The best out­door spots

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Like the rest of Namibia, Wind­hoek is an out­door des­ti­na­tion with lots of hik­ing trails and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

Avis Dam

Avis Dam (built in 1933) is the per­fect Sun­day hang­out for fam­i­lies, run­ners and dogs. It stretches into the foothills of the Eros and Auas Moun­tains, so there’s lots of ground for hik­ers to cover. Bird­watch­ers can tick 187 species off their list and fish­er­men can cast a line for bream, bar­bel and carp. Have a pic­nic and watch the sun­set from the dam wall. Where? 3 km out­side the city cen­tre, on the B6 to the air­port. En­trance fee: R20 per ve­hi­cle. Con­tact: 00 264 61 255 224; avis­dam.org

Daan Viljoen Game Re­serve

The Daan Viljoen Game Re­serve (4 000 ha) is in the hills of the Khomas Hochland. The Sun Karros lodge in the re­serve was up­graded three years ago. Day vis­i­tors are wel­come – do the 6,5 km game drive (a 4x4 or a ve­hi­cle with high ground clear­ance is rec­om­mended). Game in­cludes wilde­beest, spring­bok, Hart­mann’s moun­tain ze­bra, gi­raffe and eland. The re­serve also has two hik­ing trails: the easy Wag ’n Bi­etjie (3 km) to the Sten­gel Dam and the more stren­u­ous Rooi­bos Trail (9 km). Where? 18 km out­side Wind­hoek, next to the C28. En­trance fee: Day vis­i­tors R40 per per­son; R10 per ve­hi­cle. Con­tact: 00 264 61 232 393; sunkar­ros.com

Katu Tours

Katu­tura, mean­ing “the place where peo­ple do not want to live”, was es­tab­lished un­der apartheid laws in 1961. To­day it’s a dy­namic sub­urb that houses more than two thirds of Wind­hoek’s pop­u­la­tion. It’s even some­times known as Matatura, “the place where peo­ple want to live”.

Ex­plore Katu­tura on a bike ride with Katu Tours (7 km; 3½ hours). High­lights on this cir­cu­lar route in­clude a visit to the bustling Eve­lyn Street, the Soweto Mar­ket and Sin­gle Quar­ters (where you can eat ka­pana – a meat dish – and drink the lo­cally brewed os­hikundu). Where? Green Moun­tain Dam Road at Pen­duka, next to the Gore­angab Dam. When? Tours de­part Tues­day to Sun­day at 8.30 am. Cost: R350 per per­son for groups of two to 15 peo­ple (no chil­dren un­der 14). Con­tact: 00 264 61 210 097; katu­tours.com

DAAN VILJOEN

THE SUN­DAY CLUB. Wind­hoek­ers like Caylin Loftie-Eaton and her ca­nine pals love vis­it­ing Avis Dam on week­ends.

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