ADD TO LISTWindhoek is the capital and largest city in Namibia. It is located close to the geographical centre of the country on the Khomas Highland plateau at an elevation of about 5,600 feet (1,700 metres.) There are not many interesting places in Windhoek itself but it is worth stopping there on the way to the Etosha National Park.
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Joe's Beerhouse is a wonderful place at night to eat some Zebra or a german schweinshaxe outdoors around fireplaces. Namibian lager beer is great.
My fellow travelers and I had only stopped in Windhoek for a couple of hours to do some shopping and banking and internet. However in that amount of time two of my friends had an incident happen at two separate ATMs. Apparently they were taking money out when someone stepped up from behind them, pushed some buttons, took out their debit card, slide the debit card up the sleeve of his shirt, and then put it back in the ATM and took off. It happened so fast and the person came out of nowhere that my friends had no chance to react or even know what happened. Needless to say they cancelled their cards and tried to report it to the local police but they didn't really seem to care. So just be careful when withdrawing money and always keep a backup credit card just in case.
If you arrive in Windhoek, Namibia and your Etosha safari operator lets you down, don't panic.....Namibia is eminently safari-able by ordinary car.Just drive on excellent and almost empty roads north to Etosha.You can drive around and see everything at quarter the cost of an organised safari.Overnight stays are cheap and you can get authority to enter Etosha from the govt.tour centre in Windhoek.In Etosha,you'll meet elephant, giraffe,rhino, wildebeest and even lions at times,aim for the waterholes.The place is well designed for private driving and well signposted too.The accommodation lodges are good.
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