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Oktoberfest Amateur Golf Open
Fish River Canyon Trail KUSKA, WIKA, Maharero Day

Celebrated throughout the country, foaming pitchers of beer, large sausages and the slapping of thighs are the order of the day at Windhoek's annual Oktoberfest. This is Namibia's version of the Munich beer festival. Even though not on the same degree as the events in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations take place in a variety of towns and cities in Namibia with the largest taking place in the capital, Windhoek.
Master sausage makers toil away to make the perfect bratwurst and there is a competition to see which waitress can carry the most beer. This is a well-liked event that each year attracts a blend of visitors and locals.

Amateur Golf Open
The Namibian Amateur Golf Open has been the main event on the Namibian golfing calendar since 1935 and Bank Windhoek has been the key sponsor of the prestigious event for the past 19 consecutive years. “Bank Windhoek endorses the development of golf across the cultural spectrum, with specific emphasis at junior level. It is interesting to note that the interest in golf has grown tremendously since the Bank’s involvement,”

Rossmund Golf Course, situated 7 kilometres outside Swakopmund, is hailed as one of the most striking desert courses in the world. The 18-hole, 72-par course runs along the Swakop riverbed, north of the coastal dune belt, and a lot of time and money has been invested in recent years to upgrade the 6 kilometre long course to international standards. New sand bunkers were laid, existing ones were improved and the fairways and greens are maintained devotedly and meticulously. Palm trees adorn the area and golfers enjoy watching the small herds of Springbok grazing lazily next to the fairways. A fully equipped Pro Shop caters for every need imaginable and golf carts as well as clubs can be rented for the day.

Fish River Canyon Trail
Take on the trial of Namibia's Fish River Canyon and hike through Africa's second biggest natural gorge. You will feel dwarfed by the very dated rocks of Fish River Canyon. They owe much of their present form to the work of glaciers millions of years ago. Numerous hot mineral springs break through the crust of the gorge allowing you to take advantage of their supposed healing properties as you progress.
The hike takes 4-6 days and runs for 86km of the 161km-long canyon from Hobas to Ai Ais. It is only open from 1 May to 31 August of each year. If you want to have a go, you need to reserve your starting date through the Namibian Ministry of Tourism, and you also need to send in a medical certification of fitness at least 40 days before you start.

If walking for several days in high temperatures doe snot inspire you, you can still enjoy the rugged splendour of the canyon from the road that runs along its rim, or maybe attempt one of the lesser hiking trails in the area. Alternatively spend some time at Ai Ais the gateway to the canyon, which has excellent overnight accommodation and facilities such as swimming pools and tennis courts where you can build your fitness before you enter the canyon, or relax after you have finished.

KUSKA, WIKA, Maharero Day
Although not comparable with the famous carnivals of Germany or Rio de Janeiro, the most important cultural event in the capital is undoubtedly WIKA - the Windhoek Karneval. It usually takes place around the end of April or early May, beginning with Prinzenball on the Friday evening. Particularly popular are the Büttenabende (performances of music and sketches), one of which is held in English. Another of the week's highlights is the Maskenball that takes place on the Friday evening before the Kehraus, which marks the end of the carnival. There is also a ladies' night, a Jugend-Jarneval (youth carnival) and a Kinder Darneval or kiddies' carnival.

Swakopmund has its annual carnival, KUSKA - Kuste Karneval or Coast Carnival - in August/September, while Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb also have an annual carnival. An Oktoberfest is also held in Windhoek, although on a far smaller scale than the one in Munich. There are many activites for children, insuring that the entire family can enjoy the party. Festivities include street parades, all-night parties, food stalls serving up local delights and lots of drinking.

Maharero Day (Heroes’ Day) is one of Namibia's most colourful and spectacular annual events. It is held in celebration of the Red Flag Herero and takes place in Okahandaja. Military processions are accompanied by poems which are chanted in remembrance of former war heroes. Women dress in traditional costume and can be heard chanting throughout the processions.