|| Keetmanshoop Urban
The Karas Region is
the farthest south region of Namibia. The name assigned
to the region reflects the prominence of the Karas Mountain
Range in the southern part of the region. The Karas
region is considered as a natural organic administrative
and economic unit and includes the magisterial districts
of Keetmanshoop, Karasburg, Bethanie and Lüderitz.
border is the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Its location
in Namibia's south means that it shares a long border
in the south and east with the Northern Cape Province
of South Africa. Domestically, it borders only the Hardap
Region, to the north.
The region is a predominantly small stock farming area,
consisting mostly of animals such as sheep or goats.
Game farming and irrigation farming along the Naute
Dam and the Orange River have gained significantly in
A further characteristic
of the Region is the harbour town of Lüderitz and
its fishing and boat building industry, the diamond
areas along the coast, both on and off shore, with Oranjemund
as the main centre, mining enterprises in the southern
part of Namibia (Klein Karas area, Rosh Pinah), the
Kudu Gas field in the Atlantic Ocean near Lüderitz
and small-scale industries in Lüderitz and Keetmanshoop.
The Hot Water Springs
at Ai-Ais, and in future probably also the Hot Water
Springs in Warmbad, the Kokerboom forest near Keetmanshoop,
the Fish River Canyon which is the second largest in
the world, the Brukaros Mountain (a former volcano)
near Berseba, the coastal town Lüderitz and several
guest and game farms gave become important tourist attractions.
The tourism industry has the potential for further expansion.
The economic growth
potential of the area is considerable but needs an intensive
general development policy. It is a profitable tax-generating
area, which predominantly comes from diamond mining
for the central government.
The main railway line
and two main trunk roads give access to South Africa.
Keetmanshoop is considered as the capital of the south
and has direct air, railway and road links with Windhoek.
Its airport is of international standard and suitable
for international air traffic. The airfield at Kolmanskop
near Lüderitz is regularly visited by Air Namibia
on its flights to Cape Town and Windhoek. Well developed
landing facilities also exist at Oranjemund.
The region comprises
six constituencies: Keetmanshoop Urban, Berseba, Lüderitz,
Oranjemund, Karasburg, and Keetmanshoop Rural.
|Fishriver Canyon - Namibia
|Quivertree Forest - Namibia
Karas Regional Council
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