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FLAMINGO

Flamingo is published by Media Nova Namibia www.media-namibia.com ISSN: 2026-7924 Publisher Mynard Slabbert Contributors • Alan Winde • Anne Schauffer • Bill Stott • Bruno de Comarmond • Christie Keulder • HAWK Photography • internationallandscapephotographer.com • James Siddall • Kirsty Coetzee • Melanie Allen • Mark Pettipher • Phil Ruimte • The Roving Ambassador • tuvie.com • zambeziqueen.com

In this month’s Flamingo

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Visitors’ Filo Facts Useful and interesting information on Namibia

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

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16 Onguma, under canvas HAWK Photography spent some quality time at the tented camp at Onguma Game Reserve, and as they say, the pictures speak more than a thousand words 26 Wildlife Photographers Up Close and Personal

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32 The 2nd International Landscape Photographer of The Year 2015 Whether you’re an armchair traveller, a real live traveller, or somebody who just adores landscape photography, these are for you 40 Cape Town – It’s the Wheel Deal Will Cape Town be the new cycle capital of Africa? 44 Pairing leisure with pleasure Of the many destinations available to Flamingo readers, the wine lands of the Western Cape offer a collective variety of experiences 54 Lüderitz Speed Challenge 5th October to 15th November 2015 62 Flying over the Smoke that Thunders There can’t be many sights more thrilling than an eagle’s eye view of the Zambezi River crashing over the Devil’s Cataract

Printers: Solitaire Press, Brahman Street Northern Industria Windhoek, NAMIBIA

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

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James Siddall gives us a new model roundup 96 Four Seasons Hotel The Roving Ambassador The Roving Ambassador

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104 Tintswalo Atlantic Cape Town Utopia 104 The Zambezi Queen Collection It’s an extraordinary African safari from a sensational vantage point 126 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation 132 High Humour

Disclaimer

Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds 140 Entertainment

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.

Try your hand at Sudoku - easy, medium and hard 142 Air Namibia’s Flight Schedule Plan your next trip on your favourite airline

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WELCOME ON BOARD

Acting Managing Director’s Remarks

During the first Sunday of September 2015, Namibia returned to its I have only just joined the Namibia summertime schedule. ThisAirmeans ourTeam, timeaisshort now on equal time while ago and I am looking forward to working with zone with most of our neighbours in the region, e.g. South Africa, the Team of the National Air Carrier. All Namibians are Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. Angola remains in the usual proud of Air Namibia, and the Air Namibia aircrafts’ time difference of one (-1) hour behind Namibia. tails which are emblazoned with the Namibia flag and represents us on all flights whether local, domestic, This time in Namibia, spring is in full bloom, and the sunshine is regional or international.

at its best. As we welcome so many enthusiastic travellers to this beautiful country, we urge them to take care in the beautiful We at Air Namibia believe in our Country and that by Namibian sunshine, as thevia sun’s rays may have harmful effects to flying visitors to Namibia, a positive experience, the Equally thistourism time, many have started preparing willskin. ensure that the sector travellers is further boosted. their festive season. Weofatmore Air Namibia are keen to Thisholidays would in for turnthe have the ripple effect jobs tailor make your itinerary toexpanded fit in with your needs. Please contact created, more infrastructure and ultimately assisting theagent National your travel or Goals. our call centre to make your reservations. Alternatively, you can do that in the comfort of your home or office Enjoy with us whilst we take you when youthe logflight onto our website, www.airnamibia.com.

Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson

Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director Acting Managing Director

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At Air Namibia weI have appreciate, only andjoined hold the in the just highest esteem, Air Namibia Team all passengers on board our flights. • •

to new height!

Client Focus: At Air Namibia we appreciate, and hold in the highest esteem, all passengers on board our flights and we will do everything possible to ensure they have a memorable time with us. I personally wish to extend a word of appreciation and thanks to all our Reward$ clients. May I draw passengers’ attention to the following aspects; • Quote your membership number every time you make a booking. This will ensure that miles are loaded to your frequent flyer number after each flight. • Remember that you can buy tickets with miles for a passenger other than yourself. • Use your miles to pay and upgrade to Business class anytime (only for yourself ) from economy class. Upgrades may be done only within two days of your departure. Use miles to pay for excess baggage. Please do request this a day before your intended departure. All Gold and Platinum Reward$ members qualify for 1 piece free baggage additional to the normal allowance. Members can transfer miles amongst themselves at any time. Companies can also register with our Reward$ programme.

As we continue to strive for high customer service standards, we value your opinions and positive criticism. Therefore please feel free to contact our call centre for any enquiries that you might have at +264 61 299 6111 or email CallCentre@airnamibia.aero

We look forward to welcoming you on board very soon.

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WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD

ENGLISH

PORTUGUESE

GERMAN

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 Existe um kit de primeiros socorros a bordo de nossos flights, should a passenger need voos, e se os passageiros precisarem de gotas para os assistance for minor conditions. 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

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

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.

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.

PORTUGUESE

GERMAN

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.

Registration

Electronic Bonus

You can register online by visiting our website: www.airnamibia.com.na, 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

www.airnamibia.com.na. If you do not

Corporate Client component to the

have enough miles for a free ticket, you

Reward$

can purchase miles in batches of 1000

For more information on the Corporate

Programme.

Corporate

Management

enables

companies

miles at N$220 – this is only applicable

to

miles

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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accumulate

through

their

Client enrollment, please contact our Call Centre at Tel: +264 61 2996111/6333/6444 or Call.Center@airnamibia.aero

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

2

Length(m)

59

Height (m)

17,4

Cruising Speed

860 km/h

Maximum Passengers

244

Wing Span (m)

60.3

Maximum Fuel Capacity

138 000l

Maximum Take-off Weight

233 000 kg

Airbus A319 -100 Business Class

Economy Class

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

33.84

Height (m)

11.76

Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers

112

Wing Span (m)

34.09

Maximum Fuel Capacity

23 860l

Maximum Take-off Weight

70 000 kg

Number of Aircraft

4

Length(m)

26.33

Height (m)

6.76

Cruising Speed

820 km/h

Maximum Passengers

37

Wing Span (m)

20.04

Maximum Fuel Capacity

4 198l

Maximum Take-off Weight

19 000 kg

Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class

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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 www.airnamibia.com.na

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Cargo

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

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

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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

Keetmanshoop

MOHEGAN SPUR

Ongwediva

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

Tsumeb

Ongwediva

SILVER WOLF SPUR

Maroela Mall. (00264) 65 23 2064

Swakopmund

DESERT CREEK SPUR

Okahandja

Woermann Street, Stadtmitte. (00264) 64 462 755

Tsumeb

COPPER LEAF SPUR

Swakopmund

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Tsumeb Shopping Centre. (00264) 67 22 1270

Walvis Bay

HICKORY CREEK SPUR

140 Ninth Street. (00264) 64 20 7991

Windhoek

SANTA FE SPUR

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

MOUNTAIN EAGLE SPUR

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

GRAND CANYON SPUR

1st Floor, House of Southern Estate, Independence Ave. (00264) 61 23 1003 www.spurcorp.nl | Customer Care: +27 21 525 6670

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Onguma, under canvas HAWK Photography spent some quality time at the tented camp at Onguma Game Reserve, and as they say, the pictures speak more than a thousand words. Credit: HAWK Photography

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ituated on the eastern border of Etosha National Park, Onguma

Game Reserve offers the intrepid explorer 34 000 hectares of exquisite wilderness… and five unique accommodation styles from which to choose. It’s an ideal destination on your Namibian journey and an absolute must for photographers. Onguma is situated on the eastern side of Etosha, bordering Fisher’s Pan. Here you’ll have the opportunity to submerge yourself in Africa in all her beauty and diversity. The reserve boasts over thirty different animal species consisting of plains game, including kudu, giraffe, eland, onyx, hartebeest, zebra, impala and many more… as well

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as predators such as lion, cheetah, and

searching for Onguma’s nightlife and

leopard, common residents of the area.

nocturnal creatures; a guided wilderness

In addition to the already abundant

walk with a highly specialized guide,

wildlife, is a family of rare black

exploring the Namibian bush on foot; a

rhinos! More than 300 bird species is

wonderful opportunity to join the Onguma

the latest bird count at Onguma, and

team to go on a Rhino Research early

during the Namibian summer months,

evening drive and capture behavioural

the nature reserve is renowned as a

data; and for serious photographers,

bird-watcher’s paradise, with thousands

consider booking time in the Onguma

of species migrating to the wetlands

underground hide - who knows what

created by the seasonal rains and

could appear across your lens while you

ephemeral river systems.

are sitting at the waterhole at eye level?

The choices are vast: a two to two and a

At

Onguma,

there’s

a

range

of

half hour afternoon sunset nature drive on

accommodation, from simple to stylish.

the Onguma Reserve where expert guides

Camping sites for those of you who

explain the many intricacies of the bush; a

have your own camping equipment, and

one to two hour night drive after dinner,

really want to get close to nature; a bush

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camp for the medium budget traveller, with bungalows and rooms (perfect for families, as it is the only fenced lodge on the Reserve); a tented camp for a more exclusive safari experience, in seven exquisitely styled tents; a tree top camp for an intimate and slightly rustic wildlife experience with tented rooms on stilts; The Fort – a luxurious lodge famous for its breathtaking sunsets over the Etosha Pan and dramatic Moroccan touches; and Etosha Aoba for a traditional bush lodge experience in private rondawels. Whatever your mood, there’s a room, a tent, a space at Onguma designed to captivate.

Where we stayed The 14-bed, 7 luxury tents in the Tented Camp are built around an active waterhole. The spacious tents extend the u-shaped design, combining both privacy and fantastic views. The main guest area also overlooks the waterhole and includes a reception, lounge, dining room, as well as a rim flow swimming pool. Every comfort is there, every need

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Ideally situated in the heart of Windhoek CBD, Fig Tree Guesthouse operating in Bed & Breakfast Style, offers boutique accommodation to business executives and elegant tourists. This timelessly stylish guesthouse offers you comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere, with that extra personal touch. Guests can unwind at the swimming pool, gym or in the shade on our “deck”. A delicious breakfast is served daily, while lunch and dinner can be supplied on pre-order. Enjoy a good night’s rest in one of our well-appointed and comfortably furnished, en-suite bedrooms. 86 |

A-grade beds/mattress/bed-linen, air-conditioning, satellite-TV, assist-kitchenette, safe and printer will make your stay comfortably unforgettable.

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t: (+264) 61 400 966

w: www.figtree.com.na

t: (+264) 61 400 967

e: info@figtree.com.na

c: (+264) 81 140 0090

t: 11 Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek

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www.nakara-namibia.com

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

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attended to, and the bush-chic styling ensures guests are cocooned in luxury.

Our Highlights The night drive where we spotted a beautiful leopard at one of the waterholes; a python in a Fever tree at one of the waterholes trying to catch a bird for lunch; and all the cubs we saw - cheetah; black-backed jackal, and hyena.

When did we visit: 8 - 10 November 2014

Best time to visit for Photography purposes: July - November

Minimum recommended time spent: 3 - 5 days Gear needed: Beanbags or car mount; minimum 400 - 600mm zoom lens; wide-angle lens for the beautiful landscapes with, of course, a tripod.

Contact: Onguma Private Game Reserve, Etosha National Park, Namibia;

Email: reservations@onguma.com; Tel: +264 61 237 055

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Wildlife Photographers: Up Close and Personal During one of my recent visits to the Etosha National Park, I once again had the opportunity to observe one of the most interesting species that roam the planet. One that is often overlooked and understudied, but is everything as interesting as Africa’s big five… Wildlife photographers. By: Christie Keulder Cartoons: Bill Stott

T

o fully appreciate the truly unique

Photographus

or

Sociallii

more

qualities of the species, one has

commonly known as the “Social Club”,

to study them in the two locations that

this taxon consists mainly of females,

make up their natural habitat: waterholes

although

and campsites.

spotted in recent times. Their defining

more

males

have

been

Based on interests and behaviour,

characteristics include the amount of

several sub-species can be identified.

chunky jewellery that is worn, often in

Many years of observation and close

combination with very small items of

study have led me to develop the

clothing such as the bikini or speedo.

following taxonomy for the species,

Their natural habitat is the vast open

Photographus Wildlifii.

grasslands (called lawns) that surround the open waters of the camp’s swimming pool, where they are often observed precariously perched on creaky plastic deck-chairs in full sun. It is the persistent prolonged exposure to full sun, that commonly changes the original pale, pasty complexion of the

Cartoons extracted from “the crazy world of photography” by Bill Stott and Exley Publications Ltd

Social Club, first into a bright pink, then

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into a deep, dark brown or bronze. This

group

is

known

for

their

grumpy and erratic behaviour, during the pinkification period when the skin is quite sensitive and painful. Among the

young

and

inexperienced,

the

pinkification is commonly accompanied by blistering and peeling of the skin, a period during which they often retreat into cooler, more shady spots such as luxury cabanas. At night, they roam the bar areas. Photographus Sociallii hardly ever leave their sunny pool areas and thus, is seldom observed outside in the

“My eye problem? Well, apparently it’s due to persistent use of a wide-angle lens...”

wild. As such, their equipment is limited


“Be patient - they’ll be here. This is one of the most inconspicuous hides around”

to a basic point-and-shoot or cellphone.

constantly feel and endure the painful

As the ultimate pack animals, this group’s

entity that is life.

photographs

almost

always

include

Known

for

their

intense,

overly

themselves or members of their pack

emotional behaviour when disturbed,

posing against exotic backdrops such

members of the Emo Club are quite

as the restaurant, public bathrooms, the

unapproachable and are best left alone

local shop and with eager-to-please local

with their electronic devices, such as cell

staff. Their photographic outputs are

phones and iPods, listening to “emocore”.

best observed on Facebook or Google+.

Fully atomised, members of the Emo

Photographus Emotionalii or commonly

Club are forced to become wildlife

known as the “Emo Club”, are quite a

photographers

rare group, not commonly observed

dragging them out of their beloved urban

outside their natural deep urban habitat.

environment. Their equipment is a Holga

by

desperate

parents

This group is closely connected to emotional turbulence associated with urban decay and despises anything peaceful and beautiful in nature. Hence, their preference for metal piercings, multi-coloured

hair

and

ornaments

made of rusty chains, sharp spikes and dull razorblades. They also love the deep contrast between pale skin and dark clothing. The older members of this group might have very little natural skin left, due to frequent visits to their local ink shops. It is suspected that this behaviour is driven by a deeply rooted desire to

“Sometimes I don’t know why we bother saying anything at all!”

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camera, known for its substandard lenses

legs or belts to ensure their safety, whilst

that cause natural vignetting, and with it

swinging from a bus window or bridge

the latest hard to find red-scale film.

to capture what Cartier-Bresson called

After a single attempt to photograph

the “decisive moment”. In their case it is

two mating ostriches from 100 metres

“decisive moments” because they employ

away, they abolish all future attempts.

‘continuous shoot’ mode.

Without

the

ranger’s

permission,

Their biggest source of frustration

they retreat into the infrequently used

is caused by limited budgets, and as a

aeroplane

hanger

pursue

their

result, many of their conversations start

Their

only

with “when I ...” or “if only…”. Until

wildlife shots are of two dung beetles

then, they survive with entry level or

fighting their way through a fresh oil

third-party cameras and lenses… and

spill on the hanger floor. It can be viewed

lots of frustration.

photographic

to

interests.

in one of the Urban-Exploration sites on

They have trouble understanding why

Flickr. Their next holiday destination is

close friends and family avoid personal

likely to be Chernobyl.

contact with them for some months or

after their latest photographic ventures.

“Of course with shy timid creatures, a good

commonly known as the “Enthusiastic Club”,

Hell, you would have thought they’d be

zoom is absolutely essential...”

this special group of photographers

pleased to view all 1,568 photographs

are best known for their energetic

neatly assembled in an iPhoto slideshow.

Photographus

Enthusiasticallii,

behaviour, with camera at hand. They are

If

asked,

any

member

of

the

most commonly observed at waterholes

Enthusiastic Club will point you to the

hanging from bus and car windows or

332 Flickr groups containing their posts.

roof racks, trying to get closer to their

Photographus

Longlensii

or

better

subjects. During quiet periods, they can

known as the “Hardcore Club”, an

be seen driving between waterholes, at

exclusive

high speed, whilst discussing the merits

members, instantly recognizable by the

of faster lenses, better ISO capabilities

sheer size of the lenses they employ, and

club

with

relatively

few

or the benefits of Gimbal-type tripod heads over ordinary ball-heads. Photography rules their world and they often carry the latest edition of Digital Photography with them. They follow Moose Peterson’s blog and often enquire about the latest pro-tips on Twitter. Only

under

extreme

distressful

conditions, will members of Photographus Enthusiasticallii be observed within the encamped area after 06:05am. They complete the sightings book with great detail: “sleeping Cape Crow, Waterhole 1, 03:48am” this is typical of their dedication to share their experiences. They are also known to employ assistants to improve their location shoots.

These

assistants

are

often

required to hold on to the photographer’s

“Now do you believe there’s such a thing as the too perfect hide?”

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the grunting noises that they make as

or monopods, beanbags, metal platforms

they prepare or lift their lenses for a shot.

that are designed for car windows, and

Members of this group once had

large, heavy tri or monopod heads.

substantive financial resources. Now,

This not only contributes to their

they walk or sit stooped forward as a

poor financial state, but also adds a few

result of contracted stomach muscles

degrees to their stoop. It is not unknown

caused by constant hunger. Thus, they

for this group to start pilfering dried

are constantly looking for new ways to

beans or raw rice from their beanbags,

conserve energy. “I am only interested in

toward the end of their excursions. Those

one type of animal” or “I need only a few

with sponsorships might be observed

pictures to update my portfolio”, are all

in the local camp store scavenging for

ways to conceal the real reason for not

precooked pizzas, past their sell-by dates.

being very active. They are most often

Their images are characterised by

observed in a battered old Land Rover

large digital watermarks and can only be

reading a book at the waterholes, waiting

viewed in a small, unusable format. Of

for the right animals to arrive. Their

course, given their financial predicament,

past whereabouts are easily tracked by

you could buy them from SmugMug

following the rather large oil patches

or ShutterProtect.

from their old Land Rovers.

Of course, my taxonomy is not final

Of all the taxa of Photographus Wildlifii,

or complete. There are many more

this group has the most gadgets. Not

that could be added at a later stage.

because they can afford it, or because

My recipe this week is an ode to these

they want to show off, but because they

wonderful people who venture into the

have to. The sheer weight and size of their

wild, camera in hand. It is olive bread

equipment rules out hand-held shooting.

baked in a cast iron pot over an open

As a result, they have to carry very heavy tri

fire. Perfect for a camping trip.

“And ambient metering is by cell in the viewfinder - flash metering too, so it’s multi-mode. Synch speed on the dedicated flash to about 1/900, backlight button, quartz controlled manual shutter speed... I’m not going too fast for you?”

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The second International Landscape Photographer of The Year competition 2015 Whether you’re an armchair traveller, a real live traveller, or somebody who just adores landscape photography, these are for you. Credit: www.internationallandscapephotographer.com

Luke Tscharke, from Australia The winner of the International Landscape Photograph of the Year Award (awarded for a single image)

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Luke Austin, Australia The runner-up International Landscape Photograph of the Year Award

P

rofessional and amateur photographers worldwide were invited to enter

the

second

International

Landscape

Photographer of the Year competition.

There are also some special awards for a bit of fun and bragging rights. From 2604 entries, the winner of

with black and white film and certain tasks and projects that we had to complete. It was great to have the experience of playing

Landscape

around in the darkroom and developing

The competition was run with the aim

Photographer of the Year Award (based

our own black and white photographs,

of finding the best 101 landscape images

on a portfolio submission of at least 4

even though for me it seemed to be a bit

from the past 12 months and publishing

images) is Luke Austin from Australia.

of a hit and a miss.”

the

second

International

them in a beautiful coffee table book,

“It was a number of years later that

which will be available in a variety of

Luke Austin

I decided to get back into photography.

formats, including a free e-book.

“I enjoy the solitude of being in the

I was inspired by a particular National

landscape, surrounded by nothing but

Geographic issue that featured a project

landscape

the natural environment. I find being out

of Jim Brandenburg’s where he took one

somewhat

there with a camera in hand allows me

photo a day for 90 days (from the Autumn

solitary, so it is with great pleasure we

to slow down and appreciate the finer

equinox to the Winter solstice). The body

bring together the work of the world’s

details of the world.”

of work was beautiful and just about

Chairman of Judges, Peter Eastway says,

“The

life

photographer

of

can

a be

Our

“When I am not on location actually

second book again features the top

shooting, I am at home in Perth, trying

“This National Geographic issue was in

101 landscape photographs as curated

to juggle all the other bits and bobs that

the lunch room where I was working part

by our experienced panel of judges. In

come with operating as a photographer,

time, while studying Environmental Science.

addition, we award places for both the

as well as running another business. I

I studied those shots during the majority

best photographs and the best landscape

was recently married, so kids are yet to

of my lunch breaks for a solid year. Once I

photographers, the latter based on a

come - and the reality is I’ve got no idea

completed my studies (2003/2004), I bought

portfolio of work. We’re confident this

how challenging it really can be!”

a Nikon D70 and headed around Australia,

best

landscape

photographers.

every photograph moved me.”

will be one of the best collections of

“My love for photography started in

living out of a van (mostly) for a year.

contemporary landscape photography you

high school. We were supplied with a fully

This is when the obsession for landscape

will ever see.”

manual Pentax K1000 film camera, along

photography really began.”

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Luke Austin, Australia Winner of the second International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images)

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Ricardo Da Cunha, Australia The runner-up International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award

Ricardo Da Cunha

landscape images from locations across

Canada,

The Runner up of the International

Australia and other parts of the world.”

New Zealand and Australia, working on

Landscape Photographer of the Year

developing my vision and style which I

Award

find continually challenging.”

Australia (ricardodacunha.com.au).

“Over the past few years, I have spent

time

photographing

is

Ricardo

Da

Cunha

from

“Currently I am working on projects

“I have been fascinated by the natural environment ever since I was a kid and I have great fulfillment merging this interest with my love of bush-walking.

with a collective of photographers (Adam

Luke Tscharke

This combination has enabled me to

Williams, Ignacio Palacios, Paul Hoelen

The winner of the International Landscape

photograph some of Australia’s most

and Ricardo Da Cunha) where the focus

Photographer of the Year Award (awarded

stunning and wild natural environments.

will be on Australia and its wide range of

for a single image) is Luke Tscharke, also

I am drawn particularly to wilderness

landscapes. This is something I am really

from Australia (luketscharke.com).

photography and tend to use up all

landscape

of my annual leave each year on trips

photographer based on the Northern

hiking through Tasmania, my favourite

Luke uses a Nikon D800E with the

Beaches of Sydney, Australia. I am trained

place to photograph.”

Nikkor 14 24mm f2.8, 45mm f2.8 Tilt

as a Quality Assurance professional and

“I have always been interested in

Shift and 70200mm f4. He uses Feisol

have worked for some of the world’s

photography, but really only became

Pro and Tournament series tripods,

largest food and beverage companies,

passionate about it when I first moved

which he says are incredibly good

to ensure the quality and integrity of

to Melbourne. I found the city skyline

value. Other useful equipment includes

their products. I try to instill the same

so fascinating that I was compelled

a pair of waders and an SPL underwater

approach to my work in photography,

to photograph it and would head

housing (lukeaustinphotography.com).

where my aim is to create memorable

into the city most nights after work to

enjoying and looking forward to in the years ahead.”

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“I

am

a

passionate


Warren Keelan, Australia Third place for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year AND the International Landscape Photograph of the Year Awards

shoot it. When I moved to Sydney, this

amazing image quality in such a small

easy to take our phones for granted, but

interest changed towards seascapes and

package and is fantastic for hiking

these days they can provide invaluable

landscapes, due to the abundance of

because it helps keep the pack weight

information to ensure we get to the

amazing locations quite close by.”

down. I use the A7S for its incredible

location at the right time and during the

“One of the things I love about

low light capabilities. It is capable of

best light.”

photography, is that I’m always learning,

capturing stars and nightscapes better

“I edit using Adobe Lightroom CC,

which means there is always something

than anything I’ve ever used before.

Capture One for Sony and Photoshop

new to drive me forward. As I learn, I

I also use an infrared converted Canon

CC. I also use luminosity masks quite

would love to eventually transition to full-

5D Mark II camera, which enables

frequently

time work as a professional photographer.

me to capture scenes literally in a

approach to post processing is to try

Recently I provided images for the cover

different light.”

and make the image represent the

within

Photoshop.

My

of Australian Geographic Magazine, a

“Other than my cameras, my single

scene that I saw, to show the beauty

publication I very much admire. It was

most useful piece of equipment is

that was present. Sometimes this can

a real thrill to be associated with such a

my iPhone, whether it is using the

be straightforward, but other times

respected magazine.”

Photopills app to plan a photography

it can be quite involved. I believe

shoot, Weatherzone app for weather

in

and

landscape

“I currently use Sony A7R and Sony A7S

mirrorless

cameras,

combined

radar

updates,

SkippySky

for

maintaining

the

presented

integrity to

the

of

a

viewer

with a selection of Canon L series

cloud conditions, Google Maps app

and therefore don’t prepare images as

lenses, including the amazing TS-E

for scouting and directions, or the

composites. However, I do exposure

tilt shift lenses. I use the A7R for my

ViewRanger app to store off-line maps

blend

general landscape work, because it has

and track my hikes on the GPS. It’s

where required.”

for

extended

dynamic

range

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Thierry Bornier, China The Abstract Award Jon Martin, United Kingdom The Snow & Ice Award

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Cape Town – It’s the Wheel Deal Alan Winde, South Africa’s MEC of Economic Opportunities, shared the Western Cape’s newest tourist attraction proposal – a single cycle track from Plett to Cape Town. Will Cape Town be the new cycle capital of Africa? Credit: Alan Winde

C

ycling is the new golf, particularly

the roads – and towns – less travelled and

single tracks, jeep tracks, roads, and even

mountain, track or trail biking.

explored, which could be a tidy injection

unused railway tracks. The Cape to Plett

So, while the well-heeled amble around

of tourism – translated into jobs – into

is going to be on every cyclist’s bucket

the vineyards of France on bicycles – all

areas which had previously been (literally)

and or wish list – the beauty of the route,

luggage driven from overnight castles and

bypassed; everything from bicycle repair

the variety of terrain, the entertainment

friendly locals – the rest of us will be able

shops to restaurants, bed and breakfasts to

value... this single, safe and scenic

to revel in the scenic route from two of the

day tours to elsewhere.

continuous track is going to be a major

Western Cape’s, if not South Africa’s most

Behind the project is the Western Cape

scenic spots - Plettenberg Bay to Cape

government, Wesgro, local municipalities

Winde said cycling events generated over

Town. The plan involves a single cycle track,

and private enterprise. Envisaged is a five

R700m for the Western Cape’s economy

and naturally enough, the local cycling

year plan which kicks off with a 160km

each year. “Visitors travel from across the

associations are fully supportive of this

stretch between Plettenberg Bay and

world to participate in these flagship events.

concept, both for South Africans and the

Mossel Bay, completion estimated to be

We envisage that this route will have the

oodles of international guests who enjoy

by 2017. Developers plan to incorporate

same global appeal”.

adventure tourism. One of the plusses too,

existing tracks as well as a range of

is that everybody will be able to explore

challenging mountain trails, scenic forest

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Pairing leisure with pleasure Of the many destinations available to Flamingo readers, the wine lands of the Western Cape offer a collective variety of experiences, from the foot hills of the Schapenberg to the shores of False Bay we continue our series on unique finds and talk to Cameron Boustead, shareholder of the Hathersage Boutique wine farm and owner of Westbank Guest House in Gordon’s Bay. Words by: Phil Ruimte Photographs by: Mark Pettipher

S

A little time after settling down to discuss the guest

o you’ve come to South Africa for a bit of a

house, John Stephan, Cameron’s cousin, arrives.

break; we’ve found you a 100 year old family

guest house to stay in. This colonial style home

“Just popped in to see how the renovations were

has been in the Stephan family since it was built

going” says John. It doesn’t take long and John regales

as a halfway staging house between Hermanus

us with the Stephan family history. It’s a veritable

and Cape Town, it’s ideal for a long weekend

who’s who of the early days in South Africa’s history,

away to relax and get some real fresh sea air.

Cape Town’s Mayor was Colonel Henry Stephan.

Westbank is now owned by Cameron Boustead.

The family business includes the renowned

A drive along the beach front past the local pubs,

Stephan Brothers, which ran and owned many of

restaurants and supermarket, gets you to Westbank

the trading and harbour facilities up the length

Guest House, it’s a five bedroom family home with

of the West Coast, to as far away as Lamberts Bay.

four of the bedrooms having en-suite bathrooms, a

The Stephans were merchants, land owners

living room, which is furnished with classical and

and hoteliers. They would take clothes and “After my mother passed away, we decided to

utensils up the coast in their ships and return with

keep the house in the family and put it to good

bountiful produce, such as wheat and livestock

Sitting on the enclosed veranda, refreshment

use, hence the guest house. I grew up running

from the West Coast fishermen and farmers.

in hand, we watch as the sun gently sets over

around on the beach out front, you can get to

It emerges that Cameron is also a business man

Table Mountain far across False Bay and the

it from our private access” Cameron points out.

who has a wine interest, which means that as a guest

surrounding Hottentots Holland mountains.

“The house was always an intriguing place to

in his family home, a foray into the wine-lands of the

Yes we’re that close to Cape Town, Gordon’s

be, my mother loved coming here, and we spent

Western Cape, would not be complete without a visit

Bay is just a fifty minute drive from the CBD,

many an evening listening to Granddad telling

to the family owned Hathersage wine farm.

and nearer still only thirty five minutes to Cape

us of the family and our history and connections

Town’s International Airport.

with the area.”

comfortable furniture, some antiques and many pieces that have been in the family for years.

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Cameron’s sister, Catherine Laubscher, is also a co-owner of Westbank and a trustee of Stephan


Hathersage boasts nine boutique wine labels. Black and white Inset: Colonel Henry Stephan, Mayor of Cape Town (1931 - 1933) seen here on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Far left: Westbank seen from its privately accessed beach. Left: Westbank’s verandah, many a fine tale can be and will be told, whilst enjoying a glass of one of South Africa’s finest boutique wines, an opportunity not to be missed.

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Holdings. Catherine currently lives in the UK and runs her own property development business together with her husband Craig. Taking us back up the N2 to Somerset West, twenty minutes from Cape Town International Airport, the unique and rustic Hathersage wine farm, lies along the foothills of the Schapenberg in the Helderberg valley and closely hugs the meandering Lourens River. Professor Roworth originally named Hathersage after his ancestral village in England and its iconic St. Michaels Church, depicted on the Hathersage label, serves as an inspiration for the nature and quality of its wines. Developed by Stephan Holdings, the farm has a rich history dating to Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel.

Westbank Guest House offers spacious accommodation and modern facilities, without loosing any of the feeling of a home from home filled with old world charm. Opposite : Look out for a special reserve, Cameron Boustead stands proudly above Hathersage’s own Brandy, it will soon be ready for tasting and halfing before its matured for a further ten years.

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

BISTRO RED 2012

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.0%vol. Ph 3.65 Acidity 5.5g/l Residual Sugar 1.9g/l

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.0%vol. Ph 3.56 Acidity 5.6g/l Residual Sugar 2.2g/l

Tasting note: Hathersage Cabernet Sauvignon has a complex bouquet dominated by aromatic ripe berries with underlying earthy notes.

Tasting note: The wine is a classic Bordeauxstyle blend that is fruit driven, medium bodied with smooth ripe tannins.

On the palate, the wine is full bodied, supported by elegant structured tannins that give way to a lingering finish of pencil shavings and dark chocolate.

On the nose, aromas of red berries give way to a lingering finish that hints of violets.

Cameron explains, “The farm has been in the family for a number of generations. It was originally bought in 1955 by Harry C. Stephan, son of the colonel, and grandfather to Cameron. Initially the farm produced fruit, but today this 42 hectare farm has 12,5 hectares under vine, after being converted by Dr Harry Stephan, Cameron’s uncle, who took over the management of the farm in 1988.” In making the conversion, Dr Stephan commented, “The family business has been sinking

CHARDONNAY 2014

MERLOT 2012

roots into the soil of the Cape for 200 years. We now feel that we have reached a stage where we

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.5%vol. Ph 3.49 Acidity 5.1g/l Residual Sugar 1.4g/l

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.0%vol. Ph 3.52 Acidity 5.7g/l Residual Sugar 2.2g/l

Tasting note: Hathersage Chardonnay is produced from fully ripened grapes that are matured on their lees to create a bouquet of crusty baked bread.

Tasting note: Hathersage Merlot has a rich deep ruby colour. Velvety tannins support a luscious fruitcake bouquet underlined by spice and sour cherries.

years ago, and produce 50 to 55 tons each year.

On the palate, the wine is fruit driven with citrus notes and subtle vanilla oaking.

On the palate, the wine is full bodied with a lingering nutty finish.

of wine annually, split across nine different

are producing grapes of rare distinction.” “We planted the vineyards a little over sixteen At present, the farm bottles around half of this production of about 15,000 to 20,000 bottles labels.” Cameron goes on to say, “Much of the Hathersage wines are being exported to

MOUILLE GRANGE 2011

SPECIAL EDITION RED RESERVE 2012

Europe with its main ‘port’ of entry being Antwerp. These sales have been developed and

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.5%vol. Ph 3.64 Acidity 5.7g/l Residual Sugar 2.0g/l

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 15%vol. Ph 3.64 Acidity 5.5g/l Residual Sugar 2.0g/l

Tasting note: Hathersage Mouille Grange is our tête de cuvée designed to showcase the noble red varieties on the farm.

Tasting note: A Bordeaux-style blend that is fruit-driven, medium bodied, with smooth ripe tannins that eventually develop into a dominant Cabernet Sauvignon finish with hints of pencil shavings.

a business I had built up over a ten year period,

On the nose, opulent aromas of blackberries, black currents, plums, pepper and spice.

with fiancée Charmaine Cheminais, to market

Cabernet Sauvignon dominates this 2011 vintage with its dry elegant tannins that seamlessly integrate on the palate with sour cherries and fragrant spice.

are handled by Dr Stephan, who spends time abroad marketing the wines internationally.” “After Selling my IT business, Mobilite.co.za, I joined Stephan Holdings to generate synergy within the family business and was tasked, along the wines in the Western Cape in the short-term

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014

SPECIAL EDITION WHITE RESERVE 2014

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.5%vol. Ph 3.61 Acidity 5.5g/l Residual Sugar 3.8g/l

Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.0%vol. Ph 3.33 Acidity 5.6g/l Residual Sugar 2.6g/l

Tasting note: These upfront fruit flavours give way to asparagus and a lingering crisp concentrated finish on the palate.

Tasting note: This Special Edition Hathersage white wine is made up of a blend of 62 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 38 percent Sémillon. As such, it takes on the fresh characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc with the seriousness of the Sémillon.

On the nose, Hathersage Sauvignon Blanc has developed a bouquet dominated by citrus and passion fruit.

BISTRO WHITE 2013 Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.0%vol. Ph 3.50 Acidity 5.3g/l Residual Sugar 2.4g/l Tasting note: On the nose, Hathersage Bistro White is dominated by fresh citrus and passion fruit. These luscious fruit flavours give way to a crisp finish of gooseberries, elderberries and a hint of honey.

The wine is subtle on the nose and palate. Intense citrus blends with complex passion fruit, white peaches and pears.

and in Africa as a long-term project,” Cameron enthuses, “Working on our local success, we went to Johannesburg and building on that success, we are developing a sustainable market growth now throughout Southern Africa.”

What makes Hathersage wines unique In Dr Stephan’s own words “The terroir at Hathersage, the mixture between its soils and the soft maritime climate of Somerset West is much like the Bordeaux region in France Indeed, the terroir at Hathersage is very similar to the Haute Médoc, its duplex soil mimics the soils along the Gironde. Also the daytime and night-time temperatures throughout the year are identical. The one difference between Hathersage and Bordeaux, is the amount of

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summer rainfall and a small amount of water is added to the vineyards at Hathersage during the summer months. Like the Haute Médoc,

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some 15,000 head of game, roaming on 71,000 hectares of malaria free wilderness, a landscape that varies from Savannah to mountain and is acknowledged as one of the largest private game reserves in the world. Wine tasting at Hathersage is by appointment only. For more information about Westbank Guest House or Hathersage wine farm contact Charmaine Cheminais on tel: +27 (0)83 703 9650 or wine@hathersage.co.za

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L端deritz Speed Challenge 5th October to 15th November 2015 By: Bruno de Comarmond

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L

üderitz is a quaint, eccentric and historical fishing harbour town

located in southern Namibia. This undulating town enjoys a truly unique setting overlooking Lüderitz Bay, with its rocky peninsula to the west and the massive Namib Desert dunes to the north. With approximately 25000 inhabitants and its wonderful array of early 20th Century German Art Nouveau buildings, Lüderitz is also home to the annual Lüderitz Speed Challenge event; the world’s fastest speed sailing event! The 2015 event has attracted the very best in windsurfing and kite surfing from Germany, the United Kingdom, Namibia, South Africa, France, Serbia, Belgium, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Fiji, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy. All will be competing during these six weeks to break their national records and at the very least, improve on their PBs. The world record is up for grabs – the ultimate prize! Since

2007,

the

Lüderitz

Speed

Challenge has produced an unbelievable twelve World and seventy-five National Windsurfing and Kite Surfing speed records. Event founder and organizer, as well as the first speed sailor ever to surpass the mythical 50 and 55 knots barriers, Sébastien Cattelan (France), is the brainchild behind the specially

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made *very fast* channel. This inspiring artificial 1km long channel, is located in the natural Lüderitz Second Lagoon, just a few kilometers outside Lüderitz in the middle of the Namib Desert - en-route to Diaz Cross. The

current

world

speed

record

holder in windsurfing, Antoine Albeau (France) achieved an astonishingly fast 52.05-knots/96.4kph

average

speed

over the official 500m run at the 2012 event. This year, Antoine will once again be competing alongside Italian record holder Patrik Diethelm, winner of the 2014 event and Anders Bringdal, Swedish record holder and #2 in the world. Former ladies windsurf world record holder Karin Jaggi (Swiss) and fellow country-woman, Heidi Ulrich, will both go all out to beat Zara Davis’ (UK) world record, established at the 2012 event in Lüderitz. Sébastien Cattelan (France) will also be competing. He will undoubtedly go for the world record in kite surfing (56.62 knots) but he will face stiff opposition from other very fast riders such as Sébastien Salerno and Sylvain Hoceini, both from France.

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For the latest on the event and riders: www.luderitz-speed.com

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What to do and see in and around Lüderitz The world famous Kolmanskop Ghost Town - Catamaran Tours to Halifax Island

to

witness

Namibia’s

largest

colony of endangered African penguins plus Heaviside dolphin, Cape fur seals and whales (Humpback and Southern Right) in season. The Lüderitz peninsula offers the visitor two excellent routes with rocky fjords, wild open beaches, a cave, wildlife including Flamingos, the historical Diaz Cross (1487), lighthouse and an old whaling station. Full day 4x4 guided desert tours include southern Africa’s highest coastal rock arch and Pomona Ghost Town in the Tsau//Khaeb Park and the fabulous Khoichab Dunes in the Namib Naukluft Park. Both tours must be pre-booked in advance as special permits are required to gain entry into these pristine and remote areas – both tours provide for an unforgettable experience. The Lüderitz Heritage Route consists of 95+ German Art Nouveau buildings including the iconic Felsenkirche and Goerke Haus. For the visitor seeking all modern comforts, one of Namibia’s leading resort hotels, the four-star Lüderitz Nest Hotel, is located directly on Lüderitz Bay.

For the latest on the event and riders: www.luderitz-speed.com

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Halfway between Windhoek & Etosha

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Flying over

the Smoke that Thunders There can’t be many sights more thrilling than an eagle’s eye view of the Zambezi River crashing over the Devil’s Cataract. Words by Roy Watts

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osi-oa-Tunya - ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ - is better known as

the Victoria Falls. Still the showpiece of Africa, some five million litres of water power over its craggy basalt chasm every second in the peak season. Stretching 1,7 kilometers in length and plunging 100 metres into the gorge below, the resultant curtain of spray rises higher than the Eiffel Tower with a visibility stretching over 30 kilometers. Unlike Niagara Falls, which has succumbed to crass commercialism, visitors enjoy a pristine Eco-experience little changed since

famed

Scottish

explorer

and

missionary David Livingstone became the first European to visit Mosi-Oa-Tunya in 1855. Sited at the exact spot where Zambia meets Zimbabwe, the borderline runs across the ancient ‘Meccano’ bridge linking the two countries. For years, the debate raged about which of the two sides affords the best vantage point for one of the world’s greatest natural icons. The perspective on the Zambian side is more oblique but no less spectacular, and visitors are also guaranteed a rain forest soaking. What is beyond dispute, is that the best place to really take in this extraordinary panorama is from the air. Tapping into this reality are fleets of helicopters taking well-heeled tourists, on exciting flips over the tumbling

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waters. But there is a cheaper and much

Many believe that flying in a microlight

with their capacity to glide good distances at

is a risky business, and this may certainly

the height at which they fly - the microlights

At Batoka Sky Adventures, tourists

be true in the realm of ‘hobby’ pilots. My

would be even safer than helicopters

unfazed by the very real prospects of

faith in this caper was bolstered by the fact

or

vertigo can sign up for the experience

that the Batoka airmen have been flying

engines fail.

of a lifetime, and take off strapped into

since 1993 without a single mishap. They

A surprising burst of speed was followed

a microlight - the aerial equivalent of a

are all professional fixed wing or helicopter

by an exhilarating leap into the air and we

motorcycle. And so it was, that I found

pilots, who treat each flip over the ‘Falls’

were soon at one with nature as we soared

myself at the end of a runway, about to

with deference to the flying principles they

skywards. This was definitely how God

fulfill another of my bucket list ambitions.

would apply to any aircraft. The fact is, that

intended us to fly!

more electrifying option.

fixed

wing

aircraft,

should

the

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Microlights combine exposure to the elements with a leisurely pace - providing those with a head for heights with a most extraordinary celebration of the senses. All of this climaxed as we flew over the surging Zambezi crashing recklessly over the yawning chasm. From our lofty perch we had an eagle’s eye view of the drama below, and a glimpse of this adventurous river’s onward journey as it headed through spectacular gorges towards Lake Kariba, Cabora Bassa and ultimately the sea. Puttering back towards the Batoka airfield we saw a herd of elephants, a large pod of hippos, and just before landing, a huge croc sunbathing on the banks. With great panache the plane landed on the gravel runway - bringing to an end the most exciting sixteen minutes of my life. Batoka Sky Adventure: Tel: +260 21 3320058 / +260 21 3323589; Web: www.livingstonesadventure.com

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

‘Stang Bang’

Lexus give thanks

This shouldn’t come as too much of a

I’ve always been sweet on the capacious,

surprise – the new Ford Mustang was the

ultra-comfortable Lexus ES, which is

world’s bestselling sports car in the first

sort of a spiritual successor to the

half of 2015.

Toyota Camry.

And during the first six months of

Now it has just become even more

2015, customers globally registered 76 124

covetable thanks to bolder rear styling,

vehicles – a 56 percent increase versus the

enhanced

same period last year.

headlights and updated finishes, as well

The new Ford Mustang is on sale

designed

as a yet more refined interior.

in more than 100 markets, and for

The whole package looks just a little

the first time ever a right-hand-drive

crisper and cleaner than ever, especially

model is available, with the brilliant

with

news being that we can expect the

and wheels.

car in our part of the world later this year.

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dynamics, newly

the

addition

of

new

colours

The Lexus ES’s ride quality is also even more magic carpet like than before, while


– get this – by removing in-car navigation

The new Toyota Prius will go on sale

The exterior is just as hot, with a

on the basis that it’s proving less popular

in Japan at the end of 2015, while local

wider front and rear track, 21-inch

with so many customers using mobile

introduction is currently under study.

wheels, and RS-specific front and rear

phones instead, prices are actually down. The ES 250 costs R464 200 (down

bumper treatment.

Audi-licious

Yours for R1 465 000, including

by R14 700), and the ES 300h R549 100

It’s an estate – or station wagon as they

the standard five-year/100 000km Audi

(down by R16 600). Nice.

used to be called – but it’s one like only

Freeway Plan. Smoking!

Audi can build.

Electric Dreams

Meet the new Audi RS6 Avant, which

Safe my mate

The all new, fourth generation Toyota

follows on the heels of the face lift of the

We didn’t expect anything less – the simply

Prius

A6 range earlier this year.

stellar, blindingly brilliant new Volvo XC90

has

debuted

and

it’s

an

excellent evolution of the world’s first mass-produced

has been awarded five stars and top ratings

passenger

a four-litre V8 TFSI engine, performance is

on

sale

electrifying. Figure on a zero-to-100km/h

“This is further proof that with the

internationally in 1997. So far over

run in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of

Volvo XC90, we have developed one

3.5 million have been sold in about

305km/h

of the safest cars in the world. In fact

80 countries, with the car first hitting

package plus. That’s super-car territory.

vehicle,

hybrid

And with 412kW and 700Nm on tap from

which

went

the southern part of Africa in 2005 in second-generation guise.

with

the

optional

dynamic

You can also expect an eight speed

in the 2015 Euro NCAP tests.

we scored one hundred per cent in the Safety Assist category. From an industry

Quattro

perspective Volvo Cars remains the leader

It’s an attractive beast being longer,

drivetrain, with a self-locking centre

in car safety innovation and miles ahead

wider, yet lower than the outgoing

differential to help glue it to the road

of the competition with our standard

model, while pretty much every internal

– as well as stellar levels of equipment

safety offer,” says Dr Peter Mertens, Senior

component of its engine is either new or

and the sort of quality interior unique

Vice President, Research & Development

substantially revised.

to Audi.

at Volvo Car Group. Touche.

tiptronic

gearbox

and

a

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Good on you, Sport! The like-able little Hyundai i20 is now available in a Sport derivative, packing a 1.4-litre engine upped to 85kW and 160Nm. It also gets a lower stance and stiffer suspension for better road holding, while other add-ons include new 17-inch alloys, a sports body kit, and a stainless steel free-flow exhaust system. The i20 Sport is yours for R235 500.

Latin Stunner It’s here. The Maserati Ghibli – the most affordable car in the famed Italian maker’s line up – is now available in South Africa. It’s an E-segment vehicle of around the same size as a Mercedes E-Class or BMW 5 Series, but only way more exclusive – and just a little more expensive. Styling is simply sublime, performance is punchy, and equipment levels are lavish, while the line up includes a brace of turbo-petrol, three-litre

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V6

derivatives,

and

a

three-litre

V6

turbo-diesel.

The

Ghibli

costs


R1 322 000, the Ghibli D R1 370 000,

Yours for R449 900 – insane levels of

and the Ghibli S R1 622 000.

entertainment included.

Trophy time

Van-tastic Vito

So I’ve just spent a week with the

Say hello to the new Mercedes-Benz Vito.

Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy – and

And when its makers say that it’s poised

it’s surely one of the more explosive hot-

to be the benchmark in the mid-size van

hatches to pass through my hands. It’s

segment, we rather believe them.

also a little uncomfortable on anything approximating a longish trip.

The Vito is pitched at everyone from skilled crafts and trades to retail, service

But that’s not the point of this

providers and shuttle services, and rather

edgy, track-focused screamer, with

unusually is available with two different

power fractionally up over the standard

drive systems.

Megane RS’s, with 201kW (as opposed

The front-wheel drive Vito

has a

to 195kW) coming from its two-litre,

transverse-mounted, compact four-cylinder

16-valve, turbo-petrol motor, while it’s

engine with a displacement of 1.6 litres,

good for 360Nm from 3 000rpm.

and is available in the Vito 111 CDI with

Zero to 100km/h comes up in six

84 kW. For more muscle, there’s the Vito

seconds, and top speed is 255km/h.

with rear-wheel drive and a four-cylinder

What’s more, a Cup chassis mated to a

engine

limited-slip differential makes for thrilling,

available at three power output levels.

with

a

2.2-litre

displacement

gripping handling. Styling cues abound,

A six-speed manual and a 7G-Tronic

from Trophy lettering in the front bumper,

Plus auto can be had, while the vast

rear diffuser and lip spoiler to black

range includes 10 models, stretching

19-inch Trophy aluminium alloys, with

from the entry-level 111 CDI Panel Van

red Brembo brake calipers to grippy

at R372 780 through to the range-topping

Recaro bucket seats.

19 CDI Tourer Select at R744 386.

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Danric Auto,Windhoek the proud merchants of true blue-blood adventure The F 800 GS Adventure

GS Adventure: the reliable and robust

Character: Unequalled

It has once been remarked, and quite

companion for unbounded adventure.

The F 800 GS Adventure is a true

correctly so, that one is never too young

globetrotter from its high windshield

for a midlife crisis. How very true. Never

Power: Uncompromising

through

too young, or too old! Sometimes the

Powered by the potent 63 kW (85 hp) parallel

protector and pannier mountings. In spite

internal crisis lies not in what has been

twin engine, the F 800 GS Adventure helps

of its striking side panels and the larger

achieved, or which boxes had been

you to leave civilisation behind with ease.

fuel tank, the distinctive fly-line makes

dutifully ticked, but rather in adventures

And with a torque of 83 Nm, this enduro

the F 800 GS Adventure a clear member

that lie untapped, and unexplored. If

has enough power reserves to overcome

of the GS family. This motorcycle strives to

these words resonate, and if mediocrity

even the toughest off-road challenge with

conquer the world, whether in Sandrover

has not yet been elevated to best-friend

supreme confidence. Thanks to a 24-litre

Matt or dynamic Racing Red.

status, a visit to Danric BMW in Windhoek

tank and fuel consumption of 4.3. l at

may be just what the good doctor ordered

90 km/h, it can cover distances where

Advice:

- if he really cared about his patient! Less

others have already run dry.

Heed to that inner voice - the one that

to

its

combined

fuel

tank

reminds us that life is fleeting, and there for

is - as the cliché correctly suggests - often more. Consider two wheels for instance,

Control: Unconditional

living, not merely existing. Listen when it

such as those of the F 800 GS Adventure.

Be it sand dunes, mountain passes or

screams that the momentum of mediocrity

river crossings, the F 800 GS Adventure

is stifling - and worth declaring war against.

Adventure: Unbounded

can master any task it may be faced with

Visit Danric Auto in Windhoek. Consider

No matter where you travel, no matter

in faraway places. Its core is the torsion-

true adventure. The F 800 GS Adventure,

what the terrain – with the F 800 GS

resistant tubular steel frame with spring

that is.

Adventure you can master any adventure.

travels of 230mm at the front and 215mm at

This travel enduro has been created for

the rear. The rider is electronically supported

true globetrotters for whom no destination

with the “Enduro mode”, which optimises

is too remote and who want to conquer

suspension response on loose surfaces. ABS

the world off the beaten track. The F 800

is of course a standard feature.

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Brrrave new world The future of the car is clean, green and self-driving – but don’t worry performance missiles will still abound, writes JAMES SIDDALL...

E

eeh, they don’t make them like

1950s, give drivers limits and they’ll use

to detect many hazardous situations in

they used to. That’s a common, breath

them up. So perhaps we have become

road traffic and react if needs be. In

sucking refrain from the older generation

too complacent with all these electronic

effect, they drive semi-autonomously,

when it comes to vehicles, and they’re

aids, failing to develop our driver skills

being equipped with features such

quite right. Today’s vehicles aren’t remotely

and forgetting that in extremes the laws

as Distronic Plus with Steering Assist

like the ones of a few decades ago – or

of physics will always override.

and

even 10 years ago, come to think of it.

But no matter. In just a few years

the

Stop&Go

autonomous

traffic

Pilot jam

for

semi-

following.

autonomous vehicles are likely to be

Active Parking Assist with Parktronic

This is both a good and a bad thing.

a reality. Google, for one, has been

allows automated parking with active

For one we’ve seen what Mercedes-Benz

ploughing untold billions of dollars into

steering and brake control in both

– a pioneer long in vehicle technology

its driver-less vehicles.

parallel and end on spaces.

terms “the democratisation of safety.”

most

Meanwhile, with its autonomously

Today all but the cheapest vehicles have

advanced vehicles on our local market

driving research vehicle F 015 Luxury

airbags, ABS and very often vehicle

are practically semi-autonomous. Probably

in Motion, Mercedes-Benz provides an

stability control systems that incorporate

the most cutting-edge vehicle available

idea of what form “Intelligent Drive”

traction control and automatic braking

in our part of the world is the Mercedes

might take in the future. As the company

functions, so providing an electronic

S-Class – at least until BMW plays catch

notes, the vehicle’s role is evolving from

nanny. And today even affordable vehicles

up and launches its all-new 7 Series

merely a means of transport towards that

incorporate luxuries and technology, that

locally next year. And the apex of the

of a comfortable retreat, too. Drivers can

only a few years ago were the preserve

range is the S 65 AMG Coupe which sells

choose at any time whether they wish

of prestige mobiles.

for a little over three million, before you

to drive themselves, with support of

start loading on options.

intelligent systems, or whether the vehicle

The down side of this is that as

Meanwhile,

some

of

the

Sir Alec Issigonis, the brains behind the

Thanks to what’s termed “Intelligent

Mini, once remarked way back in the

Drive,” vehicles like these are already able

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is to take them to their destination in autonomous mode.


In the F 015, six high-resolution displays are installed along the interior, in the dashboard, and the back and sides of the vehicle. The passengers are able to interact with the vehicle by eye tracking, gesture control or touching the screens. They get information about the environment, use the entertainment system, make video calls or bring virtual worlds into the vehicle. The F 015 also incorporates highresolution

sensor

continuously surroundings,

technology

scans

the

ensuring

which, vehicle’s effective

communication and interaction between the vehicle, the passengers and the world outside. This “extended sense” enables the vehicle to keep tabs on its surroundings at all times. The interactive LED fields at the front and rear and the high precision laser system informs the driver of specific traffic conditions at an early stage. So for instance, the F 015 is able to project a virtual crosswalk onto the road surface, which lets pedestrians know that the road is clear. That’s not just clever. That’s like something straight out of science fiction – science fiction that is rapidly becoming reality. Indeed, over in the US the Freightliner Inspiration

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Truck with Highway Pilot system has

heads entertained. And aside, I remember

unbelievable 1 014kW (or about twenty

just become the world’s first autonomous

as a kid in the early eighties reading a

– 20! – times the output of a tame little

truck to be granted a license for road use

coffee table book on Ferrari, in which

shopping trolley of a vehicle). That’s

in the state of Nevada.

there was a picture of the gorgeous

enough to take it from zero to 400km/h

512 BB with the forlorn caption, “Last of

in around 20 seconds, a figure on which

the supercars?” I needn’t have worried.

you should just meditate for a minute to

As

for

the

internal

combustion

engine, well, its future is debatable, at least as far as everyday vehicles go.

Today, we don’t just have supercars

Hybrid vehicles – using an internal

that would make the 512 BB look like

And it runs on biofuel, race fuel, or

combustion engine supplemented by

it was stuck in reverse when it comes to

normal fuel with not an autonomous

an electric motor – are fast gaining

performance – as would, in fact, some of

driving system in sight.

traction, pun intended. So too are all

your more muscular performance saloons.

electric vehicles. And they need not

We don’t even have hyper vehicles as

be dull. Witness the scorchingly fast

embodied by the likes of the La Ferrari

range of Tesla vehicles, which naturally

or Bugatti Veyron (with the La Ferrari,

is headed by that great visionary Elon

incidentally, being a hybrid). Oh no!

Musk – although Tesla is an exception when it comes to electric vehicles. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are also

We now have mega vehicles. Well, we have one mega vehicle – with the first and only being the recently released

making great strides – although none are

Koenigsegg

available (yet) in our part of the world,

of a machine that makes an utterly

partly because of the infrastructure necessary to support them. The Toyota Mira hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, for one, has just proved the real world usability of these machines, with an estimated driving range of 502km on a single tank, achieving 3.5 litres per 100km in official US

combined

city/highway

driving

calculations. That’s further for any other zero emissions vehicle on the market. But worry not. While the future of motoring is clean and green, there will still be plenty to keep high-octane petrol

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here was much talk in late 2013

market had to correct itself back to

and early 2014 that China is in a

reality. A 30% drop on a 120% return still

bubble and a huge slowdown, if not,

makes a good case.

a crash in their economy is bound to

The

government

realised

the

happen. When this did not materialise,

leveraging that was happening around

we saw an almost over eager market

about June, and put an end to it.

participation. According to Bloomberg,

Suddenly, no borrowed funding was

more

individual

available anymore. Possessions had to be

investors in China opened up accounts

sold, which jeopardised the security for

to get their slice of the cake. More

other possessions, more possessions had

than 40 million trading accounts were

to be liquidated and the domino effect

opened from June last year to May 2015.

kicked in. Still after all this, studies show

These individuals were able to borrow

that the Chinese are very asset rich. They

against their current share holdings

even have as much as 50% stashed away

to buy even more shares, and to add

in savings, keeping away from debt. This

insult to injury, even exploited certain

deserves recognition.

than

90

million

possibilities of borrowing against their

For those smart investors amongst

pension money. Massive leverage was

us,

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the

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because the value is still there. It is in

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such instances where the calm investor

growth around 20%-30%, with returns on

still be required to build four more cities

comes in and picks up the bargains.

equity and assets that have doubled in

the size of Cape Town, in one year.

the past 10 years.

Percentage wise everything seems to

Have a look at Chinese companies’ PE ratios. This is the ratio of a company’s

Even

just

comparing

PE

price that it trades on the stock exchange,

ratios to historic PE ratios in China,

relative to its earnings calculated per

as per the illustration, it makes a

share. The higher the PE, the harder

good case.

be coming down, but put some Dollar values to that and it’s huge. To conclude: It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but certainly a market one has to

the company needs to work to keep up

Concerns are out there, with the

the good earnings in order to satisfy

recent move of China to strengthen its

investor appetites. Take note, that the

currency by using a chunk of its healthy

There are Unit Trusts in South

large stocks of good companies in China

pile of foreign exchange reserves to buy

Africa that offer exposure to China and

are trading on a PE ratio of 11 to 12.

back its own currency. What will happen

they are accessible to any individual

Compare that to an average PE ratio of

if more capital outflows were to weaken

investor that has an appetite for it,

19, of all stocks on America’s S&P500

the Yuan even further, but who’s to say

also Namibians can invest. Make sure

index, as reported by Bloomberg in June

that the People’s Bank of China will

the asset managers have Mandarin

2015. This already makes a case for a

always want to strengthen the Yuan?

speaking people in the office. There

possible 50% more upside.

They might just at some point accept the

is a huge translation gap between

devaluation, but this makes for a topic

Mandarin and English, and it helps if

on its own.

they hold a special Qualified Foreign

Big banks in general are regarded as a solid investment; big Chinese banks are trading at PE’s of 5 and on top of that paying about 10% dividends.

As for growth in general, the historic magnitude of the manufacturing boom

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Tintswalo Atlantic – Cape Town Utopia By: Kirsty Coetzee

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T

he

winding

Chapman’s

Peak

a National Heritage site. The hotel

coastal drive, which embraces the

is built elevated above the ground,

Atlantic facing mountainside, offers a

in an entirely eco-friendly manner.

scenic drive to what feels like the edge

Constructed under strict requirements

of the world. Blanketed in indigenous

that if, at the end of Tintswalo Atlantic’s

fauna and that wonderful white haze

25 year concession agreement, the South

that only a seaside location can boast,

African National Parks board requests

the drive to Tintswalo Atlantic is already

that the structure be removed, the hotel

a screenplay of postcard worthy views.

can be deconstructed with no damage

Arriving at the hotel feels like a bit of a mystery at first, as I’m asked to park

to the environment; simply plucked from the mountainside without a trace.

my car in a secure lot and wait for a

At the base of the mountain, a

vehicle to transfer me to the boutique

friendly Tintswalo Atlantic host assists

hotel. As I’m escorted down the steep

me from the car. After the quiet of the

mountainside, it makes sense as to

air-conditioned vehicle, the ocean’s roar

why I’m not able to drive down myself:

is everywhere, and I realise just how

the winding single carriage brick road

close to the water’s edge I am. Thick

makes for a challenging drive. As I

with the scent of salt, the gorgeous

feel myself gradually being cut off

coastline air begins to soak into my skin

from the outside world, I may as well

and hair – nature’s beauty therapy!

be ferrying off to a remote, private island destination.

My luggage is whisked away, and I’m led to the main hotel reception. On the

As explained by the driver, Tintswalo

exterior, the buildings look like humble,

Atlantic is the only hotel that is located

timber frame homes. It is only once I

within the natural beauty of Table

enter the hotel that I realise that I have

Mountain National Park, which is also

truly arrived at a five-star, world-class

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hotel, with every single detail carefully attended to. The host explains that the hotel’s design and décor has been personally facilitated by the motherdaughter owners, Gaye Corbett and Lisa Goosen, who are well travelled and clearly have impeccable tastes. The hotel is bright with daylight, thanks to the abundance of floor-toceiling windows and sliding doors. With light hickory wooden floors, light lime washed beams and light painted walls – it feels like I have arrived in paradise, and every beautiful item, mirror, artwork and piece of furniture is the perfect colour, texture and hue for its designated space. Never before have I seen such harmony in décor, understated yet glorious. This is elegance!

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The Tintswalo Atlantic staff members

tear my eyes away from the scenery, as

are charming and warm. If you are

my host asks if I am ready to check into

really fortunate, the delightful General

my suite.

Managers Ryno and Melissa du Rand

A short walk along wooden pathways

will be there to greet you themselves,

ends at a beautifully carved door. I’m told

but any of the welcoming staff will make

that each room is named after a different

you feel as though you have arrived

Island of the world, and then decorated

home. After being handed freshly made

to reflect the personality of that island.

lemonade with fresh ginger, served

My suite is called Sicily, named after

stylishly in a Martini glass, I am ushered

the

through the hotel for a quick tour of the

which forms a part of Italy. As I enter,

facilities, the lounge, the restaurant and

I am left breathless by the knowledge

the main hotel deck.

that for tonight, this is my own private

The

view

is

mesmerising,

Mediterranean’s

largest

Island,

and

sanctuary. I have somehow wandered

endless. Hout Bay harbour stretches out

into a timeless Italian utopia, with light

before me, yawning into the expanse of

beachy tones, classic designs, and subtle,

the Atlantic Ocean. The pebbled beach

soft splashes of blues and beige.

is quite literally at the foot of the deck,

From

flawlessly

treated

wooden

with white waves crashing onto the

floors and ceilings, to textures and

shore just meters from where I stand.

fabrics that have been hand selected

Across the bay looms an iconic mountain

to give this suite its own persona, to

called The Sentinel, its dramatic profile

the giant freestanding tub in the en-

rising above the humble fishing villages

suite bathroom, I am surrounded by

of Hout Bay and Hangberg. Hypnotised

understated luxury. Add to all of this,

by the views, I feel as though I could stay

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sliding doors throughout the suite, and

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my own private balcony overlooking the beach with panoramic ocean views! After a brief tour of the room’s facilities, my host departs, leaving me to settle and unpack some personal comforts – not that much is needed here! A jar of home-made cookies tempts me, as does my very own Illy coffee machine! After helping myself to a fresh espresso, I spend some much needed time on my patio chair, breathing in the sea rich air and letting time pass me by. Once I’ve whiled away a full hour paging through a magazine, I decide to change into my swimsuit and head back to the main hotel. The hotel features a heated swimming pool, built directly over the beach – with the weather cooperating so well, it would be a sin not to take a dip while here! Heated to a delicious 37 degrees, the water provides a balmy swim just a stone’s throw from the frigid Atlantic surf, which is crashing onto the pebbled beach just beyond the deck. Later, the sun descends toward the horizon as I am welcomed onto the hotel deck for refreshing sundowners and the most delectable canapés that have graced my taste-buds – mouthfuls

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The Zambezi Queen Collection Whether you choose The Zambezi Queen or one of the smaller Princess Safari boats, there’s little doubt you’ll get the royal treatment. It’s an extraordinary African safari from a sensational vantage point – water. By: Anne Schauffer

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icture this. You – with somebody special or even solo – boarding a

luxurious floating houseboat for two or many more days, on the legendary Chobe River, surrounded by more beauty than you’ll have memory cards for. Sound like your flute of champagne? The Chobe River in Botswana’s Chobe National Park is one of Africa’s, indeed, perhaps the world’s, most Eco-rich belts, which draws an astonishing wealth of wildlife - including the world’s largest population of elephant, buffalo, leopard, and lion along with a variety of antelope and abundant bird-life. Wonderful tiger and bream fishing (in season), game watching, photography, extensive birdwatching, lazing, wining and dining... it’s

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views to match the grandeur of the accommodation and experience. From African sunrise to sunset, life slows to the languid pace of this vast slow-moving river, with only the thrilling sounds of the wild and your accelerated heartbeat as you encounter the wonders of the river and riverbanks. Little beats an icy G&T accompanied by the echoing sound of a pod of hippo.

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You choose. What’s it to be? The sumptuousness

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Zambezi Queen, or the personalised intimacy of either of the luxury Princess Safari boats – previously The Pride of the Zambezi or Ichobezi. The two latter house boats – the Chobe Princess Safari boats – don’t have set departure dates or minimum number of nights, so you can fit in your cruise with other elements of your African itinerary. The Zambezi Queen offers two or three night safaris, travelling a distance of around 25 kilometres. Each house boat has attendant smaller tender boats, which you board so as to facilitate maneuverability when game-watching close to the river banks and up little tributaries, and of course, for fishing. Game watching from the elevated deck of your house boat too, is not only pleasurable but immensely rewarding, and you can choose to stay feet-up there or head out to unexplored territory. For guests who enjoy visiting a local village – on the Namibian side of the river – locals welcome you with open arms, as they show off their handmade crafts and share their simple rural lifestyle with you.

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This luxurious African experience is not defined by a clock. It’s your vacation, and you’re not compelled to go anywhere, or do anything. When you see your cabin, the decks, the views... it’ll be a tussle. Stay or go... The Zambezi Queen offers 14 stylish suites in two superior categories – 10 Standard Suites and 4 Master Suites on the lower and middle decks. All suites feature magnificent views from floor to ceiling windows, and an outer deck is there for you to capture the African breeze. Each private space is fitted with shutters and air-conditioning, so even during the heat of summer, it’s a cool experience. Step on board the Zambezi Queen, and it’s clear no expense was spared in creating one of the world’s most unique experiences. From the muted furnishings so as not to detract from the majesty of the vista and landscapes, to the wonderfully sociable lounge and bar area, all areas are designed as much for intimacy and solitude, as they are for convivial gatherings. Scrumptious

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ingredients sourced from the local markets. The menus for breakfast to the buffet lunch to the al la carte or buffet-style dinner are meticulously researched and selected, so guests enjoy only the finest five star fare, the finest wines and the finest ambiance. The Chobe Princess Safari boats are more intimate, with enormous flexibility of itinerary. Each Safari boat has four large stylishly furbished double/twin cabins, with a large sliding window on to the changing landscapes. The cabins also have en-suite bathrooms, fitted with a modern shower, toilet and hand basin. Unlike the Zambezi Queen, these smaller Safari boats travel a distance of around 50 kilometres along the Chobe River, and guests have all amenities on board to make this a luxurious and entirely unique and personalised safari. This is Life with a capital L. Worldclass sophistication in one of the most remote locations on earth.

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SciTech

Lane Splitter: Futuristic car that splits into motorcycles

source: www.tuvie.com

left and right to turn it, and also balance it with your legs as you ride. However, you don’t need to balance a car since it

Mark Wilson of Fast Company has a cool (or crazy) idea

uses four wheels and stays flat at all times. Keeping this in

about a futuristic car with the ability to split into two

mind, Walter’s vision was a hub less steering mechanism for

motorcycles. Argodesign has done a great job in visualizing

the car mode with a range of motion of about 35-degrees.

this futuristic idea into something tangible and beautiful.

It gives this vehicle an ability to turn, while fat tyres keep

Called a Lane Splitter, this futuristic vehicle is an all-electric

surface contact with the ground, but each wheel has the

vehicle that splits into two closed-top motorcycles when

ability to tilt on its side just like a motorcycle wheel. When

needs be. As a car, it might not look really cool, but when

in motorcycle mode, the front wheel splits into two so as

it transforms into two personal urban motorcycles, it looks

to widen the motorcycle’s posture, thus providing extra

kinda stylish.

stability for the pod. Smart isn’t it?

This project was lead by Chipp Walters, who had designed several projects for NASA in the 80’s and 90’s. As you can see here, he has turned something from an idea and sketches into something realistic enough that people might buy. This innovative car embraces asymmetry, where the motorcycles could be flat on the inside but curved on the outside. It features safe locking mechanisms that attach the vehicles near to the bottom of the frame. The equipped auto parking system, like some smart cars have today, can guide these motorcycles to park while docking together. There are two different ways in handling this when motorcycles versus cars. With a motorcycle, you can tilt it

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Designer : Nathan Dearsley


Blanket for Airlines : a wearable blanket

free. The blanket would stay in place at all time, especially

This is a cozy and comfy

when you are sleeping.

blanket to wear when you

You can eat and read

are on a plane. Blanket for

comfortably without having

airlines is a project to bring

to hold the blanket in place

passengers an easy to wear

with one hand, passengers

blanket. Instead of just square

would have an even more

shaped fabric, this blanket

comfortable flight all the

features sewing rings for head

way to their destination.

and hands; in this way, you can enjoy a warm and cozy

Designers: Gal Bulka and

cover while your hands are

Idan Noyberg

Qlocktwo Watch : time in words by Biegert & Funk The company says that QlockTwo Watch is the world’s first wristwatch in words; well, perhaps they haven’t heard about Tokyoflash Kisai Kaidoku LCD watch. Similar to Tokyoflash, QlockTwo features a grid of 110 letters where words will light up in unexpected places to describe the time when the stainless steel button is pressed. It is an easy to read watch with a unique display. There are two options: natural brushed stainless steel or black with leather or natural rubber strap.

Turing Phone by Turing Robotic Industries

Designer: Adin Mumma

Turing Phone is an innovative liquid metal phone from Turing Robotics Industries. It’s a revolutionary phone that redefines phone engineering while creating a way for trustworthy communication. Built with a material called Liquidmorphium, it’s an amorphous “liquid metal” alloy that is tougher than titanium or steel, a first ever smartphone that uses a liquid metal case, move away iPhone! Supporting Android OS, you won’t have to deal with “Bendgate” with this phone. It features a sleek look with minimalist design. Aside from being sturdy, this phone is coated inside and out with a nanoparticle treatment that makes it waterproof. Turing Phone boasts 5.5-inch full HD display, Chipset MSM8974AC Quad Krait 2.5GHz, 3GB RAM, 16GB/64GB/128GB storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, TuringUnique-Identification X-RFID. The battery is un-removable (unfortunately), but this cell phone is still at a prototype stage, let’s wait and see what the final product looks like.

From: Turing Robotic Industries

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Elegant and classy Wobble Chess Set It would be hard not to brag when you own this gorgeous Wobble Chess Set. You can place it in the living room, or any room for that matter, it will be the focal point that draws everyone’s attention. This chess set features a concave landscape that helps stabilize the freely trembling chess pieces. A chess game becomes more enjoyable to watch with this live interaction between each piece and the board. Designed by Adin Mumma, this chess set design has won an Award of Merit from the How Magazine International Design Award competition. It is a perfect lover. It has an

Corkcicle Arctican stainless steel can cooler, keeps your beverage can cool up to 3 hours

elegant and classy

Do you want to enjoy a cold can of beer on the go? Corkcicle

design. You might

Arctican Stainless Steel Can Cooler allows you to easily do that.

think this gift is a bit pricey at US$250, but this game set

It is a can cooler that keeps your 12oz /350ml can cold for up

is extremely well-made and you get what you pay for.

to 3 hours. From the same company that released the Corkcicle

Even those who do not play chess will love to watch you

beer chiller, this little tool is three times colder and three

moving each piece on a board that wiggles and wobbles.

times longer than the average Koozie (a thermal insulation

gift for any chess

material). It also keeps your hand from getting cold. The main

Designer: Adin Mumma

component that keeps this cooler working is the cooling core. You need to freeze it, twist it on, and attach it to the arctican. On a hot summer day, you do not have to deal with lukewarm drinks or sweaty cans anymore. Even when the core is no longer cold, the insulation sleeves would still keep it cool. Its sleek modern design makes you look pretty cool when holding it and the matte stainless steel material feels good in your hand.

From: Corkcicle

Mobiado m|Cube luxury charger stand is made of glass cube

m|CUBE is compatible with the Professional 3, Grand Touch, and

The Mobiado m|CUBE is a

Grand Touch Executive lines and is

revolutionary new approach for a

available in Black, Black Satin, Silver,

charger stand. Made as a perfect

Gold Guilloche, and

glass cube with a metallic centre,

Gold Matte.

the patented design holds the phone in a unique levitated position. The

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Designer: Mobiado


Bolt M-1 Electric Bike: riding uphill is as easy as downhill

electric bike can be connected to your

M-1. No need to pedal, just feel the

smart phone, where you are able to

wind on your face, and the quiet.

The Bolt M-1 Electric Bike brings the

wirelessly unlock the bike, check your

joy of 2-wheels in this digital era.

range, and other essential data.

It’s an electric bike with pedals, but

Inspired by his moped when he

Since it’s an electric bike, it doesn’t need any gas or oil. It features two modes: economy and sport modes. You

pedalling is not really required to get

first moved to San Francisco, Nate

can reach a top speed of 20MPH and

to your destination. Once you have

Jauvtis, the founder of Bolt Motorbikes,

a range of 50 miles in economy mode

ridden a motorcycle or a scooter, you

realised that using his moped was the

and a top speed of 40MPH and a range

will get the idea. But this time, imagine

best way to get around the city. Having

of 30 miles in sport mode. This electric

all the torque you will need right off

ridden a bike before, most of you have

bike is password protected to prevent

the line. You don’t have to deal with

felt how awesome it is to go downhill,

thieves from stealing it.

clutches or gears to shift, and you’ll

but now imagine that you can feel the

also enjoy a super quiet ride. This

same when going uphill on the Bolt

From: Bolt Motorbikes

Paralo PLAY VR Headset Virtual reality headsets are super cool, they turn ordinary games and movies into a totally immersive 3D experience. But most are either too bulky to carry around, or way too expensive. So we decided to make the excitement of virtual reality accessible to everyone! Introducing PLAY, which is the first truly affordable VR headset. Designed from a single piece of durable silicone, its ergonomic shape makes it ultra comfortable to wear and take anywhere. Just download a VR app, slide your smart phone in and GO! Now you have a front row seat to some of the hottest VR games and experiences! PLAY is compatible with iOS and Android. This is a designer’s vision of an affordable Virtual Reality headset.

Designer: Chengtao Yi

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Micro Drone 3.0

a modular gadget, this drone

Vernon Kerswell has

is expandable to fit your

released a crowd-funding

needs, that is why it is perfect

campaign for his latest

for everyone, whether you

project: Micro Drone 3.0.

use it as a hobby toy or as a

of 45mph. You can get live

to carry the main controller

It is a tiny drone that fits

video enthusiast, this flying

streaming video to your smart

around. The intelligent motion

inside your palm.

gadget will not disappoint

phone from the camera that

sensors allow Micro Drone

Do not underestimate

you. You can expand the

shoots 720Ă—1280 HD video

3.0 to fly and hover in perfect

the size, this drone is smart

capability of this drone as

at 30 frames per second.

straight lines, thus, giving you

and capable to stream HD

your skill levels grow.

According to HobbyDose,

great focus when filming and

you have full control function

less worry in controlling the drone.

footage to your smart device

The sensor-assisted flying

thanks to a micro-gimbal that

technology gives this drone

from the combination of

constantly sends you live

a stable flight even when

companion apps and your

streaming video. Designed as

the wind blows at a speed

smart phone, you do not have

Xbox Elite wireless controller features faceted d-pad and rubberised grip

Designer: Vernon Kerswell

that suits you best. Some players love these paddles, as they can give your fingers more control. You can execute

In October 2015, Xbox will launch Xbox Elite Wireless

devastating moves with more efficient control. Download the

Controller. Designed in collaboration with pro-level game

custom app to assign a wide range of inputs for each paddle.

players, this device unlocks your full potential by adapting to

You are allowed to create as many controller profiles as you like

your unique style of play. It is a performance-class controller

in the app. It allows you to tailor settings for different games.

which meets today’s competitive gamers. Explore game-

The rubberized diamond grip provides you with a

changing accuracy, faster speed, and it is tailored made to

more substantial feel, while giving better stability. The

make you feel like you’ve never felt before. You can swap

enhanced grip allows you to hold the controller with less

between a variety of metal thumbsticks and D-pads (included

effort, allowing you to play longer with more comfort.

in the box) for more personalized control and ergonomics.

Each controller comes with a carrying case. Inside, you will

Game players have their own gaming styles, using this

find a variety of interchangeable components namely the

controller, they can improve their speed, accuracy, and reach,

main controller, a set of four paddles, six thumbsticks, two

thanks to thumbsticks of different shapes and sizes. Xbox Elite

D-pads, USB cable, AA batteries, and product manual.

Wireless Controller adapts to different hand sizes for better control, whether you play racing, fighting, FPS, or any other genres. If you pay close attention, you will notice that Xbox Elite features a faceted D-pad. It has been designed to allow an easier and more reliable combo execution. However, the traditional D-pad would offer you precise control to change weapons or call in a strike. There are four slots for interchangeable paddles. You can easily attach or remove them without additional tools. You can choose to attach some or even all of the paddles. You are free to configure the controller

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f you’re not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he’s the famous erudite scientist who once said: “I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates.” His mind sees things differently than most of us do, to our amazement and amusement. Here are some of his gems:

1 - Borrow money from pessimists - they don’t expect it back.

2 - Half the people you know are below average. 3 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name. 4 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot. 5 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. 6 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. 7 - If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain. 8 - All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand. 9 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. 10 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met. 11 - OK, so what’s the speed of dark? 12 - How can you tell when you’re out of invisible ink? 132 |

13 - I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

15 - My mechanic told me, “I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.”


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16 - When everything seems to be coming your way, maybe you’re in the wrong lane.

23 - What happens if you get scared half to death...

twice?

17 - Hard work pays off in the future,

24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

laziness pays off now.

18 - I intend to live forever... so far, so good.

25 - If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

19 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

20 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. 27 - Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

21 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not being smart enough to be lazy.

22 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

29 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.

30 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.

31 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

32 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

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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

From

To

Days

Departure

Arrival

SW 286

Frankfurt

Windhoek

Daily

20:10

06:30+1

SW 286/ 703

Frankfurt

Cape Town (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

09:55+1

SW 286/ 723

Frankfurt

Johannesburg (via Windhoek)

Daily

20:10

09:55+1

SW 285

Windhoek

Frankfurt

Daily

21:35

07:55

Regional Flight No

From

To

Days

Departure

Arrival

SW 702

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

06:35

08:45

SW 704

Cape Town

Windhoek

Daily

17:00

19:10

SW 704

Cape Town

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

17:00

07:55+1

SW 714

Cape Town

Walvis Bay

Daily

14:35

16:45

SW 373

Harare

Windhoek

Mon, Fri

14:00

16:15

SW 413

Harare

Lusaka

Wed, Sun

12:15

13:15

SW 413

Harare

Windhoek ( via Lusaka)

Wed, Sun

12:15

16:15

SW 722

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

06:40

08:45

SW 724

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

12:10

14:15

SW 728

Johannesburg

Windhoek

Daily

18:20

20:25

SW 724

Johannesburg

Frankfurt (via Windhoek)

Daily

18:20

07:55+1

SW 730

Johannesburg

Walvis Bay

Daily

08:45

11:00

SW 304

Luanda

Windhoek

Daily

12:15

15:45

SW 373

Lusaka

Harare

Mon, Fri

12:25

13:20

SW 373

Lusaka

Windhoek (via Harare)

Mon, Fri

12:25

16:15

SW 413

Lusaka

Windhoek

Wed, Sun

13:55

16:15

SW 403

Maun

Windhoek (via Victoria falls)

Mon, Wed

11:05

14:10

SW 405

Maun

Windhoek

Fri, Sun

18:25

19:40

SW 403

Victoria Falls

Windhoek

Mon, Wed

12:30

14:10

SW 405

Victoria Falls

Windhoek (via Maun)

Fri, Sun

16:55

19:40

SW 303

Windhoek

Luanda

Daily

09:35

11:15

SW 373

Windhoek

Lusaka

Mon, Fri

09:30

11:45

SW 373

Windhoek

Harare (via Lusaka)

Mon, Fri

09:30

13:20

SW 403

Windhoek

Maun

Mon, Wed

09:15

10:30

SW 403

Windhoek

Victoria Falls (via Maun)

Mon, Wed

09:15

11:50

SW 405

Windhoek

Victoria Falls

Fri, Sun

14:50

16:25

SW 413

Windhoek

Lusaka (via Harare)

Wed, Sun

09:30

13:15

SW 413

Windhoek

Harare

Wed, Sun

09:30

11:35

SW 701

Windhoek

Cape Town

Mon, Fri

09:40

11:40

SW 703

Windhoek

Cape Town

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun

07:55

09:55

SW 709

Windhoek

Cape Town

Daily

17:35

19:35

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

08:10

09:55

SW 723

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Mon

08:15

10:00

SW 727 22 |

Windhoek

Johannesburg

Daily

14:55

16:40


Regional Flight No

From

To

SW 729

Windhoek

Johannesburg

SW 713 Flight SW 737No

Walvis Bay From Bay Walvis

Cape Town To Johannesburg

SW 729

Windhoek

Johannesburg

SW 713

Walvis Bay

Cape Town

SW 737

Walvis Bay

Flight No

From

To

Johannesburg

SW 101

Eros

Ondangwa

Regional

Domestic

Days

Departure

Arrival

Daily

17:35

19:20

Daily Days Daily

13:45 Arrival 19:40

Daily

11:35 Departure 17:25 17:35

Daily

11:35

13:45

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

Domestic

Tue, Thu

17:25

19:20 19:40

Departure

Arrival

07:00

08:05

11:00

12:05

SW 103

Eros

Ondangwa

Flight SW 107No

From Eros

To Ondangwa

DaysTue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Mon,

SW 105 101 SW

Eros Eros

Ondangwa Ondangwa

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

07:00 15:55

08:05 17:00

SW 125 103 SW

Eros Mulilo Katima

Ondangwa Eros

Tue, Fri Thu Mon,

11:00 13:35

12:05 15:15

SW 127 107

Eros Mulilo Katima

Ondangwa Rundu

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

17:00 12:40

18:05 13:40

105 SW 127

Eros Mulilo Katima

Ondangwa Eros (via Rundu)

Sat Sun Wed,

15:55 12:40

17:00 15:15

125 SW 143

Katima Mulilo Luderitz

Eros Oranjemund

Mon,FriFri Mon,

13:35 11:10

15:15 12:00

127 SW 143

Katima Mulilo Luderitz

Rundu ( via Oranjemund) Windhoek

Wed,Fri Sun Mon,

12:40 11:10

13:40 13:45

127 SW 145

Katima Mulilo Luderitz

Eros (via Rundu) Windhoek

Wed,Sun Sun Wed,

12:40 12:45

15:15 13:45

143 SW 125

Luderitz Rundu

Oranjemund Katima Mulilo

Mon,FriFri Mon,

11:10 11:50

12:00 12:50

143 SW 125

Luderitz Rundu

Windhoek ( via Oranjemund) Eros (via Katima Mulilo)

Mon,FriFri Mon,

11:10 11:50

13:45 15:15

145 SW 127

Luderitz Rundu

Windhoek Eros

Wed,Sun Sun Wed,

12:45 14:00

13:45 15:15

SW 143 125

Oranjemund Rundu

Windhoek Katima Mulilo

Mon, Mon,FriFri

12:30 11:50

13:45 12:50

SW 145 125

Oranjemund Rundu

Luderitz Eros (via Katima Mulilo)

Wed, Mon,Sun Fri

11:25 11:50

12:15 15:15

SW 145 127

Oranjemund Rundu

Windhoek (via Luderitz ) Eros

Wed, Wed,Sun Sun

11:25 14:00

13:45 15:15

SW 102 143

Ondangwa Oranjemund

Eros Windhoek

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

08:35 12:30

09:40 13:45

SW 104 145

Ondangwa Oranjemund

Eros Luderitz

Tue, Thu, Wed, Sun

12:35 11:25

13:40 12:15

SW 108 145

Ondangwa Oranjemund

Eros Windhoek (via Luderitz )

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

18:35 11:25

19:40 13:45

SW 106 102

Ondangwa Ondangwa

Eros Eros

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

17:35 08:35

18:40 09:40

SW SW 125 104

Eros Ondangwa

Rundu Eros

Mon, Tue, Fri Thu,

10:15 12:35

11:30 13:40

SW SW 125 108

Eros Ondangwa

Katima Eros Mulilo (via Rundu)

Mon, Mon,FriTue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

10:15 18:35

12:50 19:40

SW SW 127 106

Eros Ondangwa

Katima Eros

Wed, Sat Sun

10:15 17:35

11:55 18:40

SW SW 127 125

Eros Eros

Rundu Rundu(via Katima Mulilo)

Wed, Mon,Sun Fri

10:15 10:15

13:40 11:30

SW SW 143 125

Windhoek Eros

Luderitz Katima Mulilo (via Rundu)

Mon, Mon,Fri Fri

09:50 10:15

10:50 12:50

SW SW 143 127 SW SW 145 127

Windhoek Eros Windhoek Eros

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

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

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

12:00 11:55 11:05 13:40

SW SW 145 143 SW 165 SW 143

Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek

Luderitz Luderitz( via Oranjemund) Walvis Bay Oranjemund (via Luderitz)

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

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

12:15 10:50 11:50 12:00

SW SW 165 145 SW 167 SW 145

Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek Windhoek

Walvis Bay Oranjemund Walvis Bay( via Oranjemund) Luderitz

Sat Wed, Sun Mon, Wed,Wed Sun

10:00 09:50 14:55 09:50

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

SW SW 166 165 SW 168 SW 165

Walvis Bay Windhoek Walvis Bay Windhoek

Windhoek Walvis Bay Windhoek Walvis Bay

Tue, Tue,thu, Thu,Fri, Fri,Sat, SunSun Mon, Wed Sat

13:20 11:10 16:05 10:00

14:00 11:50 16:45 10:40

SW 167

Windhoek

Walvis Bay

Mon, Wed

14:55

15:35

SW 166

Walvis Bay

Windhoek

Tue, thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

13:20

14:00

SW 168

Walvis Bay

Windhoek

Mon, Wed

16:05

16:45

Departure 17:00

Arrival 18:05

Winner of the 2014 Feather Award - Best Regional Airline operating into and from O. R. Tambo International airport for the 8th time since 2004 At Air Namibia we are on this quest to continue serving our purpose of providing the best air transport services in the safest manner, with consistency and reliability.

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At Air Namibia we are on this quest to continue serving our purpose of providing the best air transport services in the safest manner, with consistency and reliability.


PASSENGER’S AIRPORT TAX Great flights begin at well-maintained airports; in terms of service delivery, superior facilities, and memorable experiences. In Namibia, Airports are run and maintained by the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), a State-Owned Entity (SOE) formed in 1998 by Act of Government (Act 25 of 1998). The NAC provides airport infrastructure, amenities, and facilitates airport services for domestic and international airlines and passengers. In fulfilling its mandate, the NAC ensures that airport infrastructure and safety and security equipment are well maintained and meet world-class standards. Airports under the NAC are: Hosea Kutako Airport, Eros Airport, Walvis Bay Airport, Luderitz Airport, Keetmanshoop Airport, Ondangwa Airport, Rundu Airport and Katima Mulilo Airport.

WHAT PORTION OF AN AIR TICKET’S PRICE IS PAYABLE TO NAC? In line with NAC Tariff Publication 2015/2016 the following VAT inclusive tariffs currently will apply at the airports/aerodromes under the NAC’s management:

Description International passengers

WHAT IS AIRPORT/PASSENGER TAX? Airport tax, as it appears on return or one way flight tickets, refers to the fee charged to departing passengers. When you buy your flight ticket (whether directly from the airline, or as part of a holiday package), a portion of the total cost for the ticket is for airport taxes. This service fee is in line with Section 5 (1) of the Airports Company Act 25 of 1998.

“How airport tax is shown on a ticket”

Value Added Taxation (VAT)

NAC tariff including VAT 2015/2016

N$ 410.69

-

N$ 410.69

N$ 237.66

-

N$ 237.66

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

Domestic passengers

HOW DOES NAC GENERATE MONEY TO MAINTAIN AIRPORTS? The NAC generates revenue via airport tax fees charged to the different publics – such as airport tax payable by departing and arriving passengers who use their services.

NAC tariff excluding VAT 2015/2016

N$ 107.45

N$ 16.12

N$ 123.57

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

WHO REGULATES/CONTROLS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AIRPORT TAXES IN NAMIBIA? The charging of these fees is regulated in compliance with ICAO Doc 9562. In Namibia, the NAC, in compliance with Doc 9562 and its mandate per the Airports Company Act. Both these statutory documents regulate and control the continued implementation, review and collection of these fees. HOW REGULARLY IS AIRPORT TAXES REVIEWED AND BY WHOM? The NAC reviews the charges in consultation with the Board of Airline Representatives (BAR), who represents the airlines, and aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), who represents general aviation operators. This review is conducted annually or as decided by the relevant parties in order for the fees to remain commensurate with ever escalating operational and other costs. Since inception NAC has over the years invested billions of dollars into its key capital projects to improve amongst others; runways and terminal facilities at its various airports.

WHAT ARE AIRPORT TAXES USED FOR? Airport tax is one of the key revenue streams of any airport and is levied on passengers to recover the cost of running and for the up keep of passenger terminal facilities that are dedicated to passenger services, including the costs of security services attributable thereto (unless security services are charged for separately), and the cost of ground handling facilities and services attributable to passenger arrivals and departures.

In line with its mission and vision , the NAC ensures that every experience at landing and departure is of world - class standard and airport taxes play an integral part in making it all possible.

We hope we have answered your questions. If you have any more questions or comments about our airports feel free to contact us: Namibia Airports Company 154 Independence Avenue, Sanlam Centre, 5th Floor PO Box 23061 Windhoek, Namibia Tel: +264 (0) 61 295 5127 Fax: +264 (0) 61 295 5022 E-mail: pr@airports.com.na

www.airports.com.na

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When visiting our beautiful country, we want to be sure that you have access to Foreign Exchange Services, no matter where you go. Bank Windhoek caters for all your foreign exchange and banking needs offering you American Express agencies, a large distribution network of 54 branches and agencies as well as 347 ATM’s and Cash Express Machines across Namibia.

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