Hardap is one of the thirteen regions of Namibia. The name of the region comes from the Hardap Dam, the largest dam in Namibia. Capital Region has Mariental, situated at the Fish River below the Hardap Dam; largest city, however, Rehoboth, a city founded the Rehoboth Basters.
Hardap is one of southern Namibia and bordered to the south by the Karas Region and to the north by the region of Khomas.
→ See also: Geography of Namibia
Hardap covers an area of 110,000 km ² and is bordered on the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by Botswana. The entire coast and large parts of the West Hardaps be occupied by the Namib Desert and are part of the Namib- Naukluft National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Namibia. Places like Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon are among the most important natural monuments in Namibia.
Then east to the Namib Desert, there are numerous mountain ranges such as the Tiras and Naukluft Mountains, which form part of the Great Escarpment. The center Hardaps is crossed from north to south from the Fish River and its tributaries, which is why many places here - not least thanks to the water resources of the Hardap Dam - livestock industry can operate.
The East Hardaps is characterized by wide, mountain -less savannahs of the African interior plateau. The further east, the stronger the influence of the dry climate of the Kalahari Desert.
The Hardap Region is divided into six constituencies:
Economy and population
Hardap is located in its core area on the main north -south axis between the Namibian capital Windhoek and Keetmanshoop Karas region capital and further into the Republic of South Africa in the south. There is here a well-developed rail link and the National Road B1. Along this axis are the most places, cities and farms of the region. This area has due to the Hardap Dam, located near Marienthal sufficient water supply, but is often ravaged by floods during the rainy season.
Hardap is one of the regions in Namibia with the highest percentage of whites. In no other region of the country you find so many non-African townscape and landscape names, so about 80 % of the town and city names are German, another 15 % have a name in Afrikaans, English or a mixture of the three languages .