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Shambyu Catholic Mission
The first missionaries arrived relatively late - around 1910 - in the Kavango region and founded the mission station Nyangana. More followed soon, in 1914 Andara, in 1927 Tondoro, in 1929 Bunya. In 1930 the Catholic Shambyu Mission was founded 30 km east of Rundu at the Okavango River. This mission is completely self-sufficient. Besides the dwellings, it has a school, numerous workshops, a hospital, vegetable gardens, stables for the cattle and a church at its centre. The missions were enclaves of prosperity. They offered work, education and medical care and attracted many Kavango people from Angola. For a long time they were the only development aid organisations in the Kavango region.
Shambyu (Sambyu) has a museum on the history of the mission and of the Kavango people. It also shows a collection of woodcarvings.
Postal address: PO Box 2075, Shambyu, Okavango, Namibia. The mission lies 30 kilometres east of Rundu. Visits to the mission and the nuseum must be telephonically arranged. Tel: (+264-67372) 1111.
Swimming in the Okavango River
There are crocodiles in the Okavango. Be cautious when swimming.
Ferry to Angola
There is NO ferry for tourists across the Okavango to the village Calai in Angola. Only Namibian citizens may take the little ferry. They must leave their cars on the parking lot.
Ozzy's Beerhouse. Take-Away and restaurant. Lunch + dinner. Eugen Kakukuru Street. Good rustic atmosphere. Tel 066-256735.
Kavango River Lodge. A-La-Carte Restaurant. Lunch + dinner. Terrace with river view.. Tel 066-255244.