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City Otjiwarongo

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

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The Herero people were the original settlers here and they called this place Otjiwarongo which means ‘Place Where Fat Cattle Graze’. The name is still appropriate as Otjiwarongo is home to some of Namibia's largest cattle-breeding companies.
As with many other Namibian towns, Otjiwarongo developed around a Rhenish missionary station; a treaty was signed in 1891 between German missionaries and the Herero Chief. A German military garrison arrived in 1904 when a bloody war broke out between the Hereros and Germans. The town was officially founded in 1906 with the implementation of a narrow-gauge railway from Swakopmund to the mines at Otavi and Tsumeb. Today, Otjiwarongo is the biggest business centre in the province and one of Namibia’s fastest-growing settlements. It still has a large population of German speakers and the German influence is evident in its buildings.

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)67 300 600
Hospital : Yes   Hospital Telephone : +264(0)67 303 734
Doctor : Yes   Doctor Telephone : +264(0)67 308 700
Tourist Information : Yes   Tourist Information Telephone : +264(0)67 303 830
Petrol : Yes   Petrol Type : ULP/LRP   Petrol Price Index : 9,90 NAD (Feb-2012)
Diesel : Yes   Diesel Price Index : 10,43 NAD (Feb-2012)
Towing Service : Yes   Towing Service Telephone: +264(0)81 124 3476
Facilities : Gas Refill, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities : Auto Dealer. Auto Specialist Service. Court. Institution/Home. School/s. Waste Disposal Site. Medical Centre. Bar/s. Fast Food. Government Services.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Wine Tasting, Hiking Trails, Golf, Swimming, Bird Watching, Photography
More Activities: Camping Safaris.
Notes on Activities: (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Gas refill is done at Cymot.

(Feb-2014): 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.

Therefore you are advised to either carry cash or ensure that the filling stations you intend to use will accept your Debit or Credit card. (Feb-2014).

A traveller travelling to Namibia during May 2014, found that a credit card was accepted at garages at these places: Swakopmund, Ai-Ais, Solitaire, Sesriem and Lüderitz. It seemed to be possible to pay by credit/debit card at the major tourist towns. Take extra cash with still in case! (May-2014).

The Engen in Otjiwarongo, reportedly, always have card and connection problems when wanting to pay for fuel, so make sure you have enough extra cash on hand for fuel. (March 2015).

State Hospital: +264 (0)67 300 900.

Railway station.

 Travel Tip!

Otjiwarongo is a very good town to stock-up food supplies.

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