Welcome to Ongulumbashe
The town of Ongulumbashe is regarded, not without reason, as the birthplace of modern Namibia. On 26 August 1966 the first shots of the war for Namibian independence were fired from this patch of scrubland. The site is also where the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia enjoyed its first victory over the South African troops, who had been charged with rooting out and quelling potential guerrilla activities. At the site, you can still see some reconstructed bunkers and the ‘needle’ monument marking the battle. An etching on the reverse side honours the Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina (PPSh), the Russian-made automatic rifle that played a major role in the conflict.
Be advised that this area is considered politically sensitive – you will need permission to visit the site from the Swapo office (065 251 038) in Uutapi.