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Under $100: Windhoek, Namibia

by Benjamin Kerns

Apr 17, 2018

Namibia © Steve Allen |

Under $100 / Africa

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.

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