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Omaruru is a small city and constituency found in the Erongo region, 50 kilometres from Karibib and about 230 kilometres from Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek. The city is located in the main paved road from Swakopmund to Otjiwarongo and is in the heart of game-farm area.
In the local Otjiherero language, the word Omaruru, the name of the city, is derived from the Herero omaere omaruru which directly translates as ‘bitter milk’ or ‘bitter curd’. The name was taken up after the cattle ate a particular bush making the milk taste bitter.
In Omaruru, they have an annual festival where they celebrate the lives of the past local chiefs and commemorate William Zeraua, the first chief of the White Flag clan of the OvaHerero people. The festival is done to and from the cemetery where their former leader is buried and is done on the last weekend before 10 October.
The festival also celebrates its local winery, Kristal Kellerei, which is the first and only one in the country. It is possible to sample some of the two kinds of wines that are produced here, the Colombard and the Ruby Cabernet. The winery can be found four kilometres away from Omaruru on the D2328 road.
Also found here is the Omaruru Game Lodge where you can spot some wild animals such as rhinos, gnus, zebras and some ostriches. The lodge also offers rooms for accommodation, and a large restaurant with patio to be able to watch the game while you dine. You can also drive to other location in Na