Omaruru is a small, typically Namibian town located approximately 240 km from Windhoek, the capital of the country. Most tourists pass through Omaruru; but lately, the words, “arty” and “alternative” crop up when describing this charming town set in the heart of game-farms and surrounded by mountains.
The Famous Namibian Root Carvings
To begin with, at the edge of town, on the Karibib side, is Tikoloshe
Afrika Root Carving, where massive gnarled branches and tree trunks are transformed into wood sculptures of animal and bird figures. The carvings range from 10 centimetres to 10 metres, and are made by seven talented woodcarvers from the Kavango area.
San Dragon, Kashana, and the Franke Tower
The Sand Dragon offers a warm and welcome respite from Namibia’s long roads. Conveniently situated on the main road this café offers a wonderful menu and interesting artefacts... relax and watch the bustling metropolis of Omaruru at your leisure. Another relatively new and created by a team of talented and original artisans, Kashana adds an inspiring opportunity to view artists at work in their unique studios. The coffee shop is open all day and serves delightful Namibian fare in a garden setting. An excellent a la carte menu is available in the evenings. Booking is essential. For an overnight stay, luxury bungalows offer every comfort. On the way to the Kristall Kellerei is the Franke Tower. This National monument was named after Captain Victor Franke, and was erected in honour of his bravery on the 4th of February 1904 when he and about a 100 men broke the siege of Omaruru by 3000 Herero warriors during the 1904 rebellion. Visitors are welcome to climb the tower and keys are available at the River Guesthouse, The Central Hotel and the Omaruru Guesthouse.
Did you ever taste a Namibian Wine?
Wine-master Helmut Kluge has 4 hectares on the Kristall Kellerei Estate, where he produces red and white wines. He also makes a fine Nappa (Grappa), Kaktus Feige Schnapps as well as a Herbal Schnapps... of course, during a visit to the Kellerei, a wine tasting is essential! Pre-booked Lunch and dinner is also available in the cellar or outside in the garden.
Fine Chocolate made in Omaruru!
Omaruru’s very own chocolate factory is sure to tempt every taste bud. The art of chocolate making is not new to Omaruru but Urte and Kalli Dörgeloh have revived this art with Dörgeloh Chocolates. Imported pure Belgium chocolate is melted and moulded into the finest of confectioneries. Their liqueur fillings are renowned already, with fillings such as Grappa, Kumquat liquor and the famous Weinbrandbohnen...; but fear not, as there are also strawberry, nougat and mocha fillings to name but a few non alcoholic varieties. Urte will also tailor-make an order in various shapes and sizes for any event... if the mould can be made, then so can the chocolate!