Keetmanshoop Tourist Attractions Namibia
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 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.
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.
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.
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.