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Rocks & Minerals | Namibia

Introduction: Named after Andalusia in Spain, where this mineral was first discovered. Crystals often elongate, pencil-like and are often red-brown to tan. It is used in the manufacture of high-alumina refractory products and in ceramics production and is an non-corrosive agent. Aluminium is extracted from andalusite and its lightness is used the aircraft industry.

Distribution: Common in some schists in rocky outcrops to the south-west of Okahandja and in the Kuiseb River valley near the old Gorob Mine.

Composition: Silicae.

Crystal system: Orthorhombic.

Lustre: Vitreous.

Streak: White.

Hardness: 6.5-7.5.

Elegant Farmstead

On an old mission station south of Okahandja, the farm Otjisazu is full of historical interest

Gross Barmen Hot Springs

Situated some distance west of Okahandja the natural hot spring has been tapped and is used to full both an indoor and outdoor pool

Okahandja Country Hotel

A tranquil garden & African decor give this country hotel laid back, relaxed feeling. Situated on the outskirts of the town of Okahandja

Omatozu Game Farm

A game farm which offers a 'boutique camping experience' with accommodation in air-conditioned permanently erected tents

Oropoko Lodge

Situated on farmland west of Okahandja, Oropoko has a well stocked game park

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