Namibia :: Kavango
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Rundu lies on the border with Angola; this fast-growing town is the capital of the Kavango region as well as its administrative centre and main economic hub. While not a particularly scenic spot, its location on the Okavango River allows for some beautiful waterfront views.
The B10, which runs west from Rundu to Oshikango/Ondangwa, is a wide single-lane, dual-traffic highway, as is the B8, which runs east to Katima Mulilo and south to Grootfontein. Due to its location, Rundu has always been a gathering point for local men seeking work; from here they would be bussed to farms and mines of central Namibia. This exodus of young locals from the Kavango region to urban centres continues to this day. The military base was built in 1972 while South West Africa was under South African occupation, these days it's used by the Namibian Defence Force.
|Address :||Ovamboland, Namibia|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||MTC. LEO|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+264(0)66 266 300|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+264(0)66 265 500|
|Doctor :||Yes||Doctor Telephone :||+264(0)66 255 803|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||LRP/ULP|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Type :||50ppm|
|Towing Service :||Yes|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Other Facilities :||Auto Spares. Public Toilets. Government Services. Bar/s. Fast Food.|
|Game Viewing, Tours and Excursions, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing, Boat Trips, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights, Photography|
|Closest Town :||Rundu|
Rundu has good accommodation offered in and around town.
The office hours for the Rundu border post are 06h00-18h00. The Rundu border crossing isn’t suitable for overlanders as there’s only a motorboat crossing for pedestrians to Calai, Angola.
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!
Rundu has no less than seven doctors and the Rundu Medical Centre is an impressive private facility offering most medical services under one roof. Their contact number is +264(0)66 267 233.
Bon’s Coffee Shop on the 1st floor of the Rundu Medical Center is recommendable.
MBUNZA LIVING MUSEUM:
A visit to the Mbunza Living Museum 14km west of Rundu is worthwhile. Here visitors can experience everything about the everyday life of the Mbunza, the local Kavango people. Activities to be observed include fishing, land cultivation, traditional cuisine and fi re making as well as specialised techniques like basket and mat weaving, blacksmithing, pottery and the making of drums.
MECHANICAL & TOW-INS:
The Tow-in service is provided by Kavango Mechanical Services (+264(0)81 129 1252), speak to Chris van Zyl.
Several local restaurants serve traditional food, including mahangu, ground nuts, stewed meats, and fish from the Kavango river.
Rundu is a bustling town and you should anticipate an element of petty crime - be vigilant of opportunists who target vehicle contents. If you do have any problems or feel particularly uncomfortable you can contact the Tourism Task Force (Police Inspector Eben Muyambo +264(0)81 247 1018) directly.
The town has several big retail outlets like Shoprite, Pick ‘n Pay, Spar, Pep, OK Foods and Woermann Brock, so stocking up is a pleasure.
FlyNamibia, owned by Westair, now flies to Rundu.
The regular flights are on Tuesday and Thursday but by visiting their website there are sometimes additional flights scheduled.
Rundu is home to many woodcarvers and you’ll fi nd a woodcarvers’ market near the big open market.
You can’t take raw meat or unpasteurised milk from Rundu to Grootfontein because of the vet fence at Mururani. While Rundu is known for its beautiful wood carvings, curios made of wood are not allowed past the Mururani control point, unless you have a permit from the Department of Forestry in Rundu.
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