Go on a self-drive retreat to Namibia with a campervan hire from Salamanda Travel today. We offer special deals and great discounts to partner with a wide range of vehicle choices for your trip. You can also experience the convenience only a campervan can bring by stopping anywhere you want and visiting places at your own pace.
Namibia’s garden town
The quickest way to the Etosha National Parks is through Tsumeb, being only about an hour a half away via B1 road. Found in the Oshikoto region in northern Namibia, Tsumeb is the largest town and it used to be its capital. It is unclear where the name was taken from but it is suggested that it came from the Nama and could mean either ‘place of moss’ or ‘place of frogs’.
The quaint little town is often called Namibia's garden town owing to the beautiful jacaranda and bougainvillea that grow there and line the streets. It is also often called the gateway to northern Namibia and it is also part of the Otavi triangle alongside Otavi and Grootfontein.
The world’s largest meteorite, a 60-tonne nickel-iron meteorite is, is called Hoba. It is located about forty minutes (75 kilometres) to the east of Tsumeb on a drive with your campervan. Also found near the town are two large sinkhole lakes, Otjikoto Lake and Lake Guinas, the latter being the larger and more attractive of the two. It is also where a unique species of fish, the Tilapia guinasa, can be found and said to have evolved over the years. Otjikoto Lake meanwhile, was the site were German weapons were hidden to avoid British troops from locating them. The old German weaponry can now be found in the Tsumeb Museum along with rare minerals and the history mining, and history of the German colonial forces.
In Tsumeb, you can also the Arts and Crafts Centre and the Tsumeb Cultural Village, am insightful museum where you can learn about the rural life of the Namibian tribes. Visit Tsumeb neighbors with your vehicle and go to the German shooting range, and Tsumeb Flying Club for skydiving.