The Olive Exclusive Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia

, May 22, 2018

The location of Windhoek’s international airport sets itself well away from the city, especially considering the stretch of undeveloped land between the Namibian capital and the runway. This forces most international visitors to overnight in the city, whether they are continuing by road the following day, or making an onward connection by air. The absence of airport lodgings can be patched up by Hilton’s outpost in Windhoek, one of the better hotels in town. Alternatively, visitors can opt for The Olive Exclusive, a more expensive option but one which harnesses the city for what it is.

Spacious bedrooms fall under two types, Junior Suites or Premier Suites. Each are spacious, with Premier Suites a remarkable 100m2, set in cabins that spread throughout the gardens of the property (7 units in total). Other facilities include rooftop pool and a restaurant serving seasonal produce.

Training Notes

Remarkably, The Olive Exclusive doesn’t have a swimming pool. Instead, only a select few of the suites allowing space for plunge pools. To get some proper lengths in, head one mile north to Katutura Swimming Pool, or south to Olympia Swimming Pool.

It’s here that runners can find Independence Stadium and local running group, Windhoek Harriers.

Time Trials: Every Tuesday (Will recommence on 07 January)

Venue: DTS Club. Corner Sean McBride/Frankie Fredericks. Olympia.

Time: 17:45 & 18:00.

Distances: 5km & 8km.

Training: Thursday

Venue 1: DTS Club. Corner Sean McBride/Frankie Fredericks. Olympia.

Venue 2: Ad Hoc. Announced every week.

Time: 18:00

Distances: Hills. Speed. Fartlek. Etc.

Training: Saturday. Long Slow Distances.

Venue & Time: TBA every week.

Windhoek Harriers

Cell: +264(0)81-1477232

WhatsApp: +264811477232

A Virgin Active gym is just under two miles south of the hotel.

Looking to get beyond The Olive for a meal? Head to The Stellenbosch at its courtyard setting. The restaurant and wine bar pairs with Rust en Vrede, an outstanding spot in the Cape Winelands.

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