■First Day’ s Tour

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Start at a land­mark: the Chris­tuskirche church built in 1907. Nearby, the In­de­pen­dence Me­mo­rial Mu­seum tells the story of Namibia’s strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence, fi­nally achieved in 1990. If you’re short of time, a three-hour City and Town­ship tour with Chameleon Sa­faris (chameleon­sa­faris.com; N$300/ £17) will gives a good over­view of the coun­try’s fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. Af­ter ex­plor­ing the city cen­tre, in­clud­ing the ‘Ink Palace’ ( pic­tured) and Par­lia­ment Gar­dens, drive to the Pen­duka Women’s Cen­tre, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that en­ables women to sup­port them­selves by teach­ing them hand­i­crafts. You’ll also visit a mar­ket in the Sin­gle Quar­ters, part of the grow­ing Katu­tura Town­ship, to learn about – and try – the sta­ple foods.

The Namibia Craft Cen­tre (namib­i­acraft­cen­tre.com) is filled with small stalls sell­ing Namib­ian-made os­trich egg jew­ellery, bas­kets and more. If you’re still feel­ing en­er­getic, Equitrails (equitrails.org) of­fers horse rid­ing for all lev­els in the scenic Eros Moun­tains, just 15km north of the city. And for din­ner, try Joe’s Beer­house ( joes­beer­house.com), one of Wind­hoek’s top restau­rants and beer gar­dens, with lo­cal meat and game as well as veg­e­tar­ian op­tions.

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