Gross Barmen Resort is located around 100 km from the capital city of Windhoek, nestled on the banks of a tributary of the Swakop River. Set between rows of palm trees, green lawns and many pleasant walks, the resort is ideal for all ages. Gross Barmen Resort includes facilities for spa & wellness, fitness, recreation, and leisure. The main attraction of the resort is the health and hydro/medical spa center, featuring thermal springs and providing a full range of treatments, massages, and health activities for relaxation. The accommodation options at Gross Barmen Resort include family and bush chalet and camping sites. Other amenities and facilities include indoor and outdoor thermal pools, conference facilities, restaurant, bar and shop. The nearby dam attracts more than 150 different species of birds making it a hotspot for bird watching. Additionally, the Von Bach Dam outside of Okahandja (25 km) is a major draw for water sport enthusiasts and anglers.
Children and extra beds
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- Air Condition
- Indoor pool
- Outdoor pool
- Private bathroom
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Historicaly Okahandja is known as the “Garden Town Of Namibia”. Although, today Okahandja is an Industrial town, many major companies have made Okahandja there home, because of our excellent infrastructure.
Okahandja is surrounded by some of the best game and hunting farms in Namibia. Common game found in the area include Oryx and Kudu. The vegetation of the area can be classified as thornbush savanna. Dominant tree species are Camelthorn, Bluethorn, Sweetthorn and Ringwood. Okahandja has a wide selection of bird life and is truly a feast for the nature lover. We have fine Bed & Breakfast establishments, Lodges and many other types of accommodation to suite the traveler. Cattle farming is prominent and the main source of income for the farming community.
Some of our mayor industries include, Meatco, Namwater, NEC, Namgem and more. A lot of industrial space was allocated and numerous stands are available for investors to open new factories. Many Transport companies have made Okahandja there home, because of the ideal position in the heart of Namibia.
The Wood Cavers are a major tourist attraction and offer curios at very low prices. Stone and other products are also available. Most of the items sold are truly African and are made locally. So make sure you visit the entrepreneurs and get something special to take home.
The central region of Namibia are known for there friendly hosts and fine cuisine. A wide variety of bird life, wild life and an unique flora, provides our visitors with excellent opportunities to enjoy there stay.
Culture and history infoThe word, 'Okahandja' is derived from Otjiherero (a local tribal language) and means "The place where two rivers flow into each other to form one wide one." Okahandja is rich in history and it revolves mostly around the Herero and Nama tribal people. Chiefs Tjamuaha and Kahitjene came to Okahandja in 1800 to establish themselves here. Chief Tjamuaha was the father of Chief Maherero, who was known to be the great leader of the Herero people. In 1827 the first white person, Heinrich Schmelen a German pastor, came to Okahandja and called the place “SCHMELEN VERWACHTUNG”. The Rheinsh Mission sent two missionaries, Hugo Hahn and Heinrich Kleinschmidt to Okahandja in 1844 to do church work. All went peacefully in Okahandja until the 23rd of August 1850, when the “BLOODBATH OF OKAHANDJA” took place between the Nama and Herero speaking people, today the site where this historic battle took place in known as “ Moordkoppie” and is situated behind the town's school next to the Windhoek - Karibib main road. Jonker Afrikaner moved to Okahandja in 1854, where he later died. Chief Tjamuaha also died in the same year and advised his son, Maherero that he should stand up against the Nama-speaking people and overpower them, this was to be the beginning of a seven year war. True to his great leadership, Chief Maherero, conquered the Nama people and they in turn turned to the Germans for protection. On the 12th of January 1904, the Herero speaking people rebelled against the German occupation, but were chased off into the Kaiser kop area, East of Okahandja. In 1870 the first school was established by Reinish missionaries. Many other businesses flourished in Okahandja, including Wecke & Voigts which was establish in 1892, unfortunately the original building burnt down and has been replaced with a smaller shop which is situated on the original site on the corner of Bahnhof stasse and Voortrekker road. On 25 June 1894 Lentwein established a military station in Okahandja, this date was later regarded as the date on which Okahandja was officially established. Soon afterwards in 1895 the first postal services at Okahandja were established, camels were used to transport the mail. The first post office at Okahandja was established in 1896 and still stands in the main street. The Augustineum School was reopened at Okahandja on 9 November 1905, in this very same school many of our Cabinet Ministers were educated. The Tobacco Research Station was established between 1905 and 1907. Dr Fock became Okahandja's first mayor in 1906 and up to today a street is named after him, next to the Horse Riding Club where his original house still stands. Visitors to the Riding Club will be treated to some historical photos of the house, as well as of other homes and businesses in the early 1900's. The first railway station, as well as a telephone connection, were established in 1909, bringing further development to the then small town. A public pool was established in 1932, but is unfortunately no longer used due to water restrictions. The first big factory in Okahandja was the 'South West Creamery Ltd' and was established in 1948. 'African Meat Canners' was established in 1962 and the present Municipal buildings were constructed in 1952. Due to the historical fact that two Herero Chiefs, Kahimunua and Nikodemus, were shot by the Germans in Gobabis and were buried at the Bantu Kirche, off Martin Nieb street, Okahandja, every year towards the end of August , on what is now called Maherero Day, thousand of Herero's come to Okahandja to pay tribute to their fallen heroes. They make a grand procession of brightly colored traditional dresses, military outfits and prancing horses. They proceed along a route which starts at the grave sites and moves on to a site on the other side of the main Windhoek road, where a great tribal banquet and celebration is held. Okahandja holds a quaint atmosphere stooped in history and tradition. There are many historical sites to visit and a large variety of birds to view. Okahandja is crammed with many small businesses, these include: numerous supermarkets, three banks, a pharmacy, hardware stores, clothing stores, hairdressers, stationary shops, shoe shops, a photo developer, computer and internet shop, bakery and restaurant, but to mention a few. There is of course the larger industrial businesses too and five petrol stations, three of which have take away meals. Just a few kilometers from Okahandja is the Gross Barmen - Hot Water Springs, where a hot water spring inside swimming pool as well as a cooler outdoor swimming pool is available, there is also a restaurant, all this makes the popular tourist attraction is a worthwhile visit.