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Restaurants: Where to dine on your last day in Windhoek

This is it. Your trip in Namibia has come to an end. Your life has been changed. For the better, of course. Your SD cards are […]

Neuras – Wine and Wildlife Estate

Bright green vineyards are set against a harsh desert backdrop. Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate mainly consists of stony desert or savannah grassland but nevertheless, it is an oasis in every sense of the word. Because the estate sits on a geological fault that creates a near-perfect terroir for cultivating grapes. Five springs provide pure water, while the mountains shield the earth from the unforgiving desert wind and the alkaline soil is just right for vines.

Camelthorn: A Celebration of Proudly Namibian Beer

The Camelthorn brand proudly celebrates its one year anniversary since the launch of its new look in July 2017, with the inclusion of the Urbock variant […]

Ovambo – Life in the Slow Lane

April is a reflection. A reflection of a good rainy season. A reflection of tall, slender makalani palm trees in the crystal-clear surfaces of oshanas (meaning pans in Oshiwambo) brimming with fresh rainwater and lined with lilies. This year is no exception. And the Owambo Region in the north becomes one of the most scenic and inviting parts of the country. It beckons you to delve into its colours, flavours and vibrant liveliness. Immerse yourself in a heart-warming culture with which about half of Namibia’s population identifies. Linger off the beaten track by linking your Etosha trip with Owambo and make the most of the last days of summer.

Kamanjab – Place of Stone

During a drive down to Windhoek, Nina van Schalkwyk stopped in the dusty little town of Kamanjab, where she was charmed by its surprising creativity, cheerful inhabitants and a sheep that can’t keep its pants on.

Bush Cooking for the Adventurous

If the idea of spending as much time as possible exploring the wilds of Namibia is appealing to you, but the thought of thinking up imaginative, tasty and do-able recipes to make each evening makes you nervous, we have a solution for you! Follow acclaimed Namibian chef and cookbook author, Antoinette, in her camping cooking series in TNN this year. Learn how to make mouth-watering dishes on the coals, on the go and on par with the best foodies out there. From bush breakfasts to pre-made salads and sauces, let Antoinette guide you and make your next camping trip a delicious one.

Built of moon, mist and rain: Mushrooms of the Zambezi

Mushrooms are magical because they appear and disappear in an instant, and toadstools are the residence of various elves and fairies. This magical “plant” acted as a wonderful substitute to my usual bird watching during a visit to Nambwa Tented Lodge in the Zambezi Region. Having seen very few of my favoured avian pastime goodies, most probably due to the ample amount of rain that fell in the region, the mushrooms replaced the birds (I will add some bird/mushroom recipes at the end of the article). As a result of the limited birding opportunities, my wife Helga had a field-day stopping me every five minutes to take pictures of all the beautiful flowers.

10 Things To Do In Swakopmund

A trip to Namibia’s coastal town of Swakopmund is sure to be packed with activities for everyone to enjoy. Don’t let the sleepy desert town fool […]

Top 4 View Points in Windhoek

How about taking a couple of minutes to escape from your screen and busy schedule? Finish the year with the same energy you started. I have compiled a list of tiny escapes right here in Windhoek with beautiful views. Beauty is everywhere, whether you appreciate it today, on Christmas day or only next year January until the “New Year, new me” motion has passed. There is poetry in each sunset, a spiritual element in every scenic view. Few things are as liberating as watching a sunset from your favourite spot with a good friend.

10 Things to See and Do at the Old Breweries Complex in Windhoek

There are few places in Windhoek where you can find such a great combination of shops, food, and entertainment as at the Old Breweries Complex in […]

10 Best Places to do Breakfast in Namibia’s Capital City

Words and main photograph: Nina van Schalkwyk Everyone has their favourite breakfast place. I know I do. Sunday mornings, sleeping late before finally falling into some […]

NBL brings Strongbow to Namibia

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – has once again proven its commitment to its vision of being […]

5 Pretty Cool Places to People-Watch in Windhoek

Written by Nina van Schalkwyk To "people watch" is to observe life in action As I write this, I’m sitting at one of the wooden tables […]

Top 5 best bars in Windhoek

Where’s the best bar to go to? That’s a universal question, isn’t it? In every city in the world, you’ll find newcomers asking that question. I’m no newbie to Windhoek, but I found myself pondering just that this past week.

Windhoek’s 5 Spots to take your work and get it done

In big cities, there are always great hangouts where the work-from-home crowd take their laptops and cell-phones and get stuff done.

Life on a Table recipe #129 – Bev’s divine spare ribs

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #129 – Bev’s divine spare ribs

One Sunday in Windhoek

For many tourists who come to Namibia, Windhoek is not the main attraction, but merely a stop-over, a place to quickly refuel or await your flights. It’s easy enough to stay busy in this capital city, where tourism is still the main income for many—except on a Sunday, when everything kind of closes down. Which got me thinking… If you have just one day in Windhoek, and it’s a Sunday, what do you do?

Life on a Table recipe #175 – Mazambala Beetroot Soup

MAZAMBALA BEETROOT SOUP BORSCHT Extract from the book Life on a Table by Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt Beetroot soup is a traditional Russian dish which can […]

Life on a table recipe #29 – Spicy crusted cauliflower

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #29 – Spicy crusted cauliflower

Life on a table recipe #182 – Broccoli and feta soup

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #182 – Broccoli and feta soup

Life on a table recipe #109 – Marianne’s condensed milk rusks

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #109 – Marianne’s condensed milk rusks

Life on a table recipe #22 – Spinach salad

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #22 – Spinach salad

Life on a table recipe #63 – Smoked Haddock Paté

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #63 – Smoked Haddock Paté

Life on a table recipe #70 – Carla’s beef skewers

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #70 – Carla’s beef skewers

Life on a table recipe #21 – Balsamic glazed pear and blue cheese salad

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #21 – Balsamic glazed pear and blue cheese salad

Life on a table recipe #6 – Jan Grobler’s guinea fowl pie

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #6 – Jan Grobler’s guinea fowl pie

My Hungry Heart recipe #75 – Christmas trifle

What’s cooking? My Hungry Heart recipe #75 – Christmas trifle

My Hungry Heart recipe #12 – Butternut gratiné

What’s cooking? My Hungry Heart recipe #12 – Butternut gratiné

Life on a Table recipe #130 – Slow cooked lamb shanks

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #130 – Slow cooked lamb shanks

Life on a Table recipe #209 – Strawberry Sorbet

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #209 – Strawberry Sorbet

Life on a Table recipe #54 – Ouma Gre’s Spekulaas

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #54 – Ouma Gre’s Spekulaas

Life on a Table recipe #182 – Lady of the night’s pasta

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #182 – Lady of the night’s pasta

Life on a Table recipe #32 – Baked lemon cheesecake

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #32 – Baked lemon cheesecake

Life on a Table recipe #51 – Quick scones

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #51 – Quick scones

Life on a Table recipe #92 – Ostrich Goulash Soup

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #92 – Ostrich Goulash Soup

Life on a Table recipe #111 – Chai tea cake

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #111 – Chai tea cake

Life on a Table recipe #161 – Tangy cheese and tomato soup

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #161 – Tangy cheese and tomato soup

Life on a Table recipe #88 – Ostrich neck in red wine

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #88 – Ostrich neck in red wine

Life on a Table recipe #192 – Pap Fingers

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #192 – Pap Fingers

Life on a Table recipe #2 – Slow roasted cherry tomatoes

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #2 – Slow roasted cherry tomatoes

Life on a table recipe #193 – Mazambala’s Rum and Peach Sponge

What’s cooking? Life on a Table recipe #193 – Mazambala’s Rum and Peach Sponge

Life on a Table

Namibia’s famous chef and author of the award-winning cookbook My Hungry Heart, Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt, has completed her second book, Life on a Table, which was launched at the end of October 2015.

Life on a table recipe #14 – Venison Steak Pot

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #14 – Venison Steak Pot

Life on a table recipe #10 – Dalene’s leg of lamb

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #10 – Dalene’s leg of lamb

Life on a table recipe #3 – Curried bacon and cheese bread

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #3 – Curried bacon and cheese bread

Life on a table recipe #214 – Panna Cotta with berry Coulis

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #214 – Panna Cotta with berry Coulis

Life on a table recipe #207 – Kassler with black cherries

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #207 – Kassler with black cherries

Life on a table recipe #4 – Lesley’s crayfish salad

Our dear friends Lesley and Gerrit Wyma live in Stellenbosch, South Africa. They are the owners of Cape Hutton Wines, which have won many international awards. We spend quality time together when they visit us on the farm every six weeks. Lesley makes this crayfish salad with its wonderfully fresh and clean taste.

Life on a table recipe #184 – Fisherman’s Pie

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #184 – Fisherman’s Pie

Life on a table recipe #215 – Fresh berry compote

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #215 – Fresh berry compote

Life on a table recipe #201- Salmon Muffins

What’s cooking? Life on a table recipe #201 – Salmon muffins

Life on a table recipe #4 – Rabbi Eli’s hake tagine

What’s cooking? Recipe #4 in the Life on a table series – Rabbi Eli’s hake tagine

Maguni Ice Cream Recipe

By Christie Keulder Maguni (monkey orange) ice-cream recipe Maguni has the flavour of a very complex, tropical fruit salad and is the ideal local fruit for […]

The art of the Sundowner in Namibia

Jackie Marie explores the sundowner in Namibia What’s your poison? That was a line in an old movie, when someone came up to the bar and […]

Hotel Schweizerhaus & Café Anton Swakopmund

History with a piece of cake by Marita van Rooyen If you want to experience sleeping in one of the first hotels established in the coastal […]

My hungry heart – recipe

From underneath the hard red Kalahari Desert soil in the south-eastern part of the country, Kalahari truffles will erupt only in honour of good rain – […]

Marula oil – Namibia’s own ‘beautiful’ food

For more than a century the marula fruit has been traditionally harvested by local communities living in the north-central parts of Namibia, where the marula tree […]

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