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Otavi is a small agricultural town in northern Namibia, as well as being the name of a constituency of Otjozondjupa Province. It lies in a pleasant wooded and fertile plain, beneath the towering Otavi Mountains. It's name is derived from the Herero word 'ondavi' meaning 'branch of a tree.'

The towns of Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein define an area known as the 'Otavi Triangle' also known as the Otavi Mountain land. These 3 towns that define the triangle are approximately 60km from each other, hence the name. This geographical region is also referred to as the 'Golden Triangle' or the 'Maize Triangle' owing to the cultivation of maize in the area. The district was in the past known for it's mineral wealth, but most of the deposits have been exhausted, although it still functions as a copper-mining and farming centre.

On July 1st 1915, the German Army was defeated at Otavi by South African troops and on July 9th they surrendered nearby and signed the Khorab Peace Treaty. (A common occurrence in Teutonic Southern African history apparently!) The Khorab Memorial (1920) is a testimony to this event, and can be found a few miles outside of Otavi.

Accommodation in the Otavi area is largely limited to lodges in the surrounding countryside. Otavi is often used as a refreshment stop when heading towards Etosha National Park. There are a few shops, bank, petrol stations in the town.

  • Otavi: Khorab Memorial
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Dornhugel Guest Farm

Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia

Fiume Lodge

Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Gabus Game Ranch

Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders

Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm

Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves are an excellent opportunity to get dirty while exploring a fascinating cave system - the lodge provides a guide and necessary equipment

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge

Khorab Safari Lodge

A convenient stop close to Otavi

Kupferquelle Resort

Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and Olympic sized pool in Tsumeb

Makalani Hotel

Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.

Minen Hotel

A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.


Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide

Ohange Lodge

10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi

Paradise Rest camp

a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region

Peace Garden Lodge

Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein

Roy's Camp

An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation

!Uris Safari Lodge

Situated 20km west of Tsumeb

Zum Potjie

Between Otavi and Tsumeb.

Accommodation in Namibia