Twyfelfontein-Brandberg-Damaraland-Stories

May 17, 2013

Grootberg Lodge – People and wildlife in equilibrium

Text & Photographs by ©Jana-Mari Smith & Christie Keulder Perched 1 620 metres above sea level, Grootberg Lodge in Damaraland offers some of the most spectacular […]
September 3, 2015

Desert lions: A fight for survival

We were making our way down the Hoanib when he came out from behind a bush on the riverbank. He was beautiful. Strong and young. And by the collar around his neck I immediately knew who he was. His brother followed soon after and the two young male lions made their way down the dry river toward an unknown destination.
September 4, 2015

Generation Wanderlust Damaraland – Leave only your footprints behind

Your green guide to camping
December 11, 2015

Plans for new establishment at Spitzkoppe

December 2016 should see the popular tourist destination, Spitzkoppe, offering guests brand new accommodation. A modern inn with 15 chalets and a main building will be constructed.
May 13, 2016

Conquering Namibia’s Matterhorn

There aren’t many things that beat that feeling of unzipping your tent at the first cry of a rock dassie and emerging to the sight of pink-tinged skies and trees atwitter with sounds emanating from a buzzing settlement of sociable weavers. Of course, dozing off next to the campfire while counting shooting stars comes pretty close.
July 14, 2016

The clarity of wide-open spaces

My ten-day safari around Namibia had reached the northern regions and we now veered west to the drier parts of the country. Days of desert dreaming were before us. Strangers from various continents, we had now become a group of travellers on the same wonder-filled adventure.
August 16, 2016

Following gold at the Spitzkoppe

Perhaps I was already charmed when I turned off the B2 towards Henties Bay and stopped at the beginning of the gravel road. Tables of semi-precious stones lined the way, gleaming with green and black tourmaline, chunky smoky quartz and rounded red garnets. In the distance the Spitzkoppe was competing with the glaring Namibian sun for visibility.
August 19, 2016

The DIY Safari

Do you dare to go to Namibia on your own? Absolutely!
August 29, 2016

An epic sort of freedom

through the desert on horseback
September 19, 2016

Shooting stars, dinosaur tracks and white elephants

The land of space and soul - and a big blue sky that reaches to eternity - is also the place to stretch the imagination and embrace a more colourful, richer world. Off the beaten track, a bit of exploration – and imagination - often reveals intriguing phenomena that are not widely known. And, although it’s hard to beat towering sand dunes and the sculptural mastery of the second largest canyon in the world, there are many enchanting and delightful jewels to be found along the way.
September 20, 2016

Local is lekker in Omaruru

The fresh breeze of the last century has put this small town on the map for its annual Artist Trail, its fresh produce grown along the seasonal Omaruru River and its wine, chocolate and cheese. A sunny day en route to the coast provided the perfect opportunity to veer off the main road, drive the extra 60 km and discover, explore... and taste.
November 21, 2016

Where there’s a will, there’s a wine

An unexpected treasure is lovingly nurtured amidst the red dunes of Sossusvlei and the rolling bushveld of the Kalahari. In small vineyards hidden across the countryside, Namibia’s dry and rugged beauty is instilled in the aroma of wines that few people even know exist.
December 22, 2016

A passionate adventure

to save Namibia's rhinos
December 26, 2016

The Doros geological mosaic

January 20, 2017

Otjimbingwe – the capital that never was

It was late on a Friday evening that I decided I had to see it. This was no whimsical decision, but an honest desire to see the place that for a period was, and could have become, the future capital of Namibia.
February 1, 2017

Mysterious Namibia

As I walk among the burnt sienna rock slabs at Twyfelfontein, contemplating the meaning of the hunter-gatherer engravings etched so many thousands of years ago, my guide answers my roving thoughts with a philosophical "Only our ancestors know."
March 1, 2017

What to do when you encounter desert elephants

In light of recent incidents of human-wildlife conflict in the country the organisation Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) has shared some tips for those that will be visiting the Ugab River area, that live in the area or that may encounter the desert elephants.

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