Mondesa Tours

During apartheid, Namibia’s bigger towns were divided between the “town,” where wealthy whites lived, and the “location,” where blacks were forced to stay. While independence and the end of apartheid rule have banished these now archaic laws, it’s still possible for visitors to Namibia to take a location tour to learn how life used to be.

Visitors to Mondesa, a location in Swakopmund, say that owners of these small houses tend to offer travelers a very big welcome. Exploring the streets of this famous location put visitors up close with history, and expert guides can explain how segregation—not only based on skin color, but also based on culture and tribe—determined the lay of the land. See the traditional dress, sample traditional food and even hear the Khoe-Khoe, the famous clicking language spoken by Namibia’s Damara and Nama people. 

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Modesa is located a few kilometers from the center of Swakopmund in the Erongo region of the country. It is home to the Owambo, Herero and Damara tribes, making it an ideal place to experience a number of Namibia’s diverse cultures. 
Address: Swakopmund, Namibia
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Township Tour of Swakopmund

Get a glimpse of township life on a 4-hour tour from Swakopmund into Mondesa and the Democratic Resettlement Community. Meet the locals as you visit community craft markets, schools and homes, and learn about the cultures of the Damara and Herero peoples. Discover how humanitarian projects are taking on the townships' dire housing conditions, then pause for a drink in a local bar and sample Namibian cuisine before returning to Swakopmund. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours

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