Namibia 2002

©2002 Lennart Borg

PART 2: Proceedings from the previous page.

Day 4: This day starts with buying from the small-scale miners who had their small tables along the road. They were all nice and well organized. We bought Amethysts (septer, inclusions, smoky, window quarts), Tourmalines, Schörl, Aquamarines and Topaz. It is now close to 30 degrees Celcius and HOT.

Afterwards - back to the cars and out into the desert on roads that are no roads - just a track in the sand.We soon arrived at the Rössing Mountain Pegmatite. We found some Amazonite and Allanite. In another spot it was easy to find Chalcedony, Jaspers and also small blue Apatite.

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"Hoppin" - is Afrikaans for jump in - and we went off for the Goanikontes Mountains. On the way we passed The Moon Landscape.

In Goanikontes a lot of blasting had taken place and among the boulders we found some small, nice yellow Boltwoodite xls sitting on small black Calcites. This place/site belongs to Andréas.

We went on in this landscape that looks like being on the moon and late in the evening we arrived at the big and beautiful town, Swapkopmund. I can think of going back there with my wife to our hotel, the Alte Brücke Hotel.

The Official Language is English. Most white people in towns speak perfect German. Afrikaans is very common and there are also about 10 tribal languages.

Day 5: Swapkopmund is a vacation paradise for the Namibians and there are many English and German pensioners. The next day was Sunday and we went shopping at one market place where we bought some phone cards and more water for the rest of the trip.

Our travel went on roads that looked like ordinary paved asphalt but they are made of a mixture of salt water and diesel oil. Trucks were filled with saltwater from small salty lakes in the desert. We stopped at one of those lakes and walked out on what looked like ice along the beeches. It was hard salt and on the side against the water there were white big Halite xls.

Our trip along the coast continues and we soon came to Cape Cross Seal Colony with approximately 150,000 seals! They smell very badly and the sound level is very high and among them run shekels. They have a lot of food from all the small new borne seals.

We now leave the sea and travel into Goboboseb berge with many high mountains. The mountain Tafelkoppe is 2,400 m high.

Many Rivers were passed and André knew all the names. A funny thing -there was not a single drop of water in the rivers now during the winter. We drove over and in many of them. During summer season the rivers are filled with rainy water and later it is seapping down to the groundwater. This is then pumped up during the winter with help of wind or petrol engines.

Day 6: After many hours in the car we arrive at the Russ´ Claim in The Goboboseb Mountain. Here is the home of Russ and his wife and three children. This place is far away from the nearest village. In the evening Andrea went up to them with water and tobacco. Russ told him that the water pump in his car didn’t work!!

Next morning starts and the whole family is invited from the hill to have breakfast with us. During some hours before lunch we found some Amethyst, Barite, Siderite and Quartz xls in Russ Claim.

Later when we left their home we almost stepped on a poisonous snake. Happily for us, it was a little cold in the morning and the snake was not awake and not interested in biting us.
We continue our trip on dirty roads to a good site with Prehnite, Epidote, Quartz and Celadonite. We visit another miner and his wife and kids and bought some goodies here too - nice Quartz and Tourmalines xls.

This evening we slept indoors at Brandberg Rest Camp in the village of Uis and had dinner at The White Lady. When I mentioned to the barkeeper that I am a Swede he asked me - do you know the geologist mister x in your town Filipstad? Of course I do, was my answer and I thought it is a very little world we all live in.

Changing landscape is a big surprise all the time. There was everything from sand desert, stone desert, savannah, and bush land to farming land. In the sand desert we could see small bushes but it was a long distance between them. The ground was often covered with small gypsum xls. Sometimes I slept in the car and when I then woke up it was often a totally new landscape. It could be the length of the dry grass, or the shape of the mountains. The latter could be sharp, round, flat and have variations in colours and altitude.

Day 7: In the morning we put all the stone boxes from the trailer and left them at the bar in the town Uis. Some days later the owner of the bar drove it all the way to Windhoek. After that we went to some local mineral sellers. They had very good quality but also very high prices.

Twyfelfontein is the name of next place. There we can visit some 4,000 year old rock engravings. They were made by the locals and the writing was on sandstone cliffs. The pictures were animals and today one thinks this place was some kind of school to train young people to see how the tracks look and how to hunt the animals.

We continue our trip and next stop is close to the town Khorixas. There we could see a lot of big petrified wood. At last we come to one of our highlights of the trip - Mesopotamia 504 Copper Valley and here we camped for the night.

Welwitchia is the national plant of Namibia. We could see it many times out in the desert. This plant reproduces by throwing seeds out in the air and then it grows down for 25 years. Then it becomes visible and comes up from the sand. The seed can be up to 1,500 year old and still live. It is considered as the world record for living plants. (seed or tree) ?

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