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Namibian Places of Interest, Southern Africa

•    Brandberg, 24-km from the mining village of Uis. Its peak, called Konigstein, (2597-m) is the highest mountain in the country. It became famous after the White Lady and other rock paintings were discovered in the Tsisab Gorge in 1917. Many more have since been discovered.
•    Kolmanskop. An abandoned town a few kilometres south of Luderitz. It is known as “The Ghost Town”.
•    The “Powder Tower” at Otjimbingwe. The Rhenish Mission built it in 1872 for defensive purposes.
•    Ruacana Falls. The Falls are spectacular (85-m high). They are also a source of hydroelectric power.
•    Spitzkoppe. Volcanic mountains 48 km north-west of Usakos. Known for its rock paintings and stone implements.
•    Twyfelfontein. Several thousand rock paintings and engravings of giraffe, rhino, springbok, gemsbok, ostriches, cattle and animal tracks.
•    Burnt Mountain. A hill with many brightly-coloured rocks.
•    Petrified Forest. The age of the fossil trunks is estimated to be 200 million years old. Rock Paintings in Phillip’s Cave, on the farm Amelb, 32-km north of Usakos.
•    Dinosaur Tracks. On the farm Otjihenamaparero, 29 km from Kalkfeld. Estimated to be between 150 and 175 million years old.
•    Duwisib Castle. On a hill 72-km southwest of Maltahohe. Built in 1908 by Baron von Wolff.
•    Gamsberg. It towers above the edge of the Khomas-Hochland.
•    Khorab Memorial. The Germans surrendered to the South African Forces here in 1915. 3 km from Otavi on the old Tsumeb road. 
•    Hoba Meteorite. The biggest in the world. 19-km from Grootfontein.
•    Lake Otjikoto. Formed when the roof of a gigantic cave in the dolomite collapsed. 24 km from Tsumeb on the road to Namutoni.
•    Sesriem. The Tsauchab River suddenly disappears into a narrow ravine. It flows for about 1.5-km in the ravine until eventually it vanishes.
•    Kokerboom Wood. A thick copse of quiver trees. 23-km north of Keetmanshoop on the road to Koes.
•    Sossusvlei. A large clay pan in the desert surrounded by the highest dunes in the world. When the Tsauchab River flows, it retains water for a long time. Game abounds in the vicinity.
•    Welwitschia Mirabilis. From Walvis Bay northwards in the desert. A primitive plant that has adapted itself to the desert climate. AQNampla

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