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Sunset on the Brandberg © Greg Willis, License

Uis

The small town of Uis can be found in Damaraland, one of Namibia's picturesque desert regions. The name literally means a spring of water, and was adopted because of the town being built where there was such a spring. The spring, however, was not enough to provide water for the growing town and its tin mine. Only when a water pipeline was constructed from the Omaruru River in the 1960s did the town and mine really start to develop.

Uis sits under the shadow of Namibia's highest mountain, the Brandberg, which is where you will find the world famous rock painting of The White Lady, thought to be as much as 20000 years old. Mining in Uis has almost petered out, and the town relies on passing trade to keep it going. One thing that Uis has become well known for are its its excellent examples of rocks and crystals. These are collected by the locals and sold to tourists.

Uis is a small town in Namibia known for its scenic landscapes and proximity to several natural attractions.

Here are five things to see or do in and around Uis:

1. Brandberg Mountain:
Description: Brandberg Mountain is the highest mountain in Namibia, standing at 2,573 meters. It's famous for the "White Lady" rock painting and numerous other ancient San rock art sites.
Activities: Hiking, rock art viewing, and exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the area.

2. Twyfelfontein:
Description: A UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its extensive collection of ancient rock engravings and paintings.
Activities: Guided tours to view the petroglyphs, photography, and learning about the cultural history of the region.

3. Messum Crater:
Description: An ancient volcanic crater located in the Namib Desert, about 60 km from Uis. It's known for its stunning geological formations.
Activities: Off-road driving, hiking, and geological exploration.

4. Spitzkoppe:
Description: Often referred to as the "Matterhorn of Namibia," Spitzkoppe is a group of granite peaks offering breathtaking views and excellent rock climbing opportunities.
Activities: Rock climbing, hiking, camping, and photography.

5. Uis Tin Mine:
Description: Once one of the largest open-cast tin mines in the world, now an interesting historical site to explore.
Activities: Guided tours of the mine, learning about the mining history of the region, and exploring the remnants of the mining infrastructure.

These activities provide a mix of adventure, history, and natural beauty, making Uis a worthwhile destination for travelers interested in experiencing the unique landscapes and heritage of Namibia.

 

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