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KARIBIB NAMIBIA. Centre of Namibia's Marble Dimension Stone and Namibia's Gold Mining Industries and gateway to the Erongo.


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Centre of Namibia's Marble Dimension Stone and Namibia's Gold Mining Industries.



Karibib Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church

Karibib Main Street

Karibib Main Street

Karibib Henckert Tourist Centre

Henckert Tourist Cntr


Karibib is a small  town that is mid-distance between Windhoek and Swakopmund. Since the German times the colored marble that can be found in the area has been quarried. There is quite a large export business to Europe of blocks of uncut marble dimension stone and the


Marble Works in the main street have a show room of their cut products and is worth a visit. Karibib is home to Namibia's  only Gold Mine, but access for the public is not allowed.

The well known Henckert Tourist Center in the main street makes for an interesting stop over. They weave beautiful karakul rugs and wall hangings and sell an excellent selection of curios and Namibian made jewelry.

Section of the south-west wall of the magnificent Erong Mountains

Section of the south-west wall of the magnificent Erongo Mountains


The Erongo Mountains are about 40 kms in diameter and dominate the skyline of the Karibib - Usakos - Omaruru area. It can be seen clearly from as far away as 100kms. The formation began about 130 million years ago when Namibia was part of the ancient continent of Gondwana and this area was being subjected to the forces that would eventually lead to the separation of Africa and South America. Earthquakes and great upheavals wracked the land and in many areas magma forced its way through the earth's crust. It was during these times that volcanic activity and outpourings of lave that lasted for a period of about 20 million years formed the Erongo massif.


Road Distances from Karibib

Outjo Otjiwarongo Swakpmund Tsumeb Usakos Windhoek
272 / 169 202 / 125 178 / 111 385 / 239 30 / 19 185 / 115


General Location of Karibib

Erongo Region

21º56'S - 15º51'E

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Nestled below the magnificent Erongo Mountains this area makes an excellent stay over place.

Usakos sign to Philipp's Cave and Bulls Party

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Usakos Main Street

Usakos Main Street

Old Steam  Locomotive

Old Steam Locomotive

Once a busy railway junction and repair center for the South African railways, Usakos is now a quiet and sleepy little town. The railway workshops have long gone, and the main activity in the town is at the fuel station. But... and hear this loud and clear, because most self-drive tourists just rush through these two towns. They make excellent stop over places for the Erongo Mountains and its attractions.

Local Attractions  
Bull's Party Ameib Ranch is located in the ruggedly picturesque Erongo Mountains and has a some unusual attractions that most tourists sadly overlook as they rush down to Swakopmund.  The area on the ranch known as the Bull's Party will challenge your imagination as to how these massive surrealistic assemblies of giant boulder were formed. A must see.  2hr+  ►►


Philipp's Cave Ameib Ranch is also where you will find the Philipp's Cave with its collection of Bushman paintings including the famous 'White Elephant' along with other animal and human figures.  The ranch offers good and reasonably priced accommodation and camp sites.  The ranch is also popular with rock-climbers. There are some challenging faces on this site.  2hr+  ►►
The Spitzkoppe Spitzkoppe Inselberg standing at over 1700m dominates the surrounding desert floor. The mountain is situated about 25km west of Usakos and is a must visit. The wind-polished granite mountain glows red at sunset. The surrealistic rock formations have to be seen.  There are camping facilities at the site.  ►►



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