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Keetmanshoop, Namibia
Whether traveling by train or vehicle between Windhoek to South Africa or westward toward Luderitz, travelers pass through the small town of Keetmanshoop. While founded in 1814 by the first missionary to the area, Johann Georg Schoder, the town owes its name to Johann Keetman, a German industrialist who helped fund the establishment of the mission.
 
Keetmanshoop enjoys perfect weather conditions for the raising of Karakul sheep. While some sheep provide lambskin for commercial uses, the majority provide wool for use in the creation of carpeting or other heavy fabrics.
 
On Farm Gariganus, where the quiver trees survive, another oddity of nature exists. The unique formations of massive boulders called Giant’s Playground appear stacked in a haphazard manner, many times seeming to defy gravity. Another amazing natural phenomenon located near Keetmanshoop is Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa and the second largest in the world. Water flows through the canyon only intermittently thus giving it an arid, stony appearance where only drought-resistant vegetation can live.

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