More About Stampriet

A short history of Stampriet

Stampriet’s history goes all the way back to 1898, when it was only a small trading post in the vastness of German South West Africa. Stampriet and its immediate vicinity is the site of many historical battles and events and evidence of these battles and events can still be found in the form of antique remains left behind by the people of that time. Lucky travelers might still stumble upon bullets fired from Mausers or other artifacts hidden in the sand. Some antiques can be seen in the Historical Guesthouse, just one kilometer from Indigo Selfcatering.

The name “Stampriet” was originally #A#Ams in the Nàmá language. The # is a clicking sound. In the Nama language a reed is #Ab. A clump of weeds is #Ams. It was a fountain, a oasis in the dry country. The fountain was surrounded by a clump of weeds. The inhabitants flattened the reeds to make thinner strokes with which they braided shelters. From there the original name “Stamprietfontein” which later become just Stampriet. (Read the book “Jare van onreg” written by Connie Zondagh).

Stampriet Today

Today Stampriet is a small village resting on the banks of the Auob river. Stampriet is perhaps best known for its fresh water springs and magnificent Palmtrees. Stampriet is only just big enough to provide most modern comforts and still have no lack of nature. It is surrounded by limestoneridges, red dunes and a variety of trees, on an almost endless resource of artesian water. A warm water spring is located on a farm only 10km from the village and is a must-see for anyone passing through.

The road to Stampriet with some fog hanging above.

The beautiful Church building on the hill.

One of the schools, the Private School Elnathan, is based on Christian principles.

Huge palm trees, some more than 100 years old.

The impressive character of the Kalahari is the Camel thorn tree, home to many birds nests.

The road from Stampriet to Leonardville.