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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Gneiss is a coarse-grained metamorphic rock with characteristic bands and layers. As they have undergone intense stages stages of metamorphism, the deformation has resulted in folded and stretched out, layered patterns, or 'swirled toothpaste'.

Distribution: Southern Namibia and scattered gneiss outcrops in Damaraland. Gneisses are also located in the Grootfontein metamorphic sequence, the Rehoboth-Sinclair sequence in the south and the Epupa Complex in the extreme north-west. There is also a complex south of Kamanjab. East and south-east of Sossusvlei also bears a complex and in central Namibia there is a Gneiss complex some 250km radius around Windhoek.

Composition: Large crystals are composed of quartz, alkali feldspar, mica, amphiboles.

Colouration: Grey and pink to black and red.

Etendeka Mountain Camp

This remote lodge is a truly unique destination. Stunning scenery, award winning conservation and highly personal service are just some of the reasons that just about everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations

Grootberg Lodge

An extremely popular and well managed lodge which is owned by the local community, Grootberg has stunning views and interesting activities including Rhino tracking & Damara village visits

Hobatere Lodge

On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area

Huab Lodge

A small private lodge, with attentive management. Activities centre on the Huab river which attracts game and a wonderful variety of birdlife. This is the perfect destination to relax for a few days and enjoy the tranquility of the bush.

Melissa's Guest House

In the dusty village of Kamanjab, many guests stay here in order to visit the nearby Himba village

Oppi Koppi Restcamp

Just outside the town of Kamanjab lies this small restcamp

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population. The lodge offers superb photographic opportunities at scheduled cheetah feedings, and also offers guided game drives to view wild cheetah.

Palmwag Lodge

This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station, is marked on every Namibian map. An excellent location to explore the remote conservancies of north western Namibia - and perhaps encounter some of the rare rhino or desert adapted elephant which the area is famous for

Palmwag Desert Rhino Camp

A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.

Rustig Toko Lodge

On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.

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