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Rundu

Rundu

Population: 81,500 

Dialing Code: +264

Currency: Namibian dollar (NAD), South African rand (ZAR)

Time zone: CAT (UTC+2)

Official language:  English

 

Rundu is is the capital of the Kavango-East Region, northern Namibia, on the border with Angola on the banks of the Kavango River. This town  is the main centre of the Kavango Region.

The Kavangos originally settled in the area known as Angola today but had to relocate because they were displaced by early Portuguese settlers.

Although Rundu still counts to one of the poorest towns of Namibia it experiences an economic boom due to the finalisation of the Trans-Caprivi-Highway. It connects the harbour of Walvis Bay with Lusaka, the Capital of Zambia improving the connection of the Caprivi Strip to Central Namibia and the Atlantic coast immensely. Zambia has thus also gained faster access to the ocean.

 Rundu is also called the gate to the Caprivi. As the ‘capital’ of the Caprivi Strip, Katima Mulilo, is still about 500 kilometres away, one should stop over in Rundu to fill up on provisions as there are hardly any other shopping possibilities in between.

Information & Facts

Activities

Rundu is known for its peace and quiet. It’s a place to unwind and relax while taking in the natural beauty and different landscape.

Take a walk along the calming Okavango River which borders Namibia and Angola. Here you will spot lots of hippos and crocodiles or even people having a bath. Revel in the beauty of the sunset at the Kaisosi River lodge which is somewhat outside the town but is located right next to the river.

Boat trips are also available for a cruise should you need one. If you crave some adventure, explore the Rundu Open Market where you can find a variety of things from local food and drinks to clothes. Shoes, beans and flour.

Ever been to a living museum? Here is your chance. There are many living museums across Namibia. The concept is intended to bring extra income to local communities while giving tourists an opportunity to experience the culture and habits of different ethnic groups. The environments and outfits are often reproduced from old photographs.

The living museums show the pre-colonial lifestyle of the Kavango area. Everything is presented in the local language (Rukwangali), but the guide will translate for you, into English. If you want to buy souvenirs, there’s also a small craft shop on the premises.

Other areas of interest for your trip include: St Joseph’s Catholic Mission, Rundu beach, Ncumrara community forestry craft centre

 

Climate

Rundu has a hot semi-arid climate, with hot summers and relatively mild winters (with warm days and chilly to cool nights).

It is advised to wear free clothing as it can get very hot or cold depending on the time of the day. 

Eating Out

Eating out in Rundu is a delight. Although options are limited, there is still a lot to explore. Menus at most restaurants include steaks, burgers, fries, chicken and toasties (grilled cheese) as well as some traditional food. Many of the restaurants in Rundu are tourist lodges, but most of the travelers are Namibians here for business, so the food tends to be geared towards a Namibian palate.

Getting Around

With lots of dirt roads and tarred roads, driving is the best way of exploring Rundu. There are four service stations in Rundu to fill up your car and 4X4. as well as shopping mall and supermarkets for your major needs in the center of town.

Language

English is the official language and is widely spoken. Older Namibians in the South are more likely to speak Afrikaans or German.Afrikaans is spoken by many and is the first language of the Coloureds and the Afrikaners. English is spoken as a first language by the remaining English families, and German is spoken by the Namibians of German descent

Money

The Namibian Dollar (NAD; symbol N$) is in note denominations of N$200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of N$5, N$1, 50 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents. It is linked to the South African Rand (R) on a 1:1 basis (South African Rand = 100 cents). The South African Rand is also acceptable as currency in Namibia.

Restaurants

Visit the Tambuti Lodge Restaurant for the best food and service. Make sure you plan ahead and get there early on because it tends to be booked. 

Shopping

 There are also nice woodcarvings on sale along side the main road going towards Rundu (from Mile 30 to Mile 10). Other carvings are at Mbangura and the Rundu Open Markets.

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