Tsumeb

Situated at the northern end of the TransNamib Railway, Tsumeb serves as the agricultural, financial and business center for northern Namibia. With approximately 22,000 residents, Tsumeb rivals Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, as a well-planned, attractive and safe cosmopolitan city known for its high standard of living.

Originally founded as a company mining town, the mining industry remains a vital part of the economy. Although the area mines a variety of about 217 different ores such as silver, zinc and cadmium plus many rare minerals, lead and copper dominate. The Tsumeb lead mine ranks as the largest producer of lead in Africa and as the world’s fifth largest producer. The town operates both lead and copper smelters, providing employment for many of the citizens of Tsumeb.

Located in an area named the Otavi Triangle, Tsumeb enjoys mild winters and relatively high rainfall during the hot summer months from October to March. Due to abundant moisture which produces vibrant displays of jacaranda trees, bougainvillea and other flowering plants, this city carries the name of “Garden City.” Agriculture flourishes in this climate with the growth of maize, wheat and many types of fruits and vegetables.

Tsumeb operates as the gateway for locations in northern Namibia such as Etosha National Park and Owamboland. Travel northward from this point is by vehicle only. Located to the northwest of the city, two incredibly dark lakes exist, appearing to be virtually bottomless. Collapsed underground caverns created vast sinkholes that eventually filled with water. Because of the existence of caves at the bottom of the lakes, the depths of Otjikoto and Guinas have never been accurately measured. Guinas serves as home to the tilapia guinasana, a fish found nowhere else in the world, while Otjikoto sustains no life at all. Believed to be the largest meteorite in the world and located just outside of Tsumeb, Hoba attracts visitors to view down into its crater.

From its roots as a company town, Tsumeb has emerged as a modern city with a skilled workforce of both laborers and professionals, making it a viable location for tourists and residents alike.