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What is a High Commission? What is an Embassy? What is the difference between a High Commission and an Embassy? What is the role of a diplomatic mission? Is the role of embassies  and high commissions only to issue  visas ? Is the role of high commissions and Embassies to throw parties for  dignitaries? Who is entitled to visit a High Commission or Embassy? Why does Kenya invest money in having diplomatic missions abroad? Are they worth having? While on  a recent visit to Namibia, these and more questions tickled my mind. I have only visited diplomatic missions and in this case -foreign embassies, four times in my life, to apply for a tourist visa. In some of these cases, the reception was neither warm nor friendly, I honestly felt unwelcome. At best, it was one of the most nerve wracking experiences ever, with emotions moving from anxiety to anger…

Opuo is found in the Kunene region, to the North of Namibia. It is  home to the Himba and Herero tribes, communities that still hold on to their culture. My main driving force to visit Namibia was to actually see and interact with the Himba tribe/community found in Opuo. I love cultures and knowing that there was a community here that held on to their rich culture in modern Namibia, indeed appealed to me and I had to visit. What a joy to find out there was also the Herero community. a)Himba tribe: The Himba are indigenous to Namibia and are semi-nomadic in nature. They live in communities with the eldest male being the chief/elder. The ladies will normally colour their faces and hair red, the colour made from red ochre mixed with animal fat or oil which is called odjize. This is believed to  protect them from insect bites,…

Swakopmund locally referred to as “Swakop” is located within the Namib Desert yet also has access to the Atlantic ocean. It is the coastal town of Namibia and is located about 350km West of Windhoek. It is more like a resort town, very organized, super neat and has lots of German influence from the buildings to the main delicacies. This town is indeed a mystery as on one side of the road you could be enjoying the beaches along Atlantic Ocean while on the other you could be hiking sand dunes. We enjoyed staying here as well as exploring its neighbouring towns. Walvis  Bay: Walvis Bay is indeed an exciting and interesting area to visit. I was impressed by the large number of flamingoes that we spotted in several areas like Birds paradise, to actually getting to hike the famous Dune 7. Everyone spoke so highly of  hiking the dune…

1.It is officially known as Republic of Namibia and its capital city is called Windhoek. 2. It borders the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa to the East and South, Angola and Zambia to the North, Botswana to the East 3. The official language is English. 4. It has a population of about 2.4 million people 5. Its main income earners are fishing, mining and livestock. 6.The citizens of Namibia are called Namibians. 7. They were colonized by Germany and later taken over by South Africa up to 1990. 8. It is the second least populated country after Mongolia. 9.It has the worlds largest cheetah population in the world. 10. Kenyans do not require a visa prior to travel to Namibia. Ensure you have your travel documents in order. For my exploits of Namibia, check out: Northern Namibia: http://wangechigitahi.co.ke/culture-extravaganza-in-opuo/ Southern Namibia: http://wangechigitahi.co.ke/exciting-swakopmund-walvisbay-capecross/

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