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Ondangwa and Oshakati Namibia

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Ondangwa and Oshakati Namibia

Commercial centres for Owambowland



Makalani Palms along the roadside north of Oshakati

Makalani Palms along the roadside north of Oshakati 

Over half the population of Namibia live in the northern region of the country and Oshakati is the commercial centre of Ovamboland. The towns of Ondangwa, Ongwediva and Oshakati are all close together and straddle the main B1 highway. The post independence boom in this area has, and continues at an alarming rate.  The B1 runs through the centre of the town and every business from the major banks and supermarkets to the hut on the side of the road selling second hand motor spares want some of the action. The road, in this 30km stretch, possibly experiences the highest traffic density in the country and is best avoided at peak rush hours.

Oshana Region
17º75'S - 16º00'E
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If you're a business person, then this is the place to make money. And, to serve the travellers' needs there are many new and well appointed hotels and guest houses, many of which are 'little oasis' and a welcoming escape from the hectic and often jumbled lifestyle of the towns. However, if you're a tourist on your way to Angola or the Northern Kunene region you could take this route and also enjoy the local tourist attractions and places of interest such as the Etaka Dam, The Baobab Tree at Ombalantu, The Ongulugombashe Monument, Uukwaluudi Royal Household Museum, The Nakambale Museum, Onankali Trust and the Tulogeni Craft Market.  You'll see plenty of Makalani Palms alongside the road, but still keep your eyes carefully on the road, because in this part of Namibia you'll find plenty of livestock wandering around on them.

Cattle Kuka shop

Kuka shop

Road-side bargains

Road-side bargains

Livestock on the road beware

Livestock on the roads.. Beware


The roadside settlements are littered with Kuka Shops. These sell beer and refreshments and provide the local 'nightlife'.


You'll see Ngumi cattle with their distinctive horns grazing alongside the road, and I came across the above young salesman who was selling this large traditional storage basket that the locals use as 'mahango (corn) pantries'


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