Safari Medical Concerns

Medical Concerns In this age of instant litigation if anything goes wrong, the last thing that we are going to do is to give you detailed advice on medical precautions, immunisations, vaccinations and so on. What you must do is to visit your own doctor in plenty of time before you travel (some vaccinations need to be applied in several doses over an extended period of time), and ask him what medical precautions you need to take, for the countries that you are intending to visit. Your doctor will then look up what is required – usually on a constantly updated website – and arrange the treatment that is required. This said you might find the following observations to be useful. (Photo by NEA Healthy Futures)

• Bilharzia – We don’t want to delve too deeply into the myriad other tropical diseases that you might encounter, but bilharzia (or schistosomiasis) is worth mentioning. Quite nasty, although curable, this disease can be picked up from small infected snails whilst bathing in freshwater lakes and streams. Unfortunately, this includes the otherwise idyllic Lake Malawi – in theory, a strong rival to the Indian Ocean resorts, such as Zanzibar), although it is possible to find resorts here that are claimed to be bilharzia-free.

• Cholera – Cholera is mainly a product of poor sanitation but can be guarded against by prior vaccination if your doctor so recommends. Worth a Note is that this vaccination is not regarded as all that effective by some medical authorities.

• DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) – DVT is the formation of potentially dangerous blood clots, usually in the veins of the legs, caused by inactivity. This may be accentuated during a long-haul flight, where the combination of low cabin air pressure, stress, fatty food, caffeine and alcohol can result in a significant increase in blood coagulation, making DVT that more likely. It is claimed that one in ten to one in thirty long-haul passengers may be at risk from this condition – which may not make its effects evident until several days, weeks or even months, following your flight. The advice given for avoiding this condition includes wearing loose-fitting clothes, drinking plenty of fluids, although avoiding alcohol, tea and coffee, which all have a diuretic effect, and – most of all – performing physical stretching exercises, both whilst seated, and on walking around the cabin. For example, whilst seated, you can try repeating the following exercises (5-10 times each):

(a.) hold the arm-rests, whilst slowly lifting your knees simultaneously, holding for a few seconds (b.) hold one knee and bring it up towards your chest, holding it there for 15 seconds, repeating with the other knee (c.) contract your thighs and perform a sitting ‘march on the spot’ (d.) lift foot, point toes outward and rotate foot in a circular motion, repeating with the other foot (e.) with heels on the floor, lift toes upwards as far as possible, holding for 30 seconds (f.) with the balls of your feet on the floor, lift up your heels as high as possible, again holding for 30 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These giraffes won’t get DVT! (Photo from Reddit)

In the past taking aspirin has been recommended – for its blood-thinning properties – but current medical opinion is that it is of no value in avoiding veinous blood clotting, and it can also cause stomach irritation or even gastric bleeding in susceptible people. A natural alternative that is recommended is garlic (in the form of odour-free tablets!). Other recently introduced ‘natural’ products include Zinopin, which contains pine bark and ginger, and ‘Flite Tabs’, which are somewhat similar. But do research these yourself first, for example on the internet, and, as always, get your doctor’s approval. It is also possible to buy specially designed compression stockings from most pharmacies, which may be particularly recommended for those with varicose veins.

• Hepatitis A – Transmission of Hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.

• Hepatitis B – You can become at risk from Hepatitis B if you are exposed to blood or body fluids, for example, if you have sexual contact with the local population, but you can also be at risk as a result of emergency medical or dental treatment if infected blood or instruments are used.

• Jet Lag – Although the flight from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa can be a very long one, the difference in time zones is normally only an hour or two, and therefore jet lag as such is not a problem.

• Read one of our past Blog Post’s on 37 free travel hacks

• Malaria – Malaria is not strictly a matter of immunisation or vaccination, but rather of prophylaxis, or preventative measures. Sub-Saharan Africa is a high-risk area for Malaria, spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. All visitors to this region should adopt the following two-stage process. Firstly try to reduce the chances of being bitten, by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net. Mosquito nets and room sprays will be provided, where needed, by your hosts. Insect repellents should ideally contain a minimum of 50% DEET and should be applied to all exposed skin – always on top of sunscreen. Secondly, take the anti-malarial medication prescribed by your doctor, remembering to start the treatment the appropriate number of days before you travel, in addition to continuing it for the correct period of time after you return. Although, as already stated, we cannot recommend any particular treatment, let me just make the following remarks regarding anti-malaria treatments. Many international visitors make use of Malarone – it isn’t cheap (costing about £2.50 per day), is prescription-only, and can have side effects with some people (as can all medications), but it generally shows positive results. The principal alternatives are Mefloquine (Lariam), which, again, is prescription-only, and which, quite frankly I wouldn’t even go near, since it can have appalling psychological side effects, which can sometimes be fatal; Doxycycline, again prescription only, and which can cause adverse reactions in the presence of sunlight (of which there is quite a bit in Africa); Chloroquine and Proguanil (or in combination), which are non-prescription, but which may also be less effective, as resistance to these drugs has built up over several years’ usage. Which is best for you may depend on which countries you are visiting, and other factors, such as pregnancy etc. It’s up to you (or rather your medical practitioner!). Regardless to mention is that none of these treatments can be regarded as 100% effective, which is why the avoidance of bites, as discussed above, is crucial. Incidentally, it is claimed that you are more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you consume bananas (not sure why this phenomenon)! The initial symptoms of malaria can be quite mild, and easy to confuse with flu. If you are in any doubt, contact your medical professional immediately, and tell them that you have recently returned from a malaria-risk zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Poster regarding Malaria and Quinine (by Pinterest)

There is an ancient rumour that apparently a drink of Gin and Tonic could also act as a measure against Malaria. Hence this is a debated statement, here is what The Travel Doctor has to say:

“Travellers often joke about drinking gin and tonic to prevent malaria, and here is an interesting answer to the question of how many G &Ts would need to be consumed to deliver a preventative dose of quinine?

Short Answer: 67litres per day!!

The Long Answer, for those interested, is according to Meshnick’s chapter in “Malaria: Parasite Biology, Pathogenesis and Protection (1998, ed Sherman) that modern tonic water contains 15mg/L quinine, and so has a little antimalarial effect. However, Meshnick also mentions that drinking a glass of a decoction of Cinchona bark (made by soaking the bark in brandy or gin for 5 or 6 days) two or three times a day would have provided at least 1-2g quinine per day. Meshnick says that this would have protected against malaria.

Therefore, consuming 67 litres of tonic water would provide 1g quinine. That means a lot of G&T’s, and there are definitely easier ways to prevent malaria.” (taken from the link)

• Read one of our past Blog Post’s on Malaria and it’s symptoms

• Meningitis – Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord and can have either viral or bacteriological origins. Epidemics do periodically occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and hence protection is advised.

• Medication & First Aid Kits – If you are taking medication of your own, then, given the possibility of luggage going astray, it may be a good idea to carry it in your hand luggage (provided it meets current anti-terrorist regulations!) or split it between hand and hold luggage, if its use is important to you. You might also like to take a small first-aid kit with you as well – obtainable from large pharmacies. Useful contents include plasters, bandages, tweezers, possibly a sterile needle kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A complete Safari First Aid kit available at Survivaloutdoor.com. Prices range from N$549.- up to N$1,099.- (prices may change without prior Notice) 

• Pre-existing Medical Conditions – If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you should certainly seek advice from your GP to discuss the suitability of your proposed trip. You must also tell your Travel Insurer about your condition: if you don’t and you become ill while you are away (even from something quite different), you run the risk of losing your cover. If necessary carry a copy of a letter from your doctor with you, together with details of any prescriptions. Finally, to ensure that you carry sufficient medication to cover any delays.

• Rabies – Since rabies is a potentially deadly disease, found throughout most of the world, you are well advised to be vaccinated against this – especially if you are prone to making friends with every stray pussy who crosses your path. Rabies is a virus that is usually spread by the bite or scratch of an animal. By the time the symptoms appear, it is generally too late to save the patient. However, a person who may have been exposed to rabies can usually be treated effectively if they seek help at once. Symptoms include neurological problems and a fear of light and water.

• Tetanus – Tetanus is found all over the world, so it’s a good idea to make sure that your tetanus jabs are kept up to date. Polio A one-time booster used to be recommended for any adult travellers who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult, although you are more likely now to be offered a combined tetanus, polio and diphtheria vaccine.

• Tsetse Fly Bites – A relation to the horse-fly, but ten times more vicious, the tsetse fly is both a nuisance and a benefit to safari travellers. The bite itself can be extremely painful, and can sometimes result in huge swollen red areas on the legs and arms (the reaction found varies greatly between individuals, and even from occasion to occasion). However, the tsetse fly also gives rise to sleeping sickness in cattle (although not usually in human beings, at least not the variety found in Zambia) and hence keeps the best game viewing areas free from human encroachment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The revered Tsetse Fly (Photo by DSW)

Nevertheless, in some areas, there may be areas of intense tsetse fly activity to be traversed into and out of camp. These little nasties can inflict highly painful bites even through clothing, socks or head-gear. Some camps proudly exhibit ‘tsetse fly traps’ around their boundaries. These consist of a jar containing something sickly sweet that is irresistible to tsetse flies, contained within a blue canvas structure (for some reason, the colour blue attracts tsetses). This is designed to trap all such visitors. If you are someone being of an enquiring mind then go to examine one of these traps more closely. Guess how many tsetse flies you will see trapped in it? Thousands? Hundreds? The answer is ‘not one’! If you are bitten there are a number of possible treatments. Applying, for example, a hot mug of tea, to the bite can give immediate relief hence the increased blood flow will wash the poison away from the site more quickly, in addition to breaking down the anti-clotting agent that such bites often contain. Another treatment is to apply a ‘zapper’ – a piezoelectric device that, when triggered against the skin, produces a short electrical shock to the site, which can also give rapid relief. We were told recently that a mixture of 50% Dettol/50% water is an excellent repellent – although only if you want to smell like a hospital ward! However, none of these treatments work all the time, or with all people. A small tip: Should you catch one of these nasty’s it is generally recommended to decapitate this insect hence they are such tough beings. Many times by simple squashing this insect won’t do the job. These little creatures are indeed very robust.

• Typhoid fever – Typhoid fever can be caught through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to faecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors.

• Yellow Fever – Yellow Fever is spread by mosquito bites. It is uncommon in tourist areas but can cause serious, often fatal, an illness so most people visiting risk areas should be immunised. Indeed, as we saw above, some countries make it an entry requirement to have a valid immunisation certificate, and since this requirement may suddenly be introduced if there is an outbreak elsewhere, it is probably a good idea to have this anyway.

 

Searching for reforestation

Dear reader, we would love to point out that this informational Blog Post is of vital importance to all of mankind. Therefore we ask you politely to read and watch this post till the end in order to understand the magnitude of the literature and information provided and respond accordingly. Don’t worry, your reaction is not going to cost you a single cent. So, without further due let us look at the following starting with the World Wide Web itself. With the daily growing Internet “digital library (eg. Web pages, Blogs, Online Shops etc.)” and an estimated 3.6 Billion users, the importance of search engines is basically on top of the list regarding general day-to-day internet services. In a simple explanation, a Search engine is a web software program or web-based script available over the Internet that searches documents and files for keywords and returns the list of results containing those keywords. Today, there are numbers of different search engines available on the Internet, each with their own techniques and specialities. In essence, Search engines are the workhorses of the world wide web, returning billions of potential and diverse Information or services to billions of queries on an hourly basis, with some of the major search engines being Google, Yahoo, Shodan, Ask, WebCrawler, Dogpile, Bing and others. To give you an idea of how big the Internet actually is the “Millforbusiness-Website” gives a decent up to date estimate of the ever-changing numbers. (Image by Pixshark.com)

Currently, this all might sound somewhat confusing, and what does this have to do with reforestation(?), but do yourself the favour and keep on reading to gain clarity.

In the 2018 survey, they found that there are 1,630,322,579 websites currently online which compared to the year 2008 a count was reached at 186,727,854 websites.

If you look at the data on the Millforbusiness-Website and minus the amount from the year 2017 from the website count of the year 2018, we get a total count of 5,212,899 new websites created.

If you divide the 5,212,899 newly created Websites with 365 days this equals up to 14281 websites day, that’s a whopping 571 new Websites coming online every hour! In order to find these Websites, all Search Engines are a vital online Tool to find these Websites for whatever reasons (Information, a Service, an online Purchase etc.) If we look at the Search Statistics from Google alone, an insane number of approx. 3.5 Billion search queries are made daily. That’s a total of 1.2 trillion searches a year just from the Google Search Engine alone!

So what exactly does this have to do with our Website sharing Information on Tourism, Wildlife or Fauna and Flora??? Don’t be concerned, this is not a dry Blog on Website tutorials or alike. We just want to introduce you to a Search Engine which is putting up a lot of effort to reforest the globe. This is something worth a Nobel Prize in our humble opinion.

Very simple, we want to make the public aware of the Ecosia Search Engine which doesn’t just fill their pockets like the other big greedy competitors. Ecosia returns to mother earth by every search made. This undertaking deserves the utmost respect and support. Ecosia is a Search Engine which plant’s trees. In their own Words “Ecosia users have planted 40 million trees just by searching the web. Trees are vital to fighting climate change. Scientists agree that halting deforestation is just as urgent as reducing emissions. Protecting and restoring forests could reduce worldwide emissions of CO2 by 18%.” – from the Ecosia Website – The Ecosia Search Engine works just like any other Search Engine, plus they have a nice feature of a live running counter of how many trees have been – or are up for planting below the search box. With the funds collected they evaluate selected locations for the next area where planting trees are of importance and which can provide the highest survival rate for the trees as such (see video clips below for more insight). They prefer to plant Acacia trees (see link below or click here) and have a separate Bank Account to help Woman start their own business. As a cherry on top of the cake, they don’t sell your private information to other third parties (like 90% of all Search Engine providers) and do not force you to accept Internet cookies or trackers. Utmost Respect for eliminating the “online dodgy stuff” and the financial support towards female self-empowerment!!! In writing this, there are a helpful more of aspects which I can write about but we try to keep things short (the Video clips below will explain more).

Have a look at their Introduction Videos below:

A clip on how Ecosia decides on how and where to plant new trees (the human value behind this is stunning):

One clip on the impact Ecosia already had in Madagascar (more clips can be found on the Ecosia Website or via YouTube):

If you have a closer look at the facts as for how many trees are cut down each year, IntactForests.org concludes that intact forest landscapes from 2000-2013 were reduced globally by 70,000 square kilometres per year (about the size of Costa Rica) for a total of 919,000 square kilometres. As to the “number of trees” this represents, it’s impossible to get an accurate count. In regards on the Tree density in primary forests varies from 50,000-100,000 trees per square km, so the math would put this number at 3.5 billion to 7 billion trees cut down each year. Symbolically speaking, we are cutting down the “lungs of the earth” at an alarming rate. That’s why we support the use of the Ecosia Search Engine by all means necessary.

If we take a closer look at the scenario, it is well documented that the earth Oxygen levels are dwindling. According to this article from the Dailymail UK, it states that we experienced a drop of 0,7% drop of the earth’s Oxygen levels due to CO2 emissions, general consumption and deforestation. This value is expected to grow in near future. To simplify the matter, each person uses around 550 litres of oxygen per day (according to howstuffworks). So with the estimated amount from the year 2018 of 7.7 Billion people on planet earth that’s a usage of  4235,000,000,000 litres of Oxygen per day. In general, one fully grown tree at 30 meters (100 feet) produces around 118 litres of Oxygen per year (according to AAAtreeserviceny). At the deforestation rate of 7 billion a year that’s an Oxygen supply loss of 82,600,000,000 per year. If one does further calculations from these statistics one will clearly see that we are heading for a global disaster regarding our air-supply alone (disregarding food supply’s, clean water supply’s etc.).

Just to understand the terminology, Reforestation is not the same as afforestation, though both are directed towards propagating greenery. Afforestation is the endeavour to forest an area which originally had no tree cover what so ever. It is the effort to create a new forest in a previously unforested area or a part of the land that was not under forest cover. The Ecosia Search Engine doesn’t handle the effort under “afforestation”, which is well explained in the Video clips above.

Reforestation simply means the effort put in by repopulating an area which has lost its tree population due to human intervention or natural disasters. It is an initiative different countries are undertaking to maintain ecological balance as beautifully explained in the Madagascar Video clip above.

 Have a look at this Website from The World Counts just to see how fast we are currently destroying our own life-support. The live online measurements will leave you literally “gasping for air”.

Some of our past Blog Posts with similar field of interest:

• Conservation of Namibia’s Ecosystem

• Namibia’s Bush Encroachment Issue

As a closure, we would love to leave you with a simple insight. If for eg. Ecosia reaches a reforestation amount of 1 billion planted trees (per year) at a success rate of 40% survival of each Tree (Percentage is taken as an example) this means that this enterprise has given 400,000,000 trees back to nature by the simple support of your online searches. From the estimated 7 billion trees cut down yearly, this has an impact of 5,7% of reforestation to deforestation. This means that according to the statistics and specific to this example only – at 5,7% success rate, it will take Ecosia 17,5 years to reforest a one-year calculation/count/estimate of deforestation statistics. Another thing to take into account is that it takes multiple years for a tree to reach it’s full growth, meaning that before a tree reaches a considerable minimum size (not fully grown) to make an environmental impact on the global atmosphere, could take up a minimum of 3 years (only true for fast-growing trees – click for the general encyclopedia). For one tree to help with the maintenance of our atmospheric gasses and the global warming problem, this is a relevant fact which is very often forgotten or overseen. With our current technology, cutting down beautiful age-old trees takes a matter of minutes. Replacing them is an entirely different ball-game. The Ecosia Search Engine Project is difficult, complex but remarkably beautiful. Please Note: This specific example excludes other non-mentioned “Reforestation Projects”.

Some short clips on deforestation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwqvSE0UV0w

It isn’t in our control in which manner you understand or think about this Blog Post and is up to each individual themselves. But a wise person once said: “These current problems do not burden us, however, the next generation(s) will thank us for the mess in which we left them behind.” -unknown-

         Nevertheless, you do the math on the Information given above – definitely, something to think about…

Your support is vital:

Go to the Ecosia Search Engine 

Go to the Ecosia Facebook Page 

Other reforestation Project links:

• The Eden Reforestation Project

• The Carbonfund Reforestation Project

• The UNFCCC Project (.pdf document)

• The Andes Reforestation Project

37 free Travel Hacks for international fliers

For many international visitors, not just to Namibia but globally, we would love to share our insider Tips to get the most out of your money to the value of each flight. Below are 37 of our personal best hacks needed to make your Airfare as comfortable as possible. Make sure to view the very last Video at the bottom of this Blog Post, some of the best Tips and Tricks are explained accordingly. Furthermore, this Blog Post is trying to cover the general Hacks available globally. Certain Airlines or countries might not carry value for our advice presented here. One of the biggest Problems which should be taken into account is Point No.21. Ignoring Point No.21 is the most frequent and also the most expensive one hence one will have to buy new Flight tickets in order to be allowed travelling on the next day, should you travel back home to collect the required documents(!). Plus, if you have a strict Safari itinerary your entire booking plan is subject to failure. So your Travel Agents will have to shift each accommodation by a day (or more) without any return for your funds which have been paid in advance. Almost no Lodge or Hotel will give you a refund on a “one-day” in advance notice.

     + So without further due, here we go:

  1. Check all flights properly. In our experience, many get to save a lot of money by booking two one-way flights instead of a flight round-trip.
  2. In case of an emergency, always be aware of the fact that you have a 24-hour period for a refund.
  3. Almost all airlines offer a Booking-App making your check-in a lot easier. Some famous airlines always causing turmoil are AirNamibia and Ukranian Airways. The counters of these specific airlines always have a long line in front of the check-in counter. Nevertheless, being top Airlines the counters need some upgrade with the management of their check-in counters. By checking in via the App one can simply drop off the luggage at the Business Class counter where the line is mostly not present.
  4. Avoid Jet-Lag by adjusting your meals and sleep hours accordingly before embarking. Especially on flights which include long hours of transit periods.
  5. Products like Red Bull, Coffee, heavily processed foods, greasy foods, sugary Soft Drinks or similar will dehydrate you, so with making your Jet-Lag even worse. Have some water or a real fruit smoothie which will make things a lot easier to cope with.
  6. Ordering meals at the Airport which are less favoured will most of the time get you served a lot faster (eg. Vegetarian, Halaal etc.). This comes in handy when in a rush and want to grab a quick snack/meal.
  7. Most forgotten items include Cellphone charger, prescription glasses or sunglasses and the famous Laptop mouse. Keep these in the back of your mind!
  8. Never lose your luggage check-in number. Bags get misplaced or forgotten more often than you think, especially when travelling through transits.
  9. Make sure your bag is tagged with your Name and contact details. Should you wrap your bag, ensure that your tag is visible and easily accessible and readable. If you have a messy handwriting we guarantee that in the unfortunate event of the misplaced/late luggage will take a lot longer or not show up at all. Especially in countries which aren’t managing things on the European alphabet (eg. China).
  10. Whoever takes you to the Airport, ensure that they arrive early in order to avoid the line in front of the check-in counter. In our experience, we had situations of power outages at diverse Airports where every flight ticket had to be written by hand.
  11. If possible, wrap your luggage. Getting access to your gear is easily accessible by thieves working inside the loading area.
  12. Keep the most expensive belongings inside your hand baggage. Remember, no liquids allowed inside hand baggage, valid for all airlines.
  13. If you bring souvenirs of liquid nature (eg. Wine) while returning home, pack them in the middle of your bag to avoid breakage.
  14. Behave when on the flight. Should you cause problems on a flight because you are in a bad mood or drunk expect to be collected from the Airport Police once on arrival. So if you think you are someone special and try to change seats from the economy class to the business class, guaranteed you will be held accountable for it. Officers will enter the Airplane before anyone embarks, even in Namibia… with hand-cuffs. If you are supposed or sitting in the back of the Airplane you will take the walk of shame down the Airplane lane with the Airport Security while all eyes are on you. (please view the last Video at the end of this Blog Post)
  15. If you need specific medication, ensure to pack enough supply. Nothing creates a bigger headache when in search for specific medicine needed inside a foreign country. The Pharmaceutical Industries often vary from country to country. Also remember to pack them accordingly, especially when in liquid form. Big reminder for individuals with thrombosis. Watch this very clear and short video below!
  16. To get a chance for a Seat upgrade, try to Book an economy seat with a Standard or Budget listing (some Airlines listed as Y or B) in the case of an overbooking option. (view last Video below for more Information)
  17. Save money on international calls when calling your loved ones by sending Whatsapp voicemails. Especially if you don’t have a SIM Card yet, once upon arrival.
  18. Many airlines or travel agents offer stop-overs to avoid transit hangouts. If you have time this is a nice one to broaden your horizon by spending a couple of days at the specific locations. Take some photos! Also, very important is to speak to your Travel Agent just to ensure everything is in order in regards to VISA’s, Passports etc.
  19. Always remember that your Passport has a valid VISA and has a decent expiry date exceeding a minimum of three Months. Also, make sure that your Passport is in proper condition. If the Passport Control gets a worn-out Passport which gives the impression that it has been “fumbled” with, entry into your country of destination could be declined.
  20. Some Airports give you the offer to buy a ticket for a “hang-out Lounge”. This is recommended for long transit periods or early arrivals at Airports. A good insider for long flights!
  21. The biggest Problem these days is travelling with children. Due to the increasing global human-trafficking issue many Airline Company’s requests a birth certificate once checking-in. Qatar and Emirates are some Airlines who are stone cold and very harsh on these rules. We met many people who where declined their check-in without the proof of these documents. So if travelling with children below 12 – sometimes16 years of age it is a very high matter which to pay attention to. (see Video below)
  22. Try to exchange some of your currency at your local Bank with a currency exchange. Although many Airports have diverse currency exchange Banks on site, the chance that they might be closed (especially when arriving late at night), sold out or have a huge line in front of the counter. Worth mentioning is that you could get a much better exchange rate at your local Bank so with giving you more “bang for your buck” and one could save a lot of time and stress. Research ahead of time on the exchange! A good one is http://www.xe.com …
  23. Prepare your Documents! Always pack a print-out of your Hotel/Guesthouse bookings should you book via an Online-Portal. Many Hotel Bookings get cancelled when a guest doesn’t arrive at Hotel check-in times. You need to show the proof on arriving, especially should you arrive late in the evening. Remember, if you disembark at eg. 23:40 it could still take you another 45min. with a Taxi to reach your Hotel. Many Hotels do not take this in to account making things somewhat difficult for travellers not using a Travel Agent. A cancellation received from diverse Online Booking Platforms will hence often get cancelled without prior notice. So a print-out of your Online Booking Platform could save your stay over.
  24. If you travel by yourself, share your Booking Print-Outs with a family member or a loved one. In a worst case scenario, it could happen that your luggage gets lost or stuck in transit. In such a scenario you can at least contact a family member who has the information which you need (eg. Street Name, Hotel Name, Suburb, Booking Number). Should you visit a country where you are not a master of the countries official language you could have a serious problem (eg. China, Russian, Hebrew, Hindi, Punjabi, Japanese etc.). So coming prepared is recommended! How else will you tell your Taxi Driver where to go?
  25. In regards to catching a Tube or the Rail, personally avoid booking Train tickets ahead of time. We are very serious about this one! It came to our attention that many Rail-Road tickets have been rejected because they do not conform to Rail-Ticket numbers provided. On getting Rail-Tickets we personally recommend getting them on site. Many Travel Agents have big problems with rejections on pre-booked Rail-Tickets taking one from the Airport to the City of destination. This, however, is not true for visitors embarking on a multiple days Rail-Road vacation (which are not available at the Airport but only at Rail Company offering the experience).
  26. If you get offered the choice, try to get a flight on a 767. They offer more space inside the economy class. Good if you want to stretch your legs in an unoccupied middle row.
  27. Pack your bag with thought behind it. Leave some free packaging space for souvenirs which you love to bring back home. Use space wisely by eg. stuffing your socks inside your shoes. If you pack your Koffer to the brim, guaranteed you will leave some things behind just to get your material memories (eg. Souvenirs or Curios) back home. Pack lightly! (see video below)
  28. Don’t take the first Taxi driver! The best example is Dubai, UAE. Take your time and speak with Taxi drivers. Often the first Taxi Driver approaching you will lead you directly to the VIP-Taxi’s costing you double. Also in our experience, should you travel to Germany, if your Hotel is close by with a short distance from the Airport many Drivers will curse you because of the short ride. This is because the German Taxies follow a “waiting-in-line” customer acceptance system. Many wait for hours in line to be allowed to take the next visitors to their destination. If the ride has a fare of only 10 Euro’s the driver might harbour resentment. So take note!
  29. If travelling with Sports Gear, many Airlines sell a surplus weight licence sometimes up to 85kg(!). Just ensure that your licence is valid for all Airlines should you change Airline Company’s while in Transit. If this is not cleared with proper Documents expect to pay extra at the Check-In counter (which is not cheap). Recommended is to check-in your Snowboard, camping equipment or Surfing Gear directly within the transit luggage handling.
  30. Always pack your own Bag, unless you seriously trust the person packing your Bag(s).
  31. If you have booked a rental Vehicle, please be aware of these facts stated in one of our past Blog Post’s regarding AA-International Driving Permits (click for Info).
  32. Pack your own headphones. The headphones provided by most Airlines often have a poor sound quality or are sometimes literally rubbish. You don’t want to spoil your entertainment when on a 14-hour flight. (please view the last Video at end of this Blog Post, – some of you will be up for a surprise)
  33. Always pack your own Pen! Many Airports require you to fill in diverse forms. Don’t rely on available pens at every Airport. You will just extend your time wasted throughout the Passport Control procedure.
  34. If possible, avoid packing natural products like meats, seeds, animal products (furs, taxidermy etc.), botanical products or similar. Most liqueurs or tobaccos are fine but unprocessed natural products are always an issue subjected to a fine. Some of the most hardcore Airports adhering to this rule are Australia and New Zealand.
  35. Know how much Cash you are carrying on you. Many Airports require you to state the exact amount brought in by international visitors. If you are being caught with a stack of bills which haven’t been declared, expect consequences.
  36. Arrive fresh! Nothing worse when sitting next to someone who is sweaty and who just came out of a Pub. The Airline reserves the right to remove you accordingly should a complain be listed regarding your personal hygiene.
  37. Always be kind and humble towards the Airplane Staff! Chance is that they will be at your service notably faster on request. Your good behaviour will be noted, especially if you are a frequent flier making use of specific Airline Companys.

The image on top of Blog Post by Airport Terminal Operations Ltd – Mauritius

Videos linked via youtube.com

• Read our past Blog Post on European Driving Licence’s within Namibia

• Read our past Blog Post on Namibian Border crossing via a rental Vehicle

 

European Driving Licence in Namibia

This is a very frequently asked question from European clients visiting Namibia who are embarking on a Self-Drive or Guided Self-Drive tour within Namibia or included parts of southern Africa. How do rental companies handle European driving licences and are they legal? Please be aware that we are only touching base on European – and not other International Licences here, like U.S.A, India, China or similar. So included are countries like Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, England, Belgium, Luxemburg and furthermore. This Blog Post will make things easier for everyone seeking clarity on this matter.

So first matter at hand, a foreign or international driver’s license is invalid, unless:

• The license has been issued in English; or

• The license contains a photograph and signature of the card holder

• In the case that your driver’s license is not in the English language, please note that both the national and international driving license have to be brought along at all times. The international driving license is valid only in conjunction with the national driving license.

So what we are trying to point out is the following:

No matter where you come from, your driver’s licence (no matter card or booklet) must have the English translation “Driver’s Licence” somewhere on the card or booklet. If no translation is shown one is forced to obtain an AA-Approved Co-Licence from an AA-Approved outlet. Normally they are quite easy to get and also available in Namibia. Namibia has many cultures and many languages roaming within the country but English is a given standard when it comes to legal documents. Documents in Italian or Spanish will bring you no good here, once requested. Hence Namibia was a former Colony of Germany the German language is very well known here and travelling without any AA-Documents one will still run into problems hence it is handled as illegal. Bigger problems come in to play once any Border-Crossing occurs eg. from Namibia to Botswana. Things will look very different then and a crossing denial is to be expected.

Have a look at the samples below for a better understanding:

Looking at the two Sample Driving Licence’s above one can find the English document-explanation listed within the heading on top of each driving licence card. If the simple Text of “Driving Licence” is readable on the card, no problems for driving within Namibia should be of concern (depending on your country of origin*).

Sample two:

Above is the standard German “Führerschein” as issued throughout Germany. No English translation of the Word “Führerschein” to “Driving Licence” is anywhere visible. So as a visitor to Namibia this will be much of an issue hence if no English translation is visible makes it illegal throughout all of southern Africa. So in general, Namibia will be a problem but on a Self-Drive Tour, an AA-Document is recommended which can be requested online by clicking this link. Another option would be to visit your nearest AA-Outlet to get such a document established for you on site.

Above is a sample on what to expect for a temporary AA-Driving Licence. If you go to an approved AA-Outlet, make sure to take clear ID/Passport Photo’s along.

One thing is for certain that International driving permits which are issued via the AA Namibia-Outlet are issued according to the terms of the International Convention relative to Motor Traffic of 1949 and to holders of valid driver’s licenses issued in Namibia. So for international visitors please have a look at the link listed above.

Although International Driving Permits are recognized internationally, holders should carry their valid driver’s license when travelling abroad or inside Namibia. Most countries throughout the world recognize visitors national driving licences, but an AA Driving Licence is recommended nevertheless.

One good thing about an AA-Permit is that the document is multilingual, thus convenient for use in non-English speaking countries. It is generally familiar to law enforcement officers and some car rental companies may insist on customers having an international driving permit. While AA-Outlets take in-depth precaution to ensure that the information supplied is correct, the Company does not accept any responsibility or liability in this regard. Some locations are just out of the ordinary, but in regards to Namibia, a general AA-Permit is 99,9% of the time acceptable. Like we mentioned above, Border crossings could become an issue without one and driving without any English IDP’s is considered illegal in Namibia.

Distinguish the following:

There are two types of AA-Permits available according to the AA-Enterprise…

  • A 1949 Convention IDP/permit is usually issued and is recognised in most countries.
  • A 1926 Convention IDP/permit is required for the following countries: Brazil, Burundi, Iraq, Nigeria and Somalia.

There are some general outlines which one should be aware of pin-pointing each diverse licence as such. Please have a look/read on this link from the AA-Organisation itself.

Our recommendation – Visit this Site “International Driving Permit” to get a once of solution. They will help you out instantly, just to save you the headache of all the Website’s out there.

Image above: AA-Permit for Namibia

So before you embark to Namibia for your vacation, kindly make certain that these requirements are adhered to in order to ensure that the insurance is valid in the terms of the rental agreement from the Company which you are hiring from. Vehicles cannot be handed over to clients who do not comply with these regulations mentioned above. Make sure to speak to your Rental Company who will gladly give you the best information needed.

• Also, read our past Blog Post on “Border Crossing Namibia”

Snakebite Help-Guide

We picked up this very valuable Informative Text roaming throughout Namibia and we think it is of great value to share this with our fellow readers, locals and international visitors. This Blog-Post is currently the only copy of information partially compiled with roaming Information from another Website-Copywriter (we still trying to find out by whom). The importance of the topic matter nevertheless is second to none. So, if you are travelling into heavy rural areas, please pay some proper attention to the Information listed and explained below. The individual who compiled this Text we would love to thank you in advance and please get in contact with us. We couldn’t have written it better ourselves, therefore “hats-off” . This one is indeed extremely important for everyone, no matter locals, tour guides or international visitors alike, to be informed about. So without further due, please read the following and take Notes if you can.  IMPORTANT: If you do come in an unfortunate situation of a Snakebite and need to make a call from an international Cellphone, please use the prefix “+264” excluding the “0” eg. “+264 (0)81 123 4567″. Also, this guide is laid out for Namibia ONLY!!! A future Blog Post with emergency Numbers on bordering countries to Namibia available soon.


” With summer slowly approaching, snakes will once again come into conflict with people across Namibia. This list will provide our members with relevant information regarding basic snake safety and first aid, as well as contact details of snake catchers across the country.”

• Windhoek
Francois Theart 081 2900343 (All hours)
Jaques Arangies 081 2809839 (After hours and weekends)
Brendon Barnard 081 2194873 (after hours)
Felix Vallat 081 45 35 855 (All hours when in Windhoek, preferably Avis/Klein Windhoek/Ludwigsdorf/Eros)
Marco Peters 081 6577695 ( after hours and when in town)
Leevi Nanyeni 081 2482602 (after hours and weekends, Sundays only after 1 pm)
Frikkie Du Toit 081 8595051 (Available lunch hour and any time after five)

• Okahandja
Johan Pretorius 081 1272832 (all hours, except when consulting. Phone to find out)

• Otjiwarongo
Bennie Hollander 081 6284527 (All hours)

Ministry of Environment and Tourism 067 302639 /Victorus Shitulenus 081 2720384/ Calvin 081 2308524/ Kolbooi 081 2538303

• Grootfontein 
De Wet Horn 081 0343057 (daylight hours – find out where he is – Tsumeb or Grootfontein)

• Tsumeb 
De Wet Horn 081 0343057 (daylight hours – find out where he is – Tsumeb or Grootfontein)

• Otavi
Alex Singleton 081 3940174 (when in Otavi and available. Phone to find out)

• Usakos/Karibib
Antoinette Heath 081 2262715 (All hours, day and night)

• Rosh Pinah 
Wesley Price 081 1283307 (All Hours)

• Katima Mulilo
Curt_Ingo Sagell 081 1292811(All Hours)
Rachelle Lambrechts 081 5619040 (all hours)

• Coastal – Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Henties Bay
Simon McGowan 081 2339242 (all hours)
Fanie Lucas 081 383 3417 (Swakopmund – After Hours)

• Rehoboth/Hardap region
Mario Guterres Emergency no 081 6888846/085 2888846/Radio 081 7455090 (All hours)

• Snake catching tour guides – phone to find out if perhaps they are in your area if not listed above
Stephan Sachse 081 2767552 (hometown Grootfontein)
Marc Davis 081 1241929 (hometown Otjiwarongo/Windhoek)

In the case of a snake bite, please email snakebite to snakebitedoc@gmail.com, Dr Buys will respond immediately.

When a snake is spotted, please keep your eyes on the snake and make sure you have these numbers close by to phone for assistance. And please bear in mind that most of these are working people, so please do not phone everyone on the list when someone is already on the way. When someone gets there they will use their own discretion to decide whether or not they need backup. Please also note, trying to kill the snake could result in a bite as it naturally will try to defend itself.

     + Steps To Live Safely Alongside Snakes:

Firstly there are NO effective snake repellents!!!

1. Keep grass short and clear underneath bushes to prevent hiding place for snakes.

2.Clear heaps of rubbish, building materials and other refuse from near the house

3. Avoid creeping plants, thick hedges and shrubs especially against house walls and open windows

4. Store food in rat-proof containers and keep livestock away from the house, as many snakes will come to hunt them.

5. Avoid compost heaps, rockeries and aviaries as they may provide snakes with suitable hiding spots and a source of food.

6. Close off all potential spots where snakes might fit through. This can be done by using shade clothing or chicken mesh.

     + What to do in case you encounter a Snake:

Image above: Barry-Goldsmith international Snake Catcher – photo from MPNEWS

1. DO NOT try to catch or kill snakes – If you are close enough to kill, you are close enough to get bitten.

2. Keep a calm and back away slowly snakes will flee immediately.

3. Contact Your nearest snake catcher to deal with the situation.

     + Prevention of Snakebite:

Image above: Proper footwear is highly important – Photo by Roam Outdoor

1. Wear closed shoes preferably ones that cover the ankle. Sunglasses should also be considered as they provide protection against spitting cobras.

2. Use a torch when you are outside at night.

3. Watch where your feet are treading. Step onto rocks and logs rather than over them.

4. Do not collect firewood at dusk or night as most snakes move during this time.

5. Be careful when handling dead or apparently dead snakes as some species like the Anchieta’s cobra may sham death as a defensive tactic

6. Do not handle any snake no matter how harmless they may seem.

7. Raise beds above floor level and use a mosquito net to prevent snakes entering your bed.

     + First Aid For Snakebite – Do’s and Don’ts

Image above: First procedure for a Snakebite – photo by Wildlife

1. DO stay calm. If you are assisting the victim to keep bystanders calm and reassure the patient who may be worried.

2. Rinse venom in the eyes with water immediately, and wash the face and any other areas that have been exposed to venom

3. Move the patient to safety. If possible try to identify the snake, this is however not vital as experienced snakebite doctors will be able to treat you according to your symptoms.

4. Reduce movement of the affected area as much as possible.

5. Remove tight clothing and jewellery around the bite site.

6. If a confirmed mamba, cape cobra or Anchieta’s cobra bite a pressure bandage may be used.

7. Elevate the limb slightly

8. Resuscitate (artificial or mouth-to-mouth respiration) if the patient stops breathing.

Remember NOT to waste any time with first aid when you are less than an hours drive from an equipped healthcare facility.

     + Do NOT!!!

Image above: Traditional Medicine by Wikipedia

1. Don’t wash, touch, cut or suck venom from the bite site.

2. Do Not use tourniquets

3. Do not lay the patient on their back at any time, to keep the airway free. Always lay them on their left side.

4. Do not stop monitoring the patient’s condition, especially breathing and airway, until you reach a healthcare facility.

5. Don’t rub the eyes or give any medication

6. Don’t use traditional methods, herbal medicines and unsafe forms of first aid

(Above Post by an outside Namibian Author/Organisation, Text Only – excluding Blog Post Intro, outro, images, maps, links and video)


     + The Living Desert Snake Park (Swakopmund)

The Living Desert Snake Park has the largest collection of reptiles on view in Namibia.

The Snake Park houses a variety of indigenous snakes, venomous and otherwise, giving the visitor an opportunity to see local species. These include the small and harmless ones that appear and disappear like ribbons of water or flashes of light; the most venomous, including the Boomslang (tree-snake), Black mamba and Cape cobra; and the more sluggish puff adder and fearsome-looking zebra snake.

Housed in the old Otavi Bahnhof on Sam Nujoma Avenue, the Snake Park is ‘small but it’s big’, as Sarah describes it. Information sheets about every species are pasted onto the glass and notices give valuable information about reptiles in general, adding a bit of humour here and there. As one sign informs visitors: Attention! We have only three puff adders, please don’t stand on one.” (by Travel News Namibia)

     + Literature

• Snakes of southern Africa

This a much-favoured book touching base on almost all species found within southern Africa, touching base on Habitat and characteristics of all different Snakes found on this part of the continent. Available at most Book-Shops and online at Amazon or for locals at TakeAlot.com.

This detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to southern Africa covers all essential aspects of snake biology and behaviour. Now in its second edition, A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa has been updated, revised and expanded to include at least 11 newly discovered and 30 re-classified species and sub-species. New information based on international scientific research has been included in the species accounts relating to behaviour, identification, reproduction and snake venoms. Species descriptions are now accompanied by full-colour photographs. Simple icons make essential information available at a glance. A separate ‘look out for’ box assists in quickly identifying species in the field. Chapters on classification and identification, keeping snakes, and the prevention and treatment of snakebite supplement the species accounts. This readable and user-friendly guide will be invaluable to herpetologists, snake collectors, hikers, gardeners, campers and householders, or anyone who may encounter or want to know more about these fascinating and widely misunderstood reptiles.” (taken from Book Introduction)

Author: Johan Marais
Category: Reptiles / Snakes
ISBN: 9781868729326
Date Released: 1 July 2005 (2nd edition)
Price (incl. VAT): N$ 422.75 for Paperback, N$ 859.99 for Hardcover and N$ 158.50 for Kindle (prices may vary accordingly)
Format: 312 pages, Kindle, Hardcover or Paperback

     + A very informative 11:46 min Clip on Snakebite emergency treatments below.

26 reviewed Restaurants in Windhoek

When it comes to Restaurants in Windhoek there definitely is a large variety regarding dining-out choices. Fortunately, we have been to some of the most popular restaurants here and can, therefore, recommend them to make the choice easy for you. There are several restaurants you can visit, it all depends on your mood and the atmosphere you want to enjoy your meal in. Our listing below does not include franchise Restaurants because we want to support our local businesses as far as possible. Click on Restaurant name to view outside links for location, telephone numbers and more. As with most good quality Restaurant’s, please ensure you make early bookings because the listed locations below are very much favoured by locals and visitors alike. So expect a “full house”, especially on weekends. Seating can be denied when these places are doing their best they can do, which is delivering outstanding dishes. Also, rocking up before closing time and expecting them to serve you is a big NO-NO! Be considerate and try to show up on respected times for lunch (btw. 12:00 till 14:00) and dinner (18:00 till 21:00). If you are trying to be someone special by showing up at 21:50 expecting to order a three-course meal for a group of 4 will not make you any friends and much likely will be declined. Publishing your negative review on the web, as a result, will just be laughed at by most! Showing your respect towards the establishment by arriving on the recommended times is the way to go. Please Note, locations are NOT listed within a ranking system (First place, second place etc.) but in an order of a random numerical listing outlet. So no first place! You can establish this for yourself if you like…

     + No.1 – Joe’s Beerhouse: A legendary place and arguably the most popular restaurant in Windhoek if not Namibia. The food is great and they have a large variety of craft beers, however, it is the atmosphere that will make the biggest impression on you. Also a great selection of Game meats available on their a la carte menu. This specific location is by most considered as one of Namibia’s oldest and most renowned hang-outs, not just locally but by international visitors alike. Many will agree with us and many other individuals when we classify this specific outlet as the most famous Beerhouse in the whole of Africa. Give them a try and see for yourself why!

     + No.2 – The Stellenbosch Winebar and Restaurant: A very good all round Menu with a broad menu and great service. Placed right in the centre of Jenny’s Place centre in Sam Nujoma Drive provides a very charming and relaxed atmosphere. Also worth mentioning is that this Restaurant offers an outstanding wine selection!

     + No.3 – Kubata Restaurant: If you fancy some Portuguese cuisine then Kubata Restaurant is the place to go to. Specialising in seafood offering this is a good all-around restaurant, this Angolan establishment specializes in grilled seafood and divers meats. Their menu also comprises of many traditional Angolan dishes.

     + No.4 – Andy’s Pub and Grill: Pub-style eatery offering great Pizza’s and the biggest and best Currywurst within the southern hemisphere. Great atmosphere but expect a “Pub – or Bar-like” surrounding where service can be delayed when encountering many visitors. Just like their slogan states “lecker, locker, lustig” translating to “enjoyable, easy-going, fun”…

     + No.5 – JoJo’s Music and Art’s Cafe’: Once the hub for Windhoek’s millennials where talks of politics, pop culture, and side hustles would be had over drinks as the sounds of Black Vulcanite or local poets fill up the room. Those days are long gone though. With new ownership, came new things. Jojo’s Music & Arts Cafe is now a restaurant serving amazing food. The artistic chef presents the food so well that you will be compelled to take pictures of your food and share them on Instagram.

     + No.6 – Xwama Traditional Restaurant: If you are visiting Namibia, you need to try out the local cuisine. Xwama offers just that and will make you feel like you’re actually visiting an Owambo village. Found at the far end of the Independence Avenue in Katutura. Very traditional setup!!! Expect to find Menu choices which are not known by international visitors like eg. “Mopane Worms“. But try the Kapana, you can’t go wrong…

     + No.7 – The Beer Barrel: Offering an everchanging selection of craft beers and a very decent menu to keep you going. Very nice artisan beers are perfectly matched on the menu selections. Also, one of the only Restaurant’s which we are aware of us at Hippo’s which offer eating challenges like eg. “Eat this massive Burger and get a T-Shirt“. Situated somewhat outside of the main parts of Windhoek, Sam Nujoma Drive heading towards the Namibia International Airport. If visiting during the Namibian Winter make sure to take a Jacket along.

     + No.8 – Corner Pub & Grill: If you prefer to chill out with the boys, pop some beers, watch a game, and chow down on some burgers, head over to the Corner Pub and Grill by the Olympia public swimming pool or the Namibian Dive Association Club. It is nice, quiet, loads of parking space and their famous burgers are mouthwatering. Best in town!

     + No.9 – Seasource: Wholesaler, Take away and a sit-down outlet for the freshest Atlantic fish available in Windhoek with the biggest Namibian Oysters known to mankind. No frozen seafood anywhere in sight. A guaranteed freshness and a great selection of diverse seafood products always at hand. If you want fresh, this one is the one to visit. The logistic-management behind the perishable products are so rocking solid it’s downright remarkable! In order to guarantee quality freshness makes this outlet a true trailblazer, which for Namibia is second to none. These guys know their seafood better than anyone inside the whole country. If you can get your meal somewhere cheaper, you know it comes out of a deep-freezer. Also, check out their Sushi selection! P.S.: Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

     + No.10 – Garnish Indian Cuisine: Garnish is a destination for the food lovers who look for authentic Indian cuisine served in a traditional way. One of the popular restaurants in Windhoek, Garnish serves the finest traditional Indian cuisine and the celebration of this exotic and colourful culture. From Goa Prawns, Vindaloo Mutton to excellent Briyani, the Menu will satisfy all preferences. Located in Klein Windhoek in Sam Nujoma Drive, Kleine Kuppe and at the coast in Swakopmund. We recommend their Naan Bread and Butter Chicken washed down with an ice-cold Lassi. Yum!

     + No.11 – Daisho-Sushi: The best Japanese cuisine in Windhoek. Great sushi and also delicious hot meals on offer. Keep an eye out for their random all-you-can-eat evenings. Also, this is one rare location offering delicious meals accompanied by the choice of Duck protein, when available.

     + No.12 – Sumi Restaurant: Sumi means black ink, originating from the Japanese culture. Luxury, Privacy, Relaxation and food handled with respect are key elements of our dining experience at Sumi. The robata grill is located at a centre focal point forming the main design element in their restaurant. They have a very modern approach towards the entire Restaurant concept. In our humble opinion, this must currently be the most “Hipp” Restaurant in Windhoek which stands up to many European Restaurants or even better.

     + No.13 – Bush Bar: The Bush Bar is one of the newest Restaurants in Windhoek and is quickly finding popularity among all ages. They serve everything from Pasta’s and Pizza’s, Steaks and Burgers, diverse Sea Food meals, Chicken, Lamb or Pork choices and obviously your Salad’s. You have the options to either sit inside their Restaurant, Open air Deck, or “Lounge”. The Bush Bar is located in Tennis Street, Olympia, next to DTS Sports Club and across the road from the Olympia public swimming Pool. Note, if the front parking space looks all occupied, drive straight ahead. They have ample secure parking space available behind the outlet.

     + No.14 – Klein Windhoek Guesthouse Riverview Restaurant: Our Riverview Restaurant offers fine cuisine throughout the day, 7 days a week. It is fully licensed and provides a warm and friendly atmosphere. Whether you are in the mood for a buffet breakfast to kick-start your day, a hearty lunch or a delicious supper to reminisce on the day’s event. Their awesome Pizza’s put them on the Map. 😉

     + No.15 – Rivercrossing Lodge and Restaurant: Located approx. 3km outside Windhoek this 6500-hectare private Game reserve offers a cosy Restaurant with one of the best Sundowners imaginable. Always worth a visit! Rivercrossing is much loved hence to the fact of their location. Being a Lodge close to the international Namibian Airport makes it a preferred space for many Tour facilitators as an “ease-out method” after a long Safari before a departure. It is also very clear why some couples hold their Weddings there – it’s the stunning view!

     + No.16 – Hotel Heinitzburg Restaurant: Our Gourmet Restaurant overlooks the skyline of the Capital city and varied cuisine is served to range from local to international á la Carte, a true celebration of the senses. Some of the most amazing sundowner evenings within Windhoek. Top class service with a kitchen which speaks for itself! 5 Star dining guaranteed. Heinitzburg comes with a very interesting past which we will touch on in a future Blog Post.

     + No.17 – Hotel Thule Restaurant: Enjoying a meal in our On the Edge Restaurant or on our Terrace overlooking the city of Windhoek, is one of the highlights of a visit to Hotel Thule. Breakfast, with the sun casting its first rays over the city, is a good start to the day, whilst dinner – enjoyed in the ambience of our Restaurant and the city lights twinkling in the dark, is the perfect way to end a day in Windhoek. This location comes with a very interesting past which will be explained in a future Blog Post.

     + No.18 – SKW Club Restaurant: Mainly a Sportsclub hence the Name “Sport Klub Windhoek” has a cosy little Restaurant if you fancy some traditional German cuisine. Eisbein, Spaetzle, Kloese (traditional German Dumplings), Sauerkraut, Schnitzel and more are some of the German delicatessens on offer. Also, the location is the main host for Windhoek German Karneval (WiKa).

     + No.19 – Roof of Africa: A well known and popular hangout makes Roof of Africa a very serious contender. Offering an exceptional Wine list and a daily buffet open for guest’s and visitors alike. These guys also brew their own beer which speaks for itself. Very refreshing indeed! Try to book early because getting a Table at Roof of Africa is always a mission due to the popularity of the enterprise. As far as known to us, this is also one of the only locations in Windhoek which give you the choice to choose your pick of live crayfish inside their live saltwater-tank near the entrance (if available). Offering this option to guest’s is definitely not an easy one to maintain. That’s why when available, the stock goes fast! Yes, these Crayfish come from our beautiful Namibian Coast, hand dived only when in season.

     + No.20 – O’Portuga Restaurant: Located in Windhoek “Restaurant Street – Sam Nujoma Drive” offers a delectable Menu all around Portuguese dishes. Famous for their “home away from home meals”, their warm atmosphere and prompt service make them a much-loved location.

     + No.21 – Sardinia – Blue Olive Ristorante: A cosy little restaurant which always has at least two expensive, luxury cars parked in front of it. Sardinia is situated on the Sam Nujoma Drive which is considered by locals as Windhoek’s “Restaurant Street”. Besides that, their food is very traditional and indeed very good. Their pizza, in particular, is delicious. Considered to be Namibia’s No.1 choice when wanting to indulge in some Italian cuisine. What else to expect when run by a true Italian family. Not just your standard Lasagne or Spaghetti, this Restaurant goes all out when it comes to diversity. “Vieni a sederti perché il cibo è molto buono!” Early bookings are a must due to the popularity and great consistency throughout the years. Their longstanding quality reputation within the Restaurant Industry makes them one of Namibia’s top Wine and Dine experiences available. Also worth mentioning, Sardinia is one of the oldest Restaurants in Windhoek exceeding over 40 years in business.

     + No.22 – Yang Tze Restaurant: If you are in the mood for some authentic Chinese food then you should give Yang Tze Chinese Restaurant a try. Also one of the oldest Restaurants in Windhoek exceeding 40 years of service makes it worth to mention within this list.  

     + No.23 Fresh ‘n Wild: This specific restaurant offers a fresh approach to catering. The strive (like their name says) to use only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality and great emphasis on the use of organic ingredients to produce food that is exceptional in taste. Producing restaurant-quality food in every setting is of great importance to them. give them a try!

      + No.24 – Wilde Eend Bistro: Wilde Eend (Afrikaans for “Wild Duck”) is a relaxing bistro with a great atmosphere of garden and home. Location sometimes also referred to as “Avant-Garde”. The menu is great with generous salads and meals served by a very friendly staff. A fun place to visit with friends and family. Very beautiful outside seating area much loved by locals on weekends.

     + No.25 – The Social: The owners worked on a concept to bring people throughout Namibia together through modern and fine ambience, service and cuisine, hence the name of the Restaurant “The Social”. Overall, very clean, professional and combined with an outstanding menu. Very recommendable for a superior Namibian dining experience!

     + No.26 – Single Quarter:   Firstly note this is NOT a conventional restaurant. But it is nevertheless Single Quarter is a great place to eat and explore a completely new environment and social behaviour as a whole. It is a large covered market, where you queue up to buy a portion of freshly cooked kapana (beef) wrapped in newspaper accompanied by a freshly made salsa or chopped salad prepared just in front of you, washed down with a soft drink. Many visitors sit on a bench and enjoy socialising with the locals. There is no refrigeration, so all meat has been slaughtered the same day. So please ignore the leftover hooves or cattle heads present all over the place. Traditional African cooking is going on all over the place. This is a true African-Namibian experience as close as it gets. Definitely not for the squeamish!!! We recommend going with a guide who knows his way. Click the link above for a nice explanation about this outlet compiled via the folks from the Gondwana-Collection. (Image rights by Gondwana-Collection)

+ Be kind…

The people serving your meal most of the time come from a hard background trying to make ends meet. Be decent and give them a Tip! Generally, 10% of the sum of the dining experience total amount is accepted as the standard. If you adhere to this advice, next time if you visit the same location you will notice how you or your Group will be welcomed with open arms and orders will arrive at your table much faster. Plus it shows the quality of your positive and open character. It will never go out of fashion to be a humble and generous Gentleman or Lady!

+ Google Restaurant Map

To make things easier for you, below a semi-complete list of the above-mentioned Restaurants and other non-listed Restaurants. Some new locations can be seen here which have not been reviewed by the Hippo’s Team, yet. If you try them, let us know about your experience.

Give any of the above a try, you can’t go wrong! We recommend booking early at any of the locations to avoid disappointments (click links for Contact details and more). Hence there are many Restaurants in Windhoek which opened up didn’t prevail cause of diverse reasons unknown to Hippos. Therefore we only mention establishments which have stood the test of time (min. 3 years or more) and have been personally reviewed by our Team. If we have overlooked a Restaurant in Windhoek unknown to us feel free to send us a message. We would love to keep this Blog Post updated and fresh. We will gladly add you after we had a proper look at your outlet. So all Restaurant owners, give us a message. We are looking forward to checking out your undertaking. Nevertheless, if you need some company and feel generous, just hit us up with a call because we are always hungry :-). We are known for our honest and open social approach and might give you or your Group some culinary Hints and Tips on the way…

+ Also read this Past Blog Post about 14 reviewed Namibian Products.

(25 of the above-used Images owned by the mentioned Restaurant’s)