Namibia :: Ovamboland
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LOCATED SOME 80 KILOMETRES from the Angolan border, Ondangwa is one of the largest towns in the Ovamboland region. After the Finnish Missionary Society was formed in 1859, its first foreign deployment was to Ovamboland, northern Namibia. Here, they opened the first mission station at Onandjokue in 1870, and in 1890, another in Ondangwa. In more recent times, during Namibia’s War of Independence the town saw service as a staging base for the South African Defence Force. Though not a destination in its own right, this busy transport hub is a good place to refuel and get provisions.
|Address :||Ovamboland, Namibia|
|Cellphone Reception :||Intermittent||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)65 242 650|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+264(0)65 283 1000|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+264(0)65 248 115|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||ULP/LRP||Petrol Price Index :||11,38NAD (Jul-2015)|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Price Index :||11,32 NAD (Jul-2015)|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone:||+264(0)81 129 7490|
|Facilities :||Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Lodging, Camping, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Car Rental, Mechanical Repair|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Tours and Excursions, Picnics, Guided Walks, Swimming|
There’s a hospital here and the local airport offers flights to Windhoek - worth remembering in the event of an emergency.
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!
SHOPS & SERVICES:
Whether you’re looking for well-stocked supermarkets, ATMs, or informal traders, you’ll find it all here. The town offers a mixture of Africa-style shops and modern shopping centres. Ondangwa has a Shoprite, Spar, Pick ‘n Pay and Woermann Hyper and is a convenient overnight stop for those travelling between Etosha and Ovamboland.
For camping, try Nakambale Community Camp, some 10km out of town. Here you can camp or stay in traditional huts. The camp has a museum where you can learn about Ovambo life, Finnish Mission history and the political history of the area. Traditional food and dance are available on request - as are local guides to Lake Oponono, a large wetland area frequented after heavy rains by a variety of waterbirds such as saddle-billed storks, crowned cranes, flamingos and pelicans. Take care when driving around as cattle and goats roam free in the streets.
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