Namibia is home to eleven distinct tribes that are as diverse in their cultures and traditions as the nation is in its geography and landscapes. And while travelers can venture out to the far reaches of the Kunene or Khomas regions to get an up close look at each of these unique and beautiful people, it’s possible to experience a little bit of everything in the capital city of Windhoek.
The tarred streets and tall modern buildings of this urban center may remind travelers more of the west than of Sub-Saharan African, but there are plenty of links to the rest of the country right in this city seat. Travelers looking to experience all the flavors of the nation can head to Joe’s Beer House, where frosty lagers are served alongside wild game meats like springbok, zebra and kudu.
Those who want to peek into the past should visit the National Museum of Namibia, where an impressive collection of historical artifacts traces the roots of the country and explores the various indigenous people that have long called this nation home. The city’s well-curated indoor craft market also offers travelers a perfect place to explore the art of tribes from every region of Namibia. Whether it’s the Ovambo in the north, the Himba in the far stretches of Kunene or the San to the country’s east, this market has handmade items that are unique as the nation’s people.