Namibia Tourism Board Windhoek, Namibia Tel.: +264 61 2906000 www.namibiatourism.com.na Feel free to use the descriptions below in your marketing material. If you need further detail or have any questions – don’t hesitate to contact our trade liaison Natasha Martin at: email@example.com North West Short Description: The North West Region is also known as Kaokoland, and extends from the Kunene River southwards across a sparsely populated and harsh environment down to the Hoanib River. The area holds a special allure for lovers of remote and wild places to negotiate its challenging and rugged terrain in four-wheel-drive vehicles. Main Towns: Towns in the northwest include Outjo, Khorixas, Kamanjab, Opuwo, Oshakati and Ondangwa. Suggested Stay: Seven to ten days would be ideal to explore the North West. Getting there: Many lodges have private airstrips, and the northern parts of the Skeleton Coast can only be reached by private air charter (and through the company that holds the concession), but otherwise all other destinations can be reached by car. The Ondangwa Airport. The area is best explored by car. National Parks: The Etosha National Park, Namibia’s best-known National Park falls in this region. Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, the definitive feature of the park is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5 000 km2. For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud that shimmers with mirages on most days. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop, referred to in the local vernacular as the ‘great white place of dry water’, makes the Etosha game-viewing experience unique. The northern section of the Skeleton Coast Park also falls in this region. Museums: The history of Outjo and surroundings is depicted in the Outjo Museum, where the focus is on gemstones and wildlife. The museum is housed in Franke House, built in 1899 for the German commanding officer, Hauptmann Franke. The Namutoni Museum at Etosha National Park tells about the history of Fort Namutoni and showcase some of the weapons used in the fight between the Germans and Nehale Ya Mpingana’s troops. In the Oshikoto Region in northern Namibia is the Nakambale Museum and Olukonda National Monument, offering guided excursions to sites of cultural, historical and natural interest, such as the Uukwaludhi Royal Homestead near the Namibia Tourism Board Windhoek, Namibia Tel.: +264 61 2906000 www.namibiatourism.com.na town of Tsandi in the Omusati Region, and the traditional house belonging to King Taapopi of Uukwaludhi. Also of historical interest is the Ombalantu Baobab Tree in the centre of Ombalantu Village, 80 km west of Oshakati. The site is managed by the Ombalantu Boabab Tree Heritage Centre, which also has camping facilities for the outdoors enthusiast. Culture: The Damara Living Museum displays the pre-colonial dress and traditions of the Damara of Twyfelfontein. The museum features a traditional village with various huts, livestock and demonstrations of singing, dancing and games. Also offered is an interesting bush walk, showing visitors trapping and snaring, and different bush foods. Visits to Himba settlements are more possibilities, while a good option for learning about Owambo culture firsthand is to visit the Uukwaluudhi Traditional Homestead at Tsandi. The Oshakati Omatala is the largest open market in Namibia. And the Ongwediva Trade Fair is an annual event that hosts exhibitors from all over Africa. History: A visit can be arranged to the historical Omuguluwombase where the guerrilla warfare waged by SWAPO forces for Namibia’s independence was launched. Guided tours are conducted on a daily basis to the Eenhana Heroes Memorial Shrine, depicting the history of the liberation struggle and acknowledging the courage of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) combatants and civilians who supported them. The Ombalantu Baobab Heritage Centre’s main attraction is a huge baobab tree estimated to be around 800 years old and which has served as a post office, chapel and hiding place during tribal wars. The site, located in Outapi, also offers camping sites laid out under the tree, a small kiosk, craft centre and facilities for day visitors. Accommodations: Towns in the region offer hotels, guesthouses and pension hotels, while lodges and campsites are more options to choose from in the surrounding area. Adventure Activities: Camel rides, horse rides, hiking, and off-road driving are popular adventure activities. Well-known destinations for the 4x4 driver include the breathtaking Epupa Falls on the Kunene River, the Marienfluss and Hartmann valleys, the Himba settlement of Purros and the Ongongo Pools. The Palmwag concession area is renowned for its sightings of desert-dwelling elephant and black rhino. Namibia Tourism Board Windhoek, Namibia Tel.: +264 61 2906000 www.namibiatourism.com.na A sponsored walk that raises money for the conservation of elephants in Namibia takes place yearly. Then there’s the Desert Rhino cycle and Mike Hearn Memorial Cycle that also takes place on a yearly basis. Canoeing safaris on the Kunene River is also possible. A balloon flight over the Twyfelfontein Conservancy will give you a bird’s-eye view over magnificent Damaraland desert scenery, which includes a unique variety of desert flora and fauna and fascinating geological formations. Entertainment: Bennie’s Entertainment Park and Lodge is a popular meeting place and provides leisure activities in the forms of putt-putt mini golf, volleyball, table tennis, super-tubing, swimming and gambling.
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