Facts about Gobabis
Gobabis is a town situated 200 kilometers from Windhoek, the capital city and on the route to Botswana (Gobabis is about 110 km to/from the Buitepos Border post with Botswana - Mamuno Border). Gobabis lies in the heart of the Omaheke Region best known as the cattle country (farming area), and it is the capital of the east.
Gobabis 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 enscription 'Welcome to Cattle Country' greets visitors to the town.
Gobabis has its own airstrip and is only about 155 Km from Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport
Gobabis birdlife is rich and plentiful, with a large number of species to be seen including a number of birds of prey, ostriches, secretary birds and other bird species both endemic to Namibia and migratory. Bird watching is a popular activity in this area, so make sure you bring a pair of binoculars.
Gobabis conservation is fairly progressive, with a number of initiatives including eco-tourism and a well-run game sanctuary. Some of the biggest conservation efforts lie in protecting key endangered species such as cheetah, wild dog and rhino, and the area also is also close to a number of top game reserves in the region which preserve a wide range of animal and plant species.
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, and a collection of historic artifacts in the museum itself, including the history of the people or tribes in Omaheke Region. The Gobabis Museum has move to a new location and re-open its door to the public and visotors in 2011. The Gobabis Museum is supported by MAN ( Museum Association of Namibia) and the Gobabis Municipality.
Location of the Gobabis Museum: Elim Street Erf No:16 Contact: +264 (0) 64 56 2551 or Fax: +264 (0) 64 565258, 562410
Opening from 07h30 -16h30 Monday -Friday (Except Public Holidays)
Gobabis plants are varied and diverse, with a range of desert plants to be found including baobab and grasses, plus coastal and wetlands vegetation. There are a number of plant species in the area, with a large number of trees including worm-barkfalse-thorn trees. Vegetation regions include savanna, dry woodlands and forests while desert vegetation covers a large portion of the region.
- Gobabis is generally a safe and friendly travel destination
- Petty crime such as muggings, pick-pocketing and car break-ins are more common in the larger cities
- Keep valuables out of sight and secure, and carry a certified copy of your ID at all times
- Avoid travelling alone through the desert areas as it can be easy to get lost
- Be cautious in game reserves and do not leave the camp to wander alone as wildlife can be present at any time
Gobabis recommended travel books include:
- Namibia: The Bradt Travel Guide by Chris McIntyre
- Namibia Footprint Handbooks by Lizzie Williams
- Namibia Globetrotter Travel Pack by Willie Olivier and Sandra Olivier
- Namibia Lonely Planet Travel Guide by Deanna Swaney
With a large number of Gobabis wildlife to be seen including Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Oryx, Eland, Zebra, Hartebeest, Warthog, Impala (common), Hartebeest (red cape), Blesbok, Gemsbok, Giraffe, Leopard, Cheetah, Zebra ( Burchells), Zable, Roan, White Rhino and Springbok, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts are sure to have a lot to see during overlanding tours in this area. There is also a game sanctuary nearby which has a number of animals including lion, cheetah and caracal.
Sossusvlei Safari - 3 Days
This safari is designed to offer a quick “snapshot” of the Namib-Naukluft National Park and the giant sand dunes at Sossusvlei. This safari has a guaranteed departure every Saturday (Accommodated Safari) and Tuesday (Camping Safari) with a minimum of two people.
- From N$ 5200 pp (Camping)
- From N$ 9500 pp (Accommodated)