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