The Noels in SA and Namibia 2018 travel blog

Neurotic group of Guinea Hens

On our way to the museum in Swakopmund

Absolutely insane Pharmacy memorabilia at the museum

More of the Pharmacy items at the museum. This is without a...

more Pharmacy at the museum

more Pharmacy at the museum

more Pharmacy at the museum

last Pharmacy photo, I promise LOL

Shopping in Swakopmund

Very colourful atmosphere at The Village, a very popular spot for lunch...

The decorum was colourful too

Our three milkshakes

Us three at "The Village" for lunch

parts of Mondesa township, sobering experience ...

Edible Mopane worms for sale in Mondesa. These are really caterpillars and...

'Mama'. We visited this lady to learn about the culture of the...

Washing hands at the restaurant in Mondesa

My very brave companions dine in Mondesa. After seeing Mopane worms I...

Today's itinerary

Enjoy a free morning. Opt to go sandboarding, or just take a walk in town. This afternoon, explore the township of Mondesa with a local guide, learning about its people and history. Visit the local market for an introduction to traditional food including wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. Also visit an art and craft shop, meet with some locals, then visit a family-run establishment for dinner and local entertainment. Explore the town's unique mix of German and African culture and opt to visit curio shops, the museum and restaurants. Optional activities include sandboarding, or if you're feeling brave, skydiving.

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Mondesa Township Walk

Visit the community of Mondesa Township with an expert resident guide. Learn about its daily life, history and traditions through an immersive experience with the welcoming people that live here. Visit its lively market for an introduction to traditional foods like wild spinach, mopane worms, and dried kapenta fish. Also visit an arts-and-crafts shop that helps train the township’s youth in traditional crafts. Drop by a shebeen (tavern) to enjoy a favourite drink, and meet some local residents. Finally, continue on to a nearby family run establishment for dinner and local entertainment.


It is hard to believe we are at December 28th! We had breakfast and then headed to the museum, past the neurotic guinea fowl all over the place. The museum was fascinating and actually had a very extensive antique Pharmacy section. I have never seen anyting like it! Canada is pretty young compared to Namibia so you can imagine how extensive this section was. After the museum we headed off to shop and then have lunch. Lunch was delicious burger, fries and milkshakes at a cute little venue called The Village. We headed back to our room for a bit of a rest before our Mondessa Township walk.


At 330 pm we headed off by bus to our Mondessa township tour which was completely eye opening. Mondessa is a shanty town ... Dion shared abit about some cultures and local tribes of the area. We learned the 12 tribes of the area have been pretty much reduced to 3. The Himba tribe puts red paint on their bodies and the women are bare breasted. The Himba are found more in the Damaraland area which we will travel through tomorrow. We stopped at a market to see the types of foods sold, incuding dried Mopani worms that look like huge caterpillars. Absolutely gross! Apparently this is a big food source in Africa. Then, we stopped off at a home and met "Mama"who is from the Herero tribe. In Mama's back yard we learned Mama shared a husband with 3 other women. Cows were very important to the Herero and the ladies dressed in costumes that were a mix of the Victorian era with odd hats in the shape of a cows horns. If a man was to marry he needed to give 12 cows to his wife's father. Nowadays the payment is not in cows but the equivalent cash of 12 cows. Water in Mondessa was obtained at water stations. Everyone had a preloaded card to get their water from the station. I use the term "station" rather loosely since it was just a pipe coming out of a meter box. We leaned of teh outhouses in teh township - Long drops ... literally. Our next stop was a daycare. The women and children sang us a song and then we were hustled into a sheltered area to buy handmade items to support the daycare. Interesting! Our next stop was to the restaurant for a extensive multicourse meal prepared by some very hard working women. One of the ladies came around with a pitcher of soapy water, a basin and a tee towel for everyone to wash their hands. I was very afraid of contracting any type of disease of which food poisoning would have been the most minor and so I only had a barley sandwich (a beer). I figured that was safe. Of note, our very own guide did not partake of the food either - he claims it was too early for him for dinner. Uh-huh ... I had a flashback of street vendor Fallafel in Egypt recommended by our guide (no less) ... everyone that partook of that Fallafel got violently ill. After dinner, we headed back to the Zum Kaiser.

We ended our evening enjoying calamari at a pub called Kukki's and then headed to the hotel. Swakopmund is beautiful. I would have no problem living here. It is very contemporary and reminds me of a typical tourist town like Banff.

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