Okahandja is a small town located around 70Km north of Windhoek, and is where drivers either continue on the B1 north towards Otjiwarongo and Etosha, or turn off towards Karibib and Swakopmund. Most drivers simply drive through Okahandja without stopping, but they miss out on an excellent shopping opportunity.
Okahandja is home to an excellent wood market where craftsmen sell handmade souvenirs. These are largely hand carved wooden animals which vary in size from tiny to enormous, but the items on sale here are not just restricted to wood. Ostrich eggs are drained, cleaned and then painted or engraved with detailed pictures. Bones from animals are sometimes carved polished and painted to produce items such as bottle openers or ornaments.
The shell filling station as you approach Okahandja from the south has a good shop, and if you don’t already have a supply of cold drinks then this is a good place to stop and buy some.