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Town Small Sesfontein

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Located in Namibia :: Kaokoland  :: Sesfontein Area
Category: Places :: Town Small


Sesfontein's name is derived from the six fountains located in the vicinity. A well-known landmark is the old German
fort, Fort Sesfontein, which has graves from the First World War. The fort's many palm trees were planted by the German
police officers who were stationed here to combat weapon smuggling as well as elephant and rhino poaching. Today the fort is
a historical monument which has been rebuilt and equipped to accommodate tourists.

Traveller Description

The area around Sesfontein and Puros is very popular because of the fountains, hot springs and beautiful landscape. There are many off-road riverbed trails which are often frequented by desert elephants. Lion still roam the area along with other game. Spoil yourself with a swim in the Ongongo Hot Spring, 27km east of Sesfontein. After a few days’ hard travelling the lukewarm water which cascades over a waterfall into a crystal-clear pool will invigorate you. Although it's possible to reach the spring with a sedan vehicle with high clearance, a 4x4 is
recommended as the 6km off-road track from Warmquelle is rough and very rocky in parts, sandy in others, and at one point you have to cross a dry riverbed.
Visit the Khowarib traditional Himba village. They will allow you to take photos for a set fee.

Address :  Kaokoland, Namibia
Website :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Intermittent Main Cellular Network :  MTC

Destination Information
Police Tourist Information Office Petrol Diesel Basic Food Supplies Lodging Camping Airstrip Tyre Repair Mechanical Repair Towing Service
Police Telephone :  +264(0)65 275 515
Towing Service Telephone :  +264(0)81 129 7490 (Polka 24hr services)
Petrol Type :  LRP/ULP

Travelling Information

Fort Sesfontein Lodge offers guided off-road day trips as well as local guides for those who prefer to use their own vehicles.

There is no hospital only a clinic the number: Try: +264(0)65 275 511. No tow-in in the area but Polka 24hr services this area they are based in Okahandja: Try: +264(0)81 129 7490. Alternative tow-in numbers to try: +264 (0)62 500 132 / +264 (0)62 504 250.

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!

If you want to traverse Robbies Pass to Kaoko Otavi to visit the Dorsland Trekker remains, you should budget 5 to 6 hours travel time as the drive is difficult with extremely slow rock-crawling.

 Travel Tip!

The dry riverbeds can become very wet and muddy during the rainy season and extremely dusty during the dry season. As you get into the dry Hoanib Riverbed from Sesfontein, make sure all your windows are closed against the penetrating powder dust. On the popular Hoarusib Riverbed trail, you should stay on the main tracks because there are some spots with deep soft mud. On both tracks you can expect very deep sand, so you must lower your tyre pressures. Visiting here in a single vehicle is very risky unless you are an experienced off-road driver with good recovery gear.

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