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Windhoek

Windhoek presents a pocket of civilised dining, shopping and sightseeing amongst the vast experiences of the natural world that Namibia offers. Set at 1700 metres, Windhoek rarely reaches the intense heats of the surrounding desert and provides a cool respite from the sweltering plains. Many visitors, who often start or finish their trip here, are pleasantly surprised by the relative order and calm of this small town. 

Those who are interested in purchasing local curios should head to Post St Mall, a pedestrianised street populated with market stalls selling African art and clothing, handmade jewellery and wooden carvings of animals. At the entrance way to the mall is Independence Street, Windhoek’s most prominent street. Here you can admire colonial architecture and a pretty clock tower. The National Botanical Gardens are a enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, with self-guided walking trails through tranquil quiver tree forests and a section on desert plants. For culture buffs, Windhoek has a few good museums too. The National Museum has an engaging collection which informs about the indigenous people of Namibia through artefacts and photos. The National Art Gallery of Namibia showcases some of the best contemporary work from Namibian artists for those interested in learning about modern African art.

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