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Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Anne Schauffer • Dr. Jessica Kemper • James Siddall • Kathy Malherbe • Konny von Schmettau • Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards • Namibia Nature Foundation • Ron Swilling • Ruby Silvious • Sky Hawk Photography • The Roving Ambassador
In this month’s Flamingo November 2016
ON THE COVER Wild and wonderful bush luxury can be found on page 72
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From the Managing Director and Destination Map.
14 Sentinels of ocean health
Monitoring marine predators in the Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area
22 A bird’s eye view
Jay Roode is one half of Sky Hawk Photography.
32 Historical find in ancient baobab tree
Art & layout design MPDPS (Pty) Ltd +27 (0)21 856 1276 firstname.lastname@example.org Production Manager Dalene van Niekerk
38 Tea Bag Art Talented, innovative artist Ruby Silvious has become exceptionally well known for a somewhat extraordinary art form - tea bag art. She was even inspired to produce one specifically for Namibia. 46 Motoring
Designers Wade Hunkin, Eugene Jonck Printers Solitaire Press, Brahman Street Northern Industria Windhoek, NAMIBIA TEAM NAMIBIA Media Nova Namibia cc is a proud partner of Team Namibia
Konny von Schmettau’s book ‘Sangwali – David Livingstone at Linyanti’ tells of her discovery of a David Livingstone inscription. Here’s a taste of her expedition.
James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels.
68 Wild and wonderful bush luxury Southeast of Omaruru, Erindi Private Game Reserve has a colourful and complex history, but today – thanks to the determination and passion of the owners, Gert Joubert and nephew Paul - it’s a magic combination of conservation, prolific wildlife, and eco-tourism in the shape of two different experiences, one being the delightful Old Trader’s Lodge. 72 Storytelling, the Namibian way
Namibia has a vast array of spectacular sights, sweeping landscapes and alluring destinations. It is also full to the brim with stories and tales, conveyed by raconteurs and recorded by writers…
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When Sir Francis Drake sailed into Table Bay he said, ‘This cape is the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.’ Little has changed. Except that a very astute entrepreneur has used his talents and a professional team to create a haven of luxury accommodation along the most prestigious real estate in South Africa, the Atlantic seaboard.’
94 What’s in a name?
Striving for the perfect wine (or spirits) with a bit of help from Michelangelo.
102 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 104 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation. 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.
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126 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard.
a country of opportunities Twenty six years into its democracy, Namibia’s has recorded positive economic growth.
N The Invest in Namibia 2016 conference will take place between 8th and 9th November in Windhoek, under the theme “Promoting Growth for Inclusive Growth and Industrialisation”. The conference aims to attract investors and business ventures for selected and prioritized sector-based investment projects. These projects have been carefully scoped and packaged to be paired with investment capital. Invest Namibia 2016 will also highlight Namibia’s strategic role in the southern African region, particularly as a growing trade and logistics hub, tourist destination and as an attractive location for
amibia is an extraordinarily beautiful country, renowned for its iconic dunes and spectacular Skeleton Coast landscape. It’s the only country in the world where the desert literally meets the sea, and this astonishing phenomenon has had a breathtaking knock-on effect in terms of its flora and fauna...which has, understandably, attracted tourists from around the globe for many, many years. Namibia’s tourism sector has been ranked by the Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness index as the fourth best in Sub-Saharan Africa, just after South Africa, Seychelles and Mauritius (2015 Index). With a population of around 2,4 million people, Namibia has transformed over the last 26 years into a peaceful, stable country with a robust economy led by a thriving private sector. Rated one of the cleanest countries in Africa, Windhoek, the capital boasts a highly-developed infrastructure system (ranked 11th on the African Infrastructure Development Index by the African Development Bank). Namibia holds enormous potential for infrastructure development and expansion, particularly in sectors such as Energy, Railway and Warehousing.
Namibia - logistics hub for southern africa Namibia is positioning herself as the logistics hub for the southern African region. Significant investment of N$ 3 billion has been secured to expand the Port of Walvis Bay so as
to accommodate larger and longer vessels, as well as ship-to-shore cranes. Similarly, the expansion of the international airport is expected to kickoff in the near future that would increase airport capacity and link Namibia to various destinations globally with the entrance of international airlines into the market. This move is expected to facilitate trade and investment, as well as draw more tourists. This, and more, makes Namibia not only one of the best tourist countries on the continent, but one of the best places do business in the 21st century.
Top Ten Reasons to Invest in Namibia 1. Solid foundations for democracy, good governance, peace and stability. 2. Legal framework in place, the Investment Promotion Act aimed at facilitating investments. 3. Sound and robust financial system. 4. Ideal gateway to SADC, with preferential access to key markets– European Union market through SADCEU Economic Partnership Agreement and USA market through Africa Growth and Opportunity Act(AGOA). 5. Access to the South & East African Market through SADC Free Trade Area(FTA) and Tripartite Free Trade Area(TFTA). 6. Well-developed infrastructure. 7. High quality of life and social stability. 8. A young, trainable and active labour force. 9. Abundance of natural resources,
including a wide range of mineral deposits including world class diamonds. 10. An attractive location for expatriates to live and work.
Invest in Namibia 2016 The Government of the Republic of Namibia under the auspices of the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSMED) is hosting an investment conference titled Invest in Namibia 2016. The Invest in Namibia 2016 conference will take place between 8th and 9th November in Windhoek, under the theme “Promoting Growth for Inclusive Growth and Industrialisation”. The conference aims to attract investors and business ventures for selected and prioritized sector-based investment projects.
These projects have been carefully scoped and packaged to be paired with investment capital. Invest Namibia 2016 will also highlight Namibia’s strategic role in the southern African region, particularly as a growing trade and logistics hub, tourist destination and as an attractive location for industrial projects. Preceding the Invest in Namibia 2016 conference, a curtain raiser has taken place in New York on 22 September with a panel discussion centred on investment opportunities in Namibia.
Investment opportunities The goal of Invest in Namibia 2016 is to attract investors to Namibia and find potential investors for the numerous opportunities. These projects are mainly offered by Namibian business persons seeking
foreign partnership investors in sectors such as affordable housing (focused on student accommodation and housing units based on the ‘rent to own’ model; agriculture with emphasis on crop production of wheat and maize; energy - with a focus on plans to establish a 5MW power plant; and manufacturing of bitumen, charcoal, paper packaging, solar PV-T panels and systems, rebar light gauge steel profiles. Investment opportunities in tourism include the expansion of an existing hotel and the development of a tourism concession. Infrastructure opportunities include the provision of services and amenities to the transport and logistics industry.
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Surface area: 824,268 km . Capital: Windhoek. Independence: 21 March 1990. Current president: Hage Geingob. Multiparty Parliament, Democratic Constitution Division of power between executive, Legislature and judiciary. Secular state—freedom of religion (90% Christian). Freedom of the press/media.
Mobile communication system is available throughout the country. It is also possible to rent cell & satellite phones at the Windhoek International Airport, or buy local Sim cards. Postal service: affiliated to the Universal Postal Union. Schools: over 1700 and various vocational and tertiary education institutions.
TAX AND CUSTOMS All goods and services are priced to include value-added tax of 15%. Visitors may reclaim VAT. Enquiries: Ministry of Finance, Tel (+264 61) 23 0773 in Windhoek.
ENVIRONMENT Nature reserves: 15 % of surface area. Highest mountain: Brandberg. Other prominent mountains: Spitzkoppe, Moltkeblick, Gamsberg. Perennial rivers: Orange, Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and Kwando/ Linyanti/Chobe. Ephemeral rivers: Numerous, including Fish, Kuiseb, Swakop and Ugab.
FLORA 14 vegetation zones; 120 species of trees; 200 endemic plant species; 100 plus species of lichen. Living fossil plant: Welwitschia mirabilis.
ECONOMY Main sectors: Mining, fishing, tourism & agriculture. Biggest employer: Agriculture (46%). Fastest-growing sector: Tourism. Mining: Diamonds, uranium, copper, lead, zinc, magnesium, cadmium, arsenic, pyrites, silver, gold, lithium minerals, dimension stones (granite, marble, blue sodalite) and many semi-precious stones.
PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Roads: 5,450 km tarred, 37,000 km gravel. Harbours: Walvis Bay, Lüderitz. Main airports: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Eros Airport, 46 airstrips. Rail network: 2,382 km narrow gauge. Electricity: 220 V AC, 50 Hz with outlets of round three-pin type. Fixed phone coverage throughout the country with direct-dialing facilities to more than 220 countries.
One medical doctor per 3,650 people. Several state of the art private and state hospitals in Windhoek with intensive-care units, as well as in main towns, with medical practitioners (world standard) and 24-hour medical emergency services.
Currency: The Namibia Dollar (N$) is fixed to and equals the SA Rand. The South African Rand is also legal tender. Foreign currency, International Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club credit cards are accepted.
2.3 million; Density: 2.2 per km; 240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% of total). Official language: English. 14 regions, 13 ethnic cultures, 16 languages and dialects. Adult literacy rate: 85%. Population growth rate: 2.6%.
FAUNA Big game: Elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, 20 antelope species; 240 mammal species (14 endemic); 250 reptile species; 50 frog species; 676 bird species. Endemic birds including Herero Chat, Rockrunner, Damara Tern, Monteiro’s Hornbill.
FOREIGN REPRESENTATION More than 50 countries have Namibian consular or embassy representation in Windhoek.
Public transport is available to most tourist destinations in Namibia. In Namibia one drives on the left. There are bus services from Windhoek to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Vic Falls, Swakopmund, Harare, Lusaka and many other smaller busses which connect most of Namibian regions. Namibia’s main railway line runs from the South African border, connecting Windhoek to Swakopmund in the west and Tsumeb and Oshikango in the north. There is an extensive network of international and regional flights from Windhoek. Domestic charters to all destinations.
HEALTH No inoculations are necessary. Should one enter from a country in which yellow fever prevails, one should have proof of vaccination against such disease. Malaria-prophylaxis is recommended if traveling to far northern Namibia during summer.
Tap water is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is available almost everywhere in the country as well.
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Dear Esteemed Passengers We have almost come to an end of a challenging but very exciting year! As our practice is that in the December edition of the Flamingo Magazine Dear Esteemed Passengers Dear Passengers, we do not contain a note from the undersigned, we would like to use the Dear Esteemed Passengers We have almost come to an end of atochallenging butmilestones very exciting year! edition, for the month of November celebrate key attained We have almost come to an end of a challenging but very exciting As ourhave practice iscalendar that in the December edition the Flamingo Magazine We almost come to an end of aof challenging, butyear! during the 2016 year. As our practice is that in the December edition ofwe thewould Flamingo Magazine we do exciting not contain a note from the undersigned, like to use the very year! 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Sentinels of ocean health: monitoring marine predators in the Namibian Islandsâ€™ Marine Protected Area By Dr. Jessica Kemper - African Penguin Conservation Project
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nybody who has spent a few
a number of islands, islets and rocks.
days in the small harbour town
Safely out of the reach of land predators
of Lüderitz in southern Namibia, will
such as brown hyenas and jackals, they
tell you that the wind blows there like
provide safe breeding habitats and
In fact, the prevailing
roosting grounds for a number of seabird
southerly winds there are so strong, that
species, many of which are considered
Lüderitz holds the distinction of being in
threatened or endangered. An array of
the centre of the strongest area (or cell)
bays also offers breeding habitat for
of “upwelling” on our planet. Upwelling
marine mammals such as Heaviside’s
is the process during which the strong
dolphins and southern right whales.
wind, together with the Benguela
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the basis for a highly
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productive and unique
and modification, oil pollution and,
marine ecosystem that
following overexploitation in the 1960s
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and 1970s, a lack of the favourite and
life, from tiny plankton to
highly nutritious food of many marine
giant whales, and includes a
predators – and key species in the
number of species that are endemic to
Namibian marine food web, the sardine.
the Benguela region, i.e. species that are
In an attempt to halt the ecosystem’s
found nowhere else in the world. Apart
rocky shores, reefs and kelp beds, the southern Namibian coastline also boasts
Marine Protected Area (NIMPA), was
covering about 1 million ha
of coastal waters along a 400 km stretch
ecosystem, and to assess whether the
are concerns that these techniques
of coast. One of the NIMPA’s three main
implementation of the NIMPA and
could negatively affect marine habitats
objectives is to protect the breeding sites
other conservation actions are actually
(including species of commercial and/or
and key foraging areas of a number of
successful in halting the observed
conservation importance), for example
threatened species, and it is therefore no
degradation. An arduous and sometimes
from increased water turbidity, sediment
surprise that the design to determine the
movement, displacement of forage prey species, entanglement in anchor spreads
shape and size of the NIMPA was largely
Enter the diamond industry. Diamonds
based on research done in Namibia
have played a key role in the country’s
on the foraging ecology of globally
economy since the discovery of the first
The Namibian Diamond Corporation
endangered African penguins and bank
diamond near Lüderitz in 1908. Until
(Namdeb) operates in nine mining
cormorants, as well as locally critically
about ten years ago, the vast majority of
license areas that border and/or overlap
endangered Cape gannets. The Ministry
diamonds were mined on land and on
with the NIMPA. In order to contribute
of Fisheries and Marine Resources
the seashore. However, as land deposits
to and extend the monitoring efforts
(MFMR) is responsible for managing the
of diamonds are being exhausted, and as
undertaken by MFMR to areas that
NIMPA and for implementing relevant
new techniques to extract diamonds from
might be affected by present and future
monitoring programmes to track the
marine sediments are developed, marine
diamond extraction activities south of
population trends of these and other
Lüderitz, Namdeb has agreed to fund a
flagship species, to investigate the
and it is expected that in future up to
two-year project to collect baseline data
effects of environmental change and
95% of diamonds from Namibia will
on several flagship species in the NIMPA
disturbance on the health of the marine
originate from the ocean floor. There
and to subsequently monitor the effect
African penguins at Halifax Island ©J Kemper
and underwater noise.
of these new mining technologies on these, in order to plan and implement mitigation measures if necessary. Logistic support for the project is provided by MFMR and the funds made available by Namdeb are administered by the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF). The project kicked off earlier this year and consists of three elements. It focuses on four species that were selected because of their conservation status, their ecology and distribution which make them useful indicators for monitoring any direct or indirect impacts that could be posed by diamond mining activities. The first element forms part of a longterm study that was initiated in 2005. It looks at the foraging ecology of African penguins at Halifax and Possession
Two small African penguin chicks peep out from underneath their parent ÂŠJ Kemper
islands. It involves deploying small
A bank cormorant tends to its chicks ÂŠJ Kemper
mining activities could affect these areas and foraging efficiency. During March this year, an intensive and successful three-week field season at Halifax Island produced reams of valuable
penguins had to work harder during the late summer of 2016 than in most other years where foraging ecology had been monitored at this island, with penguins travelling an average of 52 km in search of food before returning to the island to feed the chick(s), roughly 10 km further than in most previous years. Monitoring the breeding success of African penguins, Cape gannets and bank cormorants has been tricky at
These two unusually coloured and patterned southern right whales were photographed during an aerial survey ÂŠJ-P Roux
islands that are remote and therefore seldom monitored or at breeding sites where the birds are particularly prone to disturbance. The second element of
GPS data loggers on breeding African
dives to find food. This information in
the project therefore investigates the
penguins that are retrieved after one
turn provides important insights on
viability of monitoring breeding success
foraging trip, i.e. after about two days.
key foraging areas and habitats used by
using camera traps and time-lapse
The data logger regularly records the
breeding penguins, indicates how hard
photography, a non-invasive technique
position of the foraging penguin, as well
the birds have to work to find food for
and potentially a fantastic tool to keep
as how often and how deep the penguin
themselves and their chicks, and how
tabs on the secret lives of Namibiaâ€™s
Commuting to Halifax Island at sunrise to retrieve a GPS data logger ÂŠJ Kemper
seabirds. The biggest challenge here is
calcified skin patches) on the head of a
to find a setup that can cope with sticky,
right whale form a unique pattern, which
The Namibia Nature Foundation
corrosive sea spray, abrasive sandstorms
allows the identification of individual
(NNF) is one of the largest non-
(and sometimes flying gravel), and large
whales that can then be monitored
amounts of dust-like guano, a mixture of
over time. This element of the project
(NGO) targeting conservation
sand and bird excrement, that gets into
is also not without its challenges as it
and sustainable development in
the most dust-proof camera housing and
depends on the availability of a suitable
Namibia. The primary aims of the
excels at coating camera lenses. Should
plane, complete with a window that
NNF are to promote sustainable
this technique prove to be successful,
can be opened to take usable photos of
development, the conservation of
camera traps will be deployed at a larger
individual whales. Moreover, clear and
biological diversity and natural
scale at key breeding sites.
calm weather conditions are a must -
ecosystems, and the wise and
something that is not that common in
ethical use of natural resources
the world’s strongest upwelling cell.
for the benefit of all Namibians,
Southern right whales, long absent from
extensively hunted, are slowly making
This partnership between Namdeb,
a comeback, and calves have been
Project, Namibia Nature Foundation and
Project in supporting Penguin and
southern Namibia. Aerial surveys of
the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine
these charismatic whales have been
Resources contributes to the effective
conducted since 1999; the third element
monitoring and conservation effort of
of this project is a continuation of that
the NIMPA’s fragile biodiversity and
programme and will help to record
habitats, and in particular to that of
the numbers of southern right whales
threatened marine predators. Hopefully,
(including the number of calves born) in
what will be learned from our “sentinels
southern Namibia. It will also allow the
of ocean health” will assist in halting
mapping of coastal habitat use by the
ecosystem degradation along Namibia’s
whales and to identify key calving areas.
coast so that future generations can
Just like fingerprints, the number and
enjoy (and sustainably profit from) this
arrangement of callosities (prominent
unique marine environment.
both present and future. We work closely with the African Penguin
The 10 ha Halifax Island supports about 1000 breeding pairs of African penguins ©J Kemper
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A bird’s eye view Jay Roode is one half of Sky Hawk Photography. She has an impressive string of diplomas and degrees in nature conservation, environmental management, and sustainable development...but her exquisite eye and skill around photography comes from sheer determination and soul. Together with her husband Jan – the other half of Sky Hawk Photography – they’ve flown over 50 000 kilometres in the past few years, capturing awe inspiring landscapes and more, from their unique aerial vantage point...
By: Sky Hawk Photography
A sea of swirling sand whisked into sensuous peaks and valleys meets the icy Atlantic in spectacular fashion at Sandwich Harbour; an isolated lagoon and important birding site for both resident and migratory bird species.
ay Roode describes herself and
boughs of an Acacia, staring up at a
husband Jan, as ‘flying for the
star-spangled sky next to a roaring
environment’, so although they are
passionate about aerial photography, aviation
Do you have a creative family?
wherever they go, whatever they
I come from a long lineage of creative and
do, they are wholly committed to
adventurous women. My grandmother
conservation. It’s the thread which
Fleur Ferri was an incredibly influential
runs through their work and their lives.
artist who specialised in portraiture and
Flamingo caught up with Jay, and
landscapes. She painted presidents and
chatted to her about her life so far...
queens, but my favourite work is her
sweeping Namibian landscapes. I take
Where were you born and raised?
my hat off to her when I think she
I was born and raised in Johannesburg.
drove on her own through Namibia in
Our house was a real menagerie and
a Peugeot in the 1970s photographing
overflowed with animals; tortoises,
and painting the vast Namib Desert,
birds, fish, dogs, cats, hamsters, silk
trying to capture its essence on canvas.
worms – you name it, we had it! My
Little did I know that many years
parents loved the great outdoors and
later I would be doing essentially the
we went camping all over southern
same thing, just from a completely
Africa, which is where I picked up
my love for nature and travel. Some
of my most favourite memories from
Were you always creative?
my childhood are drifting off to sleep
I have always considered myself
in my hammock under the arched
a creative person. I studied art
Fisher folk pull their boats to shore north of Zalala on the northern Mozambique coastline.
through to Grade 12. However my real passion, when I was growing up, was nature conservation, so I went on to study a diploma in nature conservation, a degree in environmental management, and an honours in sustainable development. In photography, I am self-taught.
When did the travel/photography bug first bite? The travel bug first bit when I was a teenager paging through books on Africa published by pioneering female Fischer
silently vowed to myself that I would try to follow in their footsteps. I worked as a student at a flea market for years saving money for my first solo adventure â€“ an African overland An alien landing pad? No, these are the remains of a discontinued Decca navigation system/ Radar station south of Henties Bay on the Namibian coastline. The grid pattern is a system of underground cables which were part of the operational system
from Victoria Falls to Nairobi. Since then wanderlust got its claws into me and exploring the world has become an obsession. My husband and I
A lone ostrich wanders across the burnt orange dunes of Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namibia
between us have travelled to over 65
countries over the past twenty years;
from Antarctica to Indonesia, Asia to
wildest places from above. Over the
Bolivia, we have had the privilege
past few years, we have flown over
of seeing some of the worldâ€™s most
50 000 nautical miles, over some of
beautiful natural places.
the most awe inspiring landscapes
on the planet.
How did you get into aerial photography?
What do you love
I got my first camera when I was
about travelling in Africa?
in primary school, but it only really
There is nowhere else in the world
became an all-consuming passion
that speaks to my heart like Africa
when I started to travel in earnest
does; the smell of the earth after a
with my husband Jan (who is also
thunderstorm, the sound of crickets
and frogs in the dusk, the deep
wanted to record the places and
hoot of an Eagle owl in the dead
experiences we were having and
of night. It literally gives me goose
share them, first only with friends
bumps just thinking about it. Africa
and family, then later with a larger
is more alive than anywhere else I
audience. Later when Jan got his
have been. Its biodiversity and great
pilotâ€™s license and we purchased
wildernesses leave me breathless
every time I venture into them.
A lone elephant welcomes in the dawn surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta. Botswana
The vivid colours of the tidal estuary OF Walvis Bay
Great flocks of flamingo adorn the emerald waters of Sao Sebastiao lagoon, south of Vilanculo. Mozambique
This image was taken on the jet black brine pans found south of the harbour town of Walvis Bay on the Namibian coastline.
What has travel and
a fishing boat deep into the Beagle
photography taught you?
Channel in Argentina, flying over the
To quote Lao Tzu “A good traveller
Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique,
has no fixed plans, and is not intent
having a pod of killer whales swim
on arriving”. Travel and photography
under my rubber duck on the Antarctic
for me is not about rushing from
peninsula, watching the sun come
one place to another and fitting in
up over the giant dune fields of the
as many sights as I can; it’s about
Naukluft, but I suppose my best travel
immersing myself in a place and
experiences involve people and their
a culture, and trying to capture
unerring capacity to surprise me with
its own unique essence on ‘film’.
their warmth, hospitality and kindness.
Travel I find is both an internal
and external journey and one that
Where do you go when
continually reminds me to embrace
you need complete ‘time out/?
the vibrancy and abundance of life.
One of my favourite places on earth
Most importantly, travel has taught
is the Namib Rand Nature Reserve. A
me to let go of my prejudices and
place of sand and silence; a place of
stubborn ideas about the world, and
such surreal beauty that it touches my
live and let live.
soul each time I visit.
What’s been your best travel experience?
What’s your best journey? One of my best journeys has been
The ones that stand out are; driving
flying the length of Namibia. The Zen
over the surreal desert landscapes
landscapes and incredible diversity of
of the Bolivian Altiplano, catching
this vast desert world are humbling and
deeply soulful. Experiencing Namibia
conservation cause in the country in
entities to be conserved. Through our
from above is truly something everyone
which it was taken.
photography we endeavour to share
should put on their bucket list.
our great love and reverence for these
Aerial Photographic Safaris:
spectacular wild spaces of Southern
Experiencing the vast landscapes of
Africa. We see our work as a grand
Africa from above is something we
collaboration. We cannot take credit
really want to share with the world
for these images alone, but must give
not only through our photographs but
thanks to the mountains and rivers
in Florida in the States and at 1Fox
by allowing people as passionate as
and oceans that have worked with
we are to experience it for themselves.
us so closely to create these grand
We often do commissioned work
We offer one or two bespoke aerial
narratives and tender glimpses.
for lodges and various publications
photographic safaris a year in Southern
and have some close relationships
Africa where we take our guests to
What’s next on your bucket list?
with interior designers and architects
some of our most cherished places.
Ethiopia – legends of King Solomon and
Where do you exhibit/where do you sell – do you do commissioned work etc? Currently
that use our work.
the Queen of Sheba draw me on....
Our work is available for purchase
How would you describe your work?
as fine art prints off our website
Aerial photography is one of the last
frontiers – it is a completely unique
Jay Roode, Skywawk Photography;
our coffee table book should be out
view of our world; one that challenges
sometime in 2017. A percentage of
all perspectives on size and importance
the sale of these images goes to a
and allows us to see whole habitats as
Tel: +83 415 0021; +83 308 5102
A dugout canoe makes its way across the aquamarine shallows of the vast Save River Estuary north of Nova Mambone, Mozambique
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Historical find in ancient baobab tree Konny von Schmettau’s book ‘Sangwali – David Livingstone at Linyanti’ tells of her discovery of a David Livingstone inscription. Here’s a taste of her expedition .
ne hundred and sixty five years ago, the famous African explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone, first reached Sangwali, the area in Linyanti, now north-eastern Namibia. Today, it is an unassuming little village, but history shows it was once the scene of a peaceful encounter between Livingstone and Sebitwane, the great Chief of the Makololo. Sebitwane had crossed thousands of miles from the south with his men and their families to the marshes of Linyanti to seek protection from their powerful enemies. When Livingstone left Sangwali with his wife Mary, they spent two nights in the remote area of Malengalenga. It is here that Livingstone carved an inscription in the trunk of an ancient Baobab tree. Intrigued by the historical value of the Sangwali region, journalist and author Konny von Schmettau
set out with a small expedition team to discover the long-lost inscriptions of David Livingstone. On August 30, 2016, with the assistance of Patrick Makumba, Induna (elder) of Mayeyi, and Johannes Wiemann, Nuremberg schoolteacher, she succeeded.
Sangwali Sangwali is full of undiscovered adventure - locations where unbreakable friendships were founded but also unimaginable tragedies, many of which would today, make a visitor cringe. It was here that an historical tragedy played out on the African continent. The story of the fated missionary journey which begun in 1859 from Kuruman in South Africa – it’s now known as the Helmore-PriceExpedition - to Linyanti. Their party consisted of Holloway Helmore, his wife, four children and Roger Price,
his wife, and new-born daughter. Their intention was to meet with Livingstone and establish a Christian mission station - on arrival, to their regret, they discovered that Livingstone was away on an extensive expedition, with no means of contacting him. Tragically, they fell victim to Sekeletu, Chief Sebitwane’s successor. They were not welcome. Sekeletu was expecting Livingstone, not a group of strangers with their wives and children. The Mayeyi tribe - once enslaved by the Makololo - believes the demise of the Helmore-Price-Expedition was due to food poisoning at the hands of Sekeletu - a re-discovered letter dated 1861 proves that to have been the case. Only three of the party survived: Roger Price, and two young Helmore children, Lizzie and Willie. Konny von Schmettau describes her adventure, “Early in 2015, I became aware of a small museum in Sangwali, and could not resist the opportunity to discover its secrets. At first glance, it seemed to be merely a small clay hut, but when the door opened, it took my breath away. I found floor to ceiling, hand-drawn maps designed and coloured on sturdy linen by students from Bloemfontein University. They were specifically made to describe and document David Livingstone's way through the then undiscovered Africa; the trail of the Makololo from Zululand up to the Linyanti and winding paths of the missionaries.“ Stella Kilby – a descendant of little Lizzie Helmore - founded the museum
in 1999 in memory of their ancestors. It was built by Linus Mukwata, a welleducated Mayeyi from Sangwali who wanted to preserve the history of his people for generations to come. Sadly, Stella died before its completion, but fortunately, the Kilby Family Trust continues to support the museum with dedication and generosity. The area surrounding the museum is where Sebitwane served as Tribal Chief. Not far away is a pile of stones denoting his grave. A reed-encircled arm of the Kwando River, surrounded by huge Marula trees, is a sunny clearing where rare birds flutter about and hippos graze in the evening twilight. Here, in later years, the first Caprivi administrator authorised the building of another rondavel, which he used as a second office. Its ruins can still be found near the museum.
The discovery Just 15 kilometres away from Sangwali is Malengalenga, where Sebitwane’s son and successor Sekeletu, had his headquarters. Unlike his father, Sekeletu was inspired by evil, say the Mayeyi. Under Chief Sebitwane, life as a slave was hard, but not nearly as unbearable as for Sekeletu’s people, enslaved Mayeyi, who had to dig large irrigation ditches in Malengalenga with their bare hands. Ancestral tribal elders describe the Mayeyi as a peaceful people, always seeking out a place surrounded by unspoiled nature with no fear of enemies; as river-people looking for the tranquility of nature, who can only be truly happy living by and on the water: ‘Watari, Watati, Water - these are the Mayeyi’. Tradition dictates that in 1505, the Mayeyi travelled down from the Middle East and Central Africa, arriving at Linyanti in 1820. To them, this was paradise on earth. They were, however, repeatedly subjected to attacks by stronger tribes, and ultimately the Makololo. Sekeletu’s tomb is found not far from his house where his ruins lie hidden in the sand. A few kilometers from the village stood a great “Sausage Tree” tree (Kigelia Africana), where the hapless missionaries camped with their oxcarts en route to Linyanti. Shortly after arrival, they were reputedly poisoned by Sekeletu - such is related
by the Mayeyi, but also documented in an historical letter written to the London Missionary Society in 1861 by Roger Price, the only surviving missionary. In it he describes events leading to the tragic deaths of his wife, infant daughter and - except for two children - the Helmore family, plus native drivers. Even more significant is that the Mayeyi elders have passed on this story orally from generation to generation. At the ford by the Linyanti, where both Livingstone and the Helmore-Price Expedition crossed the river, Konny and her team found important clues. The highlight of the expedition was on August 30, as they trekked through dense bush, to find what the Mayeyi call ‘Livingstone's Baobab’. It was here in 1851 that Livingstone spent two nights with his wife Mary and their children. Forty years ago, the owner of the land where the Baobab still stands, says the signature had previously been seen. The undergrowth was almost impenetrable, but Konny’s team searched diligently and relentlessly, renewing the hope of discovering it. They found it. Konny explains: “On closer inspection we could clearly see the letters TO’ and to the right (overgrown, but decipherable) ‘NE’. From fragments to the left are ‘G’ and ‘S’. Just above is ‘D’ for ‘David’, still clearly recognizable. Other letters were
in 2012 when, together with roofer, Dietmar Pistorius and his wife Evi, the author discovered an historic letter: Wilhelm Meckel describes in it the work of the roof and wrote in 1912, “with craft regards to future generations”. In 2012, Konny archived the old museum in Oranjemund and found in a jammed drawer ‘Book Zero – G. Klinghardt – German Diamond Corporation – 1910’, which had disappeared after a change of ownership of the museum building. The book includes very first scripts and drawings of the Diamond Sperrgebiet – the forbidden territory. Konny is sure that David Livingstone’s rediscovered inscription at Linyanti has re-opened another chapter of history that she will pursue and investigate further: “Who knows what lies ahead?”
then found strongly joined. ”Taken from records in 1851, the team spent hours comparing, logging and testing, until they could decipher the inscription with accuracy. The line for the ‘1’ in the beginning had grown together with the ‘8’, which can be seen today as a wider line. The ‘5’ has grown down slightly and the line for the second ‘1’ turns right. Comparing the traditional Mayeyi record with Livingstone’s biography – ‘The truth behind the legend’ by Rob Mackenzie - and other reputable sources, it can be confirmed that an imitation of the inscription by later visitors can be excluded. More proof of this is comparing it with the engraving of the missionary Holloway Helmore in the so-called ‘Chapman's Baobab’ in 1859, as one could find similar overgrowth. Unfortunately, only a photo remains, because ‘Chapman's Baobab’ collapsed in January 2016, sadly obliterating further investigation. At the top, between the name and date in ‘Livingstone's Baobab’ is a cross, with a probable Crest, although the bark is damaged and broken. From the subsequent shape and history, it might be the Crest of the British Queen
Victoria. Under Queen Victoria and her German husband, Albert von SachsenCoburg und Gotha - with Livingstone’s urgent intervention - slavery in England was abolished. Livingstone adored his Queen deeply. When he discovered the great waterfalls of the Zambezi "Mosi-oaTunya", he renamed them Victoria Falls. This fact leads to further indication that it could be his carving of their Royal Coat of Arms. To this end, extensive studies are currently taking place. With support from the European Union and the Namibia Scientific Society, the historical Museum is being renovated in Sangwali. Similarly, there is a planned Historical Path which leads to sites in Linyanti which visitors will be able to access. ‘Livingstone's Baobab’ can be visited only with an envoy of Mayeyi. The path there is hard to find, and their caretaking role ensures that the tree is protected at all costs. (See Contacts) ”Such expeditions, especially discoveries such as this, are uncommon; even with my life as a tour guide and journalist”, explains Konny. In her travel books ‘On the road with Konny’, there’s more to read around the historical value of her discoveries. This includes the tower roof of Lüderitz Rock Church
New book release: ‘Sangwali – David Livingstone at Linyanti’ in both English and German, appears in an extended new edition in early October 2016, and can be ordered directly from the author Email: email@example.com) An English special edition has been published by the Namibia Scientific Society Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Link to the eBook: http://www.xinxii. com/sangwali-david-livingstone-atlinyanti-extended-editon-p-372221.html Media contact: Konny von Schmettau, Altes Schloß 5, D-35043 Marburg, Tel: +49-1575-5683687 Email: email@example.com Web: www.namibia-aktiv.com
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Talented, innovative artist Ruby Silvious has become exceptional well known for a somewhat extraordinary art form - tea bag art. She was even inspired to produce one specifically for Namibia
Edited by: Anne Schauffer Photographs by: Ruby Silvious
Tell us about your childhood. Did you have creative parents?
he asked all of us—my mom and
moved to Manila at the age of 16,
My father was part Chinese and
also loved music and played the
when she began a four-year course in
part Filipino. He supported our
saxophone and harmonica.
architecture and fine arts at the University
large family—we were six kids—by
of Santo Tomas. She moved to the United
working for a local bank. His creative
was creative too. She was a skilled
States in 1977 at the age of 20.
talents were many. He was a self-
seamstress and developed her own
Flamingo asked her to tell us about
taught artist and calligrapher, and
her life, her journey towards what
had a great eye as a photographer.
embroidering neckties for a local
she’s doing today.
When he was learning photography,
uby Silvious was born in Tacloban
City, in the Philippines, and then
my siblings—to pose for him. He
clothes for us when we were growing up, and kept everybody happy with her terrific cooking. On the maternal side, my mom is part Japanese and part Filipino. Photography and music have always featured strongly on my mom’s side of the family, too. One uncle played trombone with a band in the ’40s. My
pure Japanese, taught me origami when I was just five. I loved playing with paper dolls and designing little dresses for them.
Were you always creative? I
calligraphy at the age of nine. By age 12, I was commissioned by our college as calligrapher of the graduation diplomas. At age13, I won my first art competition, sponsored
we had to choose between playing
Did you have any mentors? What was your greatest inspiration?
My father was my first mentor. Also, I
feel a strong connection with Japanese
home economics would serve me
culture and design, and was greatly
better than playing an instrument,
influenced as a kid by my Japanese
which I really resented. Anyway,
great-grandmother, who taught me to
I was pretty creative in my sewing
hand-sew little pouch bags as well as the
class and did well.
art of origami. My paternal grandmother,
by the Girl Scouts. In high school, a
who sewed dresses and wedding gowns,
When did you decide to become an artist? Did you study? What other media do you work in, if any?
was a big influence, too. In my work,
I studied architecture and fine arts
every day. My travels, too, are an endless
for four years, but leaned more
source of inspiration.
I’m continuously inspired by nature, and by the people and artifacts I observe were discussing all these possibilities
when I came up with the idea of the
toward fine arts than to the technical
used tea bag as a canvas. It sounded
While I didn’t actually attend a
How did you begin this form of artwork? Tell us the story.
formal art school, I took life drawing
I often reflect on how it all began.
opened the soggy tea bag and left
classes at the Art Students League of
The theme of my very first exhibit in
some tea leaves on the tea bag paper,
New York in the early ’80s. At that
New York City in 2014 was inspired
forming something abstract on it. But
time, I worked primarily in pastels,
by salvaged materials, found and
when it dried and some of the tea
graphite, and charcoal.
leaves didn’t stay in place, we knew we
In the early 90s, I tried my hand
with painting on whatever I had
had to continue with our experiment.
at watercolour but always felt that
available in the house, including
I started to love the sepia stains of the
the medium was very unforgiving.
pistachio shells, eggshell shards,
used tea bags, and immediately knew
I probably have the least amount
and origami-folded crumb wrappers,
I would later use them in my designs.
of work in this medium. Ironically,
paper bags … you name it!
My sister was also inspired—she went
this is mostly what I use now with the tea bag art.
preposterous at first. We carefully
Then one day, I was having tea with
back home to Maui and incorporated
my sister, who is also an artist. We
used tea bags in some of her collages.
Tell us about your first job: What was it? And where? I entered the work force first as a mortgage cashier for the former Dry
Lexington Avenue and 59th Street in
from Bloomingdales. A bit later, I was hired by Bergdorf Goodman as assistant to the vice president of human resources, which turned out to be quite a fascinating job. I was often involved with big glamorous events, performing a diverse range of duties. I did the calligraphy on invitations for Andrew Goodman. I
fashion shows by designers like Fendi and Perry Ellis, and got to rub elbows with Nancy Reagan,
Calvin Klein and Henry Kissinger at charity fundraisers. There were
What reaction has your work generated?
the application of pistachio shells and
many celebrities among the store’s
frequent shoppers, including Yoko
Perhaps most rewarding of all
phenomenal. Social media channels
has been the exposure of my art to
Burnett, John Travolta, James Mason
have played a big part in building an
children through a feature in a Disney
and Meryl Streep. It was certainly
audience for my work, even taking
magazine in Malaysia. I’m thrilled to
an intriguing introduction to New
my tea bag art viral! It’s extraordinary
think this may perhaps enhance kids’
York’s high society!
how my work was so quickly out
interest in reading!
there, and how sites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter now makes communication around the planet instantaneous. I’m grateful
What work/project are you most proud of? My first art exhibition at Atlantic Gallery in Manhattan, in 2014, was
for that, and also for the enormous
very exciting for me. It garnered
enthusiasm that my growing audience
extensive media coverage, and a
has shown. It’s very encouraging.
couple of magazines ran stories that
As a result of the viral effect, I’ve
gave my work great exposure. It was
received notes from several teachers
a wonderful debut for me in the
thanking me for giving their students
New York art world.
new inspiration. That’s been really very gratifying. Additionally, artists from all over the world have shared with me their own versions of tea bag art- also their own versions of my other repurposed pieces, including
What are you currently working on? This year, my main focus has been on compiling my book, “363 Days of Tea: A Visual Journal on Used Tea
Bags,” to be released in the fall; and
As an artist, I must always keep
on continuing with my tea bag art
my work fresh. I feel it’s important
on a weekly, instead of daily, series.
to be open to new possibilities and
With my upcoming art residency in
to be continuously exploring and
Fukuoka, Japan, I have been busy
learning new techniques. I want my
preparing for the kimono pieces that
work to spark creativity in people
I’ll be creating using repurposed
when they view it, and to inspire
materials, such as produce mesh
them to find new life in everyday,
bags, laundry tickets, packing paper,
familiar things. We’re surrounded
and of course, used tea bags.
by elements of extraordinary beauty
that so often go unnoticed.
Do you have a wish list (in terms of travel, meeting people, etc.)?
What do you do when you aren’t working?
Where do you live and work now? I live with my husband in the Hudson
It’s been my dream to live in
Music has always played an important
Valley, in New York State, and have
Tuscany for a couple of years. I love
role in my family’s lives. I play the
two sons from a previous marriage.
the landscape there, the culture, the
harp, and have been taking lessons
They’re now in their mid-20s. I’ve
people, the cuisine … the region
for over a year now; I love to play the
converted the top floor of our house
holds an irresistible magic for me.
music of composer Bernard Andrè.
into an expansive, light-filled studio,
As for people and places, there
I also play piano and guitar. And
where I work as a graphic designer
are so many. I want to spend more
when I really need to unwind, I go to
and, of course, on my art.
time traveling in Europe and Asia—
Zumba classes for a serious workout
and to explore different cultures.
to a Latin beat! And I play ping pong!
I know they’ll influence my art going forward and help expand my horizons. Among the people whose work I admire are Japanese artist and graphic designer Masahiro Minami, artist and activist Ai Weiwei, and the self-taught architect Tadao Ando … but that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Anything else you feel is important about your work, and your life and work philosophy? There is an old saying that when the Japanese mend broken objects, they fill the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. This, along with the wabi-sabi philosophy and commitment to the everyday, the
imperfect, is true to my design aesthetic and discipline.
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Storm warning! The best-selling VW Polo Vivo is now yet more attractive a proposition with the addition of a new special edition named Storm. This machine is based on the hatchback version of the 1.4 Trendline (63kW), and comes replete with tasty extras. Among them, front foglights with chrome surrounds, 15inch alloy wheels painted in black metallic, glossy black side mirrors, and black decals on the side. The rear is completed with chrome-tipped double exhaust pipes. Cutting to the interior, you get a dashboard with a two-tone finish in grey and ceramique. The air vents, centre console, lower parcel trays and cup holder are also in a ceramique finish, while the steering wheel, gear
gaiter, and hand brake lever are all in leather with grey stitching. The roof lining is coloured in anthracite, adding to the visual appeal of the interior. That is not all. Storm is fitted with exclusive three-tone seat trim that compliments the ceramique dashboard with its ceramique coloured bolsters. And for added entertainment, Polo Vivo Storm comes standard with a CD/Radio with Bluetooth connectivity, SD Card, USB port, and six speakers. Hot.
Amazing Mazda The quantum leap that Mazda has made over the past few years is to be conjured with. And just one superb product in the range â€“ which I have sampled
fairly extensively of late – is the new Mazda3 2.0 Astina Plus, which is now the halo model in the Mazda3 lineup. As with other Mazdas, it has benefited from Kodo design and SkyActiv technology, as well as something called Jinba-Ittai. “A sense of connectedness between car and driver that distinguishes Mazda vehicles,” says the press material, and pretty accurately so.
Besides a bit of facelift in and out, this baby now gets G-Vectoring Control (GVC). This basically cancels any of the drawbacks of front-wheel drive, and will be rolled out in future models. It works by controlling engine torque based on steering and acceleration, giving better handling and ride quality on the twisties. It does it all so seamlessly that you barely notice the GVC at play – all you notice is a top-notch ride.
The new halo Mazda3 also comes stuffed with standard safety features. Smart City Brake Support (SCBS). Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH). Lane Keep Assist (LKA). Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Driver Attention Alert (DAA). Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM). A bit of a mouthful of acronym soup, but most of it is self-explanatory, and space precludes full explanations.
Carrying on with the almost endless list of standard equipment, you also get a glass sunroof, keyless entry, reverse camera, eight-way power driver's seat, big Bose sound with nine speakers, pretty 18-inch alloys, and leather. Drive comes via a two-litre naturally aspirated petrol plant good for 121kW and 210Nm with power running through a six-speed automatic. As Meyer Benjamin, director of two major Mazda dealerships in Gauteng – Mazda Johannesburg South, and Mazda Clearwater – pointed out to me: “If you want this level of equipment from a German car, you're going to pay an absolute fortune in optional extras. Plus this car now plays in the premier league.” Nice work, Mazda.
Blazing a trail Chev's well-loved seven-seater Trailblazer SUV has just enjoyed an upgrade for the 2017 model year. The range now comprises five manual and automatic versions of the rear-wheel-drive 2.5-litre LT, rear- and four-wheel-drive auto and manual versions of the 2.8 LTZ, and a new flagship in the shape of the Z71, which is based on the LTZ 4x4. That 2.5-litre turbodiesel is, for a start, uprated, and available with a sixspeed auto, and the new Trailblazer is
now fitted with an all-new Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. Styling is also tastefully and subtly updated, and wider tyres are fitted to LT versions. Inside, the Trailblazer boasts a newly designed dashboard and front console with a contemporary upmarket feel, enhanced by soft-touch materials and contrast stitching. And, as ever, levels of safety and comfort remain excellent. Watch this big Chev continue to hold its own in a very competitive market segment.
Superb at seventy It's “happy birthday” to the immortal, unstoppable Unimog. Today there have been some 30 different model series
and almost 400 000 vehicles sold in its lifetime. Indeed, no other commercial vehicle in the world can function as a tractor, towing vehicle, truck, firefighting and exploration vehicle, bus and working machine. Here's looking forward to the next 70 years.
Bakkie brilliance A facelifted version of the hardy Isuzu KB is here, and among other things it boasts some styling changes to the front fascia and rear tailgate, as well as a redesigned instrument gauge cluster. But what has not changed in the comprehensive line up – which stretches from single-cab workhorses to well-specced double-cab lifestyle
vehicles – is the toughness and reliability of the KB.
Disco time! The new Land Rover Discovery has been unveiled – and, boy, does it promise a lot. It's a full-sized, three-row, sevenseat SUV with unbeatable capability and versatility with levels of luxury, economy, performance and off-road ability substantially improved upon. It's also laden with useful technology, while driving power will come from a 190kW turbodiesel or a 250kW supercharged three-litre petrol V6. All will be paired with an eightspeed automatic.
Expect to see it on our roads in the first part of 2017 – and of course once we get behind the wheel of the new Disco we will give you full feedback.
Star turn The Mercedes CLA recently had a midlife facelift – and the result is a yet more engaging machine. Yes, the changes have admittedly been fairly mild. They number, among other things, a diamond radiator grille in black as standard,
rather tasty new alloy wheels, plus some interior upgrades. But the result is a nicely honed machine. I have just spent a week with the entry-level CLA 200, or at least one up from the entry-level as the model I had was the auto version fitted with Mercedes' well-known seven-speed self-shifter. Performance from this turbopetrol 1 595cc motor – despite what the badge says it is a 1.6-litre as the days when nomenclature corresponded to engine size are long gone – is entirely acceptable.
Not once during a week that took in urban and freeway use did I feel the need for more than the 115kW and 250Nm at 1 250 to 4000rpm generated by this motor. This corresponds to a zero-to-100km/h time of 8.2 seconds, and a top speed of 230km/h. Drive is to the front wheels, as it is with the rest of the range, bar the halo model in the lineup, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4Matic, while claimed fuel consumption is 5.5 litres per 100km. Cutting to the interior, well, it is as ergonomically excellent and attractive as all modern Merc interiors, and wellspecced too. But as with most of this Swabian manufacturer's cars – and indeed most German cars – there is a vast and expensive list of optional extras to select from. Based on the A-Class, this swoopy, sassy little sedan – whose styling mirrors that of the far larger, more expensive CLS – will appeal more than ever to younger Benz buyers...
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. s s e l t n u a D lass. r in its c a c e iv s udi Q7. progres en and ll-new A d a e la h e T r st featu the mo g in c u d Intro
Introducing a progressive 5-door executive SUV. With the courage to defy the limitations of its category with ultra-lightweight construction, and class-leading features like the revolutionary new Audi Virtual Cockpit and optional Audi Traﬃc Assist™ system. Add to this, quattro® all-wheel drive for extremely secure, agile handling, and you’ve got the breathtaking all-new Audi Q7.
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Rings of glory With the superlative-defying new A4, Audi demonstrates its ability to do effortless elegance like few other manufacturers...
ife, as the saying rather accurately goes, is full of surprises. But this is not one of them. And by “this” we mean the fact that the new Audi A4 was recently chosen as a finalist in the highly prestigious 2017 South African Car of the Year competition. The next step is two days of stringent evaluations in February 2017, after which the winner will be announced at a posh black-tie event in March. Now it would be foolish to say that the A4 will win. After all it is up against some stiff competition with the other nine finalists including the Toyota Fortuner and the Honda Civic, both excellent vehicles, as indeed
is everything else that the Audi is competing with. But the fact is that right now Audi as a whole is in superb shape. Indeed, from the classy little A1 to the vast, exceptionally refined Q7 SUV, the Ingolstadt manufacturer's vehicles are universally brilliant. On all fronts. But few are more finely honed than the new A4 After all, this car features numerous premium technologies which set higher benchmarks for its class – a class that includes the likes of the BMW 3 Series, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But it is arguably ahead of its peers in terms of
infotainment and assistance systems, and while styling-wise it appears to be only a subtle evolvement of the outgoing model, it is in fact entirely new. One of the reasons being that Audi is all about subtlety – as well as wonderfully high quality yet restrained interiors. Now the A4 is not only the Audi with the longest history – but it is
also the brand’s top model in terms of volume. The success story of the A4 began in 1972 under the name Audi 80. The Audi A4 was given the model name that it carries today in 1994, around which time it was also brought to our part of the world. To date, more than twelve million vehicles have been sold internationally, making the A4 the most recognised and sold Audi across the globe. And since its local introduction in 1994, Audi has delivered well over 100 000 A4’s to the southern Africa market. Compared with the previous model, the car’s dimensions have grown marginally but its weight has been reduced significantly – by up to 120 kilograms, depending on the engine. The body of the new Audi is also one of the lightest in its class thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction. Just one area that has been drastically improved is the aerodynamics, with the A4 having the best drag coefficient in its class at 0.23. These extremely low figures are the result of complex fine-tuning and new solutions.
For instance, the outer lines of the air inlets integrate additional openings – they guide some of the air stream over the wheel well, where it flows past wheels which have been aerodynamically optimised. Details such as the exterior mirrors positioned on the door sills with their small integrated narrow stripes help enhance the aeroacoustics, too But then Audi excels when it comes to details. Compared with the previous model, the new car's fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21 percent, while power output has increased by up to 25 percent. All engines are offered with S tronic transmission with the multitronic CVT transmission now discontinued. The two petrol motors, for instance, are epically refined. The 1.4T FSI engine, which has a maximum output of 110kW and 250Nm of torque, is available with both manual and S tronic transmission, and has a claimed fuel consumption of just 4.9 litres per 100km. The 2.0T FSI, with 140kW and 320Nm, is available only in S tronic. Its claimed fuel consumption is 5.4 litres per 100km. In addition, the 2.0T FSI quattro – using the same motor in a higher state of tune – is good for 185kW and 370Nm. Towards the end of 2016, a 2.0 TDI 140 kW will round out the local offering. Customers can also choose between three different trim lines, namely Standard, Sport and Design lines, with equipment levels varying accordingly.
As for those assistance systems, available to customers are the likes of Audi active lane assist, Audi pre-sense, Audi side assist, the City Assistance package, and the parking assistance package. Standard assistance systems include Audi pre-sense city, secondary collision brake assist, and the adjustable restraint system. On the move the A4 – irrespective of the model – is refined, insulated and just, well, excellent. Indeed, this machine can be summed up as: elegant, effortless, and restrained. It is one of those rare cars that manages to be consummately and crushingly capable on all fronts....without ever appearing to try too hard.
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The New Passat is designed to do a lot of the thinking for you. That’s why it offers City Emergency Braking* and Adaptive Cruise Control*, as well as a digital instrument cluster with Active Info Display*. It also features front and rear Park Distance Control to navigate tight spots, and side and curtain airbags for when you really need them. Visit Autohaus Windhoek for more information.
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The pursuit of perfection Lexus builds on brilliance with model upgrades and tweaks taking this Japanese luxury manufacturer's products to the top of the class...
hen it comes to the likes of ride quality, build quality and understated elegance, little rivals Lexus â€“ and its relentless pursuit of perfection. And just when you might have logically thought that its offerings had reached their apogee, Lexus has forged ahead with improvements to certain models. Take the Lexus GS. This model entered 2016 with a bolder design, a 200t rear-wheel drive model, and a host of luxury finishes. Today the GS continues to feature impressive agility and sporty handling mated to cushy comfort for long trips. This model also features a strong rendition of the signature Lexus spindle grille, framed in an elegant satin chrome trim and flanked by
distinctive new Bi-LED headlights. Meanwhile, the range-topping GS 350 F Sport now gets an update in the form of Lane Change Assist with BSM (Blind Spot Monitor), and RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert). Then there is the supremely comfortable, value-for-money Lexus ES. After receiving a number of significant enhancements in 2015, the momentum is continued and this entry-level offering, with its frontwheel-drive and overarching sense of quality, now includes navigation as standard across the range. The Lexus NX, meanwhile, was this manufacturer's foray into the highly competitive compact SUV category â€“ so helping broaden the appeal of the brand.
The NX also proved to be an excellent turbo-charged starting point for Lexus with its 200t (twolitre) direct injection petrol engine. Meanwhile, its distinct, sharp lines set it apart from everything else in this busy segment, and in proof that excellence never rests, the NX 200t F SPORT now comes standard with a panoramic roof. And...that takes us to the Lexus LS flagship sedan launched more than two decades ago. When it debuted this magnificent machine made its mark with extremely high levels of luxury, painstaking attention to detail, and an engine that comprehensively redefined the notion of refined. Today, the supremely smooth standard 4.6-litre V8 teamed with an
eight-speed automatic transmission is only one facet of the Lexus LS 460’s numerous features. This luxury sedan is now fitted with a heated leather steering wheel and new LED + Adaptive High-beam System. The new headlight system features a camera located in the inside rear-view mirror that detects light sources in front of the vehicle – including the headlamps of oncoming vehicles, the tail lamps of a
vehicle ahead and street lighting – to automatically switch the high beams on and off accordingly. And let us not forget the new Lexus RC 200t, the latest addition to the RC range. Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing for Lexus is candid about the role the new RC plays in the local Lexus line-up:
“Cars like the RC exist not as volume cars, but as aspirational products designed to draw in the young and the young at heart. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo provides an accessible point of entry for lifestyle buyers who want the statement of a luxury coupé balanced with the efficiencies afforded by a smaller capacity powerplant. “In this context the new RC 200t fits the brief perfectly – it’s stylish, refined,
watch out for the new wheel design change on both models. And then of course we cannot forget the sporting compact sedan that is the IS, or the massively powerful, full-sized SUV that is the LX. But whatever Lexus you opt for – with its distinctive Lexus grille – simply astounding quality on all fronts is guaranteed...
frugal and generously stocked with a pleasing athleticism to it. It boasts an emotional draw too – key among them its striking looks – and some creditable dynamic skills.” Included in this coupe's surprisingly competitive price are curvaceous lines, dramatic detail, and a brilliant cabin. Adding a touch of techno-wizardry to the latter is electrostatic climate control switchgear (these allow adjustments to be made to the temperature by simply sliding your finger along the elegant metal strip) and gesture control in-cabin illumination. Nice. Occupant comfort is ensured by plush power seats trimmed in leather and offering eight-way adjustability for the driver and six-way adjustment for the front passenger. And that's just for starters.
Powering the RC200t is Lexus’ proven 8AR-FTS two-litre twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine allied to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with paddle shift. The new turbocharged engine delivers 180kW of power at 5800rpm and 350Nm of torque (available from a low 1650 rpm to 4400 rpm), giving this machine a zero-to-100km/h time of 7.5 seconds. Top speed is 230km/h. For those seeking a traditional V6 engine alternative, the RC 350 F SPORT combines the aurally satisfying 233kW 3.5 litre V6 engine with the dynamic F SPORT grade package to create a vehicle that exudes a sporty yet sophisticated image. Now both the EX and F SPORT grades will have their safety specification improved with the Lane Change Assist with BSM + RCTA. Also
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Mighty, Magnificent Mercs When the going gets tough there's a Mercedes SUV for every application and terrain, including the simply superb, sybaritic new GLS....
ast year was “The Year of the SUV” for Mercedes-Benz. After all, in an epic product launch in Namibia's dunes they rolled out the likes of the GLC – a hugely desirable SUV based on the C-Class – the GLE – which is essentially the new nomenclature for the ML – and revised editions of the legendary G-Class. But it did not stop there. This year
the Stuttgart-based car maker debuted the GLS which – without a hint of hyperbole – is billed as “the S-Class among SUVs.” Indeed, when it comes to taking on the most challenging terrain there simply is no more luxurious way to do it than in a GLS. Like the GL before it, the new GLS is the only full-fledged seven-seater in the European premium SUV segment, and has massive interior space, almost unrivalled levels of luxury – and a surprising level of agility. Both on- an off-road. Indeed, whether you're using it in an urban application or overlanding, the GLS does it all with a superb
degree of panache. Now compared with its predecessor, the new generation features improved efficiency, extended Dynamic Select transmission modes, and the latest evolution of the air suspension system Airmatic with enhanced damping system ADS. A feature that, in the case of the latter, gives unmatched, unparalleled ride quality. New, too, to the GLS is a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, cutting-edge assistance systems and the latest telematics generation with internet access – which of course is vital to today's connected generation. Performance, meanwhile, varies from beefy to physics-defying. All engines of the new GLS provide better performance, while fuel consumption is improved. The potent GLS 500 4MATIC with its V8 biturbo engine featuring direct injection now generates 335kW, some 15kW more than the preceding model,
and with a peak torque of 700Nm combines outstanding performance with the high level of refinement of these engines. The GLS 350d 4MATIC, meanwhile, offers big turbodiesel power with its proven V6 engine making 190kW and a stump-pulling 620Nm of torque. And topping the range is the immensely, epically, biblically powerful Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC whose big V8 is now rated at 430kW, up by more than 20kW from its predecessor. The peak torque of 760 Nm is now available from as low as 1750 r/min. This halo model uses the revised AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission, and just some standard features include the AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes which provide optimum flexibility and rearbiased AMG Performance all-wheel drive. Indeed, for such a vast machine the GLS 63 is capable of distinctly sporting handling – and performance.
Meanwhile, its character shines through with its updated design featuring the AMG brand look and high-quality interior. But then all GLS models feature brilliant interiors, while on the outside the focus has been placed on a redesign of the front end, and the rear has been modernised mostly in the area of the bumper and tail lights. Eye-catching highlights in the interior include the newly designed instrument panel with semi-integrated Media Display, the new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, the modified centre console with touchpad, and also the new appointment colours and trim elements. And once again this full-size SUV – with a length of 5130mm and a width of 1934mm – offers seating for seven adults at levels of luxury that rival flying first class. Indeed, as with its predecessor, the new GLS boasts ample elbow and headroom in all three seat rows. With its diverse adjustment options, the centre seat row enables a high degree of flexibility in the interior, including a cargo position for optimum use of the luggage compartment. This provides a volume of 680 to 2300 litres and easily eclipses the amount of space offered by the GLS's competitors. On top of this there is a maximum load compartment length
of 2 124mm as well as a payload capacity of up to 795 kg. And because it wears the threepointed star, safety is paramount. Just some driver assistance systems fitted as standard include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Crosswind Assist, and Attention Assist, while there is a vast and tempting list of optional extras to choose from. What's more, in addition to the settings Comfort, Slippery and Sport, with the Dynamic Select Controller in the centre console the driver can additionally choose Individual or the Off-Road mode for light terrain. If the GLS model is equipped with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, the Off-Road+ mode is also available. With this, the low-range gearbox and centre differential lock intervene if necessary in order to ensure a high degree of driveability in demanding off-road terrain. This is further boosted by the expanded functions
of the Airmatic air suspension with raised ride heights for a ground clearance of up to 306mm and a fording depth of up to 600mm. Indeed, thus equipped the GLS is well-nigh unstoppable. “With the new GLS, MercedesBenz now offers the newest and most comprehensive premium SUV range ever. The portfolio now ranges from the compact GLA and the new bestselling GLC to the successful GLE family, the GLE Coupé and GLS, and
the flagship of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the G-Class,” says Max Vogt, Product Manager, Mercedes-Benz Cars. “With its range of outputs the GLS is an impressive prospect for our customers: it has been the undisputed market leader in its segment for many years.” Quite right, Max. And to top it, the hugely capable, almost unimaginably luxurious GLS is available with Mercedes' class leading 6-year/100 000 km PremiumDrive maintenance plan.
Seven up! Honda's appealing, all-new seven-seater BR-V promises to shake up this market segment...
e've come to like – no, love – the Honda CR-V and the more recent HR-V. They're solid, highquality small SUVs with the levels of equipment, driveability, economy and style that we've come to expect from this Japanese manufacturer. Now say “hello” to these vehicles' latest stablemate: the BR-V. It embodies everything you'd expect from a Honda, plus this compact SUV – rather uniquely in this segment – is a seven-seater, making for family-friendly
ve r s a t i l i t y. And from its sporty styling to its raised stance (with a useful 210mm ground clearance) to its bold front styling, it is a handsome machine indeed.
There are a total of five derivatives in the range, and all use Honda's well-proven, much-loved 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine – an engine that does duty in models such as the Jazz, Mobilio, Ballade, and HR-V. Output is a healthy 88kW at 6 600rpm, and 145Nm of torque at 4 600rpm, while the BR-V can be with a slick six-speed manual gearbox or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Fuel consumption is pegged at just 6.3 litres per 100km for the manual and 6.2 litres for the CVT – commendable figures for a seven-seater! – while drive is to the front wheels. The BR-V is available in three specification levels, namely Trend, Comfort, and Elegance. Even the entry-level Trend model – available only with manual transmission – is generously equipped. Buyers get 16-inch steel wheels, aluminium roof rails, Halogen projectorstyle headlights, and a high-mounted LED brake light. Inside, the black and silver colour scheme of the dashboard and trim is augmented by cool, darkhued fabric upholstery. Also standard is electric windows front and rear plus remote central locking. The comprehensive instrumentation includes a speedometer, a rev counter, and a digital multifunction information display, offering information on fuel consumption, range, fuel level, odometer, a trip meter and temperature. To this list you can add a fourspeaker sound system with USB socket
– something that's all-important today – Bluetooth, and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel featuring handy controls for the audio system. Moving one up to the Comfort, and you can expect yet more, including alloy wheels, electrically adjustable mirrors, and fully automatic climate control with roof-mounted vents between the front and centre row. But wait! There is more – as they say in the adverts. The central locking system is fitted with a power switch to allow locking and unlocking from inside the car, while the driver’s side window features an auto up/down function, and an alarm system is added to the engine immobiliser. Meanwhile, the range-topping Elegance models are just that – elegant. And you can expect silver-hued front and rear bumper garnishes, and electrically adjustable exterior mirrors featuring an indicator repeater. The headlights incorporate LED position lights, while chrome-bevelled front fog lights are also standard. The door handles feature an upmarket chrome finish, and there are chrome side door protectors, too. Cutting to the interior, the most noticeable difference is the high-quality leather upholstery, while the audio system gets a pair of tweeters in addition to the existing four speakers. Cool, too, is Honda’s Smart Entry system, which means the key can stay in the driver’s pocket. In others words, the BR-V senses the key’s proximity, and unlocks the central locking system with the touch of a button on the driver’s door handle. Starting is by means of a start/stop button.
But for many the BR-V's biggest drawcard will be its ability to seat seven adults in three seating rows: two front seats, a middle row split 60:40 with
seating for three, and a third row split 50:50, and offering a further two seats. The third row offers seatback recline adjustment for occupant comfort, and is
easily tumbled forward to increase the capacity of the luggage compartment from 223 litres to a generous 691 litres. With both rows of seats folded down, the BR-V can carry a very handy 1 164 litres of luggage. Just as handy is the easy access to the third seating row courtesy of the 60:40 split second seating row that can be tumbled forward. In the case of the Comfort and Elegance models, the second seating row can also slide forwards and backwards, which allows the ratio of legroom and luggage space to be adjusted for even greater versatility. And in what must be close to a record, the BR-V includes no less than 11 cupholders throughout its high-quality cabin. The final cherry on top is the standard inclusion of Honda's fiveyear/200 000km warranty – now that is the true definition of faith in your product. Meanwhile, Comfort and Elegance models also come with a twoyear/30 000 km service plan. Services are at 15 000 km intervals. Nice one, Honda!
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Drives like freedom Jeep is easily one of the world's most iconic auto brands, and as it turns 75 so it proves to be in the best shape of its life...
t was no less than former President and General Dwight Eisenhower who once said “The Jeep, the Dakota, and the Landing Craft were the three tools that won the war.” So to call the Jeep brand “iconic” – even in a world where the word has been sorely debased by being applied to seemingly every second product – is no hyperbole. Indeed, Jeep's lineage goes way back to 1941, to the dark days of WW2, when the US Army contacted 135 companies asking for working prototypes of a four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car. Only two companies responded to the request: American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland. And the Army set what seemed like an impossible deadline of 49 days to supply a working prototype. But in the end, fifteen hundred of each of the three models eventually provided (Bantam BRC-40, Ford GP,
and Willys MA) were built and extensively field-tested. Delmar "Barney" Roos, WillysOverland's chief engineer, made design changes to meet a revised weight specification (a maximum of 578kg including oil and water). He was thus able to use the powerful but comparatively heavy Willys "Go Devil" engine, and win the initial production contract. The Willys version of the car would become the standardised Jeep design, designated the model MB, and was built at their plant in Toledo, Ohio. The familiar pressed-metal Jeep grille was actually a Ford design feature, and was incorporated in the final design by the Army. And early in 1941 Willys-Overland demonstrated the vehicle's off-road capability by having it drive up the steps of the United States Capitol – so
wowing the military brass. As for the origins of the name, well, the popular theory is that the military designation GP (for Government Purposes or General Purpose) was contracted into the word “Jeep.” Another theory is that soldiers at the time were so impressed with the new vehicles that they informally named it after Eugene the Jeep, a character in the popular Popeye comic strip and cartoons. Either way, this little machine rapidly became
the stuff of legend in all applications and all theatres of war, with civilian versions rapidly appearing at the end of hostilities. Cut now to 2016, and Jeep is celebrating its 75th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Jeep brand has created distinctive, unique 75th Anniversary Edition models – Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. And all these limited edition models pay homage to the history of the legendary Jeep brand. The Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary model, for instance, is based on the Grand Cherokee Limited and includes an updated front fascia and grille design, 20-inch bronze alloy wheels, and deep tinted glass. Also included is an updated headlight design, LED fog lights, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and luxury leather trim on the door panels and armrests. The Cherokee 75th Anniversary model is based on the Cherokee Limited, and includes bronze badging, fascia and grille, leather with accent stitching, special 18-inch wheel
design, and dual-pane sunroof. The 75th Anniversary Wrangler Unlimited, meanwhile, is based on the unstoppable, unconquerable Sahara, and features Rock Rail tubular steel side steps, unique 17-inch bronze alloy wheels, and navigation. More exciting news is the advent of the all-new Jeep Compass. A truly global compact SUV, the Jeep Compass will be produced with 17 fuel-efficient powertrain options for consumers in more than 100 countries around the world. This machine boast attributes that include best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep design, and superior on-road driving dynamics. Better yet, the Compass will be available in our part of the world in the second half of 2017. And while details such as exact powertrains, specification and prices are yet to be announced, expect it to be a winner. On all fronts. And even in the compact SUV category, which is arguably the world's most competitive, fiercely traded vehicle segment right now.
As the bumper sticker popular with owners of these icons reads: “It's a Jeep thing... you wouldn't understand.”
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Wild and wonderful
Southeast of Omaruru, Erindi Private Game Reserve has a colourful and complex history, but today – thanks to the determination and passion of the owners, Gert Joubert and nephew Paul - it’s a magic combination of conservation, prolific wildlife, and eco-tourism in the shape of two different experiences, one being the delightful Old Trader’s Lodge
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urn back the clock to 2007,
ethically, numerous research projects
are also invited to see - and participate
were born out of their efforts...from
– in the behind-the-scenes activities of
leopards to aarvarks. Today, those
their conservation projects.
projects are alive and well, and Erindi
It took many years for Erindi to
returned to nature as it should be.
is fully committed to maintaining the
transform itself into a unique, best-
Out went cattle farming, up went
longevity of all wildlife, fauna and
practice eco-tourism and conservation
electrified game fences, and in came
flora on the reserve.
venture, but today, guests reap the
the animals that had once occurred
Guests are not only privileged to share
benefits tenfold. The Old Traders
naturally in the region. In order to
in the extreme beauty of Erindi’s natural
Lodge is set in a glorious wildlife
environment and wild inhabitants, but
continent’s explorers. Extraordinary High Teas, delectable dinners after the game drive, fresh produce some of which is grown in the gardens. Accommodation
Lodge caters for all, with everything from the luxurious VIP suite on the dam walls, complete with views, private deck, fireplace, and splash pool...to the ultra comfortable family suite which has two rooms with an interleading door and shared shower room. In between, there are standard, luxury and superior suites – all superbly comfortable, with nothing left to chance...Old Traders Lodge has a suite just for you. At Erindi, there’s a wealth of activities which extend beyond guided game drives by knowledgeable professionals – private drives; safaris for under 6s; diverse habitats to support the local
Old Traders Lodge has a reputation
day trips; birding; and summer night
wildlife. From dense bush with
for bush luxury, and that begins with
drives. You can choose from a number
mountains, to natural waterholes,
the culinary adventure on which
of fascinating wild walks – rock art
pans and grasslands, at Erindi’s Old
you’re embarking – superb dishes
through to the cheetah walk - visits to
Trader’s Lodge, you’ll have the best
which feature a clever combination
Erindi’s conservation projects such as the
of both worlds – wild and wonderful.
leopard, and even a private photographic
the multiple cooking styles of the
safari. You name it, Erindi has it.
And then there’s the utter relaxation which comes from spending time in the bush. Once you catch sight of the elevated wooden viewing deck, X will mark your spot. It’s a glorious area to relax, and from here, you aren’t distanced from the wildlife... it’s all within sight, the birds, and a plethora of small and big game. If you’re in need of a bush break where you’re guaranteed to be spoilt... Old Traders Lodge is just what the doctor ordered - a prescription for peace and tranquillity, with just the right touch of wilderness and wildlife. http://www.erindi.com (Erindi’s selfcatering and camping component is Camp Elephant, which doesn’t share amenities of Old Traders Lodge)
Storytelling, the Namibian way Namibia has a vast array of spectacular sights, sweeping landscapes and alluring destinations. It is also full to the brim with stories and tales, conveyed by raconteurs and recorded by writers… By Ron Swilling
torytelling began around glowing
Telegraph and the New York Herald
a narrative of travel, exploration
fires under a heaven of twinkling
sent journalist Henry Morton Stanley
to find him. Stanley’s words “Dr
translated into German and Swedish,
coloured moon. Old and young would
Livingstone, I presume?” uttered when
became instant bestsellers and had
gather excitedly around the dancing
he finally met up with Livingstone two
flames. A hush would descend as
years later, were widely reported and
History marched on and with
the storyteller cleared his throat and
the quote remains amongst the most
the establishment of German South
began to talk, weaving his magic,
famous in history. Literature from the
West Africa in 1884 came a flood
creating characters and universes
early explorers and naturalists had a
that would entrance his rapt audience
huge impact. Titles like ‘Eight months
countries in the form of letters,
and take them on a journey into new
in an ox-wagon’ by Sandeman, ‘Shifts
journals and newspapers, painting a
realms and faraway places.
and expedients of camp life, travel
romantic picture of southern Africa.
and exploration’ by Baines and ‘How
After WWI, when the country became
Bushmen, hunters and gatherers of yore,
a South African mandate, storytelling
expanded on the simple tale, leaving
were the first pieces of writing that
took off in earnest with well-known
records of animals they had seen or
introduced Africa to the world; they
classics: ‘The land god made in anger’
messages (to the gods and their fellow
became the spark that would capture
by John Gordon Davis, ‘Fragments of
travellers) carved into rock. These first
a desert land’ (Con Weinberg) and
Namibian travel-writers would precede
and transform the Dark Continent
‘Traumland Südwest’ – ‘Dreamland
their peers by thousands of years and
into a place of adventure, travel
SWA’ (Hans-Otto Meissner).
set the scene for many storytellers
One of the First Peoples, the San or
Names were coined by storytellers
On the southern tip, hunters,
who would follow.
Africa became known to the Western
traders and missionaries, as well as
covered the story of the aircraft
world when Portuguese explorers
adventurers and explorers, began
that went missing along the coast in
to cross over the Orange River/
1933. He suggested that the pilot’s
waters in the 1400s looking for new
Gariep, heading north into Great
bones might one day be found along
trade routes. But, it was the 19th
Namaqualand in the late 1700s and
the ‘Skeleton Coast, the graveyard
century explorers like Livingstone
1800s. They generated some of the
of ships and men’, and in so doing
and Stanley, many seeking the source
penned a name for one of the most
of the enigmatic Nile, who wrote
Africa and influenced many aspirant
travel logs and books that reached
and influenced the populace.
desolate coastlines in Africa.
Stories continued to be generated
over the years by wordsmiths like
When Livingstone was presumed
‘Notes of travel in South-Western
Doc Immelman and prolific and
lost in Africa, the London Daily
Africa’ and his ‘Okavango River,
popular writer, Lawrence Green, who
brought the characters of the country
numerous that before they knew
alive and blew the spirit of life into
it they had filled six volumes from
unknown towns and distant lands.
cover to cover – and there is still so
Prior to Namibian independence in
much more to tell. Gondwana also
1990, literature started to appear about
explored storytelling in the theme of
the injustices of apartheid and later,
their lodges, offering the traveller a
material about the liberation struggle (eg.
fuller, richer experience.
Hendrik Witbooi’s letters) was printed. In the stability ushered in after independence,
like Andersson’s ‘Okavango River’ and Henno Martin’s ‘The Sheltering
felt safe to explore this intriguing
desert country and lodges sprang
remains the travel-writing engraved
up like flowers in the springtime.
in the rocks at Twyfelfontein, which
The Gondwana Collection, one of
receives hundreds of visitors each
the lodge companies to grow in
day to wonder at the stories carved
the fertile soil, took storytelling
into rock so long ago.
Ah, storytelling – the food that
recording the marvellous stories
feeds the soul. It allows us to dream
of people and places before they
were lost to time. They included
informs and inspires. Long may
topics as diverse as the origin
it enthral us, taking us out of the
of the name ‘Namibia’ and
monotony of our daily lives to a
Mukorob, the rock pinnacle
place of magic where we are once
known as ‘The finger of
again children, sitting enraptured
God’, as well as fascinating
around a fire on a star-studded night
tales of colourful Namibian
and the world is a vast ocean on
characters. The stories were so
Over time, even with bestsellers
which we can set sail.
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When Sir Francis Drake sailed into Table Bay he said, ‘This cape is the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.’ Little has changed. Except that a very astute entrepreneur has used his talents and a professional team to create a haven of luxury accommodation along the most prestigious real estate in South Africa, the Atlantic seaboard.’ By: The Roving Ambassador
ieter Brundyn, CEO of Inresidence appears to have property in his
DNA. Many years ago, he cut his hospitality teeth at a Chateau in France and currently manages over 50 high end properties in Cape Town.
renovations, design, villa management, day to day rentals and concierge services – he has unmatched expertise and experience in this premium market. Pieter is adamant though that his core business is short and long terms rentals at all levels. Although he could be called a ‘serial entrepreneur’ Pieter has the business acumen to focus on what he does best. He saw a niche in the market for providing a full service to owners of high end villas and homes and the guests who stay in them. The
Inresidence is the minimally invasive but personalised service. He maintains you have to exceed the expectations of the sector, dubbed, ‘LSM astronauts,’ a market already au fait with sumptuousness. ‘They live it, drive it and travel it. They
fine dine, know their Chateau Palmer
But not Pieter – he says you have to
from their Chateau Mouton Rothschild,
trust in your staff – to know that they
their Girard-Perregaux from their Franck
are capable of both requested and
Muller and keep Viglietti Motors afloat.
anticipatory service. He believes in the
Discerning doesn’t even begin to cover
adage that you ‘don’t tell people how to
it’. Although his portfolio of properties
do things, tell them what to do and let
are masterpieces of architecture and
them surprise you with the results.’ He
is not just surprised but delighted at the
way his team seamlessly work together
luxury, it’s no use simply throwing
to create the perfect experience for the
designer fixtures and fittings at them,
guest, creating a loyal clientele.
service is the defining factor.
It’s also who you know and Pieter has
And, of course he cannot do it all
a network of thoroughly vetted service
so has a savvy, handpicked team of
providers. Anything from a concierge
employees, each with a particular niche.
to chauffeurs, butlers, chefs, caterers,
’We keep the chain of communication
baby sitters, personal shoppers, yoga
going with WhatsApp groups, each
instructors, masseuses, personal trainers,
employee has a smart phone and in
and VIP protection services. People
the managerial positions a credit card
who can be called upon for access to
and vehicles trackers’. And although
jets, helicopters, armed security, a table
he might not do it all his is a hands on
in a restaurant that is booked a year in
approach which is why the chain of
advance or tickets to a sold out show.
services is well oiled: Booking agents,
The team is equipped for any emergency
drivers, butlers, chefs, shoppers and,
whether it’s running out of milk or, even
of course, the backend team of admin
worse, the Dom Perignon P2.
that would make adminphobics weep.
Management is more than changing the sheets and cleaning the house after the guests have gone. It is a detailed, personalised,
or intelligent coddling. The service journey begins at the airport where one of the Inresidence’s fleet of cars collects guests. And because some guests are discerning about the vehicle they opt to travel in, the team ensure they have those cars available. Most clients are through word of mouth referrals, but In Residence works with a few select booking agents who he trusts. Although there is a housekeeper at each villa, in order to control the level of catering and service Pieter prefers his tenants to make use of the butler and chef service. ‘That way, we like to control the outcome of the experience for the guest’
The villa owner Inresidence offers a premium service for high end owners of property in Cape Town. What the company refers to as ‘lifestyle management’. A service that not only sees to the maintenance and security of your property, but also seeks to secure short-term rental returns from discreet, high net worth visitors. It
renovations, interior decorating - to maintenance and security, maintenance of motor vehicles kept on the property, ensuring it is immaculate at all times and that all amenities and facilities are fully operational. ‘We believe our home owners should not have their lifestyle interrupted by administration and maintenance.’ Clientele, in terms of management of villas, includes those who live there and those who are transient guests. Apart from service it is the company’s reputation for integrity and transparency that has him managing the top 50 prime properties in Cape Town. ‘It often starts with an owner approaching me to oversee their renovations. We consult with various architects, there is no one size fits all and I don’t have a favourite architect for projects. The properties are unique – they need different nuances and these can only come from a tailored approach. Each renovation is done on merit and the perfect fit found. This applies to interior design too. Trust is
pivotal in all our business dealings. We pass on any discounts and always supply
expenses, to accommodate owners checking the accounts. We work closely with each owner and offer advice from the quality of mattresses and linen to the range of glasses which need to be purchased. ’ The BBC rated Cape Town as one of the top 50 places you should visit before you die. Judging by Inresidence’s clientele, it appears that Pieter’s portfolio is likely to be voted as the top 50 properties to stay in in the Mother City. After all, the Atlantic Seaboard is the most sought after real estate in South Africa. This stretch boasts dazzling blue flag beaches, world class restaurants, bars, bistros, coffee shops and accommodation – a playground for locals and tourists alike - with some of the most stunning views in the Western Cape. Inresidence ensures that you're able to make the most of your stay in one of the most sought after tourist destinations. After all, they believe that it’s there to be enjoyed to the full. That life should be effortless. What’s not to like?
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often react differently to the locally
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produced wines and therefore every
what it stood for, and still stands for.
Michelangelo’s result is interesting.
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the 1 000-mark in 2003. In 2009 annual
“It remains the aim of Michelangelo
entries surpassed the 1 500 mark and
to add value to the medals which our
2016 saw entries approaching 2000.
winners receive, and to this end we have signed a three-way agreement with
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three Grand’Ors, 13 gold and 16 silver medals were awarded in this class.
three Honorary Cape Wine Masters,
2016 also saw a drastic increase in the
Dave Hughes, who was joined by spirits
number of entries received from foreign
consultant Kristina Wolf from Germany
producers, and more than 120 wines and
and brandy and spirits specialist Chris
spirits were entered from Australia, Italy,
Alblas from the Netherlands. Local
France, the Czech Republic, Lebanon,
judges Dr Winnie Bowman and Dr Andy
Chile, Moravia, China, Croatia, Slovakia
Roediger joined the spirits panel, which
and Slovenia. The best foreign wine was
also judged the liqueur and brandy
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and went to the Home of Origin Wine for
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their French La Folie Douce Merlot 2014.
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The class which received the highest
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Jean Smullen from Ireland
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Increased foreign entries
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Champagne entries from France, as
• Shiraz: 41% of the 180 Shiraz
well as Prosecco entries from Italy. In
entries received awards as follows:
total, sparkling wine entries showed
2 Platinums, 15 Gran d’Ors, 32 gold
an increase of almost 30% with a total
and 24 silver medals
of 91 entries. In this class the Méthode Classique trophy, sponsored by African Cellar Suppliers, was awarded to the Spar
Champagne Pierre Mignon Rosé de Saignee from France. In addition
• Pinotage: 35% of the 126 Pinotages entered, received awards • Chardonnay: 141 entries were received, of which 34% received awards • 185 Sauvignon Blanc were entered, of which 24% received awards Ronnie Lau from China
Eduardo Viotti, judge from Brazil and Andrej Ondrejmiska, judge from Slovakia, discuss a point while judging a flight of the 180 Shiraz entries
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Investing in Agriculture Projects â€“ In Africa W
ith global population estimated to rise to 8 billion by 2020, it is guaranteed that global demand for food consumption is projected to rise considerably. Local, regional and global investors are thus on the look-out for large tracts of land to ensure food security in the long term. Africa, the motherland, is home to vast tracts of land with 60% of the land being arable and providing agricultural diversity. With commodity prices taking a hit and food imports increasing into Africa, an opportunity presents itself for Africa to have establishment of primary production and agro processing industries. This is thus providing investors through private equity firms with the prospect of getting stable returns in the long run and diversify their portfolios. Private Equity firms and investors have considered the high risks involved in agribusiness in Africa. The main risks which have deterred investment into agribusiness in Africa include dilapidated and poor infrastructure, unguaranteed yields brought about by erratic rainfall patterns, drought, lengthy regulatory procedures which provides a stumbling block for funds with usually a term life of 10 years or even less and ultimately political instability in Africa. However in recent times especially generalist funds are gradually starting to invest in Africa through DFI ( Development Finance Support) who are crucial contributors to agricultural private equity funds. Private Equity firms can now look into investing in agricultural production and agro processing and open new portfolios
for themselves. They can now look to buy into green-field agro projects at low entry prices, foster growth upto full scale operations, removal of barriers from a regulatory perspective and allow for capital growth. The emergence of irrigation facilities, a skilled labour force and political blueprints being administered by Governments provide upsides for investment in Agriculture in Africa. The main areas private equity firms are looking to invest in are primary industries, including production of crops, poultry, livestock and seed processing. Secondary industry, this includes agro processing industries and tertiary services which comprise services support, retailers of farm inputs and export trade facilities. The returns expected in agribusiness whether, it is investment in cotton farming, cocoa plantation, sugar refining, fertiliser blending plants, can attain ROI of 15% or higher. The benefits to private equity firms are that in line with respective investment strategy, financial performance and social impact, with private equity firms being involved and have DFI support, allows for preservation of capital that facilitates solid returns and provides industry agnotistic. From an social impact this investment ticks the boxes as it assists in poverty alleviation and job creation. This, in the example of Namibia ties in with the Harambee Prosperity plan. The then target investee companies for the PE firms will be small scale farmers and receive provision of contract farming and agro processing financial services. From an exit strategy
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A Country of Presidents A sketch about driving the development of leader-managers
re we, as leader-managers, sleepwalking towards disaster? An epiphany-like question emerged in my mind while listening to Trevor Manuel addressing leaders at the recent Die Burger and Cape Town Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year event. He triggered this epiphany by referring to South Africa’s presidential oath with an interesting twist: “This ought to be an oath taken by every citizen of this country.” It is worth quoting the oath to answer my Heraclitean ‘sleepwalking’ question: In the presence of everyone assembled here, and in full realisation of the high calling I assume as President of the Republic of South Africa, I, A.B., swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa, and will obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other law of the Republic; and I solemnly and sincerely promise that I will always— ●● promote all that will advance the Republic, and oppose all that may harm it; ●● protect and promote the rights of all South Africans; ●● discharge my duties with all my strength and talents to the best of my knowledge and ability and true to the dictates of my conscience; ●● do justice to all; and ●● devote myself to the well-being of the Republic and all of its people. So help me God. If we read this with sincerity, pausing at the keywords underlined, it will feel like listening to big boulders rolling at the bottom of a river, allowing us to experience the gravitas of what is promised. This oath has the potential to awaken the ‘sleepwalkers’ in business, government and civil society. So, how do we bring the philosophy and practice together? How do we venture towards ‘a country of
presidents’? There is both despair and hope. Herein lies the despair: In the absence of a critical mass of ‘presidentially oathed’ leader-managers, ‘sleepwalking’ continues and Homo sapiens (wise man) turns into Homo demens (mad man): ●● Public discourse resembles a mudslinging contest; it is devoid of sound political, sociological, philosophical and historical thought. ●● Business, societal and political leaders view themselves as gods and act as such, and the masses affirm these views with their ‘sleepwalking’, devoted only to their own well-being. ●● The leader-manager’s constitutional obligation to “heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights” remains absent. ●● Injustices to women and children receive a meagre 16-day package deal. ●● When ‘strengths and talents’ are bereft of conscience, the meaningful discharge of duties becomes compromised. Industries collude to the detriment of consumers. Government officials connive to allocate lucrative contracts to friends and family. Church leaders utter vacuous platitudes to leverage tithes. Herein lies the hope: Homo sapiens steps forward and significant potential, current and future, is released: ●● By replacing ‘President’ with one’s own title, whether CEO, directorgeneral, mayor, community leader, or whatever, and pausing at the deep words, thought and behaviour is renewed. ●● Competence and character fuse. ●● One is taken beyond a job or career, to a vocation, a calling. ●● Power is channelled towards becoming a moral giant instead of
an enthroned god. The celebrity culture is broken. ●● Converting the oath into conduct takes courage. In that perceptive moment, one’s maturity as leader is confirmed and one relinquishes all childish giggling forever. The task ahead is greater than oneself. ●● A ‘presidential’ choice motivates decisions fuelled by conscience. As leader, one offers one’s people a sense of safety; as follower, one devotes oneself to support one’s ‘awakened’ leaders. ●● One acts ‘presidentially’ for the common good in one’s company or political party, to “improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person”. ●● As leader of a management or business school, one revisits the curriculum to produce not little industry soldiers, but presidents for business, government and civil society. One uses one’s convening power to awaken the ‘sleepwalkers’. It is only when we act ‘presidentially’, i.e. as the oath to greatness requires, that we will use our freedom and responsibility to make a conscious decision to ‘build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations’. On that the Constitution is clear. So help me God.
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Our highly trained cabin Os nossos assistentes de cabin, altamente profissionais, attendants are at your service on estão ao seu dispor em todos os nossos vôos para a sua all our flight, for your safety and segurança e conforto. comfort.
Unser versiertes Flugpersonal steht Ihnen während des Fluges jederzeit zur Verfügung. Für Ihre Sicherheit und Bequemlichkeit sind Sie bei unserer Crew in besten Händen.
We carry first-aid kits on all our flights, should a passenger need assistance for minor conditions.
Existe kits de primeiros socorros a bordo todos os nossos Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist vôos, se os passageiros precisarem de assistência com auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich condições médicas relativamente menores. immer an Bord.
As a safety precaution, it is important to read the safety card stored in the seat pocket in front of you
Como medida de segurança, é importante ler o cartão segurança armazenado no bolso do assento à sua frente
Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit bitten wir Sie, sich die in der Zeitschriftentasche vor Ihnen benfindliche Sicherheits-Instruktionen aufmerksam durchzulesen.
Life vests are stored under your seat. Only use them as demonstrate, and only when instructed by the cabin attendants.
Coletes salva-vidas são armazenados por de baixo do seu Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf assento. Use-os conforme a demonstração e somente Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. quando instruído pelos assistentes de cabin.
Smoking is prohibited on all Air Namibia flights.
É proibido fumar em todos os vôos da Air Namibia.
Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein absolutes Rauchverbot.
Seats must be in the upright position during take-off and landing. For your own safety, you are required to fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated and we recommend that you keep your belt fastened throughout the flights.
Assentos devem estar na posição vertical durante a decolagem e aterragem. Para sua própria segurança, você é obrigado a apertar o cinto sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança é iluminado e nós recomendamos que mantenhas apertado o cinto durante todo o vôo.
Während Start und Landung müssen sich die Sitzlehnen in aufrechter Position benfinden. Bitte schnallen Sie sich an, sobald das Anschnallzeichen aufleuchtet. Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit empfehlen wir während des gesamten Fluges angeschnallt zu bleiben.
We offer complimentray meals, and beverages on all our flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals are available upon request when making reservations.
Nós oferecemos refeições e bebidas de cortesia em todos os nossos vôos.Dietas-especiais ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante uma solicitação ao fazer reservas.
Auf unseren Flügen werden Mahlzeiten und Getränke serviert. Diätische oder vegetarische Mahlzeiten können bei der Flugbuchung angefragt werden
ENGLISH We carry an extensive range of duty free products at competitive prices on selected flights. please refer to our catalogue for details.
PORTUGUESE Nós carregamos uma extensa variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos em vôos selecionados. Por favor, consulte o nosso catálogo para mais detalhes.
GERMAN An Bord ist ein umfangreiches Sortiment an Duty-Free-Produkten zu attraktiven Preisen erhältlich. Informationen hierzu entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Duty-FreeKatalog.
Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e visual estão programmes are available on disponíveis nos vôos operados através dos nossos Flights operated using our A330 aeronaves A330 e A319. and A319 aircraft.
Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen verfügbar.
Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar can be adjusted to provide a refrescante. refreshing stream of air.
Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über individuelle Frischluftdüsen.
Health regulations in some countries require that the aircraft cabin must be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.
Um den Gesundheitsvorschriften einiger Länder zu entsprechen, muss die Flugzeugkabine mit einem für den Menschen unbedenklichen Spray behandelt werden. Wir empfehlen dennoch, die Atemwege durch Vorhalten eines Taschentuchs zu schützen.
Regulamentos de saúde em determinados países exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O pulverizador é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.
Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê recomendamos que você we recommend you request a solicite um berço especialmente nos vôos de longo curso. bassinet especially on the longhaul flights.
Sollten Sie mit einem Baby reisen, empfehlen wir Ihnen besonders auf Langsteckenfügen ein Babybett zu beantragen.
Please do not place any luggage Por favor não coloque bagagem por de baixo do assento under seats at the emergency de saída de emergência. Bagagem de mão deve ser exit seat. armazenado na estiva sobrecarga
“Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Verstauen von Handgepäck unter Ihrem Sitz an den Notausgängen nicht gestattet ist.“
Carry-on luggage should be stored in the overhead stowage.
Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.
We suggest that passengers do Sugerimos que os passageiros effectuam exercícios de stretching exercises, and move alongamento e movementam-se durante vôo para melhorar a circulação sanguínea. during the flight to improve blood circulation.
Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt.
With over 700 scheduled flights per month, our network and reliable service makes us the best solution for your freight needs. No matter how big or small your parcel is, from the size of an envelope to the size of an elephant, we will get it there for you in GOOD TIME. We provide security for valuable and dangerous goods. We also handle highly perishable goods, and even live animals.
For bookings contact us on telephone number +26461299 6610/11 or via email on cargo.@airnamibia.aero. For more details, please visit our website on www.airnamibia.com.na, select the cargo icon and navigate easily to get all information you need.
New Destinations Windhoek - Durban Return From
Windhoek - Gaborone Return From
Durban Starting on 30 October 2016 For Bookings email@example.com Town Office:+264 61 299 6111 Book Online: www.airnamibia.com
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Airbus A330-200 Business Class
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
860 km/h 233 000 kg
Airbus A319 -100 Business Class
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
820 km/h 70 000 kg
Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class
820 km/h 19 000 kg
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
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 www.airnamibia.com.na
Schedule 30 October 2016 to 25March 2017 ( ALL times local) NOTE: SW285/6 not to operate on Tuesdays from the 06 December 2016 to 21 March 2017. NOTE: check-in time should be two hours before departure.
International Flight no SW 286
Cape Town (via Windhoek)
Johannesburg (via Windhoek)
Flight No SW 704
From Cape Town
Frankfurt (via Windhoek)
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun
Frankfurt (via Windhoek)
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 19:10
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 16:10
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Domestic Flight No
Mon, Tue, Thu
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
SW 125 Flight SW 133No
Eros From Eros
SW 133 101 SW SW 143 105 SW
Eros Eros Eros Luderitz
Rundu To Katima Mulilo
Sun Days Wed, Fri Mon, Daily Sun
14:15 15:20 Departure Arrival 10:05 11:35 07:00 08:00 10:00 11:30
SW 143 107 SW SW 146 107 SW
Eros Luderitz Eros Luderitz
Ondangwa Oranjemund) Windhoek(via Ondangwa Windhoek
Mon,Sat Tue, Thu Thu, Mon,Sat Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Thu,
14:30 12:55 17:45 12:55
15:30 13:30 18:45 15:15
SW 134 125 SW SW 125 SW 134
Eros Mulilo Katima Eros Katima Mulilo
Rundu Eros Rundu Eros
Sun Tue Wed,Wed, Fri Fri Mon, Sun Sun
17:25 14:15 14:30 12:15
18:25 15:15 15:35 13:55
SW 126 133 SW 126 133
Eros Rundu Eros Rundu
Katima Mulilo Eros Katima Mulilo Eros
Mon,FriWed, Fri Wed, Sun Sun
14:15 12:05 10:05 16:05
15:20 13:45 11:35 17:10
SW 144 143 143 SW 145
Luderitz Oranjemund Luderitz Oranjemund
Oranjemund Windhoek Windhoek(via Oranjemund) Luderitz
Thu, Sat Sat Thu, Thu, Sat Tue
10:00 15:50 12:55 14:00
11:30 16:55 13:30 15:15
146 SW 145 134 SW 102
Luderitz Oranjemund Katima Mulilo Ondangwa
Windhoek(via Luderitz) Windhoek Eros Eros
Tue Tue Mon, Wed, Fri Daily
12:55 13:10 14:15 13:10
15:15 13:45 15:15 15:15
134 SW 106 126 SW 108
Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Rundu Ondangwa
Eros Eros Eros Eros
Sun Tue, Thu Mon, Wed,Tue, Fri Wed, Thu, Fri Mon,
12:15 08:30 12:05 16:00
13:55 09:30 13:45 17:00
126 SW 108
144 SW 164
Oranjemund Walvis Bay
Thu, Sat Daily
Ondangwa Katima Mulilo Ondangwa Oranjemund
145 SW 713
Oranjemund Walvis Bay
Luderitz Cape Town
SW 737 145
Walvis Bay Oranjemund
Johannesburg Windhoek (via Luderitz)
SW 143 102
SW 143 106
Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Eros
Thu, Mon,Sat Tue, Thu
SW 145 108 SW 145 108
Windhoek Ondangwa Windhoek Ondangwa
Oranjemund Eros Luderitz(via Oranjemund) Eros
Tue Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Tue Sun
11:25 19:15 11:25 18:55
12:40 20:15 13:45 19:55
SW 163 164
Windhoek Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay Windhoek
Oranjemund (via Luderitz)
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