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End of the game for Namibia

Having been involved in Namibia’s community-based conservation programme over the past 20 years, Christiaan Bakkes is questioning whether the programme is still the success it has been hailed as.

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The true story of a Namibian elephant’s death

Remember the story about so-called trophy hunter Johann Louw, who was trampled by a ‘desert-dwelling elephant bull’? Well it was falsely reported. Here is the true story.

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Namibia to increase rhino and elephant protection

The Namibian government will beef up protection for rhino and elephants and tighten laws to curb increased poaching.

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Save the Rhino trust to investigate staff members alleged involvement in poaching

The Save the Rhino Trust has launched an internal investigation for possible collusion between some staff members and poachers who have killed at least 17 critically endangered Kunene black rhinos.

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5 pointers to get the most out of Etosha National Park

Some tips on what animals to find and where to look for them in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.

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Namibian black rhino hunt may be cancelled

The Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia said it will cancel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies the winning bidder’s request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. as a trophy.

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Hyenas gone fishing

A spotted hyena fishes out the rotting meat of a carcass in one of Etosha’s dams.

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It’s time to talk puff adders

Stuart Munro, talking sense about snakes in the first research project of its kind.

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Shrinky, the brave little baboon

After her family was killed and suffering a major head injury, Skrinky, the baby baboon begins to enjoy life with her baboon troop and adopted mom.

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Damaraland lion dead

The Desert Lion Project is sad to report that the “Terrace Male” (Xpl-68) was killed near Tomakas village sometime after midday on 24 Aug 2014.

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Meet Barkie, the baby aardvark

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.

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

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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Emotion and desert elephants

Dr Margaret Jacobsohn gives her thoughts on the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.

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A Namibian’s view on hunting in his home country

Namibian John K Kasaona gives a local’s view on the Namibian hunting debate.

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More desert elephants to be shot

Concerns have been heightened by the Namibian Ministy of Environment and Tourism’s decision to issue additional hunting permits for desert elephants.

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Controversy grows as first desert elephant shot

News that Namibia has just followed through on killing the first of the Namibian desert elephants is causing an outcry.

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An Irishman cycling through Africa

32-year-old Irishman, Derek Cullen, talks about his great solo cycle up Africa – from Cape Town to Cairo.

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Hunting of “desert” elephants

Award-winning conservationist sets the record straight about the Namibian desert elephant hunting debate.

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Hunting desert elephants for meat raises a storm – and denials

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

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

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Trading the lives of desert elephants for votes

A source inside the Namibian government has apparently leaked information about the sale of hunting permits for rare desert elephants as an effort to garner more votes.

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2 rhinos killed near Windhoek, Namibia

Two rhinos were reported poached near Windhoek, Namibia, on 1 April 2014.

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Desert lion attacks

After our recent blog post showing tourists getting too close to a desert lion in Namibia, our attention was drawn to similar incident that took place about 8 years ago.

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Chinese arrested for rhino horns in Namibia

Three Chinese men have been found in possession of suitcases filled with rhino horns at Hosea Kutako International Airport, about to leave Namibia.

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Namibia in pictures

Photos show a love for Namibia, with its majestic dunes and wild animals.

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Namibia in pictures

Photos show a love for Namibia, with its majestic dunes and wild animals.

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Namibian elephant in farmlands subject of hunting debate

A bull elephant has been making its way across commercial and game farms in the Hochfeld and Omitara areas of Namibia and has been the subject of concern after a recent advertisement surfaced to have the elephant hunted.

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Rock climbing in Namibia

We talk to Richard Ford, an experienced rock climber, about rock climbing in Namibia.

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Rhino tracking in the desert

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

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

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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Kenyan ranger’s moving letter to American rhino hunter

A Kenyan grassroots initiative, Walk With Rangers, has spoken out against the controversial rhino auction held by the Dallas Safari Club that saw the highest bidder, Mr. Corey Knowlton, cough up a staggering US$350 000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.

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FBI looks into threats ahead of rhino hunt auction

The FBI is investigating death threats made against members of the Dallas hunting club that intends to auction off a rare permit to kill an endangered black rhino.

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Northern Namibian homestay at Ongula

Namibia is full of hidden treasures and Ongula Village Homestead Lodge near Ondangwa is one such treasure. The lodge is nestled next to a traditional Owambo homestead and offers the unique opportunity to experience life in traditional northern Namibia.

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The extreme beauty of Ai-Ais National Park

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

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

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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New Strand Hotel breaks ground for tourism in Namibia

On Thursday, 14 November 2013 O&L Leisure held the ground-breaking ceremony of the new Strand Hotel at Swakopmund, a N$ 342 Million investment into tourism in Namibia.

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The many dunes of Namibia

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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A sense of surreal in strange Solitaire

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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Black rhino to be auctioned off to trophy hunters

US based, Dallas Safari Club, has recently announced that they will be auctioning off a permit to hunt an endangered black rhinoceroses.

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The legend of the fairy circles

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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Elephant fury for this mother hippo

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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In love with lovebirds

Anja Denker has the absolute privilege to have lovebirds frequenting her garden. Here is a compilation of some photos she has taken of these magnificent beauties.

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The dune sea of the Namib Desert

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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