Namibia destination information: Introduction to Namibia's 13 Administrative Regions & their main towns 

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Destination Info: Namibia Regions & Towns - Intro Part 1

     

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The image of the little fellow below was chosen for this "Namibia Regions & Towns" overview page because great populations of weaver birds is the one feature that all Namibian places have in common.
Let's take a quick "flight" across the country so that our foreign visitors will not lose their bearings either - whether they are busy planning their Namibia holidays  or just travelling through this website.


A few Namibia facts for starters:

Since becoming an independent republic in 1990,
Namibia has got 13 administrative regions.
Each is governed by elected regional authorities
who report to the central Government in Windhoek.

 

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Caprivi

Erongo

Hardap

Karas


In spite of all efforts to make the names and locations
of the newly demarcated regions widely known, some of
the names of former so-called "homelands" remained in common use. Two regions, namely Caprivi and Kavango,
kept their former names but regional borders shifted.

Namibia's tourism industry in particular made the ongoing experience that the old area names still hold great appeal to most foreign tourists because they refer to ethnic groups and the interesting African cultural adventures to be had, both of which find regular mentioning in publications.

As a result the outdated area names of Bushmanland, Damaraland, Hereroland, Kaokoland, and Owamboland
did not only stay around but became even better known
due to growing visitor numbers, over the last  decades.

Weaver bird.
Photo:
V. Bause

 

Kavango

Khomas

Kunene

Omaheke

Omusati

Ohangwena

Oshana

Oshikoto

Otjo-

zondjupa

... more
to come

While this website tries to encourage the use of the official names of Namibia's regions, the old area names do appear regularly as well, especially were it serves to put descriptions of places, historic events, and tourist activities on offer in a clearer context. The following list of regions and their main towns shows (in brackets) into which regions those areas were incorporated in modern-day Namibia.

 

More names of places of interest to the tourist can be found on the pages "Tourist Services"

 

The 13 Regions of Namibia

Main Towns per Region (administrative centre in red)

Caprivi

Kongola, Katima Mulilo, Ngoma (Botswana border)

Erongo (southern part of Damaraland)

Karibib, Omaruru, Swakopmund, Uis, Usakos, Walvis Bay

Hardap

Aranos, Gochas, Maltahöhe, Mariental, Rehoboth, Stampriet

Karas

Karasburg, Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz, Rosh Pinah

Kavango (northern part of Bushmanland)

Divundu, Rundu

Khomas

Windhoek, Dordabis

Kunene (northern Damara- & Kaokoland)

Kamanjab, Khorixas, Opuwo, Outjo

Ohangwena (Owamboland)

Eenhana, Oshikango (Angola border)

Omaheke (southern Bushmanland)

Aminuis, Gobabis, Otjinene, Witvlei

Omusati (Owamboland)

Okahao, Ombalantu, Uutapi, Ruacana 

Oshana (Owamboland)

Ondangwa, Oshakati

Oshikoto (Owamboland)

Oshivelo, Tsumeb

Otjozondjupa

Grootfontein, Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Tsumkwe

More names of places of interest to travelers can be found on the pages "Tourist Services"

 

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