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Windhoek and Swakopmund – the gateway to Namibia

Dip into Colonial life, watch the amazing wildlife, walk a sand dune, lie under a starry sky at night looking for the Crux located in the deep southern sky and begin to believe that you are on holiday. That is what a journey to Namibia is all about. The souls of Africa speaks to you amidst a landscape full of wonders and under the stretching blue skies.

Whether you prefer to stay on the coastline or more inland, you can freely choose your destination and plan your itinerary. Two NephroCare clinics, inland in Windhoek and Swakopmund on the coast, are located in the area and waiting for your holiday dialysis appointment. Are you ready for the African experience?


Tasting the colonial town life

Windhoek, the small, German-influenced capital of Namibia, displays an unexpectedly colourful and inspiring architecture. The population reflects the country’s ethnic mix. Take the time for a stroll through the nation’s largest city that is considered one of the cleanest cities in Africa. It may provide a dawning understanding of the complexities of today’s Namibia. Christ Church, one of the top attractions in the city, appeals through its stained-glass windows and Art Nouveau architectural style. The Parliament Gardens are small yet peaceful and ideal to while away some time. Namibia’s first post-independence monument, a bronze-cast statue of Herero chief Hosea Kutako, is installed here.

A climb up to Three Circles will reward you with a great view out over Windhoek. These three stone slabs are a popular lookout point, especially at the close of the day. The sunset is stunning to watch from everywhere around, by the way, awaiting with ever-changing scenes.

The fascination with wildlife

Namibia is rich in wildlife. The Daan Viljoen Game Park west of Windhoek shelters a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia’s highlands. The park is home to springbok, kudu, eland, oryx, blue wildebeest, Hartmann zebra and the Leopard klipspringer as well as about 200 bird species. As the mammals are not dangerous, visitors are allowed to walk the trails and desert hills on their own. You can choose from trails of different lengths, only a 32-kilometre trail including an overnight stay has to be booked in advance.

One of the largest flocks of flamingos in Southern Africa can be spotted near Walvis Bay. These excellent fliers are known to migrate around 500 kilometres overnight in search of food.

A stunning landscape for outdoor activities

The extraordinary mix of Namibian landscapes calls for a multitude of outdoor activities. And Namibia offers them all. Well, nearly. There are, of course, several opportunities for hiking and 4WD trails. Several national parks provide wonderful hiking routes. You should book these as far in advance as possible, as departures are limited. A growing number of private ranches have also established hiking routes for their guests. Rock climbing on the red rocks of the Spitzkoppe or the Brandberg is an awesome endeavour that should be undertaken with local advice. Fishing is a popular pastime along some of the rivers as well as on various beaches north of Swakopmund. Other destinations offer canoeing and rafting trips.

Horseback rides through the wilderness are available at the Elisenheim Guest Farm just on the outskirts of Windhoek. The area at the foot of the stunning Eros Mountains offers awesome riding adventures.

Hot-air balloon rides over the desert are more your thing? Contact the agency in Swakopmund, they will take you upwards to drift over sand dunes and the varied landscapes of Central Namibia. Speaking of the desert, you can also book camel rides in the area!


Accommodation in Namibia covers a broad range of options from hotels and guest farms to hostels, bed and breakfast and luxury safari lodges. Most establishments, including campsites, are well-kept and most are graded using a star system. You will most surely find lodgings at your desired budget and level of standard. You can also spend the night on one of the country’s huge private farms. Farmstays are a phenomenon peculiar to Namibia giving you intriguing insights into the rural white lifestyle.

Culinary & Culture

New things to try

A couple of festivals can give you an insight into the regional lifestyle. Most of the big events take place in Windhoek, as the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival. The largest arts happening runs events from March to September. Independence Day on the 21st of March is celebrated with a parade and sports events. Due to the German colonial background, Windhoek also stages an Oktoberfest that especially fans of the Bavarian tradition will not want to miss.

Namibian cuisine is a melting pot of different flavours, with strong influences coming from both German and South African dishes. Traditional Namibian food is very simple but tasty. Doughlike pastes are often served with a stew of vegetables or meat. Oshiwambo is a rather tasty combination of spinach and beef. Potjiekos, a Dutch relic, is a meat and vegetable stew-style dish which is prepared in a black three-legged cast-iron pot that is placed on an open fire for 3-4 hours.

The range of available meat is broad as it includes wild game like kudu, oryx, springbok, eland, ostrich, giraffe, zebra and crocodile. The taste is sometimes different sometimes quite similar to the taste of the meat at home, so just give it a try. It served in a variety of ways: from sausages (boerewors) to stews (potjiekos), and steaks to shish kebabs (sosatie).

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