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Food

Namibia Information

Namibians are not particularly adventurous when it comes to their food; meat is pretty much the standard. This often comes served with a porridge like mixture called mahango or pap (or something else depending on where you are). In restaurants steak and chips is nearly always the Namibian choice.

Vegetables are not popular amongst the majority of Namibians, and are viewed as the poison of the cultural imperialists.

Things are changing and many restaurants in Namibia offer a wider range of foodstuffs and some even cater for vegetarians. Vegetarians should be prepared for a lot of questioning about their particular eating disorder and can also expect little pieces of bacon or ham in their salad, but remember this is only your chef trying to be kind.

The favourite way of preparing meat in Namibia is the braai (barbecue) and this ritual is obeyed in the majority of households on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the braai is a social occasion and only two things are guaranteed firstly eating will take place much later than anticipated and secondly there will be beer!!!

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. W. C. Fields

Namibia Tourist Information