at Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek. The restaurant's operating hours are from 7 AM to 12 AM on weekdays, and between 7 AM and 12 AM during weekends.
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is a wildlife preserve and it is suitable for nature and animal lovers. The game reserve is situated in the Khomas Hochland area, which is 25km away from the Windhoek city. Although it is quite small in comparison to other game parks in Namibia, it still allows its visitors to enjoy a memorable wildlife experience, and it has a good number of outdoor activities which both locals and tourists can choose from. Courses such as mountain biking, canoeing, camping and game-viewing are all available for participating in at the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve. The area further has a good number of hiking trails for amblers. The game reserve is suitable for the city folks seeking a getaway through a “bush experience”. It is open at all year round.
Christuskirche (The Christ Church)
The Christ Church was built in Windhoek in the early 1900s and it has been a well-known historical monument ever since. The Christ Church is situated at a round-about at the Robert Mugabe Avenue, in Windhoek. For over 100 years, the Christuskirche building has been a beautiful sight to behold for a rather great number of tourists that have traveled to this area to date. The Christ Church is the oldest Lutheran church in Namibia and it is a landmark that has caught the attention of many, even because of the rare, foreign material that has been used to construct it. The design of the church is much related to European orthodox church building styles, and the fact that this structure is in a small, African country makes the church all the more fascinating to look at. The Christukirche is a must-stop for first-time Windhoek visitors. It is a beautiful sight to see, and it makes well for good photos and videos. Compared to the other African countries' cities, Windhoek is quite small in terms of structures and population. It is, however, one of the cleanest cities in Africa and this in of itself might conclude that this city is indeed one of the most heart-warming on the continent. As formerly mentioned in this article, I have lived in Windhoek for just over a decade, and I have learned that every time I would travel to another city, I would at often times be quite happy when the trip would be over, and it is time to go back to Windhoek.