Uis in Namibia

Uis was built on the mining of tin and the first thing you see when approaching the town, is a huge white mountain, which is in fact the old mine dump for processed tin ore. Although small-scale tin mining has taken place in the area since the first half of the 20th century, it was not until 1951 that a full-scale mining operation started. In 1958 the South African mining giant ISCOR took over the mining rights and built the town, which flourished until the mine's closure shortly after independence. Today the town has dwindled to a forlorn shadow of its former self. The real reason to visit here is the excellent tourist centre.

When entering town on the C35 or C36 you will reach a four-way stop, which most of the limited amenities are clustered around. These include a petrol station, the Brandberg Supermarket and the natural stone building that is the
Uis Information Centre
, where there are displays about the former mining town's history, as well as the flora and fauna of the surrounding area. You can pick up information on accommodation facilities and activities in the region. The office of the
Dâureb Mountain Guides
is located in the same building , as is
Vicky's Coffee Shop
, an internet café, and the
Dâureb Crafts shop
. This very useful stop is another

Ins and outs

128 km from Henties Bay, 121 km from Omaruru. From Swakopmund, either head up the coast via Henties Bay and take the C35 or take the B2 towards Usakos and branch north on the D1918 and D1930. Both are well signposted. From the north or east, take the C35 to or from Omaruru and Khorixas. The gravel roads are windy but in good condition.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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