The Tsumeb Copper Festival is an annual event which celebrates the town’s successful mining history. I have always traveled through Tsumeb but never actually spent some time in the town. Overall I would say I was very impressed! The town boasts beautiful tall and lush trees and a very large and clean park.
The downtown strip was quite well kept. The first night in town I stayed at a lodge and the following night I moved over to a small private bed and breakfast. At the B&B I was in alone in one of two rooms. It was very strange coming back in the evening and entering the complex knowing I was completely alone. There was a restaurant and large garden patio as part of the B&B. It would have made an interesting scene for a horror movie. Thankfully, I made it through the night! Oh, and by the way, there was no breakfast because the restaurant was closed on Sunday.
Part of the old mining district in town. These old houses are said to be some of the first built to house the workers near the mine in town. The little bridge crosses a small ditch where the water used in mining was drained.
The festival itself was in the park. Kim says its really changed from when she used to go. Sounds familiar. I was hoping to see more local handicraft and design but did not find much. There were a few booths selling imported Chinese toys and accessories, a couple booths representing local and Namibian businesses, and the rest were pretty much bars selling cocktails and bbq’d meat. I was able to meet a lot of Kim’s old friends and suitors.
Also across from my B&B was this abandoned mine, right in the middle of town! Actually Kim has told me that the buildings around the mine are still occupied. But I believe the mine itself to be abandoned. We were able to explore the grounds quite easily.
Tsumeb Copper Festival 2007 by Michael Paskevicius is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.