Tour History

14th Tour- 2016- Namibia

Date: Aug 8-26

Tour leader: Malcolm Jackson

Rockhunts: Vanadite deposits, desclozite, copper related minerals, dioptase, shattuckite, associated lead minerals, smithsonite, mottramite, window quartz, zeolites, Erongo specimens.

Other highlights: Grootfontein, Abenab, Berg Aukas, Tsumeb, Uris- and Karavatu mines, Kamanjab, Opuwe- and Omaue mines, Uis, Goboboseb, Swakopmund, Desert Gems, Karabib, Omaruru, Spitzkoppe, Windhoek.

Article in SAGM:

Profit to FOSAGAMS: R12 377,50

 

13th Tour- 2014- Namibia

Date:
8-27 Aug

Tour leader:
Malcolm Jackson

Rockhunts:
Dioptase, Copper and lead minerals, Erongo minerals, Green Garnets

Other highlights:
Petrified forest visit, Ruacana Falls

Article in SAGM: Vol.47 nr. 2 (July 2015) pp. 23-31

Profit to FOSAGAMS:
R 1174,77

 

12th Tour – 2012 - Namibia

Date:  
9 – 24 April

Tour leader:   
Malcolm Jackson

Rockhunts:      
Picture Stone Quarry, Window Quartz (Gobobosib), Topaz (Klein Spitzkopje), Rutile Deposit (Giftkuppe), Lepidolite (Crystal Tin Mine, Kompaners, Plot 104), Pietersite, (Hopewell Farm), Fluorspar (Okarusu Flourspar Mine)

Other highlights: 
Ai Ais Hot Springs, Nauklouft National Park, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Omaruru (historical German town), Gemstone processing, mineral specimens, jewellery, Windhoek

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
Vol. 44 nr. 3 (November 2012) pp. 9-18

 

11th Tour – 2008 - Namibia

Date:  
25 March – 5 April

Tour leader:   
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts:      
Pyrophillite, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Descloizite, Calcite, Smithsonite, Galena, Pyromorphite, Willemite, Silver Topaz, Aquamarine, Quartz (smokey and clear), Fluorite, Schorl, Beryl, Chalcedony, Rose Quartz, Lepidolite, Amblygonite, Petalite

Other highlights       
Rhino Camp, Brandberg West Mine, Cape Cross, Henties Bay, Wlotzkos Baken, Swakopmund, Walvisbaai, “Martin Luther” Monument, Namib Lead Mine, Salt Works, Rossmund Gholf Club, Kristall Galerie, Braukeller, Spitzkoppe, Rubikon Litium Mine, Karibib Marble Quarry, Omaruru, Tikolosh Africa, Kalkfeld, Dinosaur Tracks, Otjiwarongo, Okorusu Fluorspar Mine, Windhoek, Geological Museum

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
Vol.40 nr. 3 (October 2008) pp. 11-23

 

10th Tour – 2005 - Namibia

Date:  
27 Aug – 11 Sept

Tour leader:   
Douw Steyn

Rockhunts:      
Garnets (green), Aquamarine, Fluorite, Schorl, Brandberg Amethyst and Quartz, Calcite (fluorescent), Pyrophyllite, Fluorite, Zeolites (Natrolite and Heulandite), Rose Quartz, Chalcedony, Aragonite, Calcite, Descloizite, Smithsonite, Vanadinite, Wulfenite, Hydrozincite, Halite, Gypsum, Garnets, Wollastonite Lithium minerals (Lepidolite, Ambligonite, Petalite)

Other highlights:        
Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, Ralf Wartha’s mineral shop (klein Windhoek), Omaruru, Tubisis, Tsisib Conservancy, Laurie Raaths (Uïs), Gobobaseb Mountains, Tafelkop, Uïs Tin Mine, Brandberg, Otjihameva, White Lady (Brandberg), Organ Pipes (Khorixas), Engravingss (Twyfelfontein), Petrified Wood (Khorixas), Kamanjab, Grootberg Pass, Torra Bay, Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, Hansa Brewery, old Namib Lead Mine, Kristall Galerie, Desert Gems, Salt Works, Usakos, moon landscape (Goanikontes), Namibweste Resting Camp, Karibib, old Lithium Mine (Okongava), Henckert’s Mineral & Souvenir Shop, Hochfeld, Gross Barmen, Hardap Dam, Zaris Pass, Sesriem, Elim Dune, Ai-Ais

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
Vol.37 nr. 3 (Dec 2005) pp. 7-20

 

9th Tour – 2002 Namibia

Date:  
1 – 21 April

Tour leader:   
Horst Windisch
Douw Steyn (co-leader)

Rockhunts     
Blue Lace Agate Mine, Gypsum Quartz Crystals, round Quartzitic balls, Zeolites: Natrolite, Analchime, Gypsum (white), Halite, Rose Quartz, Chalcedony, Aragonite, Wulfenite, Descloizite, Calcite, Smithsonite, Hydro-zincite, Willemite, Tourmaline (black), Topaz (silver), Granets, Amblygonite, Quartz, Lepidolite, Zeolites (Natrolite, Heulandite, Analcime), Pietersite, Fluorite,

Other highlights: 
Ai-Ais, Vioolsdrif, underground visit to Rosh Pinah, Luderitz, mineral collection of Heini Soltau, Kolmanskoppe, Agate Beach, Bethanie Hotel, Brukkaros, Hardop Dam Nature Rreserve, Spreetshoogte Pass, Sesriem, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Elim Dune, Gaub and Kuiseb Canyons, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Hansa Brewery, Kristall Galerie, Salt Works, Namib Lead Mine, Klein Spitzkoppe, Erongo, Khan River, Rubikon Lithium Mine, Omaruru, Dinosaur tracks (Khorixas), Petrified Wood, Grootberg Pass, Outjo, Etosha, “Zum Potjie” (Otavi), Okurusu Fluorspar Mine, Ongvanjamui, Windhoek

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
Vol.34 nr. 2 (Julie 2002) p. 19-26

 

8th Tour – 1999 - Namibia

Date:  
8 – 29 May

Tour leader:   
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts:      
Aegirine and Tuperssuatsiaite  Crystals (Quarry south of Windhoek), Rose Quartz, blue Beryl (Rössing), Chalcedony (yellow), Aragonite, Vanadinite, Descloizite, Calcite, Smithsonite, Fluorescent Calcite (Namib Lead Mine), Wollastonite (Usakos), Lithium minerals (Rubikon Lithium Mine), Tourmaline, Fluorite (green) (Omaruru), Heulandite, Stilbite (Grootberg Pass), Calcite with Malachite (Kupferberg), Calcite, Vanadinite, Pyromorphite (Baltika Mine), Descloizite, Smithsonite (Berg Aukas Mine), Chalcedony (blue) (Hachfeld), Calderite, Pyrolusite (Manganese Mine, Hochfeld)

Other highlights       
Arnhem Caves, mr Teubner’s Museum, Nauchas and Spreetshoogte Pass, Naukluft Park, Sesriem, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, lecture from Mr. Graham Louw “The discovery of Uranium at Rössing by my father in the 1920s”, bus tour to Rössing, Kristall Galerie (Swakopmund), Karibib, Khorixas, Etosha National Park, Hochfeld, Museum Geological Survey (Windhoek)

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
Vol.31 nr. 3 (Nov 1999) pp. 5-10

 

7th Tour – 1996 – Namibia & Zimbabwe

Date:   April

Tour leader: Horst Windisch

Rockhunts: Kalahari Picture Stone (Bloukrans), Quartz with Galena (Rosh Pinah 14), Gypsum Desert Roses (Lüderitz), Strawberry Quartz (Sinclair Copper Mine), Pink Halite Crystals, Gypsum Crystals (Salt Works), Calcite, Vanadinite, Descloiziet, Smithsonite (Namib Lead Mine), Chalcedony, Dragonite (Swakopmund), Rose Quartz (Rössing), Wullastonite (Usakos), Lithium Minerals (Rubikon Lithium Mine), Fluorspar (yellow) (Okorusa) Fluorspar Mine), Descloizite, Galena, Calcite, Smithsonite (Berg Aukas)

Other highlights: Underground visit to Rosh Pinah 14, Duwisib, Sesriem, Namib Naucluft Park, Gauben, Kuiseb, Canyon, Swakopmund, Cape Cross, Salt Works, Desert Research Station (Gobabeb), Spider farm, Walvis Bay, Hansa Brewery (Swakopmund), Moon landscape (Goanikontes), “Bull party” (Ameib), Karabib, guided tour Navachab Gold Mine (Karbib, Usakos), Windhoek, Khorixas, Vingerklip, Petrified Wood, Burnt Mountain, Twyfelsfontein engravings, Etosha Game Reserve, Tsumeb Museum, Hoba Meteorite, Chobe, Victoria Falls

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:       Vol.28 nr. 3 (Sept 1996) pp. 5-8

 

6th Tour – 1995 - Zimbabwe

Date:  
6 – 19 May

Tour leader:   
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts:      
Lithium (Al Hayat Lithuim Mine, Bikita), Petalite, Spodumene, Ambligonite, Lepidolite, Albite, Botryoidal Goethite, Oolite, Common Opal, Calcite Crystals, Agates, Muscovite, Bikitaite, Euruptite

Other highlights: 
Masvingo, Kyle View Holiday Resort, curio shops, carvings out of soapstone and wood, UV-lamps (Euryptite; dark pink and red), Harare Coronation Caravan Park, Art Grant (Master faceter from USA), Ghapunga Village (Harare), Tobacco Auction Floor, Geological Museum, Gem & Mineral Society, Library at Kadoma, Gweru, National Gold Mining Museum (Kwe Kwe), Beacontor, Shirugwe, Victoria Falls, cruise on the Zambezi River, Hwange National Park, Bulawayo, Mbembezi River, Matobo National Park, Bulawayo Museum

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
(Dec 1995) pp. 14, 15

 

5th Tour – 1993 - Namibia

Date:  
1 – 20 May

Tour leader  
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts:      
Desert Rose (Luderitz), Copper minerals (Helmeringshausen), Rose Quartz, Chalcedony, Aragonite (Rössing), Garnets, Agates (Rooibank), Calcite, Vanadinite, Descloizite, Smithsonite, Goethite (Namib Lead Mines), Halite  Crystals (Swakopmund), Wollastonite (Usakos), Petalite, Amblygonite, Lithium Mica (Helikon Lithium Mine), Topaz, Rose Quartz (Sandamab), Tourmaline (black, green and pink) (Omaruru), Descloizite, Galena, Smithsonite Crystals (Berg Oukas)

Other highlights:
Kokerboom Forest, Luderitz, Kolmanskoppe, trip on a yacht, diamond mine (Elizabethbucht), Helmeringshausen, Sesriem, Sossusvlei, Naukluft, Museum (Rössing Uranium Mine), mineral collection of Karl Langer, Henckert’s Rock Shop (Karibib), Etosha, Finger Stone, Petrified Wood Forest, Twyfelfontein Engravings, Burnt Mountain, Okurusu Fluorspar Mine, Hoba Meteorite (Grootfontein)

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:       
Vol.25 nr. 3 (Nov 1993) pp. 9-13

 

4th Tour – 1979 – Northern parts of South Africa

Date:  
16 – 28 May

Tour leader  
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts     
Pyrite in Quartz Crystals, Serpentine (Bourke’s Luck Mine) Pyrite (Beta Mine), Mica (Mica), Diopside (Foskor  mine, Loolekop), Phlogopite Mica, Chalcopyrite, Bornite (Phalaborwa Mining Company), Agates (Alldays), Unakite (Beit Bridge), Bornite, Chalcopyrite, Malachite, Chrysocolla, Quartz Crystals (Messina Mine), Agates (Tshipise), Pyrite, Chrysocolla, Tin, Fluorite (Groenfontein Mine), Pyrite, Ankerite, Bornite, Tin (Rooiberg Tin Mine), Fluorspar, Goethite (Vergenoeg Fluorspar Mine)

Other highlights:         
Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Reduction Works (Pilgrims Rest), Gold panning demonstration, Graskop, Kowyn’s Pass, National Kruger Game Reserve, Archaeological visit to “A”-mine, Rooiberg Tin Mine

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
Vol.13 nr. 2 (1979) pp. 49-58

 

3rd Tour – 1972 – Northern part of South Africa

Date:  
24 June – 8 July

Tour leader:   
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts     
Agates (Waterpoort, Alldays), Halite Crystals (Soutpan), Chalcopyrite, Bornite, Chalcosite (Messina Copper Mine), Unakite (Beit Bridge), Stibnite, Stibiconite, Tremolite, Mica, Berthirite (Gravelotte), Buddstone (Barberton), Agates, Moss Agates (Sheridon), Tiger’s Eye (Prieska), Agates (Windsorton, Bloemhof Dam)

Other highlights:        
Pontdrif, Evangelina Hot Spring, underground visit to Messina Copper Mine, Kruger National Park, Phalaborwa Mining, Nelspruit, Barberton, Bethlehem, Clarens, petrified wood (N.G. Church, Senekal), Ulco Talc Mine (Kimberley), The Mining Commissioner’s Museum (Barkley West)

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine:      
Vol.6 nr. 4 (1972) pp. 8-11

 

2nd Tour – 1970 - Namibia

Date:  
14 Desember – 30 January

Tour Leader: 
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts:      
Garnets (Gibeon), Amygdalite (Hardap Dam), Fluorspar (Okoruso), Amethyst (Okoruso), Descloizite (Berg Aukas mine), Copper-, Zink-, Lead-, Vanadium-, Germanite Crystals (Tsumeb), Pegmatite (Uïs mine), Tin, Wulframite (Brandberg Wes Mine), Dumortiorite (Beryl mine), Tourmaline (green, blue en watermelon), Lepidolite, Aquamarine, Heliodor, Smokey Quartz, Silver Topaz (Klein Spitzkopje), Chalcedony (Rössinig), Roos Quartz (Rössing), Halite Crystals (Walvisbaai), Lepidolite, Petalite, Tourmaline (green) Quartz Crystals (Rubikon Lithium Mine)

Other highlights:        
Watermelon feast, Soccer match, Kokerboom Forest, Finger of God, Hardap Dam, Museums (Windhoek), Otavi, Berg Aukas Mine, Hoba Meteorite, Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Petrified Wood Forest (Welwitshia), White Lady engravings (Brandberg), Etemba, concert Ovambos, Christmas Day, “Bull Party”, Rubelite, Wollastonite Mine (Usakos), Klein Spitzkopje

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine     
Vol.5 nr. 1 (1971) PP. 11-20

 

1st Tour – 1969 – Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)

Date
30 June – 14 July

Tour Leader
Horst Windisch

Rockhunts
Agates, Chalcedony (Bulawayo), Agates (Zambezi River), Serpentine, Antigorite, Fuchsite (Railway Block Mine), Nephrite Jade (Mashaba), Agates (Kwe Kwe river), Agates (Salisbury), Chiastolite (Salisbury)

Other highlights:
Bulawayo Museum (lecture on “Precious stones of Rhodesia”, Matopos, Mayoral cocktail party, interview on TV, Wankie Game Reserve, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, craft centre Selukwe, Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens, Zimbabwe Ruins, Kyle Dam

Article in SA Lapidary Magazine 
Vol.3 nr. 2 (1969) p. 492, Vol. 3 nr.3 (1969) pp. 8-12, Vol. 3 nr. 4 (1970) pp. 16-17

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