Outjo | Gateway to Etosha, Koakoveld and Damaraland

Vinger Klip or Finger Rock outside Outjo. Leigh KempVinger Klip or Finger Rock outside Outjo. Leigh Kemp

The northern town of Outjo is situated in the centre of Namibia on the B1 road and is the ideal place to use as a based while exploring some of Namibia's top tourist attractions; Etosha, Damaraland and the Skeleton Coast. Outjo: Namiba's Gateway to Etosha, Kaokoveld and Damaraland

Situated in the north of Namibia on the B1 road just 320 kilometres (198.8 miles) from the country's capital city; Windhoek, Outjo is a quaint small town. Often used simply as a stopover point, many people drive through the town and miss the beauty and attractiveness of the town.

Home to around 6 000 people the town is nestled amongst small hills and offers all the major conveniences for visitors en route to some of Namibia's major tourism attractions. Originally founded as a small military base, today the city centre offers visitors a choice of banks, a hospital, supermarkets and petrol stations as well as a gorgeous German style bakery called the Bäckerei Outjo.

There are a number of buildings and places of interest to see while staying in this quaint Namibian town including the Naulila Monument, the Windmill Tower and the Outjo Museum, all of which stand testament to the rich and interesting history of the town and the area surrounding it.

Etosha

Etosha's abundant wildlife

Animals at an Etosha waterhole

Home to over 114 species of mammals, the game rich safari park; Etosha National Park [link to Etosha] is located just 2.5 hours drive from the city making it the ideal base should you want to stay outside of the national park and simply visit it for a day excursion.

Kaokoveld

Mist over Epupa Falls

Mist over the Epupa Falls on the Kunene River

Stretching up from Outjo towards the border of Angola, the Kaokoveld is the rugged coastal desert area of northern Namibia that is popular for 4X4 excursions and game viewing. The Kaokoveld area is largely inaccessible by sedan and 2X4 vehicles and visitors are advised to only transverse this area in fully equipped expedition vehicles.

Home to the Himba people, a visit to the Kaokoveld region provides travellers with a fantastic insight into the culture and life of Namibia's indigenous people. A 5 hour drive from Outjo, visitors can take guided day and overnight tours to the visit the Himba people.

Damaraland

View over Damaraland

Dunes of Damaraland

Home to some of Namibia's more fascinating attractions such as the rock engravings at Twylfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and the Petrified Forest, Damaraland is the region in Namibia that stretches up from Swakopmund in the south all the way up for the border of Angola and inland for 200 kilometres (124 miles).

by Katie Edge

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. Damaraland

Twyfelfontein Country Lodges setting. Damaraland

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