Ovamboland, Former homeland of the Ovambo people, situated north of the Etosha Pan, was divided into the districts of Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto post Namibian independence and is nowadays known as the "Four O Region". More than half of Namibia’s entire population, almost a million people, live here on just 6% of the Namibian territory.
The landscape is flat, monotonous and dotted with settlements. Mopane, Marula and Wild Fig trees turn up occassionally between the fields and the kraals and one can also find Makalani palm trees here (symbol of the Ovambo area). After heavy rains in the region, many little lakes and ponds form. The water comes from the Cuvelai River reaching from the north to the Etosha Pan
Since independence, the government has endeavored to settle industry in the north, create jobs and improve the poor infrastructure. Pre independence, tourists totally ignored the area but now, tourism is beginning to emerge.
Ondangwa, a typical African village with roadside restaurants, cooldrink shops in shacks and a lively market.
The biggest town in the Four O Region is Oshakati, 35 km north of Ondangwa. This town is still authentically African.
Things you might consider doing:
- Some kilometres south of the town, in Olukonda, lies the Finnish mission station Nakambale. The thatched mission church built in the year 1889, is the oldest church in the north and is today a National Monument.
- Etosha National Park
- Ruacana Water Falls
Local Dialect: Oshvambo
161 916 – Oshana Region
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Local Contact Information
Ondangwa Airport, Ondangwe Main Road
Ondangwa Airport (OND)
Ondangwa-Oshakati Main Road
Tel: +264 65-240655
Fax: +264 65-240656
Mobile: +264-811 22 7285
Tel. +264 61 299 6163
Fax. +264 61 299 6198
Lost and Found
Tel. +264 61 299 6099 / 6100
Fax. +264 61 299 6626