Located on the Trans-Namib Railway from Windhoek to Upington, Keetmanshoop is a small town in the Karas Region of southern Namibia. The town is a nice place to stop over, as there are some comfortable hotels and a caravan and camping park.
The town was known as Swartmodder which means ‘Black Marsh’ before the colonial era. It was created as a Rhenish mission station and named after Johann Keetman, a member of the missionary society. Keetmans as often referred to in Namibia is a transit town for those heading to South Africa, where they can refill their vehicles. Karakul sheepskins, leather goods and processed foods are produced in the town.
Some of the best hotels in Keetmanshoop are Alte Kalkofen Lodge, Maritz Country Lodge and Goibib Mountain Lodge. Keetmanshoop hotels are top rated and can be booked on Jumia Travel.
Things to do
The small town features a number of attractive sites tourists can visit while passing through the town. The Rhenish Missionary Church established in 1995 is one of such places.
The unique architecture of the building is a beauty to behold and it has a museum within it. Some of the other landmarks in Keetmanshoop are the railway station building, the Imperial Post Office and Schutzenhaus.
Also in the town are the Naute Dam and J. Stephanus Stadium. Visit the scenic Giant’s Playground and Quivertree Forest.
From various parts of Namibia, there are shared buses going to Keetmanshoop. It is also possible to come into the town from South Africa via shared buses. Coaches traveling between Windhoek and South Africa pass through Keetmanshoop. There is also the Keetmanshoop airport serving the town. Once in Keetmanshoop, tourists can get around via taxis.