- Karas Region
The Karas Region is the southernmost region of
Namibia. The name assigned to the region reflects the prominence of the Karas Mountain Rangein the southern part of the region. The Karas region is considered as a natural organic administrative and economic unit and includes the magisterial districts of Keetmanshoop, Karasburg, Bethanie and Lüderitz.
Karas' western border is the shores of the
Atlantic Ocean. Its location in Namibia's south means that it shares a long border in the south and east with the Northern CapeProvince of South Africa. Domestically, it borders only the Hardap Region, to the north.
The region is a predominantly small stock farming area, consisting mostly of animals such as sheep or goats. Game farming and irrigation farming along the
Naute Damand the Orange River have gained significantly in importance.
A further characteristic of the Region is the harbour town of Lüderitz and its
fishingand boat building industry, the diamond areas along the coast, both on and off shore, with Oranjemundas the main centre, mining enterprises in the southern part of Namibia(Klein Karas area, Rosh Pinah), the Kudu Gas field in the Atlantic Oceannear Lüderitzand small-scale industries in Lüderitzand Keetmanshoop.
The Hot Water Springs at
Ai-Ais, and in future probably also the Hot Water Springs in Warmbad, the Kokerboom forest near Keetmanshoop, the Fish River Canyonwhich is the second largest in the world, the Brukaros Mountain (a former volcano) near Berseba, the coastal town Lüderitz and several guest and game farms gave become important tourist attractions. The tourism industry has the potential for further expansion.
The economic growth potential of the area is considerable but needs an intensive general development policy. It is a profitable tax-generating area, which predominantly comes from
diamond miningfor the central government.
The main railway line and two main trunk roads give access to
South Africa. Keetmanshoop is considered as the capital of the south and has direct air, railway and road links with Windhoek. Its airport is of international standard and suitable for international air traffic. The airfield at Kolmanskop near Lüderitz is regularly visited by Air Namibiaon its flights to Cape Townand Windhoek. Well developed landing facilities also exist at Oranjemund.
* [http://www.karasrc.com Karas Regional Council]
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