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is a relatively busy little town which lies at the junction between the main north-south B1 highway and the westerly B4 out to Luderitz
in Southern Namibia
Originally a Nama settlement on the banks of the Swartmodder River, the town was renamed when a German church mission was established here in in 1866. The town really took off during the Colonial Era when a railway was constructed to connect it to the coast, becoming a major production centre for the wool of karakul sheep. The old church, not the one shown here, was built in 1895 and now contains the town museum, which may be worth visiting whilst passing through.
The main points of interest in the area are various quivertree forests and fossil beds which largely lie to the east of the town.
The majority of people who stop here in Keetmanshoop do so in order to break the long journey up the B1 highway from South Africa.
When we need to include a stopover on this road we generally look further north to the Mariental
area or south to the Fish River Canyon
area, both of which have more intrinsic interest for most people.
Other towns in this area include Seeheim, Bethanie and Maltahohe, in which we also rarely include night stops.
This Keetmanshoop area is most commonly combined in trips with other popular locations around the country such as Fish River Canyon