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Andara is located in Namibia
Coordinates: 18°04′S 21°27′E / 18.067°S 21.450°E / -18.067; 21.450Coordinates: 18°04′S 21°27′E / 18.067°S 21.450°E / -18.067; 21.450
Country Namibia
RegionKavango East
ConstituencyMukwe Constituency
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)

Andara is a village in Mukwe Constituency in the Kavango East region of north-eastern Namibia. Located 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Rundu, it is inhabited primarily by the Hambukushu people.

Founding of the Catholic mission[edit]

Catholic fathers of the organization Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate founded the Andara Mission in 1913. Possibilities for this were examined already in 1903 and 1907, and in January 1908 fathers Franz Krist and Franz Lauer together with lay brother Georg Kurz founded the mission. Father Krist left back for Grootfontein after a few weeks, but he died along the way. When a new expedition arrived in Andara, they only found two graves. Lauer and Kurz had meanwhile died of blackwater fever.[1]

The new expedition also ran into difficulties, when one its members misfired his gun and King Libebe of the Hambukushu turned hostile to the missionaries. They now had to move to the Gcirikus, to King Nyangana in a place that was also called Nyangana.[1]

King Libebe soon became reconciled with the missionaries, and the German fathers re-established Andara in 1913.[1] The second attempt was done under leadership of father Joseph Gotthardt, who later became Archbishop of South West Africa.[2]

The mission today[edit]

Today Andara is the home of the Holy Family Parish, a Roman Catholic mission. In the 1960s, the Andara Catholic Hospital and a youth hostel were built. The hostel can house up to 130 people.[3]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Peltola, Matti (1958). Sata vuotta suomalaista lähetystyötä 1859–1959. II: Suomen Lähetysseuran Afrikan työn historia [‘One Hundred Years of Finnish Missionary Work 1859–1959. II: The History of FMS’s Missionary Work in Africa’]. Helsinki: The Finnish Missionary Society. pp. 216–218.
  2. ^ Shiremo, Shampapi (22 July 2011). "Bishop Joseph Gotthardt: A determined missionary along the Kavango River (1880-1963)". New Era. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "Vicariate of Rundu". Roman Catholic Church Namibia. 2013–2014. Archived from the original on 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  4. ^ Joseph Diescho Archived 2011-06-11 at the Wayback Machine Namibia Institute for Democracy