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Namibia’s Wild Horses – Living on the Edge

Namibia’s Wild Horses – Living on the Edge

There is something about wild horses running free that has always fascinated mankind, and the wild horses of Namibia have become one of the country’s top drawcards for visitors to Garub in the Namib Naukluft National Park. Mystery surrounds these creatures with regard...

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Wandering along the Welwitschia Trail in Namibia

Wandering along the Welwitschia Trail in Namibia

Meandering among the landscapes of the northern Namib-Naukluft National Park, the Welwitschia Drive is easily located from your accommodation in Windhoek or Swakopmund and takes about 4 hours to complete.  Once you have acquired the necessary permits, you can take the...

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The Miraculous Welwitschia Mirabilis in Namibia

The Miraculous Welwitschia Mirabilis in Namibia

One of Namibia’s most famous plants was discovered by an Austrian botanist on Angolan soil in 1860. Freidrich Welwitsch started out his working life as a theatre critic until taking up a post as a plant collector in Angola on behalf of Portugal. Along with the amazing...

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The Common Eland in Namibia

The Common Eland in Namibia

Although the giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus) is acknowledged as the largest antelope on earth, their average size overlaps with that of the common eland (Taurotragus oryx) to such an extent that the title is generally shared between the two.  The male common eland...

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The Weather and Climate of Namibia

The Weather and Climate of Namibia

Namibia is Southern Africa’s driest country, with an average of 300 sunny days per year. While this bodes well for sun-seeking tourists looking for perfect weather to indulge in all the adventure activities that Namibia has to offer, there is more to the Namibian...

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Hippos in Namibia

Hippos in Namibia

While water-loving hippos are not commonly associated with Namibia, the hippo population of Namibia is estimated at around 1300 animals – mostly resident in the rivers of the Kavango and Caprivi regions in the far north-east of the country, a few small groups can be...

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Why you should choose Cape Town for your next holiday?

Why you should choose Cape Town for your next holiday?

Cape Town is one of the world’s favourite cities and the most visited tourist destination in South Africa, with an extremely welcoming attitude towards visitors and an outstanding tourist infrastructure. The city is easily reached by Namibian travellers via direct...

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Taking to the Skies – Flying in Namibia

Taking to the Skies – Flying in Namibia

Flying in to Namibia is a popular and convenient way to start your safari or business trip to this country and the aerial views of the country’s harsh landscapes are a scenic treat, with contrasting environments forming a picturesque patchwork when viewed from the...

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The Damara Dik Dik

The Damara Dik Dik

The Damara dik dik, or Kirk’s dik dik, is the Namibian version of the more common steenbok. Apart from being much rarer than their distant cousin, the Damara dik dik is also smaller with a grey-brown upper body instead of rufous (a reddish brown) coloured, and has a...

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The Toktokkie – The Fastest Thing on Six Legs

The Toktokkie – The Fastest Thing on Six Legs

The toktokkie beetle is one of the best known of Namibia’s insects, with more than 200 species resident in the country, 20 of them living in the Namib Desert.  The name ‘toktokkie’ refers to this beetle’s habit of knocking its abdomen against the ground as a means of...

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Things to do in Namibia – Travel Along the Wine Route

Things to do in Namibia – Travel Along the Wine Route

It’s quite natural for Southern African Travellers to assume that they will need to visit the Cape winelands to sip on Africa’s finest vintages, but Namibia too, has a thriving wine route with a charm and character all of its own. This wonderful trail of tempting...

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Tourism in Namibia

Tourism in Namibia

During 2010, Namibia topped the Lonely Planet rankings as the best country to visit and last year, 2015, it was narrowly pipped at the travel polls by Singapore. It seems that international travellers have developed a long-standing love affair with this large,...

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The Namibian Underground – Caving

The Namibian Underground – Caving

Namibia is well known for its striking geology, like the towering dunes of the Namib, the craggy Fish River Canyon, the granite mass of the Brandberg and the glistening pans of Etosha National Park, but it’s when you go deeper that you discover another dimension that...

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Giraffes in Namibia

Giraffes in Namibia

Namibia’s harsh dry environment may not seem like the ideal habitat for large browsing mammals but surprisingly, these animals thrive under such conditions, and the country is home to not one but two types of giraffe. Apart from the well-known South African giraffe,...

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Diving in Namibia

Diving in Namibia

With a long coastline stretching for 1,570km, from the Orange River on the border with South Africa to the Kunene River at its northern junction with Angola, at first glance Namibia might seem like a wonderful place for all kinds of aquatic adventures. While this...

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Leopards in Namibia

Leopards in Namibia

There’s more to leopard print than 80’s fashion gear and traditional outfits.  This particular blend of spots and dashes, officially known as rosettes, are extremely effective at ensuring that the leopard remains one Africa’s most sought-after, yet least often seen,...

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What you need to know about Namibia

What you need to know about Namibia

Large, sparsely populated and arid, comprising mostly desert, Namibia spans 824,292 square kilometres of south western Africa, straddling the Tropic of Capricorn, which explains the intense heat which can be experienced here at times. A small population with vast...

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Snow in Namibia?

Snow in Namibia?

While travelling through Namibia’s hot and sandy Namib Desert or barren Skeleton Coast, it is hard to imagine that this area was once covered by ice and snow.  However, geological formations in the Namib Desert, in a remote region between the Huab and Ugab rivers...

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On the Greens of Namibia

On the Greens of Namibia

Golf may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of things to do in Namibia, but there is no shortage of places to swing a club in this desert environment.  While you might imagine these spots to be nothing but one endless bunker, you will find...

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Planning your Trip to Etosha National Park

Planning your Trip to Etosha National Park

Once you have decided to venture into the vast wilderness that is Etosha National Park, you have a few alternatives as to how you would go about your trip. Guided package tours are available through various reputable travel operators which will take care of everything...

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What to do in Namibia – Sky diving antics over the Namib

What to do in Namibia – Sky diving antics over the Namib

While the Namib Desert is without question a harsh and unforgiving environment, it also has such an irresistible bad-boy allure scenery-wise, that thousands of admirers literally throw themselves at it every year. This spectacularly arid spot, with haphazardly-shaped...

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Namibia – Not one Desert, but Four

Namibia – Not one Desert, but Four

Namibia is on the rise as one of the world’s foremost tourist destinations.  With a multitude of wildlife habitats, including the exceptional Etosha National Park, an impeccable conservation record, abundant upmarket accommodation available in Windhoek and other...

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