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More than just another shopping mall – Maerua’s high aspirations rest on entertainment

More than just another shopping mall – Maerua’s high aspirations rest on entertainment

Maerua Mall is again in the process of receiving a facelift and a rebranding, this time with the emphasis on giving shoppers the ultimate family experience. Maerua’s owner, Oryx Properties sees the competitive edge in the provision of enticing retail outlets, great entertainment and a host of eateries.

Oryx Chief Executive, Carel Fourie said “We’re going to be way more than just another shopping mall for the people of Windhoek.”

“Having a family of my own, I know first-hand that keeping the kids interested can be a challenge,” he said adding that at the upgraded Maerua Mall, it will be easy, given the huge variety of offerings in the new Family Entertainment Centre.

Built over two levels, the Family Entertainment Centre has a trampoline and climbing-wall, an indoor playpark, a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course, a bowling alley and a gaming area. All of this come with free Wi-Fi throughout the mall.

The trampoline, obstacle-course and rock-climbing centre offers a range of high-adrenaline activities to suit all ages and risk appetites. The trampoline park, which is a great place to host children’s parties and team-building activities, features an array of interconnected trampolines and a foam pit. The foam pit enables safe practise of aerial tricks or simply the freedom of flying through the air and landing in a soft cushion of foam cubes.

“The climbing wall is a great place to challenge yourself, testing your fitness level and your brain power too,” said Fourie. There are two walls to choose from, the highest topping out at 10 m. Lessons are offered at various levels, to cater for inexperienced and professional climbers alike. And for those who prefer a quieter life, there’s a kiosk selling delicious treats and great cappuccino.

The unique indoor mini-golf adventure starts here too, glowing under black lights. A first for Namibia, the 18-hole course with its sensors and interactive objects provides a fun, affordable and novel activity for family members of all ages. International artists were used to do the paintwork and this world class product is definitely a must see for young and old.

The 3D ‘Africa’ play park features a 16-m-long four-lane slide, a massive ball pit, trampolines, and a spiral-climber obstacle course. Three racing slides, two mini climbing walls and a six-gun shooting cannon will keep the bigger kids happy, while for the very little ones there’s a 10-m-long four-lane slide, a big-ball pit, a smaller mini slide, Lego blocks, funny mirrors and loads of interactive games in a dedicated baby and toddler area.



About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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