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The Omuramba Meander


Attractions

Ju/'Hoansi Living Museum
The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San gives visitors an interesting insight into the life of the friendly San. The Liv...

Waterberg Plateau
Waterberg National Park and the Waterberg Plateau are named after the table-shaped mountain that rises out of the platea...

Nyae Nyae Conservancy
The Nyae Nyae Conservancy is the ancestral home of the Ju/'Hoansi (San) Bushmen and one of the last few remaining wilder...

Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is a popular attraction and gets its name from the Etosha Pan which is almost entirely situated wit...

Khorab Monument
On 1 July 1915, the German Army was defeated at Otavi by South African troops and on 9 July they surrendered to General...

Ashwell Otji Township Tours
Enjoy township tours where your host and guide Joseph will take you around Ashwell Otji. Enjoy live music, traditional d...

Hoba Meteorite
The Hoba Meteorite was discovered in 1920 on a farm named 'Hoba West' near Grootfontein and is the largest known iron me...

Ghaub Caves
The caves consist of a series of chambers and passages formed when swirling underground water dissolved 700-million-year...

Karavatu Mine
The Karavatu Mine is an old copper mine between Otavi and Tsumeb, and was the first place the mineral Mottramite, one of...

Ghaub Mission Station
In 1895 the Rhenish Mission Society established a reserve for the Bergdamara and Hai//om communities at the farm Gaub (/...

Zum Potjie Museum
Discover interesting facts about the Zum Potjie Farm at the small farm musuem. Enjoy walking trails and nearby hikes, as...

Tsumeb Arts Performance Centre
The Tsumeb Arts Performance Centre was established by the Namibian Art Performance Centres association (NAPCA) to foster...

Dorsland Grootboom
The Dorsland Grootboom (Big Tree) is a Baobab tree near Tsunkwe where the Dorsland (Thirst Land) trekkers camped in 1891...

Khaudum National Park
Travellers can enjoy game drives within Khaudom National Park, which is hailed as one of the most pristine nature conser...

Crocodile Ranch
The crocodile ranch lies near the eastern border of town, where travellers can observe crocodiles at close range and lea...

The Okakarara Community, Culture And Tourism Centre
The Okakarara Community, Culture and Tourism Centre educates visitors about the Herero culture. It was inaugurated at th...

Springs of Grootfontein
Grootfontein, meaning 'Large Spring' in Afrikaans is named after the nearby hot springs. Travellers can enjoy visiting t...

Mangetti National Park
The Mangetti National Park is located south of Rundu and officially opened its gates to tourists and the general public...

N≠a Jaqna Conservancy
Established as a conservancy in 2003 with 912,000 ha of communal land, N≠a Jaqna Conservancy combines the sustainable...

Tsumeb Museum
Tsumeb Museum houses some excellent displays of the areas' rare minerals. The museum focuses on the mining history of th...

Ombili San Foundation
The Ombili Foundation is made up of a community of over 500 San people who live on a farm which provides training and ma...

Onguma Game Reserve
Onguma Game Reserve is a popular attraction on the Eastern border of Etosha National Park. The reserve features five lod...

Open-air Museum of Cultural Villages
This community project is an open-air museum that gives visitors an insight into the rural life of Namibian tribes. Alwa...

St Barbara Church
St Barbara Church is a Roman Catholic church that was dedicated to the patron saint of miners. Built in 1914 it is the o...

Maria Bronn Mission Station
A Catholic Mission Station at Maria Bronn where travellers can learn more about the history of the mission stations of N...

Giant Baobab Tree
Visit Keibib Farm to view the famous 'Tree 1063'. The tree's trunk circumference is 18.5m and has branches up to 12m. Ba...

Lake Otjikoto
Lake Otjikoto is one of only two lakes in Namibia is actually a sinkhole that was formed by a collasing karst cave. It s...

Mundulea Nature Reserve
Mundulea Nature Reserve is located in the Otavi Mountains in prime Montane bushland set in the unspoiled Karstveld. Trav...

Little Hunters Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San
The Little Hunters Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San close to Tsumkwe offers visitors the exclusive possibility within...

Das Alte Fort Museum (The Grootfontein Museum)
The Grootfontein Museum also known as Das Alte Fort Museum is home to a large mineralogical collection, a Himba display...

Alt Bobos Mine
Travellers interested in gemstones and minerals can visit the historic mine of Alt Bobos. The mines conjure up images of...


Features

   Accommodation

Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Dornhügel Guest Farm
Dornhügel Guest Farm provides 16 en-suite rooms, a bar and swimming pool. The farm manager will take visitors on a...

Namutoni Rest Camp
Accommodation at Namutoni Rest Camp includes 20 bush chalets and 24 double rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms...

Etosha Mopane Safari Camp
The farm is a third generation farm, with Reinhield's grandfather pioneering farming on the old Etosha Road. The ca...

Zum Potjie Rest Camp
Zum Potjie Rest Camp offers a variety of accommodation in the form of en-suite rooms, chalets and camping facilities. Th...

Okaputa Guest Farm
Okaputa Guest Farm has plenty of space to accommodate guests including six double rooms and three family rooms. Visiting...

Pondoki Rest Camp
Pondoki Rest Camp is located 5km north of Grootfontein on the Rundu road and is an ideal stopover to explore the Grootfo...

Sachsenheim Guest Farm
Sachsenheim Guest Farm is located only 25km from the Eastern Gate. They offer accommodation in comfortable luxury double...

Treesleepers Camp
Treesleeper Camp is a beautiful, exclusive camp site in the bush nearby the village of Tsintsabis in Namibia. It is a co...

Hamakari Guest Farm
Hamakari Guest Farm offers accommodation in eight en-suite, comfortable double rooms. Guests are welcome to make use of...

The Mushara Lodge
Located just 8km from the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern boundary of Etosha National Park, Mushara Lodge is an ideal...

Waterberg Wilderness Lodge
Nestled in a long valley within Waterberg, Waterberg Wilderness Lodge features unique red sandstone buildings, mature tr...

Gabus Game Ranch
Accommodation: Accommodation consists of a variety of different rooms. All rooms are en suite with shower/wc and fitted...

Omutati Hunting and Guest Farm
Omutati Hunting and Guest Farm borders the Etosha National Park, the most popular destination in Namibia, covers more th...

Sikereti Camp
Sikereti Camp is located within the Khaudum National Reserve. There is a communal ablution facility. Please note:  ...

Khaudum Camp
Khaudum Camp is situated on the North of Khaudum National Park.              ...

Meteor Travel Inn
Meteor Travel Inn offers budget accommodation situated in the quiet town of Grootfontein, located in the North East of N...

Courtyard Guest House
Courtyard Guest House is located within Grootfontein and offers air-conditioned en-suite rooms. Internet is available wi...

Omega Rest Camp
Omega Rest Camp providers basic camping facilities conveniently located between Grootfontein and the Waterberg.  &...

Peace Garden Lodge
Peace Garden Lodge is located a few kilometres west of Grootfontein on the Otavi Road. Their prices are very reasonable...

Fiume Bush Camp
Fiume Lodge offers 16 en-suite rooms with a beautiful pool, bar and restaurant area. Activities can be arranged on the f...

Djokwe Campsite
Djhokwe Campsite offers basic camping within the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. No booking is required beforehand and all benefi...

Mokuti Ethosa Lodge
Mokuti Etosha Lodge is only 4 minutes' drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near the historical Namutoni Fort and...

Halali Camp
Halali Camp is strategically located halfway between Okaukuejo and Namutoni. Halali Camp is situated at the base of a do...

Kupferquelle Resort
Kupferquelle Resort is – in every sense - an unusual resort in Namibia. Here we combine the rustic charm of Namibi...

Minen Hotel
The Minen Hotel features a wild garden, traditional German cuisine and excellent hospitality. In additon to great accomm...

Mousebird Backpackers
Mousebird Backpackers is the meeting point for travellers in the northern part of Namibia. Located in mining town of Tsu...

NWR Waterberg - Waterberg Resort
Waterberg Resort offers a variety of accommodation in the form of chalets, 34 double rooms and camping facilities. Guest...

Makuri Campsite
Makuri Campsite offers basic camping within the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. No booking is required beforehand and all benefit...

Stonehouse Lodge
Stonehouse Lodge offers six beautifully furnished rooms located within Grootfontein. The lodge offers wi-fi, a swim...

Aloegrove Safari Lodge
From the word go, you will receive true Namibian hospitality and unparalleled service to ensure that you will return aga...

Bush Baby Safaris Lodge
Bush Baby Safaris Lodge boasts 3 000ha of wild sanctury with a few damara sheep sharing grazing space with Springbok, Ku...

Bush Baby Safaris Rest Camp
Bush Baby Safaris Rest Camp boasts 3 000ha of wild sanctury with a few damara sheep sharing grazing space with Springbok...

Copper Guest House
Conveniently located in the centre of Tsumeb within walking distance to shopping centres, banks, art & craft shops,...

Kamrav Guest Farm
Maryna and Toit will welcome you to their farm with a freshly baked cake and warm hoispitality. This guest farm offers t...

Etosha Café: Beer Garden, Restaurant and Accommodation
Etosha Café offers a selection of meals and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. See their facebook page for...

Greenhill Chalets
Greenhill Chalets offers comfortable accommodation in Grootfontein. Located within walking distance of the Das Altes For...

Frans Indongo Safari Lodge
Frans Indongo Safari Lodge is located north-east of Otjiwarongo and north-west of Waterberg Mountain. This makes it the...

Wabi Game Lodge
The Waterberg Plateau invites guests to experience adventurous excursions by car or on foot. The roads along the edge of...

Ju/'Hoansi Campsite
Ju/'Hoanasi Campsite is conveniently located near the Ju/'Hoanasi Living Museum. No booking is required beforehand and a...

Weaver’s Rock Guest Farm
Weaver’s Rock Guest Farm privdes accommodation suited to all travellers' budgets. Experience life on a farm in Nam...

Paradise Rest Camp
Paradise Rest Camp has 12 excellent campsites with braai (barbeque) areas, watertabs and lights. Theire are two ablution...

Kambaku Safari Lodge
Kambaku Safari Lodge is the perfect destination for active guests, families with children, horse riders, nature lovers,...

Kombat Lodge Inn
Kombat Lodge Inn is a luxury, relaxing oasis established in 2007 and situated between Otavi (40km) and Grootfontein (50k...

Khorab Safari Lodge
Khorab Safari Lodge is a cool oasis on the way to the northern part of Namibia. Here you will experience a relaxed, pers...

Seidarap Guest House
Accommodation: Our guesthouse offers six comfortable and spacious double rooms. Every room has its own private bathroom...

Maori Rest Camp
Maori Rest Camp offers a combination of rustic camping and basic chalets. At the end of each month, the San People (Bush...

Meteorite Camping
Meteorite Camping is conveniently located in the heart of the route and provides access to a number of the key attractio...

Palmenecke Guesthouse
Palmenecke Guesthouse offers comfortable accommodation in Otavi. A small pool and entertainment area is available for gu...

Ohange Namibia Lodge
Located off the B1 between Otavi and Tsumeb, Ohange Namibia Lodge is an ideal break on for people travelling north. The...

Elephant Song Campsite
Elephant Song Campsite is conveniently located near the Hunters Living Museum. No booking is required beforehand and all...

Makalani Hotel
Management and staff have gone to great lengths to make Makalani Hotel one of the most frequented hotels en-route to the...

Wildacker Guest Farm
Wildacker Guest Farm offers visitors a unique game farm experience. Hosts David and Karolin offer beautifly decorated ro...

Guest Farm Ghaub
Guest Farm Ghaub, built on one of the first Mission Stations in the area, boasts an immense hsitory. Access to the Ghaub...

Airport Guest House
Located in the mining town of Tsumeb, Airport Guest House offers air-conditioning, a garden and braai (barbecue) facilit...

!Uris Safari Lodge
Surrounded by the ancient Lake Otjikoto and the famous wildlife conservation area, Etosha National Park, !Uris Safari Lo...

Travel North Guesthouse
Travel North Namibia Guesthouse offers a range of convenient travellers' services. Accommodation: Travel North Guestho...

OMEG Allee Guesthouse
OMEG Allee Guesthouse offers accommodation on a B&B basis in single, double and family units.  The abbreviatio...

Fiume Lodge & Game Farm
Fiume Lodge & Game Farm offers comfortable accommodation in nine stylish chalets, all equipped with air-conditioning...

Roy's Rest Camp
Roy’s Rest Camp is perfectly situated on the B8 main road from Grootfontein to Rundu. Accommodation: Accommodati...

   Activities

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Charcoal Production Tour
Gunter will take guests on a tour of the charcoal production process. Throughout the route travellers will notice farmer...

Otjiwarongo Township Tour
An excellent tour that is unlike most township tours. Joseph takes guests to meet interesting people from various backg...

Okarara Community Cultural & Tourism (OCCTC)
The Okakarara Community Cultural & Tourism Centre (OCCTC) was inaugurated at the 100 years commemoration of the Batt...

Muramba Bushman Trails
The Muramba Bushman Trail Rest Camp offers five huts for accommodation, as well as three campsites. The owner, Reinhard...

Tsumeb Cultural Village
This community project is an open-air museum that gives visitors an insight into the rural life of Namibian tribes. Alwa...

Cheetah Conservation Fund
Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) boasts 47 000ha of mixed farming and wildife land. Gain information on how the cheetahs...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Tsumeb Performing Arts & Crafts Centre
Tsumeb Performing Arts & Crafts Centre offers visitors the opportunity to interact with young children developing th...

G!hunku Crafts – Nyae Nyae Conservancy
Located at the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, visitors can shop for handmade crafts at their leisure. Nyae Nyae Conservancy was...

   Food & Drink

Below is a list of restaurants and other food and beverage outlets on this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Pondoki Restaurant
Located only 5km out of Grootfontein on the Rundu Road, Pondoki Restaurant offers a variety of meals including a signatu...

Sindano Court (Café & Nursery)
Sindano Court, a beautiful paradise-like setting in the heart of Tsumeb, offers travellers and locals a little peaceful...

Courtyard Restaurant
Courtyard Restaurant offers an exclusive a-la-carte menu with a selection of wines and other beverages. Pizzas, meat and...

Purple Fig Bistro @ Tungaleni Health Centre
The Purple Bistro offers breakfast, light lunches and a selection of cakes and the finest Italian coffee in Grootfontein...

   Services

Below is a list of services on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Methealth Namibia
Methealth Namibia Administrators (Pty) Ltd is an independent Namibian company with the purpose to provide administration...

Pupkevitz Toyota
Pupkewitz Motor Division has been proudly and prominently opening showrooms around the country since 1954. An icon in th...

Barry Jacobs Pharmarcy
A local pharmacy in Tsumeb.                      ...

Dundee Precious Metals
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian based, international gold mining company engaged in the acquisition, explorati...

 

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Explore the ‘Golden Triangle’ in Eastern Namibia, where culture meets agriculture in one of the most wildlife-rich areas of the country. The Omuramba Meander takes travellers on a journey through Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Otavi, Tsumeb and Tsumkwe, past historic and cultural attractions and to some of the most famous game reserves in the country.

The Omuramba Meander includes well-known tourist attractions such as Etosha National Park, Khaudom National Park, the Hoba Meteorite, the Ghaub Caves, Ju/’Hoansi-San Living Musuem, Nyae Nyae Conservancy, the Cheetah Conservation Fund and the Das Alte Fort Museum. Hear the stories of local Herero, San Bushmen, Ovambo, Afrikaans and German residents and relish the opportunity to interact with one of the most well-preserved cultures who still lead a traditional way of life.

Did you know?

  • The Hoba Meteorite weighs 66 tons and is the largest known iron meteorite on Earth;
  • In Tsumeb there are at least 170 mineral species have been cataloged, 20 of which are found nowhere else in the world;
  • Lake Otjikoto was the meeting palce for the Ovambo and the San Bushman to trade;
  • Grootfontein has the highest rainfall in Namibia;
  • Omuramba is a dry riverbed that floods during high levels of rainfall and, in some cases, can turn barren land into swampland;
  • The plural for Omuramba is Omiramba and there two route: Omuramba Omatako and Omuramba Ovambo;
  • Inside the Dragon's Breath Cave lies the largest non-subglacial underground lake in the world, with an area of almost 2 hectares;
  • There are six parks and nature reserves located throughout the route;
  • Khaudom National Park is not fenced and game can follow its natural migration routes between Namibia and Botswana and through the Caprivi;
  • Many of Namibia's endangered wildlife to be relocated to Waterberg Plateau to protect them from predators and illegal hunting. The programme was so successful that surplus species were taken to supply other Namibian parks.

Top 5 reasons to visit:

  • Fountains and waterGrootfontein receives the highest rainfall in Namibia, flooding some of the farms due to the high water table and a number of springs in the area;
  • Cultural CornerLearn about the history and stories around the cultural mix of Herero, San Bushman, Ovambo, Afrikaans and German people of the area;
  • Hoba MeteoriteVisit the Hoba Meteorite, which was discovered in 1920 and is the largest known iron meteorite on Earth. It measures approxiamtely 2.95m in length to 1.2m in height, weighs around 66 tons and is estimated to be 200-400-million years old;
  • San Interactive ExperienceInteract with San Bushman on their traditional land where they are still legally allowed to hunt and practice their traditional way of life;
  • Working farms in a wildlife-rich area. Experience a life of agriculture in an area surrounded by game reserves. 

 

 

 

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Explore the ‘Golden Triangle’ in Eastern Namibia, where culture meets agriculture in one of the most wildlife-rich areas of the country. The Omuramba Meander takes travellers on a journey through Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, Otavi, Tsumeb and Tsumkwe, past historic and cultural attractions and to some of the most famous game reserves in the country.

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