TSUMEB

An­cient caves, a rich his­tory and big baob­abs – there’s more to this min­ing town than min­er­als.

go! Namibia - - CONTENTS - WORDS & PIC­TURES SOPHIA VAN TAAK

Tsumeb is a min­ing town and a gate­way to places fur­ther north. It’s of­ten the last stop for supplies if you’re trav­el­ling to An­gola, Etosha or the Caprivi Strip. But spend a lit­tle longer and you’ll soon re­alise there’s more to Tsumeb than the well-known De Wet min­ing shaft in Pres­i­dent Street.

It seems like any other min­ing town if you stick to the pave­ments, but what goes on be­low the tar tells a dif­fer­ent story: caves, un­der­ground lakes and more than 160 met­als and min­er­als like cop­per, lead, zinc, sil­ver and other rare met­als found nowhere else on earth. Yes, Tsumeb Mine is one of a kind. Dig a hole here and you’ll hit the pe­ri­odic ta­ble.

But Tsumeb’s trea­sures don’t ap­peal to min­ers alone – there are many won­ders for the rest of us to en­joy. Let’s delve a lit­tle deeper.

Lake Otjikoto

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