Etosha Café und Biergarten, Tsumeb, Namibia

NOVEMBER 2006 – The owner of the Etosha Café und Biergarten poses for the photographer in her restaurant in Tsumeb, Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

On our trip from Windhoek to the Etosha National Park in Namibia we stopped at Tsumeb which is known for its mining industry which started in 1905 when the first mine was commercially deployed in Tsumeb. Quickly, the city became a mine city and grew significantly. You can still admire 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.

Right opposite the old mine tower, we found the Etosha Café und Biergarten which was owned and operated by Karin at the time who greeted us in a perfect Dirndl that she could wear to Oktoberfest in Munich.

I asked her to pose for a photo behind her counter which – upon close examination – reveals an interesting mix of Namibian and German artefacts. You could really feel the German heritage everywhere.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time28-NOV-2006, 11:40
LocationTsumeb, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/40 sec at f/5.6 (flash fired)
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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