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Lake Otjikoto is a sinkhole; the name of this lake when loosely translated from Herero is "the place too deep for cattle to drink".
During the First World War, the German troops dumped a large number of  ammunition and cannons with the ammunition wagons into this lake when  they surrendered to the British troops. Today this is an underwater  museum at a depth of between 48 and 52 meters.

Lake Guinas is reached 32 km after Tsumeb. It is deeper and more attractive than  Otjikoto, though there are no facilities at all here. It is home to a  colorful species of Tilapia guinasana, which are endemic here. In recent years they have been introduced into Otjikoto and several reservoirs to safeguard their future.

Dragon’s Breath Cave is situated in the Otavi Mountain Land of northeastern Namibia. It was  discovered by members of the South African Speleological Association in  July 1986. (Ellis & Sefton 1986) After the realisation that the cave contains the largest subterranean lake in the world.

Ghaub Cave is the third largest cave in Namibia, 38 meter in depth with 2.5m of  chambers and passageways. Declared a national monument, the cave is a  slippery, rock-clambering opportunity to experience ancient underworld  growth. Stalactites and stalagmites glimmer and glow in their solid  water journeys. The caves can only be visited with a guide and it takes 1 to 2 hours.

Gamkarab Cave Farm Gamkarab Bushman for Water Hole is situated in the thorn-bush  savanna just south of the Neins mountain-range. This historic farm  hosted a group of Dorslandtrekkers who, found here, at Gamkarab, a place to settle before being placed out to other destinations. The bushman  and other tribes ha a ritual entering the cave to fetch water in their  ostrich eggshells and calabashes.

Fish River Canyon in Namibia‚Ä™s South is one of the worlds largest Canyons and one of  Namibia‚Ä™s most recognised Natural Wonders. For 160 km the Fish River,  Namibia‚Ä™s longest river washed into the ground up to 550 meter deep and  up to 27 km wide. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry,  stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The  river flows intermittently, usually flooding in the late summer.

Harasib - One of the  largest and deepest underground lakes in the world lies a little to the  east of Tsumeb, on a farm called Harasib. To reach the water in the cave one has either to abseil or to descend an ancient, hand-forged ladder  that hangs free of the vertical dolomite walls of the cave for over 50  m. Here, too, SCUBA divers have descended as deep as they have dared (80 m) in the crystal-clear waters and have reported nothing but deep blue  below them from one ledge of dolomite to the next with nothing  discernible in the depths

Aigamas cave - The cave catfish was first discovered in 1921 and is known from only one dark,  underground lake near Otavi, Namibia. The origin of the founder  population is obscure as the nearest rivers Okavango and Cunene are  hundreds of kilometers away.

The water surface of the lake is  about 18m long and 2.5m wide on average and the water depth is 30m. The  water is clear and measured tempratures have ranged from 24.5C (in 1921) to 27C in 1987.


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