Oshakati & Ondangwa
The nearest of northern Namibia's twin cities, Ondangwa, was 80km
from our house. We hitchhiked there nearly every weekend to buy groceries,
check our PO box, and visit with other volunteers who also came into town.
"The Owambo capital, Oshakati, may be a
friendly, bustling hive of activity, but the uninspiring commercial center is
little more than a strip of characterless development along the highway.
The town's desultory nature is partially due to the fact that both it and
Ondangwa served as South African Defense Force bases during the liberations
struggles from 1966-1989, and were subjected to mortar and missile
attacks. While Oshakati lacks specific attractions, it's worth an hour or
two wandering around the large covered market, which produces a range of mostly
unpleasant smells. Ondangwa, the Ovambo country's second-largest town, is a booming commercial
center known for its huge warehouses, which supply northern Namibia's more than
6,000 cuca shops (small bush shops selling mainly beer)." --Lonely