Namibia

Namibia

Etymology

Haiǁom/Nama namib ‎(“area where there is nothing”) + Latinate suffix -ia. [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Joe’s Beerhouse – The Best Known Restaurant in Namibia – Joe’s Beerhouse!Visit us for our Namibian cuisine with a German twist, the best steak in town, the coldest beer & the friendliest service. [facebook]

Namibia Parenting & Family Life Meetup – The Namibia Parenting & Family Life Meetup is a Chrisitan group setup to bring families in Namibia together in the way of the Lord. When you think of a Good Family what come to mind, Your Wife or husband? Your Children? My Family? and Ofcourse the most important of all God? Now without the presence of God in our lives, our families will be nothing and that is why this group was established to help discover biblical advice about all of our relationships. [meetup]

THE Amazing Grace SDA Church – We as Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura—the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians. [meetup]

Windhoek Business Strategy Meet-up – This Group’s objective is to share ideas, challenges we are all experiencing in building our Business Values, but also to share opportunities with like minded, entrepreneurial business owners, in a trusted environment. [meetup]

Windhoek- Massive Wealth Creation with Bitcoin – This is a group for anyone interested in mining Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash and other cryptocurrencies. We discuss and present opportunities and strategies on cryptocurrency mining, protecting your income, increasing cash flow, asset appreciation (S9 antminers), growing your residual income and hedging with these Crytocurrencies and massive wealth creation opportunities with Bitcoin and Ethereum Mining and other cryptocurrencies. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Afro Romance – Is a good looking single in Namibia all you have been dreaming of? Don’t wait any longer to make your dreams a reality. Open an account with AfroRomance and meet the one online. More and more people are finding love online, and with the many benefits it offers, why not? AfroRomance is the world’s leading online dating company, with a great track record of bringing together interracial couples to form genuine connections and long lasting romances. [afro romance]

Interracial Dating Central – For the very best singles in Namibia, all you need to do is sign up with InterracialDatingCentral. We have a host of hot singles already online and waiting to mingle. The search for love can be scary, regardless of whether it’s online or not. That’s why we here at InterracialDatingCentral have developed a system that allows you to meet potential suitors at your own pace and in a manner that ensures you always feel comfortable and safe. [interracial dating central]

Mingle2 – Mingle2.com is a 100% Namibia Free Dating Service. Meet thousands of fun, attractive, Namibia men and Namibia women for FREE. No gimmicks, no tricks. Stop paying for online dating now. [mingle2]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Chameleon Safaris – Explore the city centre, while learning about the history of Windhoek from Kennedy, our resident walking guide. Visit the Alte Feste, Zoo Park, Kirstus Christ Church, Parliament Gardens, and the Old Fort while getting as much or as little information as you choose. [chameleon safaris]

Expert Africa – The walking in Namibia is fantastic – from gentle wanders to challenging hikes. Many camps are surrounded by superb walking trails to explore on your own or with an expert guide; some take a few hours, others last for days. Overall, we think Namibia is a top destination for walking in Africa. [expert africa]

Namibia Tours & Safaris – We hikers are a hardy bunch. But we’re also picky and the smallest thing can spoil an otherwise perfectly good walk: litter and pollution, other people, spoiled trails, getting lost, rain and wind, buildings and civilisation… in fact any sign that other human beings exist is treated as an egregious violation of civil rights. [namibia-tours-safaris]

Tok Tokkie Trails – Tok Tokkie Trails takes you close to the desert’s stunning beauty. Is there a better way to immerse in nature than on foot? Whilst walking, you will discover many secrets of the Namib that cannot be experienced when driving and you will get to feel different aspects of the desert – from mountainous terrain to sandy dunes. [tok tokkie trails]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Deadvlei – A truly unusual place. This clay pan in the Namib-Naukfluft Park is home to 900 year old trees… and they look it! Once acacia trees, they have since died, but remained standing, frozen in time. The area is like Christmas morning for photographers – a playground of great light, colour contrasts and beauty. [discover africa]

Dune 45 – Dune 45 is 148 metres of burning orange sand dune. Hike to the top of it. Sit down panting. Watch the most amazing sunrise you’ve ever seen. [discover africa]

Etosha National Park – Namibia’s prized national park; one of the last places in the world where the endangered species of the black rhino can still be seen! This 20 000 km2 portion of unspoiled Africa is dotted with rest camps which have been specially erected to give travellers a ‘surrounded by wild Africa’ experience. Wildlife, bird life, safari game s offering 360 degree views of the wilderness. Etosha is nothing but the best of Namibia’s natural beauty. [discover africa]

Fish River Canyon – As the second largest canyon in the world, Fish River Canyon, makes for one of the most unique hiking trails in Africa! Home to a range of rare wildlife, the area is simply beautiful with stunning vistas that span as far as the eye can see. Without a doubt, a trip to Fish River Canyon is one of Namibia’s top things to do. [discover africa]

Game Fishing – Spend the day off the coast of Namibia reeling them in! Bring back your catch and enjoy a delicious fish braai. [discover africa]

German October Fest – You’ve explored amazing stretches of Namibia, you’ve ogled at the sunset and watched it sink behind the dunes. Now what? In October, when the sun goes down you simply cannot miss Oktoberfest! Namibia is steeped in German history: needless to say the locals celebrate Oktoberfest (a version of Munich’s beer festival) like no other African country! This time of year, Windhoek has no shortage of foaming pitchers of beer, large sausages and thigh slapping, the oompah bands belch out tunes, adding to an extremely fun, electric atmosphere. [discover africa]

Hot air balloon ride over Sossusvlei – Drift over the endless spans of orange dunes contrasting with a large white salt pan island. The view from the top? Simply gorgeous. A bird’s eye view of the massive desert and both its rocky and sandy character puts Sossusvlei into perspective. Namibia holidays just aren’t the same without an exploration of Sossusvlei. Exhilarating. Adventurous. Unforgettable. [discover africa]

Otjitolongwe Cheetah Park – Ever wanted to pet a cheetah? Otjitolongwe Cheetah Park is the place to do it. The park has seventeen wild cheetahs and three pet-able, tame-ish ones. The park was born when a cattle farmer with a pesky cheetah problem caught a pregnant cheetah. The cheetah’s offspring brought in tourists and the farmer decided to convert the farm into a cheetah conservation project. A lovely space to be, getting closer to nature. [discover africa]

Quadbiking in Swakopmund – Pack sunblock and a healthy craving for adrenaline. Take yourself to Swakopmund for a thrilling quadbiking joy ride through the rolling curves of the Namib desert. Still hungry for more? Swakopmund is a playground of adventure activities. Sandboarding, paragliding, scenic flights; if it makes you scream from a self-inflicted adrenaline rush – you can do it in Swakopmund. It isn’t called the adventure capital of Namibia for nothing! [discover africa]

Visit a Himba Tribe – Delve into a truly unusual culture when visiting a Himba Tribe. We wear clothes, they butter fat and ochre. We speak in silky sentences, they click their way through a conversation. Spending an afternoon surrounded by those who live off the land and who are clueless to the ways of modern technology is rather refreshing and without a doubt, enlightening! [discover africa]

Festivals

Festivals

Africa Day – Race has always been a part of the national conversation in this part of Africa, mainly due to the apartheid and other forms of discrimination the people have suffered throughout the years. Africa Day, held in May in Namibia, is when local communities come together to promote cooperation and a peaceful coexistence. It is a celebration of the diversity of the people. [iexplore]

Bank Windhoek Arts Festival – Held every February, the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival celebrates local artists and their work. It encourages the development of artists, helping locals establish a name in the industry and giving people a vehicle to enjoy the local design scene. A variety of events from dance and theater to visual arts are held throughout the capital. [iexplore]

Enjando Street Festival – Also known as Mbapira, the Enjando Street Festival is a loud display of traditional dance, complete with live music and national costumes that is held in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, every March. [iexplore]

Heroes’ Day (Maharero Day) – One very traditional festival that visitors to Namibia may want to check out is Heroes’ Day, or Maharero Day. Celebrated every August in the town of Okahandaja, this loud and colorful festival commemorates the efforts of Namibia’s war heroes with military processions and traditional costumes. [iexplore]

Kuste Karneval – Yet another remnant of German occupation in Namibia, the Kuste Karneval, held every August, is Swakopmund’s version of a street party. The festivities in this coastal city take the form of parades, food stalls and all-night ragers. [iexplore]

Oktoberfest – Having formally been a territory of the Germans, Namibians naturally celebrate what has become one of the world’s best-known drinking events, Oktoberfest. Beer, fun and games attract people of all ages to the capital of Windhoek. [iexplore]

Windhoek Karneval – The biggest cultural event in Windhoek, and Namibia in general, is the Windhoek Kareneval or WIKA. A remnant leftover from German occupation, visitors in attendance will feel a distinct German vibe throughout the festival. Held in April, WIKA involves a number of events including musical performances and a masked ball for adults and carnival and Independence Avenue parade for kids. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Intercape Mainliner runs a fairly comfortable overnight service from Cape Town to Windhoek four times a week. It is also possible to catch a bus from Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa via Upington. You can also catch a bus service from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Windhoek. [hotel travel]

Car – A tarmac road runs from Cape Town to Upington and into Namibia. The Trans-Kalahari Highway links Walvis Bay and Windhoek with Gaborone, Botswana and Gauteng. The Trans-Caprivi Highway runs from Zimbabwe via Botswana and onto the Caprivi Strip. [hotel travel]

Rail – TransNamib StarLine runs a train from Upington in South Africa to Windhoek and back again. However, this service is not recommended as it is renowned for being very slow and there are no onward trains from Upington to other destinations in South Africa. [hotel travel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Digital Marketers Namibia – Listen to Digital Marketing experts & Network at monthly meetings. [meetup]

Startup Grind Windhoek – Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn’t, and what they’ll do differently next time. [meetup]

Windhoek IT: Information Communications Technology Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in hardware and software computer engineering. Also those who want to know more about the new Cloud Computing, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and many more. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Namibia – Travelling to Namibia, foreigners will be stimulated by the sights and sounds. The country boasts of a broad geographical range from seaside wonders, jagged mountains to unrestrained wildlife and colonial memories. Although the apartheid system once gripped the country, which left an oppressive mark in the culture, the country has found a way to break through that ugly past and open up to the world. If you’re heading out to bond with this fascinating country here are some valuable information we’ve put together to help you settle in. [expat woman]

Your Expat Community in Namibia – Hello and welcome to your InterNations community of expats in Namibia. Make the most of our comprehensive guides, advice and insider tips on starting your new life as an expat. Our expat platform supports you with essential information and enables you to meet new friends and connect with fellow expats global minds. You’ll find answers to questions like “where can I start looking for accommodation?” and “what documentation do I need to obtain a work visa?”. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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