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Find your roots at Xwama

Mrs Tusnelde Salakiel, Food and Beverages Manager and Vaino Kali, Marketing Manager at Xwama Restaurant standing in the King Mandume ya Ndemufayo eatery where both tourists and locals enjoy to go and have their own unique, authentic cultural experience. (Photograph by Mandisa Rasmeni)

Mrs Tusnelde Salakiel, Food and Beverages Manager and Vaino Kali, Marketing Manager at Xwama Restaurant standing in the King Mandume ya Ndemufayo eatery where both tourists and locals enjoy to go and have their own unique, authentic cultural experience. (Photograph by Mandisa Rasmeni)

Vaino Kali, Marketing Manager of Xwama Resturant describes Xwama as a cultural village because it offers its guest an experience that they will only get when they are deep in the village.
Everything in the restaurant is authentically Namibian, from the art work to the lights, said Kali adding that Xwama models itself on the rich cultural and social interaction that is presented by the township of Katutura.
Xwama serves tripe, donkey meat and goat head because they cater to all the different cultures of Namibia and not just the dominant one, empasised Kali. “Every Wednesday we have a bachelor’s night which caters for the young sophisticated, single, cultural man who wants to enjoy a plate of traditional food and meet people at the same time”, said Kali.
Xwama also runs a small bed and breakfast establishment. A single room costs N$360 and a double costs N$560 plus breakfast. They do not have televisions in their rooms since they want their guest to have the full cultural experience while staying at Xwama. This particular feature makes it so popular with tourists.

Xwama also prides itself that they do not cook on stoves or with electricity but only on open fire like it has always been done in villages.
Kali said that Xwama will be franchising soon and that they are planning on opening in Swakopmund. They will also open another bed and breakfast in Windhoek.
Xwama has three restaurants, a conference centre plus a craftshop where they sell only handmade ornaments and jewellery which are authentically Namibian.
Xwama was opened by its CEO, Twapewa Kadhikua in 2007 and now it is the restaurant where Namibians and tourists go when they want authentic Namibian cuisine. Xwama Restaurant is located on the corner of Omongo Street and Independence Avenue in Wanaheda, Katutura.

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