Central Region

Central Region   

Windhoek, Namibia´s capital,nestles among rolling hills, bounded by Eros Mountains in the east, the Auas Mountains to the south and the Khomas Hochland in the west. It is a meeting place betwen Africa and Europe, the modern and the old . In the capital´s main street, well preserved german colonial buildings are in sharp contrast with modern architectural styles, while Herero women in their traditional Victorian dresses mingle with executives dressed in the latest fashion.

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Windhoek  --  Starting point
Located centrally, Windhoek is the starting point of an adventurous holiday for many visitors to the country and an ideal base from where to explore the rest of the country. The city´s restaurants offer a variety of meals, ranging from international and continental cuisine to German dishes such as Eisbein with Sauerkraut and African delicacies such as mopane worms. Windhoek offers a wide choice of accommodation options, ranging from four-star hotels and homely pensions to back-packers establishments and campsites. In the rural areas, beyond the city´s limits, there are also a number of lodges and guest farms. Overlooking the small central business district is the landmark Christuskirche, the Alte Feste ( The Old Fort ) the oldest building in Windhoek, the Reiter Denkmal ( Equestrain statue ) and the Historic Tintenpalast ( Ink Palace ) the seat of Namibia´s Parliament.

Herero traditions and Carvings
Okahadja, 70 km north of the city has among its attraction the Ombo Ostrich Farm, the historic Rhenish Mission Church, two informal crafts markets where Kavango wood carving can be bought and the graves of Herero leaders. The annual procession of the Red Flag Herero, towards the end of August each year,is one of the most colorful cultural events in Namibia.

Thermal Springs
Gross Barmen Resort, southwest of the town , is famous for its thermal springs. The resort has a large thermal hall and pool with a temperature of about 29 °C. Von Bach Dam , just south of Okahandja ,is popular with yachting, waterskiing and angling enthusiasts.
Situated some 90 km south of the capital, Rehoboth owes its existence largely to the thermal spring surfacing here. The hot spring resort and the nearby development on the shores of the Onanob Dam are especially popular over weekends.

Game Park
Stretching from the Windhoek,valley westwards is the Khomas Hochland, an upland region of rolling hills dissected by deep river valleys. Daan Viljoen Game Park, 24 km west of the city, offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitor can explore the park on foot ( There are two walks and a two-day trail ) or by way of a short circular drive . Game to be seen include Gemsbok ( Oryx ), Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest and impala while good birding can also be enjoyed.
Still further west, the table-top Gamsberg Mountain dominated the eroded escarpement which is traversed by several mountain passes linking the interior and the Namib Desert. The far-reaching vistas from the summit of Spreedshoogate, enroute to Solitaire and Sossusvlei, are among the most spectacular.

Weaving Industry  --  Largest Cave System in Namibia
The small settlement of Dordabis, southeast of Windhoek is the centre of the country´s karakul weaving industry. Also of interest in the area is Arnhem Cave, the largest cave system in Namibia with a total passage length of 4501 meter.