Alternative Route to the TUCSIN Tsumkwe Lodge

Through the Omaheke – Eastern Namibia – as driven on 26/9/2016

Normally visitors approach TUCSIN’s Tsumkwe Lodge via Grootfontein or even from Rundu via the B8 and C44. As a rule their return trip follows the same route, unless they choose to continue on to Botswana. Being Namibia fans, we three Germans (Martin, Sabine and Cornelia) asked ourselves: Why not try the eastern approach?

The route from Gobabis to Tsumkwe via Drimiopsis, Epukiro and Gam is a total of 456km (C22 and C44), which we covered in 9 hours including breaks. It proved to be a far more variable route than the commonly used B1 starting from Windhoek.

To follow a comparison:

– Northern route: Windhoek-Tsumkwe on the tarred B1 and B8, C44 gravel: 708km

– Eastern route: Windhoek-Gobabis: 205km, Gobabis-Tsumkwe: 456km, in total: 661km

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By the way – the cell phone coverage was quite excellent during the trip:  In Drimiopsis, Epukiro, Otjimanangombe, (I think also) Okatumba and Gam we were exchanging sms as well as whatsapp messages.


September 2016:

This is our new blog of the TUCSIN Tsumkwe Lodge (TTL).

We present news about steps of progress as well as background information.

In March the educationalist Bruce Parcher, well experienced and acknowledged in the teaching field, became head of the TUCSIN Tsumkwe Training Program. He immediately started a Hospitality Training Program addressing the staff at the Lodge. From 2017 onwards also participants from outside will take part.

In July repair work has been started to improve the cabins one by one as well as the construction of a new, fully-equipped training kitchen. This work is combined with an Apprenticeship Training Program in in construction work. Visitors will hardly be disturbed by these activities.

In August Bruce Parcher held a workshop for local San-teachers giving classes within the new Cultural Class Program from September onwards.

13th – 16th of September: A workshop in Tsumkwe deals with the interaction of national and international genetics researchers with regard to the local population. The project will be co-ordinated on behalf of SASI (South African San Institute).