Namibia :: Damaraland
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Originally named 'Nuwe Dorp', the town was established in 1936 as a trading post for the region's farming community. It was later renamed Khorixas after the water bush, Salvadora persica (‘Gorigas’ or ‘Khoris’ in Khoekhoegowab, the Damara language), which are found in Damaraland. This shrub grows approximately 3m tall and has succulent leaves sought after by the desert elephant which roams the Kunene region. The Damara use the plant to make a potent beer.
Khorixas used to be the capital of Damaraland, but after Namibia's independence Damaraland was incorporated into the Kunene region, with Opuwo as the administrative capital.
The town is home to the Damara people who keep small livestock like goats and sheep, unemployment is high.
|Address :||Damaraland, Namibia|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)67 331 003|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+264(0)67 335 100|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+264(0)67 335 100|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||LRP/ULP|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Internet Cafe, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Game Drives, Tours and Excursions, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Donkey Cart Drives, Fishing, Swimming, Bird Watching, Stargazing, Photography|
There are several good lodges, game farms and camping facilities in the surrounding area.
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 accepted at most fuel stops in the larger and touristy towns. Just always take extra cash with in case they only accept cash!
Phone the hospital if you need to see a doctor. Private doctors only come in from Otjiwarongo on certain days.
The C35 from Khorixas to Kamanjab is good gravel road, but can also be corrugated, that you can traverse with a 2X4WD, and then tarred from Kamanjab to Ruacana.
Travellers should be very cautious crossing the dry riverbeds of the ephemeral Unib and Ugab Rivers during the rainy season as flash floods can occur. You’ll encounter many dry riverbed crossings while exploring the tourist attractions in the area so it’s best to deflate your tyres a bit before you set out for the day.
SHOPS & SERVICES:
Khorixas itself is not a touristy town but you will be able to stock-up and find basic facilities.
An OK Foods is now in town, and is quite well stocked. (Jan-2019).
If you enjoy hiking, you must experience the Brandberg hiking trail and visit the famous ‘White Lady’ San painting.
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