Grootfontein, meaning “Large Spring” is a city in Namibia in the Otjozundjupa Region. The town started as a resting place for the Afrikaner families that travelled from South Africa heading to Angola. Some families eventually started settling permanently until it officially became a town in 1907.
Grootfontein is one towns in the Otavi Triangle and serves as a great stopover to the Caprivi Strip. The town enjoys very good weather for most parts of the year. With summers experiencing high temperatures and lots of rain and winters generally cool, it is one destination you can visit at any time of the year and not worry about the weather. Spring is also an exciting time to visit especially for the plant lovers. You can discover the blossoms of the jacaranda and flamboyant trees blooming. Grootfontein is a well-developed town and boasts good infrastructure. This is due to the town’s strong economy that is based on cattle and grain farming as well as copper mining.
Significantly seen as a great stopover, Grootfontien offers fantastic touristic features that are often overlooked. The town has some beautiful dolomites and several fossils of animals that inhabited the area millions of years before human evolution. Wildlife is also very ubiquitous and animals like the cheetah, bush baby, leopard and the Dik Dik are seen roaming freely. Bird life is also vast, and pigeons, vultures and weavers can be spotted.
Other places to visit include the 120 year old German Schutztrupe fortress that is home to a museum that showcases the town’s history. You can also delay your journey and spend a day sightseeing. Interesting sites include The Hoba Meteorite, the large Baobab Tree and the Gaub Cave. Visit Grootfontein and explore some of the undiscovered natural landscapes in Africa.
Grootfontein accommodation is mainly available in chalets and safari lodges.