About Us

Omusati Region is situated in the northern part of the Republic of Namibia. The word ‘omusati’ is an Oshiwambo word which means a mopani tree. It shares borders with the Republic of Angola in the north, Ohangwena Region in the north-east, Oshana Region in the east and Kunene Region in the south-west. There are many unspoiled beautiful sceneries, while different species of trees and animals continue to attract tourists and visitors to the Region. The Region consists of twelve (12) Constituencies, namely Anamulenge, Elim, Etayi, Ogongo, Okahao, Okalongo, Onesi, Oshikuku, Outapi, Ruacana, Tsandi and Otamanzi, three (3) Settlements i.e. Okalongo, Onesi and Ogongo and five (5) Local Authorities namely Outapi, Ruacana, Okahao, Oshikuku and Tsandi Village Council. Outapi Town is the Administrative Seat and Capital of the Region.

 

Size of the Region

The Region has a total land surface area of 26 551 km2 and it is the 9th largest Region among 14 Regions, with the population density of 9.1 percent.

 

Population Demography

Omusati is the third populated Region with the population of 243 166 out of which 133 621 are females and 109 545 are males.

Its annual growth rate stands at 0.6 percent and about 90 percent of the population lives in rural areas, while only 5.7 percent of the people live in urban areas. There are 46 698 households in the Region with an average size of 5.2 persons per household.

 

Population density by area

Area                                        Population                              Area in km2                                                Person per km2                 

Omusati                                  243,166                                   26604.8                                   9.1      

Anamulenge                           13,410                                     353.6                                       37.9

Elim                                         11,406                                     444.3                                       25.7

Etayi                                        35,101                                     644.2                                       54.5

Ogongo                                   19,546                                     806.8                                       24.2

Okahao                                   17,548                                     9910.5                                     1.8

Okalongo                                30,609                                     656.9                                       46.6

Onesi                                       13,149                                     601.9                                       21.8

Oshikuku                                 9,093                                       277.2                                       32.8

Outapi                                     36,934                                     985.5                                       37.5

Ruacana                                  14,018                                     5377.0                                     2.8

Tsandi                                     28,018                                     2362.9                                     11.9

Otamanzi                                13,495                                     4184.1                                     3.2

 

Landscape

The landscape of the Region is made up of mopane trees which is a dominant specie and spreads across the Region on shallow sand. The sandy parts of the Region bears abundant makalani palms ‘omilunga’, fig trees ‘omikwiyu’, baobab trees ‘omikwa’ and marula trees ‘omigongo’, especially in the eastern part.

 

Climate

It is a semi-arid and characterized by the high temperature ranging between 25-37 degrees Celsius. The average rainfall per year is about 350-500 mm between November to April. The Region falls under the very flat hydro-geological Cuvelai Basin dipping from some 1150 m above sea level (asl) in the north east to 1080 m asl in Etosha Pan. The rainfall decreases from 600 mm in the north east to 300 mm in the west.

Omusati Region Map