Namibia :: Central Namibia
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Mariental was founded in 1912 as a railway stop between Windhoek and Keetmanshoop. It's one of the main towns of south-central Namibia and serves as a business centre for the surrounding commercial cattle farms. For travellers passing through on the B1 highway it offers good facilities and services.
The Hardap Game Reserve 45km west of Mariental is home to several bird and large mammal species. It encloses Namibia’s largest dam, the Hardap Dam, which is situated on the Fish River. With a surface area of 25km², the dam is a popular angling destination and home to a successful freshwater fish institute.
Hendrik Witbooi, the Nama leader during the War of Resistance (1904-1907) against German rule, had his home in Gibeon, a small village 65km south of Mariental. The town is better known for the discovery of large pieces of the 15+ ton Gibeon meteorite. These pieces are on display in the Post Street Mall in Windhoek.
|Address :||Central Namibia, Namibia|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)63 345 000|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+264(0)63 245 250|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+264(0)63 242 007|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||LRP/ULP||Petrol Price Index :||10,29 NAD (Apr-2012)|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Type :||50ppm Diesel||Diesel Price Index :||10,67 NAD (Apr-2012)|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone:||+264(0)81 250 1774|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Notes on Activities:||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
Camping as well as self-catering accommodation is offered at the nearby Hardap Game Reserve.
The nearby Hardap Game Reserve is a very popular destination amongst locals and tourists alike. Activities like game drives, bird watching, guided walks and boat trips are available.
Gas can be refilled at Von Watzdorf Hardware or Agra.
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!
SHOPS & SERVICES:
The town offers all the facilities and services a traveller may need before heading off into the surrounding Namib and Kalahari deserts. The local Spar is well stocked with supplies and has its own bakery and Tops liquor store next door.
Hardap Dam is home to the largest breeding colony of pelicans in Namibia, a species listed as vulnerable in Southern Africa.
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