The bustling, little town of Omaruru is a place of many pleasant surprises. One of them is Kashana Namibia, a lodge-style guest house whose centerpiece is a former casino built by the German colonial rulers in 1907. After the building was left to itself and almost fell apart, the current owners came to its rescue, restoring it to its former glory. Today, the lovely old house accommodates a rustic bar and a cosy restaurant. The courtyard houses a number of shops, amongst them the ever-popular Nawa-Nawa Art Centre. Kashana’s overnight guests stay over in newly-built rooms. Very recently, a swimming pool and a lapa area were also added.
Twelve Spacious Chalets
Luxury air-conditioned chalets, offering either a king-size bed or two double beds. Elegantly decorated and furnished, these lofty airy units offer all the comforts of home during your stay.
Two Family Chalets
Furnished to the same standards as the Chalets above, these are perfect for family use, having an upstairs loft equipped with twin single beds, and a double bed downstairs.
Two Luxury Rooms with Separate Lounge
Close to the pool, and sharing a verandah, these apartment-style units are in a more secluded area. Each has twin beds. Economical without sacrificing comfort, and ideal for Guests wishing to stay longer.
En-suite shower facilities with bidet
(No bidet in Luxury Rooms)
Air conditioning, Silent refrigerator
Mini-bar, Tea / coffee station
Television, Internet connection
Safe for valuables
Once settled in, you'll want to relax on the verandah with a sundowner, taking in the African air, the sounds and the silence. Later, you might take the short walk into town, to discover its history or meet some of its many interesting artists and craftsmen.
The little town offers an attractive art gallery, a wood carving workshop, antique shop, chocolate factory and a winery, giving you the opportunity to obtain a very personal impression of Namibia and its people by mingling with the locals.
Kashana’s restaurant offers a delightful Namibian culinary experience for individuals and groups.
You are welcome to join us for lunch, coffee or an exquisite dinner with the opportunity to sample our select wine list.
We also enjoy catering for functions, for which there are three different rooms to choose from as venues.
The bar, which has been designed by Namibian artist Trevor Nott, is a highlight of Namibian interior design.
During the year we also offer specials.
Please contact us for details.
For lunch and dinner our restaurant offers
a big variety of excellent Namibian or international dishes.
Welcome to Kashana Namibia
Kashana Namibia is situated some 250km north-west of Windhoek in the historic town of Omaruru, between Karibib and Otjiwarongo.
It is thought that the house probably gained its name from the surrounding bush savannah which resembled a "wide open plain" or Kashana in the Owambo language. Originally built in 1907, as a casino for local mine-workers, it was subsequently put to different, sometimes less respectable uses, and its condition deteriorated seriously over the years.
In August 2007, its new owners re-opened Kashana Namibia after carrying out an extensive programme of painstaking renovation. Now, restored to its former glory, it reflects its German colonial heritage.
Today, the building is the centre-piece of a Lodge-style Guesthouse with a novel and attractive bar and a popular all-day -la-carte restaurant, frequented not only by residents, but also by passing travellers and local townspeople, all enjoying the tranquil shade of the garden courtyard.
The courtyard is skirted by a number of small shops and businesses, including florist, hairdresser, and the innovative Nawa-Nawa Art Centre, providing services for Guests and supporting the local community.
Beyond the courtyard, fronting the river, newly built Guest accommodation is to be found. Work also continues discretely elsewhere to expand the scope and facilities of the complex - the most obvious addition being the recently completed swimming pool, terrace and lapa.
Omaruru is an attractive small town with some hidden gems and a century of history waiting to be discovered.
Omaruru, between Karibib and Otjiwarongo on the C33.
From Karibib take the C33 north to Omaruru and turn right into Wilhelm Zeraua Road
From Otjiwarongo take the C33 south to Omaruru which brings you straight into Wilhelm Zeraua Road.
From Wilhelm Zeraua Road turn south by the police station into
River Street. Take the first road left into Dr Ian Scheepers Drive.
The first entrance on the left hand side of the road is Kashana Namibia.
Local Places of Interest
The Municipality of Omaruru was the very first town in Namibia to receive full municipal status in July 1909. The first municipal office building was erected in 1926. The council moved to the present building in the 1980s. This building was the first government school and hostel, opened in 1912, after school attendance became compulsory in 1909.
The Franke Tower is very significant in Omaruru's history, and is depicted on the Municipal Coat of Arms. It is popular with tourists. During the Herero Rebellion of 1904, Major Victor Franke of the Colonial Army freed Omaruru on 4th February. Omaruru's grateful residents built the Franke Tower in 1907 in his honour. The adjacent battlefield is protected by the Historical Monuments Commission.
The Mission House and Church Missionary was founded by Gottlieb Viehe in 1870 - believed to be the founding date of Omaruru. He delivered sermons, started school tuition and established the first Namibian meteorological station with written records from 1880 - 1887. He also co-translated the New Testament from German to Herero. The Mission House was declared a National Monument in 1986 and is also under the protection of the HMC.
Kashana's restaurant offers a delightful Namibian culinary experience for individuals and groups. You are welcome to join us for lunch, coffee or an exquisite dinner, with the opportunity to sample our select wine list.
You may eat or drink inside the Restaurant or outside, taking in the sunshine and ambiance of the delightful garden terrace.
We also enjoy catering for functions, for which there are three different rooms to choose from as venues. The bar, which has been designed by Namibian artist Trevor Nott, is a highlight of Namibian interior design.
The Restaurant and Bar at Kashana keep regular opening hours during which time you can always be assured that you will be made welcome.
Nawa Nawa Art
To conserve what has previously been rejected or destroyed is inspiring, cutting edge and a necessity for our own survival.
It is the mission of Nawa Nawa Art to celebrate creativity, resourcefulness and love for our planet by focusing on recycling, re-using and sourcing art from Namibian artists. Produced from sustainable resources, these artworks demonstrate that it is possible to be both crafty, creative and environmentally friendly by taking one person's junk and fashioning it into another person's treasure.
The Nawa Nawa Art building is itself a statement to this mission, mostly created out of building rubble, old drums and reeds from the riverbed by Omaruru resident Trevor Nott and his building team.
Let yourself be inspired by the artists in this gallery, who made something unique out of the ordinary, or gave a lost object another chance and made it into something "Nawa Nawa", which in the Oshiwambo language means "very very good".
Nawa Nawa Art specialises in:-
Innovative, exclusively sourced, high quality Namibian Art and Crafts
Limited edition prints and original paintings
Unique furniture and interior design objects
Rare African tribal antiques Sculptures
Artists featured at the Nawa Nawa Art Centre:-
Thelma van Rhyn Annette Niedermeier Martie Zwemmer