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Destination Info: Regions - Omaheke Region - Part 1

     

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The Omaheke Region once only had true meaning to those who lived in its small isolated communities and ached a living out of farming the Kalahari or near the Omaheke Desert. The opening of the Trans-Kalahari-Highway turned it into Namibia’s most important central-eastern gateway for travellers and goods transports to and from Botswana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.


These developments brought significant changes to the Omaheke Region in terms of improved accessibility and new economic opportunities, supported by cellular phone coverage of large parts. The great cultural diversity amongst friendly, enterprising inhabitants and the magnificent landscapes of the Kalahari teeming with free-roaming wildlife soon became well-known trademarks
of the region. Omaheke however reveals the beauty of some
of Namibia’s best kept secrets only to those who dare
meandering off the beaten track.

 

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After 100 years of meagre existence as an outpost,

Gobabis underwent tremendous changes in recent

years too and nowadays presents itself as a small

yet lively and well-appointed focal point of

administration and commerce.
Visitors find
modern guesthouses, a Tourist Info

Centre, a small history museum, various

interesting development projects, and

recreational facilities in town.

Cosy game lodges on vast

farmlands with beautiful

Kalahari scenery and plenty

of wildlife provide more

insights into a unique

part of Namibia.













The lilac-breasted roller is one of Namibia's most colourful birds. Not much bigger than a sparrow, it is mostly seen in nature conservation areas and on game farms with good water supplies.
Photo: V. Bause

 

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The Omaheke Region's greatest draw cards though are its ethnic African communities who welcome visitors on guided tours, and a variety of wilderness adventure trails that combine the best in cultural and natural attractions.
On full day excursions from Gobabis and longer overland tours through the remote areas to the north and south of the Trans-Kalahari-Highway, the visitor will be able to meet the Herero, San, and Damara people in their villages and learn about their traditions and historic events while participating in day-to-day activities.

Such tours may include taking remote back roads through the Kalahari or the Omaheke Desert to sightseeing attractions in the neighbouring Hardap or Otjozondjupa Regions.

Even though game lodges and some places of interest in the vicinity of Gobabis may be visited on a self-drive basis, it is highly recommended to travel the remoter parts of the Omaheke Region either on guided tours or in the company of a step-on guide.

 
 

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