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Brandberg-West 4x4 Trail

Brandberg-West 4x4 Trail

A plain guide to 4x4 routes and sightseeings of the Brandberg-West region in Namibia.
Henties Bay Tourism, Namibia (ed.)

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Book title: Brandberg-West 4x4 Trail
Editor: Henties Bay Tourism, Namibia
Henties Bay, no date
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 14 pages, some colour photos, 1 map sketch


The route goes eastwards across the flat Namib plains with its interesting flora such as the dollar bush, bushman's candle and Welwitschia mirabilis and eventually down a tributary of the Ugab River west of the Brandberg Mountain massive.

The mountains in this area are of the most impressive examples of greywacke and mica schist, deposited about 700-900 million years ago and occurring as north-south ridges that are blue-grey, yellow and brown in colour.

The Brandberg-west mine, an old worked-out tin mine is situated in these mountains. Tin-tungsten mineralisation occurs in white quartz veins in the dark turbiditic rocks, clearly visible in the walls of the large opencast pit. Remnants of the original buildings such as offices and living quarters can still be seen.

Interesting plants are growing amongst the rocks like the charming purple Commiphora wildii, which contrasts sharply with the dark rocks. Aloe asperifolia can also be seen amongst the rocks.

The route eventually reaches the Ugab River Camp on the banks of the Ugab River from where the location and movements of black rhino in the area between the Ugab and the Kunene Rivers are being monitored. […]