Guided tour

Walvis Bay: Mondesa Township Tour & Cooking Experience

Walvis Bay: Mondesa Township Tour & Cooking Experience

Activity provider: Explorer Tours Swakopmund

From US$ 75 per person

Embark on an immersive tour of the Mondesa township and discover the unique culture, warmth, and friendliness of the locals. Travel around by bike and learn about the fascinating history of the township and its people, then cook traditional dishes.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Audio guide included
English, German
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Walvis Bay.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover the unique history and culture of the Mondesa township with a local guide
  • Immerse yourself in the local community as you get to know the Mondesa way of life
  • Visit a community arts and crafts center, a school, and a market
  • Enjoy a home-style cooking experience and bond with both locals and fellow travelers
  • Learn to cook a variety of traditional dishes then dine together as one big family
Full description

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Walvis Bay and a meet and greet with your local guide who knows this part of Namibia, and its people, like the back of his hand. Listen to stories about the history of the land as you travel through untamed wilderness on your way to the township of Mondesa, where your guide was raised. Upon arrival at the township, receive a warm welcome from the locals and immediately feel immersed in the vibrant Mondesa way of life. As you explore the streets, listen to the sound of children playing, smell the scents of sidewalk barbecues, taste locally brewed beer, and try local delicacies such as mopane worms. Visit the local school and the arts and crafts center, then wander amongst the hustle and bustle of the open market before learning about the click language of the Damara tribe. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating information about the history, culture, and traditions of Mondesa which provide a unique insight into the local community. Later, head to a home-style family kitchen and learn how to cook a variety of local dishes. With your group, prepare traditional meals using seasonal ingredients then sit down and eat together as a family whilst soaking up the Mondesa hospitality. At the end of an unforgettable cultural experience, watch a farewell performance by the town's choir then relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

  • Pickup and drop-off to your accommodation
  • A visit to the town's open market, school, kindergarten, and arts center
  • A local meal prepared at a family home
  • Choir performance
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
Customer reviews

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The tour was absolutely superb. The guides offered insights and experiences that a tourist would never get to have with a big organized group or solo. Visiting a home and having a traditional meal prepared was extremely special. Being serenaded by local singers with some beautiful harmonies was something you couldn't expect from any tour. Having a lesson on the click language from a Namibian bushman (woman) was also super. Traveling from the very poor Mondesa township and into nearby swanky Swakopmund was a telling way to understand the period of colonialism. The only thing I would recommend is that I was on a cruise and it was complicated to communicate the final details, so make sure this is all nailed down before you leave.

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December 19, 2022

Product ID: 324883