Windhoek, Dordabis, Rehoboth,Kalkrand, Maltahohe, Mariental, Aranos, Gochas
Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, Leibig Haus, Von Francois Fort, Bitterwasser Pan, Hardap Dam
The Central Region is home to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. This large modern city boasts a mic of modern and old colonial architecture. The Christuskirche, Tintenpalast, Reiterdenkmal, and Alte Feste the city centre use to remind one of the German presences established in the 1900s. Windhoek is a lush, hilly, and clean city with warm and friendly people. One can easily spend two or three days in Windhoek.
Because of the high altitude, Windhoek can get extremely cold at night, especially in winter. The landscapes around Windhoek mainly consists of dense Acacia growth and swaying grass which appears white in the late afternoon sun.
Attractions worth a visit near Windhoek are the German War graves, Leibig Haus, Von Francois Fort and Hero’s’ Acre.
Guided Walking/Driving city tours available.
Close to Windhoek you may experience scenic hiking trails at the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve. The Bitterwasser Pan, south-east of Windhoek is about 3km wide and used as a glider port during summer months.
At Arnhem Cave, east of Windhoek one may find six different species of bats. In 1930 farmers extracted tons of bat guano from the cave to utilise as an alternative fertilizer.
Albeit small, Aranos reached town status in 2010. The town is surrounded with red sands of the Kalahari, and is near the border between Namibia and Botswana.
Dordabis is a small village in the central region of Namibia and lies approximately 80km south-east of the capital. The village mostly serves the nearby farming community and has a school for the farmworkers’ children.
In its high days, Maltahohe was a centre for karakul sheep farming and after the end of the German colonial era in South-West Africa the settlement became a small hub for tourism, serving as gateway to popular destinations like Sossusvlei, Solitaire, Sesriem and Duwisib castle. The Maltahohe Hotel was founded in 1907and is the oldest country hotel in Namibia. The town is a centre for sheep and cattle farming and provides supplies to surrounding farms.
After heavy rains you may be lucky to see lilies blooming at Leliepan. (approx 35km north ) They normally bloom for 7 days during February.
274 kms south of Windhoek is Mariental. This is one of the main towns in south-central Namibia. Founded in 1912 this was a railway stop between Windhoek and Keetmanshoop. Sitting aside the main road onto the Kalahari and Namib Desert, Mariental also services the needs of farmers from the surrounding flourishing commercial farms.
Nearby is the Hardap Dam, which is the largest reservoir in Namibia, has been developed as a popular sport and holiday resort for tourist, campers, water-skiers and anglers.
In 1845 a German missionary was established among the resident Nama (Khoikhoi) at what is today known as the town Rehoboth. Orlam Afrikaners migrated out of the Cape Colony in 1868 and were granted permission to settle at Rehoboth. Today the majority of the town population consist of Basters (meaning mixed race) who are descendants of the Nama and Afrikaners. Rehoboth is set on a plateau in dense Acacia woodland with several hot-water springs. When coming from the south, the lush green grassland surroundings are beautiful.