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Keetmanshoop in the Karas region of Namibia is the capital of southern Namibia. Named after one Johann Keetman, a German industrialist, the town is situated on the Trans-Namib railway from Windhoek to Upington in South Africa.

Before the colonial era, Keetmanshoop was called Swartmodder (“Black Mud”), so there must have been a spring or other water source in the area. In the 1860s the Rhenish Missionary Society founded a mission station here to christianise the local Nama people. Today, the Keetmanshoop Museum is housed in the old Missionary Church. This sandstone building with its Gothic architecture is worth a visit, as is the post office and railway station.

The area surrounding Keetmanshoop in southern Namibia is a tourist’s dream. There are a number of landmarks, including the famous Quiver Tree Forest (a national monument), the Giant’s Playground (rock formations that resemble abandoned playing blocks), Island Mountains, the Great and Little Karas Mountains, the Ai-Ais resort (hot springs with an average temperature of 60 °C), the majestic Fish River Canyon, the Naute Dam, as well as the towns Luderitz and Kolmanskop (a ghost town, almost buried in the desert sand).