Monday, March 31, 2014

Monuments and Historical Buildings in Windhoek, Namibia

Most monuments in Windhoek, the Namibian capital, are located within walking distance from each other. Please allow a couple of hours for the walking tour. Monuments in Windhoek, opened during colonial times, commemorate mostly events from German or South African side.

Windhoek railway station (Mandume Ndemufayo Av.)
The southern wing and central building was built in 1912. In 1929 the northern wing was added.

The Locomotive (the Illing) (in front of railway station)
A narrow-gauge locomotive (gauge 600 mm) has been mounted on stand in front of the station after running between Swakopmund and Otavi from 1904 to 1939. The engine was built in Germany in 1903 and assembled in Swakopmund.  
Owambo Campaign Memorial (near railway station)
 This memorial near the railway station was erected by members of the South African Army in memory of their comrades killed on the 6th of February, 1917 near Ehole (Oihole) in a battle against uprising of King Mandume Ndemufayo of Kwanjama. He was killed in action and his head was cut off.

 Kudu Monument (Independence Av.)
Erected in early 60's. Commissioned and donated by Mr. Behnsen, businessman and owner of firm Metje and Ziegler, Ltd. Commemorates a period when a disease struck kudu population and nearly wiped them out.

Zoo Garden (Independence Av., opposite of Gathemann restaurant)
Established in the beginning of the century. Changes were made in 1962 and the Garden was extended. The northwest corner of the garden with its open-air theater and pergola is of special interest, further the children's playground.

Altes Bezirksgericht (Goethe str.)
High Court building. Built in 1908. Remained in use till late 60's when the new High Court building was opened near Kudu Monument. Presently serves as a headquarters of Veterinary Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Alte Feste (Old Fort) (Robert Mugabe Av.)
The oldest building in Windhoek (1890). The foundation stone of the fort was laid by Curt von Francois on 18 October 1890. The building was expanded and had some 54 rooms in 1912. Alte Feste served as a headquarters of Schutztruppe and from 1915 as a headquarters of South African troops. From 1935 was used as a hostel for Windhoek High School and from 1962 it is a museum.

War Memorial (Zoo Garden, Independence Av.)
The memorial bearing a golden eagle, which stands in the middle of the lawns, was erected by order of Governor Leutwein in 1897 in memory of those killed before 1897.

Springbuck Fountain (Zoo Garden)
At the corner of Peter Muller Street and Independence Avenue, adjoining the southern end of the Zoo Garden. The Fountain was a donation of the Chamber of Commerce.

Curt von Francois Statue (Independence Av., in front of Municipality)
This monument was erected in memory of Major Curt von Francois. Unveiled on the 18th of October 1965. The statue is almost 18 ft. tall.

Christuskirche (Robert Mugabe Av.)
The idea to build a church for the German Evangelical Lutheran congregation was voiced in 1900 but these plans had to be shelved during Nama and Herero uprisings. Construction was started in 1907.

Artillery and Kammer Gebaude (Hugel str.)
These buildings are probably two of the earliest in Windhoek, apart from Alte Feste.
Built in mid 1890 for artillery division of Schutztruppe as an ammunition strore and weapon repair shop.

Schmerenbeck-Haus (Independence Av.)
Opposite the Municipality. Built in 1893, after 1900 it was enlarged and a gabled roof was added.

Reiterdenkmal (Equestrian statue) (opposite of Christus Kirche)
Erected at the suggestion of the commanding officer of the Schutztruppe, Col. Ludwig von Estorff. The memorial commemorated German soldiers and civilians killed in Nama and Herero uprisings (1903-1907 and 1908). It was unveiled on 27 January 1912, the birthday of Kaiser Wilhelm.

Elizabeth-Haus (Storch str.)
Architect Gottlieb Redecker. Built in 1907 as a maternity home and named after Duchess Elizabeth zu Mecklenburg, wife of the President of German Colonial Company. Until the closure of the building as a maternity home in 1981, some 12 669 babies were born there.

Erkrath-Gathemann-Kronprinz Facades (Independence Av.)
The oldest building is former Hotel Kronprinz (1901-02). Gathemann building was erected in 1913 and expanded in 1926/7 and Erkrath building (1910) is the last to the right. Architect Wilhelm Sander.

Felsenkeller Brauerei (Tal str.)
At the beginning of  the century there were four breweries in the country: Kronen Brewery in Swakopmund, Omaruru Brewery, Klein Windhoek Brewery and Felsenkeller Brewery in Tal valley in Windhoek. The demand for local beer was increasing rapidly and the brewery was expanded in 1912. After World War 1 a number of German citizens were deported back to Germany and smaller breweries had to close down. Omaruru and Klein Windhoek breweries were purchased by Herman Olthaver and Carl List. Hnasa Brewery joined the Consortium in 1968 when the South West Breweries were formed, renamed to Namibia Breweries after Independence.

"Old Location" or "Gammans" cemetery
Located next to Hochland road and the oldest know cemetery in Windhoek. The first identifiable grave is of Zacharias Kukuri who was buried on 18 April 1905. Ehrenfield Nganjako was the last person buried there on 4 November 1926.

Gibeon Meteorites (Post Street Mall)
Discovered by James Alexander in 1838.

Oudstryder an Bittereinder Memorial (Bismark str.)
The memorial was erected to commemorate "Bittereinders" of the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). A number of Boers where forced to flee South Africa and they settled in South West Africa (Namibia).

State House (Robert Mugabe Av.)
Previously served as the residence of the Governor. At present it is the residence of the President of Namibia.

Old cemetery and war memorial (Robert Mugabe Av.)
Located on the both sides of Robert Mugabe Av. The graveyard was closed in 1927. A "Cross of Sacrifice" was unveiled on 11 November 1981 as a memorial for the victims of WW 2.

"Tintenpalast" and Gardens (Robert Mugabe Av.)
The former German administrative building, "Tintenpalast" ("palace of ink") was built in 1913 at the cost of 414 888.84 Mark. In 1931 the Municipality of Windhoek undertook the laying out of the gardens in front of the building. During 1932 some 300 Olive trees were planted.

Three Castles of Windhoek
Schwerinsburg (Sperlingslust)
The tower of this castle was built by Curt von Francois during the time of construction of Alte Feste. In 1904 the army sold the tower to Wilhelm Sander, well known architect, who converted the place to a beer garden. In 1913 was bought by Dr. Hans Bogislav Graf von Schwerin, who engaged W. Sander to convert the tower into a castle. Presently a residence of Italian Ambassador to Namibia.

The castle was built by Wilhelm Sander in 1914 and bought 1916 by the Countess von Schwerin (born Heynitz). Presently used as a hotel: Heinitzburg.

SanderburgBuilt by Wilhelm Sander in 1916 as a residence for himself. Presently a private house.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Omaruru - Namibia

Small town Omaruru is located 50 km from town Karibib and 230 km from Windhoek, the capital of the country. Set in the heart of game-farm area the town is surrounded by array of mountains with the most prominent, the Oruwe, located southeast of town. Kristall Kellerei, the only winery in the country, is located in Omaruru. The name Omaruru is derived from Herero omaere omaruru meaning "bitter curd" which is apparently how the cattle's milk tested after eating particular bush growing in the area around tow. The first European to reach the area was Hugo Hahn, the missionary who visited it in 1851. In 1868 Herero Chief Zeraua settled in Omaruru although "officially" the town was founded only in 1870 with an arrival of another missionary, Gottlieb Viehe. Famous explorer Charles Anderson, being attracted by plentiful game in the area, established a hunting camp on the banks of Omaruru River in 1858. In 1870, the hunter Axel Eriksson and brewer Anders Ohissen formed a partnership to exploit the game and by 1880 they had succeeded in wiping out all the elephant, rhino, lion and giraffe once living in the area. in 1880s Omaruru was repeatedly attacked in Herero-Nama wars before peace was secured in 1889. The German garrison was stationed here in 1894, the town began to grow since then. The first postal office was opened in 1895. The garrison moved to a new fort, today's magistrate's court. By the end of 1896 Omaruru had the largest population of European settlers in Namibia. The town was besieged in 1904 during the Herero uprising. The military commander at the time, Captain Franke, was away in the south helping to put down the Bondelswart uprising. He marched 900 km in 20 days and broke the siege by leading a cavalry charge and defeating Hereros. Franke's Tower was built in 1907 to commemorate the event. Omaruru received full municipal status in 1909.

Accommodation in this area: Omaruru Game Lodge, Epako Lodge, Hotel Staebe, Immenhof, Erongo Wilderness Lodge

Erongo Wilderness Lodge
Epako Lodge

Festivals: Every year on the last weekend before 10 October the Herero hold a march to and from the cemetery where a former leader Wilhelm Zeraua is buried.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Namibia Captured in Green

Green is the prime color of the world, in that of which its loveliness arises.

 We shall find peace, we shall hear Angles.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.....
 Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole
Sometimes you've just got to grab and apple or grapes, or strawberries.
Something healthy but maybe a little more adventurous.

Welwitschia is a monotypic gymnosperm genus, comprising solely the very distinct Welwitschia mirabilis
The splendor of the rose and the whitness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Astonoshing - Sun Karros Lifestyle Resorts

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Welcome to the epitome of relaxation, Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris.They have everything you need, from luxurious chalets,
or close to nature camping, weddings to conferences, they cater for your needs.

Situated amongst the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, in the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris, a sanctuary to a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia's highlands. Because of its close proximity to Windhoek and its tranquil setting, Sun Karros is a popular overnight stop for visitors who wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Namibian capital. Although small in size, the Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris supports a healthy population of game typical of the Namibian highlands and is also a good spot for bird-watching. One of the main features is natural dam around which the chalets and camping sites are placed; as this is a permanent source of water for Fauna and Flora.


 19 contemporary African chalets | Air-conditioned rooms | Satellite TV | Bar fridge | Private
barbeque | Mesmerizing patio views | Restaurant |
Indigenous wildlife | Hiking trails | Mountain biking trails 

  Reception with kiosk and internet access | 12 fully equipped camp sites | Private barbeque |
Electricity | Restaurant | Indigenous wildlife | Hiking trails | Mountain biking trails | Game drives 

Conference facilities
Kraal restaurant

For more information on SunKarros Lifstyle Resorts
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Beautiful Susuwe Island Lodge - Namibia

Situated in the heart of the Caprivi Strip, and set in Namibia's Mudumu National Park, is Susuwe Island Lodge, embedded in a lush, riverine forest, on an island, in the Kwando River.

The lodge has been constructed to harmonize with the immediate environment, a fine example being the viewing decks, built in the canopy above. Here, guests can overlook the magnificent savannah's, ancient Kalahari woodlands and sparkling wetlands, cradled in the arms of a huge African tree. Privacy, comfort and relaxation, are of paramount importance here.
The main complex has been assembled as a series of multi-level decks, in the confines of shady Leadwood and Mangosteen trees. There is a central fire pit, (giving guests ample opportunity to swap travel and bush stories with fellow explorers and trailblazers,) a spacious lounge and dining areas, a curio shop and a small reference library, with books about the region and it's inhabitants. Power to the lodge is supplied by a generator.

 The thatched roofs help keep the interior of the rooms lovely and cool. There are only 6 personally attended suites, all overlooking the Kwando River. The spacious (brick and thatch) suites, are each equipped with a lounge, double bathroom, (with a window-height tub) and a bedroom, with mosquito net, overhead fan and hairdryer. A shady corner on the wooden viewing deck, is an ideal position for a quiet read or siesta. Guests can also cool off from the hot afternoon sun, in their very own private plunge pool.

 The Susuwe concession, and the adjacent Kwando area, is one of the largest unfenced wilderness areas in Southern Africa. Game drives are in open 4x4 vehicles in the Bwabwata National Park. Sightings can include vast herds of roaming elephant and buffalo, lion, leopard, hippo, lechwe, puke, sable and roan.
Casually drifting pontoons are steered up and down the river for birdwatching and sunset cruises and night rives and guided walks can also be organized.

Susuwe Island Lodge can organize specialized occasions, such as honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays. Candlelit moonlight dinners on a river sandbank, or private deck or a champagne brunch at the historical baobab, can also be arranged.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Welcome to the lodge called "PORCUPINE"

The uniquely styled clay buildings blend perfectly with the russet-coloured Kalahari sands of their surroundings. Eningu Clayhouse Lodge is synonymous with Namibia´s tranquil and intimate style, combining high levels of comfort, hospitality and serenity.
Built of 120000 handmade clay bricks and creatively decorated, Eningu invites you with its rustic, comfortable atmosphere to relax.


Eningu Clayhouse Lodge has a total of nine well equipped and comfortable rooms.
(two double rooms, five three bedded room and one Family room with 4 beds).

All the rooms have en suite facilities, a sitting corner, a desk, a ceiling fan, a heater for the chilly winter nights Enjoy the meals and meeting with new friends in our thatched “Lapa” or in our comfortable restaurant, relax
  in our cosy cigar bar or retreat into the tranquillity of our library.
and a thatched patio. Unusual artworks and sculptures abound, hand painted floors, antique furniture and creative love to detail will make your stay a liberating experience!

What to do at Eningu Clayhouse Lodge
   A large, refreshing swimming pool with many umbrellas and chaise-lounger’s invite you to relax and enjoy the sun.
 A heated whirl pool (Jacuzzi) is especially inviting on cold winter nights – for that special, memorable evening, stargazing with champagne.
    In the souvenir shop you can find selected African art
Wander along the well-marked hiking trails to experience the Namibian bush savannah.
Use the hide at the water hole to watch the abundant bird life and the evening porcupine feeds.
The botanical hiking trail will lead you through different zones of vegetation with explanatory information boards to a hut on mountain where you can enjoy a picnic lunch and sweeping views over the Kalahari. (approx. 6 hours)
 For the active archery, volleyball and badminton is offered
    Spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed from the roof terrace whilst enjoying a “sundowner” drink.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Namibia - A Stargazers Heaven

Namibia is famous in astronomy circles as an excellent location for viewing of the night sky. The country is considered to be one of the top three destinations for stargazing in the world. With its generally cloudless night sky, especially in the dry winter months, minimal light air pollution, and excellent view of southern constellations, Namibia has superb stargazing conditions. Many lodges offers telescopes and some have in-house astronomers, should you wish to learn more about the starry nights.
Sossusvlei Desert  Lodge is voted amongst the world's top 12 hotels for stargazing.
"This award-winning resort prides itself on giving back to the community and environment, whether by recycling, producing solar power or raising funds for local charities. Even the individual, adobe-style units in shades of sand and peach complement the yellow grasses and sun-burnt mountains of the desert. At night, guests can immerse themselves in the Milky Way with telescope and stargazing help from the staff."

If you prefer a more intimate astronomical adventure, the rooms at the Desert Lodge have skylights above the beds. Tuck yourself beneath the sheets and gaze upwards, enjoying one of the darkest nights you'll ever experience. The only drawback is that the full moon is a virtual floodlight - bring an eye mask!
The truth is, this region's skies are so unspoilt by light pollution that whether you have a telescope and a skylightlight or not, booking a room at any of the lodges here will mean you are in for a truly magical night. It's also a timely reminder that it's not just the things we can touch that need preserving.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

a Taste of Namibian Cuisine

Namibian cuisine is the cuisine of Namibia. It is influenced by two primary cultural strands: 
Cookery practised by indigenous people of Namibia such as the Himba, Herero and San groups
Settler cookery introduced during the colonial period by people of German, Afrikaner and British descent.

Indigenous Cookery
In the precolonial period indigenous cuisine was characterised by the use of a very wide range of fruits, nuts, bulbs, leaves and other products gathered from wild plants and by the hunting of wild game. The domestication of cattle in the region about two thousand years ago by Khoisan groups enabled the use of milk products and the availability of meat. However, during the colonial period the seizure of communal land in Namibia helped to discourage traditional agriculture and reduced the extent of land available to black people. 

Settler Cookery

Namibia was settled by German colonists during the nineteenth century, and German influence on white Namibian cookery remains very strong. One example of German settler cuisine is Wiener schnitzel.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Welcome to a World of Weaving

Karakulia was established in 1979 with the idea of being creative, giving employment and producing a product that people would hopefully be delighted to purchase.

Over the years Karakulia has built up an international reputation due to the many overseas visitors calling at our workshops and our participation in exhibitions throughout the world. Our forwarding department also prides itself in efficiently dispatching parcels to our customers world-wide.

Rug Designs.....

Animals and footprints

Rock art designs


Geometric and Abstract

Birds and Tree of Life

Friday, March 7, 2014

Avis Car Rental - Namibia

Renting a car from Avis Namibia

Group A - Economy
VW Vivo or Similar (EDMN)

Group B - IntermediateVW Polo or similar (EDMR)

Group C - Intermediate
Polo Classic or similar (CDMR)

Group E - Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar (CDAR)


Group G - Premium
Mercedes C Class or similar (PDAR)

Group H - Speciality/PeopleCarrier
VW T5 Caravelle or similar (PVMR)


Group I
Toyota Fortuner or similar (PFAR)


Group K
Hyundai IX35 4x2 or similar (IFMR)

Group M
Honda CRV or Similar (SFMR)

Group N
Toyota Hilux 4x4 Double Cab or similar (FFMR)
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