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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.


Air Namibia Information Travel information, Frequent Flyer Destination Map and Fleet Information.




16 Air Namibia brings the Wonders of the World within easy reach. 26 Desert elephant conservation conducted at Hoanib Desert-adapted elephants are no different genetically to savannah elephants. 32 Landscape photography in Namibia Namibia offers photographic landscape opportunities like no other... 38 Falling in love and being inspired by Namibia


Xenia shares her story with us at Flamingo Magazine. 44 The Lynx between passion and perfection This month’s road trip takes us to the foothills of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, where we have found one of the smallest wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley. 54 A family affair It’s a wonderful story about a family who came to Namibia, and half a century later, are celebrating fifty years and three generations of Anton family hospitality at the well known Hotel Schweizerhaus & Café Anton in Swakopmund. 58 Thrilling quilling Quilling is a paper art-form that dates back hundreds of years. 64 To eat a tiger Drink a toast to the mighty tiger and don’t forget to add... a good squirt of laughter. 70 Motoring New Models round up, The new BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz SUVs, Toyota Land Cruiser 200.” 98 Making sense of binoculars Isn’t it high time you bought a pair of your OWN, good quality binoculars? 104 The urban delight


Just opened, The Delight Swakopmund is located in the historic centre of the coastal town. 112 Rethinking the wall The Dordabis Community Spine in Namibia, by architects André Christensen and Mieke Droomer(previously from Wasserfall Munting Architects), won joint first prize in the Young Architects inAfrica Competition. 126 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation. 134 High Humour

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.

Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 140 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard. 142 Air Namibia’s Flight Schedule Plan your next trip on your favourite airline.


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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 voar com a Air Namibia. Nós prometemos fazer tudo o que podermos para garantir que você tenha um vôo agradável. Se você tiver alguma dúvida ou precisar de ajuda, não hesite em pedir a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine por favor.

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 attendants are at your service on all our flights, for your safety and comfort.

Todos os nossos voos são servidos por assistentes de cabine altamente profissionais. Eles estão à sua disposição em todos os momentos para fazer o seu voo mais confortável.

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 um kit de primeiros socorros a bordo de nossos voos, e se os passageiros precisarem de gotas para os olhos ou medicamentos para dores de cabeça, náuseas, azia ou qualquer outra condição relativamente menor. Faça mais perguntas sobre os nossos serviços especiais ao fazer reserva

Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich immer an Bord.

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

Por favor, leia o folheto de segurança no bolso do assento à sua frente e observe a sua saída de emergência mais próxima. Nos voos superiores a três horas (voos de longo curso), recomendamos que você revise o conteúdo do panfleto de segurança novamente.

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

Life vests are stored under Por favor, tome nota que o colete salva-vidas está Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter your seat. Only use them localizado embaixo do seu assento. O assistente de Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf as demonstrate, and only cabine vai demonstrar quando e como usar o colete Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. when instructed by the cabin salva-vidas em caso de emergência attendants. Smoking is prohibited on all Air De acordo com a lei da aviação é proibido fumar em Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein Namibia flights. todos os voos da Air Namibia, isso inclui fumar quaisquer absolutes Rauchverbot. dispositivos artificiais ou cigarro, como e/ou cigarros eletrônicos. Só é permitido fumar em áreas designadas no edifício do terminal dos aeroportos.

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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 flight.

Para a descolagem e aterragem, todos os assentos devem estar na posição vertical. Por favor, tome nota que os assentos nas linhas de saída de emergência não reclinam. Por favor, apertem o cinto de segurança sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança se acende. Para sua segurança, recomendamos que você o mantenha apertado durante todo o vôo.

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

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

Uma refeição quente ou um lanche é servido em todos os nossos vôos. Alimentação-Special ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante solicitação no momento da reserva. Nós oferecemos uma grande variedade de bebidas.

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.



Nós carregamos uma grande variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos. Por favor, consulte o catálogo no bolso em frente do seu assento.

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 vídeo estão Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord programmes are available on disponíveis nos nossos voos de longo curso e de médio unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen flights operated using our A330 curso verfügbar. and A319 aircraft. 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 refreshing stream of air.

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

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

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.

Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê, recomendamos que você we recommend you request a reserve o seu voo mais cedo e não se esqueça de pedir bassinet especially on the long- um berço especialmente nos voos de longo curso haul flights.

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

Please do not place any luggage Por favor note que no assento da saída de emergência é under seats at the emergency proibido colocar bagagem de mão debaixo dos assentos. exit seat. Excesso de bagagem de mão será colocada no porão Para garantir uma gestão eficiente e minimizar os danos, Carry-on luggage should be certifique-se que os artigos não pesam mais de 32 kg. stored in the overhead stowage. Certifique-se de etiquetar sua bagagem e garantir que devidamente bloqueado.

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

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.

We suggest that passengers do stretching exercises, and move during the flight to improve blood circulation.

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

Exercício durante a espera para o banheiro. Esta é uma Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges boa oportunidade para se esticar e se mover enquanto möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt. em pé na fila. Beba muita água durante todo o vôo Use roupas folgadas, confortáveis para que você se possa descolar facilmente Use sapatos confortáveis, macios para que você possa deslizar ou descalçar facilmente Leve apenas um pequeno saco como bagagem de mão, assim você não precisa de sobre-carregar seus pés e restringir o seu espaço para as pernas

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Helping us carry the spirit of Namibia to the world Feel the Christmas spirit this December. Whether you are cruising at 38,000ft or enjoying it on land with loved ones, we would like to thank you for flying with us during 2015. We wish you a joyous and peaceful festive season, unparalleled success and a smooth flight into 2016.


From the Air Namibia Board of Directors, Management and Staff

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Our Frequent Flyer Programme Air Namibia’s Frequent Flyer Programme is called “Reward$”. Becoming a member enables you to earn valuable miles from all your travels with Air Namibia. These miles can be used to buy tickets, pay for upgrades to business class and pay for excess baggage. Miles are transferable between members and can also be used to purchase tickets for persons other than the member. Joining is absolutely free, PLUS you get up to 500 complimentary miles upon successful subscription. For more specifics on the programme, please refer to the appropriate topic below.


Electronic Bonus

You can register online by visiting our website:, or at any Air Namibia ticket office. You will receive a membership pack, including your permanent card, 2-3 weeks after your first flight after registration.

An Electronic Bonus of 300 miles will be allocated to the member on first activity if the member has registered online and selected his communication preference to be e-mail.

Miles Expiry

Miles are valid for five (5) years after the year in which they were earned. Miles due to expire will always be reflected on your Mileage Summary.

Activation Rules

A membership account will automatically be activated after the first flight and successful completion of registration.

Missing Miles

Enrolment Bonus

If your Miles are not credited for any reason, they can be promptly credited provided the relevant documentation is submitted. It is essential to keep all the relevant documentation including original boarding passes and copies of airline tickets. Members can also claim missing miles online by entering the e-ticket number without the airline code “186”, or contact our Call Center for assistance.

Enrolment Bonus is 500 miles. Enrolment bonuses are allocated to the member’s account on the first activity after registration.

Spending Miles

Corporate Clients

For more information visit:

Air Namibia has also introduced the If you do not

Corporate Client component to the

have enough miles for a free ticket, you


can purchase miles in batches of 1000

For more information on the Corporate






miles at N$220 – this is only applicable



if you have 50% or more of the value of

employees. Members can accumulate

the Award ticket available. Award tickets

miles in both corporate as well as personal

are valid for 12 months from the date of

accounts, depending on directives from

issue and are processed and issued after

their corporate head.

payment of Airport taxes is received.




Client enrollment, please contact our Call Centre at Tel: +264 61 2996111/6333/6444 or

Very Important Note:

Members need to fly once after registration in order to activate their accounts and before miles can be used to redeem tickets, request upgrades or to transfer miles from his/her account to another member’s account.

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To North America and beyond





To Asia and beyond









Lusaka Katima Ondangwa Rundu Mulilo

Victoria Falls



Walvis Bay Luderitz Oranjemund


Cape Town




ABZ - Aberdeen, United Kingdom | Aberdeen Dyce Airport AMS - Amsterdam, Netherlands | Amsterdam Schiphol Airport ARN - Stockholm, Sweden | Stockholm-Arlanda Airport ATH - Athens, Greece | Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport BCN- Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona International Airport BGO - Bergen, Norway | Bergen Flesland Airport BHX - Birmingham, United Kingdom | Birmingham International Airport BIO - Bilbao, Spain | Bilbao Airport BLL - Billund, Denmark | Billund Airport BLQ - Bologna, Italy | Bologna / Borgo Panigale Airport BRE - Bremen, Germany | Bremen Airport BRU - Brussels, Belgium | Brussels Airport BUD - Budapest, Hungary | Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport CDG - Paris, France | Charles de Gaulle International Airport CPH - Copenhagen, Denmark | Copenhagen Kastrup Airport DME- Moscow, Russia | Domodedovo International Airport DRS - Dresden, Germany | Dresden Airport DUB - Dublin, Ireland | Dublin Airport DUS - Dusseldorf, Germany | Dusseldorf International Airport EDI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom | Edingburgh Airport FAO - Faro, Portugal | Faro Airport FCO - Rome, Italy | Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino) International Airport FMO - Muenster, Germany | Muenster Osnabrueck Airport FRA - Frankfurt, Germany | Frankfurt International Airport GOJ - Nizhny Novgorod, Russia | Nizhny Novgorod International Airport GOT - Gothenburg, Sweden | Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport GRZ - Graz, Austria | Graz Airport GVA - Geneva, Switzerland | Geneva Cointrin International HAJ - Hannover, Germany | Hannover Airport HAM - Hamburg, Germany | Hamburg Airport HEL - Helsinki, Finland | Helsinki Vantaa Airport IST - Istanbul, Turkey | Ataturk International Airport KBP - Kiev, Ukraine | Boryspil International Airport KRK - Krakow, Poland | John Paul II International Kraków-Balice Airport KTW - Katowice, Poland | Katowice International Airport

KUF - Samara, Russia | Kurumoch International Airport LCA - Larnaca, Cyprus | Larnaca International Airport LED - St. Petersburg, Russia | Pulkovo Airport LEJ - Leipzig, Germany | Leipzig Halle Airport LHR - London, United Kingdom | London Heathrow Airport LIN - Milan, Italy | Linate Airport LIS - Lisbon, Portugal | Lisbon Portela LYS - Lyon, France | Lyon Saint-Exupéry MAD - Madrid, Spain | Madrid Barajas International MAN - Manchester, United Kingdom | Manchester Airport MLA - Luqa, Malta | Luqa Airport MUC - Munich, Germany | Franz Josef Strauss International Airport MXP - Milan, Italy | Malpensa International Airport NAP - Napoli, Italy | Nápoli / Capodichino International Airport NCE - Nice, France | Nice-Côte d’Azur NUE - Nuremberg, Germany | Nuremberg Airport OPO - Porto, Portugal | Francisco de Sá Carneiro OSL - Oslo, Norway | Oslo Gardermoen Airport POZ - Poznan, Poland | Poznan-Lawica Airport PRG - Prague, Czech Republic | Ruzyn International Airport RIX - Riga, Latvia | Riga International Airport SOF STR - Stuttgart, Germany | Stuttgart Airport SVG - Stavanger, Norway | Stavanger Sola Airport TLL - Tallinn, Estonia | Tallinn Airport TLS - Toulouse, France | Toulouse-Blagnac Airport TRN - Torino, Italy | Torino / Caselle International Airport TXL - Berlin, Germany | Berlin-Tegel International Airport VCE - Venice, Italy | Venezia / Tessera - Marco Polo Airport VIE - Vienna, Austria | Vienna International Airport VKO - Moscow, Russia | Vnukovo International Airport VNO - Vilnius, Lithuania | Vilnius International Airport WAW - Warsaw, Poland |Warsaw Chopin Airport ZRH - Zurich, Switzerland | Zurich Airport

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Our Fleet Average Fleet Age: 7 years

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Cruising Speed

860 km/h

Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000l

Maximum Take-off Weight

233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860l

Maximum Take-off Weight

70 000 kg

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198l

Maximum Take-off Weight

19 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class


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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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.


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Air Namibia brings the Wonders of the World within easy reach. By: Lauren Dibb

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The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

A t




European to view the Victoria Falls


on 16 November 1855. He named his


Zambezi River, you will find one of the

discovery in honour of Queen Victoria,

for tourism, every tourist travelling

planet’s most wondrous sights to behold.

but the indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya or

to the region be it from Cape Town


“The Smoke that Thunders”, continues


in common usage as well.

Victoria Falls,” says Mark Havercroft,


of on

Zambia the

or “The



Thunders”, is more commonly known as Victoria Falls, and it’s an adrenaline seekers’




“Well, I think it’s a given that everybody




Victoria Falls has always been one of Air

huge potential and will only continue

Namibia’s most popular routes.


While it’s neither the highest, nor





The new airport and runway will Zimbabwe










Head of New Business Development for The Legacy Group. Why the masses flock

Political policies are changing and

By the end of the 1990s, the Victoria

widest waterfall in the world, at the



Falls was attracting 300 000 visitors


Tourism is just going to grow. In

annually, and this was expected to

water with a width of 1708 metres


that, the Victoria

rise to over a million in the next

pelts 108 metres into the pool below,

Falls is on the verge of completing a

decade. Unlike the game parks in

resulting in the world’s largest sheet

brand new International Airport that

the area, Victoria Falls attracts more

of falling water. It is believed that

will allow any aircraft in production


the Scottish missionary and explorer




than ever before.










more to










international because







bus and train, making it reasonably inexpensive to reach. Both countries permit tourists to make day trips from each side and visas can be obtained at both border posts. The number of visitors to the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls has historically been much higher than the number of tourists visiting the Zambian side. Why? Probably due to the greater development of the visitor facilities there.

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A famous feature of the Victoria Falls is the naturally formed “Armchair”

future expansion to Caribbea Bay and Fothergill Island.





100-room Hwange Safari Lodge will be

(also known as “Devil’s Pool”), near the

“We plan to use our international

completely upgraded on a phased basis

edge of the falls on Livingstone Island

partnerships to bring the international

into a 4-5 Star lodge at affordable prices,

on the Zambian side.



including a new waterhole.



Most often between September and





The Monomotapa Hotel is planned

December a rock barrier forms an

hasn’t been positive and we want

for a face-lift to all its 240 rooms, with

eddy with minimal current, allowing

to change that perception and get

the addition of a new outdoor pool area



the international market back into

and additional restaurant facilities.

around in relative safety a few feet

Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is well and truly

At the famous Troutbeck, it is the


open for business.

intention to retain the unique Scottish








cascades over the falls.




With international flights such as Air





Highlands feel and atmosphere, whilst expanding the leisure activities.

The ultimate holiday with Legacy



Once the above projects have been

There is such a wide array of choice

opportunity for Victoria Falls and the

bedded down, we have agreed to

when it comes to where to stay, what

region as a whole,” says Mark.

expand our vision on Lake Kariba.





to do and what to see in Zimbabwe, that






itinerary beforehand. The great news is that Legacy has recently partnered with African Sun to co-operate in the development of tourism in Zimbabwe. The agreement provides for the management,



expansion of five of African Sun’s strategic





Victoria Falls, Elephant Hills Hotel, Hwange Safari Lodge, The Monomotapa Hotel

and Troutbeck

Resort, with

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Elephant Hills Hotel






destination in one country, offering a

is going to be a key focus in the partnership’s growth plan.






become one of the world’s leading tourist

diversity of experiences, an excellent

“Bringing the Legacy of Africa’s leading

destinations, particularly upon the opening

climate all year round, with easy

Hotel and Lifestyle Groups into Zimbabwe

of the new International Airport. The



will be a major boost for tourism in

Victoria Falls, one of the original 7 Wonders

destinations such as Cape Town and the

our country,” says Herbert Nkala, the

of the World, is ideally placed to become

Indian Ocean Islands.

Chairman of African Sun. The two

Southern Africa’s gateway for tourism.





companies have been working together

We have agreed to upgrade on a phased


on a master-plan for tourism in Zimbabwe

basis the two in Victoria Falls, which will

currencies, re-energising the Southern

over the past 18 months, which culminated

include additional conference capacity. The

African and African tourist markets

in this historic agreement.

holiday and convention potential of the


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weakening and



Victoria Falls destination is immense,” says

be forgiven for thinking that you’ve

comforts of a modern resort geared

Bart Dorrestein, Chairman, Legacy Group.

stepped back in time.

up in every way for your maximum

The great domes, pillars and bridges

comfort and enjoyment.

Decisions, decisions.

over the many water features at the

The Kingdom Hotel has become a

Take a look at Legacy’s new Partners and

hotel resemble the style of ‘Great

firm favourite with families, groups and

discover your ultimate accommodation

Zimbabwe’, the once mighty capital of

individual travellers who are looking

for your time spent in Zimbabwe.

the ancient Shona Kingdom.

for a quality yet affordable Victoria Falls

It may look like the city of a

Hotel option. The hotel is located close

The Kingdom Hotel at Victoria Falls



to all the major attractions including the

When you step into The Kingdom Hotel

Hotel is one of Victoria Falls’ best

entrance to the Victoria Falls rain forest,

at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, you will

known family hotels. Expect all the

which is just a short walk away.




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Pioneers of Passion


Š 2015

Rifles can only be sold to permit holders.

Welcome to Sney Rivier Lodge, your exclusive destination in the heart of the Namibian wilderness. Breath-taking sceneries and exquisite luxury invite you to indulge in pure passion. As pioneers of intelligent rifle technology and experts in worldwide hunting, Blaser makes sure that your safari becomes a success in every possible respect.

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Troutbeck Resort

The Elephant Hills Hotel

or unwind with a cocktail at the pool.

Generations of tourists have enjoyed the

Enjoy a stay at The Elephant Hills Hotel

The hotel also offers professional and

many leisure and conference facilities

where you can play golf where the

stylish conferencing facilities.

offered most notable of which is the

animals roam, gaze over the Zambezi

Over the years The Elephant Hills

River from the privacy of your balcony

Hotel has become a Victoria Falls icon.

18-hole golf course, which is frequently visited by a variety of wildlife. The resort lies at the top of a hill outside of Victoria Falls affording many of the rooms sweeping views of the Zambezi River across to Zambia. Hwange Safari Lodge Hwange Safari Lodge provides guests with a unique bush experience that will remain imprinted in their minds forever. The lodge is just an hour from Victoria Falls and offers spectacular sightings of Africa’s famous Big Five. Camp Hwange is one of the newest camps to be built in the Sinamatella region of the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The construction of Camp Hwange, using locally sourced materials, skills and labour wherever possible, is the culmination of a dream.

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NAKARA SWAKOPMUND The Arcade, Tel/Fax: +264 64 405907 NAKARA BOUTIQUE Shop G4 Mutual Tower Independence Avenue Windhoek Tel/Fax +264 61 224 209 NAKARA SHOP WINDHOEK Independence Ave 131, Gustav Voigts centre Tel: +264 61 231518 NAKARA FACTORY WINDHOEK 3 Solingen Str. Northern Industrial Tel/Fax +264 61 215003

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The vision is a camp that rekindles the spirit of an adventurous bygone era, and that captures the excitement of an authentic safari in Africa.


Elephant Hill Legacy Group

Troutbeck Resort Those wishing to combine pleasure with




Troutbeck Resort’s 70 well-appointed rooms.Troubeck Resort offers outstanding conference facilities with the Rainbow Trout Suite capable of hosting up to 400 people, complimented by the resort’s own 9-hole golf course and well stocked lake. In addition, guests can take advantage of the swimming pool, tennis courts, volleyball courts and squash courts, which provide the perfect pleasures once business has been concluded. The Monomotapa Hotel The Monomotapa Hotel is an iconic figure on the Harare skyline that glitters with all the splendour that your heart desires.

Stay at The Kingdom Hotel at Victoria Falls or The Elephant Hills Hotel from US$180 Single per room per night – B&B US$220 Double per room per night – B&B

The facilities at The Monomotapa Hotel are especially designed for the convenience of guests, so that you can relax while the rest is taken care of for you. It’s in








need wide

selection of food and beverage outlets, restaurants and bars as well as full conferencing and banqueting facilities. You





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relaxation at the massage parlour or outdoor swimming pool. The Monomotapa Hotel awaits to encapsulate you in the ultimate way to experience Zimbabwe.

Monomotapa Harare

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Desert elephant conservation conducted at Hoanib Desert-adapted elephants are no different genetically to savannah elephants. By: Southern African Tourism update ( Photographs supplied by: Corlette Wessels (

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conservation, Laura Brown and

Rob Ramey, will spend two months researching and monitoring Hoanib’s desert-adapted



at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in Namibia, in an effort to promote their long-term conservation. Both
















Ramey Hoarusib


since 2005. Through annual surveys, they have created a complete inventory of the desert-adapted elephant population with




each animal. As of 2014, Brown and Ramey’s research results show that the number of elephants in the lower Hoanib and Hoarusib Rivers had dropped by 30% in ten years. The decline seems to be caused by natural and human-caused deaths, low rates of reproduction and offspring survival, and emigration. “Our




is nearing completion and we are extremely excited to have this as the base for Laura and Rob to continue with this important project, that will

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ultimately add to our knowledge of Namibia’s




desert be


elephant in


country’s ongoing conservation efforts to protect it”, said Mike Wassung, MD, Wilderness Safaris, Namibia.

Contact: Tel: +27 (0)83 326 3331 Email: Instagram: Corlette Wessels

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Landscape photography in Namibia Namibia offers photographic landscape opportunities like no other... By: Anne Schauffer Photographes supplied by: Anna-Mart Kruger & Helene Wiggett (

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f landscapes and remote wildernesses are your passion, then Namibia is a

country after your own heart. Namibia is

We started off the first two days, photographing





Kolmanskop in Luderitz.

an African country that offers photographic

Here we stayed at the very spacious

landscape opportunities like no other,

self-catering units of Zum Anker, with

during the day and even more so at night.

its German style architecture. Each

Namibia is a massive, desolate landscape

fully equipped self-catering apartment

that boasts with the title of being the fourth


least populated country in the world, with

Wi-Fi, Satellite TV and BBQ facilities in

one person per square kilometre. Namibia

beautifully gardened courtyards, with

will demand that you spread your tripod’s

secure parking behind electric gates.






legs and stretch your histogram to its limits.

For the next three days, we spent time

What awaits you is a vast unpopulated

in the wild beauty of NamibRand, providing

wilderness, rich in diversity and full of

the perfect backdrop for amateur and

creative possibilities.

professional photographers alike.

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The incredible and abundant contrasts of colour and geology of the landscapes, gives ample opportunity for the perfect shot. The




located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the southwest Namib Desert. Here we stayed at the comfortable Greenfire Lodge, within the Greenfire philosophy of offering a unique experience at a realistic price, where they encourage you to spend a few days in their desert Eden - game viewing, relaxing, and simply enjoying the remoteness. It is situated on a private 20 000 hectare wilderness reserve within the NamibRand Nature Reserve, the Greenfire Desert. During





you will have the opportunity to enjoy walks; as well as open vehicle drives both during the day and at night. Their ranger will show off the multitude of desert adapted fauna and flora that inhabit the reserve. Animals encountered during your stay are







environment, some migratory and some permanent residents.

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ghostly trees rising from a cracked white

DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means

clay surface. The pan is deceptively large

“dead marsh” (from the English word

and offers about fifty interestingly shaped

“dead”, and the Afrikaans “vlei”, a lake or

trees to capture through your lens.

marsh in a valley between the dunes). The

Reaching Dead Vlei requires walking

pan is also referred to as “Dooie Vlei”, which

a little bit further than a kilometer on soft

presumably is the original Afrikaans name.

sand and over a dune that is about 50

Dead Vlei claims to be surrounded

meters high. The climb is very gradual and

by the highest sand dunes in the world,

we’ll tentatively attempt it in the mornings

with the highest reaching 300 - 400

when it is still cool. For a person with

meters (350 metres on average, named

reasonable fitness, it won’t be a problem.

“Big Daddy” or “Crazy Dune”), which rests on a sandstone terrace.

Best time of the year

The arid climate, the lack of water

Visiting in late summer with a good chance

and the hard wood of the Camel Thorn

of thunderstorms, green grass and rainbows,

has kept the trees of Dead Vlei from

without the extreme temperatures of a

decomposing. The result is a collection of

high summer.

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in Sossusvlei, our next quintessential landscape with beautiful dunes, as well as the world known iconic Deadvlei. Sossusvlei is an ancient river flowing into the desert, which creates a one of a kind landscape. Namibia’s desert winds have sculpted the world’s highest dunes out of red sand and it is these dunes that make the Namibian landscape like no other on earth. As it stands today, Sossusvlei is about sixty kilometres from the coast. In some places, the dunes rise out of endless fields of grass and in others; the dunes are as high as mountains. Sossusvlei also offers shifting shadows and ancient fossil trees, which allow you unparalleled creative stimulation. Here we stayed at the Sossusvlei Dune Lodge, built in an environmentally sensitive manner, primarily from wood, canvas and thatch, in an attractive ‘afro-village’ style. Sossusvlei Dune Lodge offers guests an evocative and life changing experience. Situated within the park, guests benefit from being able to reach Sossusvlei before sunrise, and stay until after sunset, and on their return after an exhilarating day, to relax in the tranquility and splendor of the Namib Desert, under the spectacular African sky.

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Tips on Star Gaze or Night Photography: 1. The first step is to find dark skies Find a dark area, which is close to you, or a location you would like to explore on a future trip without any city or town lights nearby. It is imperative that the sun sets and that the moon is not in the sky when viewing the stars. It’s also best to wait an hour or two after sunset and/or moonset for maximum darkness. You will need something interesting in the foreground. It must be something that doesn’t move such as a mountain or a building 2. Find clear skies It should also be a clear night with no clouds. When the humidity is high, there is excessive water vapor in the air, which impedes the view of the night sky. 3. Selecting photography equipment ● Tripod (the lower it can go the better); ● Camera with Manual Mode that can capture in Raw; ● Wide angle Lens 10-35mm (Full Frame); ● Head light and torch for light painting; ● Remote shutter release; and ● Walking shoes. 4. Focusing your lens at night We focus at infinity (the furthest point on the horison), for nearly all of our night photos. You can lighten up your subject and also use live view to focus on your subject, for instance a tree in the foreground. 5. Selecting Exposure; Time; Aperture and ISO settings Reference the 500 Rule Chart for your exposure time. We usually use a 25-30 second one exposure for a Star trail photo. An Aperture value of f/2.8-f/4 will work very well for taking photos of the night sky, but f/2.8 is preferred. An ISO of 3600 for a F2.8 Lens and an ISO 6400 for a F4 Lens will work fine. De-noising can be done in post processing if needed.

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Falling in love and being inspired by


Xenia shares her story with us at Flamingo Magazine. Photographs by: Xenia Ivanoff-Erb


enia Ivanoff-Erb, was born in South Africa to a German mother

and a Don Cossack father, the well-known South African political cartoonist, singer and artist Victor Ivanoff. Her mother had worked as an advertising executive and Xenia grew up surrounded by art, and, from an early age, came to appreciate the value and beauty of design. In fact she says, “Good design and balance of composition are part of my daily well being, without them I feel lost and agitated.” She lives in Swakopmund with her husband Georg and her teenage son Michael. Her daughter Tatjana is a paramedic and her son Nikolai is a professional equestrian and is training to be a pilot, they both live in Johannesburg. After completing her schooling in Johannesburg in the mid 80’s, she went on to study a BA degree in Fine Arts at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, where she majored in Graphic Art. She admits that art for her was never a matter of “art for art sake”; it was during her studies that Xenia’s interest grew more towards commercial art and specifically towards logo and brand design. At Rhodes she also studied photography, under the guidance of the renowned photographer,

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Obie Oberholtzer who was her lecturer for an entire year. However, Xenia says, “In those years photography was not deemed a “real career” and my parents were adamant, advertising was my calling.” Alongside her artistic talents, Xenia was also a successful sportswoman. She has a deep-rooted love for sports and it was due to this passion, that she was approached in the early nineties to redesign the South African national emblem of the springbok and create a new emblem namely the “Protea”.

and preparing the very first proposal

was fortunate enough to be selected


document to be presented to FIFA to

to work at Soccer City throughout the

host the World Cup in South Africa.

World Cup. Her role as a volunteer was







democratic era in South Africa she got the opportunity to grow as a graphic

As her client base grew, so the graphic

to join the team on VIP Protocol services.

artist, and after creating the prestigious



The event was incredibly exciting for her

new emblem and its application to the

designing more for corporate business,

and not only did she get to meet some

National Sports Council brand, she then

branding and developing logos. This was

high ranking politicians and leaders,

worked on the design of the logo for the

the time when she learned to appreciate

but she also spent time with film stars

Ministry for Sport and Recreation. This

the true value of branding, and that

such as Morgan Freeman and soccer star

was a dream come true for her as it was a

not only did the graphic design of the

Miroslav Klose, who she accompanied

perfect combination of design and sports

document need to be well balanced and

during his time in the VIP Suite.

at the highest possible level.

written, but without a well designed logo

The spectacular event provided many

In the late nineties she worked on

and good quality photographic images,

photographic opportunities for her and it

the Kaizer Chiefs brand and developed

the document would never provide the

was during this time that she bought her

a strong love for the game of football,

market appeal that it was meant to

first Canon DSLR camera.

even attending an under 23 national

have. So she took her first steps into the

“That was when my great love of

game of SA vs. Germany, where she sat

world of photography and bought her

photography really began, I’m not sure

alongside Nelson Mandela and provided

first digital camera which was a Minolta

if it was the excitement of the event or

some “on the spot” German translations.

Dynax, and that is how she started to

the spectacular quality of images that I

She later went on to become a SAFA

photograph more and more products

managed to capture with my Canon, but it

carded referee and was called in by

and commercial work for clients.

was the start of my photographic journey.”



her business mentor and close friend

Prior to the kick-off of the 2010

“It was in December of 2010 that my

John Lane to assist the then SAFA

World Cup South Africa, Xenia applied

close lifelong friend, Lea Holtz invited

President Stix Morewa, with designing

to do volunteer work at the event and

me to join her family on their annual holiday to Swakopmund. As we drove down along the B2 to the coast and I witnessed my first setting sun over the gravel desert at Rössing Mountain, that it felt like a new world opened before me. I spent an entire month like a tourist in the beautiful unique town, and the quirkiness




appealed to me. I even really liked the fact that I could wheel my shopping trolley in the veggie shop alongside

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jaw dropping beautiful canyons of the Khan and Swakop Valleys made a huge impact on me, and the memories of that first journey through the wilderness, along roads “less travelled” will forever be imprinted in my mind.” “A long time passed before we came in contact again on my second tour, and again there was some kind of magic that we both shared, and it stemmed from our combined love for nature and photography. Our relationship grew into something very special and in 2012 we married and I moved to Swakopmund to start a new life with my soul mate. Our journey, together, has taken us on so many interesting paths and Georg relishes every opportunity of showing me new places. We eagerly travel far and wide to make new discoveries and capture special moments on camera.” “I have to admit I really arrived here the mayor of the town, and he even

had any knowledge about photography

as a city slicker with some strange ideas

stopped to greet me and chat.”

and who had a deep love for nature was


“I think Swakopmund captured my

Georg Erb from Swakop Tour Company.

is schooled in the traditional art of

imagination on so many levels, but it

It is strange how life can change in an

photography and he has much more

was the beauty which surrounded me

instant, I saw Georg standing by his

knowledge about light and the technical

that ultimately pushed me to go and

beloved Land Rover waiting for me to

aspects of photography. He still amazes

discover more, and I made a decision

join him for the tour, and it wasn’t long

me each and every time we go on a

which changed my life forever. I decided

into the tour that we discovered so many

shoot with his incredible eye for light...

it was time to see more and to explore

synchronicities between us, it puzzled

I never need a light metre, I just have

the beauty beyond the town; I was not

us for a long while because we both

to ask and he will squint his eyes and

interested in adventure activities I wanted

came from such vastly different worlds,

give me the perfect setting for every

to be in nature and to perhaps take a

the desert was his sandbox and my toy

situation, time and again!! He has been

few pretty landscape photographs. I was

box had been the Sandton City Shopping

my greatest “guide” and mentor in my

advised that the only guide in town who

Mall!! His tour through the unexpected,

photographic journey, he has shown me

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At the Dome Restaurant, Swakopmund

how to really “see” and look at nature in

for now I am enjoying every moment,

the market place with my first ever

a way I never did before, but above all

I dream of all the beautiful places I

exhibition, which will be launched at

he is my greatest inspiration.”

will hopefully still visit one day, and

The Dome, Swakopmund on the 11th of

“I am still trying to establish my own

I feel blessed to have my best friend

December. Georg and I are both really

unique style, and I enjoy learning from

and soul mate by my side to share and

excited, daunted and apprehensive about

others, I enjoy the light and character

enjoy the journey with me.”

what this will mean in the future for us...

of Paul van Schalkwyk’s distinctive

“My favourite genre is landscape

but we will continue to share and enjoy

photographic style, as well as the

photography, but I also enjoy telling

the journey which we started, and hope

landscapes which Karl André Terblanche

a story, so the commissions we have

that our photography will bring joy and

was creating in his earlier works, and I


enjoyment to those who see it.”

specially love the gentle beauty of the

marketing purposes are really where my

Namibian landscape paintings created

heart lies. I‘m passionate about being

by Arnfried Blatt. These artists as well

able to capture the essence of a place

as Michael Poliza who create incredibly

and to find a way of making it into a

beautiful photo’s, have influenced me

photo journey, which will capture the

in my journey so far. Photography has

imagination of someone living in a place

been the greatest catalyst in Georg and

vastly, removed from here. I always try

my relationship, and our work together

to create beautiful images, which stir an


is created as a team.”

emotion in the viewer; I want to make


“When I arrived in this beautiful

them feel the same way I feel while


paradise, I soon began to share my

taking that photograph. Georg and I are

photographs on line via social media,

very honest about the way we approach

but with a distinct purpose of offering

our work and I think that sets us apart.”

them free of charge to be used by the

“Recently, I was reminded by a

Namibian tourism industry to promote

friend that I am now able to call myself

and uplift the marketing material for

a professional photographer, since I

the Erongo Region. I think this has

have now been commissioned to take

been a wonderful way of giving back to

photographs for clients, it’s a concept

Namibia, as a way of giving thanks for

which I’m not really comfortable with

the wonderful life I feel blessed to be

yet as I still feel there is so much I still

living here. I have no way of knowing

have to learn, but in December 2015,

where my photography will take me, but

I have the chance to test my work in





Below are my online media addresses where more of my work can be viewed, as well as more information pertaining to the nature and photography tours, which my husband Georg offers:

xivanofferb ●● swakoptour ●●

For further information contact or call on 081 161 1011. To book a tour with Swakop Tour Company call Georg Erb on +264 (0)81 124 2906 or

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The Lynx between passion and perfection This month’s road trip takes us to the foothills of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains, where we have found one of the smallest wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley. We talk to Lynx Wine’s owner and Cellar-master Dieter Sellmeyer, and his able Winemaker, Helgard van Schalkwyk. Words by: Phil Ruimte Photographs by: Mark Pettipher


ur drive takes us over the parents travelled a lot, I was born in estate agents and after visiting several picturesque


Pass India and the majority of my childhood vineyards they bought the wine estate.

from Stellenbosch, right along the R45 was spent between Mexico and Spain.”

Dieter and Diana moved onto the

A childhood of moving from place estate on 1st April 1977, Dieter at first

and then left onto the R301.

The vines are just beginning to shoot to place gave 62-year-old Dieter an thought he could be a ‘gentleman’ farmer, and as the new growth begins so too international education. does our story. Dieter strolling across a

spending time running his Engineering

Eventually Dieter settled into a life firm in Jo’burg and coming down to the

deep grass verge beside his cellar and as an Engineer running his own firm, farm on weekends and holidays. Sun Command in Johannesburg.

tasting room meets me. The first thing that I notice is a mild

At the time, the farm was producing

Some eighteen years ago, a half term table grapes for export. Dieter soon

German accent, mixed with a dialogue visit to friends in the Valley resulted in discovered (about nine months after of someone who has obviously not Dieter and his wife Diana, falling in love purchasing the estate) that, all was not really lived in Germany. True to this with the region. During that visit the well with the farm being run in his observation



“My couple had numerous appointments with absence, by a farm manager. Dieter

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sold his shares in Sun Command and moved permanently to Franschhoek. “Competition in fruit farming and in table grapes in particular is fierce. It is time consuming and is plagued with the timeliness of getting your produce to the European market ahead of your competitors” says Dieter, “The problem, whether you are a large or small producer, is that we all have to pass the same stringent quality controls before your produce can be exported, of course Dieter with his wife Diana, and three daughters, Xan, Anna and Charlie.


the issues, and being a relatively small player, I soon realized that it was not profitable enough to be in that market.”

Limited production - 850 bottles

Total production - 21 barrels

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.32% vol. pH 3.56 Acidity 5.7g/l Residual Sugar 1.1g/l TSO261mg/l

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.0% vol. pH 3.62 Acidity 5.4g/l Residual Sugar 1.0g/l TSO257mg/l

market, I decided to pull out all the

Cultivars: 98% Shiraz, 1% Mourvèdre 1% Grenache

Cultivars: Shiraz, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Pinot Noir

wine producing varietals”. Dieter goes

Tasting notes: Concentrated rich fragrant fruit, firmly structured polished tannins, harmonious and balanced finesse. On the palate, cassis, dark forest fruit. Oaking regime: 24 months in new French oak.

LYNX BLANC DE NOIR 2015 Total production - 28500 bottles Technical Analysis: Alcohol 12.77% vol. pH 3.17 Acidity 6.3g/l Residual Sugar 6.6g/l TSO299mg/l Cultivar: 100% Merlot

Tasting notes: Firm but smooth tannin structure. On the palate, richly layered berries, smokey, slightly minty, liquorice and black fruit. Oaking regime: 12 months in French oak. 30% first fill 40% second fill 30% third and fourth fill

LYNX VIOGNIER 2014 Total production - 4600 bottles Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.82% vol. pH 3.49 Acidity 5.2g/l Residual Sugar 4.6g/l TSO283mg/l

“2000 saw a slump in the fruit export table grapes and replace them with onto say, “2002 was an experimental year, where I turned my hand to every aspect of the art of producing wine. The majority of my knowledge came from reading and asking questions and I even went on a number of short courses.” “Getting into this industry is not easy, however, once you’re in and are seen to be genuinely interested, committed and serious about the craft, you will find that many wine-makers are open and work together and are happy to impart

Tasting notes: Peach blossom leads the way on the nose to this fresh, well balanced, gentle summer wine.

Cultivar: 100% Viognier

their knowledge.” Dieter reflects, “ I

Oaking regime: None.

Tasting notes: Rich and aromatic. Ripe pineapple, pear, infused with floral notes and citrus.

have to acknowledge the help of Nigel

LYNX SHIRAZ 2013 Total production - 13 barrels Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.10% vol. pH 3.58 Acidity 5.6g/l Residual Sugar 1.6g/l TSO271mg/l Cultivar: 100% Shiraz Tasting notes: Black currant and almond nose, leads through to spice palate with white pepper and liquorice. Rich cigar box finish. Oaking regime: 12 months in 225l oak barrels, 86% French, 14% American 1/4 new 1/4 second fill 1/2 third and fourth fill

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bulk production outweighs many of

On the palate, mouthfeel viscous, subtly oaked almost Chardonnay in flavour. Oaking regime: 60% fermented and aged in new 225l French oak for six months. 54% fermented and aged in stainless steel for six months

McNaught from Stony Brook, he helped me out with equipment and went through each process step by step, and as a result, we are great friends today.” “Being




about what you do and not afraid to experiment is a must, as we are a diversified boutique wine cellar” says Dieter. “What that means is that we use our terrior, our personality and our personal taste to handcraft our wines.” “Our terrior is alluvial, therefore well drained, and the climate in the valley

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Dieter Sellmeyer Cellar-master and Owner of Lynx Wines (left) with Wine-maker Helgard van Schalkwyk .

is akin to that of the Mediterranean.”

deep are taken daily at fourteen stations

Dieter enthusiastically says, “Having

throughout the vineyards.

Harvest usually starts with the Merlot in the last days of January, and carries on until early April, when the last of the

spent a vast amount of my childhood

This information is downloaded onto

in Spain, it is not surprising I would

a computer and irrigation schedules are

favour that style of wine. We produce

adjusted accordingly. There are times

nine cultivars on eleven hectares of the

of the year when we induce stress by

name, Dieter told us, “One day my

estate, namely, Cabernet Sauvignon,

starving the vine of water to ensure small,

farm workers came to me saying that


highly concentrated berries. At other times

they had sighted a wild ‘rooikat’ in

the vine must be ‘happy’ in order for the

the bottom vineyard. Rooikat is the

grapes to accumulate sugars and acids.

Afrikaans name for Caracal, which is



Franc, Grenache,




Viognier and most recently Pinot Noir.”

Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested. When





“We grow one hundred tonnes

Pruning starts at the end of July,

often referred to as desert or African

of grapes, of which we keep eighty

towards the end of winter, when the

lynx. With my engineering background,

tonnes for our own use, the rest we

vines are still dormant.

I drew up some initial ideas for the logo and subsequently passed them onto a

sell to another private cellar.” Dieter

The vines are pruned in such a way to

explains, “At Lynx we use Vertical Shoot

limit their yield to approximately eight

Positioning (VSP) in all our vineyards.

tonnes per hectare. Ripening commences

Following on from the success of

This means that the shoots are trained to

at the beginning of January, and at this

Dieter’s Shiraz submission in 2003, where

grow vertically upwards, creating a tall,

stage it is easy to identify bunches (or

the maiden Lynx wine was awarded 4.5

narrow canopy, which ensures that all

parts of a bunch), which ripen late.

stars in the John Platter’s Guide, the

the leaves are exposed to the sun either

These bunches are the cut off (known as

Lynx wines have gone from strength

in the morning or the afternoon. This

green harvesting) in order to ensure the

to strength, winning numerous gold

is crucial for the successful ripening of

even ripeness of the remaining grapes at

awards, and have been placed amongst

the grapes.

harvest. The final yield of the blocks we

the top ten Shiraz’s in South Africa.

Soil moisture is carefully controlled. Moisture readings down to one metre

keep for ourselves is between seven and eight tonnes per hectare.

graphic design company to refine.”

Helgard van Schalkwyk joined Dieter as wine-maker in 2010. Twenty-nine year

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old Helgard graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2008, after which he went to New Zealand to learn how to “mass produce” Sauvignon Blanc. “At Lynx all our wines are grown, produced and bottled on the Estate, in the cellar we use a lot of traditional equipment such as open concrete fermenters and a basket press. The open tanks bring out the primary flavours of the grapes that our wines are so well known for,” said Helgard. “Time is on our side, we begin harvesting early in the morning and we harvest as soon as possible. Our red wines receive a long cold soak at 11oC for about seven days. The ensuing fermentation lasts for seven to eight days and is followed by a maceration of seven to ten days, giving a total of about twenty five

Helgard, quality controls on a daily basis.

days of skin contact.” “Breaking the cap is done primarily

The Viognier, a late addition to our

by punch downs, and pump-overs are

range is 50% tank fermented and 50%

kept to a minimum. This allows us to

barrel fermented. This makes for a lovely

get a maximum extract from the skins,”

wine with a rich mouth feel and subtle

explains Helgard, “All the red wines

oaking, yet remains fresh and fruit driven.

are aged in oak barrels for a period of

Then there is our ever so popular

approximately twelve months, except

Blanc de Noir which sells out every year

for ‘The Lynx’ which spends twenty

– a fresh, light alcohol, salmon-pink rosé

four months in barrel.

made 100% from the Merlot grape.”

Contact Information Telephone: +27 (0)21 867 0406 Facsimile: +27 (0)21 867 0397 Mobile: 082 446 8151 Email: Website: Address: Lusthof Farm, R301 Wemmershoek, P O Box 566, Franschhoek, 7690

Dieter and Helgard sample a cheeky red in front of the Lynx awards wall.

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A family affair It’s a wonderful story about a family who came to Namibia, and half a century later, are celebrating fifty years and three generations of Anton family hospitality at the well known Hotel Schweizerhaus & Café Anton in Swakopmund. By: Heidi Snyman


n 1954, my dad, Manfred Anton, and his mother Lisbeth immigrated to what

was then South West Africa. They had family there. Before they left Germany, my dad had secured a job as a master baker and confectioner at the Putensen Bakery, where Café Treff is today. In 1956, my mother too, left Germany, and arrived in Swakopmund. She was employed at the Strand Café by Mr. and Mrs. Schiessl. In his off time, dad baked cakes at the Strand Café... and met my mother. They married in 1958, and in 1959, I was born, and a year later, my sister Marion.

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My parents dream was to own a little guest-house with a café. In 1965, they bought a piece of land from Mr. Kaiser. They didn’t have sufficient funds to purchase the ground with an old house on it, so – amazingly - my mother’s previous employer, Mr. Pruter, handed her a blank cheque with the words: ‘Mrs. Anton, you can fill in any amount!’ What employer would do that? Within a few months, my parents built the first four guest-rooms on the first floor: the Balcony Room, sea-facing; the Blue Room, with its blue curtains; and the North and East Rooms. We lived on the bottom floor, and also used the attic! As kids, we had the most enjoyable playground in this house, as it had big rooms - I have very fond memories of it. My parents believed that the house had been imported from Switzerland and that was where it had

the Café, which was opened a year later

I can remember that throughout my entire

got its name – Schweizerhaus - but much

on May 7, 1966.

childhood, my parents were building!

later, they found out that in 1896, the house

Then in the middle 70s – to the

When I was ten years old, I began

had been imported by Mr. Rhode from

detriment of myself and my sister - my

gliding, and ever since that moment, wanted

Wolgast in Pommern.

parents broke down the old house to

to become an airline pilot. So when I was

It wasn’t long before my parents

build a new three-storey structure. We

seventeen and wanted to study, I realised

began adding on more rooms as well as

now had twenty-four rooms in total... but

the industry didn’t actually want women... and I wore glasses. I then applied to be an air-hostess, but was too young, so off I went to the Hotel School in Johannesburg. I reapplied for a job as an air-hostess, but was still too young even though they’d increased the age limit. They said, however, you can start now as a ground hostess and when you’re old enough, you can qualify for an air-hostess. But by the time that date arrived, I had realised it was not the ‘dream job’ I’d always thought it would be! Luckily, within a few months at South African Airways (SAA), I became Senior Ground Hostess! Three years later – at the end of 1981 - my mom became very ill, and asked me to return home to assist, as the high season was ahead. I resigned and went home! It was easy for me, as I’d grown up in the Hotel and Café, and always had to help when it became busy. That way,

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much of the usual work there became second nature. In February 1982, I married André Snyman, who was then still working at SAA. He left SAA in April/May, and joined us here in the business. In 1984, Silvia was born, and in 1986, Desirée. We worked with my parents until 1990, when my parents retired. We then renovated the Café, followed by the entire Hotel. One important issue for us was the foundation of the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN). André - together with Jonny Hamman and three others - founded HAN in 1987. Shortly after that, André sat down with other Swakopmund Hoteliers, and HAN Coast was born, the only regional HAN subdivision which has remained active! HAN has been instrumental in achieving much for many hotels and hoteliers in Namibia, and is today one of

young, went to Germany to perfect her

house at the Golf Estate! Having said that,

the strongest Namibian Associations.

baking, and now looks after the bakery!

he still wants to move back sometimes!

In 1998, André died at the age of forty

It’s hard to thank my staff sufficiently,

Fifty years at the Schweizerhaus – a legend

four after an operation. I then managed

for their good work and loyalty, particularly

the Hotel on my own, but always had

those who’ve been here with me for so

amazing staff who assisted me on all

many years. My family, too, deserve untold

levels. In 2007, Silvia joined me. She

thanks, and I’m so lucky and privileged

had studied Hotel Management; in 2010,

that we all work together so well. I have to

Desirée joined us, a hairdresser by trade

thank Heiner who had little choice but to

(the profession of both my father’s

become part of the family and the Hotel...

mother and father). Desirée, knowing

but he always loved to stay at the Hotel. It

the basics of baking since she was

was a mission to get him to move to his

in Swakopmund.

Hotel Schweizerhaus & Café Anton 1 Bismarck Street Swakopmund, Namibia. Tel: +264 (64)400 331/2/3 Fax: +264 (64)405 850

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Thrilling quilling Quilling is a paper art-form that dates back hundreds of years. Sena Runa is a quiller. By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Sena Runa


ena Runa was born in Istanbul,

“I’ve always wanted to be involved in

Turkey in 1983. She graduated

art, and I’m passionate about creating







from Marmara University in Istanbul,

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things, but without studying art and design, it took time to find my niche.”

and worked as a Human Resources

Sena’s quilled art is so professional, so

specialist for about seven years, before

imaginative, it’s hard to believe she’s only

the pull of working creatively finally

been doing it for a relatively short time.

took over: “I left my job, and began

She’d been searching the Internet for

designing artworks full-time, using the

a craft or hobby which really spoke to

paper quilling technique.”

her, and she found a bright, colourful

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picture made from paper, using the quilling technique: “I had no idea what it was called, and honestly, my first attempt was really awful.” Sena explored different ways of doing this, and discovered her own style whereby she combines paper quilling and sketching. Sena described her process: “After I decide on the image, I draw a template, then decide on the colours. After this, everything is spontaneous (details within the papers, I mean). The creative process for each item changes, so preparing one piece takes about a day to complete, and this is for designs which I’ve made before. Creating a new design takes longer.” Now, Sena quills paper to express the world around her. “Everything inspires me,” she admits. “When I see a photo on Instagram, or a contest on a website or in a magazine, anything you could imagine inspires me. For example, while I was drinking my coffee the other day, I asked myself ‘Why don’t you make a coffee cup?’ and I created a small frappuccino cup that same day.” For Sena, it doesn’t have to be a particularly extraordinary item – everything can be inspiring. Like any true artist, it’s always about





“That gives me a sense of freedom,” she says. “I love designing something which hasn’t been quilled by anybody else.” The strips which Sena cuts are 1cm and 2cm, distinctively wider than those used by most quillers. Quilling is an ancient paper art-form, sometimes known as paper filigree. It’s the art of taking thin strips of paper - of varying widths - rolling, gluing and shaping them into different shapes. You then take them and glue

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them together to create a quilled artwork. Why is it called quilling? Because the paper used to be rolled on to feathers. Today, there are tools used instead of feathers... for example, toothpicks, needles, or indeed, any thin, round, cylindrical object will do. You can make your own tools. Sena has produced over two hundred of these quilled works, and she sells them all around the world... or else, she grins, “Sometimes a family member or friend gets one as a gift.” Lucky them. She works seven days a week at her art, but because it’s her passion, it doesn’t feel like work at all!

Contact: Sena Runa Istanbul, Turkey

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To eat a tiger Drink a toast to the mighty tiger and don’t forget to add... a good squirt of laughter. By: Christie Keulder


t was a slow day on the river, and it was hot. Very hot and sticky. There was not

Then out of the blue, the tranquility exploded with a loud nervous bellow.

much to do but to play with the camera

The cry sounded as if it came from a

lens I borrowed and look at the riverbank

teenage boy with an expanding larynx

for photo opportunities.

– all cracked and dry and randomly

With only the dull droning of the

jumping from one tonal range to the next.

outboard engine for company, I had trouble

And yet, it came from a throat that has

staying awake. Once only for a minute or

seen more than thirty summers and winters.

two, I thought we had acquired a second

Abruptly, the sound of our second

engine. I guess our skipper must have

engine stopped. The noise must have woken

dozed off too.

our skipper.

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passengers jumped to their feet. The boat rocked sharply to the one side, as everyone shouted their advice they thought best suited the situation. Never mind that no one had ever been in this situation. “Keep it down!” one insisted. “Kap hom hard!” another proposed with excessive determination, and promptly provided a forceful demonstration with bent back and swinging arms. The boat rocked sharply in that direction. A few forceful exclamations flew in her direction. “Come this way. No not you…. you!”. “Kap jy net”. More swinging arms and pointed fingers. Until now, I had no clear view of the action. The two hairy legs in front of me, shivered like unsaved lampposts in a Bolivian earthquake. Arms pumping

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Cooking tiger fish presents only one

The flesh is white and flaky, unlike

problem. It is extremely bony. Long,

saltwater game fish such as snoek or

sharp Y-shaped bones line the entire

barracuda, which have much denser

length of the fish.

textures. Much more like kabeljou or

So, you have to debone it, unless you invite your enemies for dinner.

cod. Thus, ideal to deep fry with a good, light and crispy batter.

To make the deboning easier, leave

Not the thin, yellow, flour-and-egg,

the skin on, and cut the fillets into

soggy mess you find at your local

smaller strips about 5cm wide.

Portuguese corner shop.

Cut diagonally across the fillet. This








means that you’ll cut through the bones

crispy, with that shiny, light brown,

and make them shorter.

deep-fired colour. Make it with beer

Using a pair of sharp-nosed pliers, feel your way across the strips with your fingertips, and pull out all the bones, as

for extra flavour. Double fry your French fries; no-one likes them soggy and limp.

you would when deboning a salmon.

Serve with a light thunderstorm and

This takes some effort, but the flesh is

a cool breeze that carries the earthy

firm and can take quite a bit of strain,

smells and familiar sounds of the

provided it remains on the skin.

Okavango River. Drink a toast to the

Remove all bones, but also warn your guests: eat with great awareness.

mighty tiger and don’t forget to add a good squirt of laughter.

with the uneven rhythm of an ancient sewing machine. Neck veins expanding to the point of rupture. I panicked. I felt exposed and at risk. Any more effort could trigger a set of explosions and I needed to get out of the line of fire. By the time I managed to shift position, the threat disappeared. The bedlam stopped. Our friend had just landed his first tiger fish! Unlike our friend, the tiger fish did not make it. All attempts to resuscitate and release it went belly up. Literally. I grew up with a great distrust of fresh water fish. I was told it tastes like mud. Yeah right. As if saltwater fish tastes like salt. Local people along the river dry the tiger fish fillets and then pound it to a fine powder, bones and all. This is then added to their staple diet of maize or mahangu as a protein supplement.

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The wheel story:

New Models round up James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels...

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Cat among the pigeons

any surface, and yet it’s agile and alert if

The Jaguar XE – the British marque’s

you want to chuck it around a bit.

new baby model, which is out to capture

Its comely too, while its makers say it’s

territory from the likes of the BMW 3

capable of sipping just 4.2 litres per 100km

Series and Mercedes C-Class – has sure

in the combined cycle. This makes it the

got a tough job ahead of it.

most efficient Jaguar ever. It’s also said to be

I mean, BMW has just released an

the stiffest, most aerodynamic Jag sedan yet.

upgraded new 3 Series, and the C-Class is

Output is 132kW and 430Nm from

simply superb, while Audi will launch its

1 750 to 2 500rpm. Enough to take it from

new A4 next year.

rest to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds, topping

So is the Jaguar up to it? I’ve just spent

out at 228km/h. Power runs through an

a week with a 20d R-Sport model. And

eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear

the answer is yes... and no.

wheels (the base model is available with

The biggest stumbling block is its price.

a six-speed manual).

The two-litre turbo-diesel XE I had comes

Cut to the interior, and you’ll find

in at about R100 000 more than the

all the luxury you’d expect at this level

equivalent Mercedes C220 CDI (there’s also

– even if there are a couple of really

a two-litre turbo-petrol XE available, and a

minor quality lapses at play.

petrol powered, supercharged three-litre V6).

But for the most the cabin is a comfortable

But then the aluminium-intensive Jag’s

cocoon, and besides high levels of standard

ride quality is quite brilliant on almost

equipment, the test car was loaded with

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optional extras. So yes, this is a competent

and 650Nm. The hot S model here is good

discovered on the launch a little earlier

player on pretty much all fronts – even

for 375kW and 700Nm. Enough for a run

this year. Plus it’s all beautifully built,

if it faces stiff opposition from the less

from rest to 100km/h in four seconds.

and loaded with most conceivable safety

expensive Germans. But for some the fact

Top speed is 250km/h – or 290km/h

aids and luxuries.

that it’s, well, a Jaguar will be enough to

on the test car I had, equipped with an

The price? You’ll pay R1 217 595 for

offset trifling concerns such as affordability.

array of options including an AMG Driver’s

the S model, that’s without the R256 000

Package (an extra R13 500). Power runs to

worth of options that the test machine I

The sound and the fury

the rear wheels through an AMG Speedshift

drove carried (its marginally less-powerful

Blindingly brilliant. That pretty much

MCT seven-speed sports transmission.

stablemate starts at R1 052 287).

sums up the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S. And

It’s also loaded with clever technology,

I say that having helmed a variety of

from dynamic engine mounts to sports

Utility matters

covetable cars this year, from the new

suspension with three-stage damping

You know the plucky little Chevrolet

Ferrari California T to the utterly beautiful

adjustment to Race Start function. And

Utility (formerly known as the Opel

Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Coupe.

the acoustics!

Corsa bakkie)? Well, the 250 000th South African-built model recently rolled off

When the top-range C-Class was launched

With the sports-exhaust flap activated,

earlier this year, there was a bit of disquiet

this car sounds like a full-blown artillery

about the switch from the old naturally

attack complete with bangs and pops, and

This was over seventeen years of

aspirated 6.2 litre V8 to a twin-turbo, four

gargles and gurgles. All the more so when

production, and is proof indeed that the

litre V8. Purists felt that the car might lose its

you opt for the performance exhaust system.

vehicle – now in its third generation – is a

hard-edged nature – as well as its rip-snorting

And depending on the AMG Dynamic

much-loved machine, with two new special

acoustics. Not so. This engine is testament

Select transmission mode engaged (it

editions having been launched of late.

to the massive strides made in force-fed

includes Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Race

Namely the UteSurf and the UteWorking.

motors, and it’s a free-revving neutron bomb

settings), the engine note varies massively.

of a thing, almost entirely free of turbo lag.

It’s also tame enough to use on a daily

The standard C 63 makes 350kW

the Port Elizabeth production line.

Play misty for me

basis – yet adroit

The Mitsubishi Triton has always been

and alert on a

a worthy one-tonner – even if its looks

racetrack, as I

polarise opinion a little. But the all-new version seems set to up the game, promising as it does to combine a car-like ride with bakkie functionality and genuine off-road capabilities. Plus the styling is a lot more rugged than before, and standard safety and technology levels have been hugely improved. Mitsubishi,

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in fact, are dubbing it a SUT (Sport Utility

Everything keeps going right

EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) auto, which

Truck) and are pretty excited about

The automotive market is a tough place

was recently launched to the media, and

its new-generation 2.4-litre turbo-diesel

right now. But Toyota is still shining, and

which with its six ratios plugs a gap in

engine making 133kW and 430Nm,

in October this year it was the only South

the Clio range.

matched to a six-speed manual or a

African manufacturer to break through the

five-speed automatic. Expect the new Triton

10 000-unit barrier hitting 11 156 sales.

Powering the machine is a lively turbo-petrol, 1.2-litre motor with four

That’s a leading margin of more

cylinders. Output is 88kW with 190Nm

than twenty five per cent or 2 273 sales

of torque on tap, and it will move

Polo scores

ahead of its nearest competitor, VW. This

from rest to 100km/h in a claimed 9.4

Half-a-million. That’s a pretty big number

translates to a market share of 20.6 per

seconds, topping out at 199km/h. Fuel

– it’s also the number of VW Polos that

cent. In other words, in one out of every

consumption, says Renault, is 5.2 litres

have rolled off the production line in

five vehicles sold in SA is a Toyota.

per 100km in the combined cycle.

to hit our market around mid-2016.

Uitenhage. In fact, the 500 000 model to

Some of the models to put in a good

It’s also a pretty little jewel of a

recently leave the South African factory

performance included the stalwart Corolla

car, loaded with the sort of standard

during a special ceremony was a Flash

and Corolla Quest (1 119).

equipment that its competitors tend to


Red, Cross Polo.

And the much-loved Hilux? Despite

charge extra for. As a matter of fact, the

The Uitenhage factory supplies the Polo

being on the run-out with an all-new

only option available on this Clio is metallic

hatchback to all four-door, right-hand-drive

model that promises much, due early

paint at R2 500. Everything else is standard

markets, including Britain, Ireland, Japan,

next year, this evergreen machine sold

in the price, and that includes a seven-inch

Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New

2 639 units for the month.

touchscreen with satellite navigation.

Zealand, while the South African plant is

You also get manual air-con, 16-inch

also the sole worldwide supplier of the

Sheer gaul

alloys, leather-covered steering wheel and

Cross Polo derivative. The factory is set

Over the past few years automatic

gear-knob, and Bluetooth connectivity,

to manufacture over 85 000 Polos in 2015.

gearboxes have vastly improved – so much

plus the car has a five-star crash rating.

so that if much of your driving is done in the urban environment, it almost seems

You’ll pay R234 900 for the Clio Expression





silly to opt for a manual. And today

pretty, punchy little hatchback with an

even small cars come with

automatic gearbox that truly shines in

superb self-shifters.

the urban environment.

Renault knows this. Enter then the Clio Expression 88kW Turbo

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MercedesBenz SUVs: Desert storm Mercedes has unleashed a trio of new and uprated SUVs, and the most important is surely the GLC, writes James Siddall...


amibia – that haunting,

of 4x4s sold never venture

brooding, beautiful

off sealed surfaces.

land. It’s a remarkable place,

But it’s good to know that

to be sure, and it’s also

the GLC is not just a shiny

replete with harsh terrain

toy, and it’s quite capable of

capable of physically – not

holding its own when the

just metaphorically – taking

going gets tough. All models

one’s breath away.

use Mercedes’ lauded 4Matic

So it was hardly an

permanent all-wheel-drive

accident that Mercedes-Benz

system, and all are equipped

chose this land to launch a

with the ability to switch

trio of new and revised SUVs.

between five driving modes,

Notably uprated and improved

including Sport, Comfort and

versions of the G-Class (a

Eco. It can, however, also be

vehicle to which the term

equipped with what’s termed

“legendary” is not flippantly or

the Off-road Engineering

lightly applied) and the GLE (a

package. Among other

revised version of the vehicle

things this offers Downhill

previously known as the ML).

Speed Regulation (DSR),

Then there was the GLC.

up to five off-road driving

This vehicle (previously

modes, underbody protection,

known abroad as the GLK)

and a twenty millimetre

makes its debut in our part

higher suspension level.

of the world, and as sure

It gets better. If you also

as the Namibian sun rises

opt for Air Body Control, the

it’s going to be a massive

GLC’s ground clearance can

success. It’s a mid-sized SUV

be upped by fifty millimetres.

this, based on the award

A quartet of these

winning C-Class. Now the

extraordinarily handsome

overwhelming majority of

machines are available

GLCs will probably never do

at launch, all of them

anything more taxing than

equipped with a 9G-Tronic

iron out the speed-bumps at

nine-speed automatic

the country club. In fact, an

transmission as standard.

off-road instructor once told me that over ninety percent

The range starts with the GLC 220d 4Matic, a

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turbodiesel model making

tried), Collision Prevention

125kW and 400Nm of

Assist Plus (which includes

start exploring the vast and

tar, while it was able to take on

torque. The GLC 250d 4Matic

autonomous partial braking

tempting array of optional

the Namibian desert with ease.

turbodiesel makes 150kW and

to prevent or minimise

equipment. The GLE,

a thumping 500Nm. Both use

crashes), and seven airbags.

meanwhile, now has a yet

array of five engines, including

a 2 143cc, four-cylinder motor.

Then there are front

more attractive nose and tail,

petrol and diesel, and

seats that are partially

while fuel consumption and

numbering four, six, and eight

turbopetrol versions.

electrically adjustable,

emissions are down by an

cylinder versions, culminating

The GLC 250 4Matic is

automatic air-conditioning,

average of seventeen percent

in the Mercedes-AMG

good for 155kW and

and a top notch multimedia

compared to its predecessor.

GLE 63 4Matic.

350Nm, and the GLC 300

system with a seven-inch

4Matic turns in 180kW and

colour display.

There are also two

370Nm. Both use a 1 991cc, four-cylinder motor. Performance in all versions is brisk, while of course excellent build quality and outstanding levels of equipment – on both the luxury and safety side – are all part of the deal. Just some of that standard kit includes Attention Assist (a fiendishly clever system that detects if the driver is getting drowsy and it’s impossible to fool, I’ve

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That’s before you even

And we hardly need tell you that this sizeable SUV

gives a magic-carpet ride on

Buyers can choose from an

A biblically powerful beast with an AMG 5.5-litre twin

turbo V8 that slams down

G-Class, well, power

while a new suspension set-up

needs be said that all versions

410kW and 700Nm, while the

is increased by up to

makes it yet more driveable.

are crushingly competent and

even more powerful “S”

sixteen percent, and fuel

The absolute range-topper

frankly iconic, to use a bit of

version comes in with 430kW

consumption is down by as

– and bear in mind this

an over-employed term. Yet

and 760Nm.

much as seventeen percent.

machine has now been around

of all these Mercs, it’s a safe bet

for over 35 years – is the new

that it’s the GLC you’re going

AMG Edition 463. But it hardly

to be seeing the most of.

As for the continent crushing, incomparable

The interior and exterior has enjoyed a bit of an upgrade,


N$ 599 900

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GLC 250

N$ 604 900

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N$ 964 000


N$ 959 000


N$ 166 000

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Toyota Land Cruiser 200: Bruiser cruiser When the chips are down you really want to be in the new Land Cruiser 200, reckons James Siddall...


ockroaches are nuke-proof. It is

Indeed, it’s no accident that Toyota – a

It’s probably the vehicle’s front facade

well documented that these creepy

company not given to frothy hyperbole

that will first catch your eye. Quite rightly

– dubs the 200 the “Master of Africa.”

so. The big new chrome grille simply






exchange. But I’m equally convinced that

Good, no great news, is that this

semaphores strength and solidity – as does

the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 would, too.

beast has just been remastered. The

the whole of the machine, come to think

Put bluntly these machines are

result? Impossible as it might seem,

of it – and on the top-range VX models, the

indestructible. Or close to it. And when

it’s now better than ever. On all fronts.

headlights incorporate Bi-LED technology.

things get really hellish you really

And it’s also even more imposing

This means incomparable illumination,

want to be in one.

looking than ever.

while an auto high beam feature is also incorporated. This autonomously switches between low and high beam depending on the level of surrounding light, as measured by the vehicle’s

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have been moved to a newly designed console surrounding the gear lever with switchgear that feels unbreakable. On VX models, you get a nine-speaker Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) audio system with a nine-inch display, while GX models are fitted with a touchscreen audio system. Both versions of the 200 include satellite navigation. Meanwhile, a full-colour TFT Multi Information Display feeds back vital on-board sensors. Just as clever is that

Speaking of which, the GX uses

vehicle information from various functions

the system is able to recognise the

“barn doors” to help make cargo loading

to the driver, including trip information,

taillight signature of proceeding vehicles.

easier, and VX models get a traditional

fuel economy and vehicle mode. Plus GX

Meanwhile, LED Daytime Running

top-hinged rear door. Further differences

models come standard with a durable

Lights are integrated in the lower

between the two 200 models include the

fabric interior, while the VX is available with

part of the headlights with the LED

fact that the GX comes with a snorkel

a choice of two leather interiors. Luxurious


mounted on the driver-side A-pillar, while

wood accents round off things.






of the lower air-dam. The side profile of the beast has also been worked on, while the rear

VX models get a rear roof spoiler, as well as

On the tech-front, the Land Cruiser 200’s

chrome door and window trim garnish. All

simply phenomenal off-road ability has

of which adds to the VX’s upmarket lustre.

been taken up a notch thanks to a new and

light clusters have been extended and

Cutting to the interior, well, it would

advanced Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) system.

enlarged. So from all angles all of the 200

please a sultan. The new model features

This includes six modes such as “rock”,

is simply unmistakable. And to add to the

a revised interior design, and among other

“mud and sand”, and “loose rock”, while

visual effect, VX models roll on handsome

things the instrumentation and controls have

a useful crawl-control feature is standard.

eighteen inch alloy wheels, while GX

been redesigned and regrouped to improve

Just as useful is the Multi-Terrain

models get seventeen inch versions.

ergonomics. All driving-related controls

Monitor (MTM), which relays visuals of the

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eputation is a hard-won thing

But this massive range of turbo-diesel

touches abound, including a 6.5-inch

– and it can be destroyed in

machines now encompasses eighteen

touchscreen infotainment system that

seconds. But over the decades Isuzu has

derivatives including single, extended,

incorporates satellite navigation, Internet,

carved out a titanium-solid reputation

and double-cab versions. So buyers

and smartphone integration.



can choose from everything from 4X4

You also get a reversing camera

quite unstoppable vehicles, with its

automatic models, with a level of luxury

which is pretty useful when backing up



to rival an upscale SUV, through to

to hitch a trailer, for instance, while key

mega-mileages – in some documented

baseline models that truly know what it

less entry and a start/stop function are

cases over a million kilometres. And we’re

means to labour for a living.

standard. Ditto terrain chomping ability,

indestructible, being




not talking about a million kilometres

In fact, the Isuzu line up was quite

racked up doing the school run. Oh no.

recently rounded off with three new

The new KB250 Fleetside Extended

We’re talking about a million kilometres

models: the KB250 Fleetside Extended

Cab, and the KB250 Fleetside Double

of red-blooded, back-breaking labour.

Cab, the KB250 Fleetside Double Cab,


Indeed, tales of Isuzu KB models and

and the KB300 LX Double Cab 4x4

load-luggers their name implies, while

their never-say-die attitude are legion,

Automatic. The last is the halo model

as aside it’s impressive to note that the

while this light commercial vehicle has

of the range, and is arguably one of the

single-cab Fleetside model can lug a

been produced in South Africa for some

more refined double cabs out there,

1 221kg load. That makes it a whole lot

thirty six years. Now the KB has earned

with a three-litre DTEQ turbo-diesel

more than a mere one-tonner.

much of its reputation as a workhorse,

making 130kW and 380Nm, while

Now because Isuzu is well aware that

and with the sixth generation model

running through a slick five-speed

having a vehicle out of action for even a

– which was launched earlier this year

auto transmission.

day can vary between inconvenient and

– hard-working entry-level models are still very much in evidence.

refinement, and legendary reliability.





Combined cycle fuel consumption

catastrophic, these babies are specifically

is just 7.9 litres per 100km. Sybaritic

engineered for low running costs and

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fuel consumption and emissions are

warranty, and a five-year/90 000km

every other KB in the range, as a

unchanged, while


matter of fact.






gear there’s

plan, with



of 15 000km.

These models’ heartbeat comes courtesy

reduced stress on components such as

Prices for the vast KB range stretch

of an upgraded, high-output version of the

the gearbox and clutch. So while it’s

from N$224 200 to N$531 830, with

well-respected 2.5-litre DTEQ common-rail

always a little dangerous to crystal-ball,

a model available for almost every

direct injection turbo-diesel, with 100kW

it seems safe to say that in a few years

conceivable application.

and 320Nm on tap. Torque at 1 200rpm is up by twenty percent, and there’s now a far wider power-band.





100km/h is now 2.4 seconds quicker than before, while mid-range urge is vastly improved, and accelerating from 40 to 120km/h is 6.3 seconds faster. So yup, all seven of the Isuzu’s using this power-plant feature, hugely improved




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Making sense of binoculars Isn’t it high time you bought a pair of your OWN, good quality binoculars? You’ll need to do some homework before you shop By: Anne Schauffer


inoculars are essentially two identical telescopes joined together, so you

larger the lens, the more light enters the binoculars, the brighter the image.

can look through them with both eyes

FOV is determined by two things. First is magnification. In general, as magnification goes up, field of view

simultaneously - gives you a 3-D image,

What’s an exit pupil?

goes down. A magnification of 8x is

pretty much as you see with your naked eye.

This refers to the size of the circle of light

recommended for wildlife or birding.

Ask yourself ‘Where am I likely to use

you can see at the eyepiece – very roughly,

And the eyepiece design. Wide-angle

the larger the exit pupil, the brighter the

design eyepieces of good optical quality

image. Binoculars with large exit pupils

are expensive; cheap ones are usually

You get what you pay for

provide brighter images under very low light

not as sharp as standard binoculars.

As with anything, buy the latest proven

conditions. And if you want to work out the

If you’re buying glasses for a safari, the

technology and finest brand you can

exact pupil size, divide the diameter of the

suggested FOV is at least 330 ft at 1000 yards.

afford. The factors which differentiate

objective lens, by the power/magnification

the great from the ghastly – and hence

– for example, an 8 x 32 model has an

Why are some binocs

the significant price differential – are the

exit pupil of 4mm (8 into 32 = 4).

more compact than others?

them, how often, and for what?’

The look and size of binoculars is

objective lens diameter, magnification, the type and quality of the objective

Eye relief – does it matter?

determined by the type of prism they

lens glass, and the number/type of lens

This refers to the distance your binoculars

use: roof and porro.

elements and their coatings.

can be held away from the eye, and still

For roof prism, the prisms overlap

show the full view. Extended or long

closely, so the objective lenses line up

What do the numbers mean?

eye relief reduces eyestrain and is ideal

directly with the eyepiece. The result is

Binoculars are usually described as one

for eyeglass wearers. Binoculars come

a slim, more streamlined shape in which

number times (X) another, so, for example,

with Twist-Up, Pop-Up or soft rubber

the lenses and prisms are in a straight

8 x 32. The first number indicates the

Fold-Down eyecups which go down

line. Most optical prisms are made from

magnification, so for 8 x 32, everything

for eyeglass wearers.

borosilicate (BK-7) glass or barium

you look at appears eight times closer than you’d see it with the naked eye. To the question, ‘how far can you see with binoculars?’, the answer is, as far as you can see with your eyes. But the

If you don’t wear glasses, but don’t

crown (BAK-4) glass. BAK-4 is the higher

have perfect vision or the same vision in

quality glass yielding brighter images

both eyes, there’s a diopter adjustment.

and high edge sharpness.

For people wearing glasses, it is advisable to have an eye relief of at least 15mm.

objects will appear closer, because the image is magnified.

Porro prisms have the glass elements offset



another, providing

greater depth of field and a wider field

What’s field of view (FOV)?

of view, but they’ll be bigger and heavier.

Bigger isn’t necessary what you

Wide-angle binocs will have a wide field of

want. Anything higher than 10x is

view, which is better for following action


difficult to hold steady without a tripod.

like flying birds or running animals.

Most binoculars have a focus knob

Some top end binocs will have a built-in image stabilising system. And the second number? It’s the diameter of the front lens (aka objective lens). The

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FOV is the side-to-side measurement

and the specs of the model will list a

of the subject area – defined by the

‘minimum’ or ‘close focus’. This is the

width in feet/metres of the area visible

nearest distance at which a binocular will

at 1000 yards/metres.

focus on an object – relevant for birding.

What’s the IPD?

binoculars are fog proof, but all fog proof

The upshot

The inter-pupilary distance (IPD) is the

binoculars are waterproof.

In general, large objective lenses, low

distance between the eyes (differs from

magnification and fully multi-coated

person to person). By opening or closing

What do lens coatings do?

lenses are ideal for nature watchers.

the hinged portion of the binoculars,

One of the most important and expensive

For hunting, you typically want a little

you’ll move the eyepieces closer together

elements in a binocular is the optical

higher magnification, and for star

or farther apart.

coating of the lenses (coatings applied to

gazing, much more.

lenses to eliminate glare and reflections,

Consider two things: the armouring of

What’s the difference between

increase contrast and make colours

your binocs – go for protective rubber or

waterproof and fog proof?

appear more vivid). Any light reflected

synthetic housing to protect them from

Many binoculars have no weatherproofing,

is light that never reaches the viewer’s

scratches and damage; and the glass

while some are waterproof and others

eyes, so by eliminating reflections, you

quality from which your prisms are made

are both waterproof and fog proof.

end up brightening the image.

– Bak-4 is preferable to Bak-7.

Binocs minus weatherproofing should not be used in rain or at sea. Waterproof binoculars are sealed with O-rings to prevent moisture from getting

Coatings are considered to be good, provided they actually do something. A

Best binoculars

cheap coating to give the binocs a tint

for my Namibian trip?

is worthless. Do some homework here.

For general animal spotting and optimal

inside; but they can still fog up. Fog

Binoculars are designated as coated, fully

game viewing (or when you scan

proof binoculars are air and water tight,

coated, multi-coated, or fully multi-coated.

the horison), consider 10 x 50 safari

and filled with pressurized nitrogen gas

For optimal results and enhanced image

binoculars, or a dual purpose 8 x 42,

to prevent fogging. Not all waterproof

quality, go for “fully multi-coated” lenses.

good for both birding and game viewing.

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The decision to retire is never easy. This is why we invite you to our caring Swakopmund Retirement Village Estate and the Haven Apartments and Frail Care Unit community. Whether you’re trading wide-open spaces for wide-open beaches or a family home in the city for a little place in the sun, with an option of free-standing houses, apartments and a full frail care unit, take all the time in the world to enjoy your retirement, safe in the knowledge that everything else is taken care of. For more information about this exciting new development visit our website: or simply contact Daniela Vorster on: +264 (81) 484 8133 or or one of our approved agents.

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SWAKOPMUND RETIREMENT VILLAGE ESTATE (FREE-STANDING, FULL TITLE HOUSES) Welcome to the most exclusive retirement village in Namibia. This luxury development is situated in Swakopmund Extension 16, Mile 4, allowing you peace and quiet in tranquil surroundings where the ocean, pristine beaches and various shopping and lifestyle centres are always near at hand.




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Colombini Casa 50 years of passion for design an italian story. Now in Namibia.

Colombini Casa opened its doors at 29 The Grove Mega Centre Kleine Kuppe. Co l o m bini o ffers g reat furniture solutions for projects big and small. The Colombini Casa brand brings Italian style, quality and elegance into Namibia homes. Colombini Casa based in Italy in the beautiful town of San Marino was established in 1965. Colombini has more than 70 partners around the World. Over the years, Colombini has built a superb international brand in the furniture manufacturing industry that enjoys international recognition for style, quality, versatility and affordability. Colombini offers a vast collection of different product lines that includes classic, contemporary, modern and ultra-stylish kitchens, furniture and dÊcor with the emphasis on the client’s uniqueness and expectations.


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We specialise in contracts big or small, catering for the entire market from small residential units to hotels and office buildings. Together as a team, we consult with the client to come up with the perfect space solution and design. We manage all the phases of the project, starting from the proposal to the delivery.

Marina Line. A versatile system of modules and accessories to create balanced settings for increasingly complex rooms that are gradually abandoning the concept of a closed kitchen to become an integral part of the living room.

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The urban delight Just opened, The Delight Swakopmund is located in the historic centre of the coastal town at the corner of Theo-Ben Gurirab Avenue and Nathaniel Maxuilili Street. You’ll do a double take, that’s for sure By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Gondwana Collection

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he Delight. And it certainly is. You’ll

the Swakopmund coastal economy, the

be licking your lips at The Delight,

expansion of the port of Walvis Bay, and

a somewhat quirky hotel in the historic

youth projects in both coastal towns, The

centre of Swakopmund which has just

Delight is set to become a popular place

opened its doors. It has, however, been

to lay your head.

in the Gondwana pipeline for a while:

“The Delight is no ordinary hotel”,

“The idea was born five years ago”,

explains Jaco Visser, Gondwana’s Financial

says Gondwana’s Operations Director

Director . “We wanted to bring the lodge

Alain Noirfalise, “when we first started

feeling to an urban area. Something very

toying with the concept of building a hotel

light, easy, friendly, without the stiffness

in Swakopmund. Since Swakopmund

you often find in urban areas. And we’ll

is firmly embedded in the tourist trail

bring with us, not only the culture

in Namibia, we saw an opportunity

of our lodges, but that of our people

to complete the traditional Gondwana

and their friendliness. We will really

route. Guests would travel from the

surprise people.”

Namib Desert Lodge and continue on to Damaraland or vice versa.”

Swakopmund is an extraordinary city, where extreme sports meets nature at its

This is the first of the brand’s

best. It’s city living surrounded by the

establishments located in an urban

solitude of the unspoilt Namib Desert,



a spectacular array of thrilling activities

become a delightful home to both

from skydiving to dune boarding and

tourists and business travellers. With the

deep-sea fishing, plus the flair of historic

mining operations sparking a boom in

German architecture spiced with the

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traits of Namibia’s many cultures. The sights, shops and beach are within easy walking distance and strolls around town are part of the characteristic Swakopmund experience. The Delight has 44 bright double rooms with contemporary furnishings and 10 generously proportioned loft rooms for families. The dominant colours are the aqua of the Atlantic Ocean and the traditional red and white of the lighthouse. Further colour shots are provided by handcrafted artworks from southern Africa. It’s fresh, it’s funky, it’s full of surprises, many of them courtesy of advisor Donna-Rae Patricios of BAMM (Brand And Marketing Matters), interior decorators Fox & Browne, and of course, architect Sven-Erik Staby. Staby says, “I wanted to reflect today’s day and age, the world we live in. This hotel is not a monolithic

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block, it’s broken up into pieces – not

dozen restaurants to explore within a

unlike the hand in the Gondwana

five to ten minute walking distance.”

logo representing the old Gondwana





continent. The hotel is situated in the

Mannfred Goldbeck, sees another facet

heritage area, in the conservation area

to The Delight, and it revolves around

of Swakopmund, which means you

stories: “We want to add to both

couldn’t just place a glass box there. It

Namibia’s story and to the guest’s story,

had to become more of an infill type of

for them to take something back home.

architecture, complimenting the existing

How could we do that if we don’t

urban landscape. The Heritage Council

include Swakopmund?”

of Namibia as well as the Municipality of Swakopmund commended the design and were very comfortable with it. The hotel is quirky, it’s modern and very comfortable. And this is a brand which is unique in expressing local flavour but still keeps it all tied together. You know that it’s Namibian.” “Scrumptious breakfasts will be served, but





Operations Director Alain Noirfalise. “We feel that Swakopmund is one of the places where visitors have the chance to choose their dinner location themselves – they’ll be spoilt for choice, with several

Contact: Gondwana Travel Centre (Reservations for all accommodation) Tel: +264 (0)61 427 200 Fax: +264 (0)61 251 863 Cell: +264 (0)81 129 2424 (after hours) The Delight Swakopmund Corner Theo-Ben Gurirab Avenue and Nathaniel Maxuilili Street, Swakopmund, Namibia Tel: +264 (0)64 426 000

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DO YOU KNOW WHO TO CALL? In case of a road crash, medical assistance is only a quick call away!

Always keep the MVA Fund Crash Response Number 081 9682 close and use it to report road crashes anywhere in the country.


By simply dialling 081 9682 you can save a life. Be ready with the following information: Location of the crash Number of vehicles involved Number of people injured Where possible, the type of injuries

an ambulance will be dispatched and a life will be saved

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Rethinking the wall The Dordabis Community Spine in Namibia, by architects AndrĂŠ Christensen and Mieke Droomer (previously from Wasserfall Munting Architects), won joint first prize in the Young Architects in Africa Competition. As a follow-up to this pro bono project, they created a temporary installation in the sculpture park of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, as part of an exhibition on African culture and identity Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photography: Dordabis photographs by Droomer & Christensen; Louisiana photographs courtesy of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

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The Dordabis Community Spine in Namibia

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of thinking about community and place making. The jury awarded three projects a tied first place with four more receiving honourable mention. André Christensen and Mieke Droomer from Wasserfall Munting




one of the winners of the joint first prize





Community Spine. The










as an active threshold, and generator for




social cohesion. The aim was to create a catalyst from which the community could develop a cultural precinct for passing tourists and enrich the everyday lives of the


Dordabis community. aris-based AS.Architecture-Studio’s

competition was open to all architects



on the African continent under the

re-interpretation of the wall within

Competition aims to highlight creative

age of 45 and attracted a total of

the cultural context of the Namibian

African projects and help a rising





generation of young architects achieve





parasitical and sculptural nature of a

worldwide recognition. The competition

an international jury based on the

fundamental element of architecture.

is held bi-annually to coincide with the

social, environmental and participative

It is a connector, a route, a threshold



approach displayed by the submitted





by a limited budget of N$130,000,






Venice. The

A temporary installation in the sculpture park of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen

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zone. Constrained

the project - undertaken as part of the




programme - the project is planned to grow from land art installation into a cultural precinct, as and when funds are made available. With an amphitheatre and performance stage recently completed, and a number of trader stalls in the planning stages, the project continues to evolve in almost as impulsive a fashion as envisioned by the designers. Earlier this year, André Christensen and Mieke Droomer’s Spine became part of a prestigious exhibition around African design - African Architecture, Culture and Identity - held at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. The exhibition featured architectural



videos, and other visual material, along with




in the Sculpture Park, one of which was Christensen and Droomer’s. The exhibition was divided into seven themes to





“belonging” The


Musuem said, “The exhibition tells a story of the new architecture of different regions – with its various proposals




traditions, strengthening the existing ones





the future.” The exhibition was considered a major survey of architecture and design in Sub-Saharan Africa (49 countries south of the Sahara Desert), and Namibia’s André Christensen and Mieke Droomer were there to add their view, their vision, their voice.

Contacts: André Christensen: Mieke Droomer:

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There is always a reason to travel

happy holidays

Tel: +264 61 285 5700

Fax: +264 61 225 430

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We offer overnight options to all nature enthusiasts be it on a comfortable camp site for the outdoor adventurer or in a modern stylish chalet for the nature lover enjoying the fine comforts in life. A visit to the Daan Viljoen Game Park is a must when passing through Windhoek. Day visitors welcome to visit our Boma Restaurant.

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Your new travel destination

Opening 9th October 2015

for business and leisure

Brewer & Butcher

Ocean Cellar

Farmhouse Deli

Luxury Suite

Strand Hotel Swakopmund at the historic ‘Mole’ is the quintessential Namibian destination. A surprising feast for the senses, this one-of-a-kind beachfront destination delivers beyond expectation dining experiences, exhilarating activities and the space to relax. With its unique Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk, state of the art Conference & Banqueting centre and world class SPA, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is destined to be the social epicenter of Swakopmund and the pride of Namibia.

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SciTech Tree Planting Robot is designed to help reforestation reach an environmentally friendly planting process


on the environment, which is not necessary.

where the arm can reach, it retracts to pick

The tree planting robot, designed by

up more. This process allows the robot to

Anna-Karin Bergkvist prepares the planting

move in a different area and it continues the

spot in an environmentally friendly way by

reforestation process until all the seedlings

The eco-friendly tree planting robot as

using hot steam to kill competing vegetation.

on the load ramp have been given a spot

its creator named it, is a four legged

The seedling is planted with a protective

to grow in. The robot is transported to the

planting robot. This robot is equipped

barrier made of biodegradable plastic.

planting area in a trailer, that also contains

with a planting arm and a planting head.

A barrier protects the seedling from

The legs of the robot reduce the pressure

bugs, without the use of toxic insecticides.

When the robot has consumed all of its

applied on the forest floor and this allows

The engine is steam based, and is fuelled

seedlings, it returns to the trailer for a refill.

the machine to be smaller, while still

by forestry waste, like wood chips or

The trailer acts as a portable service station

being able to move through tough terrain.

pellets. A steam engine allows the cooling

for the robot. The refuelling and refilling

Today, most parts of the forestry industry

process to be made with water instead of

is done automatically. The tree planting

in Sweden are completely mechanized.

oil. The robot has a seedling ramp on the

robot is indeed nature’s ally, helping fast

Planting, on the other hand, is mainly

back, which allows it to carry up to 320

reforestation to overcome the deforestation.

done by hand. In this way, deforestation

seedlings in one single load. The seedlings

Designer: Anna-Karin Bergkvist

is more rapid than the replanting process.

are fed one by one towards the front of

This is hard work that is getting increasingly

the robot, where they are loaded onto a

more difficult in finding willing labourers.

revolving cartridge on the planting head.

The existing planting machines developed

When the cartridge is full, the arm

throughout the years are still inefficient

extends to plant the seedling in a pattern

In less than five seconds, INU can

and inflexible. These machines are big in

around the robot. After all the seedlings in

fold itself up. It’s an elegant scooter

size and function, thereby creating a strain

the cartridge have been planted in the area

with a remote-controlled automatic

the seedlings, fuel and water.

INU Folding Scooter features a automatic folding mechanism and elegant design





and out. Unlike other scooters that feature a futuristic design, INU prefers to display an elegant and classy design, without sacrificing its practicality and efficiency to cruise around the city. Living in big cities,

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Garden Tool Master Kit with Soft Case by RedHed Tools

and portability. It’s a nine piece equipment

RedHed Garden Tool Master Kit can

kit, that can be interchanged to create

easily be stored in your garage, closet, or


thirty two different tool configurations,

under the bed.

Garden Tool Master Kit is a set of

making you capable of answering any

tools that you must have. Designed by

landscaping challenge.





The company promises that this equipment





Rick Meinzer, founder of RedHed Tools,

Assembling all of these tools won’t be

this kit has been designed and constructed

difficult, as it has a patent-pending “quick

will last for years.

to set a new standard on how yard and

connect” system (made with machined

Designer: Rick Meinzer from

garden tools should perform. Rick Meinzer

6061 aluminium billet with stainless

RedHed Tools

is a 20-year landscape professional, who

steel connector pins) that allows you to

has a great passion in creating innovative

move quickly between a spade shovel,

gardening equipment that outperforms

flat head shovel, push broom and metal

any ordinary tools on the market.

rake. There’s a selection of straight and

Garden Tool Master Kit features a

D-grip handles in different lengths that

modular design for easy customization

combine to give you a perfect tool for

performance. Thanks to its materials, it

any gardening task. This product comes with its own soft case, keeping everything organized in order for you to carry it around. The

there are high demands for personal

app, or by simply using a hand gesture.

mobility, that allows an individual to

INU folding scooter is constructed

avoid traffic jams. As the use of a car

using aluminium alloy in its 6005-

keeps declining, small electric vehicles

T5 frame, 14.5-inch (70/80-10) type

might be in our future mobility.

approved tires and a 1100mm wheelbase.

Weighing in at 25kg, when folded out, it

It can accommodate a maximum load

has dimensions of 1200mm (H) x 300mm

of 120kg and reach a top speed of

(W) x 1500mm (L). When folded, its length

25km/hour, with its brushless hub-

shrinks to just 400mm.

motor of 500w/750w.

The automatic folding mechanism gives

The li-ion battery requires three

you a magical feeling, it can be triggered

hours charging time from 0% to 100%,

with just the press of a button, by tapping

but only one hour from 50% to 100%.

your smartphone thanks to a integrated

From: INU

Breathe Invisible Mask

mouth, which allows us to breathe

face to be seen when the mask is on.

Creates an air curtain around your












use from

cleaner foreign




preventing from


breathed in.

dust, bacteria, or viruses. However,

It features a ergonomic design

it is uncomfortable to wear, and it

of air tubes, thus producing a mask

discourages people from wearing it.

to fit your face and neck, providing






comfort when worn by the user.

The constant air flow that forms the curtain, keeps the airs water vapours and carbon dioxide away from the user,




around the nose and mouth region. The outward blowing of the air curtain also pushes back any foreign

a special mask that protects us in

We love the idea here, because this

better ways. This mask creates a

mask won’t hide your face behind

user’s face.

curtain of air around our nose and

its air curtain. It allows the user’s

Designer: RuiFeng, Yeo

particles, before they can touch the

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Terrafugia TF-X Hybrid Electric Flying Car A flying car is no longer impossible in the near future. In fact, Terrafugia has made it pretty clear that they might be heading in that direction, sooner than they thought possible. The Terrafugia TF-X Hybrid Electric Flying Car is the realisation of the futuristic flying car. This project aims to bring you better personal transportation with enhanced safety, simplicity, and convenience. Operating




statistically be safer than driving a normal car. As a futuristic vehicle, learning to operate the Terrafugia TF-X Hybrid Electric Flying Car should take an average driver no more than five hours. It should be user-friendly without any complicated navigation. The user would experience freedom in flight, by controlling the flying car in a similar way as steering a normal car. This flying car can accommodate up to four people, with a non-stop flight range of at least 500 miles. As a car, this vehicle fits into a standard single car garage, so there’s no need to worry about parking it inside your house. The TF-X would be able to take off vertically, yep, from a level clearing of at least 100ft in diameter, with electric ground drive and electric power assist. It’s a flying car! This which also functions as a magnifying

air traffic, bad weather and restricted

Darwin Tank: Specially Designed Aquarium for Jellyfish by The Darwin Sect

airspace. Each vehicle will be equipped

Jellyfish are always fascinating. The

lines, balancing the delicate shape of

with a full on parachute system, which

Darwin Tank tries to capture that magic

the creatures within.

can be activated by the operator in an

in a specially designed aquarium.

The Darwin Tank has been designed

emergency situation. Just in case the

Jellyfish are poor swimmers, therefore,

with a special pump to aspirate the

operator becomes unresponsive, the

you need a special aquarium with a

water without harming the jellyfish.

TF-X would automatically activate an

special filter that won’t harm them.

After months’ of extensive research,

means that you would be able to avoid traffic jams, but it’s also designed to avoid

The tank features a curved dome glass, perfectly rounded with fluid

The Darwin Tank allows you to

the design team has perfected their

Terrafugia announces that

sit back and enjoy the fluid, hypnotic

Darwin Tank, allowing you to admire

the development of the TF-X can be

movements of the jellyfish. The shadows

the evolution of the jellyfish in the

expected in the next 8-12 years.

cast on the walls and ceiling, creates a

comfort of your home.

Designer: Terrafugia

magical atmosphere in any room.

From: The Darwin Sect

emergency auto-landing at the nearest airport.

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Whill Type-A Motorized Wheelchair

technology works relatively well on

low-profile mode that is table-friendly,

different types of surfaces while at the

enabling you to sit close to a table, and

The Whill Type-A Motorized Wheelchair

same time allowing for a small turning

an off-mode, giving you the comfort and

will be launched in the US, early next

radius, thus, making these wheels excellent

convenience when you want to relax.

year. This wheelchair is created to keep

for both mobility and manoeuvrability.

From: Whill

mobility device users in mind. Apparently,

The Whill Type-A Motorized Wheelchair

Japan’s big manufacturer has taken a big

can rotate on the spot. The wheels are

step in answering the users needs.

big enough so that the user does not

This wheelchair enables disabled people

have to deal with getting stuck in a

to become more independent. Unlike other

crack. It utilises the left and right motors at

mobility devices that force a user to sit in a

different times to obtain optimum mobility

motionless posture, this wheelchair allows

and manoeuvrability. It can achieve high

you to lean into it, just like riding a bike.

power and torque and can handle grass,

The controls are simple and intuitive,

dirt or gravel roads, and snow.

whereby the user can manoeuvre the

This wheelchair features three modes:

wheelchair using their hand, just like a

a high-profile mode that allows you

joystick. The innovative all-round wheel

to have an active “lean-in” position, a

Recreational Island: portable floating platform for recreational use

to the preferred location. “Recreational

where they don’t have to sacrifice their

Island” is a good choice to use when

valuable deck space.

in a shallow bay that a yacht cannot

“Recreational Island” at first, was

Henry Ward Design has teamed up

access, or if preferred, a yacht owner

Henry Ward’s project that formed part

with BMT’s Nigel Gee to develop a

can also use this platform simply as a

of his final year project as a yacht

highly innovative “Recreational Island”.

stern extension to the yachts existing

designer. BMT recognised his ingenious

Compared to the Tropical Island Paradise

transom platform, thereby creating a

design and has taken into serious

Mega Yacht, this one is a simpler version

large and flexible space for dining or

consideration the possibility of investing

and more portable.

just relaxing.

in the undertaking of technical studies,

Measuring 10m x 8m when deployed,

At this moment, the development

this design is a floating fold-able platform

team are doing extensive research, to

when in its folded position. It can be

provide an option for yacht owners to

Can you see the potential of this

kept in a tender bay of a large yacht.

configure this “Recreational Island” as a

design? It can be applied to the hotel

portable helicopter landing platform.

industry, as well as the military and

User’s can deploy this unit by using standard overhead tender cranes, or it

This could be very useful for existing

can be towed when in a folded position

yachts that have no landing facilities,

to assess the technical feasibility and engineering of the design.

many others. Designer: Henry Ward Design

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New liquidity rules surpress banks’ appetite for lending Prescient Investment Management sees an opportunity for asset managers



(NSFR). The


business has fallen sharply since 2008,

measures a bank’s pool of high-quality

demand for private debt has ballooned.

liquid assets, while the NSFR reduces

Pension funds and insurers are amongst

their ability to convert short-dated

the institutional investors that have filled

liquidity into long-dated lending.

the gap in Europe. In the US, investors

In terms of the new rules, banks

already out-lend banks by a large margin,

need to have more long-dated funding

buying significant volumes of corporate,

to back long-dated lending, whilst

municipal and government bonds.

ensuring sufficient high-quality liquid assets to support an outflow of cash


should there be a run on the bank.

in a similar way, adding that more

Du Plessis said: “More stringent


Du Plessis said it is likely that the African






regulatory constraints could result in



a slow-down in long-dated lending

management industry to be more involved.

by banks due to the higher cost,

“For end investors like pension

reducing returns to shareholders and

funds with long-term commitments,

balance sheet restructuring. Banks


outh African asset managers are



are likely to give up some liquidity,

likely to play a growing role in

long-dated credit, given the scarcity

liquidity comes at a cost of about 0.5%

of long-dated liquidity.

annually over a long period. Investors

commercial financing as the ability of banks to lend is constrained by







more stringent regulations intended

for asset managers, especially those

risk will get paid to do it, helping to

to protect depositors.

like ourselves who have a strong


background in fixed income markets.

inflation plus 4%, in a better way,”



Plessis, Fixed Interest Strategist at Prescient






who opt to take some illiquidity













In Europe’s private debt market,





said du Plessis.


there’s a trend for fund managers to

“The objective of Basel III is to

work with insurers and pension funds

Jean-Pierre is an Interest Bearing

strengthen banks’ capital by raising

to build loan books in competition with

Portfolio Manager at Prescient

liquidity levels and by decreasing

banks, as asset managers lend more of

Investment Management in South


the money they manage on behalf of

Africa; a subsidiary of the JSE

retirement funds and insurers.

listed company Prescient Limited,





capitalised and comply with the new requirements





adequacy and leverage.”

Strict new capital reserve rules under





Basel III means that once dominant

Saharan Africa incl. Namibia,

Basel III introduced the liquidity

European banks cannot supply debt as

Europe, Australia and Asia.

coverage ratio (LCR) and the net stable

they did before. While bank lending to

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Highhumour 8 - “Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.”

Namibia is a great country for camping, touring and enjoying a plethora of natural attractions. Apparently this is also true elsewhere on this dirtball we call home. We loved this feedback page that was (apparently) left on the U.S. Forest Service registration sheets - and comment cards by backpackers completing wilderness camping trips:

1 - “A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call.” 2 - “Escalators would help on steep uphill sections.” 3 - “Instead of a permit system or regulations, the Forest Service needs to reduce worldwide population growth to limit the number of visitors to the wilderness.”

4 - “Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.” 5 - “Ban walking sticks in the wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals.”

6 - “All the mile markers are missing this year.” 7 - “Found a smouldering cigarette left by a horse.”

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9 - “Too many bugs, leeches, spiders and webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.” 10 - “Please pave the trails so they can be ploughed of snow in the winter.” 11 - “Chair lifts need to be in some places so that we can get to the wonderful views without having to hike to them.”

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

Some Camping Tips: 1 - When using a public camp ground, a tuba and an electric guitar placed on your picnic table, will keep the camp sites on either side vacant.

2 - Acupuncture was invented by a camper who found a porcupine in his sleeping bag. 3 - When smoking a fish, never inhale. 4 - Lint from your navel makes a handy fire starter. Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match. 5 - You’ll never be lost if you remember that moss always grows on the north side of your compass.

6 - You can duplicate the warmth of a down-filled bedroll by climbing into a plastic garbage bag with several geese.

The loaded mini-van pulled into the only remaining campsite. Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent. The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils. A nearby camper marvelled to the youngsters’ father, “That, sir, is some display of teamwork.” The father replied, “I have a system — no one goes to the bathroom until the camp is set up.”

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Schedule 25 October to 30 November 2015 (All time local) Note: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight No






SW 286






SW 286/ 703


Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun



SW 286/701


Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Mon, Fri


11:40 +1

SW 286/ 723


Johannesburg (via Windhoek)




SW 285






Flight No






SW 700

Cape Town





SW 704

Cape Town





SW 704

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay




SW 373



Mon, Fri



SW 413



Wed, Sun



SW 413


Windhoek ( via Lusaka)

Wed, Sun



SW 722






SW 724






SW 728






SW 728


Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 730


Walvis Bay




SW 373



Mon, Fri



SW 373


Windhoek (via Harare)

Mon, Fri



SW 413



Wed, Sun



SW 403


Victoria Falls

Mon, Wwd



SW 403


Windhoek (via Victoria falls)

Mon, Wed



SW 405



Fri, Sun



SW 403

Victoria Falls


Mon, Wed



SW 405

Victoria Falls


Fri, Sun



SW 405

Victoria Falls

Windhoek (via Maun)

Fri, Sun



SW 303






SW 373



Mon, Fri



SW 373


Harare (via Lusaka)

Mon, Fri



SW 403



Mon, Wed



SW 403


Victoria Falls (via Maun)

Mon, Wed



SW 405


Victoria Falls

Fri, Sun



SW 405


Maun (via Victoria fall)

Fri, Sun



SW 413


Lusaka (via Harare)

Wed, Sun



SW 413



Wed, Sun



SW 701


Cape Town

Mon, Fri



SW 703


Cape Town

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun



SW 709


Cape Town




SW 723






SW 727






SW 729








Regional Flight No



SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town

SW 737 Flight No

Walvis Bay From

Johannesburg To

SW 713

Walvis Bay

SW 737

Walvis Bay








Daily Days

17:30 Departure

19:45 Arrival

Cape Town








Domestic Flight No



SW 101





Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

SW 103 Flight No SW 107 SW 101 SW 105 SW 103 SW 125 SW 107 SW 127 SW 105 SW 127 SW 125 SW 143 SW 127 SW 143 SW 127 SW 145 SW 143 SW 125 SW 143 SW 125 SW 145 SW 127 SW 125 SW 143 SW 125 SW 145 SW 127 SW 145 SW 143 SW 102 SW 145 SW 104 SW 145 SW 108 SW 102 SW 106 SW 104 SW 125 SW 108 SW 125 SW 106 SW 127 SW 125 SW 127 SW 125 SW 143 SW 127 SW 143 SW 127 SW 145 SW 143 SW 145 SW 143 SW 165 SW 145 SW 165 SW 145 SW 167 SW 165 SW 166 SW 165 SW 168 SW 167

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

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

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

SW 166

Walvis Bay


SW 168

Walvis Bay






11:00 Departure 17:00 07:00 15:55 11:00 13:35 17:00 12:40 15:55 12:40 13:35 11:10 12:40 11:10 12:40 12:45 11:10 11:50 11:10 11:50 12:45 14:00 11:50 12:30 11:50 11:25 14:00 11:25 12:30 08:35 11:25 12:35 11:25 18:35 08:35 17:35 12:35 10:15 18:35 10:15 17:35 10:15 10:15 10:15 10:15 09:50 10:15 09:50 10:15 09:50 09:50 09:50 09:50 11:10 09:50 10:00 09:50 14:55 11:10 13:20 10:00 16:05 14:55

12:05 Arrival 18:05 08:05 17:00 12:05 15:15 18:05 13:40 17:00 15:15 15:15 12:00 13:40 13:45 15:15 13:45 12:00 12:50 13:45 15:15 13:45 15:15 12:50 13:45 15:15 12:15 15:15 13:45 13:45 09:40 12:15 13:40 13:45 19:40 09:40 18:40 13:40 11:30 19:40 12:50 18:40 11:55 11:30 13:40 12:50 10:50 11:55 12:00 13:40 11:05 10:50 12:15 12:00 11:50 11:05 10:40 12:15 15:35 11:50 14:00 10:40 16:45 15:35

Tue, thu, Fri, Sat, Sun



Mon, Wed



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