Gochas - The Town of Love

Gochas is a village in Hardap Region, Namibia. It is located 110 kilometers (68 miles) south-east of Mariental, on the way to the Mata Mata border post to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park. The village has been the main settlement of the ǃKharakhoen (Fransman Nama), a sub-tribe of the Nama People since 1889.


Namibia offers calm, serene spaces and impeccable scenery and has become the destination of choice for those wanting to really get away from the cut throat nature of the rat race to recharge their bodies and minds. The small town of Gochas located in the south of the country is the ideal venue for when you just need to get away from it all.

Gochas is picturesque and charming, but its best feature undoubtedly is its secluded location. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities, it helps you reconnect with nature and yourself. The gravle road gently takes you to Gochas which leads you through the iconic Kalahari Desert where you will have the marvellous privilege of viewing undulating sand dunes that are dotted with trees and shrubs.

The contrasting effects of the red of the desert terrain against the white of the dry Aoub River rocks are a curious as well as a resplendent sight. Gochas is perfect for 4WD drive excursions throughout the surrounding area; of course exploration can be done in the form of hiking and cycling – perfect setting to discover the surroundings at your own pace.

Located 110km south-east of Mariental, the little town of Gochas can be considered one of the smallest in Namibia. Even though only a few shops, houses and structures mark its existence, Gochas is a lovely, warm and hospitable town. Wildlife in the area consists of herds of Springbok, Oryx/Gemsbok, Kudu and Red Hartebeest with Black-backed Jackals, Caracals and the occasional Brown Hyena and Leopard adding to the predator side.

Facilities in Gochas:

  • Engen Service station – Petrol & Diesel
  • OK Grocer for stock, food and ice
  • Kaap Agri for hardware needs
  • Mechanic
  • Postoffice
  • ATM – (FNB Namibia) inside the OK Grocer