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Otjiwarongo is a large town and the biggest business centre for the Otjozondjupa Region. It is situated in central-north Namibia, lying on the Trans-Namib Railway and its location is at a crossroads for the railway and the B1 road, with links between Windhoek, the Golden Triangle of Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein, as well as Etosha National Park. Another interest to tourists is it's convenient proximity with Waterberg National Park. The name Otjiwarongo means 'Pleasant Place' or 'Where Fat Cattle Graze' in Otjiherero.

As with many other Namibian towns, Otjiwarongo developed around a Rhenish missionary station, after an 1891 treaty between German missionaries and the Herero Chief Kanbazembi. A German military garrison arrived in 1904 and the town was officially founded in 1906, with the implementation of a narrow-gauge railway from Swakopmund to the mines at Otavi and Tsumeb.

This area is also known as the cheetah capital of the world. Okonjima Main Camp and it's satellite lodges and camps are only 50 miles away, committed to the long-term conservation of Namibia's large carnivore's, notably cheetah and leopards. Accommodation at these camps is of a high standard and guests are always enthralled by close up viewings of the big cats.

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is also based in Otjiwarongo. Another important conservation project in the area is the Bushblock project. Operated by the CCF the project cuts down invader bush then compacts it into brick sized logs. The logs make excellent fuel and burn at a high temperature for up to an hour and a half.

An unusual attraction is Namibia's first croc farm, The Crocodile Ranch, one of the few captive breeding programs for the Nile Crocodile, and is registered with CITES. The ranch exports the skins, but sells the meat locally.

The hotels all have bars and restaurants with take-away facilities in and around the main street. The town has all the usual amenities associated with a large town, including shops, petrol stations, banks and ATM's, pharmacies, accommodation providers and a hospital. It is also a favourite refreshment stop for the many accommodated and camping tours en-route to Etosha National Park.

Also in town is Locomotive 41, originally bought from Germany to haul ore between Tsumeb and the port at Swakopmund. It was retired from service in 1960 when the 0.6 narrow gauge was replaced with a 1.067m gauge.

To the south of Otjiwarongo are the twin peaks of the Omatako Mountains. (Omatako is Herero for buttocks!)

  • Otjiwarongo: Traditional Dress
  • Otjiwarongo: Fat Cattle?
  • Otjiwarongo: Cheetah
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AloeGrove Safari Lodge

A small private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo

Babson House at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)

Lodging located on the property used by the Heetah Conservation Fund, this is an excellent option if you want to learn about cheetah conservation

Bush Pillow Guest House

A friendly well run guest house in the town of Otjiwarongo

Camp Elephant | Erindi

Self catering units on a large, well stocked, private game reserve

C'est Si Bon Hotel

Mid sized hotel in Otjiwarongo offering both lodge & hotel style accommodation. All the usual facilities including a pool, air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant

Erindi Game Reserve | Old Traders Lodge

A large, well stocked, privately owned game reserve. Excellent for sightings of wild dogs and other endangered species

Frans Indongo Lodge

Situated to the north of the Waterberg Plateau (which is unusual as most lodges are toward the south) this highly recommenced lodge offers spacious comfortable rooms and plenty of activities

Mount Etjo Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in Namibia, Mount Etjo has seen several historic events including the signing of an agreement pivotal to Namibia gaining independence. Still offers good quality accommodation and game drives

Okonjima Bush Camp

Without a doubt one of the best lodges in Namibia, add leopard and cheetah viewing to stunning accommodation and well prepared meals and this place is a complete winner

Okonjima Bush Suite

A private two bed room suite, comes complete with own swimming pool, lounge and kitchen. Private chef and meals can be arranged or guests can visit Bush Camp

Okonjima Plains Camp

The 'entry level' camp at Okonjima offers all the same great cats experiences as the other lodges in the portfolio. A one of a type not to be missed Namibian experience

Okonjima Villa

Large private complex, includes all modern luxuries. Enjoyed by international movie stars and corporate moguls - but available to any group wanting to stay!

Otjiwa Safari Lodge

a variety of accommodation options - ranging from large self catering villas to double rooms. Just a few kilometers south of Otjiwarongo

Wabi Lodge

A large game farm which numbers the rare White Rhino amongst its species.

Waterberg Guest Farm

Small 8 room guest farm with an emphasis on conserving the natural eco-systems

Waterberg Rest Camp

The NWR run camp situated on the slopes of the plateau. Fairly standard and slightly overpriced accommodation, the old police station which has been converted to a restaurant is a scenic (if not taste) highlight.

Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

Excellent choice for walking and visiting the highlights of the area

Waterberg Wilderness Plateau Lodge

On the same property aw the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge but situated higher up the mountain offering excellent views

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