Gobabis is situated on the Wit-Nossob River, 120km from the Botswana border at Buitepos. The name was meant to be Khoikhoi for ‘place of strife’, but a slight misspelling (Goabbis) renders it ‘place of elephants’, which locals seem to prefer, despite its obvious shortage of elephants.
Although Gobabis is the main service centre of the Namibian Kalahari, there isn’t a lot to look at and, let's face it, noone ever fell in love with Gobabis. The town’s only historic building is the old military hospital, the Lazarett, which once served as a town museum. It’s not officially open, but it's more interesting from the outside anyway.