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“A must-see part of Windhoek”
Review of Katutura Township

Katutura Township
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Windhoek City and Township Cultural Tour
Ranked #5 of 54 things to do in Windhoek
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

If you want to see the lasting effects of apartheid, you must visit Katutura. Katutura, which in Oshiwambo means "the place where we don't want to live," looks nothing like downtown Windhoek. Take a guided tour or at least find a local to take you. Be ready to gain a new perspective on life.

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Reviewed May 9, 2012

Was a problem locating Katatura first, especially the shebeens.But quite an awesome experience. Everybody was so friendly.

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Reviewed March 3, 2012

I'm an expat living in Windhoek and head into Katutura (a suburb of squatter camps and tin houses) weekly to visit a Centre that helps children who are orphaned and vulnerable. I often drive throughout the township - far into the back hills of Havana and Hakahana - and never feel unsafe. In fact, I find people very welcoming.

Tourists are often warned about Katutura but I find the chances of getting robbed in downtown Windhoek to be much greater.

Some of the highlights include a visit to Penduka, located on the dam, for lunch. Penduka teaches people who have TB or are HIV positive to make various crafts, and Penduka sells these items to raise funds for health care for these people. You can watch the pelicans and enjoy the beauty of the dam while relaxing over a beer. Also, contact Family of Hope Services, a centre that helps kids, located behind the Hakahana clinic. Arrange to visit so you can see the successes of a place that greatly improves the lives of vulnerable and orphaned children. This is always a moving experience for my friends. Also stop in and browse around the Soweto market where they are more accustomed to tourists. The Single Quarter's market and the Herero market are also interesting but it feels more invasive to go to these two places.

6  Thank globaltraveller62
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

the best township ever where everything goes. love it

3  Thank Sylvia K H
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

If you want to experience the real life in this city then go and meet the people. They live in Katutura (the place we don't want) and, particularly if you are from Europe or the US it would be a crime to leave without seeing how people live in Windhoek. You will see the wealth in the city, you will see the poverty in Katutura. Unfortunately the pverty is the overwhelming reality for most Namibians. It's not scary, it's not unsafe if you go in daylight and act sensibly, but it will open your eyes. It's a don't miss if you have a soul.

4  Thank Toffeeman1878
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