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Otjiwarongo city center
Otjiwarongo city center
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Basic data
Population Density
28,000 (2011 census)
139.9 km²
200.2 inhabitants / km²
Establishment date 1892
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Website otjimun.org.na
Map Otjiwarongo in Namibia
Housing estate
Historic locomotive

Otjiwarongo ( Herero for "beautiful place for the fat cattle") is the administrative seat and capital of the Otjozondjupa region ( Namibia ) and the district town of the constituency of the same name . The city has 28,000 inhabitants.

It is centrally located on the B1 between the north Namibian maize triangle ( Otavi , Tsumeb , Grootfontein ) and the capital Windhoek, 250 kilometers to the south . This makes Otjiwarongo easy to reach and accordingly has functions as a city and especially as a center for the agricultural surrounding area, which includes the places Kalkfeld and Okakarara . The Waterberg massif lies around 50 kilometers southeast of the city ; 70 kilometers south of Mount Etjo .


Otjiwarongo was founded in 1892 as one of the first places in South West Africa . In 1900 the first German settlers moved to the place previously inhabited only by Herero and a few Damara , where the Herero and Nama uprising began in 1904 . In 1906 Julius Doll opened the first shop in Otjiwarongo.

On April 2, 1906, the place was connected to the Otavibahn . The old steam locomotive “No. 41 ”, which was built in 1912 by the Henschel company in Kassel , which is why it is now often called the“ old Henschel locomotive ”. It was once used on the railway line between Swakopmund and Otavi .

The town, which had grown considerably due to its central location, was granted town charter in 1939.

Population and languages

90% of the population should speak and understand Afrikaans . About 75% speak English and about 35% German . However, indigenous languages ​​such as Otjiherero , Khoekhoegowab and Oshivambo are predominant .

Local politics

The following official final result was determined in the 2015 local elections .

Political party be right Share of votes Seats
SWAPO 3901 70.6% 5
DTA 0454 08.2% 1
UDF 0442 08.0% 1
NUDO 0298 05.4% 0
Association of Otjiwarongo Residents 0238 04.3% 0
APP 0141 02.6% 0
RDP 050 00.9% 0
All in all 5524 100% 7th


In 2008, in the “International UN Year for Basic Sanitation”, the local Clay House Project (CHP) started a new project together with the German development organization SODI : Dry toilets , now over 600, also known as Otji toilets , were found in the settlement areas the city of Otjiwarongo and other parts of the country. The aim is to prevent infectious diseases such as diarrhea and cholera, which are one of the greatest threats to the health and life of children and adults, in the future.

On July 2, 2015, the local electricity supplier Cenored agreed a power purchase agreement with HopSol Power Generation . It secures the purchase of energy from the HopSol solar park Otjiwarongo , the construction of which was completed in November 2015. The 5 MW - photovoltaic Plant was built near Otjiwarongo and to produce from 2016 some 13.5 million kWh per year.

The Whale Rock cement factory started operations in October 2018 .


  • Karundu Primary School
  • Orwetoveni Primary School
  • Otjiwarongo Primary School
  • Rogate Primary School
  • Spes Bona Primary School
  • Vooruit Primary School
  • TrainOccasion Primary School
  • Donatus School Otjiwarongo (from 1966-1995: German School Otjiwarongo)
  • Edugate Academy Private School
  • Monica Geingo's Secondary School
  • Otjiwarongo Secondary School
  • Paresis Secondary School
  • Perivoli Okonjima Country School (near Otjiwarongo)
  • (German) private school Otjiwarongo (since 2000)
  • Tsaraxa-Aibes Combined School



The main local football clubs are Mighty Gunners and Life Fighters , whose home stadium is Mokati Stadium .

Town twinning

CanadaCanada Dundas
FranceFrance Ensisheim
NetherlandsNetherlands Heusden
BotswanaBotswana Mochudi / Kgatleng
NamibiaNamibia Katima Mulilo
NamibiaNamibia Khorixas
NamibiaNamibia Okakarara
NamibiaNamibia Windhoek


sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Otjiwarongo  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

Coordinates: 20 ° 28 ′  S , 16 ° 39 ′  E