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Keetmanshoop is the administrative centre of a very large farming area. Due to the semi-arid climate karakul farming is predominant, but ostrich meat has also become and increasingly important commodity. One big plant with breeding and slaughtering facilities as well as a tannery is situated a few kilometers out of town to Lüderitz. History Originally, Keetmanshoop was a Nama settlement. In 1866 the Rhenish Mission Society, with headquarters in Barmen in Germany, chose this site for establishing a mission station. It was named Keetmanshoop (‘Keetman’s hope’) after a wealthy German merchant, Johann Keetman, who generously supported the mission station financially without ever seeing it himself. Highlights Colonial Buildings Quiver tree forest & giants’ playground Keetmanshoop Museum Traditional Nama Matjieshuis Schutzenhaus (1907) Old Post Office Building Fish River Canyon ... read more  Read More

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