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Hi all,

I am taking a 12-day tour of Namibia that starts and ends in Windhoek. I will have about a half day before my trip and one to two days at the end.

I'm seeking advice on where to stay (less costly the better, but own room and shower) and what to do there.

Thank you,

Heather

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    Windhoek is a pleasant city to stroll. There are some modest attractions, such as the Kudu Statue and a fountain surrounded by meteorite fragments. The tourist office will give you a walking map and arrange more distant excursions if you're interested. The German influence is still very strong with even grocery store items labeled in German. That also means there's good beer. Enjoy your stay.

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    Be certain to visit the Namibian Craft Centre (40 Tal Street) - a good selection of crafts at reasonable prices. The centre has a small café on an open-air balcony, which is very good.

    The best meal we had in Windhoek was at Joe's Beerhouse (160 Nelson Mandela Ave). Here is what I said about it in my trip report from August 2008:

    "That evening, we followed the advice of the owners of the Hilltop House B&B and headed to Joe’s Beerhouse, which was within walking distance. It was a lovely restaurant, with canvas sides, a thatch roof and a huge central bar. The lighting was subdued and provided by ingeniously modified fish traps. Around the bar were huge tables each with two long benches that held a total of about 16 people. The restaurant, which must accommodate over 200 people, was insanely busy, although the service was prompt and the atmosphere surprisingly quiet and calm. On one side of us sat a young German couple, who had just arrived in Windhoek earlier in the day and, on the other, a family of twelve Namibians celebrating a birthday. The youngest member of the family, who was seated next to me, seemed fascinated by the mix of Canadian and German accents next to him. Joe’s Beerhouse is known for its game with good reason. The menu offered everything from the fairly common kudu, springbok and gemsbok to the more unusual zebra and warthog. Much as I wanted to try something different, I couldn’t bring myself to eat zebra, so I ordered the springbok instead. We enjoyed what was our best meal of the trip. The springbok practically melted in my mouth and was served with the most delicious mielie pap. Robert’s warthog was, not surprisingly, much like roast pork and also very good.

    We enjoyed the company of the German couple who regaled us with tales of their travels in Egypt. They ordered the kudu and a venison platter and declared both to be delicious. Our server asked if the four of us would be willing to try a new brand of African beer for them and we readily agreed. Free beer! The Germans were quite disgusted with the beer and we agreed that it was watery and poor even by Canadian standards. We paid N$250 (about CDN$33.00) for dinner, which included a bottle of wine - ridiculously cheap for such a fantastic meal."

    We stayed at The Hilltop House - a lovely, but pricey, B&B. Robin

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    I was also going to recommend Joe's Beerhouse. The bench-style seating is fun because you end up sitting next to people from all over the world. The game meal choices are also good.

    We stayed at Rivendell Guesthouse while in Windhoek. It has some rooms with ensuite bathrooms and was reasonably priced. They don't provide meals, however--it's more fun to explore what Windhoek has to offer.

    I remember seeing a township tour ad while in Rivendell. We didn't do it, but it's one other thing to do.

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