A Journey through Uukwaluudhi History

7 Oct 2011 | Publication

Owamboland, or the north-central region as it is now known, is a flat, sandy region intersected by a network of broad, shallow watercourses called oshanas. The area has a semi-arid climate, high temperatures and can be humid. It is mostly inhabited by subsistence farmers, the majority of whom depend on crops and livestock farming. This region is the heart of Namibia - it is densely populated and is considered Namibia's indigenous and cultural heartland.

Today, Owamboland is home to nearly 50% of Namibia's population. In 2002, just less than 800,000 Aawambo people lived in the north-central region. Although it was higher in the 1980s and 90s, population growth is now estimated at about 2% because of changes in fertility, migration and the effects of HIV. Rural households constitute 85% of the population in this region. Uukwaluudhi is part of the Omusati region. Tsandi is the main settlement in the area and its constituency is home to over 32,000 people.

The Namibian Community Based Tourism Assistance Trust (NACOBTA), with funding from the Global Environmental Fund, developed the concept of information posters and booklets that deal with geology, history, local flora and fauna, cultural and biodiversity issues in parts of Namibia. These are being sold to visitors to help reduce rural poverty. They have been translated into the local language and given to schools to use as an educational resource. It is hoped that this book will promote the protection of resources and cultural heritage amongst Namibians and visitors to the north-central region, particularly in the Uukwaluudhi area.


Written and compiled by
Annie Symonds
Published by Namibian Community Based Tourism Assistance Trust