Otjiwarongo is one of Namibia’s historic towns, founded in 1906 with the arrival of the narrow-gauge railway stretching from the coastal town of Swakopmund to the mines at Otavi and Tsumeb. It serves as a handy jump-off point for travellers en route to the game-rich Etosha National Park and the Waterberg Plateau.
The area is renowned for its thriving cheetah population that roam the reserves and game farms. Okonjima Nature Reserve houses the AfriCat Foundation, rehabilitating Africa’s big cats and allowing visitors to view these carnivores in their natural environment. Track leopard on foot and watch them stalk their prey. The Crocodile Ranch is Namibia’s first crocodile farm and one of the few focusing on captive breeding programs.
Otjiwarongo shoulders the Waterberg Plateau National Park, whose stark, brick-red sandstone cliff towers more than 200m above the sprawling savannah below. The lush vegetation crowning the top is a sanctuary for endangered species: here white rhino can be seen grazing alongside roan and sable antelope. Lying further north, Etosha National Park is a combination of semi-desert and savannahs bound by the large Etosha salt pan and brimming with wildlife. The rainy season colours the pan in a cloud of pink flamingos and calls more than 340 different bird species to area.
- Handy jump-off point for travellers en route to Etosha National Park or Waterberg Plateau
- The area is renowned for its thriving cheetah populations – the spotted felines freely roaming the reserves and game farms
- Okonjima Nature Reserve houses the AfriCat Foundation and allows visitors to view these carnivores in their natural environment
- Crocodile Ranch is Namibia’s first crocodile farm and one of the few focusing on captive breeding programs for the Nile Crocodile
- Etosha National Park is a birder’s paradise with over 340 different bird species