Destinations stories

July 19, 2012

Fish River Canyon – Gondwana mule trails

Gondwana Mule Trails by Ron Swilling There is a Nama legend about the origin of the Fish River Canyon. It tells of a large snake that […]
July 20, 2012

Villa Moringa and Dunas Safari

Your Portuguese family welcomes you by Marita van Rooyen “Bringing Portugal to Namibia is our main mission,” says manager of Villa Moringa, Rosalina Ribeiro. “We love […]
July 20, 2012

Walvis Bay Tourism Centre

A big welcome by Ron Swilling At the end of Union Street, bordering the desert and tourist area, the Walvis Bay Tourism Centre comes into view. […]
July 20, 2012

Alte Kalköfen Lodge

Limestone ovens, lithops and love on the B4 by Ron Swilling The well-travelled tar road running from Lüderitz to Keetmanshoop via Aus now offers a new […]
July 22, 2012

Etosha elephants

Nature Notes on Etosha elephants Main photograph – Paul van Schalkwyk. by Amy Schoeman  Before the first Europeans came to Namibia, elephants probably occurred in Etosha […]
July 25, 2012

Swakopmund – Bring a sweater!

The coastal town of Swakopmund has an aura entirely of its own. Surrounded by desert and edged by a chilly ocean, the town with its palm trees, wide streets and old German architecture seems to be out of place and out of time.
July 26, 2012

Bahnhof Hotel, Aus: History on its doorstep

by Ron Swilling Having survived (in essence) since 1906 when the railway line, or Eisenbahnlinie, was built between Lüderitz and Aus, the Bahnhof Hotel has witnessed […]
July 26, 2012

Egumbo Lodge, Walvis Bay – A touch of style

by Yolanda Nel When you walk into Egumbo Lodge, situated across the lagoon in Kovambo Nujoma Road in Walvis Bay, the many hours of time and […]
July 26, 2012

Fish River Lodge – Enter the yawning mouth of geological history

Text Ron Swilling Ostriches, baboons and quiver trees clinging to the rocky soil characterise the drive through the terraced mountain scenery to Fish River Lodge. A […]
July 26, 2012

Klein-Aus Vista Campsite

En route to wild horses and diamond towns by Ron Swilling Surrounded by granitic-gneiss koppies, the camel-thorn-studded horseshoe of land has an air of seclusion, accentuated […]
July 26, 2012

Okahandja Cultural Village – Representing ethnic diversity

by Marita van Rooyen “There are certain unique aspects to every culture – features that differentiate people in different groups from each other. This is why […]
July 26, 2012

The Olive Exclusive

July 26, 2012

Omandumba – In the impressive Erongo Mountains

by Luise Hoffmann You’re fond of hiking? You take an interest in rock art and in the survival skills of the San people? You enjoy camping […]
July 26, 2012

Rössmund Lodge, Swakopmund – A small oasis in the desert

by Ron Swilling Rössmund Lodge is one of those surprises you happen on when you veer off the main route. Six kilometres before Swakopmund along the […]
July 26, 2012

Saatago Rest Camp – Restful and truly relaxing in the Kalahari

by Samuel Linyondi The Saatago Rest Camp on the edge of the Kalahari Desert is a quiet and relaxing place where you can get away from […]
July 26, 2012

Campsites of the north-central regions

A collection of culture, history and natural beauty by Ron Swilling King Nehale Gate, the northern entrance of the Etosha National Park situated just 44 kilometres […]
July 26, 2012

Etosha Mountain Lodge – mountain luxury

by Ron Swilling When you’re dusty, hot and thirsty, arriving at your chalet at the Etosha Mountain Lodge is a veritable treat. Positioned on the mountain […]
July 26, 2012

Guest Farm Ghaub – A haven of peace

by Ron Swilling Driving the gravel road into Ghaub, the verdant hills transform into rows of healthy green maize, and then into a sprawling, clean-shaven lawn […]
July 27, 2012

Mushara Outpost – Etosha area

A vein of African sophistication by Ron Swilling I still hear laughter coming from the dining area as I walk along the well-lit path back to […]
July 27, 2012

Namibia camping journal: Spitzkoppe

Take time out for beauty by Ron Swilling Pause. On the way to Swakopmund. Turn off from the B2 towards Henties Bay and the mountains in […]

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