Your first views of Uis will be of the large white mine dumps. From
commencement of mining in 1924 to the closure of the mine in 1990 some
35,000 tons of high grade Tin Ore Concentrate was produced. The open
pit mining operation at Uis was notable as it had the reputation of being the
largest Hard Rock Tin Mine in the world. The closure of the
mine in 1990 dealt a financial below to the area, but the year also
witnessed the country's independence and Namibia became more
accessible to foreign visitors.
The natural beauty of the nearby
Brandberg along with it's wealth of world famous
Bushmen rock paintings,
including the famous White Lady of Brandberg mural,
attract researchers and tourists alike. There are in excess of 45,000
Bushmen Rock Paintings figures of animals, glyphs
and man to be found on the mountain. You will find the staff at the
local tourist office friendly and informative. There are good B&Bs and
camp sites at Uis. Shopping is limited, but the town has a small
supermarket where you can stock up. Fuel, tires and repair
facilities are available.
You'll find a good selection of accommodation in Uis,
and the Tourist Info Office is worth a visit.
Road Distances from Windhoek