Rockhounds: fossicking around the gemstone markets of Namibia is engrossing

Hunting around the gemstone retailers for quality gems is fun, but for a real sense of adventure nothing beats the stone markets of Namibia

Dioptase with Cerussite Namibia Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com — CC-BY-SA-3.0

Rockhounds need to know that there are good roads and Windhoek City is a modern and bustling town that has Tourist Police on every corner downtown. From Windhoek straight across to Swakopmund on the west coast, lie the markets that best represent the opportunity to pick up some lovely gemstone samples that have been mined from local sources.

Karabib is one of the best places to find tourmaline and fluorite from Okorusu Mine near Otjiwarongo. The Karabib Gemstone Centre is a project run by the Ministry of Trade and industry. They train local people to cut stone and this centre should be a stopover for every stone hunting fossicker.

Another great place to pick up crystals is further north at Usakos where another gemstone market awaits.

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