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05 Reasons to Visit Windhoek - For a well planned holiday

Being the capital of Namibia, people usually assume that this place is just a halfway point to meet your tour guide or a place to probably pick up a car at. Here are a few reasons why it is not so.


Explore the Katutara township

The township is named Katutara, which directly translates to mean the place where people do not want to live. Might seem like an odd thing to name an area, but it does have some history behind it. The township can be found in the North of the capital of Namibia and if you want to know more about the reason you will be more curious when you find out that it has a very unhappy history. Back in the 1950s, the people who used to live in another area were relocated forcefully to this township. The people were really unhappy about this relocation as the homes in this place were built with very low standards but cost them quite a lot more to stay at. This relocation also meant that the people had to travel long distances to get to their usual workplaces.


Getting around Windhoek

To explore the unhappy place where nobody wanted to live, and the other parts of Windhoek, you can hire a bicycle and go around as this is one of the easiest ways to explore the area. The whole exploration and excursion would probably take you about 3 to 4 hours even if you stop at places and spend a few minutes here and there.


The Independence Memorial Museum

Most people usually want to know about the place they stay in and the history attached to it, and if you are one of these people it is a good idea to visit the Independence Memorial Museum. This place is home to an amazing collection of displays, artefacts, and paintings created by local craftsmen over the years. You will also be able to learn about the resistance to colonisation in the country and how hard the people fought for racial freedom. This is also one of the favourite things to do in Windhoek according to the people who have visited and stayed at properties like Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino.


Take a walk around the National Botanic Garden

Spread out over 12 hectares of land, this national botanic garden can be found close to the city centre. This is not the usual well-groomed and manicured, garden you would expect in a national attraction, rather the displays show you nature as it really is; wild and rugged. Though it might look like a mess to some people real nature lovers will relish in the scenery and know that this is how it is supposed to be.


Visit the game reserve in Daan Viljoen

If you have an extra day in Windhoek, make sure you visit this game reserve which can be found about 30 kilometres away from the city centre. Unlike most reserves, you will not have to take a safari ride or be on a Jeep, you can explore the place on foot itself as there are not many large dangerous animals living here.

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