On the Road: Windhoek, Namibia

Off to see the desert, the wonderful desert of Nam

Image Details: ‘Off to see the desert, the wonderful desert of Nam’ by Paul Watson, via Flickr

As it was my birthday last weekend, we went on a trip to Windhoek in Namibia. I’m not going to lie to you, this was prompted almost entirely by alcohol: our favourite lager here is ‘Windhoek’ and we booked the flights after 2 bottles of wine. Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought ‘did we really book flights to Namibia last night?’ No? Just me then….

I need one of these for my new house. A snip at 50 quid...

As is always the way with these things, I dragged Mr S off to a craft market at the first possible opportunity. Continuing with the beer-related theme, it was the craft market at the Old Brewery, the ‘old brewery’ being the former Nambrew brewery, which brews none other than Windhoek lager. The brewery has now moved to an industrial area on the edge of town and the space is now used by a variety of craft emporiums. Squeal is not the word.

A cafe full of crafty stuff!

Bit blurry, possibly due to Windhoek consumption.

So, we had a little mooch around the shops. There was a large variety of crafts and curios on offer, lots of carved wooden objects, including some interesting wooden stools which I will be purchasing at a later date. Also to be found were items made from ostrich egg shell, a lot of beaded work, paintings, drums, clothing, jewellery – you name it. Some things were quite similar in the shops but almost every one had something a bit different that the others had.

Mahoosive carved giraffe.

Namcrafts. That's Namibia, not Vietnam.

This was all getting a bit much for me, so we stopped at the cafe for lunch and I was persuaded to partake in a Windhoek in Windhoek (it was my birthday, after all).

Windhoek in Windhoek....

I managed to restrain myself from buying all manner of beaded goodies, but I did get a picture that caught my eye, for our new house in the UK when we finally move back there. This is a real life picture of a township settlement (they seem a lot more spread out in Namibia than SA).

Township

And here is the artist’s interpretation!

I didn't paint it unfortunately. Cheers, 'Pappy'!

We also ate at the famous Joe’s Beerhouse one evening and had sundowners and dinner at the Hotel Heinitzberg on another. It turns out we did most of the must-do things according to Margie Orford. We didn’t walk round Avis Dam, but we did stay right next door to it at Ti Melen, which was lekker!

A Camelthorn Hells for me and a water for the little lady.

View from Heinitzberg. This is how to do sundowners!

They do seem to have a fondness for naming streets after random political figures. Mahatmar Gandhi street I get. This one? Not so much…

Yes, really. Along with Fidel Castro way.

6 comments

    1. Me too! There were a lot of cool things I couldn’t get as we flew in and I couldn’t take them back. We are hoping to do a road trip there soon. Plenty of room in the trusty Volvo for knick-knackery!

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