After visiting so many countries and being to all Continents, i realized that there was something missing with Africa. Only been twice when I was a kid with my parents in 1991 to Tunisia and in 1992 to Egypt. The real Africa which is the black Africa as they say, was still on my list, so many interesting countries to choose from. I began my African adventure in Namibia from which I’ve heard is “Africa from beginners” since it’s a very calm and chill country to start. I had a flight from Brussels with stopovers in London and JoBurg (Johannesburg) to Windhoek the capital of Namibia. It didn’t go very smoothly as I had envisioned it myself. Here is the story, it all started in the morning-glory on may the 5th, the day of my departure. Got a msg on my phone from google services that my evening flight with British airways would be delayed. My first reaction was, how do they already know so early in the morning that my evening flight will be delayed ?? Anyway I got to London later that day and while I had some hours to kill, I just did some people watching in the airport as suddenly again a msg popped up on my screen that the flight is still delayed. On the departure screens everything seemed normal, so after finding an information point of British airways where I asked them if there are any issues with my flight, they said no after looking it up in their system. Here is what I’m asking myself if it makes any sense asking since they might not tell you anyway even if something is wrong. Later that day, in the evening I was at the gate, passed all these checks and controls in the UK of which I think is ridiculous coming from mainland Europe I already had a decent check in Belgium, so why sill all these control in transit, it ‘s just a pain in the ass for all the people transiting I guess. Just to compare it with Istanbul airport where in transit coming from Brussels I didn’t had to go through any of the scanners since in Turkey they know I already had it in Belgium. Anyway this is the UK different rules I guess. So I’m waiting at the gate and for the first time I see on the screen that my flight is displayed with a msg next to it that says “please wait”. time is ticking and I realize we should be boarding already, people around me are also asking themselves what is going on. I see this sign on the wall British airways information point go straight about 20 meters, 5 empty seats, nobody there. At another gate there was one lady of British airways, I asked her about my flight and the fact that I should have been already in the air by now time and she told me they will announce it one hour before departure. I said no my flight should already been in the air and nothing has been announced yet, so whats going on ? She said again that announcement will be made one hour before departure. I’m thinking to myself am I retarded or what the fuck is this , British airways hiring dumb cunts to sleep on the job ?
10 minutes later 5 people from British turned up, maybe these are the people of the 5 empty seats ? Who knows ? So they turn up to announce that the flight to Johannesburg is cancelled, there is no other flight and everybody was sent that night to the Sofitel hotel next to the airport. I told them that Joburg is not my final destination and that I don’t care of how I’m suppose to get to Johannesburg since I need to go to Windhoek, Joburg is just another transit. They told me to go early to the airport the next morning and that’s what I did, they rebooked me to another British airways flight on their expense to Frankfurt and from there with a direct connection with Air Namibia to Windhoek. All payed by British airways thanks a lot morons ! Yeah the reason that I’m still pissed at British is because they must have known all the way it would be a problem with the flight, even google knew it for fuck sake. All they did at British was play stupid and giving no info at all. Small detail when I checked in at the Sofitel, the man at the reception had to smile and said “British airways?” I said “yes” and he told me it’s not the first time British has to send people to the hotel, looks like Sofitel is doing good business because of the morons at British airways.
My flight in Frankfurt for Windhoek also got delayed by one hour but that’s because French airspace was closed sending a lot of planes over Italian airspace and the flight had to wait for confirmation from the Italian air control to fly over. What I can tell is I was happy when I finally got to Windhoek ! I lost one day but it didn’t have any effect on my travel plan.
Windhoek Here I am what do you got for me ?
Ok lets cut to the chase, I can be short on Windhoek. It’s really Africa for beginners as there is not much to begin with. The National museum, the Christuskirche or Christ Curch, parliament gardens with the parliament building and these are the tree things I’ve seen on what was the shortest free walking tour I have ever done. Chameleon hostel in Windhoek is doing the free walking tours. I stayed at Rivendell guesthouse which is also a hostel further away from city centre.
Namibia has a history with Germany, a lot of street names in the capital are in German, with Strasse instead of street, in the city centre near the museum however I found out that they use also street at the end, for example the Fidel Castro Street which is near the national museum. I visited the museum, it’s free and it has like 5 levels with paintings and historical pictures of when Namibia was a german colony long before World War I and Word War II. The evolution to its independence and the fight against the apartheid system which existed in neighbouring country South Africa.
Namibia had good ties with Cuba, Zimbabwe and North Korea. The building of the national museum and the statue in front of it has been built by North Koreans and the style is similar to buildings in Pyongyang. Also the paintings inside the museum are in the style of the North Korean propaganda posters.
Windhoek was just the starting point of my African trip and from here I did a 3 day Namib desert tour with a local tour agency “Wild Dog Safaris” They offer interesting tours in Namibia and also their online reviews are positive so I took a chance with them and I was not disappointed so I can really recommend them.