Maltahöhe was established in 1899 by
Henning von Burgsdorff, previously an officer in the German Schutztruppe, the
military force of the Imperial German occupation. Burgsdorff named the place
after his wife Malta, – “höhe” refers to hill. Maltahöhe is situated in the
central to southern part of Namibia close to the Swartrand escarpment. The town
has a few small shops, two filling stations and a hotel – The Maltahöhe Hotel
was established in 1907 which makes it the oldest country hotel in Namibia
still partly operating in the original buildings.
In earlier years Maltahöhe use to be the
midpoint of the karakul sheep farming industry, but this branch of agriculture
has shrunken due to lasting drought cycles and embargoes against the karakul
fur/pelt trade. Maltahöhe is surrounded by vast portions of farm land that
stretch all the way down into the Namib Desert and all along the protected areas
of the Naukluft Park.
Sheep and goat farming remain the commercial hub
of the south.
The +/- 6,000 inhabitants of the village mainly
live in two suburbs, Andreville location and “Blikkiesdorp” (Afrikaans
language) or “Tin Town”. Unemployment is high with only a small percentage of residents
in possession of a job.The hotel together with
a few remaining businesses work among the communities to uplift and create
employment through Tourism.
Visitors to Maltahöhe Hotel are always amazed to
see a large collection of images and relics from a bygone era. The hotel is
especially renowned for its warm hospitality, excellent food and cozy bar adorned
by hundreds of memorabilia from across the world. Maltahöhe is a gateway to
places and attractions such as Sesriem, Sossuvlei, Naukluft Park, Duwisib
Castle, Luderitz and the Fish River Canyon.
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Coordinates: Lat -24.845457 Lng 16.97962