Karas takes its name from the Nama word “Karas” which means “Quiver Tree”. This famous tree is the symbol for southern Namibia’s Karas region.
Namibia’s southernmost region, Karas covers 161,235 km². Our sizable area covers 20 percent of the total surface area of our nation.
Karas is acknowledged as an organic administrative and economic governmental unit. Our region also incorporates the townships of Lüderitz, Keetmanshoop ( Urban and Provincial), Karasburg, Berseba, and Oranjemund. The regional capital is also the seat of the government in Karas and is located in Keetmanshoop, referred to as the Karas Regional Council.
Karas is known for its breathtaking beauty and its blend of cultures as well as traditions. The economy is highly diversified and vibrant, distinguishing it from Namibia’s twelve other very different regions.
Karas possesses large amounts of natural resources – from the underwater marine treasures found near Atlantic coastline to precious minerals which include the world’s most expansive reserves of alluvial diamonds.
Karas’ arid, pest and insect free climate is nourished by the waters from the Orange and Fish rivers. These rivers make the area ideal for abundant, plush crops. Examples of these would be Karas’ desirable table grapes and dates, and our sheep, cattle, game and even the ostrich.
Our region is acknowledged and praised for the size and scope of its four pristine and delicately balanced desert ecosystems, which are home to many of the planet’s most exceptional natural wonders. These wonders include the Kalahari and Namib deserts and the Fish River Canyon. Because of the the care taken with our region, Karas is experiencing booming tourism and is drawing in global enterprises, in what is be considered to be on of the hottest and most recent eco-tourist destinations in Africa.
Karas is well known for its stable and reliable political atmosphere, low crime levels, and hard working, reliable labor force. These are supported by a trustworthy infrastructure which has air, water and roads to support business. The region’s easy access to foreign markets and financial incentives make investment in the region a simple proposition. This once ‘rough diamond’ of Namibia is situated to astonish the subcontinent.