A foodie holiday in Namibia

Food and cuisine in Namibia are generally divided between indigenous food types and westernised to accommodate a wider range of palates, and range from German, Afrikaans and European in nature. The vast majority of visitors to Namibia concentrate their time in a handful of destinations, where restaurants, National Parks and resort kitchens almost exclusively feature the latter. As such, almost all meals are very familiar to western visitors.

Potjiekos is similar to a stew cooked over a long period in a traditional pot (potjie), credit: Jenman Safaris

Breakfasts can consist of cereals, yoghurt, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs, sausage, bacon and bread, which are familiar to most tourists. Dinner mains feature a lot of game meats (kudu, springbok, oryx, wildebeest and others) as well as chicken, pork and steak. Sides are your typical variety of vegetables. Bread is served with most meals and seafood is readily available along the coast.

Wines are expectedly dominated by South African varieties but a few establishments carry a handful of French and Californian labels as well.

Biltong consists of quality meat that has been cured and ried with traditional spices

Be sure to sample some of the Southern African delicacies like rusks (dried pieces of cake that can be dipped in a hot beverage), biltong (similar to beef jerky, but better) and local sausage (known as ‘wors’).

Top 5 foods to try:

  • Wild game meat
  • Biltong
  • Kapana and fat cakes
  • Mopane worms
  • Potjiekos

Our Recommended Itinerary

Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)

day 1 to 2 to 3

Onguma Game Reserve
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)

day 4 to 5

Twyfelfontein
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)
  • Short and Sweet Namibia Adventure (6 days)

You might also like

Namibia health care

Namibia has both public and private healthcare providers and mobile clinics in remote locations. There are big differences between public and private healthcare facilities: private hospitals and clinics are far more sophisticated and better staffed, while public facilities, which serve the majority of the population, are often understaffed and aren’t able to offer all healthcare…

A luxury Namibia safari

Onguma Tented Camp is the epitome of Namibian luxury Namibia is home to superb luxury safari lodges in spectacular locations, often on private concessions in wilderness areas where part of the luxury is going on game drives without seeing other cars. Most of the luxury lodges in the country are concentrated around the most popular destinations, with excellent properties in and around…

Namibia vs South Africa

The Cape wine lands, South Africa In terms of city culture, landscapes, flora and fauna, South Africa has a lot more diversity than Namibia. South Africa also has excellent game parks where Big Five viewing is easy, as well as forests and mountains, a beautiful coastline with superb beaches and culturally rich cities home to award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, art and…

Wildlife in Namibia

An abundance of wildlife congregate around the water holes of Etosha National Park In the north of the country, Etosha National Park is Namibia’s unmissable wildlife destination. During the dry season when water is scarce, the park’s animals gather around waterholes making game viewing as easy as parking your car in the right spot. Along with herds of springbok, zebra and blue…

Travel tips for Namibia

Namibia is one of the easiest and safest African countries to travel in, but due to huge distances between destinations and remote locations, a successful trip does usually require some advance planning and research. In terms of communication, many hotels do not offer WiFi and cell phone coverage can be sparse in remote areas. Credit | Kunene River Lodge In the peak season of July…

Damaraland

For travellers seeking untamed wilderness, some of Namibia’s best scenery, dramatic mountains, ancient rock art and off-the-beaten-track adventure with some thrilling wildlife sightings thrown in for good mix, Damaraland doesn’t disappoint. Located southwest of Etosha, Damaraland may not be as easily accessible as other areas in Namibia – you’ll need to have a 4x4 to explore the…

Popular Namibia Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Namibia Safari on Board the Rovos Rail (9 days)

Immerse yourself in the luxury and old-world charm of this train journey through a land as old as time...

 | Northern Namibia Camping Road Trip (15 days)

Northern Namibia Camping Road Trip (15 days)

An adventure that encompasses areas like the Central Highlands of Namibia, Etosha National Park and Damaraland...

 | Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

Best of Namibia Self-Drive Adventure (8 days)

Explore Namibia like never before...

 | Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

Affordable Luxury in Namibia (11 days)

From the capital of Windhoek to the pristine Ongava Private Game Reserve, this Namibian adventure has all the elements of an unforgettable safari into the untamed wilderness...

Scenery | Namibia’s Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Namibia's Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Kunene Luxury Safari (7 days)

Experience Sossusvlei's red dunes glowing in the early morning light, find desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland and meet the Himba nomads in Namibia's far north-west...

Red dunes | Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Short and Sweet Sossusvlei Sojourn (5 days)

Reconnect with nature in Namibia's southern desert and marvel at Sossusvlei's high red dunes glowing in the early morning light...

 | Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Exciting Family Safari in Botswana and Namibia (11 days)

Enjoy both Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip on a safari holiday filled with fun ...

 | Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Etosha National Park Road Trip Adventure (8 days)

Drive yourself through the majestic landscapes of Namibia en-route to Etosha and spend your days searching for, and finding the wildlife that Etosha is known for...

 | Unforgettable Namibia Safari Adventure (11 days)

Unforgettable Namibia Safari Adventure (11 days)

Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness...

 | South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

South Africa to Namibia Classic 4x4 Self-Drive Adventure (11 days)

This is a great adventure, travelling up the West Coast of South Africa and visiting iconic destinations in southern Namibia...

Ready to start your adventure?

Your tailor-made African holiday starts here...

How can we get hold of you?

How many people will be travelling?

Details

Please tell us more about your travel plans?


Discover Africa needs the contact information you provide, to us to contact you. You may unsubscribe from these communications at anytime.

Submitting your inquiry

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Reference:

 +27 21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2