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The Central Region is edged by two deserts, the Namib desert to the West and the Kalahari to the East. Traveling north one perceives that the region is rich in mineral wealth and animal life, while southwards there is a vast plain of scrub and rock.
The Central Region is dominated by Namibia's capital, Windhoek. As it has an international airport, Windhoek is a convenient point for overseas tourists to begin or end their tours, as
well as providing a good base for local excursions.
Main tourist attractions include:
- Arnhem Cave - about 100km south east of Windhoek and the airport
- Daan Viljoen Game Park
- west of Windhoek
- Gross-Barmen Hot Springs Resort - west of Okahandja
- The Gamsberg - south west of Windhoek on road C26
- The city of Windhoek
- Von Bach Recreation Resort - outside Okhandja
There are a number of recreation resorts and guest farms close enough to Windhoek for day and weekend excursions. These include the Daan Viljoen Game Park, Gross-Barmen Hot Springs Resort, Von Bach Recreation Resort, 65 km to the north at Okahandja and the Reho Spa Recreation Resort in Rehoboth, 90 km on the B1 south of Windhoek.
There are many guest farms in the Central Region offering visitors a bush experience of which several are close to Windhoek.Dordabis
The small town of Dordabis at the end of the tarred C23 has in recent years attracted the attention of several artists and craftspeople, especially weavers, who came to live here. Weavers include the Ibenstein weaving workshop, Karamat on the farm Beenbreck and African Kirikara Art with its workshop on the farm Kiripotib, which is also a guest farm.
Most of the guest farms in the area around Dordabis and Gobabis promote hunting and not only game viewing.Okahandja
Okahandja, 72km north of Windhoek has a deep historical significance for the Herero people. Every year, usually on the last Sunday in August, they gather together for their annual pilgrimage to the graves of their ancestors buried in the town. On the outskirts of the town there is a large open-air arts and crafts market.
The Gross Barmen Hot Springs Resort north of town with its large indoor thermal bath and open-air swimming-pool has a restful atmosphere. Visitors enjoy bathing in the warm, mineral-rich waters. Accommodation includes furnished air-conditioned luxury units as well as small bungalows.Karibib
The small town of Karibib on the main route between Windhoek and Swakopmund is known for its marble quarries and wide selection of gemstones. The Navachab Gold Mine has contributed to the prosperity of the town which has two hotels and several guest farms in the area. Usakos
The Erongo Mountains north of Usakos contain many fine specimen of rock paintings, the most well known being the White Elephant in the Phillips Cave on the guest farm Ameib Ranch.This can only be reached on foot and it takes about 45 minutes to walk there. >
Rising abruptly from the arid Namib plain is the Spitzkoppe, home of a number of rock paintings, and its volcanic mountain peaks which reach a height of 1829m is a challenge to mountaineers.Omaruru
From Omaruru, a pretty town east of the spectacular Erongo Mountains, the road to the north passes through Kalkfeld. Dinosaur footprints, a cluster of small, shallow depressions in the rock face, can be seen on the farm Otjihaenamaparero which is 29 km from the town. Judged to be between 150 and 185 million years old, the footprints have been declared a national monument.Rehoboth
On B1 south of Windhoek, was established by settlers of mixed parentage. The history of the Baster people is documented in the Rehoboth museum. The Reho Spa Recreation Resort is situated south of Rehoboth.