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The Omuramba Meander


Attractions

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...

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nyae Nyae Conservancy & Office
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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

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...


Features

   Accommodation

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

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...

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:  ...

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...

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

C'est si Bon - Hotel, Lodge & Conference Centre
Welcome to our African-styled hotel and restaurant in Otjiwarongo, cheetah capital of the world. Make yourself at home i...

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...

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

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

Waterberg Wilderness
Experience the Waterberg: In our private nature reserve (white rhino, giraffe, impala etc.; 200 bird species) we offer g...

Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm
Ghaub combines ambience of pioneer days with modern comfort. Buildings and palm trees, farm walls, rock pulpit and cemet...

La Rochelle Lodge
Nestled amongst chalky plains with islands of Makalani palms towering the sky and Acacia thickets wrapped with endless g...

Maori Rest Camp
Maori Rest Camp is situated 2km out of Grootfontein on the way towards Rundu. This camp offers a combination of rustic...

Fiume Bush Camp
Fiume Bush Camp is situated 75km north east of Grootfontein on the D2844 road. Spread over a small Kalahari dune, the Bu...

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

Casa Forno Country Hotel
Casa Forno Country Hotel is the travellers home away from home and the doorstep to Namibia's North. It was converted fro...

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Stone House
The Stone House offers six beautifully furnished rooms located within Grootfontein. The lodge offers wi-fi, a swimm...

Fiume Lodge & Game Farm
Fiume Lodge & Game Farm is situated just 35km north of Grootfontein and 3km from the B8 en-route to northern Namibia...

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mururani Shop & Camp
Mururani Shop & Camp is situated halfway between Grootfontein and Rundu at the Mururani Gate/Veterinary check point....

HH820 Accommodation
HH820 Accommodation is located in Grootfontein and offers old world charm accommodation nestled in a lush garden wi...

Tucsin Tsumkwe Lodge
Tucsin Tsumkwe Lodge offers 21 twin rooms (en-suite) and 1 triple room, 6 campsites with electric- and waterpoints, braa...

   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...

Cheetah Conservation Fund
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) International Research and Education Centre is a renowned research facility located...

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

Thonningii Wine Cellar
We are a family owned and run Wine Cellar, located in the beautiful and scenic Otavi Mountain Valley close to the Etosha...

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

   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...

Tsumeb Arts & Crafts Centre
Tsumeb Arts & Crafts Centre showcases Caprivian woodwork, San arts, basketry, leatherwork, karakul weavings, as...

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.

Zum Potjie Restaurant
A restaurant in Otavi, Namibia.                

Sindano Court Cafe, Guest Rooms & Nursery
Sindano Court, a beautiful paradise-like setting in the heart of Tsumeb, offers travellers and locals a little peaceful...

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

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

Casa Forno Restaurant
Casa Forno Restaurant has been beautifully decorated and offers guests superb wines with a variety of meals to choose fr...

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...

Weavers Tourism & Marketing Services
Weavers Tourism & Marketing Services offer a comprehensive marketing and reservations service to lodges in Namibia.&...

Mossinets
Mossi Nets is an authentic Namibian Mosquito Net Manufacturer situated in Grootfontein, a small town in the Northern par...

 

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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:

  • Water/rainfall: Grootfontein receives the highest rainfall in Namibia, flooding some of the farms due to the high water table;
  • Cultural Corner: Learn about the history and stories around the cultural mix of Herero, San Bushman, Ovambo, Afrikaans and German people of the area;
  • Hoba Meteorite: Visit 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 Experience: Interact 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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