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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Ilmenite was first discovered in the southern Ilmen Mountains of Russia and were named after Lake Ilmen. It is a robust, hard ore mineral, mined for its titanium content. It is mainly used as a paint pigment, the manufacture of special titanium metals, ceramics, oil refining, sunscreen lotions, prosthetics and artificial teeth implants.

Distribution: Kunene Complex in Kaokoland, the Erongo Mountains and on the coastline in the Swakopmund District. In the Namib Desert, aeolian dunes contain generous amounts of ilmenite.

Composition: Oxide.

Crystal system: Hexagonal.

Lustre: Metallic.

Streak: Black.

Hardness: 5-6.

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Hotels in Luderitz