- Check-in time 14:00
- Check-out time 12:00
Give vulnerable women hope and opportunities to develop themselves and become an example for others.
Penduka has developed into an artisan village. It is situated at the Goreangabdam which is unusual for Namibia to have water the whole year around.
12 Penduka women live in the village, others are coming in by Penduka bus, a service we render for the women. In the homestay you will find a small restaurant, a floating terrace with splendid view over the dam (great place for birdwatchers too!). We have different workshops where the women make lovely products like: african batik, pottery, jewelry from recycled glass which they also melt at the village, story telling embroidery, leather work, production unit to assemble handcrafted items. Penduka village has a shop were you can buy the products, also special client orders can be placed and shipped to Europe were we have a distribution point for the products. If you want to join the women by making the crafts yourself you can participate at certain times a week, just indicate beforehand or when you are on the premises what you would like to do. You can book a Peddle boat, maybe with a lunch basket! Also a tour through the informal settlement in the neighbourhood is possible and should be booked in advance.
We have small scale farming, fresh eggs and lots of warm smiles:)
To make your stay truly unique, partake in one of our craft workshops. The workshops take place all over the Penduka terrain and you will be quided by the supervisors of different skill sections. The best is to book 2 weeks in advance. You can view or learn handcraft technics like:
– Glass recycling methods to make your own jewelry
– Handcraft your own story by embroidery
– Make a traditional African Potjie kos on an open fire with our restaurant ladies
– Batik a product ‘the African way’
– Learn drumming and dancing
– Penduka ‘Wake up’ morning exercise: Start the day fresh and get your body in action by joining 15-20 minutes work out exercises on the Penduka premises
– Our Harmonature tour shows you the green side of Penduka, our sustainable concept with organic garden, renewable energy and the social aspect of Penduka. For our guests interested in sustainability and how we employ it, David will take you around and show you the Aquaponics project, our renewable watering system, the organic chickenfarm and garden, and the parabol solar process.
– On the living village tour, new technologies are shown in an old context of how the different Namibian ethnic’s housings were built traditionally. The Damara house with windows made from plastic waterbottles is where the embroidery ladies like to get together on hot days. Also, there is a caprivi house in which we grow our mushrooms. In the Ovambo house, staff meetings take place to let people sit in a circle and close to one another. The Kavongo shed is where the batik materials are getting rinsed and cleaned. Story telling can take place at the Oshiwanda, the traditional place where men sit during the evening waiting for dinner.
– In the evening you can cook your own meal over the fire on a three-legged stove from fresh ingredients found in our organic garden and chickenfarm. Having a truly sustainable concept, all our warm water is obtained from renewable sources.
All experiences are rounded off with a pickup and drop-off service or a meal at the Penduka restaurant if you wish. A great day outside the city, even if you just have one day – a truly authentic Namibian experience, plus you support a good cause!
Penduka organises excursions. You can visit the Penduka women at their homes in Katatura, the township of Windhoek or to the Wake Up daycare centre in Otjimuise.
Penduka dancing group
The Penduka women are not just good at making beautiful products, they can also dance very well.
You will have different hosts, since Penduka is an NGO and has different women in charge of different duties. All of them are very helpful and they are used to recieve visitors from different countries. Not all of them speak English very well but will bring you in contact with another person if communication becomes a challenge. As a Trust , Penduka is equaly taking care of the women and run the organisation by themselves with a local board of trustees.
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If you come via the airport by bus or taxi you will stop in the city centre. As from there Penduka can pick you up. Local phone number of contact person: + 264 812079911. If you choose own transport coming from Windhoek Capital city: follow signs with Katutura, stay on Independence avenue, cross Otjimuise road and come on Evelyn sstreet. Take the big curve to the right and take the first big crossroad to the left, from there follow signs with Penduka! Since roadconstruction takes place frequently, look out for the Penduka signs in different colours. D tours are mainly in yellow. The gravel road will take you straight to the gate of Penduka.
batik workshop: First you see what and how the women are working, after that you will get a choice what you want to make. With a pencil you draw a design on paper and later you start applying the paste on the cloth. This needs to dry for an hour before you can continue to colour it in by textile paint. Normally this is during your lunch break. Best to plan a full day for a batik workshop or take two mornings, one to design and paste and the next morning or a few days later to colour it in, dry again and remove the paste.
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