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Outjo

outjoneu2Outjo lies on the junction of the C39 and the C38. The C38 leads to the Etosha National Park. The Okaukuejo entrance lies only about 100 kilometres north of Outjo.

The town was founded by the colonial German Schutztruppe. Major Leutwein had a small military base erected here in 1897, for expeditions into the, then unknown, north; mainly to Ovamboland. Viktor Franke, promoted to Major after his military success in Omaruru, led these expeditions some years later. The house where he lived, is today a little museum for local history.

Near the post office still stands the Impalila monument, commemorating the "Assault of Impalila". In October 1914 - the First World War had already broken out and the German Schutztruppe was under threat by the South African and British troups in the south - a German delegation went across the Angolan border to the Portuguese Fort Naulila to negotiate a non-aggression treaty. However, the men were shot and consequently, the 4th field company under the command of Viktor Franke went on a punitive expedition. Fort Impalila was conquered. The majority of the troops retreated to the south again, while smaller campaigns against the Portuguese lasted until 1915.

Left: Old water tower in Outjo. Right: Outjo bakery. Bottom right: Franke Haus Museum.
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Outjo doesn't have much more of interest to offer to the visitor. The small town has 5000 residents and mainly provides for the surrounding farming area. Travellers can find excellent opportunities to comfortably stay here overnight on their way to the Etosha Park, which is only an hour's drive away.

outjoneu4bAll major banks, e.g. First National or Standard Bank, have a branch in Outjo. There are good restaurants, a hospital, hotels, supermarkets and petrol stations.

Last, but not least, there is the German "Outjo Bakery", where you can get fresh rolls, Black Forest cake and light snacks. An Internet café is attached.

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