where to go / Tsumeb

Situated in north eastern Namibia, Tsumeb is Namibia's colourful garden town with its Jacaranda and Flamboyant trees that line the streets. The town was founded in 1905, primarily as a mining town. Taking a short drive outside of Tsumeb, you will be able to visit the Otjikoto Lake. This easily can be fit into your itinerary if you are enroute to the eastern part of the Etosha National Park History The existence of the rich copper deposits in the Otavi and Tsumeb areas, could not be kept a secret forever, and in 1880 the representative of an English company, Captain Ferrow, sank the first shaft at Gross Otavi in 1880. 1892-1906 Saw exploration of the copper deposits and the construction of two prospecting shafts 20m deep by Matthew Rogers from the South West African Company (SWACO), who obtained the concession for the exclusive mining rights from the German government in 1892. It proved that ore deposits were very rich, but as metal prices were low at tha... read more  Read More

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