NACJ26 Day 12: Windhoek

November 10, 2014 Comments Off on NACJ26 Day 12: Windhoek
Andrew Walton
Just a happy guy who loves travelling, loves Africa and feels that travelling changes you forever.

Windhoek

On our way to Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, we make a stop at a local craft market where you can purchase genuine African artworks, including carvings and paintings. Upon our arrival in Windhoek, we embark on a brief tour around the lovely city in our truck.

Windhoek was initially given the name Ai-Gams by the Nama people, meaning ‘hot water’. This was because of the hot springs that were once a significant part of this area. The Herero people who used to dwell there, referred to it as Otjomuise meaning ‘place of steam’. There are various beliefs on how Ai-Gams/Otjomuise came to be known as Windhoek, but the most popular theory is that this name was derived from the Afrikaans word ‘Wind-Hoek’, meaning ‘corner of wind’. Another belief is that the Afrikaans people named Windhoek after the Winterhoek Mountains located in Tulbagh, South Africa, where the early Afrikaans settlers resided at one point in time. During those days of colonialism, Windhoeak acted as the point of contact between the fighting Namas, led by Jan Jonker Afrikaner, and the Herero people.

Today’s Windhoek was established on the 18th of October, 1890, when Van Francois (a German settler) repaired the foundation stone of the Alte Feste fort. Throughout the next fourteen years, Windhoek gradually progressed with only the most crucial government and private building being constructed. Following 1907, the town developed rapidly as people began to migrate from the countryside to the city, and a massive flood of European settlers started to arrive from Germany and South Africa. Countless gorgeous buildings and monuments were constructed, including Heinitzburg (one of the three castles of Windhoek), the enchanting Christuskirche and The Rider statue.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Two per room: Heja Game Lodge
Facilities: En-suite per room, hot showers, swimming pool, bar, laundry, wireless internet
Route: Etosha National Park to Windhoek +/-550 kms
Travel Time: +/- 7-9 hours (long day)
Included Tour Highlights: Craft market en-route, short city tour in truck
Optional Activities: Dinner out

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