Sesfontein

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Sesfontein
settlement
The reconstructed Fort Sesfontein in 2014
The reconstructed Fort Sesfontein in 2014
Sesfontein is located in Namibia
Sesfontein
Sesfontein
Location in Namibia
Coordinates: 19°8′S 13°37′E / 19.133°S 13.617°E / -19.133; 13.617
Country  Namibia
Region Kunene Region
Constituency Sesfontein Constituency
Time zone South African Standard Time (UTC+1)
Climate BWh

Sesfontein is a settlement in the Kunene Region of Namibia, situated 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the regional capital Opuwo. It is the district capital of Sesfontein Constituency, its population is 7,358. Sesfontein derives its name from the six fountains which have their source in the vicinity. The settlement features a clinic.[1]

The most well known landmark of Sesfontein is Fort Sesfontein, erected in 1896 as a police outpost by Schutztruppe soldiers of Imperial Germany. It was abandoned in 1914 and fell into disrepair soon thereafter. Considered a prospective National Monument in 1984[2] it was decided in 1989 not to list it. The fort was reconstructed in the 1990s and is now equipped to accommodate tourists. The palm trees at the fort were planted by the German police officers who manned the fort to combat weapons smuggling and elephant and rhino poaching.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haufiku, Mathias (20 November 2014). "Clinics stand idle for four years in Kunene". New Era. 
  2. ^ Vogt, Andreas (2006). "12.9: Fort Sesfontein und Friedhof, Sesfontein (Vorläufig)". Nationale Denkmäler in Namibia. Ein Inventar der proklamierten nationalen Denkmäler in der Republik Namibia [National Monuments in Namibia. An inventory of the proclaimed national monuments in the Republic of Namibia] (in German). Gamsberg Macmillan. ISBN 99916-0-752-8. 


Coordinates: 19°07′31″S 13°37′00″E / 19.12528°S 13.61667°E / -19.12528; 13.61667