Geography and history

The Oshana Province is situated in the northern parts of Namibia. It has a total population of approximately 175 000 inhabitants and its capital is Oshakati. The country’s largest number of businesses are located in this province and is also relies on agricultural activities to sustain its economic industry. This province borders on four of the country’s other provinces – Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kunene and Omusati.

The capital town of Oshakati is well-known for being the base of operations for the South African Defence Force during the South African Border War and Namibian Independence War. The name of this town means “that which is in between” - which could possibly refer to it being in the middle to two wars. Tourists are encouraged to visit the town of Ongwediva because it is the second largest entertainment town after the country’s capital city.


The Oshana Province offers a great variety of visitor accommodation options. Tourists will find a great selection of bed and breakfasts, self-catering units, lodges, hotels and camping sites in the area. Please go to our accommodation directory if you would like more information on places to stay in the area.


The Oshana Province’s business community is booming thanks to all the tourist attractions nearby and also its agricultural industry. You will find many local products, shops, souvenirs, stalls and great restaurants in the area to cater to your every need. Please visit our business directory for a complete list of all the businesses you can find in the region. There are loads of activities and attractions for the whole family in this province. Please view our activities directory for a full list of things to do.