Tours

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

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

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

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

2nd Tour – 1970 - Namibia

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

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

5th Tour – 1993 - 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

8th Tour – 1999 - 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

9th Tour – 2002 Namibia

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

Photographer:  Malcom Jackson

Photographer:  Grant Kelbrick

Photographer:  Horst Windisch

Photographer:  Peter & Melodie Wheeler

Photographer:  Unknown

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

6th Tour – 1995 - Zimbabwe

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

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

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

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

Photographer:  Unknown

15th Tour- 2018- Namibia

Date: July 16 – August 6 


Tour leader: Malcolm Jackson
 

Rockhunts: Analcime, calcite, zeolites, natrodite, topaz, feldspar, tourmaline, chalcedony, aragonite, rose quartz, clino- zeolite, amethyst, prehnite, epidote, shattukite, dioptase, chrysocolla, azurite, brecciated jasperoid rock, smithsonite, galena, biotite, chalcopyrite.
 

Other highlights: Albert Johr’s personal collection of Rosh Punah specimens, Rosh Pinah Geo Centre, wild horses  at Klein-Aub, marble mine, Karibib Gemstone Centre, small miners, Stonetique, Desert Gems, shipwreck, lectures on the geological formation of Brandberg, Tafelkop, the Messum Crater, cheetah farm, Kombat Mine at Abenab, Omaruru Gemstones Processing cc.
 

Article in SAGM: Vol. 50.3 Page 15 -39.

Photographer:  Unknown

Photographer:  Unknown

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