Southern Africa, Part VIII – Okahandja, Namibia

On our way back to Windhoek after our stay in Otjiwarongo we first stopped in Omaruru and later on in Karibib. You can read more about these places in our previous blog post. After a very short stop in Karibib we continued onward toward Windhoek, but we did decide to make a short visit to the town of Okahandja, which was on the way to the capital.

Baboons, Okahandja, Namibia

Okahandja

We stopped shortly in quaint Okahandja to see what this medium-sized town had to offer. It also goes by the nickname Garden Town of Namibia, although it’s an industrial town. It was once more Google Maps who led the way and we headed towards the German Fort that we saw on the map. Arriving there we found that it had been converted into a military museum. Once more our thought destination was closed and it didn’t look like the museum ever had been open. We were at least able to see a tank that had been parked on the field outside before continuing onward, circulating with the car to see if we would find something of interest.

Okahandja is famous for its craft markets that can be found next to the two roads leading into the city. But we did not feel like stopping, as we had already visited a craft marked in Umaruru.

Military Museum, Okahandja, NamibiaMilitary Tank, Okahandja, NamibiaMilitary Museum, Okahandja, Namibia

Von Bach Dam Nature Reserve

From Okahandja we continued to the Von Bach Dam Nature Reserve just outside of the town. After a few minutes of driving we reached a gravel road that looked like it was leading nowhere. There was a just a very steep hill. But once we had made it up the hill, we soon arrived at the gates of the Von Bach Dam Nature Reserve. Here we paid a small entrance fee. Apparently they thought that I looked Namibian, as they charged us the price for the locals and not the tourist price.

We drove the short distance to the edge of the dam and went to stretch our legs for some time. There was not so much to see on the side of the dam that we had ended up at. But it was a nice view and it was the first time during our time in Namibia that we actually saw water in a lake. All other lakes and rivers we had seen seen next to the roads had been dry. Apparently the dam is a very popular spot among locals for water sports, angling and bird-watching.

Von Bach Dam Nature Reserve, Dam, Okahandja, NamibiaVon Bach Dam Nature Reserve, Dam, Okahandja, Namibia

Back at Arebbusch Guest Lodge

After the stop in Okahandja and at Von Bach Dam Nature Reserve we continued back towards Windhoek. Back on the B1 we headed to the capital and were there in almost no time at all.

We were once more staying at the Arebbusch Guest Lodge in Windhoek. This is the same accommodation that we had our first night in Namibia and we actually ended up in the small house just next to the previous one. Again we had dinner at the restaurant, hamburgers this time. After a long day of driving it was not long before we ended up in bed, sleeping soundly. We still had one day left in Namibia to look forward to.

Here you can read more about Okahandja >>


This post belongs to a series about our trip to South Africa and Namibia. Read the previous parts by clicking on the links below:

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