’Agricultural tourism’ taking off in Omaheke

GOBABIS: The Omaheke Region has over the past few years played host to a relatively new form of tourism known as ‘agricultural tourism’, owing to its popularity as ‘cattle country’.

Students enrolled at various overseas universities have in the past two years visited the region in large numbers to experience first-hand information on issues relating to animal husbandry, the care of livestock and farming techniques.

A local tourism entrepreneur, Peter-Hain Kazapua who runs Uakii Wilderness, told Nampa on Tuesday that he has played host to a number of students descending on Omaheke for the purpose of studying the agriculture sector.

Students would visit both communal villages and commercial farms, where they spend days learning first-hand about the various techniques employed in farming.

“This is an interesting development for Omaheke, and it creates opportunities for local farmers to share their experiences with these students. Farmers can also use the students as links to marketing their activities overseas,” Kazapua said.

He used the opportunity to call on young people in the Omaheke Region to take up tourism as an entrepreneurship opportunity, as the industry has the potential to grow.

“With this new form of tourism emerging here, one never knows what could come next. Take up the opportunity and make yourself known. But this is an industry that requires patience as the tourists only travel during certain times of the year,” he stated.

The Omaheke Region has been dubbed ‘cattle country’ due to the large number of livestock found in the area. Many industries in Gobabis – the region’s main economic centre – are moulded around the thriving animal husbandry industry.

The region is also supported by the vast number of cattle farms and communal villages, which sustain the town of Gobabis.