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City Grootfontein

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Located in Namibia :: North Namibia :: Grootfontein
Category: Places :: City

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HISTORICALLY, GROOTFONTEIN WAS KNOWN to the Herero people as Otjivanda (the place of leopards) and to the Nama as Gei-ous (the big spring). However, in 1885 a group of families from northwest South Africa settled here and referred to it as Grootfontein which means Great Spring. Today this is the centre of a large cattle farming community with mining also prevalent in the area. Grootfontein used to house an important military base in the time when the South African Defence Force was still active in Namibia. The area has a relatively good summer rainfall and turns into a lush paradise of green, purple, blue and red hues as the Jacaranda and Flamboyant trees bloom.

Contact [ correction ]
Address : North Namibia, Namibia
Cellphone Reception : Good Main Cellular Network : MTC. LEO

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station : Yes   Police Telephone : +264(0)67 242 111
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone : +264(0)67 240 064 / +264(0)67 240 066
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone : +264(0)67 243 198
Tourist Information : Yes   Tourist Information Telephone : +264(0)67 242 456
Petrol : Yes   Petrol Type : ULP/LRP   Petrol Price Index : 11,56 NAD (Jul-2013)
Diesel : Yes   Diesel Price Index : 11,72 NAD (Jul-2013)
Towing Service : Yes   Towing Service Telephone: +264(0)81 242 5430 / +264(0)81 342 4090
Facilities : Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Car Rental, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Wine Tasting, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Swimming, Bird Watching
Notes on Activities: (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Take note: Garage or Petrol cards will no longer be accepted as a legal tender for purchase of fuel, spares or repairs in Namibia.
Cash, Debit and Credit cards are legal payment instruments, but many fuel stations choose NOT to accept Debit and/or Credit cards. But generally credit cards are accepted at garages in bigger and touristy towns. Take extra cash with still in case!

Gas refill as done at the Agri.

There is a state and private hospital in Grootfontein. State Hospital Number is +264(0)67 248 150 or +264(0)67 248 152.

Number for the Vobaco Pharmacy in +264(0)67 242 728. Another pharmacy in town is Mediwise +264 (0)67 240 045.

Spar is the place to shop, it offers bakery, butchery, coffee shop and good selection of fresh produce.

Tow-in services landline is +264(0)67 242 556 (Blitz Paneelkloppers, contact name is Rina de Jager). Another Tow-in service number is Fickie's Bodywork and Panelbeaters: +264 (0)67 243 599.

There is a Trentyre in town with after hours service +264(0)81 295 7598.

 Travel Tip!

Because of the vet fence at Mururani you’re not allowed to take raw meat or unpasteurised milk from Rundu to Grootfontein; it’s allowed if you’re travelling north from Grootfontein to Rundu.

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