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Welcome to Tsumeb Namibia

The next morning we continued on our trip to the Etosha National Park. The first stop was in Tsumeb about 180 kilometers north-east of Otjiwarongo. Tsumeb welcomes their visitors with big letters on the very tidy B1.

Tsumeb Mine Namibia

Tsumeb is best known for their mining industry which started in 1905 when the first mine was commercially deployed in Tsumeb. The photo shows the "De Wet shaft" head frame in the main street. It was the main entrance to the mine when it was still operational. The city of Tsumeb calls the mine the "Grand Old Lady of Namibian mining", because it was operational for several decades, until it stopped production in 1996.

Ore Salesman Tsumeb Namibia

Yet there is some business made with the ore found in Tsumeb and its surroundings. This salesman is happily selling ore to tourists, making best use of his good language skills (English, German, Afrikaans) and his knowledge of the ore. BTW, we bought a malachite for N$ 100 from him.

Tsumeb Namibia

You will find traces of the mine almost anywhere in Tsumeb. This photo shows a mine-lorry-turned-palm-stand on the main street, right opposite of the old mine.

Tsumeb Park

You will be surprised to see many beautiful gardens and wide parks in Tsumeb, which gave Tsumeb the name of "Namibia's garden Town". The reason is simple - water pumped from the Tsumeb mine can be re-used for the gardens and parks. That's why Tsumeb presents itself as an oasis to the visitors, especially between September and February.

St. Barbara Kirche Tsumeb

This is the beautiful St. Barbara Church of Tsumeb, still active today.

Main Street Tsumeb Namibia

Tsumeb is the perfect spot to re-fuel your car, and to buy whatever you need for your trip to Etosha. Along the main street you will find several shops and galleries offering souvenirs and art.

Etosha Cafe Tsumeb

Namibia is always good for a surprise. When we entered the Etosha Cafe (and beer garden) we already anticipated a strong German mood in the restaurant. But we were stunned when we were greeted by the owner in a perfect Dirndl that she could wear to Oktoberfest in Munich. :-)

Etosha Cafe and Beergarden Tsumeb

The backyard of the restaurant is a green oasis, and their food is really tasty. But wait - before you head out, please make sure that you buy a map of Etosha (about N$ 40)! You will not get any official map at the park entrance, and so this map comes quite handy for the next few days.

Lake Otjikoto Namibia

After having re-fueled your car in Tsumeb, you enter the B1 again heading north. Before you rush directly to Etosha we recommend one more stop to you at Otjikoto Lake, situated conveniently directly at the highway. It is one of the two remaining natural lakes in Namibia, and it has some history: here, the Germans sunk their weapons right before they surrendered. A good deal of these have been removed already, but a sign announces that several cannons and guns, and a "mysterious safe - contents unknown" are still to be found in the lake.

Lake Otjikoto

Next to the lake is a tiny mining museum, and you enter it through a gate saying "Glück auf", a German greeting which means "May God be with you when you go underground down in a mine".

Pheasant Cock

When we came back to the parking lot, we found this huge Pheasant Cock sitting on a very old Volkswagen bus.

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