Namibia is an incredibly desolate country where one could travel hundreds of miles without ever seeing another person. Perhaps that’s why Windhoek stands in such stark contrast to the rest of the nation. Though not large by any stretch of the imagination, the capital city offers the greatest opportunities for cultural exploration.
Old Continental Cafe & Take Away is a happening spot for breakfast on the weekdays. A large choice of meals make it appropriate for picky eaters and you can’t go wrong with the tuna baguette or pancakes. A meal here will cost $10.
After the morning fuel up, seek out Namibia Crafts Centre. This outlet offers an opportunity to discover and purchase truly unique Namibian products, from leatherworks to textiles and jewelry, all with documentation of their origins. Set aside $20 for a souvenir.
Next, do yourself a favor and take a walking tour of the Katutura Township, one of the oldest and most culturally rich areas of the city. Be sure to speak with locals and learn all about the harsh history of the township and how they’ve fought their way back.
While in Katutura, swing by the Singles Quarter and have one of the locals whip you up some kapana — meat grilled on an open flame — for a truly delicious meal. Expect to spend around $10.
After stuffing yourself, head back toward Robert Mugabe Avenue and check out some of the most iconic spots in Windhoek. The 100-plus-year-old Christuskirche is an architectural marvel, along with the Titenpalast and Parliament Gardens, all free to view.
Stop by the Independence Memorial Museum to learn all about Namibia’s history and explore the unique design. Entrance is free.
Finally, make your way to Joe’s Beerhouse for some of the finest dining in the city. The bushman sosatie — loin cuts of zebra, crocodile, kudu, Oryx and springbok served with mango chili sauce — is a must-try and will only cost you $20.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.