i-con2 Ovamboland : Travel Information and Accommodation
Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead
It is worthwhile, if coming from Ruacana, to take a detour off the C46 at Outapi, some 100 kilometres before Oshakati, to visit the residence of the king of the Uukwaluudhi, a tribe of the Ovambo people. Take the M123 to the south. After 35 kilometres you reach the settlement Tsandi. Turn left to Okahao and reach the royal homestead tribal chief King Taapopi.

Photo: King Taapopi & spouse

King Taapopi governs a people of 40.000. If the friendly king with the white beard is at home, he gladly speaks to visitors and relates tales on the history and traditions of the Ovambo. Often dancing performances are given. There is a curio shop and tours into the surroundings are offered. It is a NACOBTA project. Tel 061-255977.
olukondaOlukonda National Monument
About 13 kilometres south-west of Ondangwa lies the former Finnish mission station Olukonda. Turn south at the Oniipa-Onandjokwe-Eenhana crossing. From there it is 5 km on the sand road.

The Fnnish Missionary Rev. Martti Rautanen (Nakambale) arrived in 1880 and worked here until his death in the year 1926. Dr. Rautanen translated die Bible into the Ndonga language. He and his family are buried here on the cemetery next to the thatched mission church from 1889 alongside many kings of the Ondonga Kingdom. The church building is now a National Monument under the tutelage of the Lutheran Church of Namibia.

The Nakambale Museum was opened in 1995 next to the old church. It displays documents on the history of the mission and the culture in Ovamboland. And one can see a traditional Ndonga kraal, have typical Ovambo food and gain interesting insights into their culture.

Opening hours: weekdays from 9 to 13 and 14 to 17:00. Tel 065-245668.

Ovamboland Unterkunft

Etuna Guesthouse

Affordable and comfortable B&B accommodation. Spacious ensuite rooms with aircon, fridge, TV. Internet, pool. Lunch & dinner. Tours.

Rates: please enquire

Phone +264 (0)65 231177