I visited Windhoek and was pleasantly surprised when I got to the city. The streets were very clean, i saw no hawkers, cars weren’t honking all over the place. I was expecting something similar to my home country, Ghana – wasn’t the case.
A cool fact about this country is that, it has the Atlantic Ocean at one end and the Namib Desert at another and somewhere in between, the desert meets the ocean. I am still baffled by this and the existence of the desert and ocean causes some locations (e.g Windhoek) to be very hot and dry and other parts (e.g Swakop), chilly and windy. You actually need a light jacket to “protect” you from the wind.
What do Namibians eat?
MEAT! MEAT! MEAT! There is abundance of meat. Their foods are not similar to what we eat in West Africa. The land is very dry because of the desert so Namibians do not grow much of their produce. Their foods are very similar to European dishes but of course there are some local dishes.
A delicacy I tried is the Mopane worm. I have heard people eat that in Ghana too but to be honest, I have never ever seen anyone eat it in my life. It was rather interesting to see this on the menu. It did not have any weird taste when i ate it but the fact that i knew i was eating worms made me cringe whiles eating.
My friend, Susan enjoying the goat’s head (cooked, of course! :)). They call this ‘Smiley’. Her favourite part was the goat’s eyes. I did not have the guts to try it. Maybe when I visit again.
Koti (police) stopping us and actually issuing a ticket to my friend. I was in awe! Never ever was i expecting something like this to happen in an African land. 😛
Chilling with the leopards, lions and giraffes. Well, not exactly “chilling” with them. it was a safari ride. Coming from Africa, most people assume I have at a point in time encountered some of these wild animals or even have them in my backyard. It was my first encounter with them in their habitat. Although scared, i enjoyed the experience!
Oh! ..and the Namibian or Southern African dance. Never seen so many people throw their legs about like that! Was fun to watch them dance.
Would you visit again?
Definitely! I did not see as much as I would have loved so Namibia is still on my bucket list.
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