S ituated south of Gobabis, Leonardville is a small town that used to be the main settlement of the Kai | khauan sub-tribe of the Orlam Nama until their military defeats against the Schutztruppe in1894 and 1896.

Further south, in the vicinity of Mariental, the C20 heads east into the Kalahari Desert towards the small cattle town of Aranos, where the popular Aranos Hotel was recently comprehensively renovated. En route it passes Stampriet, a small settlement where, sustained by artesian water flowing in from the Kalahari, fruit and vegetables are cultivated. At Stampriet, the C15 heads south along the Auob River towards Gochas. Along this route lie a number of battle sites and memorials dating back to the 1904–1907 war of resistance against the Germans.


Traditional Nama dancing. Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk


Donkey carts and horses are the 4×4’s of rural Namibia. Photo ©Ron Swilling


A Nama man with a kudu horn, traditionally used as a musical instrument. Photo ©Ron Swilling

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