Okavango is one of
the thirteen regions of Namibia. On account of its rather
higher rainfall than most other parts of Namibia, this
region has definite agricultural potential for the cultivation
of a variety of crops. There is also potential for organised
forestry and agro-forestry, which should stimulate furniture
making and related industries.
In the north, Okavango
borders the Cuando Cubango Province of Angola, and in
the southeast it borders the North-West District of
Botswana. Domestically, it borders the following regions:
- Caprivi - east
- Otjozondjupa - south
- Oshikoto - west
- Ohangwena - northwest
The region is characterised by an extremely uneven population
distribution. The interior is very sparsely inhabited,
while the northernmost strip, especially along the Okavango
River, has a high population concentration. Subsistence
fishing is important, and the possibility of expanding
this on a sustainable commercial basis in order to supplement
local incomes should be investigated. The promotion
of tourism, perhaps in conjunction with the Caprivi
Region, also deserves attention. This would stimulate
local art and wood carving.
There is a particular dearth of north-south roads in
the region, apart from the Rundu-Grootfontein main road.
Rundu has an average type airstrip to handle medium-sized
airplanes in daylight only. The establishment of a control
tower may permit the handling of passengers and airfreight
in all-weather circumstances. The poor condition of
the roads and the long distances have a negative effect
on tourism; this situation has been improved by the
completion of the Trans-Caprivi Highway.
The region comprises
six constituencies: Mpungu, Kahenge, Kapako, Rundu,
Mashari, and Ndiyona.
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