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    Oshikoto

    The Etosha National Park forms the southern boundary of four of Namibia's 14 Regions, this area was formerly known as Owamboland. The 4 regions are locally known as The 4 O Regions and include Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena, and Omusati. These regions are all found in the far north of the country. Oshikoto has a total population exceeding 182000 inhabitants and generates the majority of its economy through activities such as agriculture, cattle farming and mining. Oshikoto is one of only 3 Namibian regions that do not have a shoreline or foreign border.

    The capital town of the Oshikoto Region is Omuthiya which is conveniently situated near the well-known Etosha National Park. This park is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. Tourists in the region are also encouraged to visit the regions previous capital, Tsumeb, because of its many activities and attractions. Some of these include, The Tsumeb Museum which houses excellent displays of the area's rare minerals and mining history, as well as Bushmen and Himba artifacts. The Arts and Crafts Centre sells art and crafts made by local craftspeople and artists. The Tsumeb Cultural Village which is located at the southern entrance to town, is community project consisting of an open air museum that gives visitors an insight into the rural life of Namibian tribes. The Old Mine including the now disused De Wet shaft head frame in the main street of Tsumeb. The mine ran for more than 50 years and stopped production in 1996 due to depletion of economical ore in the Tsumeb One Body. Otjikoto Lake lies almost twenty kilometres northwest of Tsumeb and is a mysterious sinkhole, into which all manner of war equipment and armaments, including brass cannons, were dumped by the Schutztruppe to avoid British troops laying hands on it during the German occupation of Namibia. Much of this weaponry has since been recovered and is on display in the Tsumeb Museum. Lake Guinas lies 32 kilometres northwest of Tsumeb, past the Otjikoto Lake. This lake home to cichlid fish, tilapia guinasana, which are endemic to this lake, though they have recently been introduced to Otjikoto Lake as well. The Hoba meteorite site can be found about 75 kilometres southeast of Tsumeb and is the resting place of a famous lump of rock is reportedly the world's heaviest metallic meteorite to be found on earth. The meteorite site also has a kiosk selling cool drinks, snacks and souvenirs and is an ideal place for a picnic.

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