Eastern Region

Eastern Region     

The monument of a bull welcomes visitors at the entrence to Gobabis. This important cattle ranching centre is thegateway to the Trans Kalahari Highway, linking Namibia to Botswana and South Africa.
Like many other towns in Namibia, Gobabis developed around a mission station established in 1856by Frederich Eggert of the Rhenish Missionary Society. The Gobabis district wasproclaimed by German authorities in February 1894 and in June the following year, Gobabis garrison. While the military fort, built in 1896 - 97  has long since disappeared, one of the few buildings dating back to that era is the field hospital, or Lazarette, which has been declared a national monument. Of special interest is the museum on the outskirt of the town, where a variety of old agricultural implements are displayed in the grounds, as well as a collection of historic artifacts in the museum itself.
the earliest known inhabitants of Namibia are the San ( Bushmen ) who belong to the Khoesan peoples. These hunter - gatherers including the JU/Hoansi, Kxoe and !kung roamed the vast plain of years before migrants armed with weapons and searching for new land on which to graze their animals and plant their grain, drove them further and further east into the Kalahari Desert.

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San People
Most San people now live or work on farms in eastern Namibia. Crafts produced in the Omaheke Region are marketed by the Omaheke San Trust , an organization that provides a livelihood to hundreds of marginalized Bushman families living in the region. In Tsumkwe, situated next to the Nyae Nyae Conservancies office and well positioned for tourists to stop by on their way to Botswana or the Khaudum Game Park, is G!hunku Craft, which also provides an outlet for San handicrafts.