Found at the crossroads of southern Namibia, Keetmanshoop is a little town with lots to offer the inquisitive sightseer, overnight passenger and wayfaring wanderer alike – especially those interested in colonial German architecture.
Keetmanshoop is the centre of southern Namibia’s Karas region, a semi-arid site boasting incredible rock formations. The village was established when a German missionary was sent to the region to build a church and today, Keetmanshoop is the capital of southern Namibia with the country's largest dam built next to it. This town is not only a convenient stop-over on your way to other popular Namibian destinations, but it’s also filled with many natural and historical attractions among its vast landscapes and colonial German architecture.
Take pictures of the ancient Quiver Tree Forest north-east of Keetmanshoop at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp.
Visit the oldest building in town, Keetmanshoop Museum, for insights into Nama cultural traditions.
Discover well-preserved fossils on a guided tour of the Mesosaurus Fossil Site.
Stop at a Fish River Canyon viewpoint to see the largest canyon in Africa.
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Best time to go to Keetmanshoop
Keetmanshoop is part of a semi-arid area with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. If you want to avoid the scorching heat, then the months of May to August will be the best time to go. The warmest months are from November to March but this is also the rainier period for this area. The following months (April to October) bring the dry season with almost no rainfall.
Featured Keetmanshoop stays
Historic guesthouse in close proximity to Keetmanshoop and its array of attractions