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Grootfontein - northern Namibia
Town Grootfontein is located 450 km north of Windhoek, the capital of the country. In pre-colonial times the place was known as Otjiwandatjongue which means "leopard hill" in Herero. Nama and Damara inhabitants called the area Gei-ous ("big fountain") which lead to present Afrikaans name. The first European settlers in the area were "Dorsland (Thirst land) trekkers" who arrived in mid-1880s. They purchased a land from local Owambo chief and established own Republic (Republic of Upingtonia). The Republic collapsed a couple of years later. South West Africa Company established its headquarters in town in 1893 and a fort was built in 1896. Grootfontein officially became a town in 1907.
Accommodation in area: Meteor Hotel, Olea Caravan Park, Roy's Camp, Lala Panzi Lodge.
Sight
s: Hoba Meteorite, the largest in the world, Dragon's Breath Cave
Phone code: 067. Police: 10111.


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