Outjo is best known as the main gateway to Etosha National Park. The small town is situated on the C38 90 kilometres southwest of Anderson Gate. Damaraland is reached by traveling through Outjo on the C39 to Khorixas. The C40 towards Kamanjab leads to the Kaokoveld.
Outjo has an airstrip about 10 kilometres out of town that accommodates small fixed-winged planes.
Epacha Private Game Reserve borders the main road to Etosha National Park and has its gate at only 60 km from the entrance of the park.
The town was founded by Germans under the command of Colonel Theodor von Leutwein in 1897. It started as a small military base in order to explore the northern area of German South West Africa. The local historical museum (Franke Haus Museum) details the campaign of Major Viktor Franke in Ovamboland.
The “Naulila monument” commemorates the small expedition on the Portuguese fort of Naulila in Angola by Major Viktor Franke in October 1914. It followed the massacre of a German delegation which had been sent to negotiate a treaty of non-aggression.
The town lies near Gamkarab Cave, known for its stalactites and stalagmites and its pietersite. The caves are on private ground and not open to the public.