Erongo is one of the
13 regions of Namibia. It comprises the Swakopmund magisterial
district up to the Ugab River and includes Walvis Bay,
Omaruru and Karibib magisterial districts. This region
is named after Erongo mountain, a well known landmark
in Namibia and in this area. All the main centres within
this region are connected by paved roads.
In the west, Erongo
has a shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean. On land, it borders
the following regions:
- Kunene - north
- Otjozondjupa - east
- Khomas - southeast
- Hardap - south
The Omaruru, Karibib, and Okombahe/Uis/Tsubeses areas
are all situated in a semi-arid farming region and have
a homogenous farming pattern, which is mostly stock-raising.
It also combines communal farming with commercial farming.
The needs for production and marketing are therefore
very similar and the farming community has a distinct
mutual interest which distinguishes their area from
the Okahandja or the Otjiwarongo areas whose needs are
more centred around industrial farming.
Various mining operations
occur within this region at places such as Navachab
and on a smaller scale at places surrounding Uis and
the desert area. Karibib also has a marble industry.
Walvis Bay, fully incorporated into the Erongo Region
in 1994, is the principal home of Namibia's fishing
industry. Swakopmund and Langstrand are popular beach
resorts; Arandis supports mining industry and Swakopmund
This region, with its
link to the coast of Namibia, is well developed. Facilities
such as schools, hospitals and clinics, the supply of
electricity and telecommunication services are, with
a few exceptions, well established.
The region comprises six constituencies: Omaruru, Karibib,
Brandberg, Arandis, Swakopmund, and Walvis Bay.
Other regions :