Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions Namibia

Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions Namibia

  • Rhenish Mission Church, Keetmanshoop
    Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions
    The Rhenish Mission Society played an important part in the development of Keetmanshoop, where Nama Kaptein Tseib and his followers had settled in 1866. More Info
  • Old Post Office Building, Keetmanshoop
    Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions
    In 1908, Gottlieb Redecker, the official builder of the German colonial government’s Works Department, drew up plans for a new post office building in Keetmanshoop. More Info
  • Brukkaros Krater
    Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions
    Brukkaros is 'n rustende vulkaan op 'n 100km afstand noordnoordwes van Keetmanshoop in Namibië. More Info
  • Johanniter Haus - Die ou Klip Hospitaal
    Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions
    Die ou hospitaal op Keetmanshoop wat deur die Johanniter Orde gebou is, vier sy 100ste bestaansjaar. Die gebou huisves vandag die kantore van die Ministerie van die Omgewing en Toerisme. More Info
  • Sure, you’ll see quiver trees, Aloe dichotoma, all over southern Namibia, but it’s the sheer numer and size of the distinctive forked aloes found amoung the jungle of massive dolerite boulders on the Gariganuns farm outside Keetmanshoop... More Info
  • Eagle Monument, Keetmanshoop
    Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions
    The “Eagle Monument” in Keetmanshoop commemorates the German soldiers who were killed in the Herero and Nama wars in 1897, 1903 and 1906-1907 respectively. More Info

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Keetmanshoop Information

Keetmanshoop Namibia - Also known as the Capital of the South offers convenient accommodation to travelers and also has a rich history.

Tourism Attraction and places to see in Keetmanshoop (Text and photos by Willem Kotze)

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The quiver tree is the symbol of the south. In earlier times the San used the branches to make quivers for their arrows – hence the name. Around Keetmanshoop there are several groves of this type of aloe. 

‘Quiver Tree Forests’ worth a visit can be found at farm Gariganus, north-east of Keetmanshoop on the C 17 to/from Koës. At farm Gariganus a site has been named ‘Giants’ Playground. 

Quiver trees are also to be found at Garas Park Rest Camp, north of Keetmanshoop on the B1 road.

The 'Mesosaurus Fossil Site', 42 km north-east of Keetmanshoop on the road to Koës, is less known but no less impressive. Fossilized skeletons, about 50 cm long, of the Mesosaurus tenuidens are imprinted in slate. The reptile, which vaguely resembles a crocodile, lived about 260million years ago in a huge lake.

The crater of the Brukkaros massif near Berseba looks like an extinct volcano. It is assumed, however, that it is the result of a subterranean explosion which caused a hollow under the surface to cave in. Brukkaros can be ascended from the southern rim of the crater. A path leads into the crater and to the ruins of a former research station, located at about 1,590 m above sea level.

Brukaros Crater

With a capacity of about 69 million cubic metres, Naute Dam south-west of Keetmanshoop is the country’s third largest dam. It is also a bird sanctuary. In the nature reserve on the southern shores there are several beautiful inlets for swimming.

Naute Dam

The Fish River Canyon in the lower course of the ephemeral river with the same name is one of southern Namibia’s main attractions. It cuts through the seemingly enormous scenery of the Nama Karoo which is criss-crossed by the courses of other ephemeral rivers, lined by vegetation. Characteristic plants are euphorbia, quiver trees and small shrubs.

Fish River Canyon

East of Aus the remains of a Prisoner Of War Camp can be found which was set up in 1915 for German soldiers by the South African forces. In Aus itself there is an Information Centre for visitors.

Aus prisoner of war camp

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