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Located in Namibia :: South Namibia  :: Keetmanshoop
Category: Places :: Town


BEFORE THE EUROPEAN missionaries arrived, the Nama settlement here was known as Swartmodder (‘black mud’) which refers to the mud found at a nearby spring. In 1860, some 75 years after the appearance of the first white settler, the Rhenish Missionary Society started a mission here. They named it after a director in the society and someone who provided financial support, one Johann Keetman. These days Keetmanshoop is the economic centre of the Southern Namibia region, it’s also an important hub for Karakul sheep farming and houses a number of government offices.

Traveller Description

You’ll find Keetmanshoop situated at an important junction, where the B1 (which bisects the country longitudinally) meets
the B4, which accesses Lüderitz and the coast to the west. Keetmanshoop can serve as a comfortable base for visiting
attractions both further afield, like Ai-Ais National Park and Brukkaros crater, or nearby - the quiver tree forests, Naute
Dam and the Mesosaurus fossil site to name but three.

It’s also worthwhile spending a few hours in town. You’ll find the Keetmanshoop Museum in the Rhenish Mission Church
whose unique combination of Gothic architecture cast in African stone makes it one of the architectural masterpieces of
the country. Don’t forget to look in on the old post office and the old train station too. Thanks to its size, Keetmanshoop
offers just about every service that a travel-weary overlander might need.

Address :  South Namibia, Namibia
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  MTC. LEO

Destination Information
Police Hospital Doctor Tourist Information Office Petrol Diesel Laundromat Shopping Mall Shopping Centre Bank ATM Foreign Exchange Internet Cafe Lodging Camping Butchery Liquor Restaurant Pharmacy Airport Tyre Repair Tyre Sales Mechanical Repair Towing Service
Police Telephone :  +264(0)63 221 833
Hospital Telephone :  +264(0)63 220 9000
Doctor Telephone :  +264(0)63 226 111
Tourist Information Telephone :  +264(0)63 221 266
Towing Service Telephone :  +264(0)63 222 119 / +264(0)81 311 8318
Petrol Type :  ULP/LRP

Other Facilities :  Auto Specialist Service. Court. School/s. Fire Brigade. Traffic Police. Government Services.

Game Viewing Game Drives Tours and Excursions Hiking Trails Guided Walks Swimming
Night Drives, Golf
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!

The private doctors are Dr Jacobs and Oberholzer.

Gas is refilled at Megabuild. You pay at Megabuild, the entrance for refilling is between Megabuild and Total.

There is a Spar in town.
There’s a number of department stores in town as well as a couple of banks.

Extra tow-in number are +264(0)81 124 7141 or +264(0)81 127 8582 or +264(0)81 128 9583.

 Travel Tip!

The Giants Playground, some 20 km outside town is well worth a visit especially if you appreciate interesting rock formations.

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