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Things to do in Windhoek

Best attractions to visit in Windhoek

1. Erindi Private Game Reserve - Windhoek

Erindi Private Game Reserve

Erindi Private Game Reserve is a protected nature reserve in the central-east region of Namibia, lying southeast from the town of Omaruru. Erindi Private Game Reserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Namibia as it is easily accessible and accommodation, restaurants, and commonplaces are readily available throughout the reserve. This makes Erindi Private Game Reserve a distinct natural reserve where tourists and travelers get to enjoy first class amenities and services in the most natural setting in the world. The Erindi Private Game Reserve is accessible from Omaruru where you can take part in afternoon tours, one day game drives, or even self guided tours if you decide to spend a few days over here. The camping sites and the suites are closely situated to the entrance of the game reserve and blend seamlessly with nature. The reserve offers breathtaking views of the green plains against the backdrop of crescent red sun with an abundance of wildlife to explore from native tropical bird species to rare mammals and reptiles. Erindi Private Game Reserve also features open air cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy local African cuisine, German cuisine, and other types of food after a refreshing day in the wilderness.

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2. Alte Feste - Windhoek

Alte Feste

Alte Feste used to be an important fortress in Namibia and was built by the Germans in 1915. Windhoek was chosen to be the home of the fortress, even though at that time the city was almost completely destroyed. The location was chosen by the Germans, because they thought they would be easily able to intervene in the case of war. The war they were worried about was between the tribes whose home is on either side of the Alte Feste, the Nama and the Herero tribes. Nowadays, the National Museum of Namibia is in Alte Feste. The fortress was previously being used as a hostel for a nearby high school and was in a bad state. However, renovations have been done and are still going on to make the fortress even better. In the National Museum, you will be able to see some great local art as well as some great sculptures. The art on display really gives you a sense of the history of the country and is highly recommended for all tourists. It has been declared a national monument by the government. There is also a great display which shows the struggle Namibians went through to get their own country.

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3. Christ Church, Windhoek - Windhoek

Christ Church Windhoek

Christ Church, Windhoek, or Christuskirche as it is locally known, is a beautiful historic site. It was built in 1907 by the Germans and is a Lutheran church. The building is beautifully preserved, a must visit for anyone interested in the history of Namibia. It is a popular place for tourists, many of whom make sure they get a photo of themselves in front of this picturesque church. The style of architecture is Gothic revival and the influence of German architectures is also clearly visible. No expenses were spared in the making of Christ Church, Windhoek and this is apparent just by looking at the items used to make it. The marble, for example, was specially imported from Italy in order to ensure its beauty and quality. Even the clock and the roof were imported; they were made in Germany by experts and shipped here as the local manufacturing quality was not good at that time. There are three bells in the church, all of which were also imported from Germany, and the inscriptions on them are about the glory of God, peace on earth, and goodness towards other people. Willhelm II, the German emperor, gifted the stained glass windows which are still in their original location.

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4. Heroes' Acre - Windhoek

Heroes Acre

Heroes’ Acre in Windhoek is a sobering place to visit. It is a monument, an official war memorial, dedicated to the people who have given up their lives for the country. It includes the men and women who stood up to the people who denied Namibia its independence. Originally, there were 9 people who were selected to be celebrated through the memorial, though later on some other heroes were added as well. The memorial is well maintained, and is very well designed. Reading about the people the Heroes’ Acre was made for makes you realize the struggles this country went through. Kahimemua Nguvauva was the Chief of the Ovambanderu and was killed by the Germans. Nehale Lya Mpingana, who also died fighting German invaders, was the King of Ondonga. Hendrik Witbooi also lost his life fighting the Germans, and he was the king of the Nama people. His successor, Jacob Morenga, died waging a guerilla war on the Germans. Samuel Maharero was the leader of many uprisings against the Germans when he was the Paramount Chief of the Herero people. Hosea Kutako is a hero for his efforts in getting the United Nations to recognize Namibia as an independent country. Anna Mungunda had no official title; she was a civilian who knew she had to fight against eviction of her people from her land.

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5. Reiterdenkmal - Windhoek

Reiterdenkmal

Reiterdenkmal, Windhoek is a controversial monument in Namibia. While it is historically important, what it represents has led to lots of debate about whether it should be left up or destroyed. It was even disassembled and kept in a secret storage unit, just to make sure it would not be vandalized. The reason that the statue is so controversial is what it was originally made to represent. Reiterdenkmal, Windhoek was made by the Germans and was shipped from Berlin. It was made by Adolf Kurle, a German sculptor, and was made to commemorate the German soldiers who had lost their lives fighting the local Namibians. Even though the Namibians lost five times as many people as the Germans, the monument says nothing of the loss of local people. Thus, after independence, there are many people who think that the monument should not be displayed since it commemorates German superiority over the locals. Proponents of the monument say that even though the monument is abhorrent in nature, it is an important part of the country’s history and should not be forgotten. The monument can still be seen by tourists, and people who are interested in history should make sure they pay it a visit.

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6. National Library of Namibia - Windhoek

National Library of Namibia

The National Library of Namibia is the biggest in the country and is a very interesting place for tourists to visit. While libraries usually offer contemporary and classic books so people could read them for entertainment; this library is different. It began its work as a place where legislature and records could be referenced, built by the Germans in 1926. It was used by legislative bodies to keep records and keep track of all the legal precedents. After the independence of Namibia, the nature of the library was not changed much, except now the Namibian government used it for reference purposes. Eventually, the library was opened to the public and its records were made more accessible. We will be honest; this isn’t a place for everyone. However, for people whose interests align with the collections in the library, this place is one of the most interesting places to visit in Namibia. What sets it apart is that it has a collection of all the published material during the rule of Germans and you can read their official reports and gazettes to get a true feel for how people lived back then. It is endlessly fascinating.

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7. Schwerinsburg - Windhoek

Schwerinsburg

Schwerinsburg, like most of the historical sites in Namibia, was made by Germans. It was constructed for the commissioner of German South-West Africa, Curt von François, during the 1890s. The monument symbolizeshe oppression of the people of Namibia by the Germans now, but back then, it was the castle of Hans Bogislav Graf von Schwerin, the German South-West Africa appointed chancellor of the area. It was one of the 3 surviving castles of that era; the other two castles are also located nearby. Schwerinsburg is important historically because it is one of the many signs in Namibia about the exploitation of the locals by the Germans. The beautiful land and the people of Namibia were enslaved, oppressed, and exploited by the well developed country of Germany. Usually, when talking about the atrocities committed by Germany, people only remember what they did in World War 2. This castle and other such monuments show how widespread the inhumanity was and how it affected nations all over the world. In present times, we take equal rights for granted, when only a century ago our people were being killed just for saying they deserve equal rights. A visit to Schwerinsburg is a reminder that we need to keep fighting for equality.

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8. Daan Viljoen Game Reserve - Windhoek

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

The Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is a popular natural game reserve in Namibia near the town of Windhoek. The game reserve is one of the few in Namibia that caters to ‘immersive tourism’, allowing visitors to walk the paths and discover wildlife on foot or to take safari tours in all wheel drives. Despite being the smallest game reserve in the country, it offers a tranquil setting to individuals, couples, families, and friends with abundance of wildlife and nature. The Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is the most ‘walkable’ park in Namibia along with two hiking trails and mountain biking trails. If you want to visit the reserve and leave within the same day, then simply arrive there and book guided or self guided tours. However, if you plan to stay, then you will have to book the accommodation in advance. Once you do that, you can arrive here as late as midnight, as after 12am, the gates are closed for visitors. The Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is known for being a full feature game reserve where accommodation, dining, internet connectivity, and various wildlife and bird sighting tours are readily available. While the game reserve is small, it is packed with all the facilities and wonders of nature to make you want to fall in love with it!

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