Rocks & Minerals | Namibia
Introduction: Many years ago, Chrysocolla was used as a flux for soldering gold. The Greek names chrysos meaning 'gold' and kolia for 'glue' stuck. This is a stunning blue to dark blue mineral, known for its attractive radiating bundles of microscopic crystals.
Distribution: A relatively common find as a thin coating or crust on Namibia's known 300 copper deposits. The old copper prospect at Omaue in Kaokoland mined over 50,000kg of chrysocolla. Ongana copper mine also produced significant quantities as did Gorob Mine, Matchless, Natas and Tsumeb Mines.
Crystal system: Orthorhombic.
Lustre: Earthy or dull.
A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements
Previously this only provided campsites, but recently added rooms on stilts overlooking the river and falls. A rustic option but closest situated to Epupa Falls
On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha
On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls
An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.
An excellent lodge in a remote location on the banks of the Kunene River, for those interesting in birding, relaxing or river rafting this lodge is an absolute must
In the village of Opuwo, this is a basic tented camp
One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland
Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants
On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.
A comfortable tented camp close to the Epupa falls
This is one of the newer lodges in Opuwo - it has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis
Up-market luxury safari camp on the Kunene River - only reachable by light aircraft