On the First Friday of every month Rössing Uranium offers guided tours of their operation. Tickets to visit the Rössing Uranium Mine can be bought at the museum reception.
Due to Rössing allowing access to their facility this is a unique opportunity for visitors to understand how uranium gets processed from its natural state in the ground to the exporting shipyard, where it is then sent to buyers.
- Tours start by bus from the Swakopmund Museum.
- The tour takes about ~ 2.5 hours.
- Allow about 1 hour total for the bus trip to and back from the mine.
- Tickets are available at the museum reception.
- Or contact the museum by e-mail to book in advance.
Restrooms and bottled water is provided at the site. Lunch is not provided, so bring a snack as you will likely need it.
The Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia is the longest-running and one of the largest open pit uranium mines in the world and is located in the Namib Desert near the town of Arandis, which is 70 kilometres from the coastal town of Swakopmund. Discovered in 1928, the Rössing mine started operations in 1976 and, in 2005, produced 3,711 tonnes of uranium oxide, becoming the fifth-largest uranium mine with 8 per cent of global output. Namibia is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of uranium.