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16 Skeleton Coast A coast of loneliness, contrast and history 30 Art from stone Have stones, will travel. Canadians Andreas and Naomi Kunert, have taken their art form to innumerable places on the planet
38 And the winners are… The National Geographic Traveler has just announced the winners of its 2015 photography competition 48 Earthships – sustainable homes Simple, sustainable homes from largely recycled materials 56 Two dogs, a peacock and a horse, walk into a pub…. Top boutique wines 66 Motoring James Siddall gives us a new model roundup 80 Hook... line and sinker Namibian festival 88 The Elephant Whisperer Remembered Nature & compassion 98 Namibia - the land God made in anger Roy Watts
108 The hotel and restaurant benchmark in Swakopmund World class Elegance 118 Drones & the Druids who fly them Technology developing at warp speed 126 Sci Tech Gadgets, gizmos, concepts and utter innovation 132 High Humour Time for a smile while you are high above the clouds Disclaimer All material is strictly copyrighted. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior written permission from the publisher. Opinions expressed in Flamingo are not necessarily those of Air Namibia.
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Introduction of the Board of Directors
The Board Members in order of appearance: from left to right, Mr. Conville R Britz, Ms. Wilhencia K /Uiras, Mr. Gerson U Tjihenuna (Chairperson), The Hon. Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Hon. Sankwasa James Sankwasa, Ms. Florette Nakusera (Vice-Chairperson) and Ms. Evelyn Zimba-Naris.
We have the pleasure to introduce the Air Namibia Board of Directors. The Board was appointed by the Honourable Minister of Works and Transport, Honourable Alpheus !Naruseb on 21st July 2015 and will serve until 21st July 2018. The Board Members bring a wealth of experience, in the fields of economics, law, human resources, finance and administration. This experience will be of great value to Air Namibia.
Acting Managing Director’s Remarks I have only just joined the Air Namibia Team, a short while ago and I am looking forward to working with the Team of the National Air Carrier. All Namibians are proud of Air Namibia, and the Air Namibia aircrafts’ tails which are emblazoned with the Namibia flag and represents us on all flights whether local, domestic, regional or international. We at Air Namibia believe in our Country and that by flying visitors to Namibia, via a positive experience, will ensure that the tourism sector is further boosted. This would in turn have the ripple effect of more jobs created, more infrastructure expanded and ultimately assisting the National Goals.
Enjoy the flight with us whilst we take you to new height!
Adv. Mandi E.P. Samson Acting Managing Director
I have only just joined the Air Namibia Team
WELCOME ABOARD BEM-VINDO A BORDO WILLKOMMEN AN BORD
Thank you for choosing Air Namibia. We will do everything to ensure you have a pleasant flight. If you need assistance, please ask any of our cabin attendants.
Obrigado por ter escolhido voar com a Air Namibia. Nós prometemos fazer tudo o que podermos para garantir que você tenha um vôo agradável. Se você tiver alguma dúvida ou precisar de ajuda, não hesite em pedir a qualquer um dos nossos assistentes de cabine por favor.
Danke, dass Sie sich dafür entschieden haben mit Air Namibia zu fliegen. Wir werden alles tun um Ihnen den Flug so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten. Wenn Sie Fragen haben oder Hilfe benötigen, wenden Sie sich bitte an einen unserer Flugbegleiter oder Flugbegleiterinnen.
Our highly trained cabin attendants are at your service on all our flights, for your safety and comfort.
Todos os nossos voos são servidos por assistentes de cabine altamente profissionais. Eles estão à sua disposição em todos os momentos para fazer o seu voo mais confortável.
Unser versiertes Flugpersonal steht Ihnen während des Fluges jederzeit zur Verfügung. Für Ihre Sicherheit und Bequemlichkeit sind Sie bei unserer Crew in besten Händen.
We carry first-aid kits on all our flights, should a passenger need assistance for minor conditions.
Existe um kit de primeiros socorros a bordo de nossos voos, e se os passageiros precisarem de gotas para os olhos ou medicamentos para dores de cabeça, náuseas, azia ou qualquer outra condição relativamente menor. Faça mais perguntas sobre os nossos serviços especiais ao fazer reserva
Eine medizinische Erstversorgung ist auf allen unseren Flügen sicher gestellt. Eine Erste-Hilfe-Ausrüstung befindet sich immer an Bord.
As a safety precaution, it is important to read the safety card stored in the seat pocket in front of you
Por favor, leia o folheto de segurança no bolso do assento à sua frente e observe a sua saída de emergência mais próxima. Nos voos superiores a três horas (voos de longo curso), recomendamos que você revise o conteúdo do panfleto de segurança novamente.
Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit bitten wir Sie, sich die in der Zeitschriftentasche vor Ihnen befindliche Sicherheits-Instruktionen aufmerksam durchzulesen.
Life vests are stored under Por favor, tome nota que o colete salva-vidas está Ihre Schwimmweste befindet sich unter your seat. Only use them localizado embaixo do seu assento. O assistente de Ihrem Sitz. Bitte benutzen Sie diese nur auf as demonstrate, and only cabine vai demonstrar quando e como usar o colete Anweisung der Flugbegleiter/-innen. when instructed by the cabin salva-vidas em caso de emergência attendants. Smoking is prohibited on all Air De acordo com a lei da aviação é proibido fumar em Auf allen Air Namibia Flügen gilt ein Namibia flights. todos os voos da Air Namibia, isso inclui fumar quaisquer absolutes Rauchverbot. dispositivos artificiais ou cigarro, como e/ou cigarros eletrônicos. Só é permitido fumar em áreas designadas no edifício do terminal dos aeroportos.
Seats must be in the upright position during take-off and landing. For your own safety, you are required to fasten your seat belt whenever the seat belt sign is illuminated and we recommend that you keep your belt fastened throughout the flight.
Para a descolagem e aterragem, todos os assentos devem estar na posição vertical. Por favor, tome nota que os assentos nas linhas de saída de emergência não reclinam. Por favor, apertem o cinto de segurança sempre que o sinal do cinto de segurança se acende. Para sua segurança, recomendamos que você o mantenha apertado durante todo o vôo.
Während Start und Landung müssen sich die Sitzlehnen in aufrechter Position befinden. Bitte schnallen Sie sich an, sobald das Anschnallzeichen aufleuchtet. Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit empfehlen wir während des gesamten Fluges angeschnallt zu bleiben.
We offer complimentary meals and beverages on all our flights. Special-diet or vegetarian meals are available upon request when making reservations.
Uma refeição quente ou um lanche é servido em todos os nossos vôos. Alimentação-Special ou refeições vegetarianas estão disponíveis mediante solicitação no momento da reserva. Nós oferecemos uma grande variedade de bebidas.
Auf unseren Flügen werden Mahlzeiten und Getränke serviert. Diätische oder vegetarische Mahlzeiten können bei der Flugbuchung angefragt werden
ENGLISH We carry an extensive range of duty free products at competitive prices on selected flights. Please refer to our catalogue for details.
Nós carregamos uma grande variedade de produtos com isenção de direitos a preços competitivos. Por favor, consulte o catálogo no bolso em frente do seu assento.
An Bord ist ein umfangreiches Sortiment an Duty-Free-Produkten zu attraktiven Preisen erhältlich. Informationen hierzu entnehmen Sie bitte unserem Duty-FreeKatalog.
Audio and visual entertainment Programas de entretenimento de áudio e vídeo estão Audio- und Videoprogramme sind an Bord programmes are available on disponíveis nos nossos voos de longo curso e de médio unserer Airbus A330 und A319 Maschinen flights operated using our A330 curso verfügbar. and A319 aircraft. Our A319 and ERJ 135 aircraft Alguns dos nossos aviões têm saídas de ar individuais, Unsere Fluggeräte des Typs Airbus A319 have individual air vents which que podem ser ajustados para fornecer um fluxo de ar. und Embraer ERJ135 verfügen über can be adjusted to provide a individuelle Frischluftdüsen. refreshing stream of air. Regulamentos de saúde em determinados aeroportos exigem que a cabine da aeronave deve ser pulverizada. O spray é inofensivo, mas se você acha que pode afetá-lo, por favor, cobrir o nariz e a boca com um lenço.
Um den Gesundheitsvorschriften einiger Länder zu entsprechen, muss die Flugzeugkabine mit einem für den Menschen unbedenklichen Spray behandelt werden. Wir empfehlen dennoch, die Atemwege durch Vorhalten eines Taschentuchs zu schützen.
Should you travel with a baby Se você viajar com um bebê, recomendamos que você we recommend you request a reserve o seu voo mais cedo e não se esqueça de pedir bassinet especially on the long- um berço especialmente nos voos de longo curso haul flights.
Sollten Sie mit einem Baby reisen, empfehlen wir Ihnen besonders auf Langstreckenflügen ein Babybett zu beantragen.
Please do not place any luggage Por favor note que no assento da saída de emergência é under seats at the emergency proibido colocar bagagem de mão debaixo dos assentos. exit seat. Excesso de bagagem de mão será colocada no porão Para garantir uma gestão eficiente e minimizar os danos, Carry-on luggage should be certifique-se que os artigos não pesam mais de 32 kg. stored in the overhead stowage. Certifique-se de etiquetar sua bagagem e garantir que devidamente bloqueado.
“Bitte beachten Sie, dass das Verstauen von Handgepäck unter Ihrem Sitz an den Notausgängen nicht gestattet ist.“
Health regulations in some countries require that the aircraft cabin must be sprayed. The spray is harmless, but if you think it might affect you, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief.
We suggest that passengers do stretching exercises, and move during the flight to improve blood circulation.
Handgepäck ist in den Gepäckfächern über Ihrem Sitz zu verstauen.
Exercício durante a espera para o banheiro. Esta é uma Versuchen Sie, sich während des Fluges boa oportunidade para se esticar e se mover enquanto möglichst oft zu strecken und zu bewegen. So wird Ihr Kreislauf angeregt. em pé na fila. Beba muita água durante todo o vôo Use roupas folgadas, confortáveis para que você se possa descolar facilmente Use sapatos confortáveis, macios para que você possa deslizar ou descalçar facilmente Leve apenas um pequeno saco como bagagem de mão, assim você não precisa de sobre-carregar seus pés e restringir o seu espaço para as pernas
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.
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 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.
A membership account will automatically be activated after the first flight and successful completion of registration.
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.
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
can purchase miles in batches of 1000
For more information on the Corporate
miles at N$220 – this is only applicable
if you have 50% or more of the value of
employees. Members can accumulate
the Award ticket available. Award tickets
miles in both corporate as well as personal
are valid for 12 months from the date of
accounts, depending on directives from
issue and are processed and issued after
their corporate head.
payment of Airport taxes is received.
Client enrollment, please contact our Call Centre at Tel: +264 61 2996111/6333/6444 or 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
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
Maximum Take-off Weight
233 000 kg
Airbus A319 -100 Business Class
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
Maximum Take-off Weight
70 000 kg
Number of Aircraft
Wing Span (m)
Maximum Fuel Capacity
Maximum Take-off Weight
19 000 kg
Embraer ERJ135 All Economy Class
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To North America and beyond
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Through interline agreements with our partner airlines, Air Namibia helps you reach your final destination almost anywhere in the world 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
At Air Namibia we are committed to ensuring that our passengers are re-united with their luggage at end of their journey. Given the complexity of the environment in which we operate, passengers’ luggage often gets out of our control and care, (for brief moments when they are subjected to control and handling by various agencies.) It is for this reason we request passengers to check their luggage on point of arrival (immediately after collecting their bag) to ensure that bag was not tampered with; and to report any suspected losses immediately. We request passengers not to check-in valuable items, especially those that are susceptible to theft, such as cash, jewellery, electronic devices like mobile phones, watches, sunglasses, to mention a few. In line with International Industry Conventions on passenger baggage liability, Air Namibia cannot be held liable if these valuable items are pilfered from checked-in baggage. We encourage our passengers to lock or wrap their bags where possible.
Our rules pertaining to baggage include the following We offer our passengers a generous free hand baggage allowance, with maximum weight of 10kg each, and maximum size 55 x 38 x 20 cm; plus an overcoat, an umbrella, a walking stick, a ladies hand bag, a reasonable amount of reading material, and a laptop. We also allow a fully collapsible wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches as hand baggage.
Excess baggage fees on extra pieces of baggage carried, per bag up to 10 bags per passenger are Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa Frankfurt route
US$ 100.00 per extra bag US$ 110.00 per extra bag US$ 200.00 per extra bag
Free allowance for checked in baggage
Airbus A330-200 Airbus A319-100 Embraer ERJ 135 operated flights operated flights Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s
Business: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 32 kg’s
Economy:1 piece weighing not more than 23 kg’s
Economy: 2 pieces each weighing not more than 23 kg’s
Applicable excess baggage fees on excess weight over the free baggage allowance per bag. Domestic routes Routes within Southern Africa
1 piece not exceeding 23 kg’s
US$ 100.00 per bag US$ 110.00 per bag US$ 200.00 per bag
• No item of checked in baggage may exceed 32 kilograms.
• For further information on sports, highly fragile items, and security guidelines, we recommend that you visit our website on www.airnamibia.com.na
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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Skeleton Coast A coast of loneliness, contrast and history. A journey to the most Northwestern part of Namibia.
o be on this route is a privilege; not
the Kunene River situated between the
many people pass through this part of
Namibia, as this is one of the most remote
Armand supplies each car with a radio
areas of this beautiful country. A route
transmitter so that he can keep in touch with
from Swakopmund to Puros or Sesfontein,
the convoy, warning us en route of the does
covering about 1,500kms, with the most
and donâ€™ts. He is very strict about the tracks
unusual scenery, from mountains to plains,
that we follow so as not to make new ones.
beaches and over dunes, with quite a few shipwrecks. Letâ€™s GO!
Our first stop is at the Zeila wreck, just before Hentiesbay. This fishing trawler became stranded on the 25th of August 2008.
We meet with Armand
Hentiesbay is our next stop and the rest
Basson of I Dream
of the convoy joins us. From here, we are
Africa early in the
a fleet of ten cars, winding along the most
morning on the first day. We
barren and lonely part of the Skeleton Coast.
are all ready for the experience, traveling
First on the salt road and then later only on
to the most Northern part of Namibia,
a two-spoor road, making our unmarked
right up to the border of Angola, with
way over the dunes and beach. This is
unmarked, as the tracks vanish with the wind and the tides. We enter the park, reflecting the well-known skeletons on the gate. Our first of the many shipwrecks we see is the South West Seal, which was beached in 1976. We take a short stop and walk around what is left of the once fishing trawler. We cross a few rivers en route, namely the Ugab-Huab and many more. They are mostly dry and only flow in the rainy season. We take a look at the Hoanib River mouth; its length is 270 km long and is a haven for bird life. We also visit the old rusted Toscanini oilrig that closed down in 1976. Diamonds were never found in this area and the ones that were found had no value. It is now a breeding place for cormorants. We
also see fresh tracks of hyena, but I think
sound of the waves breaking on the beach;
every morning after breakfast, we will all
they smelt our scent before they even saw
with the absolute quiet pure bliss; and ten
make our own lunch. Cold meat, tomato,
us. The patterns of rust on the rig make
vehicles winding their way along the most
cucumber, cheese etc., is laid out on a
splendid photographic opportunities.
table and you can then make your own
We quickly take a look at Torrabay,
Just north of Mowe Bay, Armand looks
sandwich. Somewhere along the way we
a well-known and popular fishing and
for a good overnight camping spot and he
stop and eat our lunch, or eat whenever
camping area that is only open during the
manages to find one between some dunes.
we feel like it, even while driving.
December and January holidays. Next stop
Nessie, our cook, lights a fire and we all
The scenery varies as we travel along
is Terrace Bay, also a very popular place
pitch our tents. We enjoy a “boesman’s TV”
barren plains, mountains and riverbeds.
for fishing, where we have lunch. This is
fire and have a wonderful “potjie” of lamb
Here you realize the intense loneliness of
the last opportunity for us to refuel, as for
and veggies. Our first day has passed too
this part of the country. The colours vary
the next 1000kms there aren’t any shops
quickly, but was enjoyable.
from the yellow of the sand to the red
or life except for the animals and us.
from the Garnet – a silicate mineral - to
Mowe Bay is the unofficial border between Damaraland and Kaokoveld. This
the black of the mountains.
about this trip is
Again we see one of the many wrecks
is our last contact with people, as we enter
that we are not
and it is quite something to see the way the
a park only accessible by someone who has
in a hurry to get going
elements worked with the wood and a lot
a permit; it is away from pollution, people
in the mornings. We have a nice hot
of the rusted parts. Surprisingly, the bolts
and any signs of life. From here onwards,
cup of coffee or tea made by Nessie
on the engine are not at all rusted and are
one hears only your own heartbeat and the
and some breakfast. From now on, and
still shiny; must have been top quality.
We pass a rusted and forlorn bulldozer and tractor. The Van der Westhuizen brothers tried to mine here for diamonds years ago, but never found any usable ones; the area is now called the Westhies. Perhaps they were part of the famous rescue of the Duneden Star? If only they could talk! Very interesting are the parts of the Ventura Bomber plane that formed part of the rescue team. Some parts are still visible. The plane crash-dived into the sea, close to the shore and all three occupants in the plane got out alive with minor injuries. The wreck of the plane washed ashore. Some of the parts of the plane we could see were spread along the shore. We drove along stretches of the beach and also on the dunes and again, the scenery varies. Something amazing to see were the many â€œGhost Crabsâ€? popping out of their holes on the beach,j from the vibration of the cars wheels. They are so beautiful and we stopped to have a proper look at them. They race around on the beach like little cars heading towards the sea, which is quite amusing.
We cross the dry riverbed of the
and the yellow of the sand. The orange
Hoariseb; with the dried mud making the
of the lichen brightens up the whole
most beautiful curls (notice the difference
area. Lichen are a symbolic relationship
between the Hoarusib River here and the
between fungus and algae and are well
end of the trip near Puros; you cannot
adapted to survive in harsh conditions.
believe it is the same river). We go up
The desert hosts 120 species. Some are
and along the dunes again with Armand
black against the rocks and there are
showing us how the dunes speak back
even fields of them. Sprinkle some water
to you when you drive down on them â€“
on them and then watch them going
a beautiful sound the roaring of the dunes
green, is something remarkable to see.
make. We have the opportunity to climb the dunes, one step up and two steps down.
Our one spoor track shows very prominently on the ground, winding its
We then pass the most amazing rock
way through the most isolated parts of
formations that are nestled between the
the Skeleton Coast. Then, all of a sudden
dunes, a contrast between the hard and the
in front of us, is the most beautiful
soft. We enter the Hoariseb dry riverbed
greenery and water oasis in the desert.
with the high mountains all around us, and
Oryx run away when they see us and
go through some water pools with a lot of
it is also a haven for birds. The oasis
greenery. Of course the men want to show
is called the Sarusas Fountain, nearby
off by rushing quickly through the water,
the Kumib river mouth. The contrast
almost like a competition as to who can
is once again amazing; the dunes, the
make the highest splash.
rocks, the greenery and the water. We
We set up our camp against a dune and for the children, Cooper and Piper, this is so much fun. They canâ€™t get enough of the sandpit that they can play in.
stop for lunch and could not wish for a better place. Onward we go along the beach to Cape Fria and see hundreds of seals. Wow! We also see at least four to six vultures,
feasting on dead seals or baby seals. We
even see a hyena, but it runs away as fast
as it can to get away from us.
changes from the riverbed
It is interesting to read the book titled
and the high mountains to the plains
Skeleton Coast, written by John H. Marsh;
right next to us with the most stunning
he writes the true story around the history
colours; barren, with dark brown colours
of the Duneden Star shipwreck and the
rescue that took place in 1942; about the
food and shelter. You are well advised to
Namibia and at the border of Angola....the
bomber plane and what happened after
read the book, or even Google Skeleton
Kunene River mouth. We are warned not
they crashed into the sea.
Coast by John H. Marsh.
to go too near the water, as there could be
Almost unbelievable as to how so many people were stranded on the beach
some crocodiles. We see turtles coming up excited,
every now and then, very curios as to what
as today we will
is going on. There are a lot of pelicans and
survived. We make camp that night on the
reach the Kunene
other birds. Water, greenery and the colour
beach, where they had built their shelter;
river mouth. First along
of the dunes on the other side, Angola,
they had hardly anything to eat or drink
the beach and along Bosluisbay, we
make a colourful picture. It is as quiet as it
and how they endured the sun, wind and
climb a dune which overlooks the bay.
can get and it is very impressive.
the absolute emptiness around them.
It is so beautiful where the cars look
From here we go on and over the
Except for two rescuers, everyone was
like a snake winding itâ€™s way to the top.
dunes... leaving behind a contrast of
brought to safety from his or her horrible
Then back to the beach, where we see
dark mountains against the yellow of
ordeal. Thinking of them made me very
some whale skeletons. Here we are
the dunes. What a beautiful sight to look
quiet. We are well organized and we have
right at the most Northwestern part of
back on every now and then. The sand is
for almost fourteen days and how they
very soft and traveling is slow but sure. At an early time Armand shows us where we are going to camp that night, right against a dune, and, of course, the children again love it. Rolling down the dune and climbing up again, they never seem to tire! Going to the top of the dune gives a good idea of what our campsite looks like below. Fire in the middle, smoke going up and the lovely smell of our food cooking; we have lots of stories to tell around the campfire that evening. The food is excellent; having a
â€œbraaiâ€? in the dunes is special and Nessie excels himself again. The fire is going to warm water for the shower and this is very welcome. Another day is past, more impressions are made and we all go to sleep happily. We
where to go as the wind blows all the tracks away quickly. It is pleasing to see the clean surroundings without showing any traces of someone else having been there. But as we go on again the surroundings change and we see the most beautiful mountain. Getting nearer, we have a closer look and to our surprise there is a cave or an arch. Bending (as you can easily bump your head) we enter beneath it where you see the most unusual sight, not only the ceiling of the arch but also the scenery. We spent some time here and had lunch, looking around and taking many photos. From there we have a two-spoor track again along the most beautiful surroundings. I seem to be using the
word beautiful so often, but how do you describe an area that is so special? Around every corner the scenery is different, which makes it so interesting and leaves you wondering what you will see next, without being disappointed. We travel over the dunes, and alongside the dunes with a view of the mountains on the other side of the river. Stopping on top of a dune, we have the most spectacular view of the Kunene River
winding between Angola and Namibia.
Oryx’s run away from us and then they stop
The Angolan side with rocks and rugged
to look back at us. We stop at the “green
terrain, the Namibian side with dunes and
drum” where an old laptop is available
sand, contrasted at its best and the colour
and those of us who want to can send
direction, through many
of the river is amazing. What a privilege to
an “email” from there (no Internet). Until
water streams with huge mountains
see this beauty.
now, we have hardly thought of computers
all around us. Here we may encounter
As traveling on the dunes takes quite a
or the Internet. At this time we feel like
some elephants if we are lucky, or even a
long time, we stop near the river to strike
having a rest and we stop somewhere to
desert lion. We see many Oryx, birds and
up our camp. Those who would like to,
once again have a wonderful meal, to have
even some baboons. The famous “Poort”
can walk to the river over the rocks and
a shower and then off to bed.
is full of water and we have fun passing
see the flow of the river rapids. We are
river day, as we travel
through where once again we try to
warned once again to be on the look out for crocodiles and we see some fresh
En route today, we
The Puros Canyon is beautiful, with a
a female and a
lot of water still in the river we have to
Not far from the river we set up camp
male. At some point we
cross over, doing zig zag. Then we see
and the next morning we walk to the
turn right to go down into the riverbed
the cattle of the Puros community and
of the Hoarusib. What awaits us there is
know that we are near people again.
something you have to experience for
Puros is a small cattle settlement, with
The huge boulders,
yourself. We see in front of us all of a
a small shop and very remote, but with
the trees and the
sudden, the most unusual “ Castles of clay”.
water at the river are
The white of the clay has a huge contrast
Here we can purchase some cool
special, with some dunes
against the dark of the mountains, which
drinks and whatever else is available.
sticking out in the distance. Taking a walk
is very special and we wonder around
We sleep over at the Puros Community
to the river in the morning is good exercise.
for quite a long time. Someone wrote: “If
camping site with huge trees and lovely
We once again enter the dunes and see
there are any doubts as to the incredible
the most amazing scenery. Soon however,
power of the ancient forces that played
After setting up camp, we once again
we leave the dunes and the surroundings
havoc in Western Namibia many millions
travel to the river as we hadn’t seen the
become more barren once again. Here and
years ago, the white grayish sedimentary
desert elephants yet and we would love
there we see a single tree; how do they
clay walls high up in the Hoarusib will
to see them. Asking the locals, they told
survive? We stop for lunch in what looks
dispel them”. And here we are, walking
us where to go and yes, there they were.
like a riverbed and have something to eat
among them, where we look so tiny next
Some were old and some were little,
under the shade. From there we leave the
to them. That night, we stop not far from
drinking at the water pool. They are very
park and travel further into the Hartman’s
the castles of clay, where we can wonder
clever animals. They dig a hole deep
Valley with beautiful open spaces. Some
around for a while the next morning.
enough in the riverbed to find water.
tracks of small ones.
make the highest splashes.
They seem to smell the water. What
The next morning we say “totsiens”
enormous animals they are and so special.
to one another. Lovely to have met each
We also see springbuck and giraffes.
and every one of you and being able to
Some people in our group who were
Stopping at a viewpoint, you look over
spend almost nine days together. We all
from Australia had this to say: “When
a valley of palm trees and mountains. In
feel quite sad.
my husband and I decided to take our
the distance you see the village of the Ovahimba people, a very primitive tribe. Back at the camp our campfire awaits us, our food is ready and we all feel quite
else’s favourite. One man enjoyed the experience of dune driving.
children, our boy Cooper and our girl Piper,
tour to tour, depending on the weather
to Namibia to experience the desert, we
conditions or the speed with which the
never expected the true beauty and
exceptional “nothingness” of the vast space.
sad as this is our last evening together.
Asking some of the people afterwards
There were highlights every day and to
From here each one will go his or her
what impressed them the most, some
say we left with a full memory bank, is an
own way, some to Windhoek, some to
answers were: The changing of the scenery
understatement. The heights of the sand
Etosha or home. But each one of us is
in one day, the Kunene River mouth and
dunes and the complexities of the landscape
impressed at the unreal scenery we
the wideness of it and the Castles of clay.
was enough to make your mind question.
saw and the experiences that we had...
On the tour is a lady in a wheelchair
Our time in the desert was exceptional.
not to forget easily. We feel relaxed and
and someone mentions how amazing it
We learnt so much, met so many wonderful
full of energy, ready to face a normal
was how she and her husband managed
people and were treated like royalty, not
busy life. It will be hard to settle down
the trip and enjoyed it so much. I think if
having to cook. The craziness of having
again after travelling around in such
I asked the children what they enjoyed,
ocean meeting desert and the fact of animals
wide empty spaces with so much to see
it would be the never-ending sandpit
being able to survive was mind blowing.
to play in. The plains were someone
So, Namibia, thank you for keeping your secret, your untouched landscape, your campfires, and your “nothingness”. We loved every second!” This
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Art from stone Have stones, will travel. Canadians Andreas and Naomi Kunert, have taken their artform to innumerable places on the planet. Flamingo chatted to them about life with stones.
ndreas grew up in Vermont, USA,
been primary in his life: “During my travels
and Montreal, QC, Canada. His
back to Western Canada, I was apprenticed
childhood dreams were quite specific:
with a traditional stone mason for a year,
“As a boy I was very creative, painting,
and found my creative drive overtook the
drawing and taking photographs. I dreamt
traditional methods. It was at that point,
of being an artist when I grew up. I always
I developed my own organic expression
wanted to be the best at whatever I put
my mind and energy towards.” When he
Andreas’ very first commission was on
completed his studies, he began working
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. For a couple
as a Wilderness Guide and Photographer in
who lived on a small farm, he developed the
Canada, and later in Switzerland.
entrance to their property with stones he’d
Naomi grew up outside Regina, SK,
gathered in the area. He began working
Canada on an acreage along with ten other
on private commissions in people’s homes
siblings: “We were exposed to painting,
and estates, gradually introducing his
pottery and crafts growing up, as my
work to architects and business people
mother was an artist primarily painting in
for consideration on public installations.
oil. I excelled in Arts and Music through
These discussions developed into projects
high school and continued studying at
the University of Saskatchewan, graduating
with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Great
Naomi’s interest in carving and working
Distinction.” Naomi’s career began in
with stone goes way back: “I was fascinated
the healing arts: “After my BFA, I studied
by the mysteries of ancient cultures,
neuroscience, trauma, and the mind-body-
who built their sacred sites in stone.
spirit connection. I developed a private
I have a deep knowledge of crystals and
practice assisting people on their own
semi-precious stones, and Andreas and
I began working together in the Spring
Andreas always considered himself an
of 2010, bringing semi-precious stones
artist, so his interest in creativity had always
to his existing body and style of work”.
Flamingo asked the couple about thier lives and work:
Clients / architects commission you to produce pieces. Do they give you a brief, or are you free to interpret? Our
commission us to create pieces for them through a two-stage process. First we meet them and get to know their tastes, what they like of our work and their current needs. We visit their home
develop an understanding of the space and what we feel it needs. From here we create a design proposal for the project, one which incorporates all our observations and discussions. Second, we create the commission in stone. This stage is very organic and does not involve the client as much as the design process. We are now very attuned to the stone and to the space the stone is to occupy. The stone often shows us a way which goes beyond our own imaginings, and the final piece always has inexplicable elements, angles and proportions which were gifted to us by the materials with which we were working.
Where do you source all the materials? Our stone is sourced from all over the world. It really depends on the effect we are striving to achieve within a given project. Probably our favourite places to gather materials are the Pacific Northwest of North America, Brazil and Madagascar.
Have you travelled extensively doing this work? Yes, we travel extensively to source stone and meet new and existing clients. Weâ€™ve worked across Canada, and create pieces that have been shipped for installation to various places around the world.
What is your most challenging / exciting project, and why is it so? We are currently involved in a very large public project, which has been developing for several years. It is still under wraps, but it will involve the setting of over 1,400 standing stones each over five meters tall, as well as the setting of the twelve largest stones ever known to have been stood by man at
350 tons each!
What inspires you?
Our ultimate inspiration comes from meeting new clients, both public and private, seeing their space as a blank canvas for us to offer transformative possibilities
dynamic stone installations for them. Our inspiration in the design process often comes from the natural ebb and flow of nature, but sometimes inspiration can come from the simplest of things,
dreams and feelings.
Youâ€™re obviously creative people. What joy do you get from doing this work? Our joy comes from working with this natural material, every stone is important in the whole. The basic process of finding, gathering and choosing the stones that will be appropriate for each project brings great elation and satisfaction. We find joy in working creatively together and experience great reward in the final outcome of our stone installations. Each project is such an accomplishment, sometimes seemingly impossible and simply a legacy that will outlast our lifetime. How incredible it is to be a part of history. We feel not only overjoyed, but blessed and honoured to live our purpose and passion.
Contact: www.AncientArtofStone.com www.Facebook.com/AncientArtofStone
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And the winners areâ€Ś National Geographic Traveler is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the worldâ€™s largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. The National Geographic Traveler has just announced the winners of its 2015 photography competition. http://www.natgeo.com/travelerphotocontest
Grand Prize: Whale Whisperers Photo and caption by Anuar Patjane Floriuk / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Diving with a humpback whale and her newborn calf while they cruise around Roca Partida... in the Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico. This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life, so we need to accelerate the incorporation of the islands into UNESCO as a natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing
ational Geographic Traveler celebrates and illuminates destinations around
the globe, and it was exciting to see that same theme captured in the contest entries,” said Maggie Zackowitz, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine. “I was blown away by the creativity of the photographers.” This year’s contest received more than 17,000 entries from photographers around the world. There were four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. Judging consisted of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality. Selected from more than 17,000 entries, an underwater photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale taken by Anuar Patjane Floriuk of Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico, has won the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest grand prize. Floriuk wins an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two. Shot near Roca Partida, an island off the western coast of Mexico, the winning photo is titled “Whale Whisperer.” “The photo wasn’t planned,” Floriuk said. “I was taking photos near the head of the whale, and all of a sudden she began to swim toward the rest of the diving team. The divers gave the whale and her calf space, and I just clicked at the moment when the flow and composition seemed right.” Faisal Azim of Chittagong, Bangladesh, placed
Workmen.” He will receive a six-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two. The third-place photo, “Camel Ardah,” was shot by Ahmed Al Toqi of Muscat, Oman. He wins a sixday cruise for two from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage. Seven merit-prize winners receive a $200 (USD) gift certificate to B&H Photo and the National Geographic Masters of Photography course on DVD. All winners receive a subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Second Place: Gravel Workmen Photo and caption by Faisal Azim / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest This gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their work place, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Third Place: Camel Ardah Photo and caption by Ahmed Al Toqi / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest Ardah, as it is called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing ... between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser ... so they must be running at the same speed level in the same track. The main purpose of Ardah is to show the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels and the riders’ skills. Ardah is considered one of the more risky situations, since the camel’s reactions are unpredictable as it may get wild and jump towards the audience.
Merit: A Night at Deadvlei Photo and caption by Beth McCarley / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The night before returning to Windhoek, we spent several hours at Deadveli. The moon was bright enough to illuminate the sand dunes in the distance, but the skies were still dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds. Deadvlei means “dead marsh.” The camelthorn trees are believed to be about 900 years old but have not decomposed because the environment is so dry.
Merit: White Rhinos Photo and caption by Stefane Berube / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The night before this photo, we tried all day to get a good photo of the endangered White Rhino. Skulking through the grass carefully, trying to stay 30 feet away to be safe didnâ€™t provide me with the photo I was hoping for. In the morning, however, I woke up to all three rhinos grazing in front of me, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda.
Merit: Kushti, Indian Wrestling Photo and caption by Alain Schroeder / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Kushti is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Wearing only a well-adjusted loincloth (langot), wrestlers (pelwhans) enter a pit made of clay, often mixed with salt, lemon, and ghee (clarified butter). At the end of a workout, wrestlers rest against the walls of the arena, covering their heads and bodies with earth to soak up any perspiration and avoid catching cold. This relaxation ceremony is completed with massages to soothe tired muscles and demonstrate mutual respect.
Merit: Catching a Duck Photo and caption by Sarah Wouters / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Two boys are trying to catch a duck at the stream of the waterfall, Nong Khai Province, Thailand.
Merit: Sauna in the Sky Photo and caption by Stefano Zardini / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. TA sauna at 2,800 meters high in the heart of the Dolomites, Monte Lagazuoi, Cortina, eastern Italian Alps.
Merit: Highlanders Photo and caption by Bartlomiej Jurecki / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Traditional haymaking in Poland. Many people continue to use the scythe and pitchfork to sort the hay.
Merit: Romania, Land of Fairy Tales Photo and caption by Eduard Gutescu / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. White frost over Pestera village.
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Earthships – sustainable homes Cutting-edge green buildings are, ironically, perceived as the province of the wealthy, as many of the technologies – particularly as retrofits – aren’t cheap. But these buildings are often commercial in nature. What about simple, sustainable homes from largely recycled materials? Photographs supplied by Earthship Biotecture
generation of free power, sun allows free
buildings constructed from waste. It
heat and electricity. They not only use their
could be car tyres, glass or plastic bottles,
immediate resources, but employ extensive
or a host of other recycled materials. All
energy efficiency and water conservation
utilities emanate from the sun and rain,
measures, ensuring that rainwater and
and produce heat, power and water; the
renewable energy they harvest, goes as far
buildings are constructed so as to be self-
heating, self-cooling, to harvest their own water, and use plants to treat sewage.
Earthships didnâ€™t, of course, just come into being haphazardly. Theyâ€™ve evolved
These buildings are all-season structures:
over decades from the pioneering work
rain means free water, wind allows the
of architect Michael Reynolds, Earthships
Biotecture and the growing numbers worldwide of Earthship communities. Modern life is high carbon and simply not sustainable. The consumption of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas causes the release of greenhouse gases - vast amounts of carbon dioxide are released, which pollute the planet and are instrumental in climate change. Bottom line, we’ve disturbed the natural balance... and will continue to do so, with potentially devastating results.
Meet Michael Reynolds Acclaimed international architect Michael Reynolds is the founder and owner of Earthship Biotecture. He’s spent over forty years evolving the concept of home, as well as the home itself. His vision is for the home to care for the inhabitants and not vice versa. His stated mission was ‘to make small, believable steps
ultimately reversing the negative impact of human development as it relates to the Earth’s ability to continue to support life.’ He set out to design and refine the so-called
concepts any person can adopt, these
the people. He’s
and building homes that heat and cool themselves naturally via solar / thermal dynamics, collect their own power from the sun and wind, harvest their own water from rain and snow, and contain and treat their own sewage on site. After intensive
trial and error, Earthship Biotecture has devised a range of architectural plans which tick all the boxes, and are able to be purchased by devotees of the concept. There are chapters and offshoots of Earthship worldwide, with courses for those who’d like to eco-build their own homes, volunteers assist those less fortunate to build an earthship, and lectures and workshops are held worldwide. You’ll find Earthships in all corners of the world, responding to the demands and situation in which they’re being constructed. One of Reynolds’ probing questions was ‘how do we make it so everyone can have one, especially in third world countries where the functionality of these buildings would save lives.’ Many of these earthships have been built by and for those in challenged communities.
In addition to wise and innovative construction,
environment in which plants are not only aesthetic and contribute to the health of the environment, but are also highly functional and play a direct role in the maintenance of the home. Having plants that produce food within this environment makes sense and takes sustainable and independent living to another level. And, of course, the concept can’t be static. It’s ever-evolving, because of new techniques, new reactions to materials, fresh
changing human behaviour patterns. It’s not simply about how much an earthship will cost to build, it’s about what it’ll save over its lifetime, once it’s built, because it’s designed to be entirely sustainable – what it will save the planet too, in terms of negative impact. Earthship Biotecture has as one of its mission statements, a driving need to empower people to make positive changes in their own lives to reduce their personal effect on global warming. To spread the word, too, in simple, easy to understand formats, it inspires people to act.
Two dogs, a peacock and a horse, walk into a pub…. Is this a start of a classic joke I here you say, well actually no, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc, a quality brand carried by the Black Elephant Vintners Company, a fitting header to the philosophy that snubs the usual high brow traditions of the wine industry, we had a chat with Kevin Swart the company’s Managing Director. Words and pictures by Mark Pettipher
n-assuming, down to earth and
Cape, the Swart family fell in love with
Kevin had, upon purchasing La Petite
straight talking is the best way to
the province and bought La Petite Vigne,
Vigne, contracted the Amistad Wine
describe Kevin Swart, Co-owner of the
a boutique wine farm on the outskirts
Company to assist with its wine making,
Black Elephant Vintners Company, a 23
after which, Kevin started to get his head
year veteran of the financial services
Having already joined forces with
industry, a successful stockbroker who
Raymond Ndlovu in 2002 with the
co-founded Noah Financial Innovation,
formation of Noah Financial Innovation,
that was later sold to Religare Capital
and after its sale in 2011, it seemed fitting
Markets in July 2011, which allowed
that the two families should continue
Elephant Investment Holdings, saw the
Kevin time for reflection and to find a
their co-existence in Franschhoek, in
joining of the Black Elephant’s business
new passion, a new direction and a new
a spontaneous and bold move in the
skills with that of Amistad’s winemaking,
way of life.
winter of 2012, Raymond moved his
resulting in Jacques Wentzel becoming
family from Johannesburg to join the
part of the team, the trio, Kevin,
Swarts in Franschhoek.
Raymond and Jacques subsequently
Leaving Johannesburg and heading to the hills and valleys of the Western
Amistad Syriah 2012 Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling Date: 18 June 2013 Production: 8725 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.01%vol. Extract 32.0g/l Ph 3.56 TA 5.32g/l VA0.56g/l FSO2 35mg/l TSO2 90mg/l RS 2.5g/l Source of Grapes: The grapes for the 2012 Amistad Syrah were selected from four vineyard sites in the Franschhoek valley. Each was selected to contribute a specific profile to the final blend ie. colour, tannin, fruit or spice. Maturation: The wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 225, 300 and 500 l French oak barrels. 10% New and the balance 5 - 8 years old. A further 3 months in tanks for a total of 15 months prior to bottling. Tasting note: This maiden 2012 Syrah shows notes of black currant, cracked peppercorns, lavender and rosemary. The palate is full bodied with spicey edges, a silky texture and balanced acidity. The finish is dry with great longevity and a lasting taste of wet stone, cinnamon and cherry. Best served at 16 - 18°C and will benfit from decanting in the first 3 - 5 years.
round the quandaries and art of being a (viticulturist) winemaker. A chance conversation in November between
Two dogs, a peacock and a horse Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling Date: 19th June 2015 Production: 20 000 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.01%vol. Extract 20.8g/l Ph 3.23 TA 6.4g/l VA0.34g/l FSO2 40mg/l TSO2 95mg/l RS 2.1g/l Source of Grapes: The fruit for this 2015 Sauvignon Blanc was selected from four vineyard sites around the Franschhoek valley. Each site contributes a different flavour profile to the final blend as it grows in and on diverse soil types and slopes. Each vineyard is therefore handled seperatly to capture their unique personalities. Maturation: Three months on itâ€™s primary lees prebottling with 5% barrelfermented oldvine Semillon. Tasting note: The wine is translucent with a bright green hue. The nose is opulent with aromas of fynbos, lithci, peardrops and grapefruit. The palate is lively with flavours of passionfruit, gooseberry and richness from the barrel fermented portion, lingering with fresh acidity and a minerality.
Timothy White 2014 Savignon 57% - Semillion 33% - Viognier 9% Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling Date: 16th July 2014 Production: 8500 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.42%vol. Extract 18.5g/l Ph 3.34 TA 5.6 g/l VA 0.47g/l FSO2 42mg/l TSO2 97mg/l RS 1.7g/l Source of Grapes: The grapes for the 2014 Timothy White Bland were selected from a six vineyard sites in the Franschhoek valley. Maturation: The wine was matured for 4 months in old French oak barrels. Tasting note: The wine has a pale lime colour, a fruit forward nose of green apples, pear and apricot with a hint of straw and honeycomb. The palate is full and rich with a mineral core and refreshing finish.
formed the Black Elephant Vintners Co on 1st January 2013. Kevin’s unique humour came out when he explained that he is the ‘black’ in Black Elephant Vintners Co., Raymond the ‘elephant’ and Jacques the Vintner… Going deeper into the company’s philosophy, Kevin explains that having come from a background of selling something that is not so tangible but just as fluid, stocks and shares, it’s a greater
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pleasure to invest his time in something
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling Date: 19th July 2013 Production: 2264 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.98%vol. Extract 36.9g/l Ph 3.59 TA 5.8 g/l VA 0.64g/l FSO2 29mg/l TSO2 102mg/l RS 3.19g/l Source of Grapes: Harvest from our own Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on La Petite Vigne, Franschhoek. Maturation: 16 Months in 50% New French oak barrels, 50% second fill. Tasting note: Distinctive gravelly nose. Bold, rich and tarry but still has freshness, and a savoury black currant note. The palate is fresh with pure black currant fruit. Stylish and ripe but really fresh with a spicy, gravelly, savoury twist.
that has body, flavour and character. He insists that their approach to wine making and it’s marketing has to be different and that they have to take the ‘snobbery’ out of what they do. “We like to think, that like a chef who combines ingredients from different places, then says where they came from, he presents the food on a platter, you either enjoy the food or you don’t, we do the same with our wines. We make good wholesome quality wine, we do not presume to tell our clients how to drink it, it’s all about a matter of personal taste.” Kevin’s enthusiasm is contagious as he credits his vintner, “Jacques selects the very best base grape varietals from a number of vineyards in the surrounding Franschhoek valley, each vineyard’s grapes are harvested and vinified separately to
Nicholas Red 2013 Syrah 88% - Mourvedre 12% Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling Date: 09 August 2013 Production: 8500 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.06%vol. Extract 26.8g/l Ph 3.57 TA 5.5 g/l VA 0.62g/l FSO2 34mg/l TSO2 95mg/l RS 1.8g/l Source of Grapes: The grapes for the 2013 Nicolas Red were selected from five vineyard sites in the Franschhoek valley. Each vineyard is selected to contribute a specific profile to the final blend ie. colour, tannin, fruit or spice. Maturation: The wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 225, 300 and 500l old French oak barrels and a further 3 months in tanks after blending with 12% Mourvedre for a total of 15 months prior to bottling. Tasting note: The wine has an intense ruby red colour. The nose shows bright red fruit flavours of cherry, raspberry and a hint of liqourice and black pepper. The palate is soft and rich with a lingering sentation of aniseed and fynbos. Best served a 16-18°C and will benefit from decanting in the first 3-5 years.
THIS IMAGE: Kevin Swart owner of Black Elephant Vintners & Co. with his trusted sidekick and confidante Kulula (the parrot) also affectionately known as “Nummies” (Birdy Num Nums) named after the hilarious Peter Sellars movie “The Party”.
Black Elephant Vintners Brut MCC Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling Date: 28 October 2014 Production: 5000 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol 12.0%vol. Extract 14.8g/l Ph 3.1 TA 7.3 g/l VA 0.25g/l FSo2 25mg/l TSO2 65mg/l RS 9.0g/l Source of Grapes: The grapes for the 2012 Chardonnay / Pinot Noir Brut MCC were selected from 5 vineyard sites around the Franschhoek valley. Each site contributing a different flavour profile to the final blend as it grows in diverse soil types and slopes. Maturation: 12 months on its primary lees prebottling followed by 20 months under crown cap. Tasting note: A blend of Chardonnay (75%) contributing fruit and elegance and Pinot Noir (25%) for complexity and length of flavour. Light yeasty aromas and tones of citrus and fresh picked apples on the nose with rich creamy complexity and cherries on the palate. The exceptionally fine mousse contributes freshness and finesse.
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insure the integrity of each of the grape
Cabernet Sauvignon – Rosé 2014 Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling Date: 22 September 2014 Production: 2100 x 750ml
varieties; all our fruit is hand picked in the early morning, handled carefully and
Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.60%vol. Extract 22.1g/l Ph 3.5 TA 4.9 g/l VA 0.36g/l FSO2 20mg/l TSO2 72mg/l RS 1.5g/l
chilled in our cold-room over night. The
Source of Grapes: The grapes for this La Petite Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon were selected from their own vineyard.
and transferred to 500kg fermentation bins
Maturation: The wine was matured for 6 months in old 300L and 500L, and one specially made 100L French oak barrels. Tasting note: Bright, dark pink colour; slightly sweet red berry nose with complexity from the barrel maturation; refreshing, dry, easy drinking wine with some tannin to reflect a slight red wine character. This wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif, as a light midday or sundowner wine.
following day the grapes are destemmed or barrels; we do not crush our grapes. At this point, Jacques’ true mastery and passion comes into being; he tests, tastes, blends and matures the wines, they are eventually bottled and made ready for sale and distribution.”
the back roads
Kevin went on to say “We are not in
Grenache Noir 2014
the market to produce mass produced Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek“Bakenshoek”Bottling Date: 27th June 2015 Production: 1262 x 750ml
fast drinking wines; we are a boutique
Technical Analysis: Alcohol 13.86%vol. Extract 24.5g/l Ph 3.79 TA 5.05 g/l VA 0.47g/l FSO2 41mg/l TSO2 85mg/l RS 1.47g/l
winery that produces quality products
Source of Grapes: The fruit for our The Back Roads Grenache Noir 2014 was selected from a single vineyard growing on the slopes of Bakenshoek Farm in the Franschhoek valley. This is only the second crop from these vines and they are already showing great promise for the future.
are bought from other quality vineyards.
Maturation: The wine was matured for 15 months in used (5-8 year old) 500L French oak barrels. Tasting note: This our maiden 2014 Grenache Noir shows aromas of cherry, raspberry, dried herbs and potpourri. The wine is light yet structured, shows lively freshness with some interesting savoury notes. Decanting recommended.
using our own grapes and grapes that We are proud to have our wines carry the ‘Made in Franschhoek’ label.” “If the objective is just to get alcohol into your system you can go to the corner store and purchase some ‘moonshine’ or equivalent (something for R35.00) which probably gets the job done (tastes ok, but in reality is quite terrible). However, if the objective is to sit with your mates around a dinner table, enjoying a great meal with memorable wines, to create lasting friendships and fond memories, then you’re more likely to enjoy a wine that is appealing to your common palates. Our range of wines will do that for you; our wines represent friendship, a sense of community and a genuine partnership.” he says confidently. Kevin adds, “We’re not over priced, we produce quality that is not pretentious, that embodies the region, the terrior and the character of the grape. We’d rather wine taste with you, one to one, be part of the process and build a relationship with you when you’re buying your first case from us, knowing that you’ll come back next year for the next vintage.” “Our brands echo a purist approach, one that ignores ‘fancy footwork and
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interference’; each label captures and
of having to ‘legally bribe’ people to
financial industry with all the compliance
celebrates the character and personality of
accept his wines.
and regulations nowadays, we’d be out
its particular blend. Our wines constantly
“To get your wines out there you need
offer a high quality and being of limited
to get onto wine lists; this takes time, and
Naturally, any good wine maker
supply, they have become almost cult-
to get onto those wine lists you need to
wants to show off his wares, so, yes, he
like. We view this result as a privilege to
offer free tastings, free cases to new and
has exhibited his wines, has got into the
produce real wine for real people.”
‘Platter’s wine guide’, has won wine of the
Kevin is all too aware of the greater
evenings and showings.” Kevin smiles and
year awards, and quiet rightly so, Kevin
outside market, and bemoans the culture
says “Imagine if we tried to do that in the
is proud of these achievements. Its not
quicker than you can pull the cork”.
all been luck, its been a combination of being in the right place at the right time,
The Back Roads
getting into an industry and learning
Petite Sirah 2014 Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek “Matoppie” Bottling Date: 27th June 2015 Production: 840 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol 14.36%vol. Extract 32.5g/l Ph 3.43 TA 6.47 g/l VA 0.58g/l FSO2 42mg/l TSO2 91mg/l RS 1.49g/l Source of Grapes: The grapes for our The Back Roads Petite Sirah 2014 were selected from a single vineyard growing on the slopes of “Matoppie” in the Franschhoek valley. The vineyard sits on a NorthEast facing slope and grows in beautiful decomposed Table Mountain sandstone. Maturation: The wine was matured for 15months in used (5-8 y ear old) French oak barrels. Tasting note: This our second vintage of Petite Sirah has a very dark almost ink like colour. This wine is not about elegance and finesse, it’s about POWER. The wine nose shows a wonderful fresh grape-like aroma with freshly cracked pepper and tobacco. The palate shows intense flavours of dark chocolate, pepper and black currant a healthy dose of tannins and bright acidity. Decanting recommended.
from others around him, bringing a partnership together that reflects the true honesty of wanting to get things done and correctly, a partnership that works and exudes a passion for the wines. For more information about Black Elephant Vintners visit their website www.bevintners.co.za or call Kevin on +27 (0)83 655 6611, 40A Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek
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The wheel story: New model round up James Siddall on what’s happening in the wonderful world of wheels... Going topless It might be that I’m a little short in the imagination department, but I can’t think of many experiences – automotive and otherwise – that are more sublime than driving a quality convertible on an azure winter’s day. And so it came to pass that I recently spent a week helming a new BMW 220i Convertible. It’s an alluring piece of kit this, at its aesthetic best with the hood down, all the better to accentuate its short overhangs, chunky wheelbase and long bonnet. The fabric top, incidentally, is well insulated, transforming the car into a snug cocoon, opening and closing as it does in 20 seconds at the prod of a button, and it can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h. The entry-level 220i Convertible I had (in eight-speed automatic guise) uses a four-cylinder, twin-turboed, two-litre motor
to make 135kW and 270Nm at 1 250 to 4
The Polo range also now boasts two
wheel, and front and rear park assist.
500rpm. Zero to 100km/h comes up in 7.6
new 1.4-litre turbodiesel engines making
The total value of these items actually
seconds, and top speed is 226km/h.
55kW and 77kW respectively. Both have a
works out to around R65 000. So yup, it’s
It’s priced at just under R507 000.
combined fuel consumption of 4.1 litres.
pretty good value.
If it’s more muscle you want, there are
The 1.0 TSI BlueMotion is yours for
Pricing on the Audi A4 1.8T and
228i and M235i Convertible versions to
R235 800, and the turbodiesel variants
2.0 TDI models ranges from R421 250
start at R223 800.
to R446 750.
Lord of the rings
More velocity for the Veloster
With fuel prices being what they are, the
In the past 20 years more than six million
Hyundai’s Veloster – that distinctive
new VW Polo 1.0 TSI BlueMotion is sure to
Audi A4 models have been produced.
three-door hatchback – has always been
have its adherents. And never mind the fact
Now ahead of the launch of the all-
a pretty cool machine. But an awful
that the latest addition to the Polo range is
new A4 early next year, Audi South
lot of people felt it needed just a little
a fine little car – it sips just 4.2 litres of fuel
Africa has released the Sport Edition
more boost. And that’s precisely what it
per 100km in the combined cycle.
Plus package. It’s available on the 1.8T
gets with a 1.6-litre motor that packs a
Power comes courtesy of a completely
FSI SE and 2.0 TDI 130kW SE models,
twin-scroll turbocharger and outputs of
new, turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol
and costs an extra R8 250, which is
150kW and 265Nm.
motor making a punchy 70kW and 160Nm
pretty darn reasonable.
Now I’ve just spent a week tooling
of torque from 1 500rpm giving it a top
For that you get the likes of a sporty, new-
around in one, and given that the
trot of 191km/h and a zero-to-100km/h
design front bumper treatment, 19-inch Audi
time of 10.5 seconds. A five-speed manual
Sport alloy wheels, S line sport suspension,
103kW and 167Nm, the difference is
transmission is standard, as are excellent
high-gloss black styling elements for the
vastly noticeable. Indeed, the six-speed
safety features. Also contributing to its
front grille, window surrounds, side sills
manual model does zero to 100km/h in
exceptional fuel economy are the likes
and side mirrors, and the exclusive choice
7.8 seconds, topping out at 224km/h,
of a lowered ride height, improved
of four Audi RS4 exterior colours. Also
while the seven-speed Dual Clutch
aerodynamics over the radiator grille and
included is an integrated rear boot spoiler,
Transmission model – which is what
the underbody, and regenerative braking
S line rear bumper, S line exterior badging,
I’ve been driving – turns in figures of
and reduced rolling resistance tyres.
a three-spoke multi-function sport steering
7.3 seconds and 225km/h.
The Veloster Turbo also features unique front and rear bumpers and fog lights, a new rear spoiler and grille, new 18-inch alloy wheels, projection headlights with unique LED headlight accents, and LED taillights. Nice. Handling and brakes are also uprated, and equipment and safety levels are stellar. The 1.6 Turbo GDI Elite Manual is yours for R379 900, while the 1.6 Turbo GDI Elite DCT costs R399 900.
Superb Scandinavian It’s here. The all-new Volvo XC90 – that premium Swedish SUV that has been garnering international awards like crazy – is now available in our part of the world, and it ups the SUV game to a new level. Styling,
economy and equipment levels all provide a hard act for the competition (think Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 and so forth) to follow, and as Volvo itself says, the aim of the vehicle was to provide “relaxed confidence”. Prices for the six-model range start at R804 000.
Muscle Mini The all-new Mini John Cooper Works is officially the fastest, punchiest and priciest production Mini yet. It makes 170kW and 320Nm from its two-litre, four-cylinder petrol motor, which uses TwinPower Turbo Technology. Zero to 100km/h takes 6.3 seconds for the six-speed manual, and 6.1 seconds for the six-speed automatic. Top speed is 246km/h for both versions. And the Mini JCW is even more entertaining than mere figures suggest. The suspension and aerodynamics are steeped in racing lineage, and the Mini’s greatest allure is its sheer go-kart-like wieldiness. It’s also loaded with funky styling cues and lashings of technology. Try a newly developed Brembo brake system, and Dynamic Stability Control. Then there are standard 17-inch light alloy wheels (the cars we drove
on the recent launch had the option of 18-inchers), LED headlamps with white direction indicators, a front apron replete with big cooling inlets, eye-catching side sill and rear apron design, and a JCW rear spoiler. The interior is as arresting as the exterior. Figure on a JCW steering wheel with multifunction controls, pedals and driver footrest in stainless steel, anthracite roof liner, and of course a barrage of airbags, as well as all the standard kit you’d expect at this price level. In addition, you get the Mini Connected in-car infotainment programme. You’ll pay R418 000 for the manual, and R440 000 for the auto, with a long and alluring list of options available.
Rolling in business class Say hello to the Kia Grand Sedona – the Korean maker’s all-new large MPV. It’s
mill. Meanwhile, the 2.0 TSI 155 kW is now
an attractive machine this, and like all
fitted with the new Golf GTI 2.0 TSI engine
In a world where superlatives have been
Kias of late it’s wonderfully made and
that delivers 162 kW. The latter also gets
diluted by their overuse, it almost seems trite
equipped, while it’s available in seven
exclusive GTS interior and exterior trim.
and hackneyed to call the new Mercedes-
The 2.0 TSI Scirocco Highline 132 kW
AMG GT “stunning” and “awesome.” But it’s
Indeed, it has already been scooping
Manual is yours for R369 900, the 2.0 TSI
just that, from its seemingly never-ending
international automotive awards, and just
Scirocco GTS 162 kW DSG costs R439 000,
bonnet to its AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo
some noteworthy features include high-
and the halo model – the 2.0 TSI Scirocco
engine to its banging soundtrack.
specification models featuring a 12-way
R 188 kW DSG – comes in at R494 200.
and 11-seat configurations.
Two variants are available. The GT and the GTS. On the recent launch only
power-assisted driver’s seat, as well as firstrow seats offering heating and ventilation,
the latter, being the halo version, was
while the two main second row seats also
The recently unveiled Ferrari 488 GTB
available, with its 375kW at 6 250rpm,
offer a heating function. Cargo space is vast
simply stunned. Now meet the 488 Spider –
and 650Nm from 1 750 to 4 750rpm.
on all models, and ride quality excellent.
a yet more arresting, topless version of the
Enough to hurl it from rest to 100km/h
Rolling in this machine promises to be the
car equipped with a retractable hard top.
in 3.8 seconds, topping out at 310km/h.
equivalent of flying business class. Power
The world premiere of the 488 Spider
The GT version is rated at 340kW and
options include a 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine
will be at the Frankfurt International Motor
600Nm, and is only a bit slower. On the
or a 2.2-litre turbo diesel, both mated to
Show this month, while it shares the same
press launch it became quite clear on the
a six-speed auto. Prices start at just under
heartbeat as its fixed-top counterpart in
open road segment that this is a user-
the guise of a 3.9-litre, turbocharged V8
friendly machine, while on the racetrack
making 492kW and 760Nm of torque. Zero
it proved simply devastating. No wonder
to 100km/h comes up in three seconds flat
it’s expected to take on the likes of the
The VW Scirocco has just been given more
and top speed is 325km/h, while the top
firepower with the introduction of two
takes just 14 seconds to open or close.
engines, and the entry-level 1.4 TSI 118 kW has been replaced with a 2.0 TSI 132 kW
The price is, of course, still to be announced.
You’ll pay R1 981 000 for the GTS, and R1 642 000 for the GT (that excludes emissions tax).
The new BMW X1 T
he new BMW X1 – the successor to
on the options list are full-LED headlights,
and sophisticated map graphics, including
the model that blazed the trail for this
Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-
views from various angles. The destination
class of car – treats the premium compact
Up Display and the Driving Assistant Plus
can also be entered by voice command.
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Another, in many respects pioneering,
Sports Activity Vehicle DNA. The second
proportions and dynamic lines.
option is the Navigation Plus system,
generation of this successful model, more
which comprises a bigger, now 8.8-inch,
than 730,000 units of which have now
grille, three-section lower air intake and
Control Display, an instrument cluster with
been sold, takes to the stage with a body
characteristic “six-eyed” look formed by
extended features, a split-screen function
design straight out of the BMW X model
the twin circular headlights and fog lamps
for the Control Display as well as the BMW
mould. The interior of the new BMW X1,
below them are the stand-out features of
meanwhile, offers significantly more space
the new model’s front end. Flared wheel
for passengers and luggage, a cutting-
arches and lines converging in an X-shape
edge premium ambience and functionality
into the kidney grille likewise contribute
grounded in solid engineering.
to the authoritative presence customary of
theinstrument cluster’s TFT display or
Four-cylinder engines from the BMW
BMW X models. Standard specification for
projected onto the windscreen, as desired.
Group’s latest generation of power units, an
the new BMW X1 includes LED daytime
The BMW Head-Up Display projects this and
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he Fiat 500X makes its début on
among themselves, each inhabited by the
of various types of fabric, leather and
Namibian soil with a new compact
young and the mature, lovers of beauty
colours, are on offer. This is all made even
Crossover in the 500 family, that marks
and connoisseurs of character. They are
more functional through the many seat
the evolution of the brand and technology
dynamic, with an active social life and
adjustment possibilities and the spacious
through the development in its DNA.
they cultivate different passions and
luggage compartment (245 litres).
A beauty with character, the new car
interests. What they have in common,
Finally, the customer can choose
explores a brand-new dimension of being
however, is the desire to enjoy a satisfying
from seven different exterior colours
500, where a mature, elegant, all-Italian
driving experience and express their own
that emphasizes the sensual form of
style “clothes” – like haute couture – the
personality through a distinctive style.
the Fiat 500X, further enhanced by the
substance of a car that is comfortable,
Today they all find a clear, exhaustive
different designs for the 17 and 18-inch
high-performance and always in touch
answer: Fiat 500X. A decidedly more off-
with the world: that’s the X side of beauty,
road look and equipment make the 500X
and that’s the soul of the Fiat 500X.
Cross the ideal solution for lovers of leisure
and outdoor activities who don’t want to
give up the unique style of the Fiat 500.
combinations of engines and transmissions
Heir to the Fiat 500 of 1957 – the stylistic reference of the rounded lights
to meet all usage requirements, always
and the classic logo with chromeplated bonnet trim is clear – the new
Style and dimensions
with respect for nature and maximum
Fiat Crossover extends the 500 family,
Designed by the Centro Stile Fiat, the
efficiency in terms of performance,
comprising the 500, 500C, 500L, and
new 500X represents a new dimension
consumption and emissions.
500L Trekking models: cars which are
of the unmistakable 500 where its iconic
The following petrol engines will
very different in terms of vocation and
style and the modern concept of the
become available: 81kW 1.6 “E-torQ”
character, but which have the same roots
Crossover collide, with the addition of the
(5-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel
in common: the iconic Fiat 500.
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drive), 103 kW 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II (front-
the Cross version.
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countries worldwide, the new Fiat 500X will
Italian design, the new car is characterized
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ample interior space and the choice of
and Traction Plus system
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premium materials and fabrics, as well as
The new 500X offers the “Drive Mood
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the most sophisticated technology in the
Selector”, which acts on engine, brakes,
types of transmission – 5-speed manual,
service of safety, comfort and well-being,
steering and transmission, permitting
6-speed manual or twin-clutch 6-speed
is on board.
three different car behaviors, based on
or twin-clutch 6-speed automatic).
The 500X gives a nod to those who
the driving style most appropriate to
need to tackle urban traffic every day,
the situation or road surface conditions:
thanks to its modest dimensions: it’s
Auto (for the best in terms of comfort,
500X “goes beyond”
4.25m long (200mm more for the Fiat
consumption and CO2 emissions), Sport
current customer targets
500X Cross version), 1.8m wide and
(for a drive that favours performance),
The Fiat 500X is a Crossover not only in
1.61m in height.
“All Weather” (maximizes traction on
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Compact outside, welcoming inside:
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(improves grip on rough and slippery
In this sense, the “X” symbol represents a
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Equipped with MacPherson suspension at
In terms of comfort and infotainment
The new Fiat 500X will debut in the
the rear, the Fiat 500X ensures the right
equipment, the Fiat 500X stands out in
Namibian market from 24th July 2015 and
balance of handling and comfort. What’s
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content that ensures excellent performance.
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Radio Nav 5’’ device offers TomTom 2.5D
important content, such as six airbags
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The 500X 1.4l Cross Plus will be
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Nav features satellite navigation with 3D
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cornering function, in addition to the
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Control). In addition, depending on the
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Serengeti Migration The latest special-edition Isuzu is a beast to behold, writes James Siddall...
n any guise the Isuzu KB is a remarkable
accents, B-pillar blackout, silver roofrails,
Indeed, the Isuzu KB’s 4x4 system remains
machine, with models ranging from
a chrome sports bar, towbar, really cool
particularly impressive, featuring a Terrain
never-say-die workhorses to sybaritically
18-inch alloy wheels, and all-terrain tyres.
Command rotary switch control which
equipped double-cabs capable of crossing
If that’s not enough, prominent decals
allows the driver to switch between rear-
the continent in comfort.
and badging feature, while there’s the
wheel drive (2H), four-wheel drive with
It also so happens that these trucks are
option of a tonneau cover. The interior
rear differential locking (4H) and low-range
pretty near unkillable. Witness the huge
is equally exclusive, featuring an eye-
(4L), with shift-on-the-fly capability of up
number of Isuzu’s on our roads that have
swivelling yet tasteful combination of
clocked up interstellar mileages – such as
brushed silver, chrome and black trim,
The Isuzu KB also offers exceptional
Port Elizabeth businessman Ryno Jonker’s
with Serengeti Special Edition carpets
capability in all areas, including a towing
1995 KB 250, which has more than
and chrome door sill plates, all of which
capacity of up to 3500kgs and a fiendishly
720 000kms on the odometer. Yet it’s still
distinguish it from other Isuzu models.
clever suspension setup that ensures
used on a daily basis to lug heavy loads of
And do we need to add that leather seats
occupant safety and comfort, no matter
equipment, and workers. As with many of
– comfortable enough to be ensconced in
what the road or trail conditions are.
its stablemates, it just doesn’t know what
over the longest trips – with power adjust
the word “quit” means.
are all part of the package?
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What’s more, Isuzu has a heritage to be
It so happens that there are a trio
conjured with, with six generations of the
of Serengeti Special Edition models to
programme, a five-year / unlimited mileage
machine having been produced over the
choose from. All are powered by Isuzu’s
anti-corrosion warranty, and a five-year /
last 36 years in South Africa.
90 000 km service plan.
And now the range has just been
D-TEQ turbodiesel engine with 130kW
polished with the addition of an all-new
of power and 380Nm of peak torque on
special edition in the guise of the Serengeti.
tap. In the two 4x2 variants buyers get a
This machine is, of course, named after
choice between a five-speed manual or
those haunting, timeless plains up to our
five-speed automatic gearbox, while the
north, and the Serengeti Special Edition is
4x4 variant is available with a manual
unmistakable thanks to a wide range of
exterior enhancements that set it apart from the pack.
The latter, incidentally, is a perfect companion
These include a bumper guard with
expeditions – to the Serengeti to witness
silver accents, side steps with silver
the globally famed migration perhaps?
Service intervals are 15 000kms or twelve months for all derivatives. We’ll take one, thanks!
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Remembered The Elephant Whisperer
Travel writer Roy Watts recalls memorable exploits with his friend Lawrence Anthony â€“ the elephant whisperer - who passed away in 2012.
hat can you say about a man who
recognisable for her missing tusk, was
possessive and protective of him and in
went bouncing through Iraqâ€™s
not there. When asked about this, he
one instance, diverted a charge made
war zones in a hired Toyota en route
told me to wait, and we moved one
by a young bull that did not understand
to saving the Baghdad Zoo, negotiated
hundred metres down the road where
with the generals of the infamous Lordâ€™s
we found her waiting for him under a
The other great woman in his life,
Resistance Army in the Congo in trying to
tree. Just like all women, she did not
Francoise, the charming French lady
save the last few rhinos of a near extinct
want to share him with the herd. It
he met during a rainy taxi dispute
subspecies, and who had a long-standing
must be remembered, that these were
love affair with Nana, a one tusked
former elephant delinquents that were
partner throughout the genesis and
matriarch at Thula Thula, his game lodge
going to be put down because they
development of Thula Thula. She ran
in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
were considered incorrigible. The fact
the whole game reserve and was a
Lawrence Anthony was imbued with
that he managed to tame them by
major factor in its success, introducing
a charming naivety that somehow did
constantly talking to them whilst they
such innovations as bush weddings
not see anything unusual in any of
were corralled within an electrified
and conferences. Returning from one of
these escapades. I was lucky enough
boma is a modern eco-miracle. It
his exhausting rhino-saving missions
to be with him three times when he
was his relationship with Nana that
in the Congo, Lawrence was told to
interacted with the herd. On the last
added a breathtaking dimension to
get ready for a matrimonial event
occasion, I noticed that Nana, instantly
this incredible tale. She was really
down at the lodge. On arrival, he
discovered what he believed to be a bush wedding was actually an ambush one. Francoise, who had been his partner for decades, had decided that it was time to tie the knot, and he thus became a dutiful husband. He went on to become a bestselling author when he co-wrote a series of books about his amazing exploits. He published Babylon’s Ark about his incredible wartime rescue of the Bagdad Zoo in 2007. The Elephant Whisperer
went on to become a global best seller, which was translated into four languages. The Last Rhinos came out shortly before his death in March 2012. Lawrence Anthony is sorely missed, particularly if you happen to be a rhinoceros. Although he has passed on his legacy of animal conservation and passion for the wilderness lives on in Thula Thula. It is still run by Francoise his very capable widow, who has added a rhinoceros orphanage, caring for calves abandoned in the cruel wake of the vicious poachers that are such a curse in our country. There are also two huge adult rhinos that often loiter around the lodge under the protection of armed guards. Thula Thula is the Eden of Kwa-Zulu Natal and has a really attractive lodge with excellent cuisine under the baton of Francoise’s French culinary flair. There is also a more basic tented camp offering the more traditional kind of fare that you would normally enjoy at a braai. I can’t think of a better place to get married or to attend a conference. Being only two hours by road from King Shaka Airport is there a better place for a weekend escape? And Oh! The herd has now grown to twenty-eight enthusiastic Jumbos!
The Elephant Whisperer (as published in 2004) Lawrence Anthony, a latter day Dr. Doolittle, talked to the animals.
his is a tale about love across
of this tale, Nana, matriarch to a band
acclimatised prior to release. This didn’t
the species line. It started when
suit them at all, and by 5am the next day,
After watching a savage Carte Blanche
they had flattened the boundary fence
documentary on the brutal taming of
with a huge Tamboti tree and started the
commercial hamster wheel to develop
the Tuli elephants, Lawrence made an
long walk to the freedom of the North.
Thula Thula, a most attractive game lodge
unsuccessful attempt to acquire some
A frantic search ensued; lead by the
near The Umfolozi Reserve, situated a
of these unfortunate animals. They had
attractive blonde Franćoise asking all
mere two hour’s drive north of Durban.
already been placed in various game
and sundry in her deep French accent
It was built on a giant lawn and has an
reserves. The Elephant Manager and
whether they had seen a herd of seven
ambience spawned by his perfectionism
Owners Association learnt of his need
elephants go by. In an area that hadn’t
and the French flair of his charming
and came to light with a herd of seven
seen a jumbo for at least a century, this
jumbos from Mpumalanga. They were
must have seemed slightly south of
Roaming around the hills and valleys
darted, loaded on to trucks, sedated and
surreal, to say the least. A helicopter
of a pristine wilderness are impala,
sent on a nine-hour road trip. On arrival
joined the search, located the animals,
at Thula Thula, they were corralled
and in a skilful piece of flying the pilot
warthog, hyenas and the love interest
into an electrically fenced boma to be
managed to herd them back to within
twenty metres of Thula Thula. However,
to walk away from this offer to throw
face with Nana the matriarch. In a scene
night was falling and the wily Nana
himself at the feet of the Kwa-Zulu
that could have been culled from â€˜The
retreated into thick bush, and under
Natal Wildlife in a plea for a second
Taming of the Shrewâ€™, she tenderly put
the cover of darkness they managed
chance. Reluctantly they relented and
her trunk through the electrified wires
to reach and break into the Umfolozi
under the threat of a death sentence for
and started gently touching him. At this
Game Reserve. Here the truants really
a repeat performance, they were darted
point Lawrence decided that it was now
let rip. They broke into an anti poaching
and returned to the Thula Thula Boma,
or never and he released the herd into
unit cabin, scattering bedding, clothes,
now wisely bereft of Tamboti trees.
the Thula Thula reserve.
and rations all around the countryside.
Dawn broke, and with it a hung-over
On their release, their calm demeanour
If that was not enough, in a stunt akin
and seriously ticked off herd of elephants
remained, and Lawrence followed them
to schoolboys debagging a headmaster,
put on a full display of their restlessness.
from a distance of fifty to one hundred
they then charged and traumatised the
Mindful of the extermination threat,
metres in his double cab bakkie to get
Senior Manager of Umfolozi.
Lawrence decided that he was going
them accustomed to his car. Their first
At this point, Kwa-Zulu Natal Wildlife
to stay close to them for as long as
sortie followed the perimeter fence,
stepped in with a check into the
it took to gain acceptance. For the
which they tested every few meters by
history of the animals, coming to the
next two weeks, twenty four hours a
placing their trunks just below the middle
conclusion that they were incorrigible,
day, he lived at the boma, constantly
strand to sense the electrical field. They
patrolling the perimeter talking and
soon gave up on this, and settled into a
have been given to re-locate them to
Thula Thula in the first place. Their
around mad as hell, flapping their ears,
Two weeks later, Lawrence was woken
immediate inclination was to shoot
trumpeting and showing all the signs
up at 2am to find the herd serenely
Nana and the adults, then return the
of great elephantine displeasure. After
munching the thatch outside his house.
rest of the herd to the wild. Lawrence
a fortnight of chatting and crooning,
He continued talking to them, and he
Anthony meanwhile was offered R100,000
and close to being classified as a
realised that he was in a relationship
for the herd by a Chinese Zoo Agent,
hoarse-whisperer, he decided to take a
with Nana as she proceeded to touch
who then mounted an assault on his
coffee break up at the house. When he
him through the open door. This ritual
initial reluctance by gradually upping
left the air was thick with malice and
continued for several nights, as he and
the bid to R300, 000. Jumboed out as
resentment, but on his return a palpable
his roof continued to host them between
he was after their high-jinks, it is a
calm had taken its place. Cautiously he
2 and 5am each morning. The biggest
tribute to his resolve that he managed
approached the fence, and stood face to
surprise of all was to come several weeks
later, when Nana returned to introduce
phenomenon first hand. We stopped
gone to great lengths to keep his unique
him to two new members of the herd.
on an open plain when we saw the
relationship with the herd separate from
It turned out that she and Frankie,
herd some distance away. Lawrence
mainstream Thula Thula activity.
another female, had been pregnant
gave his clarion call and started a mini-
throughout the whole induction saga.
stampede. In seconds, we were in a grey
At a time when most elephants would
forest of legs, trunks, flapping ears and
Anthony’s next exploit was to save the
be protective and temperamental, she
missionary zeal. This was truly one of
Baghdad Zoo at the height of the Iraq
had chosen to present the two babies
my most memorable experiences. It must
war. For this, he was presented with
be remembered at all times, that these
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The bond between Lawrence, Nana
are still wild animals, and visitors to the
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when he stopped anywhere near them, he
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nter Wilderness Air, charter arm
of celebrated Wilderness Safaris
dramatic shadows and hues that deepen
- Southern Africa’s Safari travel experts who
from orange to a crimson glow at sunrise
run a string of exquisite camps throughout
Namibia and in most of the Sub Continent’s
The intensity of colour is the result of
countries. The workhorses of their fleet are
unusually high concentrations of iron
three Cessna Grand Caravans that can
oxide, and the shades at any given moment
are determined by the angle of refraction
while working a flexible daily route
from the sun’s rays. Nowhere is this sea
between areas where they have several
of red sand more spectacular than in
Sossusvlei, in the Namib Naukluft Park -
ten smaller planes and a couple of
the largest conservation area in Namibia.
twin-engine craft to cater for small parties.
It is here, that Wilderness Safaris manages
So, getting to far flung destinations becomes
the Kulala Wilderness, a 40,000-hectare
a pleasure, and as an added bonus, they
tract of land within sight of the celebrated
cruise at a speed and altitude from which
dunes. Within its boundaries, wildlife
one can fully appreciate the wonders below
in the form of ostriches, springbok, and
– and Namibia is one country that is most
gemsbok flourish, along with predators
dramatic when viewed from the air.
such as brown hyenas, Cape and bat-eared
In a process stretching back millions
foxes, jackals and even the odd cheetah.
of years, Old Man Orange River has been
In this reserve, they have developed two
sweeping vast quantities of sand into the
outstanding lodges - Kulala Desert Lodge,
Atlantic Ocean, where the Benguela Current
and the star of the show - Little Kulala -
carries it northwards and duly dumps it back
where I was privileged to spend a couple
along the lengthy Namibian coastline. The
wind then kicks in and in a relay, blowing
Little Kulala is where innovative design
sand from one dune on to the next, sets
meets superb whimsy. There are eleven
in motion the ongoing and ever changing
climate controlled thatched villas all
abstract work of art that is the Namib Desert.
beautifully decorated in synch with
the magnificent panorama. Each has a private patio with bleached decks, a dipping pool and beach loungers, while the interiors are tastefully finished in neutral colours and harmonious textures. Most
surround the property, a few of which have actually been used as supporting columns propping up the thatched roof of the entertainment centre â€“ A Salvador Dalian touch minus the melting watches. Apart from game drives, there are plenty of stimulating activities. There are few sights more beautiful than the desert at dawn, and there is simply no better vantage point to appreciate it than from the hot air balloon that drifts skywards every morning at daybreak. Floating serenely above the earth in sepulchral silence, there are no words that convey the sense of wonder and tranquility induced by the passing vista below. Then there is a fascinating drive to Dood Vlei or Dead Pan. Some 500 years ago, the Tsauchab Riverâ€™s course running through the area was blocked by sand dunes, drying it out forever, and causing the death of the Kameeldoring trees existing at the time. Burned black by the sun and preserved by a complete absence of the moisture necessary for decomposition, they form a striking contrast to the white solar-bleached clay. The result is a surreal and dramatic tableau, with the skeletons from bygone centuries
the sky. Lodge guides frequently take guests on a fascinating kilometer-long walk through the Sesriem Canyon, where the Tsauchab River cut its way through the sandstone beds a couple of million years ago. A thrilling quad bike ride along a challenging nature trail is available for those looking for a different wilderness
Halfway between Windhoek & Etosha
experience. After a hyperactive couple of days, I found myself on board a Cessna Caravan heading for the next destination - Damaraland. This was where the true value of the Wilderness Air transfers really kicked in, as we cruised over the majestic Sossusvlei red sand ocean. There is simply no other way with which to get a more thrilling perspective of this natural wonder. Like all of the Wilderness areas, Damaraland
accommodation options to suit a wide range of expectations and prices. Perched atop a craggy outcrop in the floodplain
with engravings made 4,000 years BC.
populations of desert-adapted rhinos
of a Huab River tributary is the ruggedly
This strikingly preserved site has been
beautiful Doro Nawas Camp. Chalets
awarded World Heritage status. On the
My final destination was Ongava
constructed of natural stone exude a
return trip we visited the Damara Living
Lodge, a mere sixteen kilometers from
singular charm - thanks to the tasteful
Museum, where we experienced life in
combination of wood, canvas and other
a tribal village. In an absorbing hour
National Park. Built on a commanding
indigenous elements. Generous sliding
we enjoyed the various facets of early
hill overlooking a popular waterhole,
glass doors look out on panoramic
ethnic existence, culminating in a lively
views of the vast bush veld plains and
African dance accompanied by the rich
chalets, all blending artistically with
savannah. The Etendeka Mountains in
harmonies for which the continent
the surrounding bush. There is also a
the north and the red sandstone cliffs of
beautiful open sided central lounge and
Twyfelfontein in the south framed these.
Doro Nawas is an excellent place
restaurant from which visitors enjoy
It was towards the latter we set forth
from which to see reclusive desert
Al Fresco meals while watching an
early the next day to see the largest
elephants, along with the alternative
endless procession of game. Like all the
rock art site in Namibia, featuring
Damaraland and Desert Rhino Camps.
Wilderness camps, there is a sparkling
thousands of paintings thought to be
The latter offers the opportunity of
pool tucked away a few steps further
approximately 2,000 years old, along
seeing one of the largest free ranging
down. Every day there is a morning
game drive through the open plains of
and vehicle, thus ensuring the very
neighboring Etosha, and a late afternoon
best wildlife experience.
one through the denser vegetation of the surrounding Ongava Reserve.
Ongava Lodge, Little Ongava, and nearby Ongava Tented Camp all give visitors the
There was one more surprise in store
opportunity of enjoying the many benefits
before a reluctant return to the bustle
of the Wilderness Safaris experience,
of civilization â€“ a night spent in Little
with daily access to the celebrated Etosha
Ongava, a Wilderness Premier Camp that
is a brisk walk along a rustic walkway
Namibia is the second most sparsely
further up the hill. I have long since
populated country in the world, after
discovered that rustic walkways and
Mongolia. An average sprinkling of 2.6
rickety wooden bridges always lead to
inhabitants per square kilometer creates
places of great enchantment, and this
vistas of spectacular isolation, while
was no exception. Here there were
gazing out at the divergent panoramas
three spacious chalets each with their
of Sossusvlei, Damaraland, and in fact
own sitting room, plunge pool, sala and
the whole of this breathtaking country.
Link this to the warm cloudless days that
average twenty two degrees in winter, the
experienced at Little Kulala, these suites were
convenient access afforded by Wilderness
designed around a more traditional theme,
Air, regular flights to South African
blending with the surrounding dolomite
destinations by Air Namibia, and you
boulders. The interiors were dominated
have the perfect escape from Jack Frost.
by African motifs, along with beautiful hardwood fittings, and reddish coloured stromolite rocks used in the construction of many walls. Further down the walkway was an atmospheric lounge and dining area with a patio looking directly onto the waterhole below. Guests share a dedicated guide
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The hotel and restaurant benchmark in Swakopmund It’s been called the most ambitious hotel project in the history of Namibia. It’s also been called a non-hotel hotel. If anybody could do it, O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges could...but the best judge, of course, will be you. A Hotel with five restaurants and bars, which was not simply being built, but sculptured.
he shiny, new, built-to-international
The seed for a new Strand Hotel was
Hotels & Lodges in Namibia for operations.
planted some time ago, but for many
Mirage Leisure & Development have built
Swakopmund has pioneered a number
some 100 Hotels in Africa and the Middle
of hospitality firsts in Namibia, and with
When Sven Thieme and Bruce Hutchison
East, from the Royal Mirage in Dubai via
a price tag of N$350m, it’s also by far the
at O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges took the
the Le Saint Gerain in Mauritius, as well as
most costly hotel project in the country’s
decision to create this iconic hotel, they
the Palace of the Lost City in South Africa.
history. This contemporary 21st century
called Dick van Straaten of Mirage Leisure
They also worked with Giorgio Armani on
hotel is idyllically set on the original site of
& Development, the first member of the
the old Strand Hotel – demolished in 2008
Strand Hotel Swakopmund’s team. Van
The design process was a major
– and it’s brought back many great reasons
Straaten is the director of Mirage Leisure &
challenge, every effort directed towards
for tourists (but also international and
Development based in Johannesburg, South
avoiding the sense of a giant, monolithic
South African Incentive Groups) to head
Africa, and is the company with perhaps
edifice lying on top of the Mole. Not being
to the Swakopmund Coast and Mole. The
the most central role in the design and
able to build higher than 13 meters or
legendary Mole - reclaimed land surrounded
construction of the hotel. Mirage Leisure
two stories, the designers had to go wider,
by the Atlantic Ocean - was once the social
& Development is a consultancy firm that
rather than taller, hence the three-section
hub of the town, and when the doors open
manages the entire development process,
lightweight design. They wanted to create
on this sensational hotel with its many
from the initial idea and concept through
something beautiful, meshing perfectly with
extraordinary attributes, there’s little doubt
to the feasibility phase, detailed design and
the Swakopmund architecture and history,
this historic strip will once again be the
construction, ultimately handing over the
but simultaneously, modern, inviting and
beating heart of the coast of Namibia.
hotel as a turnkey solution to O&L Leisure
inspiring. Being such an important hub at
the Namibian coast, the designers wanted the
accommodation, facilities, services
and food & beverage outlets to achieve the perfect balance between world class and authentically local, offering a genuine “sense of place” experience. The final design resembles a city block rather than one building, and from the Mole, it appears like a string of restaurants – rather like being on a high street promenade. Thomas Müller, the Group’s General
the Café Mole are all designed to attract
years. But in contrast to the Welwitschia
Manager Marketing and IT, says, “This
the public - it has been one of the Strand
plant which stands for centuries in the
hotel is a massive project - one which
Hotel Swakopmund’s primary objectives to
harsh, hot dry Namib Desert, here you
has never been done with this level of
include all Swakopmunders and visitors to
can enjoy the view of the ocean, the
detail in Namibia before. One of our most
Swakopmund instead of staying elsewhere.
sea air and your favourite beverage,
important objectives was to be respectful
Then there’s the unique Welwitschia
comfortable in your lounge chair in front
and sensitive to the legacy of the old
Lounge, unique, as is its namesake, the
of the fireplace or on the terrace. This little
Strand Hotel and the Swakopmund Mole,
beautiful, yet secluded Welwitschia plant.
nook is located just off the lobby, serving
and to include all Swakopmunders and
It’s a cozy little nook designed for both
cocktails, drinks, teas and coffees as well
Namibians in the experience”.
hotel guests and locals intimate enough
as light hot and cold snacks, sandwiches,
The hotel houses 125 rooms, with no
with the hotel to know all about this best-
salads and a variety of cakes and pastries.
fewer than five food and beverage outlets,
kept secret. As signage and branding expert
This will be a place where locals will come
under the watchful eye of Executive Chef
Alexis Visser, explains, “You will find on
to hide away by the fire with their friends
Dallas Orr. There truly is something for
the menu evidence of an explorer, perhaps
over a cup of Slowtown coffee, cake or
everyone here. Not only a range of food and
from the 19th century, who was studying
a wide selection of DILMAH gourmet
beverage outlets with individual identities,
the Welwitschia”. This is the theme of the
teas specially imported from Ceylon.
but also a complete, state of the art indoor-
Welwitschia Lounge. The Welwitschia plant
Open from early morning until night, the
outdoor rooftop spa. The Ocean Cellar, the
- unique to this part of the world - grows
Welwitschia Lounge offers a sanctuary near
Brewer & Butcher, the Farmhouse Deli and
only two leaves and lives for thousands of
the sea, where you can stop for a breather
Chef’s Dinner,” served in a replica of an old Farm Kitchen. The Farmhouse Deli is a retail delicatessen, a bistro style restaurant, a coffee shop, and a bakery, open to guests of the hotel, Swakopmunders and visitors to Swakopmund staying elsewhere. As the new Strand Hotel rises from the old, so will the tradition of ice cream at the Mole. The Cafe Mole ice cream shop at the corner of the Strand Hotel Swakopmund will be equipped with the most modern equipment and techniques, while still transporting you back in time to a 1950’s-style American diner offering before or after your travels and activities
German-imported brass and steel brewing
ice cream, and also a myriad of other
to, from, in and around the bustling town
machinery - manufactured by Kaspar &
choices from burgers to salads to cotton
Schultz - will be pumping away in this
candy, French fries and much more! The
The Brewer & Butcher is a first rate
spacious, open plan restaurant while
Café Mole is a soda fountain and beach
restaurant specialising in beef and game.
Executive Chef Dallas Orr brings his world-
take away with seating directly opposite
It promises to be a rich blend of Namibian
wide experience to bear on the restaurant
and German culture with an authentic
- genuine Namibian animal proteins into
overlooking the beach with stunning
German beer garden and a huge sea-facing
German, Namibian and other amazing
views of the Mole and the Atlantic Ocean.
terrace and lounge, housing Namibia’s first
worldly recipes. Nearly all cuts will be free
It will be a new, modern shop in place
micro-brewery, the Swakopmund Brewing
range, authentic Namibian beef and game.
of an old historic landmark signifying
Company which will brew three different
The Farmhouse Deli is the hotel’s largest
beers right there on site. Hearkening
restaurant, open all day for breakfast, lunch,
There are some who say – with good,
back to Namibia’s roots as a German
dinner and snacks 365 days a year. There
scientific reason - that food tastes better
colony, the Brewer & Butcher’s interior
is also a private dining room for intimate
near the sea. The Ocean Cellar on the
is part industrial and part contemporary
functions of up to about ten people where
Mole - a few metres from the water’s edge
German interior design. The exquisite
you can enjoy your very own “Private
- serves all manner of seafood, from fish
peace, family, sun, fun and great food!
to oysters to sushi in a contemporary,
outside on the first story rooftop garden.
Hotel Swakopmund team aimed to create
entertaining, layered restaurant design
The Atlantic Spa worked with the Kristall
an attraction that will bring hotel guests
focused on a show kitchen where you
Gallery to develop beautiful organic
for treatments, but also Swakopmunders,
can watch the chefs work their magic.
stone-themed steam rooms. There are two
Namibians and visitors to Swakopmund
The whole family is welcome here, and
individual treatment rooms, a couple’s
staying elsewhere. The spa is a world-
you can still come in your swim trunks,
suite, a relaxation room, an outdoor suite
class product that is an attraction in itself,
but the menu and venue are set to offer a
with fireplace, rain showers, a therapy
one that remains in harmony with the
peaceful, quiet experience more focused
bed filled with sea salt where you can
“gemütlich” Swakopmund atmosphere,
on food and wine than on excitement
enjoy the salt treatment on its own or
its German roots and African heritage.
and adventure. It is about excellent
enjoy a massage or facial treatment at the
seafood, including Walvis Bay oysters,
same time. There will also be an outdoor
sushi, sashimi and fish choices you won’t
reflexology path with stones of various
find elsewhere in Namibia, and every
sizes to offer a walking foot massage on
more than that – a word that can’t
dish from the comprehensive menu will
the rooftop terrace.
easily be translated into English. It is
Gemütlich is a lovely German word, roughly and
have any number of good choices of
The product range and treatments
warm, welcoming, enveloping, relaxed
accompanying wine from the extensive
include aloes and indigenous plants from
and puts you at ease. It is the opposite
South African wine cellar.
the desert with incredible therapeutic
of the grandiosity, opulence and the
And then there’s the Spa. It always
benefits, and treatments with sea salts
overwhelming size of a traditional four-
was - and still is - the stated mission of
rich in minerals. They are incorporating
star hotel. Rather, it is that feeling you
O&L Leisure Hotels and Lodges to create
the desert, sea and town into every aspect
get when walking into a new place and
Namibia’s most loved hotels. The Strand
of the spa, including a premier German
it instantly feels like home. ‘Gemütlich’ is
Hotel Swakopmund is the epitome of
range, an African spa range, as well as
the essence of Swakopmund, the essence
that goal, and Sven Thieme and Bruce
developing a BABOR signature range,
of the Mole... and at the core of the new
Hutchison chose the best possible team
which will incorporate the richness of
Strand Hotel Swakopmund. International,
from around the globe to put all of the
the Namibian land and sea.
contemporary and exciting, but with
pieces together - they chose Emmy Stoltz
the heart-warming sense of welcome
of SPAFusion to design the Atlantic Spa,a
combine both ancient and contemporary
you feel when you’re just where you
spa unlike any Namibia has ever seen.
techniques to bring balance and harmony
want to be.
It was a massive undertaking, with
to guests. Emmy was not just trying to
treatment centres inside the building and
build a hotel spa. She and the Strand
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Drones & the Druids who fly them By: Don Shimoda
part from the height at which they
by hundreds of satellites - some are
fly - and ... Oh - and the wee price
government owned - many in military
tag difference, the sudden explosion of
applications - and scores are privately
drones and satellites into our everyday
owned. The plethora of information
lives have - impacted us more than what
that is sensed, recorded, enhanced
was initially thought.
and sold (and given away for free)
onwards to buyers and users, is simply
a while, but only recently are their
astonishing. Our telecommunications,
e-mail, banking, movement can be
monitored with impunity. Our natural
more evident. Out of sight, out of
resources, agriculture, marine resources,
mind is suddenly not as comforting
weather patterns are monitored and
anymore. The Earth is remotely sensed
recorded - and the information is made
available to scores more parties than we sometimes realise. On a similar topic - a new generation of drones have very rapidly filled the vacuum that was sitting between the military versions that seems intent on spoiling someoneâ€™s day in rather spectacular fashion, and the flimsy toys with a 50 feet radius of flight, and a battery life of 20 minutes. Suddenly, drones with superb real time, high resolution cameras, infra red imaging
reaching hours on end, have literally appeared overnight. Furthermore, the new generation drones are GPS enabled, and can fly distances of up to 80 kilometres from their base station - the beyond line-of-sight models, and in the dead of night too. What started on two very opposite ends of the spectrum - the military version drones on one end, and the toys on the other, have suddenly opened a Pandoraâ€™s box of opportunities - and concerns. Initially, the concerns from a practical and legal point of view, were not too complex in the realm of drone technology. The military ones operated in military scenarios, and was governed by existing military laws, and the flimsy toy onesâ€™ main mission was not to give the cat a bad hair day, - or fly into a wall. Then came the avalanche of drone technology
vacuum in the middle. As their size, endurance and applications changed with warp speed, existing laws and regulations could simply not keep up. Metaphorically speaking - drones in their application and reach underwent a similar metamorphosis as cell phones. From a wireless talking apparatus with no less than four ringtones, ... yes folks!!! FOUR!!! - to a device with more applications and features than your fairly
new laptop - drones have gone the same route. Just much, much quicker. Suddenly dronesâ€™ whisper quiet stealth capabilities, GPS enabled autopilot systems, night flying - and real time recording capabilities,
phenomenal endurance way beyond line of sight have become almost instant reality. Better even - suddenly they are freely available in the open market in a price range between N$(R)5,000 - N$(R)350,000+ - depending on just how serious the urge to revisit a spoilt childhood is! As with everything out there, none of the above is intrinsically either good or
bad. Is money the root of all evil? Depends
gain a better understanding of biology and
that can be caused on busy traffic routes
who you ask. Do guns kill people?
anatomy from a nearby pool party. As all
Typically not - that’s traditionally the job
electronic cameras’ images are recorded
of the operator, right? So - in similar vein -
remotely, the captured images can be made
are drones the miracle cure, or the evil of
freely available on the net nanno-seconds
application is thus of paramount concern.
our time? Same argument. The underlying
later. One can see the concern. Only the
This is where law making has been slow
influencer here lies in the answer to the
exhibitionists are relaxed at this stage!
to catch up.
question - what are they used for?
Then there is the other great concern of
On the positive side, drones do offer
On the negative side, there is the
drones being operated where real aircraft
solutions for many problems. Innovative
obvious privacy concerns. Drones can
belong. Numerous incidents have recently
entrepreneurs employ them to look after
carry cameras that can record in very high
made headline news where drones were
and protect wildlife, to monitor vast
resolution. That is just fine if a farmer
bothering aircraft on final approach. This
stretches of land, and to keep an eye on
wants to check on fences and stock
poses a serious safety threat - for all the
security. Large hotels employ unobtrusive
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obvious reasons. The same applies in all
drones to regularly fly perimeters to
year old son employs the same model to
traffic scenarios. One can imagine the havoc
keep an eye on guests’ safety and their
belongings. Theyâ€™re super quiet, absolutely
remotely piloted if the operator(s) spot
any emergency situation - whisper quiet
dependable, cheap to operate, and fast - and
something that needs a closer look. They
real time observation is possible to give
their recorded images are stored for later
can dash and hover. All the while recording
the men and gals in blue the best possible
evidence and interrogation. They are not
and keeping an eye on the situation. This
information before decisions have to be
known to unionise, strike, or take bribes.
they do in day or night, and the infra red
made. Rescue operations employing drone
They can cover substantially more ground
cameras misses very, very little.
technology can get real time information
than guards on foot can. They can be flown
This is manna for law enforcement
on emergencies before dispatching heavy,
on pre-programmed routes, and can be
applications too. Imagine a hostage or
cumbersome fire trucks. One can see
the advantages. Some courier and pizza delivery services are looking at employing drones to do door to door deliveries. At last - the holy grail of pizza delivery in under 30 minutes is a real possibility! Now think further - medicine deliveries, small parcels, mail, the cell phone you forgot... The bottom line is the need for proper regulation. The positive application of drones properly regulated is in many ways heaven sent. They truly hold the answer to
problems. They can speed things up, deliver
efficiently and they can facilitate much better decision making. Conversely, they can sow absolute havoc too. Like most novel inventions, their devious application for devious motives can lead to serious repercussions, and law suits thatâ€™ll bring a warm glow and gleeful chuckle to many a litigatorâ€™s heart. Drones are here to stay. Overwhelmingly the solutions and cost benefits that they bring far outweigh the negatives. The interesting thing to see is if the regulatory process that will need to follow, will strike a good balance between the positive aspects and the valid concerns that their deployment will bring.
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opportunities, however, in return, it would create unpredictable
moment, Formula 1 is preparing to get a step closer to the
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Ninebot One offers you personal and fun transportation. It
design, technology, and imagination, SLIDE is a perfect way to
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Unlike Hendo hoverboard, Lexus aims to make this
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running environment for
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Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The
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“Take all you want. God is watching the apples”.
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Instead of “the John”, I call my bathroom “the Jim.” That way it sounds better when I say I go to the “Jim” first thing every morning.
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There was this guy at a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for a half hour. Then a big trouble making truck driver steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying. The truck driver says, “Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t stand to see a man cry”. “No, it’s not that,” the man replies, wiping his tears, “This day is the worst of my life. First, I overslept and I got in late to my office. My outraged boss fires me. When I leave the building to go to my car, I find out it was stolen. The police say they can do nothing. I get a cab to go home, and when I get out, I remember I left my wallet behind. The cab driver just drives away. I go inside my house where I find my wife has left me. I leave my home, come to this bar, and just when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison”.
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A boy asks his father, “Dad, are bugs good to eat?” “That’s disgusting. Don’t talk about things like that over dinner, please,” the dad replies. After dinner the father asks, “Now, son, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” the boy says. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone”.
When I call a family meeting I turn off the house wifi and wait for them all to come running.
A proud and confident genius makes a bet with an idiot. The genius says, “Hey idiot, every question I ask you that you don’t know the answer to, you have to give me $5. And if you ask me a question and I can’t answer yours I will give you $5,000.” The idiot says, “Okay.” The genius then asks, “How many continents are there in the world?” The idiot doesn’t know and hands over the $5. The idiot says, “Now I ask: what animal stands with two legs but sleeps with three?” The genius tries and searches very hard for the answer but gives up and hands over the $5,000. The genius says, “Dang it, I lost. By the way, what was the answer to your question?” The idiot hands over $5.
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Teacher: “If I gave you two cats and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?” Johnny: “Seven.” Teacher: “No, listen carefully...If I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?” Johnny: “Seven.” Teacher: “Let me put it to you differently. If I gave you two apples, and another two apples and another two, how many would you have?” Johnny: “Six.” Teacher: “Good. Now if I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?” Johnny: “Seven!” Teacher: “Johnny, where in the heck do you get seven from?!” Johnny: “Because I’ve already got a freaking cat!”
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The guts and glory of unlisted investments: Namibia Ground-breaking legislation was passed in Namibia in December 2013. The question is ‘What effect would or could it have?’ Melanie Allen unbundles it for us (I’m not really discussing the effect here, but rather giving some insight…). By: Melanie Allen
n December 31st 2013, legislation
such an investment may not perform for
with far-reaching opportunities
the first couple of years. It will not pay you
was passed in Namibia. Namibian Pension
consistent returns and the glory only comes
Funds are now required by law to invest a
with patience. Only after years will growth
minimum of 1.75 % of their assets under
kick in - depending on the type of business
- but then it can turn out to provide much
within the borders of Namibia (this is not
rewarding exponential growth.
from the past, but is current legislation).
The real proof of the pudding of private
This currently opens (this is not from
equity and venture capital is the exit
the past) up an entirely new world of
strategy, where investors can successfully
possibilities, laying the foundation to
exit the project and pocket the returns.
tempt foreign investors into Namibia.
If you have the guts and want to
Namibia is the sleeping beauty in the
experience the glory of investing in unlisted
Disneyland of economic possibilities, yet
investments, make sure that the Unlisted
(not just as a nation, but worldwide) we’re
Such funding can take many forms, such
Asset Manager you choose is reputable,
in the habit of channelling our investments
as preference shares, mezzanine debt, etc.
knows the country and it’s resources,
elsewhere, because of the long-held
I am all in favour of an investment world
and does thorough due diligence on the
perception that money is better made in
that simplifies, justifies and magnifies
projects they invest in. It is through the
the western world.
your investments and those much-wanted
Unlisted Asset Manager that funding will be
In a nutshell, unlisted investments
returns. This ‘newly commercialised’ asset
channeled to the Special Purpose Vehicle,
are investments in companies that have
class can be exactly that. If you think about
which in essence is the fund.
no stock market listing. This type of
it, it is not at all a new concept – it actually
In Namibia an Unlisted Asset Manager
investment provides the necessary cash
has been around for a long time... family
has to be registered and licensed with
to businesses and projects wanting to set
or friends helping each other to set up a
up or have an ambitious plan to grow
business, or merely someone who believes
Namibia Financial Supervisory Authority
to the next level. It is the businesses
in a concept and donates money towards it.
(NAMFISA). The Special Purpose Vehicle
and projects that are either start-up or
It is probably the most risky asset class
operating as the fund also has to be
have ambitious plans, not additional to
and it takes real guts (my original word
registered and licensed independently
businesses and projects, or someone
“guts” – ties into the title of the editorial)
from the Unlisted Asset Manager.
else having ambitious plans. Because
to go there. There is a lot of unknown
unlisted investment returns are linked
risk in trusting the management of the
Ref: Regulation 29 to the Pension Funds Act
to real assets, they can provide positive
company, the idea, and the feasibility of
No.24 of 1956 Government Gazette of the
cash flow albeit a similar negative period
that project. This is not a ‘get-rich-quick’
Republic of Namibia, No. 5383,
experienced for listed investments.
scheme, and is also very illiquid. Typically,
31 December 2013.
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Our purpose is to build trust in the Namibian society. This means that we help our clients to build healthy businesses by asking the tough questions and giving them the quality assurance service that comes with our leading global brand. No matter how big or small your business is, or which industry or market you operate in, there is a PwC Namibia professional team that is passionate about helping you succeed. As part of this focus, we are excited to welcome Annette van Coller to our Private Client Services team. Anette joined us as an Assurance Partner in the Windhoek office on 1 July 2015. Annette van Coller Assurance Partner Tel: +264 61 284 1000 Cell: +264 81 122 6525 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ÂŠ 2015 PricewaterhouseCoopers. All rights reserved. In this document, PwC refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers Namibia, which is a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each member firm of which is | 139 a separate legal entity.
Schedule 31 May to 05 September 2015 (All time local) Note: check-in time should be two hours before departure.
* NOTE: No flights between Windhoek & Frankfurt on Tuesdays from 06 April 2015 to 23 June 2015.
International Flight No
SW 286/ 703
Cape Town (via Windhoek)
SW 286/ 723
Johannesburg (via Windhoek)
Regional Flight No
Frankfurt (via Windhoek)
Windhoek ( via Lusaka)
Frankfurt (via Windhoek)
Windhoek (via Harare)
Windhoek (via Victoria falls)
Windhoek (via Maun)
Harare (via Lusaka)
Victoria Falls (via Maun)
Maun( via Victoria Falls)
Lusaka (via Harare)
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Regional Regional FlightNo No Flight
SW729 729 SW
Flight SW SW713 713No SW 101 SW SW739 739
From Walvis BayBay Walvis Eros Walvis BayBay Walvis
CapeTo TownTown Cape Ondangwa Johannesburg Johannesburg
Daily Days Daily
Domestic Daily Daily
16:35 19:20 Departure 13:45 10:35 07:00 20:10 16:55
19:20 Arrival 13:45 08:05 20:10
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri,
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 16:55 Sun Daily Tue, Thu,
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
SW107 103 127 SW
Eros Katima Mulilo Eros
Ondangwa Eros (via Rundu) Ondangwa
Tue, Thu, Wed, Sun Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri,
11:00 12:40 18:05
SW107 107 143 SW
Eros Luderitz Eros
Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa
Fri Wed, Thu, Fri, 15:55 Sat, SunMon, Tue,
17:00 10:10 17:00
SW125 107 143 SW
Eros Luderitz Katima Mulilo
Windhoek ( via Oranjemund) Mon,Sun Fri Eros Ondangwa Mon, FriSat,
15:55 10:10 15:15
SW SW127 125 145
Katima Mulilo Katima Mulilo Luderitz
Rundu Eros Windhoek
Wed, Sun Mon, Fri Wed, Sun
13:40 13:35 11:45
SW SW127 127 125
Katima Mulilo Katima Mulilo Rundu
Eros Rundu (via Rundu) Katima Mulilo
Wed, Sun Wed, Mon, Sun Fri
15:15 12:40 11:50
SW SW143 127
Luderitz Katima Mulilo
Oranjemund Eros (via Rundu)
Windhoek ( via Oranjemund)
Mon, FriWed, Sun Mon, Fri Mon, Fri
Eros(via Katima Mulilo)
SW143 125 102 SW
Rundu Ondangwa Oranjemund
Eros(via Katima Mulilo) Eros Windhoek
SW145 127 104 SW
Rundu Ondangwa Oranjemund
SW145 143 108 SW
Flight SW 125No SW 101 127
SW 143 127
From Katima Mulilo Eros Katima Mulilo
Eros(via Katima Mulilo)
Days Mon, Fri
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Wed, Sun
Fri Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun Mon, FriMon, Tue, 11:30
11:50 08:35 12:45
Wed, Sun Tue, Thu, Wed, Sun
14:00 12:35 11:15
Oranjemund Ondangwa Oranjemund
Windhoek Eros (via Luderitz ) Windhoek
Mon, Tue, Fri Wed, Thu, Fri, 10:25 Wed, Sun
11:30 18:35 12:45
SW SW102 145 108
Ondangwa Oranjemund Ondangwa
Eros Luderitz Eros
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun Wed, Sun Sat,Wed, Sun
09:40 10:25 17:35
SW SW104 145 125
Ondangwa Oranjemund Eros
Eros Windhoek (via Luderitz ) Rundu
Tue, Thu, Wed, Mon, Sun Fri
13:40 10:25 10:15
SW SW108 102
Wed, Thu,Wed, Fri, Thu, Fri, Sun 18:35 Mon, Tue, Katima Mulilo (via Rundu) Mon, Tue, Fri Eros Sat, Sun 17:35
Katima Mulilo (via Rundu)
Rundu (via Katima Mulilo)
SW143 125 145 SW
Eros Windhoek Windhoek
SW143 127 145 SW
Eros Windhoek Windhoek
Katima Mulilo (via Rundu) Mon, FriMon, Oranjemund Wed, Fri Sun Luderitz Katima Wed, Sun Luderitz(via ( via Oranjemund) Mon, Fri Oranjemund Luderitz)
SW145 127 165 SW
Eros Windhoek Windhoek
SW SW145 143 165
SW 145 SW 125 145
SW 104 127
Luderitz Oranjemund Rundu Oranjemund
Windhoek ( via Oranjemund)
Katima Mulilo Windhoek (via Luderitz )
10:15 08:50 09:50
10:15 08:50 11:00
Rundu (via Katima Mulilo) Wed, Sun Wed, Sun Fri, Sun Walvis Bay Tue, Thu, Oranjemund
10:15 10:10 10:05
Luderitz ( viaBay Oranjemund) Luderitz Walvis
11:15 08:50 09:00
SW SW165 143 167
Walvis Bay Bay (via Luderitz) Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun Oranjemund Mon, Fri Walvis Wed
10:50 08:50 13:55
SW SW165 145 166
Windhoek Windhoek Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay Oranjemund Windhoek
09:40 08:50 12:20
Tue, thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
SW 108 143 SW 125 143
SW 145 168 SW 165 SW 165
Ondangwa Windhoek Eros Windhoek
Windhoek Walvis Bay Windhoek Windhoek
Eros Rundu (via Katima Mulilo) Eros Luderitz
Rundu Oranjemund (via Luderitz)
Luderitz ( via Oranjemund) Windhoek Walvis Bay Walvis Bay
Tue, Thu, Wed, Sun
Mon, Fri Wed, Sun
SW 108 127
Mon, Fri Wed, Sun
Departure Departure Arrival
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Wed, Sun Sat, Mon,Sun Fri Mon, Fri
Wed, Sun Mon, Sat Fri
Wed, Sun Fri, Sat, Sun Tue, thu, Wed, Mon, Sun Wed
Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun Sat
11:30 12:50 11:55 13:40
Tue, thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
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 weFeather are onAward this quest continue serving our purpose providing the best air transport services safest with consistency Winner of the 2014 - BesttoRegional Airline operating into andoffrom O. R. Tambo International airport for the in 8ththe time sincemanner, 2004 and At Airreliability. 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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Winner of the 2014 Feather Award - Best Regional Airline operating into and from O. R. Tambo International airport for the 8th time since 2004 | 143 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
Regional passengers (Passengers departing on an aircraft whose final destination is an airport within Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa or Swaziland)
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
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: email@example.com
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Access to Foreign Exchange Services wherever you are
When visiting our beautiful country, we want to be sure that you have access to Foreign Exchange Services, no matter where you go. Bank Windhoek caters for all your foreign exchange and banking needs offering you American Express agencies, a large distribution network of 54 branches and agencies as well as 347 ATMâ€™s and Cash Express Machines across Namibia.
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