The Solitary Town of Solitaire

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Solitaire is a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia. With no other village for miles around, and the only place to get fuel between the dunes at Sossusvlei and the coast at Walvis Bay – a distance of 340 km, Solitaire is a common stop-over for tourists. Aside from a gasoline station, there’s a puncture and mechanical repair facility with a limited stock of tires, a post office, a bakery, and a general dealer. There is also a camp and a motel nearby.

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For most of the year Solitaire is the proverbial one horse town, but during the tourist season it becomes very busy, with visitors heading to the dunes from either Swakopmund or Windhoek passing through. Solitaire gained an amount of interest following the publication of the book “Solitaire” by Dutch author Ton van der Lee. The book has inspired many tourists to make the pilgrimage to this remote outpost.

 

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