KATUTURA CULTURAL TOUR
Private Half-Day Trip
Once considered as Windhoek’s most undesirable place, today Katutura has become a must-visit for the traveller who wants to really get to know Windhoek. You do not only see Katutura, you experience it. With your own private guide, you spend this half-day cultural tour by learning more about Namibia’s largest township. Among your stops is a visit to the Community Art Centre, you stroll through the Soweto Market and experience the hustle and bustle of the former Singles Quarter. It is a day to remember.
Day 1 | Windhoek
With a warm and friendly smile, your guide greets you at your hotel before you set out on your Katutura cultural tour. Created through the forceful relocation of thousands of people in the 1950s, Katutura became “the place where people do not want to live”. Today, although still one of the poorer communities of Windhoek, Katutura is also one of the most colourful and vibrant and your very own, personal guide will be there to show it you. As you enter Katutura and drive along its busy streets, you can see activity at every corner. The air is filled with music, seeping out of the many shebeens and carwashes along the road. You make a stop at the Katutura Community Art Centre, a contract labourer hostel in the former apartheid years, now hosting continuous exhibitions from upcoming, as well as established Namibian artists. The centre is lively with enthusiastic young students going about their day on campus. Another unique stop on your route is the Soweto market, where you can browse through the stalls where local entrepreneurs are selling a variety of daily items, women are having their hair done and local foods are being served. Speaking of food, the former Single Quarters, now called the Meat Market is, where the hustle and bustle of Katutura can perhaps best be seen, heard and tasted. It is here where vendors serve their famous Kapana (grilled and seasoned meat) straight off the grill. Your guide is with you as you make your way through the many stands and explains some of the local foods to you along the way. The brave may even try some of the mopane worms, another local delicacy on sale. Time permitting, a stop at the Penduka’s Women Centre is also recommended. Here you can learn more about the centre’s mission of assisting and empowering local women. You may even browse through the beautiful, hand-made crafts produced by the women at the centre. At the end of this cultural tour you will have gained many new impressions and a richer understanding of Katutura.
This is a half-day tour with flexible start times. Please let us know your preferred times, e.g. starting in the morning or after lunch.
The itinerary above serves as a suggestion. Unforeseen circumstances, although unlikely, may prevent the undertaking of certain items in the itinerary.
- Transport in a minibus or other suitable vehicle
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Flights (international & domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
Frequently Asked Questions
This is a private trip and hence the group will only consist of the people you chose to travel with.
No, there is no age limit.
You will be transported in a minibus or similar.
Namibian food is a combination of African and European styles. The latter is often German cuisine – pork dishes, potatoes, breads and pastries. Dishes with game meat, beef and lamb are very popular. Seafood is also regularly on the menu. Biltong (cured, dried meat) and droëwors (dried sausage) are typical Namibian snacks.
Yes, you should bring along some cash for extras like drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
The currency in Namibia is the Namibian Dollar (N$) and is traded at 1:1 to the South African Rand. South African Rands can also be used as payment in Namibia.
You can draw cash at a local ATM with your credit card or Maestro card (PIN required). Transaction fees depend on your bank and the establishment which you are using it at.
In many big shops/shopping malls you can pay with credit card. At smaller shops and for small purchases such as curios or souvenirs at markets cash is needed.
Traveller’s cheques are not recommended. They are rarely accepted because of fraud, high fees and long waiting times at the exchange.
Tipping after a tour is customary and we recommend 150-220 N$ per day, per group for your Namibia-Experience guide.
Basic safety measures apply. Do not carry large sums of cash, be careful of your cameras, cell phones and jewellery and never leave valuables lying open in the tour vehicle. Carry cash and travel documents in a pouch on your body or leave in a lodge safe. Do not walk alone at night and be especially cautious when drawing money at an ATM. When in doubt, ask your guide.
Most nationalities travelling to Namibia for holiday purposes do not require a visa for up to 90 days. Nevertheless, visa requirements are constantly changing – please contact Namibia’s embassy in your home country. Namibia-Experience cannot be held responsible if you are refused entry and cannot begin your trip. All costs incurred due to a delay in travelling are for the traveller’s account.
You need a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Namibia and have at least three blank pages.
You must have a valid return flight ticket or other onward travel documents which allow you to leave the country when your trip ends. Otherwise you must provide proof that you have sufficient funds (i.e. credit card) to purchase a return ticket.
If you travel with children via South Africa to Namibia: From 1 June 2015, all passengers under 18 years old, arriving in and departing from South Africa, will be required by law to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.
It is recommended that you have your regular vaccinations updated – tetanus, hepatitis A and B and polio. Malaria is a concern in some areas (however not Windhoek) and we recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxis and the effects as well as possible side effects, please contact your doctor, travel clinic or tropical institute.
Namibian custom officials require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.