NorthWest by cuiliqing


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                                                                           Windhoek, Namibia
                                                                           Tel.: +264 61 2906000

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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

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

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

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
                                                                      Namibia Tourism Board
                                                                      Windhoek, Namibia
                                                                      Tel.: +264 61 2906000

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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