Northern Namibia is home to the three O's – Oshakati, Ondangwa and Ongwediva – the business hubs of the area as well as the historic home of the Ovambo people. Expect a high population density in relation to the rest of Namibia, lots of livestock, colourful cuka shops and tall palm trees.

Northern Namibia is known for its colourful local cultures, quirky cuka shops and lively inhabitants. Encompassing the area north of Etosha National Park and up towards the border with Angola, Northern Namibia has historically been the home of the Ovambo people, with its capital in Oshakati. A visit to the north is not complete without checking out one of the open-air markets, where you can sample dried mopane worms, a favourite local snack, or crack open an ice-cold beer alongside a plate of kapana (strips of barbequed meat).


Visit Nakambale, home to the first church built in northern Namibia, and its museum.
Sample local dishes and give dried mopane worms a try.
Visit an open-air market and wangle for purchases.
Have a delicious local beer at a cuka shop.

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Best time to go to Northern Namibia

Northern Namibia can get stiflingly hot during the summer months between December and January, which is also when locals return to the area from all over for the holidays. The rainy season between February and March sees pools of water or oshanas dot the landscape, sprouting beautiful lilies, which are lovely to see. Winter months (June to August) are comfortable, with sunny days and cool nights.

Featured Northern Namibia stays

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge

Situated in the heart of Owamboland, just outside Etosha National Park
From$9 /ppn

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