Brandberg Mountain


Brief History: About 130 million years ago volcanic activity pushed through the earth’s crust causing an up-doming of the overlaying rocks, the eventual breakthrough and resultant collapse caused the formation, following 100 million years over 1000m of the mountain and its surroundings eroded away leaving only the granite core, the brandberg mountain. Remnants of the lava plateau can still be seen. The name describes the lighting effect of the sunrise and sunset on the mountain. Evidence proves the permanent occupation by nomads over the last few hundred years.

Legal Status: Declared as National Monument on 15.06.1951 by the Historical Monuments Commission for South West Africa (HMC).

Information provided by the National Heritage Council of Namibia.

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