The German industrialist Johan Keetman gave the town Keetmanshoop its name (Hoop is derived from Afrikaans and means “hope”). The modern town Keetmanshoop lies approximately 500 km south of the capital Windhoek and has about 22000 inhabitants, including the suburb Kroenlein. The town lies in the centre of southern Namibia and at the western outskirts of the Kalahari Basin. Today it is the most important hub regarding road and rail traffic in southern Namibia. Already during the formative years of Keetmanshoop it was an important trade station. The national road B1 developed out of the former trading routes. One of the main tourist attractions in the area are the quiver tree forests. The quiver trees are mostly found on private farms and can be visited. The name derives from the utilisation of the trees’ branches by the San to make quivers for their arrows. Thirteen kilometres north east of Keetmanshoop on the farm Gariganus we find one of the most famous quiver tree forests, which has been declared a National Monument.
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