a town in Namibia
Around 90km south of Windhoek is the historical town of Rehoboth, set in a dense acacia woodland of camel thorn, sweet-thorn and candle-pod acacia, but with several natural hot-springs. Many travellers pass through this town on their way to Sossusvlei, Hardap Dam, Fish River Canyon and on to Namibia's other main southern tourist attractions.
The main inhabitants of the town are the Baster community, the descendants of people of mixed parentage who trekked across the Orange River under their leader Hermanus van Wyk, and settled at Rehoboth in 1870. The town is divided into 7 neighbourhoods, called blocks.
The history of the Rehoboth Basters is recorded in the Rehoboth Museum, where their cultural heritage and archaeological finds in the area, such as an open-air burial site, are recorded. A camel-thorn tree referred to as the Kaptein's Tree was the venue for the meetings of the Kapteinsraad, an equivalent of the Chief's Council, in earlier times.
Just west of Rehoboth (6km) is the Oanob Dam, which supplies Rehoboth with fresh water. This is also the site for the Lake Oanob Resort and Game Reserve, a favoured venue for day and weekend outings for locals and tourists alike, especially birdwatchers and water-sport enthusiasts. There are picnic places with barbecue facilities, a restaurant, bungalows and a number of walking trails around the dam. Another popular attraction for tourists and locals is the Reho-Spa which offers a heated indoor pool and outdoor pool.
An area of around 8,400ha referred to as the Acacia Forest and well known for its large camel-thorn trees (some are estimated to be 2 000 years old) lies within the municipal boundaries of Rehoboth.
Public amenities include a number of lodges in and around the town, a tourism centre, church, post office, market, bank, petrol station, primary and secondary schools, a district court and shops. The town is also served by Rehoboth railway station.
A selection of rooms and bungalows surround this large lake. This is a good place to stay if you are looking for complete relaxation, perhaps at the end of the trip before driving to the Windhoek International Airport (which is about 1.5 hours drive away)