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BORN IN ETOSHA - KEEPING IT ALIVE!

Waterhole

  • ||Khumub and |Nuaiseb are a pair of hills that are visible from a great distance across Etosha’s flat landscape.

  • Places like ‡Gunub, where the water was too salty for human consumption, were useful to the Hai||om, as they provided them with salt, an important exchange resource.

  • ‡Homob is one of the more important former Hai||om settlements. There were about 40 permanent settlements within the area subsequently defined by the 1970 park boundaries

  • During the 1950s, when the Hai||om had to leave their former settlements, locations were built, for example at Okaukuejo.

  • At ||Khau‡goab, there are two palms and two waterholes, ||Khau‡goab and Aa‡goab. The Hai||om say the two waterholes are brothers.

  • In former times, ||Nasoneb (Rietfontein) was an important Hai||om settlement. Kadisen ||Khumub was born there in 1940.

  • Mina !Noboses, born ||Gamgaebes, was born at Ombika around 1940. As she was a very small baby, she was given the nickname “Ticky”.

  • In the past, Tsînab, a natural well with a permanent settlement, was situated close to Halali, but it has been almost entirely forgotten.

  • Sore ‡Axab is a reliable source of potable water and it was also known to be a favoured haunt of lions.

  • The Hai||om recall the area around Namutoni as being particularly abundant in bush food.