The river Khan is an ephemeral river crossing the Erongo region of central Namibia. It is the main tributary of the Swakop River[1] and only occasionally carries surface water during the rain seasons in November and February/March. Khan's catchment area including its tributaries Slang and Etiro is 8,400 square kilometres (3,200 sq mi).[2]

Khan River
Khan Rivier 29.01.2009.jpg
Physical characteristics
SourceOtjisemba, northwest of Okahandja
 ⁃ locationOtjozondjupa Region
 ⁃ coordinates22°42′S 14°54′E / 22.700°S 14.900°E / -22.700; 14.900Coordinates: 22°42′S 14°54′E / 22.700°S 14.900°E / -22.700; 14.900
MouthSwakop River
 ⁃ location
c.40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Swakopmund
Basin size8,400 km2 (3,200 sq mi)
Basin features
 ⁃ rightSlang River, Etiro River

The Khan has its origin near the settlement of Otjisemba, north-west of Okahandja. From there the river course passes westwards to the town of Usakos, and further in a south-western direction through the Namib desert. It has its confluence with the Swakop River 40 km east of Swakopmund.[3]

It is a popular tourist attraction due to the proliferation of mammals such as the klipspringer antelope,[4] ostriches and jackals.


  1. ^ "ELECTIONS 2010: Erongo regional profile". New Era. 16 November 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
  2. ^ Strohbach, B.J. (2008). "Mapping the Major Catchments of Namibia" (PDF 1.0MB). Agricola. 2008: 63–73. ISSN 1015-2334. OCLC 940637734.
  3. ^ Jacobson, Peter J.; Jacobson, Kathryn M.; Seely, Mary K. (1995). Ephemeral rivers and their catchments: Sustaining people and development in western Namibia (PDF 8.7MB). Windhoek: Desert Research Foundation of Namibia. pp. 138–139. ISBN 9991670947.
  4. ^ Stuart, C.T. (October 2019). "Preliminary notes on the mammals of the Namib Desert". Madoqua. Volume 1975 Number Series 2 Issue 4: 5–36.