Windhoek was flooded with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Germany last month when it hosted one of southern Africa's largest Oktoberfests. The event featured stein lifting and wood sawing competitions, traditional food including sauerkraut and bratwurst, and - of course - beer. Lots of beer.
Women wore colourful dirndls - with tight bodices and full skirts with petticoats, while brave men wore authentic lederhosen and felt hats - definitely more designed for an Alpine winter than the heat of a Namibian summer!
Traditional German musicians filled the big yellow tents that dominated the Sport Klub Windhoek grounds with drinking songs, German classics, and a few Top 40 standards. The final night featured a marathon set by the Kirchdorfer, one of Munich Oktoberfest's official bands.
Over 3,000 people attended the celebration of German culture.
Namibia's historical ties to Germany are strong and still boldly evidenced throughout the country in its attractive architecture; enticing bakeries filled with strudel, pretzels and rye bread; and the babble of the German language on the streets.
A German woman in a traditional dirndl participates in the stein-lifting competition
A man competes in a traditional wood-sawing competition, as the lederhosen-clad crowd looks on!
A couple in traditional dress hold their beers at Windohoek Oktoberfest
A barman pours a cold beer at Namibia's Oktoberfest
Partygoers show off their empty steins
A couple dance to the traditional German music
Kirchdorfer - Munich Oktoberfest's official band - perform in Windhoek in traditional costumes
A young German girl in a dirndl enjoys the music at Oktoberfest
Crowds enjoy the marathon set from Oktoberfest's official band - Kirchdorfer