Rocks & Minerals | Namibia
Introduction: Apart from many commercial uses, limestone rock allows caves to form either naturally or from excavations. The carbonate minerals dissolve easily in the acidic groundwater which forms large underground chambers lined with cave deposits as well as stalagmites and stalagtites. If an underground cave is exposed to the surface, a sinkhole can be formed. Limestone was originally the shells and remains of marine animals.
Distribution: Otavi Mountains and surrounding land.
Composition: Carbonate minerals such as calcite and chalk.
Colouration: White, grey and buff to black and red.
Uses: Limestone is used in the manufacture of cement, as flux in the production of non-ferrous metals, sewage and water purification, stone dusting in coal mines and as a paint, rubber, wood putty, vinyl tiles and asphalt filler. Dolomite and limestone are used as fertilizers and limestone is a major aquifer that stores enormous volumes of underground water. Lead, zinc and vanadium are found in limestone.
A mid market lodge, situated on the Ongava Private Reserve, just south of the Andersson entrance to Etosha.
On a small hill on the extreme western side of Etosha - Dolomite is the newest (and fifth camp) to open within the park boundries. It is a small personal lodge as opposed to the traditional resort feel of the other camps within the park.
Value for money accommodation in a well designed tented camp
Traditional slightly formal up-market lodge. Situated on same property as Eagle Tented Camp
Budget accommodation, close to the Anderson Gate
Within 10km of the Etosha entrance this mid-range lodge offers an ideal base from which to explore the park
40 Room lodge only 4km from the park. Offers self catering units and a restaurant
Situated just north of the town of Outjo around 90km south of the Park
One of the five camps situated inside the park, generally less popular with visitors than Okaukuejo or Namutoni but has the advantage of a secluded quiet spot lit waterhole
Luxury accommodation, each unit with private pool, great place to spoil yourself. Guided tours on private nature reserve and inside Etosha Park
Value for money self drive option situated 32km from the park
Extremely busy accommodation inside the park with a good spot-lit waterhole, great choice if location is deciding factor on where to stay
Upmarket accommodation, situated on private game reserve with easy access to the National Park
On the same property as Ongava Lodge, but offering a more traditional tented safari style experience
A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population
Once called Etosha Gateway lodge this is a budget accommodation option which has recently been renovated.