Otjiwarongo (Otjiherero: "pleasant place" or "place where fat cattle graze") is a city of 20,000 inhabitants in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. It is the district capital of the Otjiwarongo electoral constituency and also the capital of Otjozondjupa.
Otjiwarongo is situated in central-north Namibia on the TransNamib railway. It is the biggest business centre for Otjozondjupa Region. Otjiwarongo is located on the B1 road and its links between Windhoek, the Golden Triangle of Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein, and Etosha National Park. It is one of Namibia’s fast growing towns, with a neat and peaceful quality environment, and many excellent facilities including supermarkets, banks, lodges and hotels.
Otjiwarongo is located 250km north of Windhoek on the B1, which is the main route running South to North and connects all the towns in the center of the Namibia.
Otjiwarongo has a landing strip which is situated about 5km outside of the town on the B1 towards the North. The GPS coordinates are longitude: 18° 15’ 0” E and latitude: 21° 44’ 0” S. The airport is very small and not manned but the airstrip is kept in good condition. It is a gravel strip and is only good for light aircrafts.
TransNamib, via their StarLine passenger service, operates trains from Otjiwarongo to destinations all over Namibia.
There are no dedicated passenger trains in Namibia. The StarLine scheduled service described above conveys passengers via special coaches hooked on the back of freight trains. These passenger coaches offer comfortable airline-style seating with air-conditioning and (sometimes) video entertainment. Vending Machines provide refreshments on long journeys. Note, however, that Namibian trains are considered a relatively slow and sometimes unreliable method of transport.
Downtown is compact and easy to walk. Most attractions are within a 10-20min walk away from most of the Guesthouses in town. For ease of getting around a car would be advisable. Parking is free and voluntary carguards will look after your car.
There are various international and local car hiring companies in Namibia. All the major companies like AVIS, Budget, Europe Car etc have offices in and around Namibia. AVIS does have an office in Otjiwarongo.
Otjiwarongo has a well developed downtown with most basic services such as ATMs, grocery stores, pharmacy, etc.