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Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia. The city has been well developed and modernized. It resembles the cities of the west and nothing like African cities as one would expect. The city is at an altitude of about 1700mts due to which the climate of the city is pleasant and windy and thus the name. The city is a social, cultural, educational headquarters of the state. Windhoek, Namibia is the starting point of any tour in the state. The city is where one can get the best of accommodation and food. The best time to visit the city is between March and Sept when the climate is relatively cold.
The culture here is a blend of cultures from 11 different tribes. Languages such as Bantu, Khoisan are spoken in the region with an awareness of English. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are the faiths widely followed. Cassinga Day, Christmas, Africa Day, Heroes day are widely celebrated occasions. Theatre and dance form an integral part of the culture. The National Theatre is, in fact, the venue for national and international performances. The dance troupes represent various ethnicities in the region. Wood carvings, basketry are the popular handicrafts of the regions.
The Christ Church is the most visited place in the city. It is an old Lutheran Church that was built in 1910. It was earlier known as the Church of Peace. The construction of the church is out of quartz sandstone. The architecture resembles that of Romanesque, Gothic and Nouveau architecture of the church. The construction of the Church is credited to Gottlieb Redecker.
The park has served until 1962 as a zoo park and today is one of the most popular picnic spots in the region. The park has remains of 2 elephants and quartz tools giving the evidence of the park to be a hunting ground of the stone era. The park has a Kriegerdenkmal which in 1987 was dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Nama wars of 1893-94.
Dan Viljoen Game Park
The park is quite close to the city. The wildlife in the region is rich in wildlife. The region is reported to have more than 200 species of birds. Some of the rarest birds can be spotted in the region.
It is a war memorial made in the memory of the National Heroes and Heroines. There are tombstones erected at the site with each of their names and photos. The memorial is about 10kms south of the main city on a hill.
The skeleton Coast National Park situated in the Skeleton Bay, Namibia is dotted with wrecked ships is one of the must-visit tourist places in the state of Namibia. The name of the park is right as it is barren and dense fog descends the region. As a matter of fact, the Portuguese travelers called it ‘The Sands of Hell’. Though most of its beaches are inaccessible it is a different experience to visit the place. It was declared a protected region in 1971. The park covers an area of about 17000 sq. km, divided into the northern and southern sections. The park gives a glimpse of the various landscapes like the coast, mountains, canyons, dunes, etc.
The food here is as unique as the region. People here like to put in extra effort to make the food delicious and yummy. The food of the region is highly influenced by South African cuisine. But there are influences of the German and British colonists too. The traditional dishes of the region include PotjieKos which is prepared in a huge three-legged cast-iron pot; Braaivle is popularly known as barbeque has a variety of preparations of meat, chicken, etc. served with salad; Biltong originated in South Africa is a specialty of this region; Kapanaa street food served with peppers, chilies, onions, and sauces.
The Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated on the outskirts of the city. From the airport, a cab or a bus can be taken to reach the destination in the city. There are regular flights to Windhoek from cities like Bangalore, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and others. The city is well connected to the cities and towns of neighboring states via roadways. There are buses from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Rundu, Katutura and others. The city has a railway station and there are regular trains from Tsumeb, Swakopmund, and other cities.
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