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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Nepheline is named after the Greek nephele which means 'cloud', a reference to its appearance when immersed in concentrated acid. It is known to form in rocks that are under-saturated with silica therefore never found with quartz.

Distribution: North of Okahandja, Swartbooisdrif, north-west Kaokoland, the Aris phonolites and in many clusters of carbonatites and alkaline ring complexes outcrop in southern and central Namibia.

Composition: Silicate.

Crystal system: Hexagonal.

Lustre: Waxy, greasy.

Streak: White.

Hardness: 5.5-6.

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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