Asab

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Not to be confused with Assab.
Asab
settlement
The General Dealer in Asab
The General Dealer in Asab
Asab is located in Namibia
Asab
Asab
Location in Namibia
Coordinates: 25°49′S 18°00′E / 25.817°S 18.000°E / -25.817; 18.000
Country  Namibia
Region Karas Region
Constituency Berseba Constituency
Time zone South African Standard Time (UTC+1)

Asab (Nama: new thing) is a settlement in the Karas Region of southern Namibia. It is situated on the B1 national road about halfway between Mariental and Keetmanshoop. 23 km (14 mi) east of Asab is the Mukurob rock pinnacle, a tourist attraction that collapsed in 1988.[1]

Asab belongs to the Berseba electoral constituency. The settlement features a petrol station, a shop, and a small hotel,[2] although none of these businesses is currently operational, to the effect that the place has been described as a "ghost village".[3] Asab Railway Station is a stop on the TransNamib railway line from Windhoek to Keetmanshoop.

3 kilometres (1.9 mi) outside Asab there is the community of Groendoring (literally Afrikaans: Green Thorn, referring to the Torchwood of the Balanites genus), with a privately built church and a now-defunct pre-primary school.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McIntyre, Chris. Namibia: the Bradt travel guide (3 ed.). Bradt Travel Guides. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-84162-187-6. 
  2. ^ Shigwedha, Absalom (6 April 2004). "Storm damages Asab Hotel". The Namibian. 
  3. ^ "Asab: spookdorp bied nie eens brandstof" [Asab: ghost village does not even offer petrol]. Die Republikein (in Afrikaans). 22 November 2007. 
  4. ^ Tjituka, Martin (30 April 2013). "Groendoring struggles to keep up with Eger legacy". The Namibian.