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Tsumeb

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Tsumeb was founded on the site of a mine that has been exploited since prehistoric times. The volcanic pipe that surfaces here carries copper, zinc and lead and contains around 184 different minerals, crystals and oxides, 10 of which are unique to Tsumeb.

Lake Otjikoto, one of Namibia’s few natural lakes, is situated approximately 15 kilometers from Tsumeb. Part of an underground river system, the lake was exposed when the roof of what was a large dolomite cave fell in.

Tsumeb has a lot to offer to its visitors. The Tsumeb Museum exhibits a vast collection of the area’s rare minerals and mining history, Bushmen and Himba artefacts and details of the German Colonial forces. Backpackers should also visit the Tsumeb Cultural Village, an open-air museum, which offers a detailed insight in to the lives of the Namibian tribes.

Tsumeb is an ideal base from which to explore the Etosha National Park, only 100 kilometres northwest of town.