Most visitors to Namibia will end up spending a bit of time in either Windhoek or Johannesburg, or both.
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, and is a quiet town of more than 300,000 people. There are a few large hotels to stay at including the relatively new Hilton Windhoek. Many people choose to stay in one of the local guesthouses, including the Olive Grove and it’s upscale sister property, the seven-room Olive Exclusive boutique hotel. Some of our group also stayed at friendly Galton House. There’s not a lot to hold visitors in Windhoek, but you can certainly spend a day seeing the city and having a meal at one of the local restaurants such as NICE or the iconic Joe’s Beerhouse, which reflects the country’s Afro-German history and serves German dishes, game meat and…beer.
On my safari, I had overnights in Jo’burg at the beginning and end. My stay at 54 on Bath, a boutique hotel in the affluent suburb of Rosebank, was much appreciated after the long flights from Denver. The relatively newly remodeled hotel is looking great and the service is exceptional. I had a delicious meal at Level Four, the hotel’s restaurant. And the hotel is attached to Rosebank Mall in case guests need to do any shopping for their trip. On the way back, I stayed at 33 Melville Road, which is a unique property in in upscale Hyde Park area of Jo’burg. This three-bedroom house offers a “home away from home” feel, even though it’s much grander than my own home! The rooms are huge, the common areas are funky-chic and there’s a chef on hand to make guests a delicious dinner or breakfast. All in all, it’s a great alternative to traditional hotels.
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