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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: This mineral was first discovered by a professor of mineralogy at the University of Gottingen, Germany, Johann Friederich Ludwig Hausmann (1782-1859). It is one of the ore minerals exploited for manganese, either black to silver-black in colour with a brown streak. Hausmannite occurs in hydrothermal deposits.

Distribution: The Otjosondu manganese field, 150km north-east of Okahandja, contains the largest concentration of this mineral in Namibia. Also found at the Kombat Mine.

Composition: Oxide.

Crystal system: Tetragonal.

Lustre: Metallic.

Streak: Brown.

Hardness: 5.5.

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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