Namibian cuisine


The Republic of Namibia is a vast country situated along the south Atlantic coast of Africa at south of the Equator. Namibia, before identified as South West Africa, is bordered by South Africa in the south, Angola and Zambia in the north and Botswana and Zimbabwe in the east.


The oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert stretches along the whole west coast of the country, while the Kalahari Desert runs along south borders with Botswana. Namibian cuisine is based on German tradition and influences. Local staples are corn or millet porridge with meat or fish stews, but Namibian cuisine will offer more often fats, dead animals due to the fact that Namibian people respect traditions.

Due to the fact that the country has a great sea opening, fish is as well an important ingredient in Namibian cuisine. Local plates are heavy on pasta, meat and vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, celery and rice. Beside Lamb and Pork meat, people from Namibia also eat poultry, rabbit and Pork products like Ham, sausages and frog.

Cuisine in Namibia is interesting and varied. In the south part of Namibia the most frequent component is the corn. The corn is used in preparing the bread which is generally served with shellfish, in season or tomato-based sauces.

The most common meat type used in the southern cuisine is fish and Chicken, schnitzel, plus good, fresh seafood, but we can also find goat, Beef and bush rat. As for vegetables the most popular are rice, beans, tomatoes and couscous due to the fact that the climate in Namibia is hot and dry.

It's very simple to find fruits in this country principally oranges, bananas, mandarin oranges, pineapples, kiwi, avocado, peanuts. Namibia is known all over Africa for its exotic dishes and its exotic ingredients which offer an exclusive taste. Beans and rice is a popular dish served as appetizer in west part of Namibia.

Namibian meat is characterized by top position locally produced Beef and mutton, animal protein including ostrich, zebra, Game Birds, and seafood such as kabeljou, rock lobster and oysters. Outdoor cooking is part of the Namibian way of life.

The traditional braaivleis which is meat barbecue is a delicious meal, as is potjiekos, a hot stew of meat, Chicken or fish cooked over an open fire in a cast-iron, three-legged pot.