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Gobabis

Towns in Namibia

Gobabis is a small town situated on the route from Windhoek to Botswana, some 110km from the Buitepos Border post with Botswana and around 205km from the capital city. The name is Khoi-Khoi for 'the place of strife' but interestingly enough a slight misspelling favoured by the locals (Gobbabis) would change the meaning to 'a drinking place of elephants' probably a reference to the nearby Swart-Nossob River.

The town is in the heart of the prosperous cattle farming area, and is considered to be the capital of eastern Namibia. It is also known as the 'Little Texas' of Namibia, in fact Gobabis is so proud of it's cattle farming, that a statue of a large bull with the inscription 'Welcome to Cattle Country' greets visitors to the town.

Like many other towns in Namibia, Gobabis developed around a mission station, which was established in 1856 by Friederich Eggert of the Rhenish Missionary Society. In the latter half of the 1800's and the early 1900's several conflicts flared up between the Mbanderu and the Khauas Khoikhoi, as well as between the settlers and the indigenous people. The Gobabis district was proclaimed by the German authorities in February 1894 and in June the following year was occupied by a German garrison. While the military fort, built in 1896/7, has long since disappeared, one of the few buildings dating back to that era is the field hospital, or Lazarette, which has been declared a national monument.

Of special interest is the Gobabis Museum on the outskirts of the town, where a variety of old agricultural implements are displayed in the grounds, as are a collection of historic artifact's in the museum itself, which is opened on request. Gobabis has all the usual amenities associated with a small town including a selection of accommodation establishments, shops, restaurants and bars, petrol stations, banks, (with ATM's) and medical facilities.

  • Gobabis: Cattle
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