With its clock towers and gingerbread-style churches, Windhoek has a strikingly German atmosphere, a remnant of its days as a colony. Locals gather in Bavarian, red-roofed townhouses to eat bratwurst and drink beer. But beyond the European touches, an African heart roars. You only need to visit the central market to discover oryx and zebra meat for sale, and at local restaurants you can try it cooked the Namibian way; tender and perfectly spiced. At the craft centre, miniature lions and elephants, handmade from beads and fabrics, make for popular souvenirs, particularly if you’re returning from seeing the real thing on safari.
Meteorites from the Gibeon meteor shower are on display in central Namibia. The shower was the largest of its kind.
In the ultimate declaration of Namibian identity, the National Museum, which focuses on the fight for independence, is housed in an old German fort. This is one highly progressive, successful southern African capital that’s worth getting to know.