Keetmanshoop is a small town in south-central Namibia.
It's one of the main stopping points on the B1 between Windhoek and South Africa. Referred to in Namibia as Keetmans. At first, Keetmanshoop ( pronounced keet-man-swoop), may seem like not much more than a quick stopover. The main reason for stopping at all is to refill on gas and check your tires (the dry, hot asphalt of the highway can make tires pop), but there is in fact much more to this town if you get the chance to discover it, either out of your own volition, or because your car breaks down.
An old German town, Keetmanshoop features multiple restaurants, an impressive library, and easy access to some of the most visually stunning landscapes this side of the border.
Long distance coaches pass through Keetmans on a regular basis on their way between Windhoek and South Africa. Unfortunately the north-bound trip from South Africa arrives at a nasty hour of the morning.
Combies (shared taxis) travel regularly to Keetmans from various places in Namibia, including Windhoek, Lüderitz and Mariental. Combies also arrive in Keetmans from South Africa. There are also private shuttles that provide transport to and from Keetmanshoop.
Keetmanshoop is 10 hours from Windhoek, not really the best option, the bus is much faster. Another option is Aetos Services, a minibus that caters for your needs to the Quivertree Forest, Giant's Playground, Fish River Canyons, Luderitz and even to Windhoek. For further information see http://www.aetos-services.com
Local taxis and bakkies can be found outside of Spar and Pick n Pay. Taxi rides within town are generally N$10, but can be N$18 on weekends or late at night.
The town has supermarkets, outfitters, a hardware store, and auto parts. An FNB bank is located on one of the main streets though town, and there is also an ATM outside of Pick n Pay. If you are interested in printing photos, ask for Studio 27.
There is a nice new pub in town, just behind the swimming pool, called STEAMERS where every one is welcome. Nice atmosphere, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. For a unique experience, try the Prison Shebeen, located on the north side of the prison grounds.
To travel north, wait alongside the B1 across from the hospital, just north of town. To travel south or west, wait at the roundabout just south of town, or ask or wait at the Engen just beyond. To travel east, go just beyond the hospital north of town (off of which is the road to the Quivertree Forest) and wait on the gravel road heading towards Aroab.