Otavi

T he small towns of Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumeb demarcate the so-called Maize Triangle, a relatively high-rainfall area with a flourishing agriculture sector centred mainly around the cultivation of maize and lucerne, some of which is under irrigation.

While the town itself doesn’t offer much in terms of tourist attractions, the surroundings do.

The Khorab Memorial – about 3 km from Otavi and dating back to the First World War – marks the spot where a ceasefire was signed at Khorab on 9 July, 1915.

On the farm Ghaub, 35 km north-east of Otavi, a historical mission station built in 1895 was converted into Guest Farm Ghaub. There is much of interest in the surroundings, including the Ghaub Caves, remarkable for their stalactites, and Bushman paintings, which have been declared a national monument.

The Fourways Stopover at the intersection leading to Tsumeb and Grootfontein hosts a refuelling station, car wash, biltong shop and butchery, takeaway outlet, chicken-and-chips shop, pizzeria, fresh vegetable market, and a small nursery. There are also braai facilities for truckers, and the Camel Inn Restaurant and Bar, which is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guest Farm Ghaub. Photo ©Guest Farm Ghaub

Helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris). Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk

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