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Keetmanshoop is a small town in the south of Namibia, though it is by far the largest settlement in the region and a good overnight stop or base for a day or so. Apart from the quiver tree forests, there isn't much of interest here for the intrepid traveller (unless you have a penchant for colonial architecture). It's a town on the road from Windhoek to the South African border and as such is most frequently used for its petrol stations. The only road to Lüderitz starts in Keetmanshoop.
Aside from the Keetmanshoop museum, which is based in the Rhenish Mission Church, the nearby quiver tree forests are often a stop-off for travellers in the area. Another worthwile attraction is a cheetah rehabilitation centre along the road to the quiver tree forest.
There is a regular overnight train service with TransNamib, the national railway company of Namibia, from Upington in South Africa to Windhoek in Namibia via Keetmanshoop. The total trip takes about 26 hours. Although the domestic service from Keetmanshoop to Windhoek rides every day except Saturdays, the train between Upington in South Africa's Northern Cape province and Keetmanshoop only rides on two days: from Upington on Sundays and Thursdays at 5:00am arriving 11 and a half hours later in Keetmanshoop and from the latter on Wednesdays and Saturdays around 9:00am, taking well over 12 hours to reach Upington.
Most visitors will reach the town this way, being as it's placed on one of the few tar roads that exist in Namibia.
Intercape has buses 4 times weekly between Keetmanshoop and Windhoek (5.5 hours), Cape Town (over 14 hours) and Upington (7 hours). Note that the drop-off in Keetmanshoop is at a filling station about 5 kilometres from the centre of town, so if you are arriving on the service from Windhoek (which gets in after 11:00pm) then you are unlikely to find transport into the centre at that time. If you have not planned for this in advance, then you may need to spend the night in the 24 hour Wimpy.
Minibuses depart Lüderitz in the morning for the 3.5 hour journey to Keetmanshoop, costing N$120 (Nov 2009).
La Rochelle B&B is a comfortable option costing about N$200 (Nov 2009) for an en suite room with aircon.
There are Internet cafes in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Opuwo, and hostels often have access as well. Wifi is on the rise, but still not on the level of neighbouring South Africa.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Namibia's country code is 264. Each city or region has a two-digit area code. When calling long distance within Namibia, prefix the area code with a '0'. Mobile phones are very common and run on the GSM network, using the same frequency as Europe and the rest of Africa. Be aware that when you get off the beaten track signal can be erratic.
To avoid high costs, switch off data roaming and/or buy a local SIM card instead. Internet rates especially are extremely high still, but you will also save money on calling costs.
Nampost is the national postal service of Namibia. It has post offices in most major cities and towns or postal services are incorporated within small shops in the smallest settlements. As for many countries in Southern Africa, services are actually fairly reliable but not very fast. Count on 2 weeks or more for postcards or letters to be send to countries in Europe or North America. Most post offices are open from 8:00 or 9:00am to around 4:30pm, with shorter hours (mornings) on Saturdays. Note that local variations may apply. For parcels, you might choose more expensive but faster companies like DHL, UPS, FedEx or TNT.
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