Archive | Namibia

Meet Barkie, the baby aardvark

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Meet Barkie, a rescued aardvark baby at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia.

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Desert lion, Rosh, shot and killed by farmers.

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Male lion from Puros region of Namibia shot and killed by farmers in the ongoing battle between lions and humans over livestock.

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Namibia ropes armed forces into poaching war

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Namibia’s cabinet has approved a request by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to allow the country’s security forces to be involved in the fight against poaching and other crimes threatening the country’s wildlife.

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Hunting desert elephants for meat raises a storm – and denials

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The Daily Maverick explores using ‘desert elephants’ for meat in exchange for SWAPO votes in the Kuene region in Namibia.

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Namibian government responds to elephant hunting debate

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The Namibian government response to NGOs, on hunting ‘desert elephants’.

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Rhino tracking in the desert

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Rhino tracking on foot in the rocky mountains and dry riverbeds of Damaraland gave these bloggers the opportunity to come face-to-face with a desert-adapted black rhino mother and her calf.

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Gary Arndt on photographing Namibia

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2014 Travel Photographer of the Year, Gary Arndt recently spent some time in Namibia and we managed to get him to sit still long enough to give us his top tips for capturing Namibia on film.

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10 need-to-know tips for road tripping Namibia

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Travelling through Namibia by car is one of the best ways to explore this extremely vast and beautiful country. The freedom you have to stop anywhere and go anywhere makes self-driving in Namibia extremely rewarding. Here, you’ll find some tips to make the most of your road trip in Namibia.

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The battle of the eagles

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Anja Denker captures some spectacular images of three tawny eagles fighting over a large snake!

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Gondwana Canyon Park

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Gondwana Canyon Park is one of the more established private parks in Namibia – started in 1995 and at almost 1 300 square kilometres it is one of the biggest too.

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The extreme beauty of Ai-Ais National Park

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Scott Ramsay crosses the Orange River to Ai-Ais National Park in Namibia and explores the second-biggest canyon in the world – the Fish River Canyon.

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4 ways to discover Windhoek’s history

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The bustling capital of Namibia is a city that wears its history on its sleeve. Buildings, monuments and neighbourhoods contribute to a narrative of the local cultures and their history, making it a fascinating place to visit.

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Desert animals in Damaraland

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The rocky hills and gravel plains of Damaraland are home to more arid-adapted wildlife than we could ever have imagined.

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The many dunes of Namibia

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After five days in the Namib desert of Namibia, a dune is a dune is just another dune – but its really not.

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Horse sleep-out in the Namib Desert

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These bloggers go galloping across the rocky plains of the Namib with nothing between them and the wide-open spaces and discover a sense of freedom and a safari like no other…

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A sense of surreal in strange Solitaire

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In the middle of nowhere in Namibia, somewhere between Sossusvlei and Walvis Bay, lies the one petrol-station town of Solitaire – a photographers dream come true.

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Are Etosha elephants green, white, grey or brown?

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Etosha, meaning ‘Great White Place’ consists of a large mineral pan of pale greenish-white clay, silt and mineral salts and it is here where an abundance of elephants can be found.

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The legend of the fairy circles

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In a thin stretch that traverses the vast Namib desert lies hundreds upon hundreds of mysterious fairy circles, and there are many legends as to how they formed…

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This is the Namib! This is real Africa!

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In this world of high rises, townships, gigantic cities and technology it is hard to believe that untouched wildernesses like the NamibRand exist…

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Elephant fury for this mother hippo

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On a recent visit to Namibia, this photographer had the opportunity of a lifetime witnessing an elephant bull attacking a fully grown hippo with her calf.

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UK teens' safari story

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Dane Court Grammar School takes a group of students to Southern Africa to get involved in conservation work for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

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Rare elephant behaviour at Etosha

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In Etosha National Park this blogger was privileged to see elephant behaviour so rare that not even elephant scientists have often witnessed it in the wild.

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Action video: crocodile takes warthog

A traveller films a scene of a crocodile attacking a warthog at a watering hole, while wild dogs watch in suspense

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The dune sea of the Namib Desert

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These bloggers lost themselves in the rolling dunes of the Namib Desert that sing a song of sun, wind and sky.

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Lions and baboon play chicken

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A photo series of a baboon playing chicken with a lion. The chacma baboon was stuck in a tree with the lions waiting for him at the bottom when he attempted his escape…

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A British adventure in Africa

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A week later after landing back at Heathrow, a British educator sits down to compile his thoughts and reflections on an adventure in Africa.

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Rafting down the Kunene River with crocodiles

The Kunene River flows from the Angola highlands through the desert to the Atlantic ocean.

A massive Nile crocodile, with jaws full of razor sharp teeth, swam straight towards their blow-up raft before being scared away by the slap of a paddle… read about the adventures of Marcus and Kate in Namibia.

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Himba happiness – lovable children and the colour of Africa

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Rachel visits a Namibian Himba village and is immediately greeted by the joyful snotty-nosed children of one of the last surviving truly nomadic tribes on earth.

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The desert has eyes

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Rachel embarks on Namibia’s Living Desert tour and discovers little weird and wonderful desert-adapted creatures in a seemingly dry and lifeless place.

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Know your first aid kit in Africa

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We’ll remember our first night in Etosha for a very long time, and for one very good reason: a bloody axe wound. In fact, even if we wanted to forget about it, we couldn’t. The 4-inch scar down my left

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The 'Bird Man'

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It’s a cliché, but one of the great things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. We have certainly met our fair share of locals and fellow travelers, from all walks of life. One of the coolest

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Cruising through colourful Katutura

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Day one of Go Big Namibia took us on an exciting whizz-about tour through Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, a vibrant place that is a blend of old and new – long-standing colonial churches built by early German settlers stand amongst

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Up the Skeleton Coast and into Damaraland

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After the awesome Spitzkoppe, we traveled back to Swakopmund, where we spent another couple of days at the Desert Sky Backpackers. We got the aircon fixed, which by the way now seems to broken again, sampled plenty of Camelthorn at

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Sesriem & Sossusvlei

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Sossusvlei is Namibia’s number 1 tourist attraction. And rightly so – it defies adjectives. Although there are plenty of tour busses and overland trucks around, it’s vast enough to feel completely alone. And the silence is deafening. We stayed at

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Augrabies, The Fish River Canyon and a birthday surprise

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From Twee Rivieren we headed back down to Upington and then on to Augrabies National Park. It was fairly late in the afternoon as we pulled into the little SAN Parks campsite. We set up camp as fast as we

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Aerial photos of Kaokoland, northwest Namibia

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The northwest of Namibia – known today as Kunene Region, but formerly as Kaokoland and Damaraland – is one of the most untouched stretches of land in Southern Africa. About 70 000 people live in an area twice the size

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Top 10 most romantic destinations in Africa

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I am a hopeless romantic at heart. It’s a symptom I inherited at birth when my mother decided to deliver me to this world on Valentines Day. Ever since then my birthday has become sidelined for love. Why not a

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Namibian Nights

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Now, this is a spectacular sight! Shot over a period of two years, photographer Marcel Van Oosten captured more than 16,000 images to put together what is a stunning time lapse of the Namibian landscape at night. Screenshots and full

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Explore the Ghosts of Namibia’s Striking South

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I was in no hurry. A slow hitchhike south from Etosha, riding in the back of a long distance truck with bags of maize meal eventually found me in the small-time town of Keetmanshoop. I woke early and walked around

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Namibia. Why you should go to Etosha’s Wild West.

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I have a shameful confession to make… Having been in South Africa for a little over 3 years, and having travelled other parts of the continent fairly extensively, I only recently made it to neighbouring Namibia for the first time.

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Thieves, Chiefs and Okavango dreaming!

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9th -14th  November  A spot of bad luck. One of the great things about this road trip is seeing how the terrain changes. Heading into the Kavango region and things are looking a lot greener than the warm hues I

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In search of the Cinderella Waxbill

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4th  - 8th November – Northward! I’m moving on to greener pastures these days, heading up north to the Kunene River on the Angolan border. Did I mention the veterinary fence? It runs from the ocean all the way into

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AfriCat North, looking after lions in Namibia.

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31st October – 3rd November 2012. The 31st October was Halloween and I got a real creepy experience when I arrived at  Kavita Lion Lodge in Namibia. I met my first dead Zebra snake which had settled in Chalet 2.

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Leopard catches more than it bargained for

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On a recent trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia I found a Leopard resting in the shade close to a waterhole and decided to hang around in the hope of her hunting Springbok or other antelope at the waterhole.

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Life-changing moments in the presence of a rhino, a giraffe and the Himba

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Day 15: October 28 – Sleeping under the stars! Today we drove out to the camel patrol team from Save the Rhino Trust, who’s job is to spend three weeks in the bush and one week back home. They are

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Bush Cooking, Ancient Carvings and Saving the Rhino!

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25th October – Day 11 – Trying to cook in an Eco-cushion… I drove up to Twyfelfontein, and had my first real solo camping experience. While I’m not too jacked up on my camping skills these days, I did travel

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