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Municipality of Grootfontein

Tourist Attractions

Grootfontein is the gateway to the north-eastern areas and towns of Namibia. Travellers and tourist often stop over at Grootfontein for refreshments, supplies and to rest. Apart from its historic sites and lush green peaceful atmosphere the town also boasts with some world renowned tourist attractions.

The Hoba Meteorite was discovered by Jacobus Hermanus Brits in the 1920’s on the farm Hoba, 19 km from Grootfontein. It is the world largest meteorite and weighs 60 tonnes. It is approximately 3 meters square and about 1 meter in depth and is made up of 82% iron 16,4% nickel and 0.76% cobalt. It was declared a national monument in March 1955, and despite efforts to preserve it, the Hoba meteorite has been the target of vandals over the years.

It is estimated that the meteorite fell to earth about 80,000 years ago. Judging from is position and the fact that no crater was formed scientest believe that it fell with a very low trajectory and ‘bounced’ to its final landing site on the Farm Hoba. the meteorite is a National Heritage Site and camping facilities are available.

The Das Alte Fort Museum is situated in a prominent position atop a hill in Grootfontein. The ‘Old Fort’ was originally a Schutztruppe fortress built in 1896, while the tower was added in 1904. With its splendid view of the surrounding countryside, this tower was used to great advantage by the troops. The Fort, housing the museum, was declared a national monument in 1975.

In the same year it was used as an assembly point for the Angolan refugees. From 1923 to 1958 the building housed a school hostel. In 1977 the building was renovated and in 1983 the museum was officially opened. More than 3,000 historical pieces, including a complete smithy which was used in the production of ox-wagons, are on display. There is also an interesting outdoor display of industrial items worth seeing.

The Baobab Tree, romantically called ‘Tree 1063′, is located on the Farm Keibeb, which is about 60km north of Grootfontein on the “Maanlig” road, (Road number 2848).

The tree’s trunk circumference is 18,5 meters and has branches up to 12 meters. Baobab Trees play an important roll in African legend and daily life.

The tree’s various parts can be used for medicinal and food purposes, and it’s an awesome sight towering over the surrounding bush.

The Gaub Cave located on the historical Farm Ghaub. Local tradition accredits the discoverer of the Gaub Cave as being Dr. H. Vedder the well known ‘South West Africa’ missionary historian. In the farm’s ‘record’ book there is reference to Dr. Vedder having visited the cave some time during 1913. The first known written report of the cave appeared in the German Deutsche Kolonialzeitung in 1914 in an article submitted by F. Jaeger and L. Waibel, who had both travelled in South West Africa the year before.

The cave entrance is literally a hole in the ground. Several of the passageways have areas where there are low hanging rocks that have sharp edges, so take care when moving around. It is warm and humid underground. Not recommended forĀ  people who suffer from claustrophobia.

The Gaub Cave System does not have the large and dramatic Stalactite – Stalagmite formations that for example the famous Cango caves near Outdshoorn in South Africa has. However, there are many unusual, attractive and interesting geological features that will satisfy even the most seasoned of cave enthusiasts. Petrified waterfalls, organ pipes, crystal growths and rock curtains are just some of the amazingĀ  features that can be seen in the Gaub Cave.