africa

July 13, 2012
shipwreck

Namibia: early explorers

By Hu Berry What makes men leave the familiar comforts of their homeland to venture to a land known as the Dark Continent – Mr Berry […]
July 15, 2012
Skeleton coast shipwrecks by Paul van Schalkwyk (www.tala.com.na)

Shipwrecks – A legacy of stricken vessels

Hu Berry looks at the legacy of the Skeleton Coast shipwrecks in Namibia …  They heard the dreaded sound of keel rasping on submerged shoals as […]
August 22, 2012

Africa Leisure Travel – To experience your expectations

by Ron Swilling Imagine white marquees in a landscape of desert dunes and shimmering bamboo lanterns. Enter Willie van Wyk from Africa Leisure Travel, whose engaging […]
September 3, 2012

Africa Leisure Travel – From the practical to the exotic

by Ron Swilling Imagine white marquees in a landscape of desert dunes and shimmering bamboo lanterns. The task of imagining is the work of Willie van […]
November 14, 2012
anaboom

The amazing anaboom – a vital source

By Barbara Curtis, Photographs Vivienne Ward The Namib Desert appears to be a dry and dusty place where plants and animals battle against temperature extremes, strong winds […]
January 22, 2013
PAUL VAN SCHALKWYK

Paul van Schalkwyk finalist in Hasselblad Masters 2014

The work of well-known local photographer, Paul van Schalkwyk has reached new heights with the announcement that he is shortlisted as a finalist for the Hasselblad […]
April 4, 2013

Did you know? – Miscellaneous facts on Africa

Text Bill Torbitt IN A NUTSHELL Africa probably derives its name from the Afri people, known to the Romans. Interestingly, the Greek word aphrike means ‘without […]
February 28, 2017
zebra

Facts on zebra in Namibia

July 4, 2018

The Camping Files

The camping bug bites the most respectable members of our community. Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula started exploring Namibia with fellow supreme court judge Dave Smuts and the late photographer Tony Figueira in the early 80’s. And even though work seems to be getting in the way of his hobby, we do believe that once a camper, always a camper. Here Judge Angula shares his thoughts on the best camping cars, scaling the Brandberg and why you should never leave your shoes outside the tent.
July 4, 2018

A sense of Home and Hope: Landscape-Level Conservation

From towering sand dunes and ragged mountaintops to canyons carved deep into the earth and underground lakes, lush tropical vegetation to searing deserts, dry riverbeds to oases in the truest sense of the word. From the cold Atlantic Ocean to perennial rivers and floodplains, thundering waterfalls to the silence of the savannah grasslands. The landscapes of Namibia have inspired many who have had the privilege to set foot on this land. A source of life and livelihood, it is the land of immense diversity. Where you will find incomparable sunsets and space for the soul to breathe. It is the place we call home.
July 9, 2018
angling

Zambezi Classic angling competition 2018

The annual international Zambezi Classic angling competition takes place from the 28th to 31st of August at the Nwanyi Angling Club at Katima Mulilo. It is […]
July 17, 2018

Life Skills From the Camel-Thorn Tree

On a recent trip to Wolwedans I found myself in awe of the thriving desert life. It hasn’t rained here in the last five years, but that doesn’t mean that this part of the world has come to a standstill. Au contraire. We discovered life, and more significantly, growth in the desert. Inspired by the acacia forest we came across I dug up some interesting facts about the hardy camel-thorn tree. My motto for 2018 is “Be as tough as a camel-thorn.” Here is why:
July 17, 2018

Joining Forces and Uniting Conservationists

Conservationists and biologists are usually, through the nature of their work, people who work in isolation – especially those that are field based. Communications between individuals or even organisations may be limited to formal information exchanged via publications, workshops or social media. Events that unite multiple people, structures and organisations in a personal and interactive manner, a sort of one-on-one interaction in the desert, swamp, ocean, savannah or wherever they might be working, are rare. 
July 17, 2018

Mika Shapwanale and the Strength of the Human Spirit

I had the good fortune to meet one such person. Mika Shapwanale, manager of the Mushara Collection east of Etosha.  On a recent visit to Mushara, Mika and I sat down in the shade of the trees and chatted about his journey in tourism. But it wasn't merely an exchange of the usual what do you do's. Mika is an exceptional person.
July 17, 2018

Neuras – Wine and Wildlife Estate

Bright green vineyards are set against a harsh desert backdrop. Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate mainly consists of stony desert or savannah grassland but nevertheless, it is an oasis in every sense of the word. Because the estate sits on a geological fault that creates a near-perfect terroir for cultivating grapes. Five springs provide pure water, while the mountains shield the earth from the unforgiving desert wind and the alkaline soil is just right for vines.
July 18, 2018

This is my Namibia: Ginger Mauney

July 18, 2018

Riemvasmakers: The Peaceful Simplicity of Life

Despite the way the Riemvasmakers found their way to Namibia, the small community thrives in the arid region west of Khoixas. Some live at Bergsig, some at Vrede, and some, like Bassons at De Riet, a small cluster of informal structures close to the Aba-Huab River. With little fencing to protect themselves or their livestock, the pre-fab church destroyed by a heavy rainstorm last year, they don't have much. But what they have been able to hold on to through all the disruption caused by the relocation, and years of living in harsh conditions is a sense of self and culture, as well as their beautiful Afrikaans mother tongue vocabulary that sets them apart from many cultural groups in the area.
July 18, 2018

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheetahs

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on earth. Probably one of the most well-known mammals. They even make really cute plush toys. And in Namibia, their populations are on the up and up, due to the fantastic efforts of conservation organisations and government. But cheetahs still have a lot about them to surprise us with.
July 27, 2018

Cape Town Fish Market restaurant in Windhoek

Cape Town Fish Market is the new spot in town for good seafood, great sushi and even better views.
July 31, 2018

Surviving Your Long-haul Flight to Namibia

The only unfortunate thing about travelling to Namibia is the long flights to get here. However worthwhile, they can cause some short-lived discomfort. We’ve compiled a few tips on how to pass time, stay sanitary and catch some shut-eye.

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