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Kharas in 3D

Kharas in 3D

The province of ǁKharas is the southernmost, in area the largest and one of the most sparsely populated region of Namibia. The name ǁKharas means quiver tree. These trees grow in this form only in Namibia and are most common in the south of the country. Hotspots in southern Namibia include the Fishrivercanyon National Parks and the Giants Playground.


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Kharas Köcherbaumwald

Except for a few oases and dried-up rivers where some trees still grow, the region of Kharas is a vast steppe landscape.

Kharas Steppenlandschaft
Kharas Flußbett
Kharas Freileitungsmäste
Kharas Freileitungsmast
Kharas Panorama
Kharas Oase
Kharas Gebirgspass
Kharas Landstraße

 

Aus

The settlement Aus is an oasis settlement in the mountains of the same name. During the German colonial era, the Schutztruppe maintained a base here. After the surrender of the German troops on 8 July 1915, the South African army maintained a concentration camp in Aus, in which from 1915 to 1919 about 1550 German prisoners of war were interned.

Aus

 

The namibian desert horses

The Namibian desert horses originally came from the military stock of the German Schutztruppe. These were reintroduced after the capitulation against South Africa, so that the horses do not become war booty. The population held about 300 horses over several generations. In the drought year 2017, the number of horses shrank by less than one hundred, so that they now apply to the endangered species.

Wüstenpferde

 

Quiver tree

In the valleys of ǁKharas you can find occasional quiver trees that are already several hundred years old. These trees are considered national natural monuments of Namibia.

Köcherbaum

 

Abandoned railway stations

Along the route Keetmanshoop and Lüderitz one finds some abandoned stations. Because of the constant silting, the railway line has been shut down.

Kharas Bahnhof

 

The Lüderitz Bay

The Luderitzbucht is a rugged coastal formation in the south of Namibia. In this bay, the oldest city of Namibia was established.

Lüderitzbucht
Lüderitzbucht Picknick

 

Lüderitz

At the southern end of the Namib Desert is the small port town of Lüderitz, which was founded in 1883 and today has more than 12,000 inhabitants. From Lüderitz began the colonization of Namibia by German immigrants. Many buildings from the turn of the century have survived there.

Lüderitz Felsenkirche

Lüderitz Bergstraße
Lüderitz Yacht Club
Lüderitz Aussichtspunkt
Lüderitz Shark Island Camp Site

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Kolmanskop Ghost Town

Kolmanskop is 10 km from Lüderitz away and is a diamond mining town which was abandoned 1930. The desert brought back over the decades, what man had wrested her.

Kolmannskuppe Geisterstadt

Kolmannskuppe Geisterstadt
Kolmannskuppe Geisterstadt
Kolmannskuppe Geisterstadt
Kolmannskuppe Geisterstadt

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Canyon Roadhouse Lodge

Near the Fishriver Canyon is Canyon Roadhouse Lodge. On their farm, a unique car cemetery has been set up. Lodges are the typical type of accommodation in Namibia. These offer an overnight stay for every price range. You can choose if you want to stay in a bungalow or on the campsite.

Canyon Roadhouse Lodge

Canyon Roadhouse Lodge
Canyon Roadhouse Lodge
Canyon Roadhouse Lodge
Canyon Roadhouse Lodge

 

Fish River Canyon

With 60 million years, the Fish River Canyon is the oldest canyon in the world. It is the second largest, after the Grand Canyon in the USA. The canyon has a length off 160 km and is up to 550 meters deep. From the viewing point you have a generous view into the valley.

Fishrivercanyon

Fishrivercanyon
Fishrivercanyon
Fishrivercanyon
Fishrivercanyon

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Giants Playground

This unique bizarre rock formation at Keetmanshoop in the southern part of Namibia consists of piled dolerite rocks, which seems like the work of giants. Again and again, right angles or foundation retaining walls can be found. These seem like ruin landscapes which elapsed a time long time ago.

Giants Playground

Giants Playground
Giants Playground
Giants Playground
Giants Playground

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