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Abbabis

Abbabis is a disused railway station southwest of Karibib in the Erongo Region of western Namibia on the 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in) dismanteled narrow gauge Swakopmund–Windhoek railway line established in 1900.

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Location

Near to the station was a German convalescent home (Genesungsheim), in which the soldiers of the imperial protection force (Schutztruppen) could recover. A ruin of its office building is still visible on a paddock. The soldiers camped in tents and baracks.

Name

The etymology of the station is not clear: Either it is from the Khoikhoi language for 'red spot', or from Nama language abas for 'gourd', as in the case of a farm approximately 300 km (200 miles) further south.

Current use

The rails have long been lifted. The station building has been extended at its front an rear. It is now used as a well maintained family home. The water supply is still from the old well.

References

Abbabis Wikipedia


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