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Originally from Braunschweig (view) in northern Germany (view), I've been living in Windhoek since March 2006. Whenever I have some time (and my Garmin eTrex Vista HCx) I'm OSMing on the WikiProject Namibia - mapping mostly the southern and central Windhoek areas.

Main Contributions to OSM

  • I wrote the current version of the Namibian Tagging Standards and continuously work on adjusting Namibia's portion of the map accordingly
  • Although still far from complete, what you find on OSM in the following areas was mostly mapped by me:
    • Cimbebasia
    • Kleine Kuppe
    • Olympia
    • Hochlandpark
    • Windhoek West (especially the Polytechnic's main campus) (in progress)
    • Ludwigsdorf (in progress)
    • Klein Windhoek (in progress)

Hiking Trails

  • Namib-Naukluft (4-day) Hiking Trail
  • Waterberg Hike
  • "Auas Mountain Peak Hike" (inofficial, restricted access)

Mapping Tools Used

I usually capture tracks with my Garmin eTrex Vista HCx (often by driving around on a Quadbike), download and clean the raw GPX data with QLandkarte/GT, and then edit and upload to OSM using Merkaartor (currently using 0.16-svn). Everything runs under Debian GNU/Linux, together with a large bunch of standard and custom tools and scripts.


The Internet in Namibia must be the slowest one in the world (well, yes - there is only one I suppose...). However, if you feel like having too much money, I'd be happy to receive planet.osm files on DVD :-)


If you want to get in touch with me, you can reach me at

  • ICQ UIN 139697445
  • e-Mail: jf (/at/) jensfendler (.dot.) com
  • Web Site with some of my photography: [1]