Thank you for wanting to know more about us - the Van Vuuren-family and staff at your service at East Gate Namibia.
I am Deon van Vuuren and married to Rita. We are the owners of East Gate.
Together with our sons DR, Rion and Gerdi, it is our mission to serve you - as our guests, in such a way that you will experience the love of God through us.
(Picture from left: Rion, DR, Deon, Rita and Gerdi van Vuuren)
East Gate is located on the farm Sandfontein, in the easternmost region of Namibia and next to the Botswana border. Our nearest town is Gobabis.
The farm Sandfontein was founded as a resting place for the trekkers on the wagon trail to and from Angola. Rita's ancestors were also "Dorslandtrekkers" as they were called and they were the first people to settle at Sandfontein. The name (Afrikaans for 'sand fountain') was derived from a fountain that is still running between our house and the rest camp.
During the forties, a police station was established on the farm to serve as an outpost for law and order in the region. Back then the only police vehicles available were camels which took them where they had to be! Eventually the name of the farm changed to the function of the police station: Buitepos ('outpost' in Afrikaans).
Later, during the fifties, Buitepos became a thoroughfare to Ghanzi in Botswana. Until the seventies the road to Ghanzi was a two-tracked sand road.
Our venture started in 1992 with the building of the Trans Kalahari Highway and after completion of the Total service station. Up till March 1997 - after the road was completed we went through some hard times but fortunately, by the grace of God, were always able to make ends meet.
The new road brought with it new development a new border post, power lines, a good telecommunication network, service station, a rest camp and a shop. This enables us to provide excellent service to our clients.
... to stop-over at East Gate and make yourself at home.
We as a family love the outdoors, camping and nature with its wonderful vegetation and wildlife.
East Gate is our way of sharing this love and passion with you.
May your stay with us revive your body and soul...