Namibia :: North Namibia
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OKAHANDJA IS A HISTORIC TOWN, founded around 1800 by two tribes, the Herero and the Nama. The name means ‘The place where two rivers join’, the two rivers being the Okakango and the Okumita, both of which only flow after good summer rains.
In 1827 the first European, a German pastor, visited and in 1844 two missionaries were permanently assigned here. After a long period of conflict between the local tribes, a big battle took place between the Herero and Nama groups in 1850 at what is today known as Moordkoppie (translation: murder hill). In 1872 the Rhenish Mission Society founded a mission station and a military post was established in Okahandja in 1894, which is recognized as the town’s official founding date.
Okahandja is an important town for the Herero people and the traditional burial place for their chiefs; Maharero day is celebrated annually at the end of August. On this day thousands of Hereros come to Okahandja to pay tribute to their fallen heroes. They make a grand procession, featuring brightly-coloured traditional dresses, military outfits and prancing horses.
|Address :||Central Namibia, Namibia|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)62 503 013|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+264(0)62 503 030|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+264(0)81 144 4911|
|Tourist Information :||Yes|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||LRP/ULP|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone :||+264(0)62 504 250|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
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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!
At the Agra.
SHOPS & SERVICES:
Major shops for travellers include Spar and Woolworths as well as Agra.
The Biltong Padstal, found as you enter on the B2 from Swakopmund, is worth a stop and is open all year round.
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