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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Andradite was first described by the Brazilian geologist, Jose Bonifacio d'Andrada e Silva. It is often found as dark red dodecahedral crystals. It is most common in metamorphic marble and calc-silicate rocks.

Distribution: Brown to black andradite garnet is found in the Otjosondu manganese deposit north of Okahandja. It also occurs in marble 60km east of Swakopmund and in some pegmatites including Davib West 62, Tsawisis 16 and Davib Ost 61. Farms Tubussis 22 and Tumib 20, west of Erongo also contains andradite.

Composition: Silicate.

Crystal system: Cubic.

Lustre: Resinous, vitreous.

Streak: White.

Hardness: 3.7-4.1

Elegant Farmstead

On an old mission station south of Okahandja, the farm Otjisazu is full of historical interest

Gross Barmen Hot Springs

Situated some distance west of Okahandja the natural hot spring has been tapped and is used to full both an indoor and outdoor pool

Okahandja Country Hotel

A tranquil garden & African decor give this country hotel laid back, relaxed feeling. Situated on the outskirts of the town of Okahandja

Omatozu Game Farm

A game farm which offers a 'boutique camping experience' with accommodation in air-conditioned permanently erected tents

Oropoko Lodge

Situated on farmland west of Okahandja, Oropoko has a well stocked game park

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