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Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • James Siddall • Corlette Wessels • Johan Steyn • Anne Schauffer • Kabelo Kim Modise • Phil Ruimte • Mark Pettipher • David Sneath • Richard Wiley • Various Sources • Roger de la Harpe • Namibia Exclusive • Roy Watts • Alexander Cahlenstein • Paul Maritz • Sani Mountain Lodge • • Mokuti Etosha Lodge Advertising Sales Media Nova Namibia Ferreira’s Garden Centre Shop #2, Maxwell Street Southern Industrial Area Windhoek, NAMIBIA MARNOX MEDIA 122 Barkston Drive, Blairgowrie, 2194, South Africa Tel: +27 (0)11 789 6614 Fax: +27 (0)11 789 8320 Cell: +27 (0)82 458 1629 E-mail: Web:

In this month’s Flamingo

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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia.


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



In July this year, David Sneath of Australia, signed up for a Pangolin Express photographic safari in Namibia. He told Flamingo about the people, the landscape, the laughs, and, yes, the longing to go back. 28 My obsession with wildlife and wildlife photography Corlette Wessel’s with an obsession with wildlife and wildlife photography.

Chris Coetzee +264 (0)81 668 0697

50 Noble standing amongst its peers

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56 Everything goes better with?

TEAM NAMIBIA Media Nova Namibia cc is a proud partner of Team Namibia


16 Photography on track?

34 Sorris Sorris – authenticity in the wilds

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Sorris Sorris is the first of four Namibia Exclusive joint-venture lodges to open their doors, and the first guests in, don’t want to leave! 42 Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge – private and perfect Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge - the first hint of habitation. On the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains sits a thirty-hectare vineyard, which produces some of South Africa’s finest wines, among them is the award winning Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé. Kabelo Kim Modise is a master of contours, and for this exhibition at the MOAD Museum of African Design. 62 Motoring Namwheels - Launch report: Audi Q7, James Siddall gives us a new model roundups, Beamer Brilliance – BMW. 76 Zambia’s Ark - South Luangwa There’s something for everyone in South Luangwa, and this presents a (pleasant) problem when deciding which lodge to choose from the thirty-five on offer. 88 Gone… mining for diamonds Imagine going to visit a friend somewhere in the German countryside circa 1908 and finding this note on his door: “gone… mining for diamonds.” 94 Wambo chicken What is Wambo Chicken? With a recipe on how to cook it. 102 A kingdom of unspoilt majesty, Sani Pass & Sani Mountain Lodge


Nestled at the very tip of the African continent sits the world’s highpoint – Sani Mountain Lodge, which summits the notorious Sani Pass at 2876m above sea level, not to forget that it is also the world’s highest pub! 112 Mokuti Etosha Lodge – the oasis in the wilderness Being literally a few minutes away from the vastness of Etosha National Park is just one of the many reasons why guests return time and time again to Mokuti Etosha Lodge. 122 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation. 128 High Humour

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

Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds. 132 Entertainment Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard. 134 Air Namibia’s Flight Schedule Plan your next trip on your favourite airline.


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JAZZ AFFAIR Hage Geingob Stadium, 24 October 2015

Do you remember the first time you heard jazz music? Relive that experience and fall in love with jazz all over again at this year’s Windhoek Jazz Festival. Join us in the Windhoek Lager VIP dome and enjoy performances by Africa’s best jazz musicians. Let Jonathan Butler, Sean K and Fu Jazz All Stars remind you of how seductive jazz can be, while you relax in comfort with an ice-cold Windhoek Lager and gourmet cuisine. For more details on how to get into the Windhoek Lager VIP dome visit Windhoek Lager has been a proud premium sponsor of the Windhoek Jazz Festival for three years, and we look forward to welcoming you to this year’s star-studded event.

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

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

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

Our highly trained cabin attendants are at your service on all our flights, for your safety and comfort.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e vídeo estão Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord programmes are available on disponíveis nos nossos voos de longo curso e de médio unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen flights operated using our A330 curso verfügbar. and A319 aircraft. Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar. und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über can be adjusted to provide a individuelle Frischluftdüsen. refreshing stream of air. Regulamentos de saúde em determinados aeroportos exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O spray é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.

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

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


Electronic Bonus

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

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

Miles Expiry

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

Activation Rules

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

Missing Miles

Enrolment Bonus

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

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

Spending Miles

Corporate Clients

For more information visit:

Air Namibia has also introduced the If you do not

Corporate Client component to the

have enough miles for a free ticket, you


can purchase miles in batches of 1000

For more information on the Corporate






miles at N$220 – this is only applicable



if you have 50% or more of the value of

employees. Members can accumulate

the Award ticket available. Award tickets

miles in both corporate as well as personal

are valid for 12 months from the date of

accounts, depending on directives from

issue and are processed and issued after

their corporate head.

payment of Airport taxes is received.

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

Very Important Note:

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

Our Fleet Average Fleet Age: 7 years

Airbus A330-200 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Cruising Speed

860 km/h

Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000l

Maximum Take-off Weight

233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860l

Maximum Take-off Weight

70 000 kg

Number of Aircraft




Height (m)


Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers


Wing Span (m)


Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198l

Maximum Take-off Weight

19 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class

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To North America and beyond





To Asia and beyond









Lusaka Katima Ondangwa Rundu Mulilo

Victoria Falls



Walvis Bay Luderitz Oranjemund

Cape Town

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

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

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Baggage Guidelines

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

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

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

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

Free allowance for checked in baggage

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

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

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

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

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

1 piece not exceeding 23 kg’s

Frankfurt route

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

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

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

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

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

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Namibia: a land of culture, heritage... and flavour!

Welcome to another Spur country. Okahandja

GRAND LAKE SPUR Okahandja Shopping Centre. (00264) 625 02 711




Corner of 5th Avenue & Ernst Kalweit Street. (00264) 63 22 4123




Maroela Mall. (00264) 65 23 2064




Woermann Street, Stadtmitte. (00264) 64 462 755





Walvis Bay

Tsumeb Shopping Centre. (00264) 67 22 1270

Walvis Bay


140 Ninth Street. (00264) 64 20 7991



The Grove Mall, Shop 500, Kleine Kuppe. (00264) 61 25 0423 Keetmanshoop 6996S Air Namibia Magazine


Maerua Lifestyle Centre, Centaurus Street. (00264) 61 30 3711


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Photography on track? In July this year, David Sneath of Australia, signed up for a Pangolin Express photographic safari in Namibia. He told Flamingo about the people, the landscape, the laughs, and, yes, the longing to go back. Words & Photographs by: David Sneath

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eight-day train trip through Namibia

from Australia, to those from Dubai,

with 40 other guests on what was billed

Switzerland, USA and South Africa,

as a photographic safari. In reality, we

with a wide mixture of ages, couples

had guests with photo skills ranging from

and singles. The ‘Desert Express’ train,

iPhones to state-of-the-art professional

as it’s known when not commandeered

DSLR rigs. Two years ago, I’d done a

by Pangolin Photo Safaris, had recently

photo safari with Pangolin in Botswana’s

enjoyed a fit-out upgrade, so this was her

Chobe National Park, and as soon as I

maiden voyage since her recent face-lift

heard that Gerhard “Guts” Swanepoel

and tummy-tuck.

from Pangolin Photo Safaris was running






this train trip, I signed up swiftly.

chairs, a small table and an overhead

Guts is one of the finest photographic

bunk. While we enjoyed dinner in the

teachers I’ve come across on the 15

evenings, the train staff, to create the

photographic tours, which I’ve done

lower single bed, folded two of the

throughout numerous countries – he was

armchairs down. Each air-conditioned

also supported by a second photographic

cabin was en suite, but in typical

guide, Bianca Preusker (Cape Town Photo


Tours), and between them, they’ve led

planning; if you dropped the soap in

countless tours in Namibia. I wasn’t going

the shower, you may have needed a

to miss this one.

medical procedure to have one of the







Pangolin Express. Guests ranged from

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sanitary fixtures removed from some part of your anatomy.

The meals were exceptional. Everything from Biltong Soup to Fillet of Oryx, all served with local wines. Each night had a new menu, with an equally great variety of choices. We ate, drank and laughed well. This train trip was something I would recommend to everyone, as it’s probably one of the very few adventures left where you can relish a glass of G&T, champagne, wine or beer with an exquisite dinner, as the scenery slowly rolls past the diningcar windows. The quality of the trip went beyond the meals. Pangolin had planned the train’s arrival ahead at each stop so as to coincide with perfect lighting for photography. More impressive still, was their plan for astronomical photography – the train stopped in the middle of the Namib Desert on the very night that there was no moon. As well as arranging hundreds of permits (everywhere we disembarked the train to visit a sight), Pangolin has two brand-new 25-seater busses, which follow the train’s schedule. Wherever or whenever we needed to transfer from the train to a particular site, the busses were waiting at the railway siding. Day one began

Day 1

with us gathering at



Windhoek station, where we were welcomed, briefed and – while our luggage was whisked off - dispatched to our cabins. Smack on midday, the Pangolin Express rolled out of town and headed south, while we settled into our cabins, where we after reconvened in the lounge car to meet up with our fellow travellers. How much better can life get, than watching the glorious scenery slide past as we relaxed in splendid luxury, rolling through the Auas hills, while sipping on a chilled glass of wine or an ice cold Windhoek lager? Not much.

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Day 2





so soothing about sleeping on a train, as it rolls rhythmically through the night, destination Holoog, a railway siding. Up we got, and boarded the coaches to wind our way through pristine, semi arid landscapes to the Fish River Canyon, the second biggest canyon on earth… and undoubtedly a natural wonder of southern Africa. The lighting was just perfect, with the sun behind us – we’d arrived shortly after sunrise, which





spectacular colours of the canyon. Back on the train for brunch, we rolled on towards Seeheim station, where our coaches awaited us for an excursion to the somewhat spooky, archaic looking quiver tree forest and a magnificent sunset. Shortly after the sun dropped, we were schooled on the skills needed to capture the best star-trail photography and “light painting”… and we proceeded to do just that. Pre-dinner drinks and a sumptuous dinner awaited us back on the train, as we sat back sipping… and the train rolled on.

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Day three was a

dunes, with strongly modelled shadows

bright 5am start to

sculpted by the wind at Dead Vlei. For

the ghost town of

those who fancied it, an alternative

Kolmanskop, well before

adventure was an uplifting, dawn, hot-

any other tourists had arrived. The

air balloon flight, with a champagne

sand dunes creeping into the desolate

breakfast, where the locals cut off the head

structures afforded some spectacular

of the champagne bottles with a machete

and often “eerie” photographs. Our well-

-none of that sissy corkscrew nonsense

deserved lunch was back on board the

for Namibians!

Day 3

Pangolin Express, as it headed back east to the small village of Keetmanshoop.

Everywhere we turned, photographic opportunities presented themselves.

We left the train at Mariental, luggage

We walked through the 30 metre-

in hand, for a two-night stay at the

deep Sesriem Canyon with its layers

Namib Desert Lodge at Sossusvlei. For

of exposed conglomerate stone and

the next two days, we explored the most

particularly challenging photographic

spectacular sand dune desert on the

lighting. Every turn was a learning

planet. We reveled in the solitude and

curve. We headed out in 4 x 4 vehicles

awe-inspiring landscapes of the world’s

along the vivid red petrified dunes,

oldest desert – the Namib. This area is

to lap up a sundowner of nibbles

truly a photographer’s smörgåsbord, with

and G&Ts, as well as experiencing a

strikingly colourful and spectacular sand

spectacular golden red sunset over the

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Namib dunes.

Day 6

Hard to believe, but




already here; time to h e a d out through the Namib Naukluft National Park on gravel roads to the icy Atlantic ocean. We stopped off at Moose McGregor’s famous bakery (pasties to die for) in Solitaire, and to view the bizarre rock formations of the Gaub Pass and the Kuiseb Canyon. The town of Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast has a very German character derived from its colonial past, and we strolled along the waterside promenade, did souvenir shopping, or enjoyed coffee and cake in one of the many street cafÊs.

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Day 7


good to see how others had captured

Express remained

the country. He also recited (almost)




overnight, so day seven











allowed an early start for a variety

embarrassment or memorable events.

of optional excursions, including a

It was a wonderful, fun evening,

boat cruise or a morning simply

shared with great new friends who


shared common interests.








camera departed

This was it, trip over, Windhoek

Swakopmund around lunchtime, and

here we come; but we had time en

climbed eastwards onto the inland

route for one last stop at the Okapuka

plateau with its panoramic view of the

Game Reserve.

desolate gravel plains.

It’s never great ending a holiday,

By the afternoon, we had reached Ebony






but when it’s one where you’ve met and





an excursion to the 1700m high

extended your skills, and thrilled to a



new landscape and its people… it was


a real downer. We took our inevitable

Massive granite blocks balanced over

group shots, swopped details, and all

deep rifts and stunted acacias shaped

agreed, sincerely, it had been magical

the landscape in the golden afternoon

from start to finish.





sun, where we remained until sunset to take advantage of the perfect

We’d see each other again, same place, same train, same Pangolin.

light conditions. On the last night back on the Pangolin Express, Guts had organised a sample from the many photographs participants had taken… and it was

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My obsession with wildlife and wildlife photography By: Corlette Wessels

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am a mom, wife and business woman



most, nature photography. I am blessed



that I have a family who support and

and wildlife photography. Photography

environment and their interaction with

understand my passion, who enable

allows me to capture a fleeting moment

one another. I obtained my own Nikon

me do this. Although it is becoming

in nature, that I have experienced,

camera only a few years back in 2006,

harder and harder for me to get away

which I am able to share with you. The

when I started to get into photography

due to family commitments and the

image takes us back time and time again

after a trip to the Kgalagadi. After this,

busy schedule of the children, I will

thereby enabling us to experience the

my collection got bigger and my “hobby”

soon have to get away for short long

feeling, the texture, and the emotion

became my obsession!

weekends. The reason that I need to

with an obsession with wildlife

of that very special moment. I enjoy

photographing especially




I run my own business and consult

get away on my own, is so that I can

with a few companies in the Retail

focus on my photography only and if

strategic market. I got married in 1994

needs be, to sit and wait at a sighting

and after 15 years of marriage, we

to get that “shot”. I have waited seven

had our first child. We now have two

hours for a leopard to come out of a

children, a boy and a girl, who both

cave in the Kgalagadi, sitting in my car

keep me very busy. We stay on a game

in temperatures of 42°C+ in February,

farm just outside of Johannesburg,

but it was well worth the wait.

South Africa and have eleven dogs, two

My hope is that you will feel my

cats, geese, ducks and so much more.

deep love and respect for nature and

The best part of each day for me is to

animals through my photography, by

arrive home and stand on our wooden

reading some of my blog posts and also

deck, to watch the kudu come down

by following me in social media, such as

to drink water and to graze on the

Facebook and Instagram, where you can

Lucerne that we feed them. I often

experience a little of what I see when I

go away for a week or two on my own

am out there in nature doing what I love

into Africa, to be able to do what I love

most, nature photography.

Contact: Tel: +27(0)83 326 3331

Email: Instagram: Corlette Wessels

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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge – private and perfect By: Anne Schauffer Photographs by: Roger de la Harpe

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here, in the distance, intermittent


shimmers of light flash off the

is part of a broader vision to involve

distant hillside. It’s the first hint of

the neighbouring community - the

habitation as you amble west along

NEF is involved in mentoring, while

the dirt road past Thiyene Hide, in the

the Lodge is committed to drawing 80

Hluhluwe section of the game reserve.

percent of staff from the community.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge has only been

Brett Gehren, owner of Isibindi Africa,

open for six months, and given that, it’s

is clearly excited: “It’s taken nine

the first private footprint in the reserve,

years of administration, applications

curiosity is piqued as to the shape and

and negotiations. This is a ground-

nature of the mark Isibindi Africa has


made on this age-old, untouched 96 000

community involvement.”

hectare landscape.






The shimmer on approach is light

Isibindi Africa is no stranger to authentic

shareholders. The


unexpected design element, chosen over

sustainable practices, and community

the more conventional thatch. It not only

involvement in their projects. Neither are

facilitated a design which hugs the hill

Durban-based architectural designers,

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Frencken & Associates. Jointly funded

The structures follow the landscape’s

by the National Empowerment Fund

contours, and that, together with the

(NEF) and other investors, Isibindi

materials, finishes and blue-green-grey

Africa, Frencken


exteriors, allows them to sink into the

the Mpembeni community form the

surrounds. Low energy air-conditioning

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reflecting off the Chromadek roofing, an



units, grey water recycling for ablutions, and a hydroponic vegetable garden all contribute to the low carbon footprint. Standing high on the ridge on your private deck, you – like every guest in the eighteen rooms – have a glorious 180 degree view of the world. Quite breathtaking, for not only are you privy to the sunrise as it slowly colours your early morning, but any wildlife too. ‘Wild dog’, was the cry which went up from the main lodge deck. The real-life action played itself out in the valley below, as guests stood spellbound, watching the pack speedily kill an nyala, then feast on it, before heading off, we were told, to the nearby den to share the spoils with eight pups. No finer way to begin a safari getaway, than with one of Africa’s most endangered animals doing what they do best... even before the guided game drive was due to depart; all this, within a few

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fireplace for cold or romantic evenings.

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Noble standing amongst its peers On the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains sits a thirty-hectare vineyard, which produces some of South Africa’s finest wines, among them the award winning Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé. We talk to winemaker Kristopher Tillery about the estate and their recent win. By: Phil Ruimte

Pride in provenance, humility in

There is an underlying pride in

wines that are juicy yet structured,

craftsmanship”: a standard that the

achieving recognition from notable

elegant and above all unique to the

Tillery family set for themselves

wine critics, Neil Pendock and Allan

place they are grown. Currently

some ten years ago when the

Mullins, though it helps that the

vinified are a Blanc de Blancs,

family, originally from America

estate is in an area that has been

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay,

working in construction in Nigeria

producing fine wines since the 17th

an Estate Blend, Merlot, a Mourvèdre

came on holiday to South Africa

century. “The estate’s terroir is suited


and bought the farm.

to red wine production guided

and Viognier.”





by the warm Mediterranean-style

“In 2005 we planted one hectare

Economics joined the family business

climate, we are able to produce about

of Mourvèdre vines, and in 2012

eight years ago, and learned the

150 tonnes of grapes per year which

we produced our first rosé from

craft of wine making from scratch.

amounts to roughly 300 barrels

it,” said Kristopher. “Traditionally

He is now proud to say that

of wine,” says Kristopher. “Noble

in South Africa, rosé has been

Noble Hill has gone from strength

Hill is a thirty-hectare vineyard

deemed to be a sweet wine, usually

to strength.


produced from inferior grapes.”

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“We on the other hand decided that we wanted to produce the very best rosé possible and a rosé from a single varietal. The Mourvèdre grape is wellsuited to this and we have taken our inspiration from Provence in France,

where it is considered that Mourvèdre is the king of rosé.” Kristopher went on to say, “Mourvèdre is a vigorous grower, it grows vertically and strong. We manually stimulate box - or machine-style pruning to reduce the vines’ vigour and create more balance in the canopy. We also decided to remove every second vine, but left the removed vines’ root systems in the ground so that the remaining vines would still compete for water and nutrients, also as a measure of balancing vigour and fruiting to produce optimum quality fruit.” “This




enough grapes to allow us to bottle between 6000 and 8000 bottles.” Says Kristopher, “Once we have harvested and pressed the grapes, we then leave

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the juice on the skins for less than two

explore during your visit. Specials are

hours. In fact, with the 2015 vintage

crafted each day based on the freshest

I only left the juice on the skins for

local ingredients.”






Talking about the restaurant Kristopher

The wine is then fermented in stainless

says, “Our Bocaditos are small plates

steel tanks.”

that are made to share. Choosing a few

“The result of our care and attention to

Bocaditos for the table is an excellent

detail is a beautiful salmon pink colour

way to start your meal and experience

and a bit of orange peel on the rim.

a variety of Latin flavours. Our Platos

The wine elicits aromas of rose water,

include traditional favourites and modern

strawberries, watermelon, and black

Latin dishes with an emphasis on fresh

currant. It has a crisp, dry finish and is

ingredients and refined flavours. We serve

perfect alongside a braai,” explained

breakfast all day, making Cosecha the

Kristopher. “Having won a gold at the

perfect destination for a relaxed brunch

recent Michelangelo International Wine

with friends.”

& Spirits Awards for our Mourvèdre

From the garden, you will have a

Rosé, a little over two weeks ago, we

view of the lawn and reservoir. This area

decided that we should enter the same

is perfect for families: kids can enjoy an

vintage in the Rosé Rocks Competition,

individual picnic basket on the lawn under

where I’m pleased to say that we won



the shade of a willow tree. The deck built

a gold and were named one of the top

Cosecha, where we serve both breakfast

above the barrel maturation cellar, with

ten rosé producers in South Africa.”

and lunch. We recommend that you book

glass windows, allows you to look down

“Going forward, encouraged by our

before coming to the restaurant,” Kristopher

on future vintages of Noble Hill wine with

success with winning these awards, we

says encouragingly. “The name Cosecha

views of the harvest area, vineyards, and

have just planted a further hectare of the

(co-say-cha, Spanish for “harvest”) reflects

Simonsberg Mountains.

Mourvèdre grape, and we hope to be

our location next to the harvest area

After your meal, you can enjoy coffee,

able to increase our production in a few

where our grapes are sorted and crushed.

tea, and dessert on one of the comfortable

years,” said Kristopher.

Ingredients are grown on the farm where

couches or borrow a blanket and take


possible and we maintain a thriving pepper

a nap on the lawn under the shade of an

experience for the whole family, we

and vegetable garden, which you are free to

oak tree.









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Everything goes better with? Kabelo Kim Modise is a master of contours, and for this exhibition at the MOAD Museum of African Design - curated by Zanele Mashumi of Mashumi Arts projects in Maboneng Johannesburg - he flipped the cap off this iconic bottle. By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Kabelo Kim Modise

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otswana-born artist, Kabelo Kim

workshop held at the Gobabeb Research

Modise was always going to be

Centre in the Namib Desert - this

an artist. Even as a pre-teen, he was

international artists’ workshop was for an

wielding a pencil with the skill of a

intense two weeks, the outcome of which

master. He studied Design & Technology

was a group exhibition at the NAGN.

and Art at school, before heading for

Kabelo’s next exhibition was the

the University of Namibia to make his

‘Contour Bottle Exhibition’, officially

mark on the Visual Arts course. Literally.

opened in conjunction with the Jo’burg

His experience there included two and

Art week of the Jo’burg Art Fair, held at

three-dimensional design, and he began

the Museum of African Design (MOAD)

to experiment with lino-cuts as an art

in Maboneng, Johannesburg – which will

form... and he’d found his niche.

move on to the Coca Cola Premises this

Kabelo’s style is quite unique, as he

month. He was also part of a printing

bases his art on line and rhythm. The

group exhibition entitled ‘Fragments

movement in his pictures is deliberate,

and Fusion’, spearheaded by a residency

and there’s little doubt, the longer you

artist from Germany, Sandra Schmidt, and

look at the ‘drapery’ created by his lines,

officially opened recently at the Franco

the more the picture alters.

Namibian Cultural Centre in Windhoek.

Kabelo has been exhibiting his work since he was 21 – his first solo exhibition

Flamingo asked Kabelo

was in his birth town of Francistown -

about this latest body of work:

and he’s held exhibitions almost every

“As I work a lot with contour lines,

year since then. Last year, he held three

the Coca Cola Contour Bottle was the

exhibitions at the National Art Gallery

perfect focus to venture into and take



it to the next level. The only difference

and this year, he’s had a two-month

here was the popular culture behind

exhibition at the Casa Labia Gallery in

the contour bottle - what a privilege

Cape Town, South Africa, with a second

to explore this culture in line with my

exhibition, which ran in both Namibia

signature style of creating drapery in all

and South Africa. He was also a participant

my artwork. Part of my inspiration is my

in the Tulipamwe International Artists

belief in something which repeats itself

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- the repetitive pattern in each and every subject matter pulls my focus to the point of losing that subject matter as the main focus, and making it an illusion within the concept. Contour Bottle, as it is known, became part of my signature as an artist. For me, there’s a difference between branding and embracing the Contour Bottle. My ideology is that I am embracing the bottle in a visual aspect, and looking to embrace it further in different art media. If the bottle can repeat its popularity through the years/ century, why not embrace it though my lino-cut and painting media? I have found it to be a perfect combination to work with, and my lines portray movement within the subject matter - I try to engage the viewer in an optical manner rather than only still imagery. More drapery in my work is about tricking the eye, and by so doing, there will be some movement between the artwork and the viewer. The more the viewer squints and bounces back and forth trying to look at the imagery of my work, the more I feel content and satisfied




It’s not all about hiding the concept or making it difficult to look at, it’s about the visual practice of embracing the popular culture of the Coca Cola Contour Bottle.” Kabelo is not being paid or sponsored to do Coke or Coca Cola art. He says, “This work is part of Pop Art. I do my art for the love of it and for people to enjoy.” He produces limited edition prints – the exhibition consists of Artist’s Proofs – and original prints are available on request.


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hedding lard has become quite a fashionable occupation and not just

in the gym - as the frenzied efforts of many car-makers prove. If ever there was a lardy SUV roaming our roads, it is the outgoing Audi Q7. As you might imagine, Ingolstadt had American tastes in mind when they introduced the Q7 in 2006, but my observations tell me that the Brits took to the big carrier in their droves, despite having some of the tightest roads on the planet. As of now, there’s a new Q7 entering

Sure, it may look a bit more like a

more impressive though, which means

the fray but it’s a very different beast to

station wagon than a SUV in profile, but

that gaining speed after having been

its progenitor, so much so, that you may

does it really matter how it’s perceived,

baulked is ever so easy.

not recognise it on the road thanks to the

when it has loads of interior space. This

Not that it is relevant these days; the

adoption of much more tightly drawn

means that up to seven people can be

listed top speed is 234km/h. What matters

lines. Then there is the increased use of

accommodated – with a new level of

are that when 140 clicks are showing on

lightweight construction materials and

dynamism that had every journo on the

the virtual speedo, the rev counter had

a small reduction in length and width,

launch babbling about the motor and

not quite reached 2,000rpm. That tells you

which collectively result in a Q7 that is

suspension in particular.

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The motor is a re-worked 3.0 V6

motoring, but in this application, you can

Appearance, as we are all regularly

turbo D that truly can be mistaken for

add exceptional isolation of wind noise and

reminded of, is in the eye of the beholder

a petrol engine when it comes to aural

very good deflection of road roar, given

and while the new Q7 can look a little

disturbances. It idles with only the

that (optional) 20 inch wheels adorned

bland in photos, to my eye it scores a

faintest knocking sound and out on the

the test unit. Refinement levels are good

lot more points in the flesh, especially

road, it is as smooth as silk.

enough to rival the best luxury saloons.

with its three dimensional grille and prominent horizontal crease lines.

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At higher revs on full throttle, it can

A combined fuel consumption of 5.7l

very easily be mistaken for a petrol

litres per 100km is listed, but expect a

motor, as the faint hum it emits is a

figure of around 8.0 to be the norm.

archetypical 6-cylinder, sounding like a

The newly developed 8-speed tiptronic

hushed Mercedes or Beamer straight six

auto delivers drive to all four wheels

of yesteryear.

via Audi’s famed Quattro system, now

With an unladed mass of 1995kg to

employing a central diff in place of the

deal with, the hefty torque output of

previous transfer case. Power is normally

600Nm, all of which makes itself available

distributed 40F: 60R but in the event of a

from a mere 1,500rpm, ensures that the

loss of grip, up to 70% can go to the front

Q7 delivers effortless thrust, enough in

and 85% to the rear.

fact, to dispatch the 0-100km run in 6.3

Shift quality of the auto box is excellent,

seconds. The incremental acceleration is

being fast and for the most part, as

smooth as butter. There is none of that

neutralised and the rebound control on

a tablet for rear seat entertainment,

awful wind-up effect that afflicts some

dips and crests is exceptional.

including a link to the sat-nav system, the





On some loose surfaces, a touch

happily for those who enjoy a measure

of under steer can be briefly induced

of personal choice over which cogs are

“middle-mannetjies” and there’s a need

In addition, there is a host of options

selected, paddle shifters are in-situ.

to remain aware of the fact that this is a

on offer, not least a four-wheel steer, but

Wheel selective torque control seamlessly

big vehicle with a relatively high build,

please do not harbour notions that the

applies the brakes to the inside wheel if a

but as long as you allow for the fact that

Q7 is short on standard equipment. That

reduction in load is detected, thereby aiding

the Q7 makes no pretense at being an

is far from the case, especially as far as

and abetting the handling precision. Audi

R8, you’ll soon realise that ground can be

driver assistance systems are concerned.

over the years has copped some criticism

covered very quickly, even when corners

The array includes attention assist;

for the heavy feel of the power steering

are involved.

system. In this case, it is electromechanical

As we have grown to expect of Audi, the

and for my tastes, it works just fine with

fit and finish of the bodywork is exceptional

a nice fluid feel from lock to lock.

and the same applies to the interior.

Internet and the vehicle’s comprehensive functions and media systems.

hold assist, adjustable speed limiter, rear parking system and Audi presence basic plus pre-sense city. In conclusion, the shedding of any

Thanks to the use of the Audi drive

Here, a beautifully executed mix of

select, the responses of the car can be

leather, alcantara and satin metal surfaces

of heavily revised mechanicals and

altered through a prod on the central

greets occupants along with Audi’s ultra-

suspension creates a more dynamic Q7,

screen, so if it’s a comfort day or a dynamic

mod new 12.3 TFT virtual info display,

which simultaneously delivers wonderful

day or a day when you want more

first seen on the latest TFT.

comfort and refinement.






clearance (at least in this air suspended

MMI navigation with MMI touch is

Some observers would say that its

model), the Q7 will oblige. Moreover,

standard along with a DVD drive, two

styling is less distinctive and more of

out on the smooth roads at a speed, the

card readers, a flash memory, Audi

a mainstream Audi, but for me, the

system lowers the body to reduce drag.

sound system and music interface with

simplicity of line is just fine because it

Adaptive air suspension is an option

two USB ports, together with a Bluetooth

ensures that the Q7 now looks like the

and my goodness, does it provide a

interface and smartphone voice control.

cruiser-weight which it is.

superb ride in concert with the Q7’s new

A 8.3-inch retractable high-resolution

5-link front / rear suspension design.

monitor, mounted on the dash, relays

* Namibian price, inclusive of a five-year

all the details in combination with the

100,000km Audi Freeway Plan, is N$930,000.

aforementioned main TFT display.

From early 2016, a 2.0 T FSI model will join

The launch route incorporated a lot of dirt, much of it corrugated and

the range.

notable for undulating surfaces, but all

Optional, sophisticated sound systems

of it is dispatched with disdain. Indeed,

from either Bose or B&O offer 3D sound

* Please check all prices with your

corrugations in particular are magically

and if that’s not enough, Audi offers

Namibian dealership(s).

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The wheel story: James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels...

Blue-oval beefcake Meet the all-new Ford Ranger, which is sure to top pick up sales – at least until the new Toyota Hilux hits the market early next year. Just some highlights of this muscular machine include a more efficient 3.2-litre five-cylinder Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with 147kW and 470Nm, and an upgraded, more economical 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine with 118kW and 385Nm. Ford says its Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) gives excellent control and




Intelligent 4WD system includes Torque on Demand, Hill Descent Control, Hill

latest, upgraded incarnation the Santa Fe

Tip-top town tot

Start Assist, ESP, Traction Control and

has gone from pretty good to excellent.

The new little Toyota Aygo promises big

Styling changes are minimal, but this

fun – from its unashamedly extroverted

It also happens to have a wading

mid-size SUV now packs a whole lot

exterior to its available two-tone colour

depth of 800mm – that’s close to a metre!

of advanced active- safety technologies

scheme, which is surely not for the shy

– 230mm ground clearance, up to 3.5-

including Smart Cruise Control and Blind

and retiring.

ton towing capacity, and a payload up to

Spot Detection, as well as new comfort

1 175kg. Serious stuff.

and convenience features.

Electronic Rear Diff Lock.

It seems this A-segment car will pick up young buyers aplenty, and

The driving experience is even more

The range has been rationalised to




car-like and quieter than ever, and the

just two models, both using a 2.2-litre




model range is just huge with thirty-three

CRDi diesel engine making 145kW and

customer, seeking a vehicle that is

variants, from pretty spartan to sybaritic,

436Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed


topping out with the 3.2 TDCi Wildtrak

auto ‘box. For the R2.2 2WD 5-seater

versus the more rational and practical

4x4 6AT (147kW) Double Cab.

Elite you will pay R659 900, and for the


R2.2 4WD 7-seater Elite R699 900.

the Etios.

Expect to see a lot – and we mean a lot – of new Rangers on our roads real soon.

Korean cowboy It’s fourteen years since I first had a Hyundai Santa Fe on test – and in proof that time truly does accelerate disarmingly as you get older, it feels like, if not quite the other day, then just a couple of years ago. Anyway. As with its Korean sibling, Kia, Hyundai’s




exponentially over the years, and in its

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extension of

says, a



more their


targeted expressive

personality, such


New model round ups Car of the Year finalists So here they are. The finalists in the prestigious 2016 WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year competition have been announced. And they are: • BMW i3 • Citroen C4 Cactus • Ford Fusion

Shine like a star

• Honda HR-V

Aygo comes courtesy of a one-litre, three-

If anyone thinks that Mercedes-Benz

• Jaguar XE

cylinder engine that makes 51kW and

builds simply breathtaking cars, well,

• Kia Sorento

95Nm at 4 300rpm. Hardly seismic stuff, but


• Land Rover Discovery Sport

surely ample for the urban environment

“autonis readers’ awards,” readers of

• Mazda 2 Hatch

to which the Aygo is so clearly suited.

the motoring magazine “auto motor

• Opel Adam

It’s also replete with features such

und sport” voted Merc the design

• Opel Corsa

as a touch-screen-display audio system,

brand of the year. Meanwhile, the GLE

• Peugeot 308

Bluetooth, air-con and central locking, as

Coupé scooped top spot in the “Large

• Volvo XC90

well as front and side airbags and ABS

cross-country vehicles” category, and

with Brake Assist (BA).

the Mercedes-AMG GT in the “Sports

Our own James

cars” segment.

Siddall will have the

The interior is just as funky, while the

Prices? The Aygo 1.0 is yours for





R138 900, the Aygo X-play Black 1.0 goes

Mercedes repeated the feat in the “Car

honour of serving

for R139 900 and the Aygo X-play Silver

Connectivity Award” taking the three

as a jury member

1.0 for R139 900.

first places.

in the competition, while after stringent, exhaustive testing in February next year, the winner will be announced at a posh black-tie event on 8 March 2016. As a jury member, James brings with him over twenty years experience in motoring journalism.

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The Burmester® high-end 3D surround sound system won in the “Sound systems”

age with the local launch of the new Bolt

Its 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine making 103kW and 330Nm from

hatch and sedan.

category, the C-Class operating system

These machines are way more attractive

1 600rpm remains, and it runs through a

in “Operating systems and displays” and

than the Tata of yore, and standard is a

six-speed manual gearbox. Prices for the

the Driving Assistance package Plus in

Revotron 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol

four-model range stretch from R262 995

“Assistance systems (safety).”

engine making 66kW and 140Nm at

for the XUV500 W4 through to R359 995

1 500 to 4 000rpm.

for the XUV500 W8 AWD.

Daimler’s successful car-sharing service car2go achieved a further first place in the

Much is made of its in-car connectivity,

The French connection

“Car Connectivity Award” for its smartphone


app. Nice. Not to mention well-deserved.

ConnectNext which features a five-inch

In an era of often soulless “world cars,” the

touchscreen, voice control, and more.

French arguably come closest to still being

Bolt from the blue

Audio and infotainment comes courtesy

able to engineer something encapsulating

To us down here in the southern parts

of a collaboration with Harman.

national characteristics. Indeed, drive a






of Africa, Tata is often viewed as merely

The Bolt hatch starts at R132 995, and

machine from, say, Citroen and you’ll know

the purveyor of heavy-duty vehicles

the Bolt sedan at R142 995. So let’s see

that it couldn’t have originated anywhere

and the occasional little car, with the

if Tata can build some local brand equity

but the land of baguettes and berets.

latter being no more than adequate

with this new machine...

at best. But Tata Motors is a giant, as we

So it was good to spend a little time with the face lifted Peugeot 208 on its

Indian summer

recent launch.

sometimes forget, and it’s India’s largest

The Mahindra XUV500 SUV has long

Biggest news in the uprated, updated

automobile company, with over eight-

been held as one of the better Indian

208 are the new colours available and

million vehicles on that country’s roads.

vehicles on our market, and now this

the tidied-up styling, and more the fact

It also owns Jaguar Land Rover, and now

seven-seater has had an upgrade that

that it’s now fitted with the excellent

its car products seem to be coming of

includes interior and exterior tweaks.

PureTech three-cylinder engines.

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And from its excellent ergonomics,

Big ‘n bold

courtesy of its i-Cockpit concept, to

The Audi Q7 is for those who value size

its big seven-inch touchscreen, to its

über alles – but it’s also a techno feast

indisputable feeling of quality, it’s a

of note, and now with the advent of the

covetable little machine.

second-generation model, this C-segment

GT Line styling cues abound. These

SUV has shed up to 325kg.

include a gloss black finish for the grille

It’s also 37mm shorter and 15mm slimmer

surround, fog lamp finishes and exterior

than the outgoing vehicle, so while still



pretty massive it’s fractionally more wieldy.

wheels, as well as GT Line sports seats

The styling is all restrained and rippling

upholstered in red and black. Equipment

muscularity, and it’s more of a techno

The 1.2-litre petrol engine comes in

levels are high, and the whole package

feast than ever, with xenon headlights as

both naturally aspirated and turbo guise,

pulls together well. It’s extroverted

standard. Full LED headlights and Matrix

and it’s the latter that recently won the

without being disturbingly bling.

LED headlights are available as an option.

Engine of the Year Award in the one-litre to 1.4-litre category. The non-turbo 1.2-litre engine used

housings, and


Now it’s true, that if you opt for a VW

A third row of seats is also optional, and

Polo or Toyota Yaris you’ll find a larger

with all seats folded it will swallow up to

dealer footprint, while

2 075 litres of cargo.

resale values

in the 208 1.2 Active pumps out 60kW

– sentiment driven things that they

Only one engine is available at launch,

and 118Nm at 2 750rpm. The turbo

are – will be superior. But opt for the

namely a three-litre TDI making 183kW

version makes 81kW and 205Nm at

208 and you’ll get a touch of flair and

and a massive 600Nm of torque from

1 500 rpm. Claimed combined-cycle fuel

individuality that the other two lack, plus

1 500 to 3 000rpm. Yet for all its vastness,

consumption? With the former you can

of course punchy performance, excellent

it will move from rest to 100km/h in 6.3

figure on 4.3 litres per 100km, and with

economy and surprising solidity.

seconds, topping out at 234km/h, with

the latter 4.5 litres per 100km. But as with

Tough choice, huh? So I’d say go for the

power running to all wheels through an

all these figures, good luck in achieving

German or the Japanese if it’s utilitarian

eight-speed tiptronic. Yet Audi says it will

them in the real world.

transport you need and want. Go for the

drink a mere 5.7 litres of diesel per 100km.

There are a quartet of 208s available,

Frenchman if it’s a touch of flair you’re

And as always, what with being an

starting with the entry-level Pop Art, using

after. Prices for the four car range stretchs

Audi, the interior is matchless in terms

a naturally aspirated one-litre version of

from R159 900 for the entry-level Pop Art

of equipment levels, elegance, and sheer

the PureTech engine, with a claimed fuel

1.0 PureTech to R289 900 for the GT Line

quality. The Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro tiptronic

consumption of 4.4 litres per 100km, and

1.2 PureTech Turbo Auto.

is yours for R924 000.

an output of 50kW and 95Nm at 3 000rpm. But it was the range-topping GT Line that I got to drive. As with the rest of the 208 range, it has a five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating, and is available with a five-speed manual or six-speed auto ‘box. It was the self-shifter I tried, and given its slickness and sheer user-friendliness – important in a car that’s probably going to spend most of its time in the urban environment – I would highly recommend paying the extra R20 000 premium over the manual. Especially as fuel consumption and top end (190km/h) are the same, while the zero-to-100km/h run takes only 0.2 seconds longer (9.8 seconds).

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Beamer Brilliance!

“The BMW plant in South Africa is responsible for some of the best Beamers in the world”, says James Siddall. Here’s why... 70 |


ell, if you’re a BMW owner

impossible by getting even better. By



the way, the PP100 is the JD Power

vindicated to learn that the BMW

standard measurement of problems per

Group’s Plant Rosslyn in South Africa

100 vehicles. The 2015 industry average

was recently awarded the Platinum

is 112 PP100.




Plant Quality Award in the JD Power

In addition to the Plant Rosslyn’s

2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS). This

award, three BMW models – the 2 Series,

was for producing 3 Series models with

the 4 Series and the 5 Series – were

the fewest defects or malfunctions,

also the top-ranked vehicles in their

and it’s not the first time that SA-built

categories in the JD Power 2015 IQS.

Beamers have topped the charts, with the plant receiving this US-based award last in 2002. BMW


As you can understand, BMW is quietly ecstatic about this. “We








Rosslyn being awarded this prestigious

among the nameplates with 99 PP100


– a nine-point improvement from

testament to the quality, craftsmanship

2014, which means that an already

and excellence we strive for in the

brilliant product has achieved the near-












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3 Series Sedan vehicles,” says Tim Abbott,

than an all-new car, and while aesthetic


changes to this iconic machine, now in





South Africa. The massive and immaculate Plant Rosslyn, situated north of Pretoria, was

its 40th year of global production, are pretty minimal, there’s big news under the hood.

the BMW Group’s first foreign plant in

Here the 3 Series gets a raft of superb

1973, and is a vital part of BMW’s global

new engines, and for the first time ever

production network which boasts thirty

the entry-level 318i uses a three-cylinder,

sites in fourteen countries.

1.5-litre turbopetrol motor, which ties

Right now the plant builds the BMW 3 Series Sedan for local and export

in with all 3 Series now having 500cc per cylinder.

markets around the world. In 2014,

This is the same engine used in the

BMW 3 Series Sedan exports from Plant

likes of the smaller 118i and 218i, and

Rosslyn increased by over seventeen

it’s a spunky little powerplant, making

percent to 68 771 – so cementing BMW

100kW and 230Nm. Enough to take it

SA’s enviable position as the country’s

from rest to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds,

leading exporter of premium vehicles.

maxing out at 210km/h.

And to top this , in February this year the

At the other end of the spectrum of

one-millionth car rolled off the plant’s

new motors lies the 340i. This uses a

assembly line.

new three-litre, in-line six-cylinder motor

Yet more good – no, superb – news for

with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology,

adherents of the blue-and-white roundel

and slams down 240kW and 450Nm. An

is the advent of the new BMW 3 Series.

eight-speed auto is standard, and the

All right, it’s more a mid-life upgrade

340i will run to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds,

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topping out at a governed 250km/h. The turbine-smoothness that BMW’s inlines sixes are so famous for is standard, of course. In total, four petrol units (318i, 320i, 330i, 340i) and two diesels (320d and 330d) are new to the range, and all are turbo-charged. Meanwhile, to celebrate the vehicle’s 40th anniversary, BMW South Africa has introduced a special edition. Prices? The 318i (manual) starts at R409 000, and the 340i at R656 000, with a vast range of derivatives and options available, while the whole range





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Zambia’s Ark

- South Luangwa There’s something for everyone in South Luangwa, and this presents a (pleasant) problem when deciding which lodge to choose from the thirty-five on offer. By: Roy Watts Photographs by: Alexander Cahlenstein, Paul Maritz and Roy Watts

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outh Luangwa is the southernmost

ground by adding a night viewing aspect.

of three National Parks fed by the

After sundowners at popular view sites,

Luangwa River as it courses along its own

guides sitting on special perches in front

valley from the north. It is a 9050 square

of their vehicle use searchlights to look

kilometer woodland savannah featuring

for the shining eyes of animals on patrol.

wide-open plains and a profusion of

Some of the after-dark encounters are

gigantic trees. It is teeming with game, and

quite thrilling, as lions, leopards and many

the Luangwa River supports the largest

other predators are nocturnal, therefore

population of hippos and crocodiles

considerably more active between sunset

in Africa as it heads south. Previously

and sunrise.

a game reserve founded in 1938, it

It was on an afternoon drive on

was declared a National Park in 1972.

our first day that I sensed that game

Today, it supports no less than thirty-

concentrations at South Luangwa were

five lodges of widely varying standards of accommodation and tariffs. This may seem a large number of camps within an area that is smaller than the Kruger National Park, but none of these units have any concessionary land, so they all share the same bounteous wilderness. I




burgeoning popularity on a recent visit as a guest of the Zambian Tourism Board. My party was accommodated at the Mushroom Lodge - a camp originally owned by Kenneth Kaunda - situated on a huge vlei, that provided an ongoing procession of passing wildlife. It is one of the original properties and offers attractive chalets with generous proportions ideal for big families. Being old, it is in need of some renovation and this is in the pipeline‌ but until that happens, the choice is exceptional space, comfortable bedding and an interesting site weighed against some wear and tear. Game drives organized by the individual lodges are used instead of private vehicles making their own way around the reserve. This means that a backpacker on a meager budget can have the same viewing experience as those paying top dollar in more expensive resorts. These game drives have evolved along similar lines in all of the lodges over the years. They set off at dawn, and return three or four hours later for breakfast or brunch. It is the late afternoon drive that breaks new

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higher than most other reserves of my experience. I also discerned different attitudes





notably the elephants. They tended to be more placid as demonstrated when we confronted a female jumbo with her calf within the confines of a narrow corridor. She calmly veered off the path, without a hint of aggression. The only animals we hadn’t seen that day were lions, and we knew there was a large pride in the area. Getting close to home towards the end of our night drive, we ran into a ferociously dramatic scene. Just off the road were nine lionesses tearing into a hippo carcass with tooth and claw. They might hunt as a cohesive team, but this disappears at dinnertime when they growl, scrap and attack each other as they tear away huge chunks of flesh. There was hardly anything left of the hippo the next morning, and the lionesses lay bloated and lethargic under the trees for the next two days. On a morning spent visiting a number of camps near the entrance gates, our group experienced the wide-ranging variations between lodges linked to different rates. It brought home just how important it is to consult tour operators, who are fully conversant with the park in its entirety. During our walkabout, I

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thought that the best choice for backpackers

Africa for 2015. Wandering around this avant-

and tourists with a modest budget would be

garde architecture, I was overwhelmed by

the Marula Lodge. Those keen on walking

the extraordinary design of this spectacular

tours and photographic safaris would be

bush architecture. Pampered guests able

well served by the Track and Trail River

to afford the US$1,250 per person sharing

Camp that also offers some really attractive

in the high season, are transported across

river facing chalets. Campers accessing

the river to the National Park’s mainland by

the reserve (on special permits acquired

boat, where the best guides escort them in

at the entrance) would approve of the

the entire system.

very impressive facilities at the Wildlife

Zambia has it all. Apart from the

Campsite. Like many of the other lodges,

spectacular ‘Big Five’ lodges in the

they also offer self-catering and full board

Luangwa Valley, it enjoys a rich selection

linked to packages that include game drives and walks. When it comes to the top end of the market there really isn’t any debate. Norman Carr – one of the founders of the South Luangwa National Park - built Kapani, his very attractive luxury lodge on the banks of a lagoon; an establishment which continues to draw tourists long after his death in 1997. The management of Norman Carr Safaris today has developed Chinzombo, a spectacular lodge that is definitely one of the best in Africa (if a slew of top awards are anything to go by). It opened in 2013, and immediately set about garnering ten top citations for every single aspect of the wildlife environment - including The Best Safari Experience in

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of wildlife experiences along the banks of the Zambezi River and other pristine locations dotted around the length and breadth of the country. It also enjoys a uniquely oblique portion of the spectacular Victoria Falls that it shares with





Mosi Oa Tunya – the smoke that thunders - is Africa’s top natural icon, and is within the precincts of the resort town of Livingstone. A scant two-hour flight from Johannesburg, it is well within long weekend range, and offers a wide variety of river escapades and a host of other adventurous activities. Bungee off the bridge to Zimbabwe, take an elephantbacked safari, zip line across canyons and tame the Zambezi in a wild white water adventure run by experts. Best of all, fly over the falls in a micro-lite! Backing all of this is a range of superb restaurants and first class hotels. So






abundance of luxury, fun and adventure? Enter Zatex the Zambian travel expo held in Lusaka annually. This year the Zambian Tourism Board flew a contingent of fifty South African tour operators to Lusaka, where they were accommodated in the new flagship Best Western Hotel pursuant to attending an exposition, that would acquaint and equip them with the knowledge to offer expert advice on the profusion of attractive travel opportunities in this charismatic country. After a couple of days of interaction with the stall holders representing the best travel choices Zambia has to offer, the operators were split up and sent to Livingston and South Luangwa to fully enjoy all that they learned from the expo. Returning to Cape Town after a wonderful three days at the Mushroom Lodge, one of my most lasting impressions was the racial harmony I witnessed in a country steeped in multiculturalism. Ubuntu is alive and living in Zambia.

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ust what draws a man onto a rickety





wooden ship, across dark, deceitful

Grillenberger, I sat down next to a pile

seas and into godforsaken desert? To toil

of empty wine bottles. No doubt, these

long hours under a scorching sun and

came by ship from some far off land with

sleep through nights filled with hostile

vineyards and cellars. Brought here, to

cold and ghostly fog? What makes him

Grillenberger, by ox wagon to appease or

take a knife or rock to another man in

motivate men, who were long deprived

defense of his honour, his property or

and constantly ready to rebel. If there is

for indulgence with an imported woman?

a little peace in a single bottle, then there

Diamonds, of course.

must be a whole lot more in a crate. So,

The promise of great wealth is

they kept them coming – crate-by-crate,

perhaps the strongest of all human

wagon-by-wagon – to keep the peace

temptations - one so strong, that it can

and fuel the fading dreams.

only be resisted by the purest of souls

At Conception Water, they resurrected,

and strongest of minds. One against

at what was once a morgue, the local

which, he of ordinary composition,

police station. No wonder it was shot

stands no chance at all. All that

full of holes by the very ones who were

remain of these promises today, are

stationed here to protect it, for it must

perished relics: rusty pipes and tools,

have been difficult not to draw a gun

sandblasted bottles, sieves full of holes,

surrounded by all those painful souls

eroded wagons and tracks and wooden

looking for peace or vengeance or both.

skeletons that once was home. Nothing but acres and acres of broken dreams and endless sand. I could not help but think how much easier life is today.

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By all accounts, this venture was a hopeless one, but greed does not perish easily. Not even out here in the desert under the sweltering sun and in the blistering wind. Not if you forfeited

everything and risked the essence of

Where there are rules for courtship and

your very life. Here, among the ruins, it

social customs to obey? And where a

seems that greed outlives all other human

twinkling stone is just a stone? Mostly

conditions. It provided the fuel and

though, how do you live a life with

energy to endure, long after happiness

greed and broken dreams?

and compassion had dissipated, and

On this recent trip deep into the

took with them the sense of adventure

desert, I once again had the chance

that once must have filled hearts. How

to observe camp cooks. Men who are

different the end must have been from

expected to deliver a lot with very

the beginning. I found no note that said,

little means. Very much like the miners

“gone‌ looking for happinessâ€? or any

of yesteryear.

other indication of where they were going to next.

Just like the miners, these men have fierce determination and refuse

They must have known that the end

to accept the odds against which they

was nigh, for all the special equipment

cook. But unlike our miners, they are

was neatly stored and secured. As if they

not driven by greed and dreams of

expected to come back some time soon.

great wealth. Their goal is much more

The journey back could not have been

noble - to feed and to feed well. They

an easy one. To look back on years of

know how to make a sweet dessert

toil, sweat and blood and to admit it was

from nothing but a can of condensed

all for nothing, would have broken even

milk and some flour, and they cook

the greediest of these hardened men.

with the unpredictable heat of an open

How do you find another life like this one? One where the wine is free

fire. Their pans wobble and their pots leak, but they get the job done.

but the water is not. How do you cope

And that, I can assure you, is all that

with life where there is no sun on

matters. Respect and compliments are in

your back and no wind in your hair?

order too.

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Wambo chicken A few months ago, I ate Wambo chicken for three days flat: six meals in total. I was in the north and with enough free time on hand; I was determined to get my head around this iconic, traditional dish. By: Christie Keulder


made an appointment with the chef,

or possibly more recipes for this dish.

but she refused to part with her

●● The most sought after Wambo chicken

personal recipe. She even declined my

recipes share three common elements:

promise of extensive media coverage and possible countrywide celebrity and fame. But, I did learn a few things about the dish, which I think, is worth reflecting on. Thus far, I have established that: ●● The dish is known by not one, but quite a few names. Wambo chicken, roadrunner chicken, marathon

1. A real free roaming, socially independent, omnivorous, werf hoender, that has thick dense bones that do not bend or break - even when hit by a car or taxi; 2. Marula oil that is as brown and cloudy as the typical Namibian sandstorm; 3. The chicken has to be boiled until

chicken or athlete chicken are all

soft and palatable and this, some of

different names for the same dish. All

my sources insisted, could be as long

these names are inspired by the core

as two or three hours. Wambo

ingredient, the chicken.

chicken is not fast food.

Incidentally, the names also carry reference to the

All remaining elements – the type of pot;

cooking time.

the spice mix; additional aromatics etc. –


There is not

are for the chef’s discretion. Very often,

one, but a

these are not a matter of choice; cooks


making Wambo chicken often make do with what they have got. So I started thinking, just how would I cook my version of Wambo chicken? The typical werf hoender is tough and it has almost no fat, but it has a lovely, intense chicken taste. As a result, the chicken is boiled long and

hard to get

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it soft. This means the chicken is often

you want to refresh your understanding

I wish I could claim that I invented

very dry (especially the white meat) and

of sous vide you can access those

this technique for cooking tough meat

most of the chicken flavour is in the

articles on The Curious Kitchen Blog.

and poultry, but I did not. The technique

sauce and not the chicken.


of cooking meat in loads of fat at very

Almost all of the versions I tried had

infinitely more sense. The relatively low

low temperatures is commonly known

a thin tomato-and-onion-based sauce.

temperature at which the chicken will be

as confit, and is off course, very French.

It contained no herbs (fresh or dried),

cooked will ensure that the meat remains

Back in the old days, confit was used to



moist, whilst the prolonged cooking time

preserve meats. The cooked meat would

wild garlic or the local dried chillies),

will make sure it is tender. So, I portioned

be added to glass containers and the

or additional vegetable content (e.g.

my werf hoender into quarters and put

cooking fat would simply be poured

carrots). All contained marula oil, and

each of them in a vacuum bag. The

over. This would last for a few months, in

some contained a very small amount of

marula oil is a key flavour component

a cool room. Confit fruits were preserved

butter as well.

that I want to retain, so I added about ¼

in a similar manner, but in concentrated

cup marula oil to each of the four bags

sugar syrup (and now you know the

with the chicken.

origins of the Afrikaans word “konfyt”,




Overall, I am more concerned with the chicken than the sauce. For my experiment, I obtained one

Now, given that a werf hoender has

adult werf hoender from an aunt on a

little or no fat of its own, I decided

Once your Wambo chicken is cooked,

farm. Thin and tough as nails, she was. I

to boost the fatty chicken flavour

you could decide to store it, or serve it

also bought some cloudy marula oil from

even more, by adding a tablespoon

immediately. If you choose the latter,

a very friendly lady at the Ongwediva

of Schmaltz to each bag of chicken.

prepare your sauce and sear the cooked

market. She assured me, it was the real



chicken in a hot pan with a little more

McCoy. I added a few bits and bobs to

animal fat (chicken or goose, or pork)

marula oil to colour the skin. Then,

the ingredients table, and then it was

that is sold in local supermarkets

add the chicken to the sauce for a few

time to cook.



minutes just to absorb the flavour. Do not

ingredients. Just make sure you ask for

boil it. Done this way, the werf hoender

chicken Schmaltz.

becomes a thing of luxury and beauty

It makes sense to boil meat or fowl in water, if you are after the flavoured






meaning “jam”).

liquid as a soup or stock. Because

Next, the bags are vacuum-sealed

and well worth its national iconic status.

boiling transfers flavour from the meat

and placed in a pot with water heated

In my view, it is right up there with that

into the liquid, meat or fowl boiled for

to precisely 65.5°C. It is then cooked

timeless French bistro classic confit de

any prolonged period of time, is dry and

for 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on the

canard. But that might just be my view.

relatively flavourless. So I do not want to

size of your chicken. Once cooked,

Let me know what you think.

boil my chicken.

open the bags, if you like to use the

Cooking your Wambo chicken pieces

liquid from the chicken as the base for

sous vide (last year, around this time,

your sauce. I made my sauce with this

two Curious Kitchen columns dealt with

liquid, tinned plum tomatoes, tomato

sous vide cooking in more detail. If

paste, garlic, thyme and oregano.

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Africa’s long-term investment credentials remain intact An opportunity to buy long-term African growth at reduced valuations. By: Johan Steyn


lthough current economic trends















slowing across the board, makes for

development will have a positive long-

grim reading, the positive long-term

term impact.

prospects that have made the continent

Where markets are concerned, the

an attractive investment proposition


remain intact.

becoming bigger. While markets are still





Markets go through cycles and it’s

very illiquid compared with their developed

important for investors in Africa to

counterparts, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs),

look beyond short-term fluctuations.

or so called stock market launches, are

Structurally, Africa remains on track to

becoming more common and liquidity is

deliver superior long-term growth.

improving in line with Africa’s appeal as

For now, investors have to contend

an investment destination. Lower liquidity

with slower economic growth and weaker

contributes to volatility on African markets,



but this creates opportunities for attentive


fund managers with a good understanding







as well as looming increases in US

of prices.

interest rates.

Given the difficulty in finding value

The resultant outflow of investment

in the world now, Africa seems like

funds from Africa has hurt currencies

an obvious place to invest. While the

and stoked inflation. Central banks have

opportunity is currently being passed

responded by increasing interest rates in

Africa is a great proposition for long-

an effort to protect their currencies and

term investors, who can deal with higher

considering where the continent is likely

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volatility. Institutional investors such as

to be in twenty years’ time, those with

Much of the negative news is already

pensions funds, which tend to adopt

foresight, and the stomach for slightly

reflected in African markets, where

long time horizons, recognise the benefit

higher volatility, should consider an

valuations are significantly lower. Astute

of Africa being uncorrelated with the

allocation into Africa.

investors will be looking for buying

assets they usually invest in.






opportunities as the market cycle in

Aside from the diversification benefit,

Johan Steyn is the Portfolio Manager of

many African countries heads towards

we expect Africa to continue delivering

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full camping and catering facilities. Very seldom have patrons and guests left without remarking on the hearty, tasty and wholesome foods available


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and the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho, forming part of the Maloti-Drakensburg Park and has been named a UNESO World Heritage Site. The Pass was first challenged in 1948 by a former RAF spitfire pilot and back then, the 9km trek took a grand total of 6 hours all the way to the very top. Being the highest peak after Mount Kilimanjaro, Sani Pass is often a testing ground prior to attempting Kilimanjaro and by no means does it give any free passes.





4x4 community have also used the treacherous Pass to test and validate the prowess of their vehicles, with all the sharp hairpin bends, the loose rock dirt road and the constantly changing weather. For the ultimate trial, multiply all these conditions by ten, should you wish to drive up in winter when the abundance of snow, rain, mist, skidding and slippery turns are all the norm.

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from either the a la carte menu or buffets, served mainly during breakfast and dinner.


There are thrilling outdoor activities to enjoy for novice and advanced adventure seekers, from hiking, skiing, trail walks, mountain biking, 4x4 drives, fauna and flora tours, horse riding to cultural tours. The greatest experience at Sani Mountain Lodge, is simply enjoying the breath taking 360 degree views of the majestic mountain range, which never seizes to dazzle, be it in winter with a divine blanket of clouds and snow or during the sunnier months, when the skies open with beaming sunlight. For a break from the concrete jungle and rat race, Sani Pass and Sani Mountain Lodge await with exceptional landscape splendours and tranquillity.

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


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Mokuti Etosha Lodge

– the oasis in the wilderness Being literally a few minutes away from the vastness of Etosha National Park is just one of the many reasons why guests return time and time again to Mokuti Etosha Lodge. Idyllic for families, heaven for couples, sociable for singles‌ By: Anne Schauffer Photographs supplied by: Mokuti Etosha Lodge

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okuti – Ovambo for ‘in the forest’ – is the 400-hectare cool, green,

tropical oasis, which shares a common border





National Park, making it the perfect vacation location for those keen to spend quality time in this world-renowned game park. Mokuti is a mere four minutes drive from the eastern Von Lindequist Gate near the fascinating Namutoni Fort, and is the closest lodge to Etosha. Of course, it’s not merely its proximity to the Park which sets Mokuti Etosha Lodge apart. In its green forest-like setting with two sparkling swimming pools – heaven-sent on those steamy Namibian summer days and delightful thatched buildings, it’s both intimate in ambiance and service, and cool and spacious in its numerous facilities and charming layout. You – and your children – will love the ramblings of the resident herd of bontebok, not to mention the busy squirrel families for whom Mokuti is home. The one hundred and six rooms all enjoy gloriously green views of the pretty manicured gardens or rich indigenous bush, and they’re set in one-story chalet style thatched buildings – choose from one of ninety standard rooms, eight luxury rooms (open plan

shared bathroom). All rooms are well air-

Mokuti even offers a laundry service, so

lounge, sleeper couch and bedroom),

conditioned, have LCD TVs with satellite

no chores – welcome to a true holiday.

or eight luxury family rooms (separate

TV, mini fridges and en suite bathrooms

Mokuti Etosha Lodge may rub shoulders

bedroom and lounge, two sleeper couches,

with showers. You’ll lack for nothing.

with the wilds of Etosha National Park, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of touch. The Lodge has free Internet Wi-Fi access, as well as cell phone and land-line reception. At Mokuti, there’s something special, something different for everyone, both day and night, and the Lodge caters as easily for families seeking busy junior activities on site – such as the separate children’s splash pool - as it does for photographic enthusiasts who want nothing more than guided wildlife excursions into Etosha, or to head off on one of the walking trails. There’s even the fascinating reptile park… for the young and mature alike!

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At Mokuti, you’ll have every opportunity to meet and mingle with other guests, swop the day’s stories around a roaring fire, challenge others to a game of pool or billiards, and share an alfresco meal under the breathtaking Namibian stars… or, you may prefer quiet time, clinking glasses with someone special somewhere quiet. You choose. The Lodge offers babysitting facilities, so that a quiet intimate evening is within your grasp. At Mokuti, the options are limitless. And then there’s the bush. Mokuti is fully equipped to guide guests into Etosha, with two nine-seater Toyota Land Cruisers and one twenty-seater Dyna Truck, so no matter the size of your group, you’ll be catered for. A trip in Etosha in a wide-open vehicle with one of Mokuti’s experienced game guides is a must, and with its vast expanses of glorious landscape populated by the Big Five and more, you’ll be spellbound from dawn to dusk. Learn about the flowers, the For adults, there’s a glorious Spa, so if

home, but thankfully, won’t be. The food

birds, the wildlife, the country from people

you’ve earned some precious ‘Me’ time,

is superb. On selected evenings, you’ll

who belong to the land. Etosha provides

you know where to go and what to do.

enjoy a traditional Namibian braai or

a lifetime of memories, and if photography

Enjoy a wonderful massage, luxuriate

barbecue in the outdoor African Boma,

is your passion, you’ll be able to test your

in a specialised facial. For those who

while at other times, you’ll relish a candlelit

skills to the limit.

enjoy healthy, fun exercise, there are two

dinner in the garden, under the stars. As an

Mokuti also has extensive conference

floodlit tennis courts and two swimming

optional extra for special occasions, you’re

facilities, so if you’re looking for something

pools. For those who’re really serious

welcome to host a private dinner for over


about their shape, a well equipped gym

ten people (for your own account) at one of

possibly need… yet provide your delegates

awaits your workout. With the moreish

the numerous venues offered by Mokuti…

with more than they bargained for, you’ve

menus at Mokuti, you may just need it…

and that can include a traditional braai in

come to the right place. There are three

Mokuti prides itself on its highly sociable

the 4 000 hectare reserve, or a delectable

optional venues to choose from; catering

indoor-outdoor venues, from the Tambuti

three course set menu in the Rock Room.

for groups ranging from twenty five to one

Dining room & Marula Bar, the Pool Bar & Terrace, the open-air African Boma to the open fire and conversation pit. With typically hearty Namibian feasts on the menu - served up with many local products – you’ll always have the Namibian choice of both beef and game, and a plethora of home-grown recipes unique to the Mokuti kitchens. Mokuti likes to call its fare, ‘country style comfort home cuisine with a Namibian touch’, and it’s just that. You’ll feel at

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hundred and thirty people, depending on the function and preferred seating style. Mokuti offers an introduction to outsourced Team Building Facilitators as well as Wedding Planners. You’ll find everything from data projectors and screens, to business corners equipped with a PC and an Internet Wi-Fi hot spot… printing, faxing, scanning and copying facilities… and a choice of executive lunches or sweet/savoury snacks. You name it, Mokuti Hasselt Optics, Windhoek

t: +264 61 377800 provides it. And when the day is done, f: +264 61 377801 e:

there’s game drives and bush braais. It’ll be

a memorable conference, that’s guaranteed. A stay at Mokuti Etosha Lodge is everything you’d want in a holiday, a safari, a romantic getaway, or a family reunion. With children of all ages welcome, this is the family holiday you’ve dreamed of – it’s where memories are made. It’s about attention to detail, and Mokuti are masters of that. From the warm Namibian welcome on arrival, to the thrill of Big Five sightings… you’ll be back at Mokuti Etosha Lodge.

Contact: Mokuti Etosha Lodge Central Reservations: +264 (0) 61 207 5360 Lodge Reception: +264 (0) 67 229 084

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N$22,023 pp sharing

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Peugeot Fractal Electric Urban Coupe concept: features the Peugeot i-Cockpit


explores a new design and manufacturing process, with 3D printed parts used for more than 80% of the interior trim

Peugeot has released its latest concept car: Fractal. It’s

surface. Teamed up with Amon Tobin, sound designer, the

an electric urban coupe that features the iconic Peugeot

exterior and interior identity of this car has been developed

i-Cockpit exploring your senses, starting from sight and

to sync with its environment. The anechoic materials were

touch to feel. The Peugeot Fractal represents unprecedented

made through generative design, an incremental stochastic

attention to acoustics in automotive design; you can see

process that is used to achieve the perfect component.

here, that results would enrich your driving experience further. This futuristic concept car starts off as an idea that

Wristify : A bracelet that heats and cools you

that heaters can run in one room and cooling units in

Well, want to stay cool in

another. This is an expensive

the summer? Or keep warm

problem for both your bank

in the winter? Apparently

account and the environment.

Embr Labs has made a great

Keeping this in mind, the

attempt to make your dreams

design team tried to address

come true. Wristify is the first

this issue by designing an

bracelet that heats and cools

individual temperature control

you.It will regulate your body

unit in the form of a stylish

temperature, thereby saving

bracelet. This bracelet has

you loads of your hard earned

the ability to regulate the

money on energy costs. When

temperature of its wearer,

you are in a room with varying

rather than modifying an

temperature comfort levels

entire space.

which is shared by many people, there’s a possibility,

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Designer: Embr Labs

Designer: Peugeot

Papilla Food Container: supports healthy eating habits in quick and easy way The Papilla Food Container is a creative food carrying

SmartHalo transforms your conventional bike into a smart one

container, with a battery powered heating concept with USB compatibility. It supports healthy eating habits and allows you

Riding a bike in an urban environment can be confusing and

to carry nutritious foods anywhere, in a quick and easy way.

you might also get lost, that’s why SmartHalo would be a nice

Easy cleaning is a breeze, since all the parts are separable for

companion. It’s a smart biking system that lets you focus on the

cleaning and it is also conveniently dishwasher safe as well.

road and is especially designed for uban cyclists. This device

Different compartments prevent the mixing of food and allows

guides you, when you need it to. It’s equipped with a military-

you to carry a variety of menu combinations. As an outcome

grade locking system, to ensure that it stays permanently on

of a modern lifestyle and busy schedules, we are unfortunately

the handlebars.

doomed to consume fast food. The Papilla is designed to help

The navigation system is pretty intuitive: it provides you with

people with more conscientious eating on the go, thereby

the quickest and safest routes to your destination, while the

changing today’s eating habits, due to time limitations and by

automatic tracking feature saves your biking metrics in real-

also offering alternative options.

time. There’s a powerful front light that illuminates your path

Papilla Food Container’s vision is to support and raise

during low light. Besides being a reliable navigator and tracker,

awareness about healthy eating habits by providing nutritious

SmartHalo also functions as an alarm, keeping thieves away.

food anywhere, in a quick and easy way.

Designer: CycleLabs Designer: Burcin Ceren Olcum

BioLite CampStove cooks your food and recharges your gadgets

transform the heat from a fire into usable electricity. Therefore even when you find

BioLite has combined a stove and a

yourself in the middle of nowhere, you

power charger in one innovative design,

can still get connected (except when

BioLite CampStove. You’ll get to enjoy

there’s no signal). It recharges your

the benefits from both worlds in an

phones, lights, or gadgets while you

interesting way. As you probably already

cook dinner.

know, BioLite produces a cost effective

By the way, you don’t need to go

and compact stove, that offers unique

camping to use the stove, in fact, you can

social and environmental benefits as well.

use it anytime, such as when the power

Enjoy your camping with this stove,

goes out in a storm or after a natural

cook your meals with nothing but twigs,

disaster. You’ll be able to cook and get

so simple isn’t it? It eliminates the need

your gadget charged, even when the

to carry heavy and expensive petroleum

power lines are down.

gas, it is easy and quick to light, yet fast to boil. BioLite CampStove has the ability to

From: BioLite

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Akrapovič Full Moon concept motorcycle stands upright when parked

audiences from visitors, photographers,

Since this project was designed as

journalists, to selected guests. This

a continuation of the Morsus story, the

awesome motorcycle has been designed

personality of this bike has been designed

Stunning, yes, that’s one word that

and developed with the help of Slovenian

to be completely different. To excite

can describe the Akrapovič Full Moon

Dreamachine Motorcycles, the same

anyone who hasn’t been impressed, it is

Concept Motorcycle. This futuristic

team that produced the iconic Morsus

Akrapovič’s first prototype machine.

concept was unveiled by Akrapovič at

in 2011. Similar to its predecessor, the

the Bad Salzuflen Custombike Show in

Full Moon features extravagant, technical

Germany, and managed to captivate all

exceptional, and promotional bike design.

Designer: Akrapovič

Auto Boat: Smartphone controlled boat for a single passenger

Luna Phone: gorgeous minimalist phone design

What happens when a boat builder and a programmer meet?

Even though most people think that a smartphone is the

You can see the result here: Auto Boat. This project was born

ultimate modern necessity, some people still prefer simpler/

out of collaboration between Will Reed, a boat builder and

dumb phones. Unfortunately, most dumb phones are ugly.

Jonas Jongejan, a programmer. Featuring Featuring, wanted to

The Luna Phone is a beautiful minimalist phone, where the

create an experience, rather than just a seat for the exhibition

concept limits itself to the most basic functions of a phone,

of “Out of the Woods: Adventures of 12 Hardwood Chairs” at

calling and messaging. There’s no camera, high definition LCD,

the Victoria & Albert Museum. This exhibition aims to develop

GPS or internet connection. Instead, the Luna Phone features a

a life cycle analysis of every project in the exhibition for AHEC.

sleek geometric screen out of a LED backlight and a touchpad

Auto Boat is a special boat designed to carry a single passenger

at the bottom of the screen. Due to its limited functions, the

in comfort on a pre-determined journey into a smartphone.

battery can run for days instead of hours, therefore less is more.

Designer: Featuring Featuring

Designer: Jorge Arbelo Cabrera

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Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill: compact grill with spacious area for grilling

effective barrier against the wind. This is the perfect grill when you plan to do small barbecue grills; it cooks evenly and won’t

Camping is not complete without carrying cooking gear.

flare up. The quality is unquestionable, thanks to the porcelain

Once you use the Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal

coating; it guarantees you years of use.

Grill, you might not want to camp without it. It’s a compact, portable grill that makes a great companion when you are

From: Weber

travelling. Even though it’s a compact grill, it actually offers a pretty spacious area for grilling, that is large enough for you to grill four medium steaks at the same time. This unit is solidly engineered without any nuts or bolts. The porcelain enameled coating helps to prevent rust and fading. You can grill your food on the triple nickel-plated cooking grate, on the 160-square inch cooking area. Once you’re done with cooking, simply lock the lid into place with the pivoting legs. You can carry this lightweight grill in one hand. We really love the built-in lid hangers, they allow you to rest the lid on the side of the grill, which turns it into an

Android Men’s AD520BBU Hydraumatic G7 Skeleton Watch with cuff bracelet design The Android Men’s AD520BBU Hydraumatic G7 is a unique skeleton blue watch that will attract all eyes to your wrist. It features automatic movement and an adjustable band with a cuff bracelet design. As it has been designed for men only, this watch has a pretty huge size, but if you love a beautiful and unique timpiece, you can’t go wrong with this one. It is recommended for anyone with big wrists. The weight is just right. Unlike a cheap watch, it doesn’t feel light, is not too heavy and it doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable. The movement of this watch is beautiful and eye catching as it winds itself, so you don’t need batteries. Unless you stop wearing it, this watch will work all the time, you don’t have to deal with the hassle of opening the watch. Water activities shouldn’t stop you from wearing the Android Hydraumatic G7. It’s water resistant to 330 feet (100M), therefore, whether you are swimming or snorkeling, this watch will be fine, but please don’t wear it if diving.

Designer: Android Watches

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EXO: exoskeletal foldable e-board EXO is a concept foldable e-skateboard. The name itself is a shortened form of “Exoskeleton”, describing the aesthetic behind the E-boards construction. It takes the interpretation of a personal

the intention to become the world’s

GoBe Calorie Intake Watcher tracks your calories through your skin

first foldable electric skateboard. Not

GoBe Calorie Intake Watcher is

body. The stylish design of this GoBe

only does it look unique, but it is also

claimed to be the first and only

Calorie Intake Watcher will fit your

highly functional as you’ve never

wearable device that tracks your

style beautifully. Well, it’s no surprise,

seen before.

calorie intake, whether consumed or

since it’s designed by Jozeph Forakis,

burnt. It features high tech sensors

the lead product designer of the

and highly intuitive when being

that track everything through

iconic Motorola V70.

used, the rider simply depresses and

your skin. Therefore, whatever

pivots the boards individual pedals,

you do, GoBe will automatically

which in turn operates the two

calculate your calorie intake, how

150W motors located at the base of

many calories you burn, and your

each wheel. Acceleration, braking

metabolic rate during activity,

and steering can all be done with

without having to log in. You

your feet. In order to accommodate,

can relax now, there is no more

the board is able to determine

guesswork involved. You can count

which foot is placed in the front,

on this device to keep up with your

and can change the orientation

diet regime.

of the electric motors quickly. On

All you need to do, is to wear the

either side of the wheel is an inlet

device. It’ll automatically track

fan for cooling the electric motors

your hydration and stress levels,

and an outlet vent to let the hot

activity, sleep patterns, and much

air escape from inside the wheel.

more. It will deliver all the essential

This is a new interpretation of

information to your smartphone.

e-skateboard and turns it on its head. The board has been designed with

Simple to understand at a glance

air-cooled technology.

GoBe uses HealBe Flow technology and unique algorithm

Designer: Wen-Yo Lu

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with measurements from body

manager’s pressure, accelerometer, and impedance sensors that provides you with vital information about your

Designer: HealBe

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Highhumour I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?” To which I replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” He smiled knowingly and nodded, “That’s why we ask.”

A group of Namibian friends go deer hunting and pair off for the day. That night, one of the hunters returns alone, staggering under the weight of a record trophy buck. “Where’s Henry?” the others ask.

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“Henry had a stroke of some kind. He’s a couple of miles back up the trail,” the successful hunter replies. “You left Henry laying out there and carried the buck back?” “A tough call,” nodded the hunter.

“But I figured no one is going to steal Henry!”

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Across 1.Played at international level (6) 4. It could be wide or silver (6) 9. Twosome (3) 10. Breed of cat (7) 11. Clear, plain (7) 12. Final sum (5) 13. Wading bird (5) 15. Mourning (5) 20. Granny Smith for example (5) 22. __ Oyster is a hangover cure (7) 24. Pardon you from your sins (7) 25. Slang for diamonds (3) 26. Followed an eating plan (6) 27. Put on a show or event (6)

Down 1. Scrounges (6) 2. Pledge (7) 3. Follow on as a result (5) 5. Roman town in North of England (7) 6. Apply force or influence (5) 7. Stinging plant (6) 8. Irritable (5) 14. Supervise (7) 16. Piece of jewllery (7) 17. Limited to a certain sum (6) 18. Witch’s hex or charm (5) 19. Fight off enemy attack (6) 21. Stage in development (5) 23. Spy or representative (5)

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Schedule 06 September to 24 October 2015 (All time local) Note: check-in time should be two hours before departure.

International Flight No






SW 286






SW 286/ 703


Cape Town (via Windhoek)




SW 286/ 723


Johannesburg (via Windhoek)




SW 285






Regional Flight No






SW 702

Cape Town





SW 704

Cape Town





SW 704

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay




SW 373



Mon, Fri



SW 413



Wed, Sun



SW 413


Windhoek ( via Lusaka)

Wed, Sun



SW 722






SW 724






SW 728






SW 724


Frankfurt (via Windhoek)




SW 730


Walvis Bay




SW 304






SW 373



Mon, Fri



SW 373


Windhoek (via Harare)

Mon, Fri



SW 413



Wed, Sun



SW 403


Windhoek (via Victoria falls)

Mon, Wed



SW 405



Fri, Sun



SW 403

Victoria Falls


Mon, Wed



SW 405

Victoria Falls

Windhoek (via Maun)

Fri, Sun



SW 303






SW 373



Mon, Fri



SW 373


Harare (via Lusaka)

Mon, Fri



SW 403



Mon, Wed



SW 403


Victoria Falls (via Maun)

Mon, Wed



SW 405


Victoria Falls

Fri, Sun



SW 413


Lusaka (via Harare)

Wed, Sun



SW 413



Wed, Sun



SW 701


Cape Town

Mon, Fri



SW 703


Cape Town

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun



SW 709


Cape Town




SW 723



Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun



SW 723






SW 727 100 |






Flight No






SW 729






SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town




SW 737 Flight No

Walvis Bay From

Johannesburg To


Daily Days

17:25 Departure

19:40 Arrival







SW 729



SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town

Flight No SW 737

From Walvis Bay


Days Daily

SW 101



SW 103




Departure 17:25

Arrival 19:40

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun



Tue, Thu



Domestic Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

SW 107 Flight SW 105No

Eros From Eros

Ondangwa To Ondangwa

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

17:00 Departure 15:55 07:00 13:35

18:05 Arrival 17:00 08:05 15:15

SW125 101 SW SW127 103 SW

Eros Mulilo Katima Eros Mulilo Katima

Ondangwa Eros Ondangwa Rundu

Tue, Sun Thu Wed, Mon,Sun Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Wed,

11:00 12:40 17:00 12:40

12:05 13:40 18:05 15:15

SW127 107 SW SW 105 SW 143

Eros Mulilo Katima Eros Luderitz

Ondangwa Eros (via Rundu) Ondangwa Oranjemund

Sat Fri Mon, Mon,FriFri Mon,

15:55 11:10 13:35 11:10

17:00 12:00 15:15 13:45

SW143 125 SW SW145 127 SW

Katima Mulilo Luderitz Katima Mulilo Luderitz

Eros Windhoek ( via Oranjemund) Rundu Windhoek

Wed,Sun Sun Wed, Wed,Fri Sun Mon,

12:40 12:45 12:40 11:50

13:40 13:45 15:15 12:50

SW125 127 SW SW125 143 SW

Katima Mulilo Rundu Luderitz Rundu

Eros (via Rundu) Katima Mulilo Oranjemund Eros (via Katima Mulilo)

Mon,Fri Fri Mon, Mon,Sun Fri Wed,

11:10 11:50 11:10 14:00

12:00 15:15 13:45 15:15

SW127 143 SW SW143 145 SW

Luderitz Rundu Luderitz Oranjemund

Windhoek ( via Oranjemund) Eros Windhoek Windhoek

Wed,Fri Sun Mon, Mon,Sun Fri Wed,

12:45 12:30 11:50 11:25

13:45 13:45 12:50 12:15

SW145 125 SW SW145 125 SW

Rundu Oranjemund Rundu Oranjemund

Katima Mulilo Luderitz Eros (via Katima Mulilo)) Windhoek (via Luderitz Eros Eros Windhoek Eros

Mon,Sun Fri Wed, Wed,Tue, Sun Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Mon, Mon, Fri Tue, Thu,

11:50 11:25 14:00 08:35

15:15 13:45 15:15 09:40

SW102 127 SW SW104 143 SW

Rundu Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa

Luderitz Eros Windhoek (via Luderitz ) Eros

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

12:30 12:35 11:25 18:35

13:45 13:40 12:15 19:40

SW108 145 SW SW106 145 SW SW125 102 SW SW125 104 SW

Ondangwa Eros Ondangwa Eros

Eros Rundu Eros Mulilo (via Rundu) Katima

Mon,Fri Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Mon, Tue, Fri Thu, Mon,

11:25 17:35 08:35 10:15

13:45 18:40 09:40 11:30

SW127 108 SW SW127 106 SW

Ondangwa Eros Ondangwa Eros

Eros Katima Eros (via Katima Mulilo) Rundu

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

12:35 10:15 18:35 10:15

13:40 12:50 19:40 11:55

SW143 125 SW SW143 125 SW

Eros Windhoek Eros Windhoek

Rundu Luderitz Katima Mulilo (via Rundu) Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

Mon,Fri Fri Mon, Mon,Fri Fri Mon,

17:35 10:15 10:15 09:50

18:40 13:40 11:30 10:50

SW145 127 SW SW145 127 SW

Eros Windhoek Eros Windhoek

Katima Oranjemund Rundu (via Mulilo) Luderitz ( viaKatima Oranjemund)

Wed,Sun Sun Wed, Wed,Sun Sun Wed,

10:15 09:50 10:15 09:50

12:50 12:00 11:55 11:05

SW165 143 SW SW165 143 SW

Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek

Luderitz Walvis Bay Oranjemund (via Luderitz) Walvis Bay

Mon, Fri Fri, Sun Tue, Thu, Mon, Fri Sat

10:15 09:50 09:50 11:10

13:40 12:15 10:50 11:50

SW167 145 SW SW166 145 SW

Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek Walvis Bay

Oranjemund Walvis Bay Luderitz ( via Oranjemund) Windhoek

12:00 10:40 11:05 15:35

SW168 165 SW SW 165

Windhoek Walvis Bay Windhoek

Walvis Bay Windhoek Walvis Bay

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

09:50 10:00 09:50 14:55 09:50 13:20 11:10 16:05

12:15 14:00 11:50 16:45




SW 167


Walvis Bay

Mon, Wed



SW 166

Walvis Bay


Tue, thu, Fri, Sat, Sun



SW 168

Walvis Bay


Mon, Wed



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