Namibia destination information: Otjozondjupa Region, Herero Culture, Hoba Meteorite, Okahandja, Otavi, Otjiwarongo, Waterberg Plateau

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Destination Info: Regions - Otjozondjupa Region - Part 1

     

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The name of the Otjozondjupa Region refers to the "place of the calabashes" at the foot of the Waterberg Plateau, a spring surrounded by fertile ground that is an important landmark for the Herero people, since centuries.
The Herero, members of the Bantu language group, had settlements and communal farmland in this part of Namibia long before colonial times, and countless places still carry names in their language Otjiherero
(Herero Culture-Ref.1).  

The large Otjozondjupa Region nowadays is administered from its biggest town, Otjiwarongo, and comprises divers eco-systems, more than half of which count amongst the best cattle-breeding land in Namibia.
Its southern and western parts are located on the central highlands with their thorn-bush savannas and oddly shaped mountains, while the Kalahari dominates the north-eastern ones.

 

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A chameleon's versatile camouflage abilities in adapting its colours to any environment make this pre-historic creature seldom spotted by humans. Chameleons occur in Namibia almost everywhere - from the edges of the Namib Desert, where this
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In between, one finds the mountainous triangle demarcated by the towns of Otavi, Grootfontein, and Tsumeb that is characterised by a variety of unusual features:


Most famous is the Hoba Meteorite located in the eastern corner of the triangle. It is the largest meteorite of almost pure iron content found thus far and easily accessible to visitors.

A very important role in Namibia's economy plays the Kombat Mine, whose rich copper ore and minerals are exported via Walvis Bay Harbour to all corners of the world. The mountains that hold the precious deposits are a treasure-trough for the geologist for various other aspects too, as they bare witness to the earliest developments of the African continent.

On an agricultural level, this is the only part of Namibia where crops are planted in the dry season, under the assumption that rain will follow to make seeds germinate.
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