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Diamond Award for Science for Scholars Diamond Award for Science for Teachers The Khomas Regional Science Fair National Science Innovation and Technology Fair The National Vocational Skills Fair

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· Debmarine Namibia is committed to training Trainees with ready-skills to take up positions in the Company.

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N$ 382, 566, 079.00 Total spent on training and development from 2005 until end 2015.


Debmarine Namibia continuously invests in skills development, because we know our investment in education empowers our employees, our communities and fosters economic opportunity for Namibia. It is with this in mind that the Company puts significant emphasis on skills development through a wide range of programmes including: bursaries, technical training, long-term trainee, self-study assistance, leadership development and safety awareness. At Debmarine Namibia we understand that in order to remain the largest miner of diamond in Namibia we must continuously unlock the potential of our employees. We do this through training and development to achieve a passionate, engaged and change resilient workforce. Namibianisation is a key initiative that has been driven at the highest level since the migration of the company from South Africa to Namibia in 2002. Since then, the Namibian portion of the work force has increased from 18% to over 84%, which is a remarkable achievement, especially in the light of the scarcity of the highly specialised marine diamond mining skills in Namibia. These 2 |investments will continue to be at the core of our strategy at Debmarine Namibia.


Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Anne Schauffer • Annika Funke • Catherine Birch • Corlette Wessels • Don Shimoda • Durban Tourism • James Biddall • Namibia Nature Foundation • Nick Macman • The Roving Ambassador • Wildernis Safari • Xenia Ivanoff-Erb

In this month’s Flamingo January 2017


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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.


Air Namibia Information From the Managing Director and Destination Map.


10 As the story unfolded Corlette Wessels was there with her camera when this lion drama unfolded – she caught the action, frame by frame...and tells the story. 16 Capturing Space: Exploring Namibia through a Camera Lens A wondrous thing space is. It humbles, it inspires, and it gives a sense of endless possibilities. It also presents a canvas for creativity. 24 Trophy hunting in Namibia providing sustainable livelihoods for communities, encouraging the protection of wildlife populations, and maintaining natural ecosystems. 30 Namibia’s premier Tourism Hub, Swakopmund Swakopmund provides an eclectic mix of old-world charm and modern day convenience. This beautiful small town along the coast is attracting much attention and more and more travellers are being encouraged to use Swakopmund as the One-Stop base in Namibia. 36 Joy through wildlife The Kayamoja ArtConnects Trust provides the opportunity for young local disadvantaged children to see, meet and learn about animals, thereby planting a seed for the growth of an animal-human relationship. Art is the medium, Annika Funke the founder. 44 Motoring James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels. 64 The correct way to see a Rhino After three hours of tracking, the rhino trackers had found them. Parking behind a convenient euphorbia we tried to crunch quietly over stones to a point where we could see: wonderfully, it was the cow Topnotch and her calf Troy – he’s just a year old – and they were making a good breakfast out of some bushes. The two were 200 metres away and completely unaware of us. And that’s the point…


70 My dogs and other animals From one corner of the globe to another, Nick Mackman is recognised as an extraordinary sculptor of animals. Her unique work stems from a deep love and fascination for animals – particularly, but not exclusively dogs, wild and tame – together with a wonderfully artistic spirit, eye and skill. 82 Why London based leading orthopaedic surgeon attracts the elite of African society From his Notting Hill home, Mr. Simon Moyes has been known to cycle into work at his clinic at The Wellington Hospital or his city clinics in The Shard and Old Broad Street. 88 Ongava - An unforgettable visit Nestled in the mountains and plains, Ongava Game Reserve provides visitors with the ultimate accommodation, offering comfort and luxury and total relaxation in nature. 104 The Web Summit a glimpse of tomorrow The Web Summit is the place where the mind goes…PING! 108 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds.

Disclaimer All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Flamingo are not necessarily those of Air Namibia.

110 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation. 118 Air Namibia Information Travel information, Frequent Flyer Information, Cargo Service, Flight Schedule and Fleet Information. 126 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard.

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Surface area: 824,268 km . Capital: Windhoek. Independence: 21 March 1990. Current president: Hage Geingob. Multiparty Parliament, Democratic Constitution Division of power between executive, Legislature and judiciary. Secular state—freedom of religion (90% Christian). Freedom of the press/media.

Mobile communication system is available throughout the country. It is also possible to rent cell & satellite phones at the Windhoek International Airport, or buy local Sim cards. Postal service: affiliated to the Universal Postal Union. Schools: over 1700 and various vocational and tertiary education institutions.

TAX AND CUSTOMS All goods and services are priced to include value-added tax of 15%. Visitors may reclaim VAT. Enquiries: Ministry of Finance, Tel (+264 61) 23 0773 in Windhoek.

ENVIRONMENT Nature reserves: 15 % of surface area. Highest mountain: Brandberg. Other prominent mountains: Spitzkoppe, Moltkeblick, Gamsberg. Perennial rivers: Orange, Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando/ Linyanti/Chobe. Ephemeral rivers: Numerous, including Fish, Kuiseb, Swakop and Ugab.

FLORA 14 vegetation zones; 120 species of trees; 200 endemic plant species; 100 plus species of lichen. Living fossil plant: Welwitschia mirabilis.

ECONOMY Main sectors: Mining, fishing, tourism & agriculture. Biggest employer: Agriculture (46%). Fastest-growing sector: Tourism. Mining: Diamonds, uranium, copper, lead, zinc, magnesium, cadmium, arsenic, pyrites, silver, gold, lithium minerals, dimension stones (granite, marble, blue sodalite) and many semi-precious stones.

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Roads: 5,450 km tarred, 37,000 km gravel. Harbours: Walvis Bay, Lüderitz. Main airports: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport, 46 airstrips. Rail network: 2,382 km narrow gauge. Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 Hz with outlets of round three-pin type. Fixed phone coverage throughout the country with direct-dialing facilities to more than 220 countries.

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One medical doctor per 3,650 people. Several state of the art private and state hospitals in Windhoek with intensive-care units, as well as in main towns, with medical practitioners (world standard) and 24-hour medical emergency services.

Currency: The Namibia Dollar (N$) is fixed to and equals the SA Rand. The South African Rand is also legal tender. Foreign currency, International Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.



2.3 million; Density: 2.2 per km; 240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% of total). Official language: English. 14 regions, 13 ethnic cultures, 16 languages and dialects. Adult literacy rate: 85%. Population growth rate: 2.6%.

FAUNA Big game: Elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, 20 antelope species; 240 mammal species (14 endemic); 250 reptile species; 50 frog species; 676 bird species. Endemic birds including Herero Chat, Rockrunner, Damara Tern, Monteiro’s Hornbill.

FOREIGN REPRESENTATION More than 50 countries have Namibian consular or embassy representation in Windhoek.


Public transport is available to most tourist destinations in Namibia. In Namibia one drives on the left. There are bus services from Windhoek to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Vic Falls, Swakopmund, Harare, Lusaka and many other smaller busses which connect most of Namibian regions. Namibia’s main railway line runs from the South African border, connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund in the west and Tsumeb and Oshikango in the north. There is an extensive network of international and regional flights from Windhoek. Domestic charters to all destinations.

HEALTH No inoculations are necessary. Should one enter from a country in which yellow fever prevails, one should have proof of vaccination against such disease. Malaria-prophylaxis is recommended if traveling to far northern Namibia during summer.

Tap water is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is available almost everywhere in the country as well.


Now in its 6th year, this grueling 6-day mountain bike stage race from Namibia’s cosmopolitan capital, Windhoek, to historic Swakopmund has come to be regarded as one of the toughest mountain bike races in Africa. 30 teams and 10 individual riders come from all over the globe for the challenge, for the

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Samson Samson network for the next five years. The initiative hasinwitnessed the planning and hard work has paidNamibian off inlatter the various tangible deliverables market presence, and the economy. We have Adv. E.P. Acting Managing Director which the airline now possesses. The said deliverables turn ensured rolling outand of new routes by the national carrier. The routesdeliverables Windhoekexpressed which mayhas in many instances be attributed to finalised an exciting strategic roadmap, inclusive of an planning hard work paid off in the various tangible Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director which the airline now possesses. possesses. 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Carrier feel that we will be doing our part towards the that we were able to develop the strategic roadmap, inclusive of the route so excited to announce the addition of the Windhoeknetwork for the next five years. years. The The latter latter initiative has witnessed witnessed the the flying you to the additional within SADC. network for next five initiative rolling out ofthe new routes bydestinations the national carrier. The routes Windhoekso excited to announce the addition of thehas Windhoeknetwork for the next five years. The latter initiative has witnessed the national developmental aspirations, in creating all of the various skills needed in the business. rolling out of new routes routes by the thewith national carrier. Theorroutes routes WindhoekGaborone-Durban service –national which will commence by the Thirdly, it isof important to share you the awards accolades which rolling out new by carrier. The WindhoekGaborone-Durban has been added to our schedule. We look forward to Gaborone-Durban service – which will commence by the Thirdly, it isfor important share with you the awards accolades which rolling out of new routes by the national carrier. Theor routes WindhoekAir Namibia will further also be doing road shows, the various communities in our country to Gaborone-Durban has to been added to our schedule. We look forward to end of October 2016! We look forward to flying you to the the airline won during the year. They are: Sky Trax 2nd Best Regional Gaborone-Durban has been added to our schedule. We look forward to flying youOctober to theduring additional destinations within SADC. end of 2016! We look forward to flying you to the the airline won the year. They are: Sky Trax 2nd Best Regional Gaborone-Durban has been added to our schedule. We look forward flying you to the additional destinations within SADC. understand its role and to encourage domestic airto travelplease expect to see us at the various Carrier, ACSA Feather Award 2016. additional destinations within SADC. Watch thislocal space, to flying you the additional destinations within SADC. Carrier, ACSA Feather Award 2016. additional destinations within SADC. Watch this space, flying you the additional destinations within SADC.orlast Thirdly, it isto important to share with you the awards accolades which trade fairs or forums which are held. We are proud to have achieved the following awards year: dear friends! There is yet more to come! Thirdly, it is important to share with you the awards or accolades which Finally, we have spent significant time and resources on maintaining the Thirdly, it iswon important share with you the Sky awards accolades which dear friends! Theretothe isServices) yet more tothe come! airline during year. They are: Traxor 2nd BestFair Regional Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair 2016 (Bestthe Exhibition: Transport and Okakarara Trade Finally, we have spent significant time and resources on maintaining the Thirdly, it is important to share with you the awards or accolades which Then, Air Namibia was honoured with two very prestigious the airline airline wonstandards. during the theInyear. year. They2016 are: the Sky airline Trax 2nd 2nd Best Regional Regional required safety February attained its EASA the won during They are: Sky Trax Best Then, Air Namibia was honoured with two very prestigious Carrier, ACSA Feather Award 2016. safety standards. Inyear. February 2016 the airline attained its EASA Society 2016 (Certificate of Outstanding required Achievement 1st Place, for Sponsoring the 10th Anniversary). the airline won during the They are: Sky TraxBest 2nd Best Regional awards recently. They Skythat Trax Regional Carrier, ACSA Feather Award 2016. TCO Authorization for operations into Europe.Carrier, We will continually work inwere: ensuring our2nd operations are safe at all ACSA Feather Award 2016. awards recently. They were: Sky Trax 2nd Best Regional TCOWe Authorization for operations into We will continually in2016. ensuring that our areThus, safe atthe all Carrier, ACSA Award further believe that after theEurope. holiday season, itFeather isACSA vitalwork to feel rejuvenated andoperations wellon rested. Carrier, and Feather Award 2016. Finally, we have spent significant time and resources maintaining times. Carrier, and ACSA Feather Award 2016. Finally, we have spent significant time and resources on maintaining the times. Finally, we havestandards. spent significant time-Bay and resources onattained maintaining the the ‘Route/Resort’ focus for this month is the Air Namibia flight to Walvis return. This will enable required safety In February 2016 its EASA Never compromising on safety ever -the theairline airline attained Finally, we have spent significant time and resources on maintaining the required safety standards. In February 2016 the airline attained itsCamp. EASA Never compromising on safety - ever -the the airline attained For the ‘Route/Resort’ focus which we do monthly with NWR, the month ofFebruary November hasour as its focus Onkoshi required safety standards. In 2016 airline attained its EASA TCO Authorization for operations into Europe. We will continually work in ensuring that operations are safe at all you to not only experience our excellent on-board service, but thereafter to visit our beautiful coast its EASA TCO Authorization for operations into Europe again. Your safety will remain our For the ‘Route/Resort’ focus whichinto we do monthly with NWR,standards. the month ofFebruary November hasour as operations its focus Onkoshi required safety In 2016 the airline attained itsCamp. EASA TCO Authorization for operations Europe. We will continually work in ensuring that are safe at all If you find yourself travelling to the Northern part of Namibia, you should consider visiting the Onkoshi Camp, which is its EASA TCO Authorization for operations into Europe again. Your safety will remain our TCO Authorization for operations We will continually work in hour ensuring that our operations arewill safe at all times. which isyourself unrivalled inallterms ofinto its Europe. beauty. Thereafter, ayou mere three drive South of Namibia, highest priority at times. If you find travelling to the Northern part of Namibia, should consider visiting the Onkoshi Camp, which is TCO Authorization for operations into Europe. 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As the story unfolded Corlette Wessels was there with her camera when this lion drama unfolded – she caught the action, frame by frame...and tells the story. Photographs and story by: Corlette Wessels

Lions Fighting - known as the Charleston Boys of Sabi Sabi (Greater Kruger)

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t all began when we saw the one male


lion on his own. We photographed In the distance, we spotted his

coalition brother, about 200m away, coming down the road. We drove closer to the other male as we were curious how they would greet one another. You could see the attitude of the male coming down the road (the one with the tooth hanging loose). He hardly greeted his ‘brother’, and just walked on. He was marking his territory as he walked off, his ‘brother’ following. It had been raining the night before, and normally males will return to re-mark their territory. He was clearly looking for the pride known as the Southern Pride of Sabi Sand (Greater Kruger). “Minutes later, we heard the females call, clearly smelling the boys’ scent. As soon as the males heard the females, they began to run towards the sound. special moment. I enjoy photographing

and eat the lucerne we feed them. I

animals and nature, especially animals

often go away for a week or two on my

in their natural environment and their

own into Africa, so as to be able to do

interaction with each other.” Corlette

what I love most, nature photography.

only got her hands on her first Nikon

I am very blessed to have a family

camera in 2006, and then, after a trip

that supports me and understands my

to Kgalagadi, really began to get into

passion. The reason I do this is so I can

photography: “After this, my collection

focus only on my photography and, if

became bigger and my ‘hobby’ became

need be, sit and wait at a sighting to get

my obsession!”

that ‘shot’. I have waited seven hours,

Corlette has her own business and

in my car in temperatures of 42’C+ in

consults to companies in the retail

February, for a leopard to emerge from

strategic market. She married in 1994

a cave in the Kgalagadi. But it was well

Who is Corlette Wessels?

and after 15 years of marriage, along

worth the wait.”

Corlette Wessels is a mom, wife and

came their first child. They now have

“My hope is that you will feel my

business woman with an obsession

two, a boy and girl. She laughs, “They

deep love and respect for nature and

for wildlife and wildlife photography.

keep me very busy!” The family stays on

animals through my photography, in

She says, “Photography allows me to

a game farm just outside Johannesburg

reading some of my blog posts and

capture a fleeting moment in nature

in South Africa, and for starters, they

following me on social media like

that I experience and share with

have 11 dogs, 2 cats, geese and ducks.

Facebook & Instagram; that you can

you. The image takes us back time

Corlette says, “The best part of each day

experience a little of what I see when

and time again to taste the feeling,

is to get home, stand on our deck and

I am out in nature doing what I love

the texture, the emotion of that very

watch the kudu come down to drink,

most, nature photography.”

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We decided to go to the females with the cubs. I was concerned as I thought the male might lash out at the cubs, as he seemed to have been on a mission (the one with the loose tooth). “The




and they greeted each other and even the cubs greeted him and jumped on him playfully. The other male arrived and also greeted the females. They all walked off as – what seemed at the time - a happy family. A few minutes later one of the cubs approached a male, and the oldest female of the pride growled at the male. He growled back, then she slapped him - the other females joined

“Photography isn’t just a hobby, it allows me to capture a fleeting moment in time. I hope you will feel my deep love & respect for nature in my photography.”

being submissive to the other male (the one with the tooth). The fight ended as quickly as it started and they each walked off in different directions. I did not see any blood, nor did I see either of them biting eachother. I cannot tell you the intensity of their voices and

in and growled at each other. “Soon after this he went to scent

and stormed over to where the other

growls, and the pure force of their

mark a big dead tree, and lay down.

male was lying. The other male got

forelegs lashing out at one another.

The females did not like the fact that

up and then a massive fight broke out.

Neither of the males were injured that I

he came to lie down so close to them,

Growling, slapping one another until

could see - each walked off in separate

and growled at him again. He got up

the one male was on the ground, almost

directions and went to lie down. “Everything seemed to calm down after this and only when Mandleve, the oldest female of the Southern Pride saw that the male with the loose tooth growled at two of the young cubs, did the situation escalate again. She went into full attack mode, and would not stand his nonsense at growling at the cubs. After this, the females walked off with the cubs and rested; the males followed and all seemed to be calm by the time we left.”

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Capturing Space:

Exploring Namibia through a Camera Lens A wondrous thing space is. It humbles, it inspires, and it gives a sense of endless possibilities. It also presents a canvas for creativity. Namibia’s vast, spacious landscapes do all this for anyone who visits, and provides unique and exciting opportunities for photographers. And for those photography enthusiasts who want to make this their focus while traveling, a different kind of experience awaits.

By: Marleen Lammers and Grace Kellett

Photograph by: Nick van de Wiel

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nyone who has been to Namibia can attest to its every-changing





From the striking red sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the rocky desert of the Skeleton Coast and the sensational shapes of Quiver Forest, Namibia’s scenery is absolutely striking and wonderfully unique. While traveling through Namibia is a treat for anyone seeking an exciting holiday, it offers something additional for (aspiring) photographers; it is a dream setting for landscape photography. To cater for people wanting to make the very most of Namibia’s photographic potential, some tour companies offer itineraries that are perfectly tailored to the needs of traveling photography enthusiasts. Penda Photo Tours is a company that specialises in photographic travel, and offers Namibia as one of its destinations. Exploring lens


Namibia an


Photograph by: Emil von Maltitz

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Photograph by: Emil von Maltitz

to the travel experience. During a

With one of the clearest night skies

display of nature: the feeling of utter

photography workshop, travelers are

on earth, Namibia also lends itself

calm – the abject silence of Dead Vlei

guided by professional photographers,

beautifully to star photography. The

in the dead of night under a sky so full



workshops include a night exploring

of stars that it defied measure, with the


the creative space of astrophotography

afterglow of the sun still visible despite


in Dead Vlei, leaving its participants

being on the other side of the world.”

theory sessions and while exploring

with slight fatigue but great satisfaction.

the scenic highlights. This allows

“The night shoot was excellent,” recalls


participants to hone their skills and

Dave. “Not only was the photography

photographers. As the groups are kept

put them into practice straight away.

good, but so was the experience. Nature

small and the tutoring is tailored to

As Sue Welland, who joined one of

is a truly powerful force and I have

everyone’s individual level, anyone with

Penda’s tours, comments, “you can

stood scant metres away from lakes

a camera and an interest to learn can

read all the books and articles on

of lava bubbling away (in Ethiopia),

join and have an enriching experience.

how to take images, and they would

feeling the raw strength of the planet

For participant Mark Weaver, the

tell you what shutter speed is best for

as it moves and breathes. But this night

workshop was initially daunting. “I

which particular image, but you can’t

at Dead Vlei had an equally powerful

was very new to photography,” he


aspects and


tutoring cameras,


on both








beat putting all that into practice and trying (and sometimes failing) to get the image you want.” To






possible Penda’s

itineraries are built around catching the warm glows of the early morning and late afternoon sunlight. Dead Vlei, the most famous of the Sossusvlei pans, presents a great example of this. The perception and character of the stark and surreal beauty of the red dunes, off-set by white salt pans and iconic skeleton forest, change with the different light conditions. Dave Hoggan, one of the workshop’s participants, explains, “We photographed Dead Vlei at three key times of the day - dawn, late afternoon and night - and the images each have a distinct look and feel; few landscapes can claim that.” Timing, then, is everything. Michael Evans, who also joined the workshop, says that his favourite moment in the workshop was “trying to capture the light rays just starting to come across the dunes and light up the trees. The sun rises so fast, that it’s hard not to feel a sense of urgency trying to get the photo while the light is right.”

Photograph by: Emil von Maltitz

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By the end of the workshop, things had come together, photographically, for Mark. “My favourite day was the last one; an amazing day of photography, stunning quiver trees, amazing rock formations and then we were blessed with a sand storm and a thunderstorm, complete with rainbow, followed by a stunning sunset and a spectacular lightning storm. Sitting with a group of people who I now consider to be friends, enjoying a picnic supper in a spectacular location with the most amazing star scene above us and an outstanding lightning display in the distance, was a memory I will enjoy for many, many years.” Capitalising on the photographic Photograph by: Nick van de Wiel





compromises. A photography workshop might opt to spend more time at fewer explains. “My biggest challenge was to

how to get what I actually wanted.”

places than most itineraries would, for

understand how to use the new kit I

Throughout the trip, Mark gained the

instance, meaning that you have to make

had. Luckily, knowing my (substantial)

confidence and skill to use his camera

choices. The guides might also adjust

shortcomings in this area, I was

in manual setting, allowing him to

itineraries half-way through, if weather

encouraged to try things out, make

“control what pictures I ended up with

conditions prevent good photography.

mistakes and be provided with tuition

rather than the camera deciding for me

And then there’s the early mornings.

on how to avoid them in the future and

what the photo would look like.”

“As we need to make the most of the

Photograph by: Emil von Maltitz

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Photograph by: Emil von Maltitz

light, we have super early mornings






and often go to bed late after having

guides who have traveled the route



many times, the magic of Namibia’s

Nick van de Wiel, one of the

expansive vistas and the richness of

photography guides. “There is time

the experience don’t wear off. As Nick

for rest during the middle of the day,

puts it, “it is unreal to walk around in

but in our experience participants

those beautiful settings with only a few

are often so excited about the

fellow photographers, and see how the

photos taken, that they want to

light paints those landscapes. To then

look at and work on them during

capture that by means of photography

that time. But all participants find it

is just awesome.”


worth it when they look back at how much they learned, how much their photography improved, and what awesome



during the workshop.”


Get in touch with Penda Photo Tours Web: Email: Tel: 1-855-370-5504

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Trophy hunting in Namibia: providing sustainable livelihoods for communities, encouraging the protection of wildlife populations, and maintaining natural ecosystems Trophy hunting is always a polarising topic but opposition has been mounting over recent years. Cecil the Lion, the media (in particular the use of social media by animal rights activists), and celebrities have stirred public opinion, much of it negative. This has arguably contributed to the introduction of airline bans on transporting trophies, the hunting ban in neighbouring Botswana, and the EU debate on banning imports of trophies. By: Ms. Catherine Birch. Catherine Birch is an Economist at Namibia Nature Foundation.


owever, when trophy hunting

the Convention on International Trade in

wider values associated with hunting in

is well-regulated and properly

Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and

general, for recreational, management,

managed, it can deliver the triple benefits

Flora acknowledged that “well-managed




and sustainable trophy hunting [as]

livelihood purposes.


an important conservation tool which

encouraging the protection of wildlife

provides livelihoods, incentives for habitat

populations, and maintaining natural

conservation, … and profits which can be

ecosystems, thereby contributing to a

invested for conservation purposes” .



sustainable for

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Namibia is a case in point. Encouraging the protection of wildlife populations

Trophy hunting is a niche part of the

SDG 15: Life on land includes a target


wider hunting management system,

to “ensure the conservation, restoration

recognised at the recent

which also includes shoot and sell and

and sustainable use of… ecosystems

Conference of the

own use. While trophy hunting is a high

and their services”. This is mirrored by

Parties, where

value activity in itself, there are also

Article 95(l) of Namibia’s constitution

number of Sustainable Development Goals


(SDGs). This



and sales of live game and game

members are less likely to poach and

of ecosystems, essential ecological

meat. In the 1990s, these rights were

there is little tolerance for outsiders



extended to rural communities under


of Namibia and utilization of living,

the Community Based Natural Resource

hunting can thus contribute to the

natural resources on a sustainable

Management (CBNRM) programme.

SDG 15 targets to “combat poaching


requires and







When farmers and communities have

and trafficking of protected species,

rights over the wildlife on their land,

including by increasing the capacity

In Namibia, hunting is well regulated

they can derive value from the wildlife,


and species-specific quotas are set

and are therefore incentivised to protect

sustainable livelihood opportunities”

annually, ensuring the sustainable use

it. If they can earn income from wildlife,

and “address both demand and supply

of wildlife. As wildlife populations

e.g. from trophy hunting, farmers and

of illegal wildlife products”.



communities tend to be more tolerant

of animals that can be hunted also

of the lions that prey on their livestock

Funding for conservation

increases – this provides an economic

and the elephants that eat their crops.

Hunting generates important financing

incentive to protect and grow wildlife

Wildlife populations, including elephant,

and benefits for conservation activities

populations. Furthermore, as income

lion, and black rhino, have recovered

in Namibia. The Ministry of Environment



significantly over recent decades, on

and Tourism sets quotas and issues

channelled back into conservation, a

both private and communal land, and

permits for trophy hunting. Old males

strong and sustainable hunting industry

this is largely attributed to these policy

are usually targeted and when hunting

is also beneficial for the protection and

changes. Namibia is now internationally

flagship or protected species, such as

restoration of biodiversity and habitat.

renowned for its wildlife. Consequently,

black rhino, elephant, and lion, the

tourism, including hunting tourism, has

individual animal is selected. These

Private and communal rights over wildlife

boomed over the long run.

are often “problem” animals that have

Trophy hunting can also discourage

been aggressive towards people or

In the 1970s, legislative changes gave

illegal killing and poaching in the

destructive of property, or pose a risk

freehold farmers economic rights over

same way. If a community is relying

to other wildlife.

wildlife, allowing them to profit from

on a healthy wildlife population to

The revenue from the sale of trophy

hunting, as well as wildlife tourism,

earn income from trophy hunting, its

hunting concessions goes to the Game

basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future…”










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donors, and the private sector is

Protecting and maintaining natural ecosystems

projected to decline by a cumulative 24%

More than 40% of Namibia’s land area

between 2014/15 and 2020/21 .

is now dedicated to conservation,

biodiversity expenditure by government,

sustainable resource management, and

Providing sustainable livelihoods for communities

biodiversity objectives. This includes

Rural communities primarily benefit


from trophy hunting via:

concessions, and community forests.

communal and freehold conservancies, tourism

to SDG8: Decent work and

and freehold conservancies exceeds

economic growth,

200,000km2 – more than half of the

• the income generated, contributing

total area dedicated to conservation. As mentioned above, these conservancies

to SDG1: End poverty, and • the meat produced, contributing to

rely on funding from activities such as trophy hunting to continue their

SDG2: Zero hunger.

with revenue from the sustainable use


The area dedicated to communal

• the jobs created, contributing

Products Trust Fund (GPTF), along



and sale of other wildlife products,



such as head levies on the live export

Community members are employed


of animals and their products and live



and biodiversity protection, thereby

auction of game/wildlife. The GPTF then

trackers), hunting lodges, or as game

contributing to SDG 15. Furthermore,

invests the funds exclusively in wildlife

guards, to protect wildlife from illegal

activities such as trophy hunting offer

conservation, community conservation,

hunting and poaching. This increases

an alternative to agriculture. Agriculture

and rural development programmes

household income and encourages

often involves land clearing or results

aimed at harmonising the co-existence of

people to remain in rural areas, rather

in damaging rangeland management

people with wildlife. Between 2012/13

than shifting to urban areas.

practices, which can be harmful to the

and 2015/16, trophy hunting alone raised




The Namibian Association of CBNRM




ecosystems and landscapes. Trophy

more than N$39 million for the GPTF



hunting, on the other hand, can be

– 68% of the total N$57 million raised.

that trophy hunting and meat from

conducted in the natural ecosystem

Over the same period, GPTF allocated

trophies generated N$31.5 million for

with little to no degradation.

N$70 million to conservation projects.

communal conservancies in 2014 – 36%

Without trophy hunting, many of

These projects included anti-poaching

of the total cash income and in-kind

these conservancies, such as those


benefits for communal conservancies.

in the Zambezi region, would not



be financially viable (see Figure 1).

Nyae Nyae and N≠a Jaqna, trophy

This could see a shift back towards



protection, conflict,

mitigating and


supply infrastructure.



conservancies, such

This revenue from trophy hunting

hunting generates the majority of their

is particularly important at a time

income. Furthermore, trophy hunting

when total funding for biodiversity

can provide income resilience for

conservation (both public and private) is

both private and communal farmers,

falling. Namibia is now classified as an

through diversification from cattle and

upper middle income country, which has

small stock farming.

resulted in a drop off in donations and

Finally, although the trophy hunter

official development assistance. Yet high

may take the head, horns, or other

inequality, public funding constraints,

souvenirs from the animal, the meat is

and competing priorities are eroding

usually distributed to the community,

the public funding that is directed

providing an important source of protein

towards wildlife and biodiversity. Real

and improving food security.

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The triple benefits of community

Namibia should maintain its strong

livelihoods, wildlife conservation, and

support for a sustainable, regulated

the maintenance of natural ecosystems

hunting industry, including trophy

Figure 1: Cost benefit analysis of

could be put at risk by international

hunting, and with this the free

Zambezi conservancies with and

pressure to restrict trophy hunting or

global movement of trophies, for

without trophy hunting

the import of trophies, which would

the benefit of its communities and

agriculture and less incentive to protect and restore habitats and ecosystems.

wildlife and for the achievement of its SDGs. The Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), founded in 1987, is one of the largest non-governmental organisations (NGO)




sustainable development in Namibia. The primary aims of the NNF are to promote sustainable development, the conservation of biological diversity and natural ecosystems, and the wise and ethical use of natural resources Source: NACSO Natural Resources Working Group

for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future.

The “rural realities of conservation”


In Namibia, hunting is an integral part

in Namibia. This would result in lost

of a successful conservation model,

income and jobs for some of the poorest

which benefits communities, wildlife,

communities in Namibia, reduce fu nding

and natural ecosystems. The negative

for conservation, have the perverse

international perception of trophy

incentive of encouraging poaching and

hunting highlights the “gap… between

illegal killing of wildlife, and put at

the urban ideals and the rural realities

threat millions of hectares of communal

of conservation” .

and commercial conservancies.

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Namibia’s premier tourism hub, Swakopmund Swakopmund provides an eclectic mix of old-world charm and modern-day convenience. This beautiful small town along the coast is attracting much attention and more and more travellers are being encouraged to use Swakopmund as the one-stop base in Namibia. It is an ideal destination offering ample opportunities to travel both near and far across Namibia, knowing that you will always return to the fresh cool climate at the coast. Words supplied Photographty: Xenia Ivanoff-Erb



(protected by law) and a sense of safety


Namibia is recognised globally as one of

not available in many destinations in

has in recent years

the most popular tourism destinations

the world today.

become the main tourist hub of

in the world, and in 2014 was voted the

Namibia is regularly featured on Top

the country. No longer the sleepy

“fastest growing tourism destination in

10 destination lists in various media.

village at the edge of the cold misty

the world”. Namibia remains an African

Not only is Namibia desirable as a

coastline, Swakopmund is now fast

destination of choice, offering travellers

picturesque destination with boundless

becoming the business and incentive

not only value for money but safety as

natural beauty, but travelling to Namibia

travel capital of the Southern African

well, and a sense of awe and inspiration.

is affordable, safe, and provides a vast

region. The recently completed Walvis


array of different travel experiences.

Bay International airport just 40 mins

hospitality, pristine natural environments


Namibia’s after





drive away, makes travel direct to Swakopmund quicker and easier than ever before.

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Sossusvlei in the south, and for decades

the beach or walk along the beachfront

has served travellers by providing a

promenade. For those who like to

variety of upmarket accommodation

explore: shop in the town, enjoy a great

establishments, unique desert activities

meal, take in some history or enjoy

and experiences, and shopping and

one of the many scenic desert tours.

sightseeing opportunities not available

For the more energetic travellers, there

along the long and winding travel routes

are many activities and adventures on

that crisscross this vast country.

offer, such as day tours to beautiful iconic Namibian destinations, photo

Travel Between January–June

excursions, para-gliding, boat tours,

There’s never a good or bad time to


visit, the beaches will always be cool

mention just a few.





and fresh and the dunes will be warm

5 Reasons why you should travel to Namibia:

season! Special off-season packages are

Why is Swakopmund ideal as a destination?

available from January to June. Many

Swakopmund is on the main road

• A bucket list destination.



link between Etosha, Kunene and

• Very affordable for the

booking packages, and offer excellent

Damaraland in the north and Namib

prices based on the “longer you stay the

Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, Aus and

less you pay” rates.

the Fish River Canyon in the south.

and inviting... off-peak season is the best

international traveller. • Political stability, safe travelling.


Walvis Bay is just a 20 mins drive away

• World-renowned Namib Desert and

Experiencing adventures, tours and safaris in Namibia

down the B2 highway and is the major



the industrial and logistics gateway to

endless landscapes between nature's

Africa. There are numerous car hire

Swakopmund is Namibia’s premier tourism hub

iconic attractions can be unexpectedly

companies both in Windhoek and

harsh to absorb. Selecting to stay in

Swakopmund that offer a vast range of

Situated centrally along the Atlantic

Swakopmund and travel to various

vehicles from small 'runarounds' to off-

coastline of Namibia, Swakopmund is

attractions from here provides the

road 4x4 Land Rover Defenders. Many

the main town through which all tourists

perfect solution.

attractions are accessible for self-drive

dune landscapes. • Unique geology, botany and wildlife.



harbour town of Namibia and also


travellers, however, most areas are

town links travel routes from Etosha

tourists can either relax and prepare

ecologically sensitive and therefore

in the north, Windhoek in the east and

for the onward journey, spend time at

require MET permits (available in

travelling in Namibia must pass. The




Swakopmund and a fee will need to be paid). Certain areas may be accessed by self-drive tourists, however, the services of an experienced guide is recommended, due to the remoteness of areas and to assist in finding specific plants, animals and natural attractions. Many different full-day tours leave from Swakopmund daily. Guests are collected by individual tour guides and taken to places of interest. Tours are normally between 5–8 hrs in length and will include a basic midday meal and

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mineral water during the day. Tourists can therefore stay in Swakopmund and





Namibian tourist attractions in the comfort of a small plane, tour bus or private self-drive.

Restaurants There are a large number of restaurants in Swakopmund offering almost every

and lounge) opened at The Dome, and

are absolutely spectacular. Around

kind of meal that the hungry traveller

is a popular venue for those who like


may want. Small intimate bistros to

to watch sport and share a drink with


larger venues cater for tour groups

their friends. Ideal for travellers who

specifically to the needs of tourists who

and business travellers. The variety of

do not want to miss their favourite

are looking for authentic Namibian

foods available ranges across a wide

sport teams' fixtures.

and African style products.

from fine dining at the famous Wreck

Indoor sports and conference centre


Restaurant and seafood at the popular

The Dome, Swakopmund is a one-of-


Tug Restaurant to exquisite sushi at the

a-kind business, lifestyle and event

growing in Swakopmund, and the

Ocean Cellar Strand Hotel or the best

centre providing an ideal venue for

town has become the sought-after

meat restaurant in town, At the Dome.

trade exhibitions, large sports and

destination town for more locals and

entertainment events. The Dome also

Southern African business travellers


provides an indoor swimming pool as

than ever before.

Swakopmund has a number of popular

part of the state-of-the-art health and

pubs, sports bars, a night club, and

wellness centre.




town, curio

many shops

small cater

cuisines, and



From the mountains to the sea, from the cool wet coastline to the hot arid desert of the Namib, from

a casino and entertainment centre. Visitors to the town can choose from


the unique history of the town to the

a range of pubs such as the Brauhaus,

Platz am Meer is the only shopping


the Brewer and Butcher (with its own

complex of its kind along the Namibian


microbrewery) or the ever-famous

coast and offers a range of popular

look forward to welcoming more

Kßcki’s Pub that attracts a large

new shops and restaurants as well

international visitors who will stay

number of loyal patrons every year.

as fast-food outlets. The views from

longer and experience all that this

Recently the Locker Room (sports bar

the front facade over Swakpomund

beautiful town has to offer.




Swakopmund everyone. We

Contact: For more information: Email: Web:

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A BOUQUET OF OFFERINGS, LEGACY HOTELS & RESORTS GRATIFIES THE LEISURE AND BUSINESS TRAVELLER From Lagos to Cape Town From eye-catching skyscrapers and exclusive hotels to luxury resorts and rustic safari bush lodges, Legacy Hotels & Resorts are behind the creation of some of the most breathtaking properties in Africa. They are also the only property Group to own both hotels and bush lodges, providing travellers with an endless choice of destinations and unforgettable experiences tailor-made to suit either leisure or business travel. Legacy’s variety of properties pride themselves in being unique. All hotels, resorts and lodges have been carefully designed and built to complement the special features of each destination – and all deliver on their promise of choice. Surrounded by the endless golden dunes of Namibia, as well as the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the town of Swakopmund hosts the ever popular Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre. Complementing surrounding architecture the Hotel is the perfect venue for modern convenience and old world charm. Be it holiday or business, amenities are well suited and guests can tailor their experience to suit. The Windhoek Country Club Resort offers businessmen, conference delegates and families the best of both worlds. Known for exceptional service and luxury accommodation the hotel sits on a modelled 18 hole golf course. Seated in the heart of Sandton’s Richest Square Mile, Legacy’s world-class five-star hotels – The Michelangelo Hotel and The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites. The magnificent Renaissance architecture of The Michelangelo Hotel is the very essence of status and success and caters for everything from productive business strategy-sessions, to weddings and special occasions, while The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites offers guests endless amenities such as an on-site spa, a well-equipped gym, a whiskey and cigar lounge and a gourmet restaurant serving European cuisine and freshly prepared sushi. The Mother city, Cape Town’s pride – the exclusive Portswood Hotel and The Commodore Hotel – epitomise stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting that have ensured guests, whether businessmen or tourists, return year after year. The Portswood Hotel is famous for its unique, personal approach to service – catering to the international traveller’s every need and anticipating their every desire, while The Commodore Hotel offers 234 elegantly furnished standard rooms and suites. Just across the South African border, and heading into the gorgeous wilderness lies the exclusive Elephant Hills Resort. Overlooking the Zambezi river and upstream from the popular Victoria Falls, it offers enticing views, an abundance of wildlife and one of Africa’s best golf courses. Guests, be it leisure or business, can enjoy a variety of activities from the relaxing sunset cruises to the more daring rafting and bungee jumping. For those preferring to stay closer to town, the gorgeous Kingdom Hotel is situated within the small and quaint town of Victoria Falls. Close to all major attractions and having direct access to the rain forest, the hotel is perfect for families or Incentive groups wanting to discover something new whilst experiencing a commitment to excellence. Legacy also own hotels in other parts of South Africa and into Africa (29 in total), including Namibia, Gabon, Ghana, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Central Reservations +27 (0) 11 806 6888 |

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Joy through wildlife The Kayamoja ArtConnects Trust provides the opportunity for young local disadvantaged children to see, meet and learn about animals, thereby planting a seed for the growth of an animal-human relationship. Art is the medium, Annika Funke the founder Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs: Annika Funke and Dirk Brzoska


nnika Funke was born in Germany

wildlife, art and wildlife conservation.

in 1983, and is a self-taught artist

Annika chatted to Flamingo about her

living in Namibia. She studied African

project, and the philosophy behind it:

Science at the University of Cologne

“For so long, I used to wake up with one

before leaving for Africa in 2007.

thought on my mind: what is required

Annika has held several solo exhibitions

of me today that if I don’t do it, no one

in Germany and Namibia, published a

else will? For me life is about finding the

book in Germany, and supports wildlife

unique reason for which we are created.

conservation in southern Africa by selling

There’s only one person in the world

her African wildlife artwork worldwide.

who is given that particular combination

She’s spent years in the wilderness

of passion, empathy, experience, vision,

and at


several wildlife sanctuaries in




Namibia and Botswana. She regularly

kind of love...and with those attributes

sketches wildlife while traveling with

exclusive to you, you have to find

her husband in southern Africa.

your purpose. the

For Annika, although the Trust


focuses on children, she sees the

Namibia, the aim of which is to create

benefits as more far-reaching. “These

opportunities for disadvantaged local

days, so many people struggle with

children to see, meet and learn about

depression and anxiety.

Annika Kayamoja





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choices, no matter how small, make the big difference.” Annika ArtConnects

started Trust




response to the needs of




but also for wildlife conservation. If children could begin to feel for animals, the seed for a long-term relationship would be planted. Kayamoja ArtConnects assists with trips to wild places or local farms. Here, children are given the opportunity to






educational, artistic and joyful level: “Drawing and painting encourages children to observe the true beauty of animals. The process in our painting lessons asks them gently to pay deeper attention and take a closer look. They build good memories and make that connection in a warm and healing I feel it’s because most live a

effecting a change, starting with young

way. The goal is to foster a mindset of

disconnected life – one that’s too loud,

people: “I want to awaken a passion

valuing animals as lives we are meant

full, and fast. We’ve forgotten who we

and empathy, stimulate awareness

to care for, admire and respect.”

are, and how to be in balance with

in the younger generations. We need

She adds, “Children who grow up in

nature – we struggle with silence. But

to inspire in them a love for wildlife.

a world without wildlife become adults

go into the bush and feel the difference.

Every single mind and its future

without a passion for wildlife or sense

That silence of the African bush can teach us to listen instead of talk, be grateful instead of complaining, even teach us who we are and our purpose in the grander scheme of things. It can teach us to give, instead of just taking, and it teaches us that the ‘me’ is not the centre of the universe. Sometimes we have to look for less to find more.” Annika says she paints in order to make people love animals again: “What we learn to love, we learn to appreciate; what we appreciate, we are willing to protect. With my paintings, I am trying to repair a little piece of the disconnection between humans and wild animals.” Conservation begins with education, and that’s where Annika saw herself

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of the importance of conservation. What we plant in these children’s hearts will make a difference to their young lives, and to future generations.” Currently, Kayamoja ArtConnects Trust is financed with sales from Annika’s original art works. She’s just launched the brand-new limited edition black and white drawings of lion – a print series called “Imani“. All profits go to the Trust. She’s currently working on an online platform where she wants to involve other artists who are willing to sell their artwork for this cause. Annika has begun work on the Kayamoja



Exhibition 2018, which will have three elements:




renowned wildlife artists; art from the children; and the winner of the Kayamoja ArtConnects Wildlife Exhibition



Competition. Funds from the artists will be split 50/50 with the Trust, and funds raised by the children’s art – and Newcomers - will also be split 50/50 with a wildlife trust like Save the Rhino Trust Namibia – in that way, the children will grow to understand about making a difference. Annika





education kit, which she is providing to schools throughout Namibia. The request is that the teaching staff devotes one art lesson to wildlife – and the children then contribute an artwork to the competition. For Annika, this interaction between children and wildlife goes way beyond education and the joy they experience. She believes it’s healing. The children also get the opportunity to travel to new places, expand their horizons, learn about the world beyond their daily lives.

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ArtConnects Trust is all around raising awareness: “A personal relationship with wildlife starts within the heart of a human being. When we engage with the environment and animals, it’s a win-win. It’s the start of reconnecting with what matters. Looking at these young





producing, the supreme exhilaration they’re experiencing, it would be hard not to understand the indelible value of that human-nature connection, and ultimately, the value of conservation.” Visit the website, find out about the paintings and art prints available for Kayamoja ArtConnects. Or contact Annika, if you are keen to be involved in any other meaningful way.

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Ten of the best From the legions of tasty new models launched and driven over the past 12 months, JAMES SIDDALL selects his own personal top 10 of 2016...

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Merc E-Class Never mind the formidable, rather fantastic Merc S-Class. This “business sedan,” as I heard the people from Merc term it, is arguably the most advanced production machine you can buy right now. The E-Class also embodies all the Benz solidity and sybaritism that you might dare hope for. More than

that it's simply loaded with silicone. This vehicle, in short, is a rolling computer offering unprecedented incar connectivity. Just some highlights of this, the tenth-generation E-Class, including a new diesel engine that turns in hybridlike economy, a nine-speed auto gearbox, and the option of twin 12.3inch displays. These high-resolution

units effectively give a wide-screen, almost completely digital cockpit, while in what Mercedes terms “a first for a car” the steering wheel features touchsensitive Touch Controls. And that's without even going into the driving-assistance systems that virtually make this car semiautonomous. Expect a lot of this tech to eventually filter into other Mercs.

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Audi A4 Understatement. Elegance. A sense of never trying too hard – rather like that effortlessly cool kid we all knew at school or university. And subtlety. Above all subtlety. These are some of the great Audi USPs (Unique Selling Points). All of which the new A4 has in spades. Now Ingolstadt's latest version of its small sedan sits in a ferociously competitive segment that includes the likes of the BMW 3 Series, and the Mercedes C-Class. Both admittedly brilliant cars. But while the new Audi A4 looks similar to the outgoing car, this is all part of its subtle aesthetic evolution, and the latest model is lighter, bigger inside, and more aerodynamic than ever, plus a seven-speed S tronic selfshifter replaces the old CVT. It's also loaded with high-tech – much of it optional – while the quality is simply through the roof, especially when it comes to the interior.

VW Tiguan The compact SUV category is another hectically competitive segment – but rather predictably, the new VW Tiguan is simply one of the best machines available in this category. And if its forebear was wildly successful with some 2.8 million being sold globally, expect the latest one to do yet better. This is the first SUV from VW to be based on the MQB platform so it

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shares underpinnings and tech with the likes of the Golf and Passat, while it's a little bigger, a little lighter, and way more attractive than the vehicle it replaces. We hardly need add that perceived quality is simply stellar, as are safety and refinement levels. If you can stretch to it, look towards one of the versions using VW's excellent self-shifting DSG 'box.

Toyota Hilux and Fortuner The word “legend” gets terribly overused, especially when it comes to vehicles. Yet it's pretty applicable to the Toyota Hilux, as well as its sibling, the Fortuner. So the all-new models had big boots to fill. But fill them they have, and with aplomb too. The new Hilux and Fortuner have substantially upped the refinement stakes – especially when it comes to the higher-grade models – with everything from a full-colour,

4.2-inch multi-information display to styling that will take them into the next decade. No problem. There's a vast range of engines and transmissions to choose from, with the Hilux alone available in three body styles and a total of over 20 derivatives. But the engines that really get us are the fantastic new 2.4 GD-6 and 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesels, available in both the Hilux and Fortuner. As for that, um, legendary toughness, both these vehicles promise years of unbreakable, unburstable, indestructible service.

Renault Kadjar It has been a busy year for Renault with a number of model launches, but its Kadjar stands out – and even in the

busy SUV/crossover segment it has to be one of the sharpest-looking vehicles in its class. It's a product of the Nissan-Renault alliance with a lot of the mechanical bits coming from the worthy Nissan Qashqai, but this baby revels in more than a hint of Gallic elegance mated to high levels of in-car technology and equipment. In case you're wondering, the name “Kadjar” is derived from two words: “Kad” – inspired by “quad,” apparently. And “jar”, from the French for agile as well as “jaillir”, meaning to emerge suddenly. There you have it.

Honda Civic Type R If you're looking for a hot hatch that is as single-minded as a kid in a

Top speed is a claimed, class-leading 270km/h, and the zero-to-100km/h run takes 5.7 seconds. These figures only tell a little part of the story, however, and at full chat the Type R makes for a visceral, tactile, allconsuming experience – particularly at its screaming 7 000rpm redline. But it's hardly the most selfeffacing, subtle or comfortable of cars – which can be a good or a bad thing, depending where you're coming from.

turbo, a new 1.4-litre turbo, and a 1.6-litre turbo. Plus it's laden laden with the sort of driver assistance and safety systems that you'd expect from far more expensive cars. Perhaps most importantly of all, it's solidly built, and yet more entertaining and involving to pilot than its illustrious forebears. Sure it faces stiff competition from its archrival the Golf 7. But it's good. So very, very good.

BMW 7 Series Opel Astra It's no accident that the new, 11thgeneration Opel Astra is the 2016 European Car of the Year. It's refined, and – rather remarkably in an age where cars often get larger and lardier with each new incarnation – smaller and lighter than its predecessor, yet larger inside. It's also equipped with a trio of excellent engines, namely a one-litre

Aaah, the BMW 7 Series. In proof that the years fly by like autumn leaves, I have (rather unbelievably it seems) been road-testing these big Beamers since around mid-1995. With each model they have, of course, become yet more brilliant. Which takes us to the all-new sixthgeneration incarnation of BMW's flagship launched this year, and you should know that the press release on

candy store, you have to look at the Honda Civic Type R – arguably the fastest front-wheel-drive hatchback you can buy. Indeed, the new Honda Civic Type R turned in a lap time of just seven minutes and 50.63 seconds around the legendary 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. A time that's unrivalled by any other front-wheel-drive hatch. The mega-Civic bangs down 228kW and 400Nm from a high-revving, turboed V-Tec two-litre powerplant.

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this car alone is nearly 16 000 words long. So there's a huge amount to say about it. But in nutshell, this uber-BMW if lighter than ever, laden with technology that borders on science-fiction-like, and it's available in guises that include a plug-in hybrid. Above all, it's extraordinarily driver-friendly. As with certain other very good large cars, it seems to shrink around the driver, making it possible to hustle it along like a far smaller vehicle. Its biggest competitor is the Mercedes S-Class, still the benchmark in the super saloon category say some – but the 7 Series is arguably the one to have if you want to press on. Another Bavarian launched in 2016 that's worth a very quick mention is the M2. This car is not only the most affordable way to buy into the BMW M family, it's also arguably the most intoxicating. In spirit and in sheer, screaming chuckability it's close to the old M3 (E36).

VW Golf GTI Clubsport This car isn't nearly as wild and fizzy as the Honda Civic Type R elsewhere on these pages. What it is is the best incarnation yet of the Golf GTI – a vehicle that created a whole new class of car when it was born 40 years ago. It's also the hottest, most potent incarnation of this vehicle yet, with subtle aesthetic cues to separate it from the standard GTI, as well as an

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engine packing substantially more poke (195kW as opposed to 162kW). It's a sharp, honed machine, too – yet it's entirely useable as a tame everyday driver. Expect it to be pretty collectible as well.

Ferrari 488 GTB This is a Ferrari, so naturally it's fast. Very, very fast. After all, it uses an all-new 3 902cc V8 turbo powerplant pumping out 492kW at 8 000rpm, and 760Nm at 3 000rpm. Enough to take it from zero to 100km/h in three seconds flat, and on to over 330km/h. And enough to take it

from rest to 200km/h in a remarkable 8.3 seconds. All the while singing a veritable mechanical opera. But this turbocharged replacement for the normally aspirated 458 is far more than an impressive set of numbers. It's also beautifully balanced, intuitive, and alive, and you seem to drive it almost by telepathy. All of which serves to remind us why the very word “Ferrari” has unmatched and unrivalled halo status. Of course you'll pay. But you are getting a badge that for good reason is one of the most revered in motoring.


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The wheel story: JAMES SIDDALL on what's happening in the wonderful world of wheels... Along comes a Spider Wind-in-their-hair enthusiasts will be delighted with the arrival of the new Abarth 124 Spider as announced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. This baby brims with Italian brio, plus lashings of technology, while weight-saving has been a major goal in its development. Power comes from a 1.4-litre fourcylinder turbocharged engine with

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MultiAir technology. And you can figure on 125kW and 250Nm running through a slick six-speed manual. That will move you from rest to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds, and on to 232km/h, with an exhaust note billed as offering “a satisfying, deep sound.� Rear-wheel drive, agility, high levels of active and passive safety, and a rallying heritage is all part of the package.

Diesel desire We have always maintained that VW's Passat is one of the most underrated, understated sedans on our roads. We're not alone. The Passat has been widely acclaimed by motoring media elsewhere, along with contented owners. Now the range has become yet more desirable with the addition of a 2.0 TDI turbodiesel model. Output

New Models round up is rated at 130kW and 350Nm from as low as 1 500rpm. And with its six-speed DSG gearbox, the Passat will move from rest to 100km/h in a brisk 8.2 seconds, topping out 228km/h, while claimed fuel consumption is just five litres per 100km. The entire model line has also been restructured, with new standard features, and you can have

your Passat in Luxury or Executive spec. Luxury models boast LED headlights, three-zone Climatronic air-con, and Vienna leather seats with seat heating as standard. The range topper, Executive, has App Connect, Nappa leather seats, LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights, and LED daytime running lights as new standard features. Also featured is a standard

R-Line Styling Package, and 18inch alloy wheels. All models are only available with DSG transmission – six-speed for the 2.0 TSI and TDI, and seven-speed for the 1.4 TSI. There is a tasty array of optional extras to choose from, too, while a standard three-year/120 000km warranty, and a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan is all part of the deal.

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Up, up, and away

Upgraded and awesome Toyota's best-selling – and frankly brilliant – Hilux and Fortuner have just benefited from upgrades. Specifically, the Hilux SRX has been beefed-up by a change from the previous “narrow-body” design to the new “wide-body” construction. This sees it getting bold, integrated over-fenders – as fitted to existing Raider models – mated a wider front bumper design. It's now decidedly chunkier and more muscular-looking with the Single-cab and Double-cab SRX being wider by 55mm. Xtra-cab models already enjoy “wide-body” construction, so all three body shapes now share the

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same width. Exterior mirrors also now get turn signal lamps, while the previous steel wheels are replaced by 17-inch alloys wearing wider rubber than before. As ever, SRX models come with the widely acclaimed 110kW, 400Nm 2.4-litre GD-6 engine or a 2.7-litre petrol VVTi powerplant. Meanwhile, 2.8 GD-6 and 4.0 V6 Fortuner models now come standard with head-turning 18-inch alloys replacing the previous 17-inch numbers. Plus the 2.7 VVTi and 2.4 GD-6 Fortuner models now sport leather interior trim, replacing the previous textile offering – at no extra cost. Nice one, Toyota.

It has to be one of the cleverest, best built compact cars on our market. It's the VW up! and it now comes with sharper lines, a sportier design, new colours, new wheels, new interior design – and a desirability factor that's, well, upped. Changes include redesigned headlights with LED daytime running lights, modified bumper, a sportier bonnet, redesigned rear lights, new wheels measuring up to 16-inches, and an interior that smacks more of high quality than ever before. The 999cc normally aspirated motor with 55kW and 95Nm remains, while the up! can be had in four equipment levels: Take up!, Move up! up! beats, and Cross up!. All derivatives come

standard with raft of safety features including ABS, four airbags, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). The Cross up and up! beats will be available in the first quarter of 2017. But irrespective of which version you opt for, perky performance, good equipment levels, unbelievable agility, and VW solidity are all part of the deal.

French affair Can you name the best-selling French car ever? Well, we'll make it easy – it's the Renault Clio, with global sales of over 13-million units since its 1990 launch. Now the Clio 4 currently on sale has just benefited from a host of enhancements inside and outside, including what Renault terms “full-LED front lighting signature” on the Dynamique model.

Interiors, too, are yet more refined and elegant – in a rather French idiom. Seats have been redesigned for more lateral support, and exclusive to Authentique models is the R&GO® app – a smartphone/tablet multifunction application designed to streamline infotainment. As ever, power comes from perky 66kW and 88kW turbopetrol motors mated to five-speed manual 'boxes or a six-speed EDC self-shifter in the case of the latter.

Coupé coup Since its launch we've loved the Mercedes GLC for everything from its functionality to unassailable quality. But if the “normal” GLC is a bit too, well, pedestrian for you, you might

like the new GLC Coupé – billed by its makers as “the sports car among midsize SUVs.” Besides slinky styling that makes it eight centimetres longer and four centimetres lower than the regular GLC, this machine comes with a standard sports suspension as well as more direct sports steering. Also part of the package are the likes of 4Matic permanent allwheel drive with 9G-Tronic nine-speed auto transmission, a striking, deeply raked diamond radiator grille, and wheels as big as 20-inches. The GLC Coupé is available in six engine variants, three diesel and three petrol. These include the four-cylinder diesel models GLC 220 d 4Matic Coupé and GLC 250 d 4Matic Coupé with outputs ranging from 125kW to 150kW. In the GLC 350 d 4Matic Coupé with its V6 diesel you can bank on 190kW of power. Petrol fans, meanwhile, will dig the GLC 250 4Matic Coupé with 155kW, and the GLC 300 4Matic Coupé with 180kW. And if it's muscle to match those looks that you crave, there's always the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic Coupé. With its V6 biturbo engine you can expect 270kW – and a zero-to-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds. Standard equipment levels are simply stellar, of course, with a tempting list of optional extras to choose from.

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Highly commended Our automotive scribe James Siddall recently scooped a Highly Commended award in the Magazine (Motoring) category in the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists' 2016 Motoring Journalist of the Year awards. This was for his work that you regularly see on these pages, and James is delighted to add this accolade to the motoring and other journalism and literary awards he has raked in over the past two decades.

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Pick-Up Lines The all-new Mitsubishi Triton SU, which bakkie lovers have been eagerly awaiting, builds on the legacy of its illustrious forebears...

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elayed anticipation can be a wonderful thing, serving to sharpen the appetite – which is precisely the case with the all-new Mitsubishi Triton SU. Indeed, there are huge expectations placed on this vehicle, and there is also huge pent-up demand from prospective buyers wanting to avail themselves of the latest addition to the Mitsubishi range. Now those expectations are well-grounded. After all, this Japanese

manufacturer has carved out an enviable reputation for reliability and durability and functionality with vehicles such as the Pajero and Pajero Sport, as well as the outgoing Triton. The latter first debuted locally in 2007, and has seen Mitsubishi sell more than four-million pick-ups in over 150 countries around the world. But the new Triton SU (Sport Utility) isn't just a subtle evolution of the outgoing bakkie. Oh no, it's a whole new ballgame with everything from a newly-developed 2.4-litre MIVEC turbocharged common-rail diesel

engine to the latest version of Mitsubishi's famed Super Select II four-wheel drive system – all mated to tough sophistication. This potent new motor features an aluminium cylinder block to save weight and can be paired with Mitsubishi’s latest six-speed manual or, for those who prefer to let technology do the work of gear-changing, a fivespeed automatic gearbox. “Our new lightweight turbodiesel engine is fitted with Mitsubishi’s latest generation MIVEC technology and weighs 30kg less than its predecessor, resulting in improved responsiveness, fuel consumption, handling, cornering,

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and braking performance,” as Nic Campbell, General Manager of Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, says. This super-responsive 2.4-litre engine with a class-leading low compression ratio of 15.5:1, is supplemented by a variable geometry turbocharger as well as Mitsubishi’s proprietary engine mapping. Output is healthy. Very healthy. You can figure on a robust 133kW at 3 500 rpm, and 430Nm of torque at 2 500rpm. Very importantly, for everything from off-road use to load-lugging to daily drivability, more than 350Nm is available from just 1 500 rpm. Indeed, that low-end torque is a major improvement, by some 25 percent, over that of the 2.5-litre turbodiesel fitted to the outgoing Triton. As for that five-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox, they are available with the option of two- or four-wheel drive to both. Each gearbox has seen a significant redesign from its predecessor with the manual gearbox now featuring shorter and smoother shifts, and the automatic gearbox offering electronic manual shifting.

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Those who opt for 4X4 versions will get treated to the latest version of Mitsubishi’s widely acclaimed Super Select II 4WD system. This state-of-the-art system is unique to Mitsubishi, and offers four intelligent driving modes which can be engaged from the electronic drive-selector in the cabin. This multifunction setup gives drivers precise control in challenging weather conditions or on loose surfaces with low-range modes, including a rear diff-lock. Which, of course, is essential for tackling tough and technical off-road obstacles. One of the Triton’s popular and versatile modes distributes torque in a 40:60 ratio between front and rear axles via a centre differential. The result? The Triton SU performs like a true SUV on gravel and wet, slippery roads, and enjoys hugely improved cornering performance. The revised distribution also delivers greater mechanical durability than the traditional 50:50 configuration used by all other 4x4 competitors. And let it be said that the words “durability” and

“Mitsubishi” go together like cheese and wine. Yet the Triton SU is also remarkably refined. The comprehensively revised suspension contributes to a stable and soothing ride of the sort you'd expect from a sophisticated SUV or sedan. As Nic Campbell says, “International reports have already found the Triton SU to be the most car-like pick-up to drive. Fitted with a new-generation lightweight diesel engine, upgraded suspension and reduced NVH levels, this new sport utility will impress owners with a comfortable ride that hasn’t compromised those workhorse principles, and multipurpose functionality.” At least part of this comfort comes from minimised body roll that translates into precise handling, while cabin noise is reduced using noise-absorbing and damping materials in key areas. As for being carlike, well, the Triton’s bestin-class turning radius of 5.9 metres compares to the manoeuvrability of midsized sedans. The comfort factor also extends to the ergonomically designed cabin. This

mixes car-like sophistication with all the functionality of a multi-purpose utility vehicle. The J-line design of the Double Cab results in class-leading interior space with plenty of leg and head room, while shoulder space is commendable, too. Creature comforts are all present and correct, and huge attention has been paid to safety. The Triton SU’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction features

high-tensile steel to absorb energy and maintain cabin integrity. Pre-tensioners tighten the seatbelts in a collision, restraining the occupants and allowing the airbags to work effectively. Active Stability with Traction Control, ABS, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution are all part of the deal, too, helping the driver keep control in emergency situations. The Triton SU is set to officially go on sale in February.

And yes. The wait will have been well worth it...

Mitsubishi Motors: 174 Mandume Ndemufayo Street, Southern Industrial Area, Windhoek P.O.Box 5081, Windhoek Tel: +264 (61) 431 5058 Fax: +264 (61) 431 5030 Email:

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Daze of thunder When it comes to two wheels, no other name carries quite the same mystique and magic as Harley-Davidson - now officially available in Windhoek...

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alifornia, Labor Day weekend... early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off onenight pads in Fricso, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, heading for the Monterey peninsula, north of Big Sur... “The Menace is loose again, the Hell's Angels, the hundred-carat headline, running fast and loud on the early morning freeway, low in the saddle, nobody smiles, jamming crazy through traffic and ninety miles an hour down the

center stripe, missing by inches... like Genghis Khan on an iron horse, a monster steed with a fiery anus, flat out through the eye of a beer can and up your daughter's leg with no quarter asked and none given; show the squares some class, give em a whiff of those kicks they'll never know... “Ah, these righteous dudes, they love to screw it on... the Gimp, Chocolate George, Buzzard, Zorro, Hambone, Clean Cut, Tiny, Terry the Tramp, Frenchy, Mouldy Marvin, and at least a hundred more...tense for the action, long hair in the wind, beards and bandanas flapping, earrings, armpits, chain whips, swastikas and strippeddown Harleys flashing chrome as traffic on 101 moves over, nervous, to let the

formation pass like a burst of dirty thunder...” So wrote late, legendary “gonzo” journalist Hunter S Thompson in his epic 1966 book “Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga.” And indeed 50 years ago, HarleyDavidsons, bike of choice for those Hell's Angels – as well as a plethora of others, from American cops to weekend cruisers – might have had a bit of a bad-boy image. Well, not “might” – they did! Today, however, the best, most brotherly people you'll meet on two wheels tend to ride these machines from Milwaukee – machines that not only are now officially available in Namibia, but which have a heritage going back well over a century.

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Now Harley was founded out of a small shed in 1903 by William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When Harley and Davidson produced and sold their first motorcycle in 1903, they were just one of many small motorcycle marques popping up across the country. Today, of course, the HarleyDavidson brand is deeply rooted in American culture, as well as contemporary culture as a whole, and some say that the history of the company intertwines with the history of America itself. Harley-Davidson incorporated in 1907, with William Davidson officially joining forces with his two brothers and Harley. Setting down roots in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson began hiring employees. By the end of the decade they were producing bikes using the signature 45-degree aircooled V-Twin – the engine that is so synonymous with the brand. During the next decade H-D continued to expand. Huge sales were generated by the government, with the American military sourcing Harley motorcycles during World War I. And over the years the brand grew yet greater. By the early 1930s, its only surviving domestic rival was Indian. Again H-D

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expanded in peacetime and found itself producing huge quantities of bikes for the American military during World War II. Some 90 000 in total, in fact. Postwar, Harley-Davidson developments include the introduction of the Sportster in 1957, the oldest production model in the current lineup, as well as other signature models. Harley experienced changes in ownership in the Sixties, going public in 1965, but today the Davidson family remains involved in the brand. And the Eighties and Nineties saw the introduction of model families that continue to this day, like the Softail and Road King lines, joining classic models like the Electra Glide. The advent of the millennium saw Harley-Davidson's image as the classic – some would even say ultimate! – American icon alive and well. And the company has also worked formidably hard to improve the riding quality of its bikes, and especially its touring machines. In 2009, for instance, it did away with the stamped and welded singlepiece frame that anchored Harley touring motorcycles for the last 30 years and replaced it with a cast, single-spar, rigid-backbone frame. It also went with a wider, longer swingarm. Plus Harley introduced a

new three-wheel motorcycle called the Tri Glide that has the classic styling and popular touring features of its best-selling Ultra Classic Electra Glide. Meanwhile, there is a vast range of Harley parts and apparel available, and today the range extends from the more affordable but exceptionally edgy, iconic Harley-Davidson Street 750 through to its big tourers. Just some of the highlights for the 2017 model year number the fact that the Touring family is powered by the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine. The next iconic Harley Big Twin, the Milwaukee-Eight engine was designed from the ground up to deliver a better ride, and it is billed as

the most powerful, coolest-running motor ever built by this manufacturer. Indeed, Harley themselves say that when matched with an all-new front and rear suspension, 2017 Touring models are the most powerful, most responsive, most comfortable and most advanced Harley-Davidson motorcycles yet. And that's saying something. “The Milwaukee-Eight engine improves every aspect of engine design and performance. Rubbermounted and counter-balanced, it features a four-valve cylinder head, single chain-driven cam, dual spark plugs, and cooler operation for improved rider and passenger comfort and increased performance. All while maintaining the iconic Harley-Davidson Big Twin engine look, sound and feel,” note Harley. They add that every Harley-Davidson Touring model plus the CVO Limited motorcycles and CVO Street Glide motorcycles feature all-new front and rear suspensions, resulting in more comfort, more control, and more confidence in handling. Harley-Davidson Street 750 models also get new deluxe paint and tank medallion, in addition to ABS and security for a more confidenceinspiring ride, while Keyless ignition is added to the Low Rider model. But these marvellous machines from Milwaukee are about so much

more than just facts and figures. Nothing, for instance, sounds like a Harley V-Twin, with its basso profundo thud, while the opportunities to individualise your Harley are close to limitless. These “Hogs,” as they're often dubbed, are also an excellent place to park your money and resale values tend to be extraordinarily strong – just as is demand for these machines across the globe. Buy a Harley and you'll also instantly buy into that brotherhood we mentioned earlier, as well as get to own, well, a genuine icon. An icon that in some cases is worth the price merely to be able to look at it – never mind taking it on the open road

and tasting the freedom so unique to these machines. Or as Harley themselves put it – and frankly we couldn't put it any better: “The sound of the Harley-Davidson 45-degree V-Twin engine rings through the history of motorcycling in an unbroken line stretching back to 1909. Each improving on the one before it. Iconic. Durable. Unmistakable in their sound. Unparalleled in their muscular look. Unmatched in the feeling they deliver to the rider.” And now, as we mentioned, this most American of brands is officially available in Namibia through a fully fledged dealership, courtesy of M+Z Motors Windhoek.

M+Z Motorcycle T/A Harley Davidson 24 Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo Street Tel: 061 373 500

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The correct way to see a Rhino After three hours of tracking, the rhino trackers had found them. Parking behind a convenient euphorbia we tried to crunch quietly over stones to a point where we could see: wonderfully, it was the cow Topnotch and her calf Troy – he’s just a year old – and they were making a good breakfast out of some bushes. The two were 200 metres away and completely unaware of us. And that’s the point… By: Ilana Stein

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n an increasingly virtual world, a

conservancies (Torra, Sesfontein and

where the animal in question is being

‘real’ adventure has become rarer

Anabeb) together for the conservation

tracked by professionals who know

than … well, than a desert-adapted

of the desert-adapted black rhino.

every individual on the concession,



It is an example of how the private

sometimes it can take a while – or

adapted population of black rhino,

sector, NGOs and local communities

more than a day – to find one. But it’s

found in the remote north-west Kunene

can work together to ensure a future

not about timing or even the animal.

region of Namibia, is the largest black

for Africa’s wildlife.

It’s about the whole operation and the

rhino. This


people who are involved.

rhino population in the world to have

The Camp is also the base for one

survived and increased its numbers

of SRT’s tracking teams and pays its

The SRT trackers, Jasson, Martjyn

outside of a formally protected park.

running costs while SRT is responsible

and Albertus, are fascinating; men who

And tracking a “desert rhino,” as they’re

for all rhino activities and monitoring.

have chosen this profession over easier

commonly known, through the starkly

Wilderness Safaris provides financial

ones perhaps, in their commitment to

beautiful Palmwag Concession – that’s

remuneration to the conservancies in

their Critically Endangered charges.

an experience that can be classified as

the form of lease payments and guest

The night before, around the campfire,

“once in a lifetime.”

levies. Thus, every guest of Desert

they explain the delicacy of the

Rhino Camp actively and financially

tracking and viewing operation so

supports rhino conservation.

that we understand this is more than a

The luxurious base of this encounter is Desert Rhino Camp, an inspiring story of modern conservation success,

Back to the adventure though. As


with all wildlife viewing, a certain

the Rhino Trust (SRT) and three

amount of luck is needed. Even here,




sighting – it is an experience where the animal comes first. The black rhino is known to be shy and easily agitated, moving away from people when disturbed and apt to move out of protected areas into places where poaching can occur. Therefore, if a rhino becomes aware of tourists watching, he or she may well take off in a hurry – and the whole point of the exercise is defeated. There is a delicate balance to be weighed here: between Wilderness Safaris delivering a world-class rhino conservation experience that allows our guests to safely view the rhino in

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its natural setting – and the safety of the

sing. Lilting voices told us, “Thank you

their lives undisturbed yet protected was

said rhino, all while enabling SRT to

for coming – without you, we could not

a combination that moved us all to tears.

collect critical monitoring information.

save our rhino.” And then they sang what

More than an adventure, this is

Based on research since 2005,

they call their “rhino song” to the tune of

a journey of the spirit, an encounter

Rhino Viewing Protocols have been

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” eyes closed and

not just with a unique animal but with



hands together, not in prayer but in the

some very exceptional humans.


shape of a rhino horn. The harmony of

distances from the rhino, best time of

the beautiful voices, the smiles flashing

day, and how often the same areas or

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individuals can be tracked.

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achieve ideal

So you might say that a successful

Topnotch and Troy as they went about

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rhino encounter is when there isn’t. And what a special sighting we had: not one but two rhino, a mother and youngster, who browsed peacefully while we peered at them and Jasson made notes – how healthy they looked, what they were doing, etc… and then we left, the two grey animals being none the wiser. The human element here is also extraordinary. Chatting to the trackers over lunch, we learnt more about their dedication: Jasson worked at another camp in maintenance but felt he wanted to do more, so he joined SRT. Albertus has a farm but left it to come and protect the rhino. Martyn has done this for 12 years and feels it is his calling. Indeed, all at Desert Rhino Camp see their work as something more. That night, the staff gathered to dance and

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More about Desert Rhino Camp • Situated within the 580 000-hectare (1.4 millionacre) Palmwag Concession in Namibia’s remote and rugged north-west Kunene Region • The intimate Camp comprises just eight Meru-style canvas tents raised off the ground on a wooden deck • The open-plan tented dining and lounge area offers panoramic views of the surrounding desert and Etendeka Mountains • Desert Rhino Camp offers one of the most original wildlife experiences today to view Africa’s largest free-roaming black rhino population on foot and to help contribute to its conservation • In addition to rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle with SRT trackers, other activities on offer include full-day outings with a picnic lunch, birding and nature drives exploring this vast, miraculous ecosystem with some of the most knowledgeable guides in Namibia • Palmwag Concession’s freshwater springs also support healthy populations of desert-adapted elephant, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, kudu and predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, and brown and spotted hyaena • Birdlife is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia’s endemics present • The Camp has an extremely light eco-footprint and is deeply committed to Wilderness Safaris sustainability 4Cs ethos: Commerce, Community, Culture and Conservation • Desert Rhino Camp is one of seven Wilderness Safaris camps in Namibia – the other six consist of Little Kulala and Kulala Desert Lodge in Sossusvlei; Damaraland Camp and Doro Nawas in Damaraland; Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and Serra Cafema in the Kaokoveld

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My dogs and other animals From one corner of the globe to another, Nick Mackman is recognised as an extraordinary sculptor of animals. Her unique work stems from a deep love and fascination for animals – particularly, but not exclusively dogs, wild and tame – together with a wonderfully artistic spirit, eye and skill Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied


ick Mackman grew up in York

inspirational art teacher, Mr Oxley, that

this early work all helped to train my

in the north of England. Given

I started to take my art seriously. He

eye.” Initially, Nick aspired to be an

her passion for animals, she laughs

helped me tremendously and fuelled my

art teacher, but says, “The excitement

when questioned about family life

passion for art. All these years later he

of creating an art work and getting

there: “I wish I could say I was

still comes to my solo shows. My focus

a response from it is very addictive.

surrounded by fields and animals, but

then was on drawing and painting, and

I soon realised I didn’t want to do

it was in fact suburbia. My parents

although limited to two dimensions,

anything other than work full time

are not artistic, but we are from a

as an artist. There’s a lot of snobbery

family of bakers and my Grandpa

in art, and animal art is often looked

was a master at icing wedding cakes.

down upon, so to find an art college

With the flick of his wrist he could

that offered wildlife illustration was

pipe a bird in flight. I used to watch

a gift! I was immediately captivated

him do this over and over again as

by the feel of clay, the possibilities of

he piped round the cake; it was

modelling in three dimensions and

mesmerising to watch.”

the very presence sculpture has in a

Nick says everything changed for her at age eight, the year the family got their first dog, a

space. The tutors allowed me to use clay rather than the canvas.” Of course, the first piece she made

springer spaniel puppy: “I

was her springer spaniel. It was also

loved him, and it was the

the second and third, and she still has

start of a lifelong love

those pieces now. Her first wild animal

of dogs. As a child

was a rhino, made after working


one summer as a rhino keeper in



drawing, but it

Chester Zoo. Off she went: “The only

wasn’t until

accommodation I could afford was

I met my

the local campsite but nothing could dent my enthusiasm for the animals. I was able to interact with them, touch and observe their behaviour at close quarters. I still remember the surprising softness of the black rhino’s prehensile lip and the startling roughness of the elephant’s trunk. I learned that every animal has its own unique personality. The realisation

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that I must somehow capture this in

or a lick of the lips. There is

clay continues to inform and inspire

such rich body language in

my work to this day.”

the animal kingdom and






I always try and

anthropomorphism: “Before starting

instill this into

a piece I think about what it would

my work. I have

be like if I were that animal. I tend

no time for crude

to subtly exaggerate the features that


I particularly like. For example, if I

for me, it’s disrespectful

were a warthog I would be especially

and betrays a failure to

proud of my expressive tail, battle

understand and relate to

torn ears and dainty feet. My work is

the subject.”

inspired by a behavioural observation,

And then there’s her love of

a beautiful shape or some other aspect

wild dogs: “Wild dogs have

of an animal’s personality that has

always been a particular passion of

enthralled or amused me.

mine. Being a dog helps, of course, but

my prized wild dogs. A pair of large

it’s the unforgiving stare of the predator

rounded ears popped up from behind


in them that draws me in. They have

a bank and my heart skipped a beat.

simply out walking my dogs, I find

these big ears, amazing markings and

There in front of me was a pack of nine

that I am always studying animal



wild dogs. It was a magical moment.

behaviour. It has become a natural

there is no doubt from the intensity of

I could hardly see them for the tears

reflex for me, like breathing. I am

their eyes that these are powerful and

in my eyes! I watched the dogs move

endlessly fascinated with how animals

successful killers. I chose Botswana

away, clearly in high spirits. But then

communicate, a subtle glance here,

for my first safari (see Nick’s art and

their heads dipped, their ears went back

a tilt of the head there,

photography safaris) because it was a

and their tails pointed downwards; the

known stronghold

hunt was on. They chased after red

for wild dogs. I

lechwe. After a short time their prey



crossed a river. The dogs wouldn’t risk

three week safari.

pursuing it further, because of the risk

I worked hard to

from crocodiles, so they trotted and



disappeared into the scrub. Wow! I

wildlife as possible,

have been hooked ever since and all

but it wasn’t until

my Africa trips have one main goal: to

the last day that I saw

see wild dogs.”

“Whether immersed in the intense observation









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Nick’s work is primarily sold through

workshops with my friend and award-

Nick has forged a reputation for

a select number of galleries in the UK

winning wildlife photographer, Nick

making rare and endangered animals

– she accepts commissions through

Garbutt. We combine game drives

in a less traditional format and, because

her website and social media as well –



of this, she finds herself being asked

but she does devote time to workshop

workshops. By the end of the week

for – and accepting - more and more

safaris: “For the last few years I have

our clients have really trained their

commissions. She’s been involved with

been leading combined animal sculpture

eyes to see animals from an artist’s

the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the


point of view, and they are able to

Year competition for sixteen years, and

capture them authentically in both

was commissioned to make trophies

sculpture and photography. There is

based on the animals featured in the

nothing more satisfying than having a

winning photos. In 2015, she won

wild animal in front of you while you

the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year

sculpt it. At the end of the workshop

with her baby warthog sculptures

I take all the sculptures back

Sleepyheads. She’s particularly proud

to the UK, fire them

of her category winning warthog

and send them out

Bad Hair Day, which was bought

to the clients at

by celebrated wildlife artist David

their homes.”

Shepherd: “It now lives with David at his





home and has been named Tina (after Tina Turner no less). I look forward to submitting work to the competition in future years. I’m also keen to continue donating animal sculptures to wildlife conservation charities, such as Painted Dog Conservation and Animals Asia, who auction my work to raise funds. It’s a way of giving something back and





that are such an important part of my life and my work.” Nick recently took part in RideLondon, a 100 mile cycle ride alongside 26,000 other cyclists, in aid of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. And her dogs haven’t lost pole position in her life: “My German Pointers are a big part of my life. I love walking them and watching their antics. They spend the day with me in my studio, so I suppose my entire working day is centred around animals, either studying them or sculpting them.”

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Why London based leading orthopaedic surgeon attracts the elite of African society From his Notting Hill home, Mr. Simon Moyes has been known to cycle into work at his clinic at The Wellington Hospital or his city clinics in The Shard and Old Broad Street. Taking a leaf from his own medical advice he maintains a variety of exercise routines: he is an avid skier and a keen cyclist, but he also dabbles in tennis or a spot of Meditterrean yoga. Keeping fit and keeping up with some of his patients is key to running a practise where some of his patients are internationally renowned athletes or fast-living City workers that regularly fly across the globe to be treated by him. By: The Roving Ambassador


rom his Notting Hill home, Mr. Simon Moyes has been known to

cycle into work at his clinic at The Wellington Hospital or his city clinics in The Shard and Old Broad Street. Taking a leaf from his own medical advice he maintains a variety of exercise routines: he is an avid skier and a keen cyclist, but he also dabbles in tennis or a spot of Meditterrean yoga. Keeping fit and keeping up with some of his patients is key to running a practise where some of his patients are internationally renowned athletes or fast-living City workers that regularly fly across the globe to be treated by him. Mr. Simon Moyes is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in arthroscopic surgery, with a focus on sports medicine. Simon’s main research




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regeneration over the last two years.

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on patients from the Middle East and



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Africa. From this market alone, Mr.

provided and the prompt responses

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90% in the last few years.

patients requiring an overnight stay,

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cells taken from bone marrow. He

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comes to seeking medical advice

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and treatment. The research suggests

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treatments. His international following

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joint health for the foreseeable future.

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technique where patients spend less

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joints, such as removing or repairing


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bone defects. Due to the nature of

has inspired Simon’s contribution

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over the last decade. Simon is now

be quicker, scarring is minimal and

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techniques, Simon comments, “I am

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and atmosphere. All offer the same

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the colours and textures of the African

the region, enjoying global recognition

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breaking research and exciting safari

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showers and a private viewing deck.

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waterhole. The classic Meru-style tents

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in the thatched dining area where a pool area affords a splendid view of the waterhole.

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play a leading role in the conservation

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fascinating animals.

Ongava Research Centre


Andersson’s Camp

Ongava Game Reserve is home to

natural resources for the benefit of all

Andersson’s Camp is the old homestead

some of the most rare and endangered

wild creatures that share this fragile

turned into an acclaimed eco-camp. It

species of wild animals on the planet.

environment, protecting them now

offers cosy accommodation in Meru-

The mission of Ongava Research

and for future generations to come.

style safari tents. With the relaxing

Centre is to help protect them.




The support from donors allows

dining area, a swimming pool and

Cutting edge research into the

them to continue this vital research

the waterhole with a water level

genetics of Ongava’s rhino population

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photographic hide, guests feel truly at

is just one example of how the work

protector of these endangered species.

home in the bush. Andersson’s Camp

being done at Ongava Research Centre

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will undergo renovations in 2017 with

is making a difference to conservation

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populations, they are continuing to

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of wildlife. The experienced guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge of the wildlife and the land that is part of their natural heritage. A game drive in Ongava, is a wonderful, exciting experience. So are the rhino tracking on foot and nature walks in the company of the trained guides. With the photographic hides, the best memories of the wildlife can be captured. Relaxing by the pool or on

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VIC Falls Feel the rush Melany Bendix faces up to her fear of heights in the adventure capital of Zimbabwe

This article first appeared in the Sure Travel Journey magazine


y eyes are squeezed shut, hands

150 to 200 million years ago, give or

upriver — rushes with its full force to

sweating and beginning to

take — this area was covered in a thick

form the world famous Victoria Falls.

swell under the heavy leather gloves as

layer of lava, which hardened into

And it is over the second gorge, just

every tendon strains for a tighter grip

chunky, dark basalt rock. Later, a lake

below the falls, which I now dangle,

on the line above me. A faraway voice

formed over it and softer clay and lime

thinking of the bodies of hapless

pushes through the doof-doof, doof-

sediments began finding their way into

hippos that have been found bobbing in

doof reverberating in my ears: “Turn

the tiny cracks in the 300-metre deep

eddies after being swept over the falls.

your back to me and use your hands

volcanic rock base.

Crocodiles and elephants too, not to

to pull yourself closer,” it says. I shake

It didn’t take the Zambezi feeding into

mention the occasional human. Like Mrs

my head and squeeze my eyes tighter.

the lake long to find these weak spots.

Moss and Mr Orchard, intrepid canoeing

If I open them and look down I’ll be

The river began pounding on the cracks

colonials circa 1910, who had a run-

stuck here forever, paralysed by the

day after day until, after hundreds of

in with an angry hippo at Long Island

fear of what lies 128 metres beneath:

years, it eventually succeeded in cutting

above the falls and were pushed over

the Zambezi River, churning wildly in

a zigzagging series of deep gorges into

the edge. A legendary case of being in

frothing maelstroms.

the ancient basalt rock. It is over the first

the wrong place at the wrong time.

The might of Africa’s fourth longest

of these gorges that the river — finally

Bad timing was also to blame for my

flowing river is not to be messed with.

freed of the banks that wedge it in for

hanging half way between Zimbabwe

During the Jurassic Period — around

800 kilometres after the Chavuma Falls

and Zambia. A canopy tour — a series

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of nine zip lines zigzagging across the gorge — had seemed the mildest of the gravity-defying activities local tour operator Wild Horizons offers. Tame in comparison to the gorge swing and Flying Fox, where you “fly” face-down like Superman across the gorge. After the first, second and third adrenaline





gotten a bit cocksure. Zipping along the fourth while admiring one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, I casually yanked on the line to brake, stopping short of the wooden platform I was supposed to dismount onto, and where my guide Reason, living up to his name, is now trying to coax me into following his instruction. “It happens to lots of people,” Reason





my bruised ego as I finally inch my way back to him. “I would have just come and got you if you couldn’t do it yourself. Besides, you were only a metre away from the box…”.

Need to know

Bridging the gap David




realised the full scope of what he was seeing back in 1855. From his vantage point on Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river upstream of the falls, it’s not possible to see its entire breadth: a nearly two kilometre-long snaking precipice, over which 500 million cubic metres of water plummets every minute. Still, Scottish







must have been wowed by the sight, describing it as one upon which “angels in their flight must have gazed”. He promptly named the waterfall after his queen, ignoring the fact that it already had a name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders” — given to it by

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• SA passport holders do not need a visa for Zimbabwe. • There is no Yellow Fever certificate required, even if you cross over to Zambia, which was removed from the Yellow Fever danger list in January 2015. • It’s safe to walk around town during the day but be streetwise and keep your cash and valuables safe. Tourist police are nearby if you need assistance. • Don’t exchange money on the street — you’ll get lots of offers but it’s illegal. • There an entrance charge of around $15 for a few of the activities within national parks, which is not always included in the price of the activity.

• It costs $20 for SADC passport holders to enter the Victoria Falls National Park where you get the best views of the falls — $30 for other nationalities. • There is no charge to cross the Victoria Falls Bridge, simply bring your passport to get a “bridge pass” — a stamped scrap piece of paper. • Vic Falls can be pricey because everything is priced in US dollars. An inclusive package will make your rand stretch further than “pay as you go”. Ask your Sure Travel agent for deals. • BA Comair and SAA both fly daily between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls.

The slow falls

the Smoke that Thunders while you

that rolls downwards onto a stunning

It’s not all death defying jumps at

sip champagne from one of the

view of the second gorge, the bridge

Vic Falls, there’s plenty slow cruising

plush compartments. The steam train

and a sliver of the falls.

to be had.

operates sunset trips, a moonlight run

G&T cruise

with dinner and, for the wildcats, the

Meet the ellies

Zambezi Lager Party Express.

Get up close to these giants of the African bush at the Wild Horizons

A sundowners cruise along the Zambezi, with a G&T and binos in hand and the

A spot of tea

Wildlife Sanctuary. Located on the

sky showing off with a firework display

If you’re not lucky enough to stay at the

outskirts of town, the sanctuary is run

of crimson colours, is de rigueur. You’ll

grand old dame, the Victoria Falls Hotel,

by the non-profit Wild Horizons Wildlife

see hippos and crocs along the way and

then a visit for high tea is a must. Built in

Trust and home to 23 elephants found

a twittering mass of birdlife.

1904 to accommodate the visitors soon

orphaned in the wild and their young.

There are a dozen or more sunset

to be arriving on the new railway, the

Sunrise elephant-back safaris led by

cruise operators in Vic Falls, ranging

hotel is magnificently preserved. You’ll


from the party boat booze cruise type

find a portal back in time at every turn,

about the conservation of these animals

to the more sophisticated, tranquil

including an entire hallway dedicated to

operate daily, followed by breakfast.

experience offered by Wild Horizons.

the political cartoons of the day, which

Or if riding on the leathery rump of a


scathingly criticised the crown’s colonial

one-ton-plus ellie isn’t your thing, book

rule in Africa.

an interaction experience. You may




waiter service, a constant flow of



High Tea on the terrace, served

also get to meet Sylvester, the cheetah

on multi-tiered silver trays by white-

ambassador who “works” for the Wildlife

gloved waiters, is as lavish an affair

Trust to educate local communities


today as it must have been during the

and tourists about the importance of

Take a steam train across the Victoria

Royal Family’s visit in 1947. After tea

these cool cats and preserving their

Falls Bridge, where it stops to view

take a stroll over the sweeping lawn

natural habitat.

excellent snacks and a knowledgeable guide to talk you through it.

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the Kololo tribe living in the area at

in 1905 but it still lives up to Rhodes’

fruits of that labour are everywhere:

the time. His allegiance to the crown

dream of playing an important role in


must have also blinded Livingstone

north-south trade, just not quite the


to the fact that Mosi-oa-Tunya was

way he must have imagined it.

across the sky to give visitors a true







perhaps a far more fitting description

Trucks dusty from the long road

angel’s view of the falls and a new,

for this natural wonder that produces

up north shudder across the bridge

larger airport to welcome Airbus loads

a constant plume of rainbow-kissed

alongside bicycles laden with baskets

full of international visitors.

spray rising to the height of around

and beers, while hawkers of curios,

Unlike the rest of town, on the bridge

400-metres, which can be seen up to

jewellery and cold drinks line the

there are more locals than tourists.

30-kilometres away.

sides. The tourism trade that is the

That’s because you can’t get a picture

I’m yanked from my thoughts about

mainstay of the economy in this part

perfect view of the falls from here —

colonial folly by a tap on the shoulder.

of the world is present here too: the

you’ll find that at the spray-drizzled

It belongs to one of the many hawkers

famed Vic Falls bungee jump is off

Victoria Falls National Park nearby.

on the Victoria Falls Bridge that

this bridge. For the less adventurous

But what you won’t find in the lush

straddles the second gorge between

there’s a bridge tour or sundowners on

national park is the rustic Bridge Café,

Zimbabwe and Zambia. This steel

the steam train.

with a Bungee Burger and cold Mosi

engineering feat is another footprint

It’s good to see tourism thriving in

lager (Zambia’s prized brew) waiting

left by the colonialists, this time none

Vic Falls again; on my last visit in 2004

for you. Sometimes it pays to slip

other than Cecil John Rhodes.

it was practically a ghost town, thanks

behind the postcard, just for a bit.

Rhodes, who had ventured further

to sanctions imposed following the

north of Cape Town in search of more

farm invasions in the early 2000s. The

natural resources, thought a bridge

close-knit tourism community dug in

carrying a road, railway and footway

their heels and worked tirelessly over

would be a handy trade link in his

the next decade to reclaim Vic Falls’

grand Cape to Cairo railway scheme. He

rightful place as one of the world’s

died before the bridge was completed

best bucket-list travel destinations. The

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Queen of the Chobe Melany Bendix hopped three borders to get to the Zambezi Queen. It was worth every rubber stamp. By: Melany Bendix

This article first appeared in the Sure Travel Journey magazine


he immigration official doesn’t

— it’s more like the elegant hotel

adventure-packed Vic Falls trip. That’s

bother to wipe the thin line of

suites the prestigious Mantis Collection,

because it’s all about R&R on this regal

sweat slowly snaking down his cheek.

which the Zambezi Queen is part of, is

houseboat, where attentive staff who

Nothing else moves in this small

world renowned for.) From the plush

know each of the 28 guest’s name within

windowless room, not even a fan to

queen-sized bed I watch elephant after

the first hour excel at laid-back luxury.

push the dense air around in circles.

elephant from the 120 000-strong giant

I eventually force myself outdoors to

Leeched of all energy, he barely lifts

herd of the Chobe National Park grazing

try my hand at tiger fishing under the

his hand to make the stamp that marks

on the grassy riverbanks. Through the

guidance of Felix, who has the patience

my entry into Namibia, my third border

double volume French doors opening

of a saint while teaching the four of us

crossing in the last hour.

onto the water-level balcony, I’m almost

who have never cast a line before how

Walking up the sandy slope to the

eye-to-eye with hippos popping their

to troll, jig and reel. Felix must have

red tin-roofed room on the banks of the

heads up, spy-like, through thick lily

some sort of deal going with the fish,

Chobe River that serves as Namibia’s

pads as we cruise slowly by.

because we each hook a few sharptoothed beauties with flame-tinged tails

Kasika immigration office was the most

The reason they tell you during the

energy I would expend over the next

safety briefing not to jump overboard

two days. All sweat and strife was soon

in the event of a fire is abundantly clear

Day two is spent lounging on the

left behind as I boarded the Zambezi

from where I lie: this river is teeming with

top of the Zambezi Queen’s three

Queen, a floating boutique hotel which

wildlife. Crocodiles and hippos in the

decks. Offering panoramic 360-degree

cruises just a few kilometres downriver

waters and buck, buffalo and elephant as

views, it holds an open plan dining


far as the eye can see on the banks.

area, comfortable lounges and a bar.




before releasing them.

In my book, game viewing from the

This public area is book-ended by a

The multi-border crossing is a distant

comfort of this cabin sure beats bumping

shaded outdoor lounge on the stern (the

memory as I lie back on Egyptian cotton

around in open-topped safari vehicles in

smoker’s corner) and a small plunge

in the privacy of the air-conditioned

the icy pre-dawn air. It’s also proving

pool with sun loungers on the bow. It

cabin. (“Cabin” is actually a misnomer

to be the ultimate wind-down after an

is here that a good book and the mid-

Namibia and Botswana meet.

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day sun is making me feel as happily lethargic as the unmoving cotton-wool clouds hanging low overhead. To break up the R&R I opt for more game viewing on one of the tenders supporting the Zambezi Queen. Energy levels ramp up as the little speed boat revs and whirrs down the river, leaving behind





Engines are slowed and then cut as game is spotted. We’re taken right up to the riverbank, so close to the elephants towering above us that I can see the flies on their hides. Nearby a baby hippo pops up shyly before sinking down under the protection of his mom. Back on the Zambezi Queen it’s time for the only other serious activity you need rouse yourself for: eating. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all included in the rate, as are all drinks except premium spirits and bubbles. The chef makes sure you get your money’s worth, and then some. A multi-course gourmet dinner on my last night was a highlight: coconut sweet potato soup followed by falafel with mango chutney and a choice of fillet or line fish, topped off by cheeses and chocolate parfait. After dinner the bar closes for orders at 10.30pm and generators are cut as the queen of the Chobe beds down for the night. Aside from the occasional guttural rumbling of hippos, there’s nothing but stillness until the chirping of birds and distant sound of engines roaring to life signal the start of another luxuriously lazy day on the river.

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The Web Summit

a glimpse of tomorrow The Web Summit is the place where the mind goes…PING! By: Don Shimoda


t is the largest technology trade fair and conference in Europe, arguably in the world. After only six years, it has grown from 400 wide-eyed and bushy tailed attendees of the geeky persuasion, to a whopping 53,000 eager folks, from 166 countries, lining the streets of Lisbon, to marvel, be inspired, ask questions, find funding, discuss and pitch ideas, network, and generally see exactly what TOMORROW will look like. The Web Summit is truly a peek into tomorrow. Walking through the enormous exhibition halls, I had a flashback of the 1980’s futuristic movie, Total Recall, where working-class gentry were reading their self-updating newspapers on tablets, while commuting to work in the metro. I remember marvelling at the possibility of actual printed newspapers disappearing one day, and the possibility of news reaching the readers in real time. With a very real sense of déjà vu, I realised that the avalanche of technological developments, artificial intelligence, and new disruptive technologies is what tomorrow will look like. One could literally see our future world being shaped in front of our very eyes. The Web Summit is literally the place where existing technologies, processes, infrastructure and intelligence as we know it, is being made obsolete. One of the most awe-inspiring exhibitions and lectures was that of Hyperloop One - basically the technology that is now busy rendering aviation, road and rail transport obsolete. Furthermore, Hyperloop One is no longer a concept - it is already in construction.

In its simplest form, Hyperloop One is a train in a tube. A very, very fast train in a very, very big tube, one that floats on an electro-magnetic field, and moves along a low-pressure tube at 1200 km an hour. It is estimated that Hyperloop One will begin transporting passengers as early as 2021. A trip between Johannesburg and Cape Town will take 38 minutes… The original Web Summit had its humble beginnings in Dublin. The brainchild of the visionary Paddy Cosgrave, the Web Summit has today evolved as a combination and platform to showcase new products and technological developments, a place to soundboard ideas, to seek investment, to be enchanted by no less than 677 authoritative, world-renowned speakers. More than 150 brand-new start-up enterprises attended the 2016 Web Summit in Lisbon, along with 1,490 existing start-up companies from across the globe who are in the process of developing, tweaking and rolling out their wizardry to the receptive international audience. These exhibitions included software development, hardware development, Apps, artificial intelligence devices, self-driving cars, 3-D printing, new applications for drones, big data processing, security, media and advertising, healthcare and conservation initiatives, and new applications for virtual reality. There were 17 stages set out among four gigantic halls in which the Web Summit was hosted, where authoritative speakers lectured on every technological topic under the sun.

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The Web Summit was superbly organised. The topics of the speeches were published daily, and a strict timetable adhered to. Typically, the speeches and interviews lasted about 20 minutes each. Attendees could easily plan their topics of interest, find the exact location on the special application written specifically for Web Summit, find a free seat, and attend the lectures. They were almost 35,000 seats set out around 17 stages. A testimony to the international popularity





speeches was the fact that over 4 million people viewed the centre stage talks live on the Web Summit Facebook page. Although the entrance tickets were pricey by any standards - beginning at â‚Ź700, and topping â‚Ź5000, the fact that a staggering 53,000 attendees from 166 countries eagerly parted with their money, is testimony to






opportunities Web Summit represents. During the course of the Web Summit, tickets for the 2017 event were offered in batches of 1000 tickets. They sold out in six minutes. As they say in the classics - the defence rests. Messages sent between attendees on the Web Summit App alone numbered 1,835,841. At last count there were 4,207,053 Facebook views during the three-day Summit‌

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Another aspect that makes the Web Summit such a vibrant and extraordinary Fair, is that it is a hybrid between exhibitions, world-renowned speakers, entrepreneurs, and investors looking to invest in the Next Big Thing. A colleague remarked that it resembles a gigantic Dragons Den. Attendees and exhibitionists had access to a staggering




investing companies, governments, and existing companies in their respective fields, to whom to pitch ideas, and seek mentorship, partnerships and investment. More than 1300 of the

paying top dollar to attend. These

world’s most influential technology

figures are testimony to a collective

industry, innovators and people who

investors and leading funds were

perception and belief that the return on

have refused to surrender to the

present there to scout for individuals,

investment potential, by far outweighs

momentum of mediocrity, cannot

ideas and companies in which to invest.

options offered on the side-lines.

miss a future Web Summit. The 2017

There were more than 650 mentoring




Web Summit will again be hosted in

sessions where entrepreneurs and

What happens in Lisbon‌

Lisbon, Portugal, around November

investors offered advice to start-ups. It

The organisers of the Web Summit, did

2017. Tickets are already on sale.

was estimated that over $100 billion of

a sterling job of incorporating business

If you are curious to know what

investable capital was represented at

and pleasure. Knowing full well that

tomorrow will look like, and what the

the Web Summit.

many of the attendees would love to

future holds in terms of innovation


socialise, pub crawls were organised

and technology, the Web Summit is

exhibition spaces to lure investors,

in various neighbourhoods around

the place to visit.

entrepreneurs and start-up companies

Lisbon every night. The pubs, clubs and

In a sense, the Web Summit is

to their respective countries, with

restaurants of entire neighbourhoods

both exciting and sad. Sad in the















investment, tax breaks and unrivalled

signposted so that attendees could

around the world are still dabbling



congregate there over drinks, meals and


one could see why more than 53,000

music. Thousands upon thousands of

infrastructure patently destined for

attendees from 166 countries saw

exhibitors and attendees attended these

obsolescence very soon; but exciting

value in travelling to Lisbon, and

fantastic pub crawls every evening.

in that many governments recognise





and encourage these new trends, and actively recruit the people and businesses who are venturing far outside of the proverbial box. For us, the Web Summit was a lifechanging experience. As the saying goes, the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. The other guarantee is change. At the Web Summit, one gets to peak into the future, and you cannot walk away without a tingling excitement, having brushed against the genie’s lamp.

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Highhumour An employee goes to see his supervisor in the front office.“Boss,” he says, “we’re doing some heavy housecleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff.” “We’re short-handed,” the boss replies. “I can’t give you the day off.” “Thanks, boss,” says the employee “I knew I could count on you!” Boss: Who said that just because I tried to kiss you at last month’s Christmas party, you could neglect to do your work around here? Secretary: My lawyer.

The Top Don’ts at The Office Christmas Party:

Don’t go up to your boss and make the comparison of him with Santa because he’s fat, jolly and only works one day out of the year . Don’t put your boss in a strangle hold just to bargain for a better salary.

Don’t offer anyone a hit from your beer and tequila funnel. Don’t call your best client and tell him how much you loaded his accounts by just so you could throw this party in the first place. Don’t chase the secretary around with mistletoe and an eggbeater. Don’t tell your boss that you’re the one that runs the company. 108 |

Never miss a good chance to shut up

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties, is looking for a job the next day!

Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

Mail your submission to and you might become our latest high altitude joker.

Do not include these in your résumé These are from actual résumés: • “Personal: I’m married with 9 children. I don’t require prescription drugs.” • “I am extremely loyal to my present firm, so please don’t let them know of my immediate availability.” • “Qualifications: I am a man filled with passion and integrity, and I can act on short notice. I’m a class act and do not come cheap.” • “I intentionally omitted my salary history. I’ve made money and lost money. I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor….. Now that I think of it - I prefer being rich.” • “Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘job-hopping’. I have never quit a single job!!!” • “Marital Status: Often. Children: Various.”

Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else. Two factory workers are talking. The woman says, “I can make the boss give me the day off.” The man replies, “And how would you do that?” The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside down from the ceiling. The boss comes in and says, “What are you doing?” The woman replies, “I’m a light bulb.” The boss then says, “You’ve been working so much that you’ve gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off.” The man starts to follow her and the boss says, “Where are you going?” The man says, “I’m going home, too. I can’t work in the dark.”

Sam walks into his boss’s office and says “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Sam happily gets up to leave. “By the way,” asks the boss, “Which three companies are after you?” “The electric company, water company, and phone company!”

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Luxury limited edition cocktail hamper from Rolls Royce The Rolls Royce Motor Car is a luxurious car brand known worldwide. It seems that the company wants to provide you not only with a luxury vehicle but also a cocktail hamper. This luxury limited edition cocktail hamper has been designed to meet the needs of consumers who wish to relax and enjoy a little beyond the traditional glass of champagne. This hamper is the result of Rolls Royce’s attention to detail and remarkable quality. Sina Maria Eggl is the designer behind this creation, a Rolls Royce accessories designer, she also consulted with experts from Dorchester Collection’s London Hotels and 45 Park Lane, to make sure that this hamper would be perfect to cater for a variety of classic and contemporary cocktails. Beautifully hand crafted over a period of eight weeks from American Walnut Wood, it is finished with the finest natural grain leather just like the interior from some Rolls Royce motorcars. This hamper presents you with every necessity required to create a perfect cocktail. Each part is a bespoke, hand-made creation designed to combine beautiful aesthetics with practicality, making sure you can have effortless use, from the knife integrated light to the mirrored surfaces, a total luxury of a cocktail bar in a basket.

From: Rolls Royce

Lumir C: Candle powered LED lamp anytime, anywhere After travelling throughout India, the design team of Lumir realised the seriousness of blackouts. There are many households in developing countries that rely on candlelight. Lumir C is a candle powered LED lamp that aims to light up the world, it doesn’t require any batteries or plugs, just use a candle to enjoy bright LED lamplight. The user can read a book, cook, or work without any external

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power supply. This light design was inspired by a lighthouse that lights up the dark sea, using the principles that convert the temperature differences between two other types of semiconductors into electricity. Lumir C lights up the LED using heat energy from the candle.

Designer: Lumir

VSSL Flask Light multifunctional tool as a tribute to the end of prohibition Multifunction tools are our favourite products when you are in the outdoors, this type of tool can be handy. The VSSL Flask is a flashlight designed to hold your drink at the same time, thoughtful, don’t you think? You can keep a beverage of your choice handy while the flashlight guides you in the dark.

This product pays tribute to the end of prohibition; it features a compact form to ensure high portability. It consists of two collapsible stainless steel sipping cups, a bottle opener, dual mode LED light, and a compass. It’s a perfect tool to take on your adventures; it weighs only eighteen ounces and is 9-inches long and 2-inches in diametre.

From: VSSL

GazeBox: Multifunction foldable cover system with durable framework When you can’t keep your vehicles inside your garage, you can still protect them using GazeBox. A revolutionary foldable cover system functions as a modern gazebo and is a perfect platform to shade your car or motorcycle, an outdoors garage. This modern gazebo features special anti UV polycarbonate panels to protect the paint of your vehicles from the sun, rain, wind, ice, hail, and pets. It’s easy to install, you don’t need special permission to use it. GazeBox features an automatic opening. Your vehicle is protected from bad weather; it does not retain heat thanks to a great airflow. Each unit is made in Italy and you can customise the colour, graphics, theft alarm, air-conditioner, and many more. The durable frame is easy to fold, and it requires only minimal space when not in use.

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Spritz: Sports water bottle with integrated audio speaker A sports water bottle and an audio speaker merged into one, this is what Spritz offers you. It combines two important aspects that we need when working it into an elegant product. This water bottle integrates studio grade audio that can be wirelessly controlled from your smartphone. This rugged, smart water bottle can be a great companion when you do outdoor activities. The speaker features great acoustics, thanks to a wireless music

Kano Computer and Coding Kit teaches children to create technology, not just consume it The Kano Computer and Coding Kit is a great tool used to teach children about building their own computer, just like LEGO. It’s the first step for parents to introduce their children to science, art, coding, hardware, and even more. Kano Kit is a computer that anyone can build, simply follow the storybooks and the simple steps to start building the computer. This award winning product has been designed based on 10,000 hours of research with educators, artists, and children. It’s a fun way to teach our younger generation who want to create technology, not

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player that’s designed and built with advanced audio technology. The audio has been calibrated and tuned by a professional recording studio. This robust bottle is waterproof

and is rated at IPX4 and is durable enough to handle almost any activity, including extreme sports.

just consume it. Together with Kano, children can build a computer with plug and play pieces, they can also create music and artwork using code. Instead of playing games, they can now create

one such as Snake or Pong. This real computer can be used to build servers, radios, websites, or even do homework.

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The passive investor, the active investor and the activist investor Buying shares in a company can mean more than just investing for good returns


he conventional way that most of us are familiar with or can relate to, is to buy a couple of shares in different sectors for diversification, and to keep them medium- to long term. The investor is more of an observer, not giving any input and only reacting if there are fundamental changes – a so-called passive investor. These types of portfolios hold shares that are listed on stock exchanges and therefore a fair amount of information is available, but otherwise the passive investor relies and trusts management to know what they are doing. The passive investor also bypasses corporate actions by abstaining from the right to vote as shareholder, or simply by voting in favour of management views. Over recent years shareholders have become more assertive. A strong link emerged between expected returns and the internal performance of the invested companies. Shareholders started asking questions in order to understand what they were investing in. They became interested in their right to vote, preferred transparency and were closely observing the moves of management – the active investor. Like the passive investor, their main aim still was to obtain good returns on their investments. Lately we have come across a different breed of investors - those that portray influential behaviour. They adopt a campaign-like approach in their investment endeavours. Their aim to make money can sometimes even become secondary. They buy listed shares and exercise their shareholding rights, much like the active investor, but they are also utilising the benefit as a

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group of shareholders to push politicalor ethical views as well as using the listed companies’ environment to do so. This kind of investor is called the activist investor. Activist investors deliberately use their voting rights and the right to speak at general meetings and otherwise, as well as public exposure and media to voice opinions. Where there is a concern about sustainable social aspects, it can now be brought to the attention of the board, ultimately resulting in change and an all-over positive impact. Being a group of activist investors can become quite a powerful tool: this independent force can denounce companies that are guilty of environmental malpractice, child labour, political agendas and other illegal practices. Management may be severely annoyed by such interference, but sometimes it takes objective observation to point out certain shortcomings. A good example is the story of McDonalds: An Oaklandbased shareholder activist organization ‘As You Sow’ filed a resolution asking McDonald’s to replace its foam beverage cups with more eco-friendly paper cups. The resolution went to a shareholder vote and received nearly 30 percent approval. In 2012, ‘As You Sow’ filed the same resolution, but withdrew it when the company took steps toward adopting the policy. A year later, McDonald’s announced that it would begin using paper cups in its 14,000 American stores. (Source: ‘In These Times – Storming the Corporate Castle’) On the contrary the existence of a company could end up in jeopardy if its financial situation is ignored due to a fundamental belief or a group pursuing

egotistical values. The louder they are campaigning, the bigger the impact on the listed company. Markets could end up discounting the share price based on negative perception. The situation then gains unexpected momentum as a result of media involvement and even the activist investor group loses its control over the situation.. With this phenomenon on the rise, management needs to become more cognisant of public shareholding in their company. In conclusion it should be said that the power of the masses should not be underestimated.

Melanie Allen is the CEO of EMHPrescient Investment Management (Pty) Ltd, a registered and licensed asset management company in Namibia and a subsidiary of Prescient Limited, a JSE listed company, whose operations span Sub-Saharan Africa incl. Europe, Australia and Asia.


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The ultimate protection when you buy a home The Homeloan Protector is available on the Homeloan Package and must be attached to a death benefit and the benefit amount must be the same as the Death Benefit to which it is attached, subject to the maximum benefit amount limits. Momentum will pay the claimed amount as a lump sum if the insured life becomes disabled, functionally impaired or contracts a critical illness. Claim events: Occupational disability: Disability caused by a physical injury or illness that renders the insured life totally and permanently unable to perform the normal duties of his own occupation (up to the policy anniversary and before the insured life’s 65th birthday). Functional impairment: A medical impairment as diagnosed by an appropriate specialist that occurs after the start date of the benefit. The events claimed for are not in any way linked to the insured life’s ability to perform occupational duties (up to the policy anniversary and before the insured life’s 70th birthday). Critical illness: The insured life meets the requirements of one of the defined critical illness claim events. Retrenchment: Termination of employment by the insured life’s employer due to “operational requirements”. Operational requirements in this context means requirements based on the economic, technological, structural or similar needs of an employer. For more information and to arrange an appointment contact: Con Swart Tel: +264 67 300 116 Cell: +264 81 127 5875 Email: MMI Group Limited – Trading as Momentum

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HAPPINESS STORE The New Year gives us the perfect opportunity to spread some Happiness around! Visit the FNB Happiness Store and start a lucky recipient or organization’s year off with the gift of Happiness. With some Happiness already wagging tails and warming bellies at the SPCA and Cat Society, there is still loads to go around and spread the Happy feeling for a number of organizations and individuals you can choose from! w w w. fn bh a ppines s s to m. na



ENGLISH Thank you for choosing Air Namibia. We will do everything to ensure you have a pleasant flight. if you need assistance, please ask any of our cabin attendants.


Obrigado por ter escolhido Air Namibia. Faremos de tudopara garantir que tenhas um vôo agradável. Se vocêprecisar de assistência, por favor, pergunte a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine.

Danke, dass Sie sich dafür entschieden haben mit Air Namibia zu fliegen. Wir werden alles tun um Ihnen den Flug so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Wenn Sie Fragen haben oder Hilfe benötigen, wenden Sie sich bitte an einen unserer Flugbegleiter oder Flugbegleiterinnen.

Our highly trained cabin Os nossos assistentes de cabin, altamente profissionais, attendants are at your service on estão ao seu dispor em todos os nossos vôos para a sua all our flight, for your safety and segurança e conforto. comfort.

Unser versiertes Flugpersonal steht Ihnen während des Fluges jederzeit zur Verfügung. Für Ihre Sicherheit und Bequemlichkeit sind Sie bei unserer Crew in besten Händen.

We carry first-aid kits on all our flights, should a passenger need assistance for minor conditions.



Existe kits de primeiros socorros a bordo todos os nossos Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist vôos, se os passageiros precisarem de assistência com auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich condições médicas relativamente menores. immer an Bord.

As a safety precaution, it is important to read the safety card stored in the seat pocket in front of you

Como medida de segurança, é importante ler o cartão segurança armazenado no bolso do assento à sua frente

Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit bitten wir Sie, sich die in der Zeitschriftentasche vor Ihnen benfindliche Sicherheits-Instruktionen aufmerksam durchzulesen.

Life vests are stored under your seat. Only use them as demonstrate, and only when instructed by the cabin attendants.

Coletes salva-vidas são armazenados por de baixo do seu Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf assento. Use-os conforme a demonstração e somente Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. quando instruído pelos assistentes de cabin.

Smoking is prohibited on all Air Namibia flights.

É proibido fumar em todos os vôos da Air Namibia.

Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein absolutes Rauchverbot.

Seats must be in the upright position during take-off and landing. For your own safety, you are required to fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated and we recommend that you keep your belt fastened throughout the flights.

Assentos devem estar na posição vertical durante a decolagem e aterragem. Para sua própria segurança, você é obrigado a apertar o cinto sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança é iluminado e nós recomendamos que mantenhas apertado o cinto durante todo o vôo.

Während Start und Landung müssen sich die Sitzlehnen in aufrechter Position benfinden. Bitte schnallen Sie sich an, sobald das Anschnallzeichen aufleuchtet. Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit empfehlen wir während des gesamten Fluges angeschnallt zu bleiben.

We offer complimentray meals, and beverages on all our flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals are available upon request when making reservations.

Nós oferecemos refeições e bebidas de cortesia em todos os nossos vôos.Dietas-especiais ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante uma solicitação ao fazer reservas.

Auf unseren Flügen werden Mahlzeiten und Getränke serviert. Diätische oder vegetarische Mahlzeiten können bei der Flugbuchung angefragt werden

ENGLISH We carry an extensive range of duty free products at competitive prices on selected flights. please refer to our catalogue for details.

PORTUGUESE Nós carregamos uma extensa variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos em vôos selecionados. Por favor, consulte o nosso catálogo para mais detalhes.

GERMAN An Bord ist ein umfangreiches Sortiment an Duty-Free-Produkten zu attraktiven Preisen erhältlich. Informationen hierzu entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Duty-FreeKatalog.

Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e visual estão programmes are available on disponíveis nos vôos operados através dos nossos Flights operated using our A330 aeronaves A330 e A319. and A319 aircraft.

Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen verfügbar.

Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar can be adjusted to provide a refrescante. refreshing stream of air.

Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über individuelle Frischluftdüsen.

Health regulations in some countries require that the aircraft cabin must be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.

Um den Gesundheitsvorschriften einiger Länder zu entsprechen, muss die Flugzeugkabine mit einem für den Menschen unbedenklichen Spray behandelt werden. Wir empfehlen dennoch, die Atemwege durch Vorhalten eines Taschentuchs zu schützen.

Regulamentos de saúde em determinados países exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O pulverizador é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.

Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê recomendamos que você we recommend you request a solicite um berço especialmente nos vôos de longo curso. bassinet especially on the longhaul flights.

Sollten Sie mit einem Baby reisen, empfehlen wir Ihnen besonders auf Langsteckenfügen ein Babybett zu beantragen.

Please do not place any luggage Por favor não coloque bagagem por de baixo do assento under seats at the emergency de saída de emergência. Bagagem de mão deve ser exit seat. armazenado na estiva sobrecarga

“Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Verstauen von Handgepäck unter Ihrem Sitz an den Notausgängen nicht gestattet ist.“

Carry-on luggage should be stored in the overhead stowage.

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

We suggest that passengers do Sugerimos que os passageiros effectuam exercícios de stretching exercises, and move alongamento e movementam-se durante vôo para melhorar a circulação sanguínea. during the flight to improve blood circulation.

Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt.



With over 700 scheduled flights per month, our network and reliable service makes us the best solution for your freight needs. No matter how big or small your parcel is, from the size of an envelope to the size of an elephant, we will get it there for you in GOOD TIME. We provide security for valuable and dangerous goods. We also handle highly perishable goods, and even live animals.

For bookings contact us on telephone number +26461299 6610/11 or via email on For more details, please visit our website on, select the cargo icon and navigate easily to get all information you need.


Our New Routes

Windhoek New Destinations Gaborone Durban


Starting on 30 October 2016 For Bookings Town Office:+264 61 299 6111 Book Online:


Schedule 30 October 2016 to 25 March 2017 (All times local) To Days

Flight No


SW 742


Windhoek ( via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 742



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 741



Mon, Wen, Fri, Sun



SW 742



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 741



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 741


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Departure Arrival


Our Fleet

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000ll

Cruising Speed

860 km/h 233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860ll

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198ll

Cruising Speed

820 km/h 70 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class


Cruising Speed

820 km/h 19 000 kg

Baggage Guidelines

At Air Namibia we are committed to ensuring that our passengers are re-united with their luggage at end of their journey. Given the complexity of the environment in which we operate, passengers’ luggage often gets out of our control and care, (for brief moments when they are subjected to control and handling by various agencies.) It is for this reason we request passengers to check their luggage on point of arrival (immediately after collecting their bag) to ensure that bag was not tampered with; and to report any suspected losses immediately. We request passengers not to check-in valuable items, especially those that are susceptible to theft, such as cash, jewellery, electronic devices like mobile phones, watches, sunglasses, to mention a few. In line with International Industry Conventions on passenger baggage liability, Air Namibia cannot be held liable if these valuable items are pilfered from checked-in baggage. We encourage our passengers to lock or wrap their bags where possible.

Our rules pertaining to baggage include the following We offer our passengers a generous free hand baggage allowance, with maximum weight of 10kg each, and maximum size 55 x 38 x 20 cm; plus an overcoat, an umbrella, a walking stick, a ladies hand bag, a reasonable amount of reading material, and a laptop. We also allow a fully collapsible wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches as hand baggage.

Excess baggage fees on extra pieces of baggage carried, per bag up to 10 bags per passenger are Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per extra bag US$ 110.00 per extra bag US$ 200.00 per extra bag

Free allowance for checked in baggage

Airbus A330-200 Airbus A319-100 Embraer ERJ 135 operated flights operated flights Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s

Economy:1 piece weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Economy: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 23 kg’s

Applicable excess baggage fees on excess weight over the free baggage allowance per bag. Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa

1 piece not exceeding 23 kg’s

Frankfurt route

US$ 100.00 per bag US$ 110.00 per bag US$ 200.00 per bag

• No item of checked in baggage may exceed 32 kilograms.

• For further information on sports, highly fragile items, and security guidelines, we recommend that you visit our website on

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Schedule 04 December 2016 to 25 March 2017 ( ALL times local) NOTE: SW285/6 not to operate on Tuesdays from the 06 December 2016 to 21 March 2017. NOTE: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight no SW 286

From Frankfurt



Departure Arrival





SW 286/703


Cape Town (via Windhoek)




SW 286/723


Johannesburg (via Windhoek)




SW 285






Flight No SW 704

From Cape Town



Departure Arrival





SW 708

Cape Town





SW 708

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay




SW 742


Windhoek (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 742



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 741



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 742



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 418



Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 722







SW 726






SW 728






SW 728


Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 730


Walvis Bay




SW 304






SW 378



Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 19:10


SW 406

Victoria Falls


Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 303






SW 377



Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 16:10


SW 417



Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 405


Victoria Falls

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 703


Cape Town




SW 707


Cape Town




SW 741



Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 741


Durban (via Gaborone)

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun



SW 723






SW 727






SW 729







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Departure Arrival

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SW 105



Mon, Tue, Thu



SW 107



Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri



SW 107






SW 125



Wed, Fri



SW 125






SW 133 Flight No SW 133 SW 101 SW 143 SW 105 SW 143 SW 107 SW 146 SW 107 SW 134 SW 125 SW 134 SW 125 SW 126 SW 133 SW 126 SW 133 SW 144 SW 143 SW 145 SW 143 SW 145 SW 146 SW 102 SW 134 SW 106 SW 134 SW 108 SW 126 SW 108 SW 126 SW 164 SW 144 SW 713 SW 145 SW 737 SW 145 SW 143 SW 102 SW 143 SW 106 SW 145 SW 108 SW 145 SW 108 SW 163 SW 164

Eros From Eros Eros Luderitz Eros Luderitz Eros Luderitz Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Rundu Eros Rundu Eros Oranjemund Luderitz Oranjemund Luderitz Oranjemund Luderitz Ondangwa Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Rundu Ondangwa Rundu Walvis Bay Oranjemund Walvis Bay Oranjemund Walvis Bay Oranjemund Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Walvis Bay

Katima Mulilo To Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa Eros Rundu Eros Rundu Eros Katima Mulilo Eros Katima Mulilo Windhoek Oranjemund Luderitz Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Windhoek (via Luderitz) Windhoek Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Eros Windhoek Windhoek Cape Town Luderitz Johannesburg Windhoek (via Luderitz) Luderitz Eros Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Eros Oranjemund Eros Luderitz(via Oranjemund) Eros Walvis Bay Windhoek

Mon, Wed, Fri Days Sun Daily Thu, Sat Mon, Tue, Thu Thu, Sat Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Tue Sun Mon, Wed, Fri Wed, Fri Sun Sun Wed, Fri Mon, Wed, Fri Sun Sun Thu, Sat Thu, Sat Tue Thu, Sat Tue Tue Daily Mon, Wed, Fri Mon, Tue, Thu Sun Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Wed, Fri Sun Sun Daily Thu, Sat Daily Tue Daily Tue Thu, Sat Daily Thu, Sat Mon, Tue, Thu Tue Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Tue Sun Daily Daily

10:05 Departure 10:00 07:00 12:55 14:30 12:55 17:45 14:15 17:25 12:15 14:30 12:05 14:15 16:05 10:05 15:50 10:00 14:00 12:55 13:10 12:55 13:10 14:15 08:30 12:15 16:00 12:05 19:15 16:05 18:55 15:50 10:10 14:00 11:00 13:10 17:30 13:10 11:25 08:30 11:25 16:00 11:25 19:15 11:25 18:55 09:25 10:10

11:35 Arrival 11:30 08:00 13:30 15:30 15:15 18:45 15:15 18:25 13:55 15:35 13:45 15:20 17:10 11:35 16:55 11:30 15:15 13:30 13:45 15:15 15:15 15:15 09:30 13:55 17:00 13:45 20:15 17:10 19:55 16:55 10:50 15:15 13:10 13:45 19:45 15:15 12:25 09:30 13:30 17:00 12:40 20:15 13:45 19:55 10:15 10:50


SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town




SW 737

Walvis Bay





SW 143



Thu, Sat



SW 143


Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Thu, Sat



SW 145






SW 145


Luderitz(via Oranjemund)




SW 163


Walvis Bay




Winner of the 2015 Feather Award - Best Regional Airline operating into and from O.R.Tambo International airport for the 9th time since 2004. At Air Namibia we are on this quest to continue serving our purpose of providing the best air transport service in the safest manner, with consistency and reliability.

Call Centre: +264 61 299 6111or contact your Travel Agentt

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Make sure you’re financially prepared for Accidental events such as Physical Impairment and disability

Our Personal Accident Plan Benefits

Lump sum payout

Out of country cover

up to N$500 000

when you are out of Namibia for up to 12 months

No medical tests

High cover amounts

No waiting period

no questions asked

For more information please speak to your broker or agent. Call us on +264 61 294 2343 or visit Terms and Conditions apply.








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NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

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International Passengers







Regional Passengers (Passengers departing on an aircraft whose final destination is an airport within Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa or Swaziland)

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof




Domestic Passengers




All passenger service charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

2. LANDING CHARGES FOR AIRCRAFT IN N$ 2.1 INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

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Value Added Taxation (VAT)

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10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof




All landing charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.



NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018 46.16





1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9,000 10,000 10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof

124.63 166.17 184.64 243.03 328.23 387.19 484.72 553.94 625.48 703.95 784.73

18.69 24.93 27.70 36.45 49.23 58.08 72.71 83.09 93.82 105.59 117.71

143.32 191.09 212.34 279.48 377.47 445.27 557.43 637.03 719.30 809.54 902.44




Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018



All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.




NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport




Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome




LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome




All after hours charges for foreign bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.

4.2 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018


Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Hosea Kutako International Airport




Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport and Ondangwa Aerodrome




LĂźderitz Aerodrome, Rundu Aerodrome, Katima Mulilo Aerodrome




5. NAC AVIATION OPERATION CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 Permanent Access Permit


Seasonal Access Permit


Temporal Access Permit


Lost Permit Replacement (1st time)


Permanent Vehicle Permit


Temporal Vehicle Permit


Reflector Jacket


Beacon Light


Lost Permit Replacement (2nd time)


Wheel Clamping


6. SECURITY CHARGES NAC tariff 2017/2018 International






7. OTHER CHARGES IN N$ NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Impounding of vehicles parked in restricted areas

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

All types of vehicles (per day or part thereof)




NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018



















Tow away charges for vehicles parked in restricted areas





Mini buses, light delivery & sports utility vehicles





Trucks and busses




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8. GENERAL RULES 8.1 Aircraft engaged in Search and Rescue operations are exempted from all airport/aerodrome charges upon presentation of proof that such aircraft was designated by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) to engage in Search and Rescue operations for that particular flight.









8.2 Aircraft certificated in the private category in their Airworthiness Certification are exempted from passenger charges. All other aircraft are not exempted from passenger charges, irrespective of the use of the aircraft save where another exemption under these rules apply.





8.3 Transit passengers, defined as those passengers





8.3.1 Same plane through transit;





8.3.2 Transit Through flight or change of gauge, ticketed as one flight;

10,001 kg and over for every additional 1,000kg or part thereof




are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours. 8.4 Transfer passengers, defined as those passengers

All parking charges for foreign-bound flights are zero-rated for VAT administration purposes.


8.4.1 Online Transfer - a change from the service of one carrier to another service of the same carrier 8.4.2 Interline Transfer - the service of another carrier (interline carrier) and ticketed over two or more flight coupons and shown in the itinerary i.e. ticketed points

Maximum certified mass in Kilograms of an aircraft up to and including:

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2017/2018

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2017/2018





8.5 Namibian and foreign State aircraft in the service of the military, customs or police are exempted from landing and parking charges, but not from passenger charges, upon presentation of proof that:





8.5.1 Such aircraft is in the service of the military, customs or police:





8.5.2 The purpose of the particular flight is related to military, customs or police operations; and





8.5.3 In case of a foreign aircraft, that such aircraft is a State aircraft.





8.6 Mercy flights are exempted from after hours charges but not from passenger, landing or parking charges.









8.7 The NAC may, at an airport/aerodrome under its management, refuse the provision of any relevant activity (as defined in s 1 of the Act) to any user with an outstanding account in respect of airport/aerodrome charges.












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are exempted from charges at such airport/aerodrome up to and including 6 hours.

8.8 All other rules and charges is contained in the Government Notice No 20 published in the Government Gazette of 5 February 1999 (No 2045), remain applicable, save where amended by publication in terms of s 5(1) of the Act. 8.9 Interest at the rate of 2.5% above prime rate (as determined by the financial institutions) will be charged annually on all outstanding balances exceeding 30 days from the invoicing date.

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Available to DStv Premium customers. *DStv Now available on selected packages and devices. Monthly Access Fee and PVR required. For more information contact Multichoice Namibia on 061 270 5222 or 081 988 (SMS). | | I Terms and conditions apply.

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Access to Foreign Exchange Services wherever you are


When visiting our beautiful country, we want to be sure that you have access to Foreign Exchange Services, no matter where you go. Bank Windhoek caters for all your foreign exchange and banking needs offering you American Express agencies, a large distribution network of 55 branches and agencies as well as 347 ATM’s and Cash Express Machines across Namibia.

Bank Windhoek Branches / Agencies and ATMs Bureau de Change / Foreign Exchange Services and American Express / Bank Windhoek Joint Venture

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Flamingo - December 2016 & January 2017  

This is the in-flight magazine from AirNamibia. This edition is a combined version of December 2016 and January 2017.

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