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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Descloizite are named after a former professor of mineralogy at the University of Paris, Alfred Legrand Des Cloizeaus. They form striking dark orange-red to brown to black crystals in a variety of wonderful shapes and sizes. An important ore of vanadium, it is used in the production of steel alloy catalysts, ceramic pigments, as a drying agent in ink and paint and in blue and yellow paint.

Distribution: The Otavi Mountains holds the distinction of where the world's largest concentration of descloizite where found, mainly in the Berg Aukas and Abenab Mines. These specimens are displayed in collections the world over, the most common being spear-shaped, dark-brown crystals. It also occurs 20km north of Opuwo in Kaokoland together with galena in dolomite.

Composition: Vanadate.

Crystal system: Orthorhombic.

Lustre: Lustrous, greasy.

Streak: Orange, brown-red.

Hardness: 3-3.5.

Epupa Camp

A tented camp on the banks of the Kunene River close to Epupa Falls and Himba settlements

Epupa Falls Lodge

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

Fort Sesfontein

On the border between Kaokoland and Damaraland this fort was built at the same time as the fort of Namutoni in Etosha

Kapika Waterfall Lodge

On a hill above the Kunene river, the lodge has tremendous views of the surrounding area and looks towards the Epupa Falls

Khowarib Lodge

An excellent base from which to explore the Kaokoland area.

Kunene River Lodge

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

Mopane Camp

In the village of Opuwo, this is a basic tented camp

Ohakane Lodge

One of the oldest lodges in the Kaokoland area, from here guest can visit Himba villages and other areas of interest in Kaokoland

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Near the tiny settlement of Puros, this luxury lodge offers you the ability to search for the desert adapted elephants

Okahirongo River Camp

On a hillside overlooking the Kunene River this small intimate camp offers accommodation for a maximum of 14 people.

Omarunga Camp

A comfortable tented camp close to the Epupa falls

Opuwo Country Lodge

This is one of the newer lodges in Opuwo - it has beautiful views over Kaokoland -a real desert oasis

Serra Cafema

Up-market luxury safari camp on the Kunene River - only reachable by light aircraft

Kaokoland Accommodation

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