what to see / Owamboland

This verdant strip of land between Etosha and the Kunene and Okavango rivers is largely blank on Namibia's normal tourist map. However, it is highly populated and home to the Owambo people, who formed the backbone of SWAPO's support during the struggle for independence. The region was something of a battleground before 1990, and now the map's blank spaces hide a high concentration of rural people practicing subsistence farming of maize, sorghum and millet. Before independence this area was known as Owamboland, and recently it has been split into four regions: Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto. During the summer Owamboland appears quite unlike the rest of Namibia. It receives over 500mm of rain and supports a thick cover of vegetation and extensive arable farming. The Owambo people are Namibia's most numerous ethnic groups, and since independence and free elections their party, SWAPO, has dominated the government. Much effort is now going into the provisi... read more  Read More

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