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. . . . African Art Jewellers Inside Front Cover . . Welcome 1 . . Quick Reference & Key to Icons 4 . . Travel Safety Tips 5 . . 6 . . Distance Chart . . Reservations Africa 7 . . Introduction to Namibia 8 . . Demographics 9 . . History - Shaped by the Land 10 . . 11 . . Geological History 11 . . Earliest Inhabitants & Early History . . Political History 12 .. . . . . Central Region . . 14 . . Central Region Introduction 16,17 . . Central Region Map & Listing . . Windhoek - In the Heart of Namibia 18 .. Central & Windhoek Establishments 20 - 58 . . . . . . . . Western Region 59 . . Western Region Introduction . . Western Region Map & Listing 60,61 . . Welwitschia Plains 62 . . Cape Cross 63 . . 64 . . Gobabeb 65 . . Sandwich Harbour 66 . . Brandberg - Mountain of Mystery . . Swakopmund - Namibia’s top Seaside Resort 67 . . Swakopmund Establishments 68 - 87 . . Walivis Bay Lagoon - Internationally Important Wetland 88 . . Walvis Bay Establishments 89 99 . . 100 - 105 . . Western Establishments . . .. .. North-Western Region .. 106 .. North-Western Region Introduction 108,109 .. North-Western Region Map & Listing .. Twyfelfontein 110 .. Burnt Mountain 111 ... Skeleton Coast 112 113 ... Kaokoland .. Epupa Falls 114 .. North-Western Establishments 115 - 118 .

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Quick Reference This guide is divided into 7 colour coded regions, each with an enlarged map of the relevant region, detailing each accommodation establishment’s number which can be found in that region. The establishments are grouped under towns or specific areas of interest for ease of reference. At the beginning of each region you will thus find the enlarged map with a listing of all accommodation establishments and referenced page numbers, plus an introduction of the region and various editorials and photographs of the specific areas of interest within that particular region. A complete fold-out map of Namibia appears on the inside back cover. If you are looking for a specific place, please refer to the complete alphabetical and categorised Index at the back of the book on pages 200 - 203.

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Boating

Airstrip

Excellent Views

Caving

Air-Conditioning

Bed and Breakfast

Horse Riding

Dune Boarding

TV

Camping Facilities

Bow Hunting

Telephone

Conference Facilities

Wildlife Viewing

Ballooning

Credit Cards

Restaurant

Hunting

Sundowners

Internet

Liquor Licence

Birding

Canoeing

Casino

Shuttle Bus Service

Quadbiking

Water Skiing

Swimming

Diesel Available

Scenic Drives

Children Welcome

Petrol Available

4x4 Route

Parking

National Monument

Cycling

Special Amenities

Golf Course

Hiking

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Fishing

River Rafting

Star Gazing

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TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS to exceed the speed limit. Please do not exceed these limits for your own safety and that of others. Please note that not all sharp turns have roads signs indicating this and therefore it is vital that you remain alert and take regular breaks when driving long distances.

In Namibia, you drive on the left side of the road. You need to have a valid driver’s licence (get your international licence before leaving home) and ensure you have it on you at all times when driving. Always ensure you have a thorough check done on your entire vehicle – tyres, brakes & spare (perhaps even two spare tyres). A good idea is to hand you itinerary to someone so that your intended route is known to others. An updated map of the area you plan to visit is always helpful. A First Aid kit is advisable, especially when travelling through remote areas. 4 x 4 Vehicles are recommended when driving through rugged terrain. Please do not litter, but dispose of your litter when facilities are available to you.

Animals

Take the same precautions you would when in any other country. Ensure your valuables are locked away when possible. Ensure that your hotel room/ car is locked when leaving. Avoid flashing your expensive jewellery. Do not pick up hitch-hikers.

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The wearing of safety belts is compulsory in Namibia and it is forbidden to use one’s cell phone whilst driving.

Gravel Roads 60 – 80 km/h is believed to be a safe speed on gravel roads. If abiding by this, you will most likely be able to control your vehicle when in a dangerous situation. Plan you daily route to be no further than 500km per day sine this distance should take approximately 8 hours to complete by gravel road. It often happens that gravel roads change rapidly from a hard surface to soft sand, on which it becomes very difficult to control a vehicle that is travelling at a higher speed.

Tarred Roads 120 km/h is the speed limit on tarred open roads, however, 100 km/h is advisable until you are familiar with the tarred roads and conditions of the area. When approaching a town, the speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h. Distances are great and traffic is minimal thus drivers are easily tempted www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

If you see animals, slow down and be cautious. Do not swerve to avoid the animal as often rollovers occur when drivers are trying to avoid animals. Enjoy the sight of animals in their surroundings. Try to avoid traveling at night as certain animals are more active and thus the risk of a possible collision is greater. Therefore, always try to be at your destination by 17:00 or before dark.

As distances can be great when travelling across Namibia, ensure that you fill up as often as possible even though you may not be in need of it immediately. Make sure you have some cash on you since not all petrol stations have card facilities (normally in remote areas).

Water & Food A good suggestion is to ensure you have sufficient water and some food in case of a breakdown in a remote area where you would then need to wait for assistance.

Health The north of Namibia is a malaria-endemic area and travellers are advised to use insect repellents and prophylactics to be safe when travelling through these areas; a medical doctor or pharmacist will be able to advise you accordingly. The main concern is to sleep under a net and to use insect repellent spray and long sleeved tops and trousers/ socks to prevent mosquito bites.

Emergency numbers: Police: 10 111 • Ambulance & Fire Brigade: 211 111 Namibia Travel Companion Your Holiday Guide 2013

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Namibia

Introduction to Namibia

has been called many names – Thirstland Wilderness, The Land God Made in Anger and Land of Contrasts, to name a few. It is indeed a land of contrasts, with much of it wedged between two enormous deserts, the Kalahari in the east and the Namib in the west, and its north-eastern extremity, the Caprivi Strip, penetrating the tropical riverine swamplands and floodplains of Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. With its surface area of 824 268 square kilometres, Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards. Southern Namibia is characterised by extensive grassy plains punctuated with the occasional windmill, flocks of karakul sheep and the prehistoric-looking quiver tree. Its major features are Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park, the majestic Fish River Canyon further south, the desert horses of Garub, the quaint harbour town of Lüderitz and the former diamond settlement, Kolmanskop. The central region is dominated by Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, with the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland to the west. On the Namib coast are many points of interest for the visitor, including Namibia’s top seaside resort, Swakopmund, the legendary Sandwich Harbour, and the Cape

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Cross Seal Reserve and its affiliated lichen fields. Further north is the mysterious Skeleton Coast with its hinterland, Damaraland, a region rich in geological phenomena, and the remote expanses of Kaokoland, the land of the ochre people and desert-adapted elephant and rhino. It is in this north-western section of the country that many of the top tourist destinations are found: Twyfelfontein with its rock engravings, the monumental Brandberg famous for the White Lady rock painting and Epupa Falls on the Kunene River. Namibia’s top tourism draw card, however, is the Etosha National Park, situated in central northern Namibia, where large herds of game are seen against the ghostly white expanses of the Etosha Pan. To the east are the water-rich areas of Kavango and Caprivi, a bird-watcher’s paradise and a place for complete peace and relaxation. Supported by a good road network and an interesting mix of accommodation establishments ranging from luxury lodges and hotels to basic community campsites, Namibia has something to offer every tourist, whether a nature lover, specialist tourist, an adventure traveller, a four-wheel drive enthusiast or a person interested in local people and their different customs and traditions. www.namibiatravelcompanion.com


General

Demographics

Surface Area: 825,000 km² Capital: Windhoek Independence: 21 March 1990 Political System: Democracy; Leading party: SWAPO President: Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba Freedom of religion: 90% Christian

Population

2.1 million people 240 000 inhabitants in Windhoek (15% of the population) Population density: 2.2 people /km² Language: English is the official language of Namibia. Afrikaans and German are also widely spoken. In total 16 languages and dialects are spoken by 13 ethnic cultures.

Climate

Namibia is one of the driest countries south of the Sahara. 70% of the country’s rainfall occurs between December and March. Temperatures reach above 35ºC in the summer months (October - April). During winter (May - September), days are warm but nights are very cold, often below 0ºC. The country is wedged between the Namib Desert in the west and the Kalahari Desert in the East.

Money

Currency: The Namibian Dollar (N$) is fixed to the value of the South African Rand (ZAR/R) which can also be used as legal tender. All major credit cards are accepted. Banking hours: Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 15:30 | Sat: 08:30 - 11:00 VAT Refunds: For purchases exceeding N$ 250, foreign tourists can obtain a VAT refund (15%) at their port of exit, provided that all cash slips have been kept. Tourism Levy: All accommodation establishments are obliged by law to charge a tourism levy of either 1% (all inclusive rate) or 2% (BED or B&B rate).

Telephone/Communication

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providers with international roaming agreements in place with over 100 countries. Dialling codes: Calls from outside Namibia: Country code: ++264 plus Area code (without the “0”) plus telephone number (usually 6 digits) eg: ++264 61 123456 Calls from inside Namibia: Area code (eg: 061 or 067, or 064 etc) plus telephone number, eg: 061 123456

Transport

Only about 12% of all roads are tarred; within the country gravel roads are predominant. Harbours: Lüderitz and Walvis Bay Main Airports: Hosea Kutako International Airport (40 km outside Windhoek) and Eros Airport (within Windhoek) mainly domestic charters. Otherwise, many airstrips (approx. 45)are available Extensive network of regional and international flights to Windhoek; domestic charters to all destinations. Public transport: Very limited Bus service: Whk-Cape Town-Johannesburg-Vic Falls-Swakopmund. Travel by train: operates between Karasburg in the south, Windhoek in the central, Swakopmund in the West, Gobabis in the east and Ondangwa in the north.

Flora & Fauna

Namibia boasts 120 different species of trees, 200 endemic plant species and more than 100 lichen species. The Welwitschia Mirabilis is Namibia’s living fossil plant. On the Fauna front Namibia offers the big 5: Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino, plus Cheetah and Giraffe and about 20 antelope species and hundreds of mammal and reptile species, not to forget over 670 bird species. Nature reserves cover 15% of the entire surface area. Perennial rivers run only in the south (Orange River) and the north (Kunene, Okavango, Zambezi and the Kwando/Lynianti/ Chobe) whereas ephemeral rivers run only during the rainy season (i.e. December to March), amongst those are the Fish River, the Kuiseb, the Ugab and the Swakop Rivers. Namibia Travel Companion Your Holiday Guide 2013

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History

A history shaped by the land

Situated in south-western Africa on the Atlantic seaboard and bisected by the Tropic of Capricorn, Namibia with its surface area of 824 268 square kilometres is a vast country, even by African standards. Bordered in the west by the Atlantic Ocean, in the north by Angola and Zambia, in the south by South Africa and in the east by Botswana, the country can be divided into four separate topographical regions. The most distinctive of these, the Namib Desert, is a long narrow strip of moist coastal desert between 50–140 kilometres in width and 1 350 kilometres in length, bordered by the Kunene River in the north and the Orange River in the south. Also running from north to south is the central plateau with an average altitude of between 1 000–2 000 metres and ranging from rugged mountain ranges interspersed with endless valleys and sandy plains. The plateau falls away to the east to merge with the legendary Kalahari Desert, typified by long, vegetated dunes of deep, red sand. In the far north-east are the high rainfall areas of Kavango and Caprivi, characterised by perennial rivers, tropical forests and woodland savannahs. Namibia’s climate, too, is one of contrasts, with regular droughts and periods of intense water scarcity, which oc-

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cur cyclically, as in any semi-desert country. It is primarily these topographical and climatic features that have shaped the history of Namibia and its people.

Early history The historian Herodotus wrote that the Phoenicians were the first seafarers to sail down Namibia’s coast on their quest to circumnavigate the continent of Africa. This was 2 000 years before attempts were made by Portuguese navigators to find a sea route around Africa. The first was Diego Cão, who planted his stone cross or padrão at Cape Cross in 1486, some 150 kilometres north of Swakopmund. The second padrão was planted by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488 at Dias Point in the bay of Angra Pequena, or Little Bay, laying the foundation for the Lüderitz of today. The first white man to reach Namibia overland was the Afrikaner Jacobus Coetsé, who crossed the Orange River in 1760 to reach what was then called Transgarieb, the Garieb being the Orange. The first missionaries established mission stations at Warmbad and Blydeverdacht in 1805. Thomas Baines described his travels through Damaraland and Kaokoland in his book Explorations in South West Africa, published in 1864, while the Swedish adventurer and explorer, Charles John Andersson, who travelled through Namibia in the mid-1800s, was reputedly the first to refer to the territory as South West Africa. www.namibiatravelcompanion.com


History Geological history When flying over Namibia, the imprints of the geological forces that moulded and shaped the landscape are especially evident. About 600 million years ago notable rock forms accumulated, the remains of which consolidated, transformed and eroded. Today their remains, as the Damara system in the north and the Nama system in the south – blanket much of the land. Other sedimentary formations such as the Karoo and Kalahari systems subsequently added to the landscape. Prior to the onset of continental drift, Namibia lay landlocked in the hinterland of the gigantic supercontinent, Gondwanaland. As the continental plates drifted across the mantel of the earth they entered new latitudes and were metamorphosed by different climatic forces. In periods of prolonged cold, massive sheets of ice built up and planed vast sections of the countryside. At other times what is Namibia today lay submerged under primeval oceans that laid down extensive layers of sedimentary deposits as the foundations of today’s mountains. Some 120 million years ago when Gondwanaland began to drift apart and the African and South American continents came into being, Namibia acquired its western border in the shape of the Atlantic Ocean and its www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

defining characteristic, the Namib Desert – the feature from which the country derived its name.

Earliest inhabitants The earliest known inhabitants of Namibia’s southern and central areas were the San/Bushmen, who were huntergatherers; the Nama, who were nomadic cattle farmers; and the Damara, about whose origin little is known other than that they were hunters and to a lesser extent pastoralists. The relatively stable water supply and well-wooded terrain in the northern and north-eastern regions encouraged cattle-farming and agricultural practices by the Owambo, who moved down from the Great Lakes of East Africa to settle between the Kunene and Okavango rivers in about 1550, and by the Caprivians, Tswana and Kavango, who moved to the water-rich north-east in the 1700s and 1800s. The Herero, believed to have lived in ancient times in the legendary African marshland of Roruu, moved southwards from the Great Lakes of East Africa and crossed the Kunene River into Kaokoland in the mid-1550s. Here they stayed for about 200 years, then moved further southwards to settle in the central and eastern regions of the country, leaving the Himba and Tjimba tribes behind in Kaokoland. Namibia Travel Companion Your Holiday Guide 2013

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Political history

History and political future of the country. A protracted war between the occupying South African

The German Chancellor Prince Otto von Bismarck pro-

forces and the Swapo (South West African People’s Or-

claimed Namibia (excluding the Walvis Bay enclave,

ganisation) liberation movement started in 1966. The next

which was under British occupation) as a German pro-

year saw the institution of the Council for South West Af-

tectorate in 1884. In 1915 the peace of Khorab was

rica, subsequently the Council for Namibia, and in 1970,

concluded on the farm Khorab near Otavi, following the

in accordance with Resolution 284, for the first time, the

defeat of the German forces by the South African forces.

Security Council asked the International Court for a con-

Thus the South African forces were now in control of Ger-

sultative opinion on the legal consequences of the contin-

man South West Africa, and in 1920, in accordance with

ued South African presence in Namibia, which was found

the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations confirmed

illegal in 1971.

South Africa’s mandate over Namibia. The implementation of United Nations Resolution 435 for The League of Nations dissolved in 1946, to be replaced

free and fair elections in 1989 resulted in Swapo com-

by the United Nations (UN). In 1950 the World Court pro-

ing to power. Thus, after 106 years of colonial rule, on

nounced its first advisory opinion on the legal status of

21 March 1990, Namibia achieved independence. Swapo

Namibia, namely that South Africa was still to take care

co-founder and leader Sam Nujoma was instated as Na-

of the interests of the inhabitants of the country under

mibia’s first president. Fifteen years and three terms later

UN supervision. The Odendaal Commission of 1964, the

– the first as incoming, the subsequent two as elected

implementation of which involved establishing different

president – Nujoma stepped down, to be succeeded by

‘homelands’ for Namibia’s indigenous population groups,

Hifikepunye Pohamba, former Minister of Lands, Resettle-

had far-reaching effects on the social, cultural, economic

ment and Rehabilitation.

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interesting scenery. About 300 bird species have been recorded in this vegetation zone, from ground feeders like Redbilled Francolin, helmeted Guineafowl to those that look for food in the canopies of trees like the beautiful Pied Barbet.

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Page Windhoek 1. Alexander Pension Hotel 20 2. Bougainvilla, Pension 20 3. Christoph Hotel Pension 20 4. Gecko Guesthouse 21 5. Heinitzburg Hotel 22 6. Hilton Windhoek 24-25 7. Jordani B & B 26 10. Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino 27 8. Londiningi Guesthouse 26 9. Okarusuvo Guesthouse 26 11. Ongwe Guest House 28 12. Palmquell Hotel Pension 28 13. River Crossing 29 14. Safari Court, Hotel 30 15. Village Courtyard Suites 30 16. Vondelhof Guesthouse 31 17. Vineyard Country B & B 32

Windhoek Tourism Services Acacia Namibia 45 Adventure Camping Hire 34

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African Sun Car Hire 40 Asco Car Hire 40 Autovermietung Savanna 41 Camping Car Hire 41 Caprivi Car Hire 42 Caran 42 Desert Car Hire 43 Eden Travel 45 First National Bank 35 HAN 36 Jeweller Goldsmith Horst Knop 38 Kidogo Safaris 45 Leder Chic 38 Maerua Mall 39 Namibia Reservations 46 Namibia Reservations (back outside cover) National Botanical Research Institute 37 Nazimbo Camping Safaris 47 Ndandi Safaris 47 Odyssey Car Hire 43 Pegasus Car & Camper Hire 44 Suricate Tours & Safaris 47

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Windhoek Surrounds 18. Auas Safari Lodge 19. Eagle Rock Business Lodge 20. Eningu Clayhouse Lodge 21. Gocheganas 22. Hakos G채stefarm 23. Hochland Nest Lodge 24. Hohewarte Guestfarm 25. Sun Karros

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Gamsberg Surrounds 26. Niedersachsen Guest Farm 27. Rooiklip G채stfarm

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Okahandja Surrounds 28. Kaliombo Safari Camp 29. Okomitundu Guest Farm 30. Okondura Nord Guestfarm

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WINDHOEK... in the heart of Namibia . . . . . The capital of Windhoek lies class with two state hospitals . . in the heart of Namibia. It pos- and three private clinics (Rhino a unique charm due to Park, Roman Catholic and Medi . . sesses harmonious blend of African Clinic) offering well equipped . . the and European cultures. facilities and well qualified . . medical practitioners. Intensive . . Despite being one of the small- Care units and 24 hour medical . . est of the African capitals, it has emergency services are always . . over the years developed into on call. . . a thriving, efficient city with a . . superb infrastructure which has Car hire companies and tour . . gained popularity as a safe tour- operators are manifold in the business and conference capital. Air Namibia is the na. . ism, With two airports, tional airline of the country with . . destination. Kutako International Airmany travel agents and offices . . Hosea port, which lies about 40km East around town. Most guesthouses . . of the capital and Eros Airport, and B&B’s offer booking advice .. situated on its outskirts, inter- and services regarding transport, . . national and domestic/regional trips and tours around the country. . . flights are well . . catered for. The Namibian post and tele. . Namibia’s independence communications network is . . Since 1990, tourism has boomed well established and cell phone . . in and Windhoek offers many offer the usual pack. . world-class restaurants, cof- companies ages and satellite reception of . . fee shops, guest houses, B&B’s good international standard. . . and hotels to choose from. Visit Internet Café’s have sprung up . . the local markets in the North- like mushrooms - so there’s no . . Western suburbs of Windhoek to need to lose touch with your . . gain insight into the true Namib- loved one’s when travelling in . . ian community way of life, visit Namibia. many monuments and his. . the buildings in and around Banks are well represented in . . torical capital and browse at leisure the capital and all offer efficient . . the through local craft markets and foreign exchange facilities. . . the many curio shops on Inde- Autobanks also offer Saswitch . . pendence Avenue. transactions and are usually well . . serviced and maintained. . . For advice on outings and day . . tours, visit the Windhoek Tour- Shopping for mementos or stock. . ism Info Office in Post Street ing up on your travelling kit is a situated right opposite worthwhile pursuit when in .. Mall, Zoo Park, in the heart of the Windhoek and coffee shops and .. the city. restaurants offer scrumptious .. meals and the best coffees since .. Health care facilities are top your last Italian cappuccino. .

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1 GPS: -22° 34’ 4.80”, +17° 4’ 27.52”

Situated within walking distance from the Windhoek City Centre, major shopping complexes, and various restaurants, Hotel Pension Alexander offers a combination of luxury and budget accommodation at affordable prices. Accommodation consists of budget single rooms, luxury double rooms and family rooms, each with en-suite bathrooms/showers. Rooms are equipped with television, fridge, telephones, and ceiling fans. Secure parking is available on site. We offer wireless internet access, conference facilities and two training rooms.

Tel: +264 (0)61 240775 • Fax: +264 (0)61 271892 10 Beethoven Street, P.O. Box 40427, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek Email: pensionalex@iway.na • Website: www.pensionalex.com Windhoek

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Built in 1912, this restored German Manor, rich in Victorian styling has a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere. We offer 17 unique private rooms boasting hand crafted furniture and luxurious styling surrounded by a beautiful garden. These rooms have been made with care and attention to detail. You’ll love it! Facilities include: Swimming pool & internet connection.

Tel: +264 61 252266 • Fax: +264 61 252260 P.O.Box: 9131 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: info@pensionbougainvilla.com Windhoek

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Centrally situated and only a 10 minute walk from the city centre. 10 Luxury rooms. Extra beds available. Let yourself be spoiled with our excellent buffet breakfast. Award winner in the category “Best Hotel Garni of Namibia” for 4 consecutive years. Very personal, friendly service. Plenty of shaded and safe parking area is available. There are several excellent restaurants close by • Shower and WC • Satellite TV • Roomsafe • Heaters (in Winter time) • Telephone with Wake-Up System • Minibar • Radio • Ceiling Fan • High Speed Kettle

Tel: +264 (0)61 240 777• Fax: +264 (0)61 248 560 P.O. Box 6116, 33 Heinitzburg Street, Luxury Hill, Windhoek, Namibia christoph@mweb.com.na • www.natron.net/tour/christoph

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We offer luxurious en-suite accommodation with breakfast included at affordable rates. In each room you will find airconditioning, television with 8 channels, telephone, a bar fridge, a wall safe and complimentary coffee/tea making facilities. Guesthouse Gecko offers private bar facilities, with supper on request. We offer secure parking and have a refreshing swimming pool. Wireless internet (free of charge). Guesthouse Gecko is the ideal location for the business traveller and the tourist.

Tel: +264 61 253 870 • Fax: +264 88 621 648 18 Stein Street, Klein Windhoek. Email: gecko@iway.na

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Steeped in romanticism, this charming castle was built in 1914 by Count Schwerin for his beloved fiance Margarethe von Heinitz and this spirit of passion captives all to this day. Discover yourself at the Hotel Heinitzburg. From the Cafe Garden’s splendid view over Windhoek to the heavenly culinary delight of “Leo’s at the Castle” a la carte restaurant, offering a turn of the century dining ambience to the superlative private wine cellar, it is sheer indulgence. The call of Hotel Heinitzburg beckons you. Heed it, for memories are made of this!

Tel: +264 (0)61 249 597 • Fax: +264 (0)61 249 598 P.O. Box 458 • Windhoek • Namibia E-mail: heinitzburg@heinitzburg.com • Web: www.heinitzburg.com

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In the heart of Namibia’s capital city lies the spectacular Hilton Hotel. Windhoek is located between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains.  In an exceptional downtown location, Hilton Windhoek emanates pure opulence with impressive facilities and Hilton’s hallmark hospitality. Be it for your leisure visit on the weekend or before you start exploring the beauty of Namibia, for your corporate visit, or to attend a meeting.  Offering 150 rooms and suites, with a minimum standard of 35m2, our King Guest Rooms are sure to provide you with both space and comfort during your stay.  Feel at home in our contemporary Guest Room at the Hilton Windhoek Hotel, which features traditional African inspired décor. Recline on the luxurious King-sized bed or the 2 comfortable double beds and watch your favourite movie on the LCD TV, work at the spacious desk and keep in touch with high-speed internet access and refresh in the elegant bathroom with a range of luxurious amenities and separate rain shower. The Hilton Windhoek has  5 meetings rooms featuring the latest technology and 24 hours service, while 3 breakout rooms and a terrace are ideal for refreshing breaks. Located on the mezzanine level of the Hilton Windhoek Hotel, the all day-dining venue, Ekipa, which features an exciting show kitchen, is the perfect place to enjoy a satisfying lunch or delicious supper. Be spoiled for choice by the extensive buffet selection or choose from our tempting a la carte menu featuring a range of Namibian specialties. Ekipa has a meat-aging cabinet for exquisite, cooked-to-order cuts and the Parilla Grill, which offers a delicious choice of seafood and meat dishes.

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An inviting combination of a traditional bar and a colourful, vibrant sports bar, Kalabar is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine with friends while you enjoy a variety of sporting events on TV, live entertainment or stunning views from our terrace. Located next to the swimming pool, surrounded by wooden decking and featuring stunning panoramic views over the city, the Skybar transforms from a restful pool bar and restaurant into a chic and stylish lounge and social hotspot in the evening. Sip cocktails with friends as you marvel at glorious sunset views and relax to chilled-out, ambient music.

Tel: +264 (0)61 296 2929 | Fax: +264 (0)61 296 2931 zenlea.raw@hilton.com | www.hilton.com www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

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Windhoek’s *Accommodation with Recommendation* - Air-conditioned en-suite rooms - High quality extra-length beds – Tea/Coffee facilities & fridge - Free Wi-Fi Internet - Secluded private gardens with swimming pool – Relaxed and quiet ambience - Spacious TV Lounge – Dining room - Liquor Licence – Buffet breakfasts - Lunch and/or dinner packs (on request) – Laundry service - Secure parking – Shopping mall within 500 metres - Dedicated taxi service to/from town & Windhoek International Airport

Tel: (061) 220141• Fax: (061) 238007 • Cell: (+264) 81 124 0090 55 Hamutenya Wanehepo Ndadi Str. • Olympia • Windhoek • P.O. Box 80448 E-mail: jordani@iway.na • Web: www.jordanistay.com Windhoek

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You will find yourself in the lap of comfort and a sincere welcome. 9 Rooms spaced around the sumptuous garden and swimming pool, offer their irreproachable comfort, authentic charm and a permanent attention to detail. Londiningi well deserves it’s name, which means “One who shelters & protects many poeple. “ a Nguni word. Proof that Londiningi is not just a simple stopover. Whether we come here on our own, as a couple or a family, whether we visit here for a day or a long stay, whether we search for some quiet time, or intense moments of fun, Londiningi is a haven we cannot forget.

Tel: +264 (0)61 242 378 • Fax: +264 (0)61 226 201 P.O. Box 9354 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: londiningi@mweb.com.na • Web: www.londiningi.com Windhoek

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Okarusuvo Guesthouse has 3 cozy double rooms and 1 self-catering flat with two rooms. All rooms are en-suite. A coffee/tea set, electric kettle and fridge are availble. We also offer a full english breakfast. Secure off-road parking. Under personal supervision of Erda Iben. We speak German, English and Afrikaans.

Tel/Fax: +264 (0)61 232 252 Beethovenstreet 17 • P.O. Box 96337 • Windhoek • Namibia riben@mweb.com.na • www.natron.net/tour/okarusuvo

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Situated in a quiet suburb of the Metropolitan of Windhoek, Ongwe Guest House caters for the business person and the tourist alike. We offer 1 family self-catering room, 1 luxury self-catering room and 5 luxury double rooms. All rooms are en-suite and equipped with air-conditioning and TV. Internet access available. Entertainment room, with pool table, bar, braai and swimming pool for you to enjoy! Delicious breakfast! Dinner can be served with prior arrangement. Feel right at home at Ongwe Guest House, at 16 Daan Bekker Street, Olympia, Windhoek.

Reservations: Tel: +264 (0)61 234 342 • Fax: +264 (0)61 233 872 • eden@mweb.com.na P.O. Box 80435 • Olympia • Windhoek After Hours: Tel: +264 (0)61 245 029 • Fax: +264 (0)81 128 0700 • lbt@iway.na

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Palmquell, an oasis in Windhoek, offers you first class comfort, safe parking, swimming pool and an a la carte restaurant (open from Sunday to Friday, closed on Saturday). All rooms have their own bath/wc, air conditioning, floor heating, satellite TV, telephone, mini bar and wall safe. Under Palm trees enjoy our delicious breakfast and for sun downers, our exquisite wines. Free wireless internet available. Family Pfaffenthaler will be happy to welcome you.

Tel: (061) 234374 • Fax: (061) 234483 P.O. Box 6143 • 60 Jan Jonker Weg • Windhoek Email: hotel.palmquell@iafrica.com.na • Web: www.palmquell.com

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Directions : 2 kilometers outside of Windhoek

River Crossing offer sumptuous accommodation on a pristine game farm whilst being only 5 minutes from the heart of Windhoek. The twenty chalets rediscover the nuances of a bygone era of farm life and offer the discerning traveller all the modern amenities... of course there are the feather duvets wrapped in 100% cotton, the environmentally friendly guest amenities and the unparalleled service and hospitality to consider too. We also offer a host of activities including game drives, horse riding, guided or self guided walks and mountain biking. We have a selection of function venues and would love to host your special occasion or wedding.

Lodge: +264 61 401 494 • Fax: +264 61 243 079 Reservations : +264 61 246788 / 245780 E-mail: reservations@rivercrossing.com.na

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Hotel Safari*** and the Safari Court Hotel****, located amidst large gardens on the southern outskirts of Windhoek, offer accommodation in over 400 bedrooms of various categories and at extremely competitive room rates. Enjoy the facilities of 3 Restaurants, 4 Bars, 2 beautiful swimming pools and the Safari Court Wellness Centre and Oukolele Day Spa. A regular courtesy shuttle bus offers transport between the hotels, a shopping mall and the city center while airport transfers are offered by Shuttle Namibia (bookings essential). Free WiFi on the premises for hotel guests. Namibia’s modern and largest Conference Centre offers facilities for conferencing and banqueting for between 10 and 2400 delegates in over 30 different venues.

Tel: +264 (0)61 296 8000• Fax: +264 (0)64 235 652 P.O. Box 3900, Windhoek, Namibia reservations@safarihotelsnamibia.com • www.safarihotelsnamibia.com

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15 Corner of Robert Mugabe and Liliencron Street, Eros, NR 18

Situated at the very core of Windhoek’s business and financial heart, The Village Courtyard Suites offer a soothing, modern and welcoming environment. It is perfectly suited for business executives and visitors alike. Friendly and attentive staff are on hand to ensure that your stay is both relaxed and memorable. Elegantly furnished and tastefully appointed accommodation with en-suite bedrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen and a work area. Fully stocked mini-bar, air conditioning with heating and cooling, complimentary wireless broadband, DSTV (flat screen) and pre-arrival stocking of groceries (on request).

Tel: +264 (0)61 400 510 • Fax to e-mail: (0)88 663 0599 P.O. Box 5072 • Windhoek • Namibia reservations@villagecourtyardsuites.com • info@villagecourtyardsuites.com

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Tel : +264 (0)61 248 320 • Fax : +264 (0)61 240 373 P.O. Box 40730 • 2 Puccini Street • Windhoek • Namibia E-mail: reservations@vondelhof.com • Web: www.vondelhof.com Vondelhof is a small and homely guesthouse, located in a quiet area just a 5 minutes walk from city centre. The spacious and comfortable rooms are individually styled and decorated with an African touch. Different room types cater for both individual travellers, families and businesspeople. Although the emphasis is on elegant simplicity, all rooms have the modern amenities discerning travellers have come to expect. The sparkling blue swimming pool, a wooden deck overlooking lush tropical gardens and a jungle-gym for kids offer ample opportunity to relax.

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On the B6 from the Hosea Kutako International Airport, you enjoy the quiet country ambience of our century old rustic stone homestead on the very doorstep of Windhoek. 8 En-suite bedrooms leading onto the gardens are tastefully and comfortably furnished with custom made furniture. 2 Metre long beds, quality mattresses, solar heated showers and a sumptuous breakfast guarantee a comfortable stopover. A five minute drive takes you to a number of exciting restaurants or you can make your own barbeque and enjoy refreshments from our honest bar in the original wine cellar. For exercise or bird watching, take a lovely walk to the nearby Avis dam. We also specialize in hosting conferences and workshops in 2 well equiped venues. Conveniences include TV, same day laundry services, 24 hour internet, coffee / tea, mini safe and shuttle service.

Tel: +264 61 224 144 Fax: +264 61 233 337 Cell: +264 81 124 3620 P.O. Box 194 • Windhoek info@vineyardcountrystay.com www.vineyardcountrystay.com

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The Auas Safari Lodge offers 15 comfortable double en-suite bedrooms on a 10 000 hectare game farm with the emphasis on individual hospitality, ideal for smaller groups and families, who want to enjoy the panoramic view and the tranquillity of nature. The game camp boasts a wide variety of antelope. Amongst giraffe you will also find Hartmann’s and Burchell’s zebra, cheetah and leopard, jackal and bat-eared foxes. Activities include archery range, walking trails, bird watching, game drives and a relaxing swimming pool.

Tel: +264 (0)61 240 043 • Fax: +264 (0)61 248 633 P.O. Box 80887 • Windhoek • Namibia auas@iafrica.com.na • www.auas-lodge.com

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Windhoek Surrounds Situated 38km to the west of Windhoek on the old road (C28) to Swakopmund and the D1958 to Wilhelmstal. 19 Follow the signs on the turn-off of the D1958.

Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Khomas Highland, the Eagle Rock Business Lodge offers stunning views of the seemingly endless horizons of the Namibian Savannah. Shy Kudu-antelopes observe us while they graze in the shadow of the acacia trees. All rooms and bungalows have en-suite facilities. Wireless internet from any spot on the lodge. Conference Centre for at least 30 participants and a meeting room with a capacity of 12 chairs are available. We also welcome any visitor who is staying overnight just for leisure.

Tel: +264 81 6220 162 • Lodge: +264 61 257 187 P.O. Box 3667 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: namibia@buchaw.de • Web: www.eaglerock-lodge.com

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Directions: From International Airport Turn left when from airport onto B6 – after 3km turn right onto M51 (big Eningu sign board) – proceed 64km, turn right into 1471 (big Eningu sign board) – drive 1km, turn left into farm gate – keep going 5km to the lodge.

Namibia’s top award-winning lodge. Just over an hour’s drive from Windhoek. Well-appointed rooms & all amenities. Caring for our precious environment. The uniquely styled buildings of Eningu Clayhouse Lodge blend with the russetcoloured Kalahari sands of their surroundings. A rugged, natural, soulful and liberating experience! Eningu Clayhouse Lodge is synonymous with Namibia’s tranquil and intimate style, combining high levels of comfort, hospitality and serenity. Vibrant Kalahari tones, rich textures and raw materials help fuse the simple design and décor, both inside and out into a harmonious, sensual whole. Unusual artworks and sculptures abound, and floors are clad in handwoven karakul wool rugs featuring rich ethnic designs. At Eningu Clayhouse Lodge you will discover a tranquil place of solitude and reflection. The dead silence of the desert, the stars at night and the emptiness that stretches to the horizon … the kind of place that touches the soul.

Tel. Central Reservations: +264 64 464 144 • Tel: +264 62 581 880 • Fax: +264 62 581 577 P.O. Box 11558 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: reservations@eningulodge.com • Website: www.EninguLodge.com

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Directions: 29 km south-east of Windhoek. Take the B1 out of Windhoek, after 20 km turn left on the gravel road D1463 for 9 km and turn right through the GOCHEGANAS entrance gate.

Situated a mere 29 kilometers south east from Windhoek on a hilltop overlooking a spectacular landscape, GOCHEGANAS is a luxurious lodge offering a unique combination of Wildlife, Nature and Wellness experiences. With 21 different wildlife species located on a 6000 hectare nature reserve, game drives & walking activities are welcomed as an enriching experience. Wellness facilities and treatments of world class standard ensure a renewal of mind, body and spirit.

Tel/Fax: +264 61 224 909 • Fax: +264 61 224 924 P.O. Box 40770, Windhoek, Namibia E-mail: reservations@gocheganas.com •Web: www.gocheganas.com

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• Situated on top of Gamsberg Pass • 135 km from Windhoek on C26 • 235km from Walvis Bay • Gamsberg tours - 2347m ABSL (about 6 hours) • Guided star tour/stargazing after dinner with a telscope (1 hour, depending on interest) • 14 Guest rooms • 4 Campsites • Indoor swimming pool • Farm drives • Quiver tree forest. Rates: Halfboard DBB: N$ 722.00 p.p • Fullboard N$ 789.00 p.p.

Tel/Fax: +264 (0)62 572 111 • P.O. Box 5056 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: info@hakos-astrofarm.com • Web: www.hakos-astrofarm.com Windhoek Surrounds Hochland Nest only 40 kilometers from Windhoek is the ideal location for a tourist to start or end their journey in Namibia. 23 40 km from Windhoek”(C 28 to Swakopmund).

The lodge is cozy and intimate with friendly staff providing you personal attention. Luxurious and standard chalets, each with private en-suite bathroom and secludes outdoor deck. Generous spacing between the chalets ensures complete privacy. Naturalists and birders opportunities for fish eagles, hamperkop, yellow hornbill and literally hundreds of species frequently seen: Mountain zebra, kudu, springbok, hartebees, klipspringer, oryx, meerkat and many smaller species roam freely. Dining Lounge and Pool Lounge at open air deck. Boma equipped for traditional “braais”, Bushbreakfast and Bushlunch.

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The farm is located only 20min from Hosea Kutako International Airport and is situated in the midst of an idyllic landscape dominated by African bush savannah, dry rivers, hills and mountains. Breathtaking views onto the Olifants River can be enjoyed from the veranda. Hikes • Mountain hikes • Nature walks (guided or non-guided) • Nature drives • Game viewing • Horse riding • Stargazing. Your relaxing stay is only to be interrupted by a refreshing splash in our farm pool, a dazzling game drive or sundowners in the wilderness. HAN Award 2009, 2010 & 2011.

Tel: + 264 (0)81 426 1893 • Cell: +264 (0)81 354 5290 P.O. Box 90899, Windhoek, Namibia info@hohewarte.com • www.hohewarte.com

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Amongst the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, just a stone’s throw away from Windhoek is a secret place where people come together. It is a sight to behold, an unforgettable destination. In the heart of the Daan Viljoen National Park is a place called Sun Karros.

Tel: +264 (0)61 232 393 • Fax: +264 (0)61 226 806 Email: info@sunkarros.com.na

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Wild pleasance of luxury. Set in the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, less than 25 km from Windhoek and cuddled up in the heart of the Daan Viljoen National Game Park, lies Sun Karros. Visitors to Sun Karros are treated to a wide range of indigenous wildlife species on exhibit as they make use of the water hole next to the camp site, whilst campers who like to keep track of the world outside can make use of free internet facilities at the reception. Visitors at Sun Karros can also indulge their taste buds with delicious, unique Namibian dishes at our Kraal and Boma Restaurants, while gifts and memorabilia are always available at our Kiosk.

Chalets Independently located around the Daan Viljoen dam, visitors can now experience all the luxury in unique, contemporary African chalets. Each one of our 19 chalets are fully equipped with air-conditioned rooms, satellite TV’s and mesmerizing patio views, ensuring the visitor an exclusive and luxurious atmosphere. Chalet visitors can also enjoy their very own private barbeque or explore the exquisite uniquely Namibian cuisine at the Kraal Restaurant. Whilst discovering a sanctuary to a wide range of indigenous wildlife species typical to the Namibian highlands, guest can make use of free internet facilities at the reception or shop at the Sun Karros Kiosk.

Camping Ideally located next to the Augeigas River, our overnight camping facilities offers modern day campers 12 different camping sites to choose from, including a barbeque, electricity, washbasin and lightning facilities for each site. Campers can also relax in comfort with luxurious shower and ablution facilities available to all our campers, insuring one of the best camping facilities in Namibia.

What is on offer at Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris: Reception with kiosk and internet access | 19 contemporary african chalets | air-conditioned rooms | satellite TV | private barbeque mesmerizing patio views | 12 fully equip camp sites | electricity | restaurant | indigenous wildlife | hiking trails | game drives

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Guest Farm Niedersachsen, a castle-like complex on a centrally situated mountain above the river valleys. From here you have a unique panoramic view at the Khomas mountains 20 km distant and the well-known Gamsberg. In the mountains we have marked hiking trails. Drives on the farm - Adventurous drives of 3 to 4 hours. Henno Martin or Kuiseb Drive - Over mountains and valleys we drive in our 4x4- vehicle deep down into the rivers of the Nausgomab and the Kuiseb. We do day trips into the Namib / Naukluft Park.

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Live in our charming guest houses where you feel at home, each room with a private bathroom and terrace. Relax at the large pool and enjoy a drink or a meal in the shady lapas. For more adventure, camp in the caves on our campground with its breathtaking mountain panorama. We specialize in private tours tailored to your interest such as safaris, farm tours, geological excursions or bicycle tours in the Namib Desert. Animal lovers may admire our tamed wild animals. We speak German, English and Afrikaans.

Tel. +264 (0)61 681 031 • Fax. +264 (0)61 681 032 • Cell: +264 (0)81 128 7844 / +264 (0)81 129 2126 P.O.Box 40522 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: rooiklip@iway.na • Web: www.rooiklip.iway.na

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Enjoy the African bush atmosphere and tranquillity under shady acacias in a natural environment. Our safari-style tented camp is the perfect get-away for nature lovers, or as a stopover on your way from or to Windhoek. Situated 42 km from Karibib and 70 km from Okahandja at the main road B2, it is very easily accessible. Accommodation can be booked on self catering or on full board basis. We also offer nature drives, bird watching and walking trails during your stay at Kaliombo. Your hosts Hans-Dieter and Gertraud look forward to your visit. 22 02’ 514’’S 16 10’ 880’’E

Tel: +264 (0)64 404 561 • Tel: +264 (0)62 503 975 Fax: 088 650 7611 • P.O. Box 442, Swakopmund. sunrisetours@iafrica.com.na • www.sunrisetours.com.na Okahandja Surrounds

Okomitundu lies 165km (2 hours drive) north west 29 of the capital Windhoek on the D1967 The guest and hunting farm Okomitundu is 2 hours north-west of the capital Windhoek in the heart of Namibia. Covering an area of 18,000 hectares, Okomitundu offers a wide range of leisure options such as safaris, archery and riding. At Okomitundu you can go on an exploration trip with your family or simply relax in a magnificent setting. • sunshine • peace • vast landscapes • silvery grass rustling in the wind • blue mountains in the distance • fascinating desert rock formations • wild animals and plants • stargazing • warm hospitality • friendly, relaxed people. Pure nourishment for the soul! Landing strip co-

ordinates: 22°10’ 086 S ; 16° 18’ 087 O. Length of landing strip: 1.400metres of compacted gravel surface

Tel: + 264 62 503 901 • Fax: +264 62 503 902 • Fax2mail: +264 88615281 P.O. Box 285 • Okahandja • Namibia info@okomitundu.com • www.okomitundu.com Okahandja Surrounds Between Okahandja and Karibib from Windhoek 140km to Wilhelmstal turn right on D1967, 500m right than 20 km Farmpad (Airport Shuttle availlable ) • GPS :S 22`02238. E 016` 015266

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We offer typical warm Namibian hospitality. Equally suited for visitors, business travellers and families. We present two guesthouses with 6 comfortable rooms at affordable rates. Bar fridge, pool, free wireless internet connection and TV is also available. Farm/game drive, cheetah feeding, walking and hiking in our marvellous mountains and hills, with a spectacular panoramic view. We, the owners of Okondura, Gerhard and Martina Liedtke with sons Ralf and Tim are looking forward to welcoming you. Rates from N$ 500 p.p (included full board)

Tel: +264 (0)62 503983 • Fax: +264 (0)62 503968 P.O.Box 186 • Karibib • Namibia • Visit us on Facebook okondura@mweb.com.na • www.okonduraguestfarm.com www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

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Rehoboth Surrounds

31 160km s/e of Windhoek / Airport max. 2hrs drive

Magnificent scenery in the heart of the Kalahari, stylish African Ambience, farm fresh Namibian cuisine, guided hiking and walking excursions, sundown game drives and farm tours, Weavery and Jewellery Studios, African Arts and Crafts Gallery - Kiripotib is the perfect venue to begin or end your Namibian safari.

Guest Farm Kiripotib • Claudia & Hans Georg von Hase Tel: + 264 (0)62 581 419 • Fax: +264 (0)88 614 348 • hans@kiripotib.com www.kiripotib.com • 23`19”36’S, 17`57”12’E

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. . . . . . But if it is just fishing that tickles . . your fancy, the coastline to the . . north of Swakopmund and Hen- . ties Bay offers exciting spots with . . amusing names such as “Sarah se . . Gat” and “Bennie se Rooi Lorry”, . . or Jakkalsputz. From Mile 4 and . . Wlotzka’s Baken right up to Hen- . ties Bay, Torra and Terrace Bay, . . you’ll find many fishing spots, . . directly accessible by 4x4 which . . makes fishing a family affair with . . camps being built on the beach . and family and friends gathering . . for a fun-filled day on the beach. . . . . Further inland, the Brandberg of- . . fers the highest peak in Namibia: . Koenigstein (2570 m above sea . . level) . In addition, it offers 44,000 . . rock paintings, the most popular of . . which is the White Lady in the Tsi- . . sab Ravine. The Erongo mountains . to the south-west of Omaruru also .. contain a wealth of rock paintings .. and the town of Omaruru itself has . . become somewhat of an art cen- . . tre, featuring many coffee shops, . art and décor, as well as its own .. .. chocolate/praline factory. .. The Spitzkoppe is considered the . . “Matterhorn of Namibia” and with . its granite rock walls of up to 600 .. m, it is Namibia’s top rock climb- .. .. ing destination. .. Many lodges and guestfarms in . and around these tourist attrac- .. tions have exciting game viewing .. possibilities of all types of game .. .. including the big 5. .

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. . . . The Western Region is centered . . around the Namib Coastline, which . . offers a welcome respite from the . . heat of the interior. The quaint litte . . town of Swakopmund is Namibia’s . . premier holiday resort with its of well-preserved German . . wealth buildings, its palm-lined . . colonial . . streets and clean beaches. . . Activities abound in and around . . Swakopmund. From dune board. . ing to sky-diving and ballooning . . over the desert, township tours and . . tours into the desert, there is much . . to do and see in this area. . . Walvis Bay is Namibia’s major port . . and the centre of Namibia’s fishing . . industry. Most boating activities . . are launched from Walvis Bay’s . . waterfront which has become a big . . tourist attraction. The calm waters .. of the lagoon attract many water.. sport enthusiasts like windsurfers, .. kiteboarders and sailors. .. Pelican Point is also known for its .. rough beauty, and the newly built .. eco-lodge at the tip of the penin.. sula offers comfort and a rather dif.. ferent view of the lagoon and Wal.. vis Bay as a whole. Donkey Bay .. is a well known surfing spot for .. international surfers from all over .. the world who come here to share icy waters with the hundreds .. the seals around the lighthouse. .. ofMany 4x4 excursions to Sandwich .. Harbour out in Walvis Bay. .. Sandwichstart Harbour lies about 40 .. km south of Walvis Bay with dunes .. sweeping down to a pristine la.. goon with views and scenery to .

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Note: The location of establishments on this map is an approximation only; please also consult the adverts for further directions.

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Swakopmund 68 1. Alte Brucke 2. Amanpuri Traveller’s Lodge 69 3. Anandi Ocean View Guesthouse 69 4. Atlantic Villa Boutique Guest House 70 5. Beach Hotel Swakopmund Back flap 71 6. Boutique Hotel - Taleni Africa 72 7. Bundu ‘n See 72 8. D’Avignon Hotel Pension 73 9. Desert Breeze 73 10. Eberwein Hotel 74 11. Europa Hof Hotel 74 12. Prinzessin Rupprecht, Hotel 74 13. Rapmund Hotel Pension 75 14. Rossmund Lodge 75 15. Sea Breeze Guesthouse 76 16. Sea Horse Guesthouse, The 76 17. Stiltz, The 77 Swakopmund Tourism Services African Art Jewellers (IFC) 85 Batis Birding Safaris 77 Crossroads Car Hire 81 Dare Devil Adventures 78 www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

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Desert Explorers Ground Rush Adventures Karakulia Weavers Kristall Galerie Kucki’s Pub Restaurant Kunene Tours & Safaris Namib i Sunrise Tours & Safaris Swakopmund Brauhaus Swakopmund Municipality Zum Kaiser Walvis Bay 18. Desert Dreams B & B 19. Kleines Nest B & B 20. Lagoon Loge 21. Loubser’s B & B 22. Oysterbox Guesthouse 23. Pelican Point Lodge 24. Shifting Whispering Sands, The

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Flying Coffee Pot Airport Shuttle & Transfer, The 98 Laramon Tours 94 Lyon des Sables 99 Mola Mola 96 Municipality of Walvis Bay 98 Sandwich Harbour 4 x 4 97 Henties Bay & Surrounds 100 25. Huis Klipdrift Swakopmund Surrounds 26. Kobo Kobo Hills

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WELWITSCHIA PLAINS

Welwitschia Plains

saucer, dark brown, hard and woody. The plant produces only two leaves throughout its lifetime. They grow opposite each other from the base outwards and are up to three

Inland from Swakopmund, like huge bundles of tangled

metres long. The tough and leathery leaf-blades, torn into

wool, the ancient welwitschias of the central Namib

long, thong-like shreds by the searing winds, are constant-

sprawl randomly across the well-known Welwitschia

ly blackened and worn away by the scorching desert sun.

Plains in the Namib-Naukluft Park. This intriguing stand

The welwitschia is dioecious, that is the male and fe-

of plants can be viewed when travelling through the pro-

male flowers are on separate plants. The flowers are often

claimed road in the northern section of the park.

brightly coloured, the male cones salmon pink and the female ones much larger and of a greenish-yellow colour,

The Welwitschia mirabilis is a botanical curiosity endemic

banded with reddish-brown, sometimes dark pink. A con-

to the Namib Desert. The plants grow in a narrow belt that

spicuous red beetle with the impressive scientific name of

lies between 30 to 40 kilometres inland, from the Kuiseb

Probergrothius sexpunctatis inhabits these plants. This in-

River in the central Namib more or less all the way up to

sect is associated only with welwitschias and is therefore

Mossamedes in Angola. The best specimens grow amongst

also endemic to the Namib.

the hills of the Messum Crater south-west of the Brandberg. Here, sheltered from the winds, they grow relatively

Welwitschias are not only of ancient origin, but are also

luxuriantly, with less of the desiccated and wind-shredded

extremely long-lived. The age of one of the larger speci-

look of the welwitschias of the plains.

mens has been estimated at about 2 000 years, while carbon-14 dating indicates that average specimens such

The welwitschia is actually a tree that has been dwarfed

as those seen on the Welwitschia Plains are between 500

by the rigours of the desert, the major portion of its stem

and 600 years old. A magnificent specimen, known as

having been driven underground. The fibrous taproot is

the Great Welwitschia and estimated to be 1 500 years

quite shallow, with many lateral roots just below the sur-

old, can be seen along the Welwitschia Trail, which runs

face. The crown of the stem is flattened and shaped like a

across the plain.

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Cape Cross

CAPE CROSS late November or early December the females give birth to their pups, which remain in and around the colony, continuing to suckle for the next ten to eleven months. At

In 1486, before there were clear maps of the Southern

any time of the year visitors are greeted with the spectacle

African coast, the Portuguese navigator, Diego C達o, on

of tens of thousands of heads bobbing on land and in the

one of his journeys in search of a sea route to the Far

water.

East, landed at Cape Cross, about 130 kilometres north of Swakopmund. Here he planted a stone cross or padr達o, to

Also of interest in the vicinity is the Cape Cross lichen

mark being the first European of his time to reach this far

reserve, where visitors are requested to stay on the exist-

down the west coast of Africa. His cross remained in place

ing roads and to inspect these interesting organisms on

until the 1890s, when it was removed and taken to the

foot. If a little water is sprinkled on them, they come to

Oceanographical Museum in Berlin. In 1974 the whole area was landscaped and a replica cross was erected.

life magically, displaying interesting colours and becoming soft and leathery to the touch.

Today Cape Cross is visited primarily for its seal reserve, which is one of the easiest to reach along the Namibian coast. With its surrounding area of 60 square kilometres, the seal reserve was proclaimed in 1968 to protect the largest of the 23 colonies of Cape fur seals, Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus, which breed along the coast of South Africa and Namibia. At any one time the colony numbers from 200 000 to as many as 340 000 animals. The large bull seals arrive in mid- to late October, staking their territorial claims and defending them from other males. In www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

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Gobabeb

GOBABEB Gobabeb Training and Research Centre continues to host scientists, students, film-makers, artists and casual visitors interested in finding out more about the Namib Desert.

For the last fifty years scientists, researchers, students, film-

The training programme at the Research Centre is aimed

makers, artists and tourists have converged on Gobabeb, a

at enhancing understanding of sustainable development

world-renowned research institution in the central Namib

at all levels. School groups visit to learn more about cli-

Desert approximately 85 kilometres south-east of Walvis

mate change, biodiversity and the Namibian environment,

Bay. The complex is located on the northern bank of the ephemeral Kuiseb River that runs through the NamibNaukluft Park to Walvis Bay. Over the years a great deal of detailed research on the geology, ecology, landscape and history of the Namib Desert has been carried out at this institution.

and students from the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic spend anything from a week to a month to apply their theoretical training. Tertiary students from other parts of the world come to Gobabeb to pursue MSc and PhD research, often in collaboration with Namibian students. The research programme provides a broad framework for individual researchers to take on challenges such as

Gobabeb was founded in 1962 as the Namib Desert Research Station by the world’s foremost desert beetle tax-

ephemeral river functioning and management practices in arid lands.

onomist at the time, Dr Charles Koch. The well-known Dr

The Gobabeb Open Day is an annual event that provides

Mary Seely, who started as a researcher at the station in

an opportunity for members of the public to make the trip

1967, became director in 1970, leading and expanding

to the research station and learn more about its activities.

the programme for the next 28 years, consolidating its in-

Each year has a different theme and Gobabeb staff mem-

ternational reputation and pursuit of scientific excellence.

bers give presentations of their various research activities,

Today, under the directorship of Dr Joh Henschel, the

covering the current programmes and training projects.

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SANDWICH HARBOUR

Sandwich Harbour

have been sought by fortune hunters and adventurers, but

One of Namibia’s most magical places is undoubtedly

Referred to in old texts as Sandfisch Haven, the lagoon

Sandwich Harbour, a saltwater lagoon surrounded by ex-

was once an open bay at its northern end, which became

tensive mud flats and reed-lined pools fed by freshwater

silted up over the years. The changing shoreline of the bay

springs. Sandwich is one of Southern Africa’s most impor-

is indicated on some of the older maps with dots rather

tant wetland areas, providing refuge to thousands of birds,

than solid lines. In the past Sandwich served several pur-

including pelicans and flamingos, at any one given time,

poses, for instance as a shelter for whalers during storms.

and giving shelter to countless thousands of migrants ev-

In the mid-1900s a trading station was established here

ery year. It is also an important breeding ground for sev-

for curing fish, producing shark-liver oil and sealskins,

eral fish species.

which were transported down the coast to Cape Town and

no traces of the ship or its cargo have ever been found.

Mauritius. Situated some 48 kilometres south of Walvis Bay at the foot of massive ivory-coloured dunes, Sandwich Harbour

Today it’s visited primarily by tourists, anglers and bird

is much sought after by photographers and artists for its

watchers. About 115 species have been recorded here, in-

singular beauty and grandeur. Its inaccessibility – it can be

cluding 18 Palaearctic waders, 20 seabirds, 34 water birds

reached only by four-wheel-drive vehicle – enhances its

and 18 land birds. Because it lies in the Namib-Naukluft

allure and mystique. This is augmented by the legend that

Park, permits are required from the Ministry of Environ-

buried in the sands above the high-water mark are the re-

ment and Tourism. These can be obtained at several ser-

mains of a ship that carried in its hold a rich cargo of gold,

vice stations and through tour operators in Swakopmund

precious stones and ivory. Over the years these treasures

and Walvis Bay.

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BRANDBERG - MOUNTAIN OF MYSTERY

Brandberg - Mountain of Mystery

great deal of controversy over its meaning and origin, the latest being that the figure is neither white nor a female, but rather a male medicine man wearing body paint.

Owing its name to its glowing red appearance at sunset,

There are at least 17 other sites of rock paintings depict-

the Brandberg massif lies south of the Ugab River about

ing lions, giraffes and ostriches within a on-mile radius of

40 kilometres nort-west of Uis. Around 120 million years

Maack’s shelter.

ago the area was a volcano set in a vast plateau of volcanic rock. Subsequent erosion of the surrounding lavos

The White Lady is surrounded by paintings of animals,

gradually exposed the massive chuck of weather-resis-

and although the frieze has faded over the years and has

tance granite, providing the numerous overhangs used as

an iron grid in front of it to protext it from vandals, it is

shelters by Bushmen.

well worth the effort to go and see it. The walk up the Tsisab Gorge to reach Maack’s Shelter, which takes about

The Brandberg is the site of Königstein, at 2 574 metres

an hour along a well-marked route, should not be under-

the highest peak in Namibia. It is also the site of an inter-

taken at midday, due to high temparatures.

nationally renowned heritage of rock paintings, including the famous White Lady, which can be seen on an over-

The Brandberg paintings are estimated to be between 2

hang in Maack’s Shelter, Maack being the surveyor who

000 and 4 000 years old. About 8 000 were photographed

discovered it and other paintings in the Tsisab Valley in

and documented by the late Harald Pager, a task which

1917. However, it was only in 1955 that the White Lady

took him many years, and the results were published in

became known to international rock-art specialists, when

several volumes. A good way to view the paintings of the

it was copied and described by the French archaeologist

Brandberg is on the guided tours [resented by the local

and cleric, Abbé Henri Breuil. Since then there has been a

Dâureb Mountain Guides.

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. . . . When you approach Swakopmund . . on the tarred road from the interior, its . . quaint assemblage of towers and . . turrets rise mysteriously from the . . mist, creating a mirage of an an. . cient city in a faraway land. These . . atmospheric conditions are gener. . ated by the dense bank of coastal . . fog that hangs over the cold Atlan. . tic Ocean on most mornings, dissi. . pating as the sun rises higher in the . . sky. Sometimes the sea is a sleek . . silver mirror; other times it is grey . . and stormy, with waves breaking . . onto the shore in rollers of thick . . white froth. . . . . Germany’s annexation of the terri. . tory of Deutsch-Südwestafrika be. . came reality in August 1884 when . . the German flag and wooden no.. tice boards were planted at various .. points along the south-west Afri.. can coast, proclaiming the protec.. tion of the Reich, and supplanting, .. after 400 years, Portugal’s claims to .. sovereignty over the territory. There .. was only one really viable natural .. harbour along the coast, namely .. Walvis Bay, but it was still in British .. hands. The new German colony’s .. need for a port of its own led to the .. founding of Swakopmund in 1892, .. and it served as the territory’s main .. harbour for many years. .. .. Today the coastal town is Namib.. ia’s main seaside resort, and locals .. descend on it from the interior in .. large numbers to escape the heat .. of the summer (December/ Janu.. ary). The town has a cool and brac.. ing climate, and its large number .. of restaurants, carefully tended .. public gardens, wide choice of .. pensions and hotels, coffee shops .. selling traditional German cakes .. and pastries make it an enjoyable .. holiday destination. Many of the . old colonial buildings with their . .. distinct German architecture have

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been preserved, such as Woermann House, built in 1905, which houses the Swakopmund Arts Association and the Public Library; Die Alte Kaserne (1905), today a youth hostel based on the concept of the International Youth Hostel Federation; the privately owned Hohenzollern-Haus (1905); and the Prinzessin Ruprecht Heim, built in 1902 as a hospital, today serving as a pension.

The Old Iron Jetty, originally built in 1911, is a well-known landmark that was closed for repairs for many years and was re-opened to the public in 2006. The Swakopmund Museum is a small but comprehensive institution with displays ranging from natural history, botany and mineralogy to ethnological and historical displays. On the beachfront is the Swakopmund Aquarium, a favourite among children with its transparent oval-shaped tank and glass walk-through tunnel. An interesting shop to visit is the Kristall Galerie with its specialist mineral displays, including gigantic quartz crystal clusters. And a visit to Swakopmund would not be complete without enjoying coffee and cake at Café Anton, famous for delectable classics such as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, Florentiners and Apfelstrudel.

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Swakopmund

1 Directions: Pass the Jetty and the Aquarium, direction Swakop River, turn to your left at the Swakop River, 100m straight.

Alte Brücke is situated within walking distance of the beach, near the National Aquarium and 10 minutes walking distance from the centre of town. Our accommodation consists of 23 self catering chalets, fully equipped and serviced daily (sleeps 1 to 6) and a buffet breakfast is included in our bed price. The gift shop stocks unique small gifts to take back tangible memories of Swakopmund and Namibia. From our action desk all activities on the coast and surrounds can be arranged. Our secure camping facilities are top class, each stand has its own bathroom, fire place, wash up, power point and lawned area. The conference centre will cater for all your business requirements, weddings, birthday functions, group lunches and dinners, welcoming and farewell parties, presentations and many more! The well stocked, fully licensed bar will quench almost every thirst. SEE YOU SOON!

Tel: +264 (0)64 404 918 • Fax: +264 (0)64 400 153 P.O. Box 3360 • Swakopmund • Namibia E-mail: info@altebrucke.com • www.altebrucke.com

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Amanpuri Travellers Lodge offer single, double, triple and Dorm Rooms. Breakfast is included in all our rates. All our rooms are ensuite with towels and bedding supplied, DSTV* and safes* (* not Dorm Rooms). Free wireless internet. There is secure off street parking and 24 hour security. Enjoy a drink at our bar or our large BBQ area. Explore and experience! Tours and activities can be booked by us ranging from Skydiving to Desert Trips to Quadbiking and Fishing.

Tel: +264 (0) 64 405 587 / 081 250 3668 • Fax: +264 (0) 64 404 597 Cnr of Moses Garoeb and Anton Lubowski St. • PO Box 8132, Swakopmund amanpuri@mweb.com.na • www.amanpurinamibia.com Swakopmund

3 GPS Co-ordinates: 22° 38.190’ S | 14° 31.990’ E Tastefully furnished, en-suite rooms, equipped with tea tray, fridge, satellite TV. Self-catering rooms with small kitchenette also available. Rooms furnished with single and double beds to accommodate families. A comfortable lounge and indoor braai present a relaxing atmosphere. Situated in Ocean View - Swakopmund, a quiet and secure neighbourhood. Within a comfortable walking distance from the beach and close to Ocean View Spar Shopping Centre. • Breakfast • Dinner on request • Barbeque facilities available • Wi-Fi internet facility. Also Anandi Guesthouse in Mariental - Tel: + 264 63 24 2220.

Tel : +264 64 406 553 • Fax : +264 (0)64 406 550 • Cell: +264 (0)811 477 922 Situated in 14 Nelken street, Ocean View Swakopmund (Dr Schwietering Road to Mile 4) anandiswakop@iway.na • www.anandiguesthouse.com

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Tel: +264 (0)64 463 511 • Fax: +264 (0)64 463 510 P.O.Box 552 • Vogelstrand • Swakopmund • Namibia • Email: atlanticvilla@iway.na • Web: www.atlantic-villa.com

Situated within sight and sound of the mesmerising Atlantic Ocean, The Atlantic Villa offers accommodation within walking distance from the beach, a few minutes drive from Swakopmund town centre and a quiet relaxed atmosphere complemented by its location. Our elegantly and luxuriously decorated rooms offer spacious and comfortable accommodation. Accommodation at Atlantic Villa consists of four main facets, namely the Luxury Suites, Deluxe Rooms, Luxury Rooms and Self CateringUnits. Atlantic Villa has the facilities to accommodate a variety of travellers. Our conference facility features latest technology equipment, with surround sound, seating and lighting to complement and create an ambiance to fit in with your corporate image and colours.

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Located only 50m from the Atlantic Ocean and within walking distance to the centre of Swakopmund. All Comfort Rooms, Family Rooms and Apartments have a balcony with sea view. The lounge is fully glazed and from the roof terrace, with heated swimming pool, you have a 360-degree view over the town, the dunes and the ocean. Our room categories and rates: Standard Room: N$ 695,- (2 persons sharing) | Comfort Room: N$ 895,-(2 persons sharing) Family Unit: N$ 495,- (4 persons sharing) | All rates are per person sharing, including all local taxes and breakfast. Information about our apartments can be found on the reverse of this publication.

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Beach Hotel Swakopmund, Suedstrand St. 1, P.O. Box 274, Swakopmund Tel: +264 (0)64 417 700 | Fax: +264 (0)88 652 1199 | reservations@beach-hotel-swakopmund.com

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Tel: +27 (0)21 930 4564 • Fax: +27 (0)21 930 4574 4 Sam Nujoma Avenue, Swakopmund, Namibia • Coordinates: S22°40’ 43.56” E014°31’ 22.75” Email: reservations@swkboutiquehotel.com • Web: www.swkboutiquehotel.com

The Swakopmund Boutique Hotel offers direct access to the beach and the town’s vibrant street life, quaint architecture, shopping and fine dining. This luxurious hotel offers 21 fully air-conditioned bedrooms, each featuring a full en-suite bathroom. Accommodation options include 3 spacious family units and 11 sea view rooms with a private balcony to enjoy breath-taking views. Other facilities include a roof terrace with views, conferencing facilities and an on-site restaurant.

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Hotel Bundu n See is centrally situated in the very heart of the historical Swakopmund and within walking distance from the beach, restaurants and shops. We offer a variety of comfortable accommodation. Our en-suite rooms have television with DSTV as well as wireless internet. Relax in our cosy pub and enjoy one of our ice-cold local beers. Enjoy delicious meals in the Bundu Coffee Shop on our premises. Conference facilities are available for small sized conferences.

Tel: +264 (0) 64 40 2360 • Fax: +264 (0) 64 40 5649 P.O. Box 456, Swakopmund, Namibia E-mail: res@bundunsee.com • Web: www.bundunsee.com

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Your affordable accomodation with pool in garden setting, TV lounge, homebaked breads on healthy breakfast buffet, safe parking ! All rooms are non-smoking. Wireless internet facility. Margit d’Avignon and her team would like to welcome you at Hotel d’Avignon. Rates: (incl. breakfast) Single: N$ 320 p/room • Double: N$ 520 p/room • Triple: N$ 693 p/room • 4-bed N$ 790 p/room (upto 01.06.2013)

Tel: +264 (0)64 405 821 • Fax: +264 (0)64 405 542 25 Libertine Amathila Street, Swakopmund, Namibia

E-mail: davignon@iway.na • For Cell / Smart / I-Phones : http://mobi.natron.net/davignon

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Tel: +264 (0)64 406 236 • Fax +264 (0)64 406 237 Swakopmund, Namibia E-mail: info@desertbreezeswakopmund.com • Web: www.desertbreezeswakopmund.com

Desert Breeze is located a few minutes’ drive from the centre of town on the bank of the Swakop River. Desert Breeze provides the perfect escape to experience a space so tranquil and serene it will entice your senses and nourish your soul. Desert Breeze offers 12, all en-suite, luxury bungalows and one exquisite villa, each with a private sun deck to admire the breathtaking view of the dunes. Expressing sophisticated style and luxury from our accommodation right through to our breakfast facilities, we endeavour to make our guests feel pampered and spoiled. Each bungalow and the villa are equipped with wireless internet, mini bar, coffee and tea making facilities and digital safes.

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• 16 Double rooms, incl. luxury & honeymoon in Victorian decor • Room heating • Garage & Security • Bar & Lounge • We Speak German and English • Situated in the centre of Swakopmund. Walking distances to all shops and restaurants as well as to the beach. Prices on request.

Tel: +264 (0)64 414450 • Fax: +264 (0)64 414451 P.O.Box 2594 • Swakopmund • Namibia Email: eberwein@iafrica.com.na • Web: www.eberwein.com.na Swakopmund

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The Hotel Europa Hof with it’s distinct German architecture and relaxing atmosphere, is ideally located within short walking distance to the main tourist attractions, the beach and city center. It offers safe parking for guests and rooms with telephone, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms. The hotel’s restaurant has the biggest ‘a la Carte’ menu in town and offers a wide variety of local and European seafood and game dishes making it one of the most popular restaurants in town.

Tel: +264 (0)64 405 061/2 • Fax: +264 (0)64 402 391 P.O. Box 1333, Bismark Street 39, Swakopmund, Namibia E-mail: info@europahof.com • Web: www.europahof.com Swakopmund Directions: Anton Lubowski Str 15 (Formerly Lazarett Str) 12

Hotel Prinzessin Rupprecht is situated within one of Swakopmund’s famous historical buildings.With the building being established in 1901, it was used as a hospital until the end of World War One. Today it operates as a well known bed and breakfast establishment, offering 17 rooms and 2 Family Units, all equipped with telephone, tea and coffee utensils, fridge and safe. The Hotel is the ideal place from which to explore all the tourist attractions which Swakopmund has to offer such as desert tours, seal and dolphin cruises, visits to the museum and the aquarium, dune surfing & hot air ballooning over the astonishing Namib Desert. Situated 5 minutes walking distance from city centre.

Tel: ++264 (0)64 412 540 • Fax: ++264 (0)64 412 541 P.O. Box 124 • Swakopmund • Namibia reservation@prinzrupp.com.na • www.prinzrupp.com.na

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13 Directions: Bismarck Street 6-8, Swakopmund

Our hotel has been under family management since 1968, established by the Rapmund-family. We offer 25 standard and 2 luxury en-suite rooms with reasonable prices. Enjoy our well known hearty breakfast with a sea view, in a friendly atmosphere. Our ideal central location, with a 2 minute walk to the beach and town centre, will make your stay easy and relaxing.

Tel: +264 (0)64 402035 • Fax: +264 (0)64 404 524 P.O. Box 425 • Swakopmund • Namibia E-mail: rapmund@iafrica.com.na • www.hotelpensionrapmund.com

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Directions: On the northern banks of the Swakop River.

E-mail: roslodge@mweb.com.na • Web: www.rossmundlodge.com Tel: +264 (0)64 414600 • Fax: +264 (0)64 414649 P.O. Box 86 • Swakopmund • Namibia The Lodge forms part of the present 18-hole Rössmund Golf course, which is uniquely situated in the Namib Desert. The Lodge is beautifully situated with 360º vistas of the fairways, desert and a backdrop of awesome sand dunes. Both golfers and non-golfers may stroll freely around the course within touching distance of herds of free-roaming springbok and enjoy identifying the varieties of bird species. Any activities can be arranged to your liking to visit the many tourist attractions in the desert or along the coast as well as unique bird watching opportunities in the wetland of nearby Walvis Bay. (Prices on request).

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Accommodation comprises of both double and single rooms, all with en-suite bathroom. These rooms offer every comfort and a sense of home away from home. Accommodation includes an indulgent breakfast in the dining room with ocean view. For those travelers wishing for a sense of privacy, the 4 self-catering units offer the ideal solution. These units are equipped with kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. Other facilities: Laundry service, secure parking, bar fridge in every room and wheelchair friendly. Satellite TV available in the lounge. Here genuine, exceptional hospitality is the order of the day.

Tel: +264 (0)64 463348 • Fax: +264 (0)64 463349 P.O. Box 2601 • Swakopmund • Namibia Email: seabre@iafrica.com.na • Web: www.seabreeze.com.na Swakopmund

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The clean, refreshing sea breeze guarantees relaxation and revival. With your comfort in mind we have created different sized, modern accommodation units each with own terrace and secure parking. Of high standard, at competitive prices you will find modern, sunny apartments for 2 persons, with own, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Awaiting our guests, are generously equipped units for self catering. In addition we also offer laundry service and breakfast on request. For groups or families we have two units with two bedrooms. The comfortable furnishing guarantees a pleasant stay.

Tel: +264 (0)64 462743 • Fax: +264 (0)64 462743 P.O.Box 3612 • Vineta • Swakopmund Email: seahorse@mweb.com.na • Web: www.seahorsenamibia.com

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Tel: +264 64 400 771 • Fax: +264 64 400 711 Office: +264 81 149 4979 • P.O. Box 4045, Swakopmund, Namibia. Email: info@thestiltz.com • Web: www.thestiltz.com From Sam Najoma, turn left into Strand street(along the ocean)pass “The Tug” restaurant and the aquarium and then turn left. The Stiltz is on your right.

For the romantic adventurer, The Stiltz is the place to stay in Swakopmund. This unique bed and breakfast on stiltz 3.5 m above the ground with the most amazing views overlooking the sand dunes on the one side, the Atlantic ocean on the other and in the centre the small lagoon with many different bird species. The attention to detail, the hand made furniture and happy colours inside these wooden bungalows make for the most wonderful stay. We also have two luxury Villas that can sleep up to six people. Friendly staff and a great breakfast makes The Stiltz extra ordinary. We are only a few minutes away from the town centre.

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. . . . Lagoon- Internationally . . Important Wetland . . .. The Walvis Bay Lagoon is regarded .. as the most important wetland for .. coastal birds along the west coast .. of Southern Africa, not only for .. the numerous resident species it .. harbours, but especially for the .. vast numbers of intra-African and .. Palaearctic migrants that frequent .. its tranquil waters. Because of its .. value nationally and internation.. ally as a wetland area, it was de.. clared a RAMSAR site, RAMSAR .. being the convention on wetlands .. held in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran, and .. is listed as a Natural Heritage Site. .. The lagoon area is especially .. known for the large numbers of .. lesser and greater flamingos it at.. tracts to its rich feeding grounds. .. Black-necked grebes are seen .. in rafts of up to 800 individuals. .. Populations of migratory waders .. supported by the lagoon include .. curlew sandpipers, sanderlings, .. red knots, bar-tailed godwits, .. white-fronted plovers and tens of .. thousands of Caspian and swift .. terns. A good time to visit the la. . .. goon is between October and April

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Looking for accommodation in Walvis Bay with a warm and homely feeling? Look no further … we make you feel at home in our 5 spacious rooms with private en-suite bathrooms, equipped with TV, telephone, wireless Internet, laptop size safes and coffee trays as well as safe and secure parking in lock-up garages. We offer a buffet as well as a full English breakfast in our comfortable dining room. A courtesy bar is available upon request and dinner can be delivered every evening by arrangement. Come and enjoy our personal and friendly hospitality and experience the difference.

Tel.+264 (0)64 275 600 • Cell: +264 (0)81 279 0306 2 John Muafangejo Street, Walvis Bay, Namibia desertdreams@iway.na

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Tel: +264 64 203 203 • Fax: +264 64 206 907 36 Esplanade • P.O. Box 730 • Walvis Bay • Namibia E-mail: kleinnest@iway.na • Web: www.natron.net/kleinesnest/tour/ Enjoy a full continental breakfast while watching the abundance of lagoon bird life. Lagoon facing rooms each have a private balcony, en-suite bathroom, a kettle and a fridge. Standard/ budget rooms have a kettle and en-suite bathrooms. Walvis Bay’s 2 famous restaurants are only 500m away. On special request we can also arrange: Dolphin sightseeing trips, Quad bike rides, Guided desert tours. A canoe is also available for those outdoor lovers. Enjoy the hospitality of your friendly hosts, Johann and Melani van den Berg - in English, German and Afrikaans.

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Directions : At the entrance of Walvis Bay, follow direction Sandwich Harbour. At the traffic light in 5th street, turn left and further ahead, you will see in the distance a big bright yellow house : there you are !

Tel: +264 (0)64 200850 • Fax: +264 (0)64 200851 P.O. Box 3964 • Walvis Bay • Namibia Email: french@lagoonloge.com.na • Web: www.lagoonloge.com.na Lagoon Loge: 8 cosy rooms overlooking the lagoon • friendly atmosphere • enjoy a hearty breakfast • have a rest at your leisure in the garden around the swimming pool • fascinating bird life • majestic sunsets • free wifi internet connection. We will glady advise you on activities in the area and book for you excursions and restaurants. Rates: double room : N$ 1380 • family room: N$ 1800

A bientôt ! See you soon ! Bis bald ! Hasta pronto !

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Loubser’s B&B/Self Catering and Backpackers offer the tourist affordable accommodation in Walvis Bay, Namibia. We have 3 x double rooms, 1 x self catering unit and 2 x 4 bedded rooms available. A full service will be available from us, accommodation, transfers to and from the airport, camping and accommodated tours to various destinations in Namibia and neighbouring countries. Day Tours along the central coastal area. We also cater for the vegetarian tourist at the B&B/Backpackers and on the camping tours of Namibia. Arrangement of various activities with operators can be done. Sandboarding, quadbiking, wind and kite surfing, paragliding, hiking trails, angling tours, etc.

Tel: +264 (0)64 203 034 • Cell: +264 (0)81 128 7347 • Fax: +264 (0)64 220 434 3rd Street West Nr.11, Walvis Bay, Namibia falou@iway.na • www.loubseraccommodation.com

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Located on Walvis Bay’s beautiful Lagoon, Oyster Box Guesthouse offers classic comfort for holiday tourists, business people, families, and water sports enthusiasts. The 12 en-suite twin-bedded rooms, of which 3 can also be used as triple rooms, feature breathtaking views across the Walvis Bay lagoon. Rooms are equipped with very comfortable beds, international DSTV, a safe, and airconditioning/heating units. Wifi facilities are also available. From 07h30 until 10h00 you can enjoy a hearty breakfast, and breakfast packs can be arranged for those who wish to depart earlier. Our bar, providing sunset views across the lagoon, is open every day until 21:00 hours for guests to enjoy a drink with light meals, or simply to relax after a fun day.

Corner Esplanade & 2nd Street West, Walvis Bay, NAMIBIA Tel: +264 64 202247 / Cell +264 811600600 oysterboxguesthouse@oysterboxguesthouse.com www.oysterboxguesthouse.com 22°57,751 S | 14°29,157 E

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Situated in the semi-remote solitude of a peninsula overlooking the ocean, the bay and the entry port of Walvis Bay, a lighthouse breaks the horizon signaling that home is nearby. Pelican Point Lodge aims to extend professional individual service, in this exclusive and unique setting surrounded by sea and sand, guaranteeing your privacy and comfort in 9 luxury en-suite rooms, with private balconies. The presidential suite / honeymoon suite offers a breathtaking 360ยบ view. Tranquility will strike the soul with inward relaxation and peace and guests will experience the opportunity to come in close contact with cape fur seal colonies, dolphins, whales, sunfish, endangered damara tem, jackals, flamingoes and pelicans. With the provision of luxury accommodation and dining to tantalize, all coupled with exclusive activities that are on offer, living the experience of Pelican Point Lodge is simply to die for!

Tel: +264 (0)64 221 281 | Cell: +264 (0)81 800 93 01 | Cell: +264 (0)81 800 93 02 Reservations: reservations@pelicanpointlodge.com info@pelicanpointlodge.com | www.pelicanpointlodge.com Co-ordinates: -22.891822 โ€ข 14.435400

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Situated within walking distance from the lagoon, The Shifting Whispering Sands consists of five luxury units with outside entrances. Two units sleep 4 persons and three units sleeps 2 persons. Each unit has own bathroom, fridge, TV & air-conditioner, tea and coffee facilities. Units are luxuriously decorated and furnished with daily cleaning services. Our breakfast is outstanding! Laundry services available for guests. Transport is available from and to the airport and to the various facilities in and around town.

Tel.+264 64 205 348 • Fax +264 64 206 318 82 Sam Nujoma Avenue, Walvis Bay, Namibia shiftwhispsands@iway.na • www.wheretostay.co.za/shiftingwhisperingsands

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All units are fully furnished and self contained incl cutlery, crockery & bedding. Dstv | Laundry service | Daily cleaning service | Alarm sysytems and security fencing Indoor & Outdoor bbq’s | Lockable garages Huis Klipdrift is within short walking distance from shops and beach.

Tel: +264 64 501 329 • Fax: +264 64 501 330 Valerie: Cell +264 81 127 3823 • P.O. Box 24, Henties Bay E-mail: val@iway.na • www.hentiesbaytourism.com/houseKlipdrif

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Kobo Kobo Hills is situated halfway between Windhoek and the coast, on the edge of the Namib Desert. Accommodation is in thatched cottages with a pool and lapa from which you can watch the game at the watering hole OR North-African style houses set amongst granite boulders. Breakfast and lunch is served in the lapa. Dinner is prepared on an open fire and served under the stars. This is the perfect place to relax by the pool, go for a walk or climb in the rocks and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Cell: +264 (0)81 127 4712 kirsten@kobokobo.com.na • www.kobokobo.com.na

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Eileen Guest Farm is situated on the edge of the Erongo Mountains. It is an ideal hiding place for all kinds of wild animals and some already endangered. Meals are served on a half open Lapa or in a small dinning room. Barbeque evenings round the open fire are very popular. In a social atmosphere you can hear all about the way of life in Namibia. Enjoy our fresh saltwater pool in a calm atmosphere or go with us or alone to explore surrounding environment.

Tell: +264 (0)64 570837• Cell: +264 (0)81 394 9319 • Fax: +264 (0)88 643 506 P.O. Box 393 • Omaruru • Namibia Email: eileen@iway.na • Web: http://www.erongo.iway.na

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Tel/Fax: +264 67 290 077 / 290 177 Cell: +264 81 127 7243 / +264 81 128 5858 • P.O. Box 250 • Omaruru • Namibia E-mail: immenhof@iway.na •Web: www.immenhofnamibia.com At Immenhof, we make every effort to make you feel comfortable and at home. Discover the unknown, take part in exciting hunts for trophies or simply absorb the wonders of nature and enjoy perfect peace. We offer 9 spacious, comfortable, individually decorated rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Facilities include the swimming pool, spa, barbecue area, bar, daily laundry service as well as telephone, fax and internet facilities. Immenhof flying safaris will take you to exotic and remote places in this part of Africa. Food specialities include genuine Namibian venison, lamb and beef, prepared the typical hearty african-german-afrikaans way. Enjoy the calm surroundings and the hearty atmosphere on our farm!

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Directions: Situated approximately 270km north of Windhoek

Midway between Windhoek, Swakopmund and the Etosha Pan – in the heart of dense African bush and surrounded by beautiful mountains – you will find Epako. 11 000 hectares of untouched nature and an abundance of wildlife will enchant you to want to spend more time here with us. The restaurant and terrace overlook the riverbed and our waterhole is illuminated at night. We offer 20 en-suite rooms with telephone, mini bar, air-conditioning and a private terrace. Get up early to experience our game walks, cheetah feeding, game drives, including a visit to the bushman paintings and rock engravings, or let it all sink in at the end of an exhilarating sundowner drive, wishing you would never have to leave.

Tel: ++264 (0)64 570 551\2 • Fax: ++264 (0)64 570 553 epako@iafrica.com.na • www.epako.com

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30 Directions: Corner Riverstreet and Dr Ian Scheepers Drive, Omaruru

Embrace the silence of Africa while enjoying a sundowner and the magnificent views of the Erongo Mountains at Kashana Namibia. Explore our arts and crafts centre, tantalize your taste-buds at the Kashana Restaurant or simply relax in our swimming pool. We offer comfortable luxury bungalows with en-suite facilities, television, wireless internet, air-conditioning, mini-bar, coffee/tea facilities & veranda. To savour all we have to offer in Omaruru you will need more than one night.

Contact: Tel.+264 64 571 434 • Fax +264 64 571 107 www.kashana-namibia.com • info@kashana-namibia.com Resdes: Tel +264 61 224 712

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Tel: +264 (0)64 570 274 • Fax: +264 (0)64 570 274 P.O. Box 530 • Omaruru • Namibia Email: eckmitt@iway.na

The River Guesthouse is situated halfway between the coast and Etosha National Park. We offer 6 cosy double rooms with en-suite bathrooms (2 of them can be switched to family rooms). Our restaurant serves home cooking. Enjoy a cool drink at the pool or a sundowner in our boma. Six campsites are available at the riverbed with ablution facilities [hot water], fireplaces and power points. Enjoy the personal touch in a family friendly atmosphere! We are in the arty little town of Omaruru.

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It is advisable to explore this wild and isolated region in four-wheel drive, since most destinations are off-the-beaten track, especially along the Kunene, with its splendid Epupa Falls.

Kaokoland is the ancestral homeland of the nomadic Himba tribe. The Himba are tall, slender and photogenic people of Herero origin. Especially the women are admired for their unusual scultptural features, their intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. Furthermore, the Kaokoland is home to the famous “Desert Elephants” that migrate along river valleys in search for water and food.

The Skeleton Coast Park borders on the cold Atlantic Ocean in the west. It is often referred to as the “world’s shipping graveyard” and its attraction lies in its solitude as well as its formidable angling spots. Photographers have ample opportunity to practice their skills with the ever changing light and dune formations, against the backdrop of salt pans, gravel plains and hills. Further down, to the west of Khorixas lies Twyfelfontein (meaning “doubtful mountain”), with its open air art-gallery of 2400 rock engravings which has World Heritage Status since 2007. Close by are also the Petrified Forest, the Burnt Mountain as well as the famous Organ Pipes, a series of angular dolerite columns exposed in a dry riverbed. Furthermore, this area offers more geological phenomena such as the 80 km long Ugab terraces, as well as the Vingerklip, a 35m high monolith which towers over the Ugab valley.

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The north-west of Namibia, also named the Kunene region, stretches from the Kunene river in the north right down to the Ugab River near Twyfelfontein. It is a rugged terrain with rock-strewn hillsides, rugged mountains and sandy plains.

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TWYFELFONTEIN Twyfelfontein

eyes of the shaman as he enters the state of trance and

In 2007 the Twyfelfontein rock-engraving site in the Huab

elephant or lion with special powers to heal the sick or

Valley west of Khorixas was awarded World Heritage

bring rain rather than being depicted because the animal

status at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in

is abundant in the area.

the spiritual world. The supernatural creature would often take on the appearance of a familiar animal like a giraffe,

Christchurch, New Zealand. The 2 000-plus rock engravings represent one of Africa’s largest and most important

It is highly likely that the sites of the specific engravings

rock-art concentrations.

were chosen deliberately at significant points in the rocks. Some are in cracks and fissures, which may have served

Here great Etjo sandstone formations provided the can-

as doorways to the supernatural world, while others may

vases used by the rock artists who created the gigantic

have been engraved in areas to concentrate the energy

open-air gallery some 2 000 to 6 000 years ago. Many

for a journey into the spiritual world. The engravings are

stone artefacts, tools, ostrich eggshell beads and pottery

believed to have been produced in the dry season when

typical of hunter-gatherers of the past 10 000 years have

the shortage of water made people congregate near the

been excavated at Twyfelfontein, an Afrikaans word that

spring.

means ‘doubtful fountain’. The Visitors’ Interpretive Rock Art Centre at Twyfelfontein The engravings mostly depict animals and geometric de-

is an innovative building with an architectural design

signs, although human figures are sometimes portrayed in

based on the three stages of trance, providing visitors with

the newer ones. An interesting aspect of the rock engrav-

a comprehensive background of the rock engravings and

ings is that many depict animals as seen in a trans or su-

origin of the site. There are several good lodges in the

pernatural state, while the abstract and geometric patterns

surroundings, and many interesting geological and other

are entopic images, patterns or flashes seen through the

features to view.

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Organ Pipes is in the late afternoon, when the fading sunlight brings out the colour of the rock, giving it a rich golden glow.

There are three other legendary sites worth visiting when

crystallises into pillar basalt, presenting interesting geo-

Further away, in the vicinity of Khorixas, is the Petrified Forest, a site of recumbent fossilised tree trunks that was declared a national monument in the early 1950s and is a National Heritage Site today. These fossilised tree trunks date back between 240 and 300 million years and are actually driftwood logs that were taken down by a westward-flowing river and deposited in sandbanks or shoals. Remnants of at least 50 trees can be seen at this site. They are so well preserved that they are often mistaken for logs. An interesting feature of the Petrified Forest is the Namib’s living fossil plant, Welwitschia mirabilis,

metric shapes. The best time to view and photograph the

which grows among the prostrate fossilised trunks.

in Damaraland, all of ancient geological origin. Visible from the road to Twyfelfontein is the so-called Burnt Mountain, a brilliantly coloured hill of dark maroon, black and charcoal rock. About 200 million years ago the Karoo limestones that formed the mountain were deposited, and about 120 million years ago volcanic lava intruded the limestone as a large sheet, metamorphosing into black, carbonaceous shales. The high temperatures baked the shale, leaving a black, charred mass with brown, red and yellow patches produced by the oxidation of iron-bearing minerals. Another curious sight in close proximity is an outcrop of volcanic rock called the Organ Pipes, formed in much the same way. Here the intrusive basalt, in this case dolomite, is still visible, forming a mass of perpendicular slabs, considered to be between 130 and 250 million years old. When basalt has been forced into a confined space, it

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SKELETON COAST Skeleton Coast

to grief on the rocks. The bleached bones of countless

Renowned for its extraordinary scenic beauty, the Skel-

trawlers lie strewn untidily for endless miles of desolate

eton Coast remains one of Namibia’s most enduring and

beach. At the river mouths, lying in tangled heaps, are the

mysterious places. Its attraction lies essentially in the

skeletons of a myriad trees, washed down from the interior

colour, vastness, changing moods and untouched quality

in good rain years.

whales, exploited in the heyday of the whaling fleets, and the sand and windblasted remains of tugs, liners and

of its landscape. Once an area for seafarers to fear and shun because of its treacherous coastline flanked by bone-

The landscape varies from vast desert plains often coloured

strewn desert wastes, today it is prized as a place of splen-

green when the coastal fog has brought the lichen fields to

dour and tranquility.

life; sweeping vistas of windswept dunes, their ivory-white backs often coated maroon with fine garnet sand, or black

Situated in the remote north-western corner of Namibia,

with magnetite and ilmenite; rugged canyons with walls

the Skeleton Coast Park is a narrow tract of coastal des-

of richly cloured volcanic rock; and extensive variety of

ert about 40 to 50 kilometres wide and 500 kilometres

animals and birds are found in the remote desert realm.

long. Extending between the Ugab River in the south and

On the plains are jackal, gemsbok, springbok, brown hy-

the Kunene River in the north, it was proclaimed a nature

aena and ostrich, while lion, giraffe and desert-adapted

reserve in 1971. Because of its ecological sensitivity the

elephant and black rhino roam up and down the dry river

nature conservation authorities manage it as a wilderness

courses, in effect linear oases with vegetation and the oc-

area insofar as developement of infrastractures is kept to

casional spring-fed waterhole.

a minimum and the number of visitors is restricted, with facilities and accommodation kept simple and basic. It

The northern section of the park is a tourism concession

has accordingly become a haven for discerning visitors

area and restricted to fly-in safaris only. The southern sec-

interested in the specific qualities of the area.

tion between the Ugab and Hoanib rivers is accessible to the general public, who can stay at the Terrace Bay resort

The skeletons scattered along this inhospitable coastline

or camp at Torra Bay, or drive through via the Ugab and

are not only those of hapless sailors whose vessels came

Springbokwasser gates.

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KAOKOLAND Kaokoland

pane bark, tamarisk, reeds and rushes, and the nutritious

At one time thought to be a separate or sub-species of

rugged terrain between the different springs. In periods of

the African elephant, Loxodonta africana, due to its longer

drought they dig holes, referred to as gorras, in the dry

legs, bigger feet and ability to withstand drought, the so-

riverbeds, into which water seeps from below, at the same

called desert elephants of Kaokoland are now regarded as

time providing a source of water for other animals of the

‘desert-adapted’ rather than a different species. However,

desert.

pods, bark and leaves of the ana tree. These elephants range widely, travelling up to 60 kilometres a day over

they belong to a separate population – a hardier version that has adapted successfully to life in arid areas – and

Tourists travelling in Kaokoland in search of the desert

merely appear to have longer legs and bigger feet because

elephants are requested to avoid enclosed areas where

they are thinner than their better-fed relatives.

the animals might feel trapped; not to camp at waterholes but to use existing

Their home range in Kaokoland extends over 3 000 square

camping sites; not

kilometres, with animals trekking up to 200 kilometres in

to stop their vehi-

search of water. Whereas adult elephants in Etosha drink

cles in the middle

between 100–200 litres of water a day, in Kaokoland they

of elephant mi-

drink only once every three or four days. When feeding,

gration routes; not

desert-adapted elephants are far more economical than

to feed or throw

their counterparts living in more lush habitats. They hardly

objects at the ani-

ever fell trees, break fewer branches and debark less de-

mals; to keep to

structively than regular elephants.

existing roads and tracks; and not to

Their main source of water and nutrition is in the dry river

leave their vehicle

courses of the westward-flowing rivers such as the Huab,

when encounter-

Hoanib, Hoarusib and Khumib where they feed on mo-

ing the elephants.

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EPUPA FALLS Epupa Falls

of Namibia with Angola. It winds through a slender forest

This deep chasm of a waterfall with its richly coloured

west towards the Atlantic Ocean. About 145 kilometres

rock walls and classic variety of tree species including

west of Ruacana, where the river wends its way through

baobabs, wild figs and makalani palms, is one of Na-

the Baynes Mountains and widens to accommodate a few

mibia’s most idyllic and peaceful spots. This is where you

islands, it plunges down a deep chasm caused by a geo-

of makalani palms, a landscape that gradually changes to one of arid hills and rugged mountains as it extends further

can sit quietly for many hours entertained by the twitter of birds, becoming mesmerised as they circle endlessly in the spray above the vortex below, while you wait for the sun to set in a vivid blaze of red.

logical fault. This is the Epupa Falls, a series of cascades formed by the river dropping a total of 60 metres over a distance of about 1.5 kilometres, dividing into many channels and forming a multitude of rock pools.

Epupa was one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets until the rapid development of tourism in the nineties following Namibia’s coming of age. Since then it has become one of

Bird-watching at Epupa is especially rewarding, as you have a good chance of spotting the rare rufous-tailed palm

the prime destinations for intrepid four-wheel-drive enthu-

thrush, rosy-faced lovebirds, paradise flycatchers, African

siasts who brave the rugged wastes of Kaokoland, and for

fish-eagles, kingfishers ranging from the giant to the tiny

tourists who visit the area in light aircraft. When flying in,

malachite kingfisher, several species of bee-eaters, bul-

they have the added opportunity of viewing the falls from

buls, hornbills and rollers. This is also a place from where

the air, an adrenalin rush in its own right.

you can visit a settlement of the legendary Himba, a seminomadic people who still live and dress according to an-

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Tel: + 264 (0)64 403096 • Fax: + 264 (0)64 402097 E-mail: camtrav@iafrica.com.na • Website: www.natron.net/omarunga-camp

The Omarunga Lodge and Campsite is situated under huge makalani palm trees on the banks of the Kunene River, just 100 metres above the spectacular Epupa Falls. The lodge offers fourteen luxury en suite chalets, all separately situated on the banks of the river. Furthermore Omarunga offers nine campsites, each with own grill facilities and a light, an under thatch ablution facility with hot showers as well as a scullery and laundry. Other services include a swimming pool, a poolbar and TV on the premises. Guided tours are offered to the nomadic living Ovahimba who still live in a traditional way in the area. Sundowner drives overlooking the falls are one of the many highlights.

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Kamanjab Surrounds

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OPPI-KOPPI is an OASIS in the desert and a quiet place to enjoy youself and recharge before continuing the journey to DAMARALAND, KAOKOLAND, SKELETON COAST, ETOSHA or WINDHOEK. Our bar is one of the friendliest in the whole North-west Namibia. Enjoy a delicious menu in our restaurant, with European operation. All campsites have water, electricity, lighting and a braai area. You can walk from 30m using our clean toilets and shower with hot water. We can speak English, Afrikaans, German, Dutch and French.

Tel: +264 67 33 00 40 • Fax: +264 67 33 0184 • Cell: +264 81 45 30 958 PO Box 94 • Kamanjab • Namibia E-mail: info@oppi-koppi-kamanjab.com • Web: www.oppi-koppi-kamanjab.com Kamanjab Surrounds

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We are situated in a mountainous valley in the middle of a Mopani tree savannah. While enjoying our hospitality you can easily explore the Etosha National Park, Damaraland and Kaokoland, or enjoy one of our tours with us. Situated near the town of Kamanjab, Gelbingen Lodge is popular with those wanting to visit the Himba tribe. • 10 Twin Rooms with en-suite bathroom • 1 Single Room • Bar & Restaurant • Himba Bar • Lapa • Swimmingpool • Laundry Service when staying longer than 2 days • Children’s Playground • Safaris throughout Namibia & Bostwana.

Tel: +264 (0)67 330 277 30km from Kamanjab, Namibia gelbingen@iway.na • www.gelbingen-safaris.com Kamanjab Surrounds

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Perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, the Grootberg Lodge stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley. Twelve rock and thatch chalets gaze out over the gorge, where Black Eagles hunt just below your private deck. 12 000 hectares have been set aside by the #Khoadi // Hoas community for conservation and tourism and it is through this pristine wilderness that you meander either on foot or by car to encounter the inhabitants of this remote biosphere. Activities on offer include tracking the elusive Desert elephant, visits to a nearby Himba village, following the endangered Black Rhino on foot, horse back rides (for experienced riders only), as well as educational guided walks to discover the myriad of smaller mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants that exist here. This Lodge provides the ideal midway stopover, whilst allowing guests to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland!

Tel: +264 (0)61 308 901 • Fax: +264 (0)88 625 902 • P.O. Box 91045, Klein Windhoek, Namibia Lodge: Tel: +264 (0)67 687 043 • Fax: +264 (0)67 687 044 www.grootberg.com • E-mail: reservations@grootberg.com

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Khowarib Surrounds

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Khowarib Lodge nestles on the banks of the Hoanib River in the magnificent Khowarib Gorge in North West Namibia. The camp is situated, 70km North of Palmwag , 30km south of Sesfontein on the road between Palmwag to Sesfontein (D3706). Khowarib lodge offers 14 luxury en-suite tented chalets. X8 shaded campsites, with electricity, wash-up area, “braai-area” and communal ablutions. Khowarib Lodge offers Desert Elephant & Rhino tracking (Full day excursions), Himba Village excursions, nature walks, bird watching, nature drives, Kunene tours as well as rock-art excursions.

Tel/Fax: +264 (0)64 402 779 Reservations: Cell: +264 (0)81 496 5450 P.O.Box 1648 • Swakopmund • Namibia Email: reservations@ khowarib.com Email: zandberg@iafrica.com.na Web: www.khowarib.com

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Khorixas Surrounds

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Tel: +264 (0)61 232 009 • Fax: +264 (0)61 222 574 PO Box 40788 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: kipwe@visionsofafrica.com.na • Web: www.kipwe.com ‘Kipwe’, meaning blessed in Swahili, is nestled in the boulders, facing out onto superb scenery. The ten rooms are round in shape, with large outside decks to admire the view. The outside, open bathrooms adjoining the bedrooms have boulder, cement and rock walls, and roofs of rough mopane branches. The central area of the camp is raised and comprises four thatched domes; the reception area and curio shop, dining room, lounge and bar and guest toilets. A small swimming pool built into the rocks and a viewpoint with 360 degrees of breathtaking beauty, are two attractive outdoor features. Activities at the camp include nature drives with the possibility of seeing the desert-adapted elephants, Twyfelfontein excursions to the rock engravings and guided walks with Kipwe’s experienced guides.

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Reservations: Tel: +264 (0)61 232 009 • Fax: +264 (0)61 222 574 mowani@visionsofafrica.com.na • www.mowani.com Lodge: Tel: +264 (0)67 697 008 • Fax: +264 (0)67 697 009 Between the Ugab and the Huab Rivers in southern Damaraland lies a vast and unspoilt wilderness area, here you’ll find Mowani Mountain Camp. The word M’wane means “Place of God”, and here you’ll find the true meaning of the words – peace and tranquility. The luxury thatched rooms, each with a deck, are elegantly decorated with furnishings especially designed for convenience and comfort. Guests can relax around a rock pool that has been skillfully carved out of the local stone, blending in perfectly with the natural surroundings. Daytime activities include guided nature drives, in search of the elusive desert elephant, guided nature walks and excursions to the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings.

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The northern region of Namibia is centered around the vast expanse of the Etosha National Park, which is one of Namibia’s most popular tourist attractions. The Park is one of the the largest game parks in Africa with 114 species of mammals and over 330 species of birds stretching over an expanse of approximately 23,000 square kilometers. The north of Namibia is big 5 country: Not only in the Park, but also throughout the entire northern region, many species such as rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, antelope and giraffe can be observed either on foot or with game viewing vehicles. This activity is particularly popular around the Waterberg Plateau Park, southeast of Otjiwarongo. Visit the 60 ton Hoba Meteorite,

the largest of its kind world-wide, just a stone’s throw from Grootfontein. Lake Otjikoto and Lake Guinas are Namibia’s two bottomless lakes , steeped in legend and folklore, situated just outside Tsumeb. The further north one travels, the greener the countryside. The most spectacular sunsets and palm lined horizons can be found in this region. Near the Angolan border, Namibia is most densely populated, mainly by the Owambo people. In fact, approximately 80% of the Namibian population Iive in the north of the country. The northern people are born traders and offer their goods in cuca shops, stalls along the side of the road, or in shopping complexes.

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ETOSHA – THE GREAT WHITE PLACE OF DRY WATER Etosha It is seeing animals against the unique backdrop of the Etosha Pan – a vast expanse of desiccated white clay characterised by distant mirages and spiralling dust devils – that makes the game-viewing experience in the worldrenowned Etosha National Park different to any other. In September 2007 the park celebrated its first hundred years of existence, the centennial celebrations taking place at the Namutoni Resort in the eastern section of the park. The park was originally proclaimed as a conservation area in 1907 by German Governor Frederich von Lindequist. This entailed the region south, west and north-west of the pan and Governor von Lindequist named it Game Reserve No 2. (Game Reserve Nos 1 and 3 were established to the north-east and the Namib Desert respectively.) With sub-

A total of 114 species of mammals are found in the park,

sequent additions Etosha became the largest game reserve

including the rare and endangered black rhino, cheetah

in the world, extending over a vast area of approximately

and black-faced impala. Large mammals include giraffe,

80 000 square kilometres westwards across Kaokoland to

elephant, blue wildebeest, mountain and plains zebra, hy-

the Skeleton Coast. However, for political considerations,

aena, leopard and lion. The diminutive Damara dik-dik is

it was progressively diminished in size until 1975 when it

the smallest antelope species and the largest is the stately

was reduced by 77 per cent to its present surface area of

eland, with kudu and gemsbok in between. Smaller mam-

22 912 square kilometres.

mals are bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, warthog, honey badger and the endearing ground squirrel. A large

The definitive feature of the park is the Etosha Pan, an im-

number of birds occur in Etosha – about 340 – from os-

mense, shallow depression of almost 5 000 square kilo-

trich, kori bustard and flamingos to vultures, owls, night-

metres of dry, white cracked mud, its flat surface broken

jars, bee-eaters and several species of waders.

only by shimmering mirages and the occasional animal wending its way across the empty wastes. It is this typical

In the dry season the best places to see the game is at the

appearance that gave rise to the name in the local ver-

thirty odd waterholes, which provide outstanding game-

nacular as ‘the great white place of dry water’. In the rainy

viewing and photographic opportunities. During the rainy

season, fed by the Cuvelai system that has its origins in the

season when there is plenty of groundwater the animals

highlands of Angola, floodwaters drain across Owambo.

are distributed throughout the park. The best policy is to

The pan fills with water and becomes an important breed-

enquire from camp staff, before setting out, what the cur-

ing ground for migrant flamingos.

rent game movements are.

Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands,

Etosha can be entered through three points: the Andersson

Etosha’s vegetation varies from dwarf shrub savannah and

Gate in the central southern section, the Von Lindequist

grasslands to thorn-bush and woodland savannah. Mo-

Gate in the east, and the King Nehale Gate from the north-

pane, Colophospermum mopane, is the dominant tree

central Owambo regions. The park has three well-laid out

species and is found in eighty per cent of the park. West

and equipped tourism resorts: Okaukuejo in the centre

of Okaukuejo a large stand of African moringa, Moringa

of the park, Namutoni in the east and Halali halfway

ovalifolia, referred to as Sprokieswoud, Fairy or Phantom

between the two, all three with luxury bungalows, well-

Forest, is the only location in Namibia where this interest-

equipped camping areas, information centres, restaurants,

ing tree grows in a flat area.

shops and museums.

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OTJIKOTO AND GUINAS LAKES Otjikoto and Guinas Lakes

condition, which can be viewed in the Alte Feste Museum in Windhoek, and canons and other armaments that were restored and are now displayed in the Tsumeb Museum.

Surrounded by legend and folklore are Namibia’s two ‘bottomless’ lakes – Otjikoto, distinguished by it emer-

One of the many legends that surround Lake Otjikoto is

ald-green waters, and Guinas, by its mystical inky-blue

that the body of Johannes Cook, a postmaster of Tsumeb

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who drowned there in 1927, was never found because the

kilometres along the road and Guinas on a farm 32 kilo-

lake was bottomless. In fact, because Otjikoto is shaped

metres further west. Lake Guinas is therefore less acces-

rather like an upside-down mushroom, it is thought that

sible, and can be viewed only after obtaining the farmer’s

his body was caught under one of the overhangs.

permission. Both these lakes lie in the Otavi mountain-land, which conLake Otjikoto was discovered by the two explorers Gal-

sists of a thick succession of well-stratified dolomite and

ton and Andersson in 1851. At the time they measured

limestone about 700 million years old. Being carbonates of

its depth as 55 metres, an assessment that was proved ac-

calcium and magnesium, these rocks are soluble in water,

curate by subsequent plumbings (the depth varying from

especially if they contain some carbon dioxide. The rocks

33–90 metres). At 100 metres, Guinas is somewhat deep-

are criss-crossed by a system of solution channels that have

er. However, the legend that Otjikoto was bottomless per-

generally developed on joints, fracture zones or bedding

sisted. It was possibly this notion that led to the dumping

planes, which become partially filled with groundwater.

of a considerable supply of artillery and ammunition into

Now and then big cavities are exposed by weathering, or

its murky depths by retreating Schutztruppe, rather than

the roof caves in when it becomes very thin, as in the case

let the armaments fall into the hands of the South African

of Otjikoto and Guinas. These solution channels lead away

troops. Many years later, in co-operation with the Wind-

from them, although the two lakes need not necessarily

hoek State Museum, divers salvaged some of the equip-

be directly connected. The lakes are fed by water seeping

ment, among others an ammunition wagon still in perfect

through porous rock from southern Owambo.

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Outjo & Surrounds

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Endless horizons, peace and tranquility. You will be welcomed with our traditional “southwest” friendliness. We have a wonderful climate throughout the year and will inspire you to take walks through the surrounding mountains or the mopane forest, where you can watch our indigenous game and birds. You can enjoy a relaxing sun downer on the patio of your bungalow, the pool or our bar, while being dazzled by our spectacular and typical Namibian sunsets. Our comfortable bungalows are fitted with a double bed and some contain one or two single beds, electrical fittings, a shower and WC.

Tel: +264 (067) 313 897 • Fax: +264 (0) 886 615 627 • Cell: 081 245 8803 PO Box 120 • Outjo • Namibia Email: bambatsi@iway.na • Web: www.bambatsi.com

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Tel: +27 (0)21 930 4564 • Fax: +27 (0)21 930 4574 P.O. Box 6900, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek, Namibia • Coordinates: S19°21’ 20.5” E015°56’ 19.4” reservations@etosha-village.com • www.etosha-village.com

Situated 2km from the Andersson entrance gate to Etosha National Park, Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine. The 40 individual canvas suites are constructed on wooden decks and offer a fully air-conditioned bedroom with a unique semi-open bathroom. All units are also equipped for self-caterers. Facilities include an open-plan bar, sparkling pools, restaurant and a fully stocked shop. Also enjoy guided game drives to Etosha.

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Tel: +264 61 237055 Fax: +264 61 235677 reservations@onguma.com www.onguma.com

Onguma Rhino Research Drive Onguma offers guests an incredible opportunity to learn more about the elusive Black Rhino. With numbers dropping and poaching in Africa increasing, a Rhino Research Drive on Onguma is a rare chance to find out more about these endangered creatures. The 3 hour drive with resident researcher, PJ, takes guests to collect data at rhino middens, download images from the camera traps situated at popular waterholes and inspect dung to find out where the animals are grazing. Due to the dense terrain, seeing these 1,600 kg (3,500 lb), animals are not a guarantee, but searching and tracking them, is all part of the experience. Rhino Research drives cost N$540 per person and can be booked prior to arrival or at the lodge.

Onguma Game Reserve – now 84 000 acres! Right on the edge of the famous Etosha National Park lies Onguma Game Reserve. With newly acquired land, the Reserve now comprises 84 000 acres (34 000 hectares) of Namibian wilderness and is home to lion, giraffe, zebra, plain’s game, leopard, hyena and the endangered Black Rhino. Five stunning lodges offer guests a host of accommodation options, catering to every need – from honeymooners, to families, from adventure seekers, to comfort lovers. A unique feature of all the lodges on the Reserve is that each camp overlooks an active waterhole, offering guests the opportunity to view some of the “big five” right from their room or at even at dinner! Being a private reserve, walking, night drives and off road driving is permitted when accompanied by a trained guide.

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Onguma The Fort

Sharing the eastern border of Namibia’s Etosha National Park, the 34 000 hectare Onguma Game Reserve combines night drives, bush walks and Rhino research drives to create a diverse wilderness experience. The Reserve offers visitors 5 unique lodges to choose from in addition to a well equipped campsite.

Onguma – The Fort – iconic

drama

The drama of The Fort is matched by its dramatic surroundings and blends Namibian and Moroccan elements into a truly memorable 13 suite lodge.

Onguma Etosha Aoba –

wine and dine under the stars

Etosha Aoba offers charming, rustic bush style accommodation for nature-lovers. With only 10 rooms and attentive service, guests will not want to leave the Aoba hospitality.

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Onguma Tented Camp

Onguma Tented Camp – the

ultimate in safari chic

Onguma Tented Camp is a beguiling mixture of sophistication and relaxation, of elegance and the earth. The seven spacious tents extend the U-shaped design, allowing for both privacy and fantastic views.

Onguma Tree Top Camp – up

among the tree tops

Onguma Tree Top Camp is small and intimate, especially designed for those travellers who would like to truly experience the bush in all its raw splendour. It is ideal for small groups or families traveling together and the 4 rooms can be booked out as a whole camp – with private chef, host and guide. What better way to experience the wilderness?

Onguma Bush Camp – family

delight

Onguma Bush Camp offers guests a stunning new waterhole around which the main guest areas are positioned – ensuring there is something to see with every meal. Since the camp is fenced, it is perfectly suited to families and the loft rooms are ideal for younger families traveling together.

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Etosha National Park & Surrounds

4 Directions: 27 km north-west of Kamanjab on the D 2695.

Situated at the gateway to Western Etosha, Damaraland & Kaokoveld, this award winning lodge on the slope of Fossil Mountain offers 14 comfortable en-suite double rooms with stunning views overlooking some 3000 hectares of Savanna. Guided trips are offered to Western Etosha, the almost extinct Himba and overnight tours to the Epupa Waterfalls, or just relax at the pool in a lush garden, do some birding or go in search of the fossils. After an exciting day, enjoy a sundowner around an open fire followed by a scrumptious meal, whereafter you can go on a nightdrive to find the ‘shy’ five. Camping site for 30 p (full ablution facilities). Dinners can be booked.

Tel: +264 (0)67 687 095 • Email: rustig@iway.na - www.tokolodge.com Bookings: Eden Travel Agency - Tel: +264 (0)61 234 342 Email: eden@mweb.com.na Etosha National Park & Surrounds

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Nestled on an outcrop of dolomite rocks, under a forest of Mopanie and White Seringa trees, you will find the ideal homely atmosphere to relax in tranquility. We offer game drives to the Etosha National Park. The Lodge offers 27 standard double rooms, 3 family rooms and 8 luxury rooms, all equipped with mosquito nets and air-conditioning. We also have 3 campsites each with its own ablution facility, hot and cold water, 220v power point and a braai place with wood we supply. Our Restaurant offers wholesome Namibian cuisine as a 4 course menu that varies daily. We are blessed with an abundance of bird life, stunning sunsets and starry nights.

Tel: + 264 (0)67 333 440 • Fax: + 264 (0)67 333 444 • Cell:+264 (0)81 382 2655 Situated only 25 km from the Etosha National Park • P.O. Box 164 • OUTJO • Namibia E-mail: toshari@iway.na • Web: www.etoshagateway-toshari.com Grootfontein Surrounds

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The guest farm is situated in the north of Namibia on your way to the Bushmanland and the Caprivi region. Experience adventurous Landrover rides through vast fields with antelopes, cattle and horses crossing your way. Be inspired by the spectacular sunset from the lapa or around a crackling fire before wining and dining. Individually styled spacious ensuite rooms. Welcome to Dornhuegel!

Tel: +264 (0)67 240439 • Fax: +264 (0)67 240439 P.O. Box 173 • Grootfontein • Namibia dornhueg@iway.na • www.dornhuegel.com

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410km north of Windhoek, 25km from the B1 between Otavi and Tsumeb on the D3022, or 23km from the C42 between Tsumeb and Grootfontein again on the D3022.

Nestled amidst mountainous surrounds in the agricultural heartland of Namibia’s fertile northern region, Guestfarm Ghaub is situated in the geographical triangle comprising Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumeb. It provides the unique opportunity of relaxing on a working farm while enjoying the comforts of a quality guesthouse. Guestfarm Ghaub offers 10 modern and tastefully furnished and decorated twin rooms. An added bonus is the large shaded veranda from where guests can enjoy magnificent views of the surroundings. All rooms have en-suite facilities. Guests can enjoy the old farm style dining area, lounge, bar, and swimming pool. Activities: Mountain walking trails, mountain biking, caving and nature/farm drives with sundowners. Guestfarm Ghaub also offers campsites.

Tel: +264 (0)67 240 188 • Fax: +264 (0)67 240554 • Cell: +264 (0)81 288 8442 P.O.Box 170, Grootfontein, Namibia Email: ghaub@iway.na • Web: www.ghaub.com

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More than just a camp... Roy’s welcomes you into a realm fantasy of mobiles and decor where one can fulfill a real African Dream. Settle down in one of our rustic bungalows or peaceful camping sites. In the atmospheric dining room we serve excellent farm style “Boerekos”. Real Namibian hospitality will enfold each guest arriving at Roy’s. Furthermore enjoy an unforgettable experience with the San people in a community nearby. Other activities include bird and game viewing and walking trails. Also available is a “Bush internet-café”.

Tel: +264 (0)67 240302 • Fax: +264 (0)67 240264 P.O. Box 755 • Grootfontein • Namibia Email: royscamp@iway.na • Web: www.roysrestcamp.com Grootfontein Surrounds Directions: Halfway between Rundu and Grootfontein. Drive 105km north from Grootfontein on the B8, turn 9 east on gravel road D3016 and continue for 22km and follow the signs for 5km.

Your halfway stop over between Windhoek and Caprivi or the eastern Etosha and the Caprivi! Wildacker is situated in the unique Caprivi woodland vegetation zone of the northern Kalahari. 15 000ha private game reserve - rich in a variety of endemic Namibian wildlife. Occasional sightings of predators and the endangered wild dog. Participate in guided game walks, nature drives through the Mangetti Dune landscape and thornbush savannah. The birding here will surprise you! Accommodation in thatched, en suite bungalows, each with a private setting and view into the African savannah, backing a lush green garden and pool to relax after adventurous days. Home cooked meals are a mixture of Namibian & European menus. Come and enjoy this part of Africa with us.

Tel/Fax: +264(0)67 687 292 • Grootfontein, P.O. Box 541, Namibia Email: wildacker@iway.na • Web: www.wildacker.com.na Waterberg & Surrounds

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You will receive true Namibian Hospitality and unparalleled service at Aloegrove. Sample our superb cuisine in our excellent dining facilities with open fireplace, or lounge and enjoy a fireside chat by the outdoor braai. Guests are accommodated in 6 en-suite bungalows, each with its own balcony. We have a 360º view over our vast savanna and the Waterberg Plateau. Watch a spectacular sunset or sunrise and during the heat of the day - relax by the sparkling pool. Our activities include. lion, leopard and cheetah feeding, game drives and viewing, bird watching and hiking trails. We offer Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering!

Tel: +264(67) 306 232 • Cell: +264(81) 127 4103 • Fax: +264(67) 306 231 / 306 232 Email Fax: 088614602 Email: aloegrove@mweb.com.na • Web: www.aloegrove.com

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With its origins embedded in the history of Namibia, Hamakari is a place of paradise at the Waterberg. Not only because of its exquisitely run guest house but also because of its variety of species of African Wildlife coupled with sound ecological farming operations. We have 6 comfortable rooms, an extensive library and a large swimming pool. Our activities include game drives, sun downer drives, birdwatching and hiking. Hamakari offers you a unique holiday adventure and an atmosphere that revives the original feeling of Africa.

Tel: +264 (0)67 306633 • Fax: +264 (0)67 302396 • Cell: +264 (0)81 249 7927 P/Bag 2101 • Otjiwarongo • Namibia • S20º36’433 E17º20’780 Email: hamakari@iway.na • Web: www.hamakari.com

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Tel: +264 (0)61 237 294 • Fax: +264 (0)61 237 295 After hours: +264 (0)67 30 22 23 • P/Bag 2208 • Otjiwarongo • Namibia E-mail: reservations@exclusive.com.na • Web: www.waterbergnamibia.com At the foot of the majestic Waterberg Plateau lies “Waterberg Guest Farm”, a 42 000 ha paradise of natural African savannah. The ranch is habitat for a great variety of animals and birds, which makes it a wonderland for flora and fauna lovers. Accommodation is comfortable with 4 rooms and 4 bush bungalows, all with en suite facilities, while the kitchen offers traditional South African-Namibian cuisine. Relax in our “lapa”, enjoy the exceptional view of the Waterberg, embark on game drives (Cheetah Conservation Fund, “Little Serengeti”), set off for nature hikes. Situated close to the tarred road C22, 30 km after the turn-off from road B1.

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From the B1 turnoff onto the C22 (Okakarara) 5km on your right, 25 Minutes from Otjiwarongo

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Catering for people who seek tranquility in nature’s paradise as well as families/people looking for action, we offer bungalows or camping facilities. Wildlife & bird watching at the waterhole, hiking trails, sparkling pool, relaxing in hammocks or a body treatment in our wellness salon, while children play on the playground, feed animals or ride horses – you choose. Enjoy spectacular sunsets on our sundowner drives or your own balcony. Meals are served in our lapa and our historic breakfast room. Centrally situated on a hill top, makes us a convenient stopover to/from Waterberg/ Etosha/ cheetahs. From conferences to weddings, everything is possible.

Tel/ Fax: +264 67 304885 P.O. Box 1091 • Otjiwarongo, Namibia E-mail: wrgf@iway.na • Web: www.weaversrock.com

“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” ~ claude monet Outjo & Surrounds

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Your visit to The Farmhouse Guesthouse is considered as a gift to us, as you are coming as a guest but leaving as a friend. The Farmhouse Guesthouse is in the heart of the small town Outjo, situated close to the famous Gemstones and conveniently opposite the bakery. Our accommodation consists of 3 double rooms, 1 single room or 1 big cosy family room. Breakfast is served in our restaurant downstairs daily. Enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner or any light meal with us in the restaurant. Bar and internet facilities available. Our rates are very competitive and we look forward to welcoming you, our valuable guest.

Tel: +264(67) 313 444 • Fax: +264(67) 313 444 Cell: +264 (81) 205 7047 • P.O. Box 664, Outjo, Namibia. Email: dinnerfarmhouse@iway.na • Website: www.thefarmhouse-outjo.com Outjo & Surrounds

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This small, personal guestfarm lies 45 min drive from Etosha on the junction Okaukuejo/Kamanjab road. Its a green oasis with a citrus plantation, organic vegetable garden and a charming farm house. We offer delicious home made food. Enjoy some relaxation at our pool. We are an environmentally friendly guestfarm, making use of solar power and energy. Location: 11kilometres out of Outjo on the junction of Okaukuejo and Kamanjab road (C38 and C40).

Tel/Fax: (067) 313863 • Cell: +264 (0)81 340 2363 P.O. Box 20 • Outjo • Namibia matunda@mweb.com.na • www.natron.net/matunda

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Windhoek: Tel: +264 (0)61 255344 • Lodge: Tel: +264 0(67) 687158• Fax: +264 0(67) 687157 P.O.Box 1150 • Windhoek • Namibia Email: vingerkl@mweb.com.na • Web: www.vingerklip.com.na

24 Thatched rooms stand nestled on a hillside to form an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility. The spacious and comfortable bungalows, each with en-suite bathroom and a private verandah, allow you to spread out and feel at home. For family holidays, 5 of the 24 rooms have loft accommodation for two children. We offer two swimming pools, a jacuzzi, various decks and lapas all of course with a spectacular view of the surrounding area and Ugab Terraces. Activities offered are spectacular sun downer trips, nature walks, mountain biking as well as day trips to either Etosha or an authentic Himba Village. Don’t miss sundowner or dinner at the Eagles Nest Restaurant high on the plateau behind the lodge! Directions: From Outjo, take the road C39 towards Khorixas until you reach the turnoff D 2749 left to Vingerklip Lodge.

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Tel: +264 (0)67 221 207 • Fax: +264 (0)67 221 207 Tsumeb, Nambia Email: info@etoshacafe.com • Web: www.etoshacafe.com

Set in the magical town of Tsumeb, just an hours drive before the Etosha National Park, Etosha Cafe is the ideal stop-over when en-route to the Park. We are situated in the center of town, with our own curio shop, walking distance to all the banking institutions, shopping centers and Museum. Come enjoy German hospitality or a good cup of coffee in our tranquil beer garden. Very competitive rates ensure good service and hospitality.

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Tsumeb Enter on B1 from Whk into Hage Geingob Drive, into Sam Nujoma Drive, turn left at Ndilimani street 18

The hotel has a warm and friendly atmosphere. It is situated in the centre of town, walking distance to travel agencies, financial institutions and the museum. An Ideal place for travelers on their way to Otjikoto, which is 20km away and the Etosha National Park, 100km away. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite television, direct dial telephone and coffee/tea facilities. Secure parking on premises with 24 hour security. Other facilities include a la carte restaurant and bar, gambling house, swimming pool and beer garden. Two separate conference rooms available with modern facilities.

Tel: +264 (0)67 221051 • Fax: +264 (0)67 221575 P.O. Box 24 • Ndilimani Cultural Troupe Street • Tsumeb Email: makalani@makalanihotel.com • Web: www.makalanihotel.com Tsumeb

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The Minen Hotel is famous around the country and even further for its natural atmosphere, hosting a wild garden, traditional German hospitality and excellent cuisine. This oasis in the north is the perfect stop-over for travelers to Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park and the Caprivi. All rooms are comfortably furnished with en-suite bathroom, air-conditioner, television, telephone and fridge. Don’t be surprised when you are welcomed with a smile and personal attention. We strive to make your stay a pleasant one.

Tel: +264 (0)67 221 071 • Fax: +264 (0)67 221 750 P.O. Box: 244 • Tsumeb • Namibia Email: contact@minen-hotel.com • Web: www.minen-hotel.com Tsumeb

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Guesthouse O.M.E.G Allee is a friendly and neat establishment with 9 rooms, all equipped with en-suite bathroom, DSTV, air-conditioning, fridge, kettle, small built-in safe and secure parking. We are a 3x bronze and 1x silver award winner. It is approximately 75mins drive to Etosha. Visit our famous and well known beyond our borders Tsumeb Museum. For golfers and squash players there’s a possibility to use the local facilities in town.

Tel: +264 (0)67 220 631 • Fax: +264 (0)67 220 520 P.O. Box 284 • Tsumeb • Namibia Email: omegalle@iway.na

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The north-eastern region of Namibia stretches from the Kavango region right through to the end of the Caprivi strip. This region is typically African, with scattered rural settlements, lush tropical vegetation, expansive floodplains and an abundance of birds and game. Near Tsumkwe, the Nyae-Nyae area represents the homeland of the Bushman/San people. This area was formerly known as Eastern Bushmanland and is a little off-thebeaten track, thus a 4x4 vehicle is advisable. Similarly, the Khaudum National Park, which lies further north of Tsumkwe, is also only accessible by four-wheel drive. The Baobab tree is a distinctive species found in this area, recognizable by the enormous diameter of its trunk. The main town of the Kavango region is Rundu which is situated on

the banks of the Okavango River. This region is particularly known for its woodcarvers. This ancient craft has been handed down over generations and is a flourishing industry. When heading further eastwards, the Caprivi Game Park extends into the Mudumu and Mamili National Parks. Herds of elephant are particularly abundant in this area and are best observed around the Chobe and Kwando rivers when they come down for their drink before sundown. Katima Mulilo is the main town of the Caprivi region and is considered the gateway to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe/Zambia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana. North-East is well known for its fishing (especially the sought-after Tiger Fish), game viewing and bird watching (over 400 bird species are found in this area).

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NORTH-EASTERN REGION LISTING Hut no.

Nhoma Surrounds 1. Nhoma Safari Camp KAVANGO Rundu & Surrounds 2. Kaisosi River Lodge - KOAR 3. N’kwazi Lodge -KOAR 4. Shamvura - KOAR

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KOAR = Kavango Open Africa Route

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Nhoma Safari Camp is a small tented camp 80km from Tsumkwe within the traditional area of the Ju/’hoan San or Bushmen. Activities centre around their culture. Only pre-booked guests are allowed. Ten safari tents provide basic luxuries such as real beds and en-suite bathrooms with hot water. Meals and drinks are taken in a central dining area. It is adjacent to the Ju/’hoan village by the name of //Nhoq’ma and 60 km from the Khaudum National Park.

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Hippo

KOAR - the Kavango Open Africa Route River of Life

..................................................................................................................... In 2004 Open Africa, a reputable RSA based organization

a reliable and interesting Tourism destination in its own

of some 20 years, which has established almost 70 Tourism

right, and not merely as a thoroughfare to the more well-

routes in South Africa, introduced the concept of a similar

known Caprivi and other neighbouring countries. We are

route in the Kavango Region of Northern Namibia. It took

striving towards improving the conservation and manage-

7 more years of dedicated effort by a very small group of

ment of the entire Okavango River system and the natural

Tourism operators in the region before the idea started to

resources it provides, thereby enriching the lives of the ru-

materialize into what it is now, and the route was ofďŹ cially

ral Kavango people who depend on it for their livelihood.

launched at the Windhoek Expo in May 2011. KOAR is now an established association, run by a committee and guided by a very broad constitution. The route extends from Mohembo gate on the Botswana border along the well-maintained gravel road following the Okavango River through Rundu Town and to the Katwitwi gate on the Angolan border. This allows the traveler exposure to the scenic Okavango River while accessing the cultural activities along its banks. The objective of the group is to establish the Kavango Region with all its cultural diversity and other attractions as

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Although it was started with supportive funding by the

Wetlands International annual Wetland Water-bird Census

Open Africa group, it is now largely self-supportive with

Program conducted on 6 sections of the Okavango River,

a membership of over 40 establishments which contribute

covering about 70 kms, and coordinated by MET (Min-

fees for the advertising and exposure services still pro-

istry of Environment and Tourism). KOAR also has close

vided by the Open Africa website (www.openafrica.org).

working relationships with other line –ministries like the

Other fund-raising projects are also planned for the future.

Ministry of Inland Fisheries and the Directorate of Forestry.

Members consist of Tourism establishments (Lodges and

KOAR has conducted an extensive awareness campaign

Campsites both private and community-owned) Commu-

involving the rural Schools, Traditional Authorities, Clin-

nity-based NGO’s, Conservancies, Clubs, private/corpo-

ics, Hospitals and Churches. The route is signposted and

rate businesses and individual entrepreneurs all of which

an extensive advertising campaign with informative bro-

have something of benefit to the travelling tourist in the

chures at strategic Tourism Operators is underway. All le-

region. Membership requires strict legitimacy and regis-

gitimate members are clearly signposted with a member-

tration with applicable authorities to maintain high stan-

ship placard or sticker.

dards. Members, where possible are required to adhere to Conservation ethics in their business activities. KOAR

Mark Paxton (Chairman)

has established five flagship species: the African Skimmer,

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Grey-headed Parrot, Hippopotamus, Nembwe, and the Kiaat, which are most representative of the Kavango Region. These are included in a monitoring program shared by the more suitably placed members on the river system along the route. Route members are also contributing to the

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Basket Beauty - a traditional craft

..................................................................................................................... Handcraft has always been an essential part of traditional and cultural life.Long before enamel, aluminum and plastic buckets, plates, pots, cups became part of everyday life, rural people had to make their own. As a result in every village even today you have you woodcarvers, potters and basket weavers. Even today these handcraft skills are still in demand at village level to make essential items, you still see wonderful harvesting and winnowing baskets beautifully woven with stunning designs in use. Woodcarvers are still called upon to make Axe handles, walking sticks, yokes for their oxen when they need to plough, potters still make cooking pots and pots to store milk. We still have baskets and pots used to store seeds being kept safe to plant next season. Reedmats both woven and flat are still used as sleeping and building mats throughout the Kavango Region. Through the commercialization of handcraft there has been a rejuvenation of handcraft skills. Only this time the traditional and cultural knowledge is encouraged and improved to make items like baskets and walking sticks marketable. We call this craft up-grading and product development as we enhance the items, develop a proto-type, establish a price as high as possible to benefit the producer, but at a level that the market can bare and then promote the product to encourage it to sell. In this way we have created what is called CommunityBased-Craft-Development (CBCD) and in this way we can make a significant contribution to poverty reduction and promote cultural heritage. Hand craft is usually made from valuable indigenous natural resources and we are able to increase the commercial value of some of these resource like palm leaves and dye tree/scrub materials. This favours work on good natural resource management strategies at community level. Strengthening the link between incomes earned from craft to Community-Based-Natural-Resource-Management (CBNRM) integrates craft with broader themes of development and serves as an excellent platform to address wider issues such as HIV/Aids, Environmental Education, gender and range of socio-ecological/economic problems. The income earned from craft assists women in particular with their ability to cope with the impacts of HIV/AIDS on their lives, particularly for women, as they take on orphans, home-based care and carry their own daily tasks in addition to the work that was previously being done by those in their village afflicted by AIDS. The Psycho-social effects of the increased young adult death and disabilities have yet to be fully understood. Craft makes a meaningful contribution not only in terms of added livelihood income but also in the area of self esteem and creativ-

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ity and this “feel good”- factor is more important today than ever before. Some of the baskets made in Kavango region are of an exceptionally good quality, they have been shown at exhibitions in Namibia, Botswana, Sweden and Germany, they are able to hold their own as items of creative art anywhere in the world.

There are several NGOs and the Ministry of Basic Education and Culture who support CBCD in Namibia and particularly the Kavango and Caprivi Regions, most important to this are the craft makers themselves and between Mararani Gate and Rundu there are several road-side stalls that are quite safe for tourists to stop and browse. The Kavango Region is planning a Tourism Information and Craft Hub at the turn-off into Rundu from the main B8 road to Caprivi. This is hoped to be a great venue for tourists to meet and interact with craft makers. In the Caprivi “Mashi Craft” at Kongola on the Kwando river is a top spot for local craft shopping, sometimes basket makers are actually present and one can photograph them weaving and ask the informed sales staff questions which they are happy to answer. In Windhoek and Swakopmund there are many craft vendors, however authentic Namibian craft might be quite difficult to find, as there is a big influx of craft from Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia on the street markets. The Namibian Craft Centre promotes authentic Namibian craft and has a fabulous “Craft Café” making the centre well worth visiting, if you are fortunate the Omba Gallery there might be holding an exhibition of a local flavour. Okahandja craft market is always interesting; it has become a venue with an enormous amount of craft from different regions and countries. It is generally safe to browse, but do be aware of pick-pockets. Craft which has become successfully integrated with CBNRM is also transboundary (or transfrontier) in both the Kavango and Caprivi Regions. In the Kavango work is done within the Okavango River Basin and includes interlinking activities with Angola, Namibia and Botswana. Similarly in Caprivi the work includes Angola, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana.

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2 Follow B8 from Rundu to Divundu (3km from Rundu turn off). Turn left - 2km to T-junction. Turn right D3402 for 4km - turn left - 2km to Lodge.

Situated 7km east of Rundu on the banks of the Okavango River, the lodge offers you complete relaxation and a true African experience. This peaceful oasis, which can be reached in a normal sedan vehicle, is an ideal place for nature lovers and bird watchers to spend a few fulfilling days. Accommodation consists of 4 double-storey thatched chalets with 4 en-suite rooms each. For campers - each campsite has its own ablution facility.

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3 Situated 20km North- East of Rundu n’Kwazi is a secluded paradise tucked away on the banks of the perennial Kavango River. n’Kwazi combines the tranquillity of a tropical environment with the comforts of a luxury lodge. n’Kwazi’s much-praised cuisine - a scrumptious buffet in the evenings - is superb. Our activities include horse riding, sunset cruises, traditional dances and tailor-made fishing trips. n’Kwazi is also a birdwatcher’s paradise. We can take you on a morning excursion to visit the local people. We take you to one of the 6 churches in the area, visit a village where they still live like 100 years ago in a traditional way. We started a pre school along with a gardening project which can also be seen.

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Rundu & Surrounds Midway between Rundu and Divundu. We are well signposted off the B8 main tar road from Rundu to Katima 4

The unique location of Shamvura offers a spectacular endless view into the Angolan floodplains created by the Okavango/ Cuito River Confluence. We offer a variety of activities, including boat trips, fishing, birding, walks and game park visits. A paradise for any keen nature lovers, birders and anglers. A range of privately placed accommodation units are nestled discretely in forested areas, we have the tree top cottage, comfortable fully equipped cabin tents and camping, all units have firewood provided, hot/cold ablution facilities, braai areas and 2 units have electricity with fully equipped kitchens for those who want to self-cater. At the main complex we have a private bar, DSTV for the sport lovers, a viewing deck that overlooks the vast Angolan flood-plains and a swimming pool. We strive to offer personalised and friendly service.

Tel : +264 66 264 007• Fax : +264 66 258 297 • Cell: Charlie:+264 81 241 7473 Mark: +264 81 314 2713 P.O. Box 183 • Rundu • Namibia • “visit Shamvura Camp Namibia on Facebook” E-mail : shamvura@iway.na • www.shamvuracamp.blogspot.com • Website : www.shamvura.com Rundu & Surrounds

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Tambuti is a small Lodge beautifully perched above the Kavango River overlooking the floodplain. We are one of the rare lodges looking at the river without getting wet feet, thus we are also open during the flood season. Conveniently located on the small road leading down to the river from the center of Rundu town (400m). Bungalows include, telephone, TV and satellite channels, wireless internet hotspot, fridge, en-suite showers, double queensize beds, mosquito net and mosquito tight screens at windows. We have a small restaurant specializing in traditional African food and drinks (pre-booking required).

Tel. +264 (0) 66-255 711 • Fax. +264 (0) 66-255 131 • Cell. +264 081 483 4113 P.O. Box 1826 • Rundu • Namibia tambuti@iway.na • www.tambuti.com.na

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Tel: +264 (0)66 257 236 • Fax: +264 (0)88 633 554 Halali Village, 35km West of Rundu on the Okavango River. Email: info@taranganamibia.com • Web: www.taranganamibia.com Taranga Safari Lodge is one of a very few luxury bush camp lodges in the Rundu-Kavango region. Everything at the lodge focuses on relaxation and enjoying the African wilderness at your own pace. The large wooden decks offer a private and idyllic location for those wishing to unwind. You’ll find a swimming pool at the main deck to keep everyone cool or allow you to just relax and enjoy the African sun. There are daily guided river safaris taking you out for an adventure; an early sunrise cruise through the rising early morning river mist or a late afternoon sundowner or fly fishing.

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The comfortable Mahangu Safari Lodge comprises 10 twin bed Bungalows, 2 family units, 5 big Safari Tents en-suite and 4 Guides-Bungalows with shared facilities. All units are air-conditioned. The Lodge offers a huge main deck, outside riverbar, dining and lounge area and a sparkling swimming pool next to the Okavango River with a picturesque view. Activities include spectacular bird- and game viewing in the 2 Parks next to us, as well as the nearby Popa Falls (Rapids). The Lodge offers beautiful campsites with power points next to the river; campers are welcome to make use of the restaurant. Airstrip at Bagani S18°07’23” / E21°37’07” & Shakakwe S18°22’24” / E021°48’18”.

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Now run entirely with solar power, environmentally committed Ngepi Camp offers amazing en-suite tree houses built on the river, grassed private campsites with all facilities, funky ablutions, a unique “floating” swimming pool, mokoro trips, a Namibian delta experi ence, sunset & sunrise boat cruises, day/overnight Dragon River Rafting, fishing, guided bird/village walks, game drives, lawn & shade. Meet fellow explorers in the Bush Bar, share stories, enjoy excellent music, cold beer & tasty meals. Come and get a life.

Tel: +264 66 259 903 • Fax: +264 66 259 906 P.O. Box 5140 • Divundu • Namibia E-mail : bookings@ngepicamp.com • Web : www.ngepicamp.co.za Divundu Surrounds

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Nunda Safari lodge is situated on the banks of the Okavango River. All luxury units have their own private deck overlooking the river from where the abundant bird life, exquisite African sunsets and resident hippo population can be taken in at leisure. The main complex has a lounge, restaurant, bar and the largest swimming pool in the area. Nine grassed, shaded and electrified campsites with beautiful ablutions are aso available. Nunda Safaris also offers guided game drives and adventure fishing expeditions on the Okavango River.

Tel: +264 (0)66 259093 • Fax: +264 (0)66 259094 • Cell: +264 (0)81 310 1730 P.O.Box 5271 • Divindu • Namibia Email: lodge@nundaonline.com • Web: www.nundaonline.com

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CAPRIVI REGION A Tropical Riverine Paradise

The regional centre is Katima Mulilo, which has become

With its scattered huts and sprawling rural population, the

The proximity of Caprivi to countries with active art and

Caprivi is closer to the idea most people have of Africa

craft industries has had a positive influence on Caprivian

than any other part of Namibia. It consists of a complex

artists and craftspeople, known for the sculptural beauty

network of perennial rivers, riverine forests and fertile

and symmetry of their pots and baskets.

a busy tourist hub, as it is the gateway to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Chobe National Park in Botswana.

floodplains, an unusually flat area where no piece of land is more than 47 metres higher than the rest. The region

Caprivi is home to over 400 birds species, making it a

is populated by over 80 000 people, most of whom are

sought-after destination for birders and bird photogra-

subsistence farmers making their living on the banks of the

phers. Game abounds here, with buffalo, roan and sable

Zambezi, Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe rivers. In addition

antelope and large herds of elephant and red lechwe

to fishing and hunting, they keep cattle and cultivate the

criss-crossing the floodplains. The riverine vegetation in

land. When the Chobe and Zambezi rivers come down in

the backwaters hosts rare species such as reedbuck and

flood, over half the land can become inundated with wa-

sitatunga, as well as hippos and crocodiles.

ter. At this time of the year the Caprivians use their mekoro (dug-out canoes) to traverse the routes usually utilised by

The top tourism activities in the region are game view-

cars, trucks and pedestrians.

ing by boat, 4x4 vehicle or on foot; white-river rafting on the turbulent waters of the Zambezi; peaceful sunset river

Seen on the map, the Caprivi appears to be a strange ap-

cruises on pontoons; bird-watching by boat, vehicle or on

pendage rather than part of the country, extending east-

foot; and fishing, the top challenge being the sought-after

wards as a panhandle into Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe

tiger fish. At the Lizauli Traditional Village a programme

and Botswana. It is a classic example of how colonial

of traditional music and dance, complete with witchdoc-

powers shaped the boundaries of modern Africa. At the

tor, gives visitors an insight into Caprivian culture. A wide

Berlin Conference in 1890, Germany acquired the strip of

variety of accommodation options ranging from luxury

land to add to the then German South West Africa, nam-

lodges on riverbanks and islands to basic camping sites,

ing it after the German Chancellor General Count Georg

makes the Caprivi a destination that suits many different

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Camp Chobe enjoys luxurious solitude on the banks of the Chobe river, with 12 tented suites and a camp site that are sprawled along the banks of the Chobe river in the Eastern Caprivi, where the lodge flawlessly combines the best of this unique inland flood plain. Here you can enjoy activities that take you closer to nature than you could imagine. Breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife awaits on our boat cruise, guided walks or canoeing safaris, including more than 500 bird species. At Camp Chobe you can live out the adventure of a lifetime as close to nature as you can get.

Tel.+264 61 401 284 • Fax +264 61 401 254 • Cell: +264 (0)81 124 5177 P.O. Box 40269, Ausspanplatz res@campchobe.com • www.campchobe.com

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Tel: +264 (0)66 686021 • Fax: +264 (0)66 686023 P.O. Box 8016, Kongola, Namibia Email: reservations@campkwando.com • Web: www.campkwando.com

Camp Kwando is situated on the Kwando river, eastern Caprivi in the far north east of Namibia. The lodge is halfway between the two major gems of Southern Africa, the Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls, making it an ideal stopover to unwind during your journey. Both the tented chalets and the luxury chalets have breathtaking views over the river and Botswana, with the chance of seeing hippos and crocodiles. The campsites are situated under shady trees on well-maintained lawns with a well-equipped ablution block and hot water. Relax with a sundowner on our wooden deck or take part in any of our activities, which include boat cruises, fishing trips, game drives into Mudumu National park and a visit to a traditional village.

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Lianshulu Lodge overlooks the Kwando River and is situated on a private concession inside the Mudumu National Park of Namibia. The area is a lush wilderness of riverine forest, marsh and open woodland, providing a home for an abundance of wildlife. The stylish accommodation embraces eleven generously spaced, individually styled and tastefully furnished chalets, each with private bathroom and secluded, outside viewing deck. Sumptuous meals are prepared and are served at elegantly set tables, under a wild fig tree and include breakfasts, brunches and congenial dinners by candlelight.

Tel: +264 (0)64 403 523 • Fax: +264 (0)64 403 560 • Mobile: +264 (0)81 622 0498 Windhoek Office: Tel.: +264-61-224 420 • Fax to Email: +264-(0)886 305 99 E-mail: reservations@caprivicollection.com • Website: www.caprivicollection.com Kongola Surrounds

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Relaxation, privacy and comfort are paramount at Susuwe. Just six spacious suites, including private deck and plunge pool, is a haven of calm and respite, an airy dreaming space to recharge the senses. Professionally guided game drives are rewarded with special sightings of roaming elephant and buffalo, lechwe, lion and leopard. Guided walks or a river cruise at sunrise or sunset offer guests a closer insight into the intrigue of the African bush. We offer our visitors the opportunity to merge unhurriedly with Africa’s timeless evolution of hazy days and star-studded nights.

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KALAHARI DESERT Kalahari Desert

When it rains the water drains away into the dry dune valleys, but the region has several seasonally inundated pans, such as the Etosha Pan in northern Namibia and the large

The Kalahari conjures up visions of ancient red dunes,

salt pans of the Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana. Animals

Lourens van der Post, the Bushmen (San) and black-maned

that live in the Kalahari include lion, brown hyaena, meer-

lions. It is very different to the Namib, as it is not a desert

kat, giraffe, warthog, jackal, eland, gemsbok, springbok,

in the strict sense of the word. It receives more rain than a

hartebeest, steenbok, kudu and duiker, and many species

true desert, well over 100 millimetres a year on average,

of bird and reptiles. Vegetation in the Kalahari consists

in some areas as much as 250 millimetres. However, the

mainly of grasses and acacias, but there are over 400

sand sheet that covers the Kalahari has virtually no surface

identified plant species present, including the wild water-

water. Evidence suggests that the region once may have

melon or tsamma melon.

been much more arid than it is now. A better description of the Kalahari would therefore be that it is a ‘fossil desert’

The San people or Bushmen have lived in the Kalahari

rather than a true desert.

for some 20 000 years as hunter-gatherers, surviving by hunting game with bows and arrows and gathering edible

The word ‘Kalahari’, meaning ‘a waterless place’, is de-

plants such as berries, melons and nuts and also insects.

rived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning the great

Bushmen rarely drink water, getting most of their water

thirst, or the tribal word Khalagari, Kgalagadi or Kalagare.

requirements from plant roots and desert melons found

Vast areas of the Kalahari are covered by red sand, accu-

on or under the desert floor, and storing water in blown-

mulated in longitudinal or linear dunes that trend paral-

out ostrich eggshells. They have their own characteristic

lel to the prevailing wind. They are generally straight and

language that includes clicking sounds.

very long, with sharp crests. Formed many centuries ago, they have become fixed by vegetation of the acacia type

There are several excellent guest farms and lodges in the

and grass cover, with broad dune ‘streets’ in between. An

Kalahari, including the well-known flying centre at Bit-

outstanding feature of the Kalahari dunes is their extraor-

terwasser, a major attraction for gliding, also referred to as

dinary red colour, which is due to a thin film of red iron

‘soaring’. Most of these establishments include visits to the

oxide that coats each grain of sand.

Bushmen, who tell tourists about their lifestyles, including how they track and hunt, which plants they incorporate in

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The rugged Naukluft mountains are home to many Harmann’s mountain zebra, as well as klipspringer, gemsbok, ostrich, springbok and kudu. This area offers various hiking trails, either on foot or by 4x4. Sesriem is a 30 m deep canyon or gorge of about 1km in length which lies at the entrance to Sossusvlei. Its rock pools fill up with water after good rains and serve as wonderful, refreshing dip pools to hikers. The spectacular Fish River Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, reaching a depth of about 550 m. The adjoining Ai-Ais National Park and Richtersveld National Park on the South African side have been designated a transfrontier conservation area, separated by the Orange River which forms the natural boundary between the two countries. Around Keetmanshoop a forest of quiver trees has pride of place and just north of Mariental the Hardap Dam, which is Namibia’s largest dam, offers a resort and water sports such as water skiing, body boarding and the like.

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Keetmanshoop 3. Central Lodge Keetsmanhoop 4. Schützenhaus Guesthouse 5. Bird’s Accomodation

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Mariental & Surrounds 6. Anandi Guest House Mariental 168 7. River Chalets 168 Kalkrand Surrounds 8. Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge 9. Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge

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Fish River Canyon

are found here, including the olive thrush, Cape robin and African black duck.

The longest river in Namibia, the Fish, flows for more than

Centrepiece of the Fish River Canyon is an 85-kilometre

800 kilometres from its source in the Naukluft Mountains

nature trail regarded as one of Southern Africa’s major

to its confluence with the Orange River, 110 kilometres

hiking challenges. In terms of difficulty the trail is com-

east of the Atlantic Ocean. Over millennia it has carved

pared to the daunting Otter Trail in South Africa and ranks

one of the world’s greatest canyons, a 550-metre-deep

among the Big Five hiking trails in the Southern African

chasm that twists for 160 kilometres through eroded cliffs

region. Hemmed in by sheer canyon walls towering

of ancient sandstone, shale and lava deposited almost two

above the meandering river, the trail takes four to five

billion years ago.

days to hike, starting at the northernmost viewpoint close to the Hobas campsite. Chain handholds are provided to

Quiver trees and euphorbia species dot the arid desert

descend to the canyon floor. At the bottom is an enor-

plain through which the canyon flows. With the exception

mous pool where hikers can cool off before continuing

of extremely dry years there is always water in some of the

further, determining their own pace and choosing where

pools, due to the intermittent flow of the river. They con-

they want to set up camp. Along the way they can enjoy

tain small- and largemouth yellowfish, sharptooth catfish,

rugged scenery, peace, solitude and total wilderness. The

tilapia and common carp, and sometimes water leguan.

trail ends at the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort, where hikers

Klipspringer, rock hyrax, ground squirrel and baboon

can relax in the soothing thermal waters of the hot-water

inhabit the cliffs and niches of the canyon walls, while

spring. The hike can be undertaken only from 15 April to

tracks at the waterholes bear witness to the leopard and

15 September, due to high summer temperatures and the

mountain zebra that also frequent the area. Many birds

danger of flash floods during the rainy season.

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Kolmanskop

KOLMANSKOP ers to converge en masse on the newly discovered diamond fields. Lüderitz emptied virtually overnight and hopeful diamond hunters descended in droves on Kolmanskop, some on

There are few places in Namibia that captivate the imagina-

horseback and camels, others in horse carts and ox wagons,

tion more than the crumbling scattering of buildings that can

some even on foot. In some areas diamonds lay scattered in

be seen from the road 10 kilometres inland from Lüderitz, all

the open on the desert surface. Historical photographs show

the more so because the former diamond-mining settlement

miners crawling across the sand on their hands and knees col-

is gradually becoming engulfed by the ever-shifting sands of

lecting diamonds.

the Namib Desert. At one time the focal point of the diamond industry in Namibia, it was deserted in 1956 following the dis-

Kolmanskop soon became a bustling little centre, featuring a

covery of richer diamond fields further south, and the establish-

bakery, butchery, a soda and lemonade plant, a furniture fac-

ment of Oranjemund as the central hub of the diamond-mining

tory, a public playground and swimming pool, a fully equipped

industry.

gymnasium with skittle alley and a well-equipped hospital that

Kolmanskop is the best-known of several former diamond settlements – Elizabeth Bay, Pomona, Bogenfels and Charlottental – that today lie abandoned and disintegrating in the restless sands of the Sperrgebiet, the remote area set aside for mining and prospecting in German colonial times.

featured the first X-ray museum in Southern Africa. It also developed into a lively hub of German culture, offering entertainment and recreation for the affluent mining officials, who lived in large, elegantly designed houses. Sunday afternoon strolls through the town were described as follows: “Fashionably attired in well-cut outfits, the better halves of the diamond

The name Kolmanskop can be traced back to a transport driver named Johnny Coleman. At the turn of the century Coleman was a citizen of Aus, a tiny settlement situated 125 kilometres inland from Lüderitz. Before the railway was built, he transported goods from Keetmanshoop to Lüderitz by ox wagon. During a fierce sandstorm he was forced to abandon his ox wagon on the small incline on the main road from where Kolmanskop can be seen. It stood there for a while, giving rise to the name

kings walked through the deep sand, their left hands, mostly in cotton gloves, holding their longs trains very stiffly, while their right hands held their feathered and flowered hats in place against the pressure of the wind.” The town reached the pinnacle of its development in the twenties, when it accommodated about 350 German colonialists and 800 Owambo contract workers. But when richer diamond

Colemanshuegel, which subsequently became Kolmanskop.

fields were found further south and operations moved to Oran-

The origin of Kolmanskop lies in the momentous discovery of

was whispering through the deserted streets, broken windows

the first diamond in April 1908 by the railway worker Zacharias

and open doors, as crumbling structures and disintegrating

Lewala amongst the sand he was shovelling away from the rail-

mining machinery gradually succumbed to the encroaching

way line near Kolmanskop. His employer, railway supervisor

desert sands, to become one of Namibia’s most intriguing rel-

August Stauch, had instructed him to look for sparkling stones,

ics from the past.

jemund, the decline of Kolmanskop was rapid. Soon the wind

and when Lewala showed him the ‘pretty stone’, Stauch was convinced that it was a diamond. Once this was confirmed,

In 1980 the crumbling town was opened for tourist viewing

the news of the discovery spread like wildfire, causing a fre-

when the mining company CDM (today’s Namdeb) restored

netic diamond rush that caused adventurers and fortune hunt-

several of the buildings and established a museum.

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Sperrgebiet

SPERRGEBIET Sperrgebiet. A day tour undertaken from Lüderitz to view Bogenfels, the 55 metre rock arch that juts into the Atlantic Ocean, also stops at the old ghost town at Elizabeth Bay,

Set aside as a ‘Forbidden Area’ a hundred years ago by

the seal colony at Atlas Bay, the ghost town of Pomona

the German government following the discovery of the

and the legendary Märchental (fairy valley) where early

first diamond by the railway worker Zacharias Lewala at

prospectors collected diamonds by moonlight.

Kolmanskop in 1908, the Sperrgebiet Namitional Park is set to become yet another gem in Namibia’s portfolio of parks. Once it is proclaimed it will do much to bolster the economy of southern Namibia, particularly in the towns of rosh Oinah and Lüderitz.

Tour operators have been given concessions by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to conduct a limited number of tours per year along the stretch of coastline from Sylvia Hill northwards to Sandwich Harbour in the

Known internationally as the source of exclusive diamonds, the Sperrgebiet covers some 26 000 square kilometres of dunes and mountains that shelter numerous biodiversity gems. To date the research conducted in this

Namib-Naukluft Park. Points of interest on the itinerary are Saddle Hill, Koichab Pan, Sylvia Hill, Conception Bay, the wreck of the Eduard Bohlen, the diamond settlements Grillenberger, Charlottendal and Holsazia, Fischersbrunn

area has recorded 776 plant species, including 234 that

and Sandwich Harbour. Participants drive in their own

are unique to the area. In addition amphibians and rep-

vehicles and are accompanied throughout the trip by a

tiles and relatively large populations of gemsbok, spring-

nature conservator from the Ministry of Environment and

bok and brown hyaena.

Tourism. There are no facilities along the route, so the group has to be a hundred percent self-sufficient in terms

A limited form of tourism is currently practised in the

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Quiver Tree Forest

QUIVER TREE FOREST and a sparse crown, and has a much more limited distribution, being confined to the areas just north and south of the Orange River. The quiver tree, on the other hand, grows

There are few iconic images that beat the quiver tree or

fairly commonly along Namibia’s western escarpment from

kokerboom, Aloe dichotoma, its stylised shape giving it a

the Orange River northwards into Kaokoland.

prehistoric appearance, especially when etched against the In June and July quiver trees are covered in bright yellow

deep colours of a Namibian sunset.

flowers, attracting large numbers of birds and insects to Situated on the farm Gariganus, 23 kilometres north-east of

their copious nectar. Baboons tear the flowers apart to get

Keetmanshoop, the Quiver Tree Forest is a worthwhile de-

at the sweet substance, often stripping a tree of its blos-

tour, especially for keen photographers. Here several hun-

soms soon after they have appeared. One of the quiver

dred of these curious trees can be seen growing as a dense

tree’s most attractive features is its bark, which is smooth,

stand amongst the rocky outcrops that are so characteristic

often with a pearly grey or golden sheen, sometimes flak-

of the southern parts of Namibia. The stand was declared

ing and cracked into diamond shapes, frequently folding

a national monument and fenced for tourist viewing some

like melting wax.

fifty years ago. The Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, Simon van Reaching heights of up to seven metres, the quiver tree is

der Stel, recorded this fascinating and distinctive tree in

one of four Namibian aloes that are classified as trees. One

1685 where it grew in the northern Cape. He noticed that

of these, the bastard quiver tree, Aloe pillansii, is sometimes

Bushmen fashioned quivers for their arrows from the soft

confused with the kokerboom, the difference being that A.

branches, and it was this custom that gave rise to the tree’s

pillansii has a taller trunk with fewer, more erect branches

common name.

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GARUB AND THE DESERT HORSES

Garub and the desert horses

horses belonging to South African soldiers who camped at the borehole at Garub in 1915. There is also speculation about the so-called Kubub stud bred at the Kubub Station

Mankind has always loved and admired horses and been

under management of Lüderitz mayor Emil Kreplin, who

intrigued by the mystique of the desert. The combination

supplied workhorses for racing and mining purposes. It is

is undeniably tantalising, stimulating curiosity and inspir-

thought that the Kubub horses added to the evolvement of

ing the imagination.

the desert horses of the Garub plains.

For almost a 100 years the renowned desert horses of the

The most popular, romantic and oft-quoted theory is that

Namib have been roaming free between Lüderitz and

they are descendants of the horse stud belonging to the

Aus, centring around Garub, a water point that lies about

eccentric German nobleman, Baron Hansheinrich von

100 kilometres east of Lüderitz and is maintained by the

Wolf, who built a European-style castle among rolling

nature conservation authorities. In times of extended

red hills 72 kilometres south-west of Maltahöhe for his

drought, supplementary feed has been put out at Garub

American bride, Jayta. The story goes that when Von Wolf

to save them from starvation. It is here that the desert

was killed in action in 1916, the Baroness, crazed with

horses can be observed and photographed as they come

grief, released the 300 horses into the desert. They are

to drink.

believed to have roamed the veld around Duwisib Castle until 1950, when some wondered 150 kilometres south-

The origin of the horses remains a mystery fuelled by

west to the waterhole at Garub and became the ancestors

speculation and myth. One theory is that a ship carry-

of the herd that exists today.

ing thoroughbred horses from Europe to Australia ran aground near the mouth of the Orange River, and that

International and local equine experts attribute the surviv-

the strongest animals reached the shore and found their

al of the horses in this harsh, alien environment to unique

way to the Garub plain. Another is that the horses are di-

adaptations in their physiology and behaviour patterns.

rect descendants of 15 000 military mounts brought from

Hopefully these extraordinarily resilient animals will be

Germany in 1904 to the then German South West Africa.

around for many years to come to grace the beautiful

Yet another is that they are descended from some 6 000

stretch of landscape between Lüderitz and Aus.

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Sossusvlei

SOSSUSVLEI the Tsauchab River to bring down sufficient floodwaters to penetrate the dune area and fill the vlei. When it has water, the vlei is an impressive sight, attracting flamingos and

Second only to the Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei is one

other aquatic birds and giving new life to the vegetation of

of Namibia’s top tourism draw cards. The attraction is its

the area. Other than the imposing camel-thorn trees, Aca-

monumental dunes with their magnificent colours, rang-

cia erioloba, of which the older specimens are estimated

ing from ivory, yellow-gold and ochre to rose, maroon and

to be at least 500 years old, there is a wide occurrence of

deep brick-red, paling and deepening as the day progress-

brackbush and the sprawling narra plant.

es, making the area a visual feast for artists and photogAccording to pollen research done at the vlei, there was a

raphers.

much wider spectrum of plant species in former times than Sossusvlei is a feature of the Tsauchab River, which rises

there is today, which implies that it was once a high-rainfall

towards the north in the Naukluft Mountains. The Tsauchab

area sustaining a wide spectrum of fauna. Nowadays main-

River formerly emptied itself into the sea but gradually be-

ly springbok and gemsbok frequent the Sossus environs,

came blocked by mountainous dunes of windblown sand,

evident from the occasional spoor and chewed narra fruit.

to form the spectacular end vlei as we know it today.

The magnificent dunes surrounding the vlei, measuring from their base up to 350 metres high, are reputed to be

The road to Sossusvlei, which starts at Sesriem, is flanked

of the highest in the world. They are in effect monumental

by exotic pink, orange and maroon dunes, with the purple

pile-ups of sand that have formed at the end of longitudinal

and blue Tsaris Mountains receding at the back and wide

dune ridges, bordering the erosional trough of the Tsauch-

expanses of waving, yellow grass dotted with the occasion-

ab River. The vlei lies at an altitude of about 570 metres

al ostrich, springbok or gemsbok stretching ahead. About

above sea level, the crests of some of the dunes exceeding

four kilometres from the farmhouse towards the north is

altitudes of 960 metres.

the picturesque Elim dune, partially covered by vegetation. Centuries-old camel-thorn trees command the dry Tsauch-

Because of their multi-crested shape, Sossusvlei’s dunes are

ab River course all the way to the vlei.

referred to as star dunes, a formation that can best be seen from the air. The four or five sinuous crests, which meet at

Four kilometres before reaching Sossusvlei, the road –

the highest point, are the result of multi-directional winds

which up to this point can be traversed by two-wheel drive

that play the sand back and forth.

vehicles – disappears into thick sand. The remaining dis-

At times exceptionally strong winds blow at the vlei, caus-

tance of just over 300 metres can be completed by four-

ing the dunes to ‘smoke’, forming convoluting blankets of

wheel-drive vehicle or on foot. The latter is recommended,

sand that swirl sinuously upwards on the windward side,

as it gives a good idea of the extent, scale and grandeur of

and then break over the crest. A striking feature of the area

the surroundings.

is the white deflationary clay-floor pans that occur among the dunes, starkly set off by the flamboyant red mountains

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Sesriem Canyon

SESRIEM CANYON visible. A campsite managed by the Ministry of Environment and

About four kilometres from the Sesriem entry to Sossus-

Tourism is situated close by under huge camel-thorn trees,

vlei, the meandering Tsauchab River disappears into a

and close by there are several lodges in the surroundings

narrow gorge, the Sesriem Canyon, eroded over centuries

from where visits to Sossusvlei are undertaken via the en-

by floodwaters deep into the layers of schist and gravel

trance at Sesriem. Fuel and refreshments are sold at this

deposited there millions of years ago. The gorge is up to

point.

30 metres deep, varies in width from one to two and a half metres at the top, widening towards the bottom, and is approximately one and a half kilometres in length, becoming shallower and wider as it approaches the dunes. After good rains, the deep pool at the narrow section of the gorge fills up. Sesriem derives its name from the days when the early settlers, to scoop water, lowered a bucket into the ravine by six ox-riems (thongs) tied together. A number of different tree species grow in the canyon, of which the laurel fig, Ficus ilicina, is one of the more conspicuous ones. The permanent pools are inhabited by several fish species, primarily barbel. A track leads into the canyon from where the conglomerate layers are clearly

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Farm Sandhof

FARM SANDHOF from nowhere, devouring the lot within days. To see the fleeting spectacle, visitors flock to Sandhof from

TAbout 35 kilometres north of Maltahรถhe on the farm

different parts of the country and even South Africa. They

Sandhof is an enormous salt pan extending over an area

usually converge on the small town of Maltahรถhe, which

of a thousand hectares. The pan is normally bone dry and

has a country hotel and a small number of guesthouses.

few people would think of visiting it other than to drive

The last time the lilies appeared was after the copious

across it at speed to see how fast their vehicles can go.

rains of 2006

However, once every four or five years when there have been good rains in the surroundings, usually in January or February, the pan becomes inundated, if the water reaches a depth of 15 centimetres, it transforms miraculously into a vast field of lilies emerging from a sheet of sparkling water tinged red by the underlying sand. In next to no time shoots break through the surface of the shallow water and burst into a vivid display of pink and white for as far as the eye can see. This ephemeral blaze is but short-lived, because as quickly as the flowers take shape they wither and thousands of elephant beetles appear as if www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

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LÜDERITZ - PLACE OUT OF TIME Luderitz- Place out of time

Bucht frequented by bathers. A replica of the stone cross or padrão planted by Bartolomeu Dias in the bay of Angra Pequena (Little Bay) can be seen at Dias Point, and on

Few other towns in Namibia convey the same sense of be-

Shark Island a plaque commemorates the German mer-

ing in a time warp than the quaint harbour town of Lüder-

chant, Adolf Lüderitz, after whom the town was named.

itz on the southern Namibian coast. With its undeniable

The remains of an old Norwegian whaling station can be

old-world charm and fast-developing tourism infrastruc-

seen at Sturmvogelbucht.

ture it has become a sought-after holiday resort. Typified by the German-colonial architectural style, the buildings with their gables, winding stairwells, bay and bow windows, turrets and verandas cling to the rugged black rocks facing the deep-blue Atlantic waters where fishing boats ply their trade.

There is plenty of interest for bird-watchers and nature lovers in the Lüderitz surroundings. The shallow lagoon is frequented by flamingos, cormorants and seagulls, and while sailing in the bay, seals and dolphins can be seen playing in the water. The colourful Bushman’s candle and unusual species of dwarf succulents grow in the area, in-

Two of the most striking buildings are Goerkehaus built in 1909 on the slopes of the Diamond Mountain, and the Felsenkirche close by, consecrated in 1912. Others are the

cluding lithops. A relatively recent development in the harbour town at Harbour Square below Hafen Street is the Lüderitz Wa-

old Station Building (1914), the old Post Office (1908), the

terfront, its windows shaped like bull’s-eyes, steel girders

Turnhalle (1912–1913) and the Lüderitz Museum, which

and ropes and triangular sun sails creating a seaside and

houses the Eberlanz collection.

harbour atmosphere. On the other side of Hafen Street is Market Square, a complex of shops, offices and flats in the

The Lüderitz Peninsula has numerous beaches, bays and

same style. The Lüderitz Yacht Club has its headquarters at

lagoons, including the popular Agate Beach and Grosse-

the Lüderitz Waterfront.

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Lüderitz

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The award winning Lüderitz Nest Hotel has 73 non-smoking well appointed en-suite rooms with superb sea-views. As Namibia’s leading 4 star resort hotel, it enjoys prime positioning directly on the shores of Lüderitz Bay, with its own private tidal beach and jetty. The rooms are fully equipped with air-conditioner, heater, free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, heated towel rail, tea-coffee facilities and the most comfortable extra-long beds! 3 Luxury suites and 3 wheelchair friendly rooms are also available. The Penguin Seafood Restaurant serves the finest seafood and international cuisine.

Tel: ++264 63 204000/2 • Fax: ++264 63 204001 • Email: nesthotel@iway.na • Web: www.nesthotel.com PO Box 690 - Lüderitz - Namibia Located at the end of Diaz Street (beyond the new Lüderitz Fire Station)

Aus

2 GPS Co-ordinates: S 26 39,955; E 16 15,680

Bahnhof Hotel Aus – Jewel of the Sperrgebiet. The historic Bahnhof Hotel presents itself in a modern, elegant format, combining rich history and traditional comfort with excellent service and a` la carte cuisine. 21 stylish double rooms with ensuite facilities, including a 4 bed family room and a wheelchair-friendly room. Treat yourself to an unforgettable surprise and visit this remarkable establishment. Conference Centre, Activities offered, HAN Silver Award Winners 2011. Bronze Award Winners 2007/8/9/10. POI: Prisoner of War Camp, Wild Horses of the Namib, Commonwealth Graveyard.

Tel + 264 (0)63 258 091• Fax + 264 (0)63 258 092 • Cell +264 (0)81 235 6737 Bookings only: +264 64 - 461 677 or kai-koro@iway.na • Box 2 • Aus • Namibia e-mail: bahnhof-hotel-aus@iway.na • Web: www.hotel-aus.com | www.bahnhofhotelaus.com www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

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Keetmanshoop

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The Central Lodge is, as the name suggests, ideally situated in 5th Street, right in the historical centre of Keetmanshoop and very close to the old “Kaiserliches Postamt”. Comprising 24 spacious double rooms, 1 single room, 1 family room and one self-catering flat consisting of 2 rooms, bathroom, kitchen and lounge. 4 Rooms equipped with spa-baths. En suite rooms all equipped with air conditioning, telephone, TV, coffee/tea making facilities, cosy lounge area and plush carpeting. A fully licensed bar, a la carte restaurant provides guests with exquisite meals. Guest can cool off in the rock feature swimming pool. Secure indoor parking. Conference facilities - equipped with air conditioner, television, video, flip chart and overhead projector.

Tel: +264 (0)63 225 850 • Fax: +264 (0)63 224 984/223 532 P.O. Box 661, 5th Avenue, Keetmanshoop • Namibia Email: clodge@iway.na • Web: www.central-lodge.com

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Keetmanshoop

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Wine, dine and relax in a haven of Namibian and German hospitality like nowhere else. It is not just a stopover, but rather the start of an unforgettable experience in the discovered wonders of the Mesososaurus Fossil Trail, the Giants Playground and the Fish River Canyon. Luxury accommodation in different styled rooms, with appealing affordable price tags, together with a meal which is sure to exceed your wildest expectations in our restaurant “Christies Kingdom” will make your holiday a treasure trove of memories. We offer secure guarded overnight parking and camping guests will also find a place under our spectacular Acacia trees.

Tel: +264 (0)63 233400 • Fax: +264 (0)63 225 596 • Cell: +264 (0)81 124 5063 P.O. Box 47 • Keetmanshoop • Namibia • GPS Coordinates: S 26º 34’ 968” E 18º 34’ 922” Email: schuetzenhaus@iway.na or nct@iway.na • Web: www.schuetzenhaus-namibia.com

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Bird’s Mansions: 26° 34’ 37.76’’S 18° 07’ 56.03’’E • Bird’s Nest: 26° 34’ 52.80’’S 18° 08’ 07.14’’E

Bird’s Mansions - Tel: +264 (0)63 221 711 • Fax: +264 (0)63 221 730 Bird’s Nest Guesthouse - Tel: +264 (0)63 222 906 • Fax: +264 (0)63 222 261 birdsmansions@iway.na/birdnest@iafrica.com.na • www.birdsaccommodation.com

Bird’s Mansions: 23 en-suite rooms, air-conditioned and beautifully appointed. We offer, direct dial telephones and 5 channel TV, ample secure parking, lapa, splash pool, fully licensed restaurant, excellent conference facilities and internet cafe. Bird’s Nest: All the best in home away from home comfort. 10 en-suite bedrooms with direct dial telephones, television and air-conditioning. Relaxing garden and secure parking on site. We are proud of our personal service.

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Mariental

6 GPS Co-ordinates: 24° 37.720’ S | 17° 57.350’ E

Tastefully furnished, en-suite rooms, equipped with air-conditioning, tea tray, fridge and satellite TV. Spa-baths in luxury rooms. All rooms furnished with double and single beds to accommodate families. Situated in Mariental across Engen 1-Stop/Wimpy. In River street next to B1 main road: Windhoek-Keetmanshoop. Next to Auas Motors showroom. Also Anandi Guesthouse in Swakopmund - Tel: + 264 64 406 553.

Tel : +264 63 24 22 20 • Fax : +264 (0)63 24 22 23 • Cell: +264 (0)81 241 1822 15 River Street, P.O. Box 345, Mariental, Namibia. anandi@iway.na • www.anandiguesthouse.com

Sossusvlei Mariental

GPS Coordinates: S 24º 37’ 29,1” E 17º 57’ 20,5”

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Situated next to the B1 Main Road into Mariental, we offer 7 luxury, air-conditioned chalets, featuring 3, 5, and 7 bed units with DSTV, private braai facilities, shaded parking and 12 hour security. Chalets are spacious and fully equipped for self-catering, with breakfast served on request. Also camping sites with electricity, braai facilities and its own ablution facilities. The ideal stopover for families, hunters, fishermen and business men alike. Reasonable prices, dedicated and friendly staff are our famed asset on our conveniently located and child friendly property.

Tel: +264 (0)63 240 515 • Fax: +264 (0)63 242 601 • Cell: +264 (0)81 128 2601 P.O.Box 262 • Mariental • Namibia garbers@iway.na • www.riverchalets.com

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Kalkrand Surrounds

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Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is located 190km south of Windhoek, between Rehoboth and Mariental. You turn directly from B1 into the nature reserve, 8km after passing Kalkrand. The main house with restaurant, pool and lobby is behind the red dunes in a vlei and can only be approached via a 120-meter-long boardwalk. The spacious lodge offers a lot of privacy. Twelve comfortable houses with grass roof, half canvas and half stone, are nestling to the banks of the Vlei. The panorama windows offer a great view of the nature and a watering hole in the dry lake where game animals can often be observed. Game drives, sunrise and sunset tours are offered. A dinner in the red dunes is a romantic experience for every holiday in Namibia.

Namibia Tel: 00264 (0)63 264003 • Cell: 00264 (0)81 4079127 • Fax: 00264 (0)63 264029 Germany Tel: 0049 (0)5571 3026940 • Email: info@redduneslodge.com Web: www.redduneslodge.com

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Sossusvlei & Surrounds

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On your way to Sossusvlei - in the heart of the Namib Desert, there is a place where time does not exist. The hand of God paused on these vast plains, touching your sense as never before. A world of colour, awe inspiring plains, surrounded by magnificent mountains, you can experience tranquility, silence and solitude. We offer air conditioned rooms, dinner, bed and breakfast and the best camping facilities in the area. The activities we offer include : 4x4 Excursions to Sesriem Canyon and Sossusvlei, Quadbike trips, Sundowners, Birdwatching, Scenic and Balloon flights can be arranged.

Tel : +264 63 693 253 • Fax : +264 (0)63 693 252 / +264 (0)88 631 767 Reservations: Tel : +264 (0)81 208 8331 • P.O. Box 9385 • Eros • Windhoek Namibia Landing strip available: S24º 37,161” E15º 59,494” • betesda@iway.na • www.betesdalodge.com

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... in the Naukluft Mountain area offers family friendly farm hospitalty in 6 luxury and 8 standard rooms. BüllsPort Guest Farm provides fantastic opportunities for 4x4 excursions, nature drives, hiking trails and horse riding. 8 different hiking trails and 4x4 drivers are available and trail guide maps are provided. Horse riding lessons are offered for beginners and children. Day-rides are offered for more experienced riders. Private camping places with all facilities are offered a few km away in the scenic landscape.

Tel: +264 (0)63 693 371 • Fax: +264 (0)88 625 749 E-mail : info@buellsport.com • Web : www.buellsport.com

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Sossusvlei & Surrounds

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The twenty thatched chalets ensure our guests a comfortable stay, and needless to say - the little touches that characterize Homestead hospitality are still evident everywhere. Meals can be savoured in our romantic indoor dining room complete with candles and fireplace, or alternately on our traditional wide farm verandah, with lanterns and stars adding to the ambience. We have become a popular destination for keen horse riders. We also offer sundowner drives, guided walks, Sossusvlei and Naukluft excursions ... ballooning, scenic flights and quad biking can all be arranged.

Tel: +264 (0)61 401 494 • Fax: +264 (0)61 243 079 • P.O. Box 97448 • Windhoek • Namibia melissa@rivercrossing.com.na • www.deserthomestead-namibia.com Lodge: Tel :+264 (0)63 683 103

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Sossusvlei & Surrounds

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Sossusvlei & Surrounds

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Tel: +264 63 683073 • Fax: +264 63 683074 • Cel: +264 (0) 81 685 3433 E-mail: aswarts@mweb.com.na • Web: www.weltevredeguestfarm.com Directions: On the C19 between Solitaire & Sesriem Situated in the heart of the Namib Desert, some 300km south west of Windhoek & bordered on three sides by the Namib Naukluft Park, Weltevrede is the home of abundant wildlife & gateway to the famed Sossusvlei dunes & Sesriem Canyon. Nestled amidst a spectacular mix of rugged mountains, shifting dunes, harsh gravel plains, dusty prehistoric river beds and endless Camel-thorn trees, you’ll find Weltevrede a welcome oasis of friendly hospitality at the end of your adventuresome day. 12 rooms each has a porch overlooking a watering hole and the breathtaking sunset over the red dunes. 1000+ Springbucks, cheetahs, giraffes, jackals, leopards, mountain zebras, ground squirrels, kudus, gemsbok, ostriches, various insect & bird species can be seen. Rates from N$ 495pp Camping N$120

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Solitaire & Surrounds

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Solitaire is situated 83km from Seriem, the gateway to Sossusvlei. Directions from Windhoek (+/-230km) – C26 to turn-off D1265 to Nauchas. At Nauchas turn right on D1275 via Spreetshoogte Pass to C14. Turn left +/- 9km to Solitaire. Directions from Swakopmund (+/-230km) – drive to Walvis Bay take the C14 to Solitaire.

Situated in the middle of the Namib Desert, Solitaire Country Lodge is the perfect stop over en route to Sossusvlei, Swakopmund or Windhoek. The Lodge provides spacious en-suite rooms, campsites, swimming pool and a restaurant and bar with traditional African cuisine for breakfast, light lunch and dinner. A gas station, General dealer shop and the Moose McGregor Bakery with the world famous Apple Pie are all at your doorstep. Basic motor repairs are also available to ensure a safe journey. Rates: B&B: Single N$600.00 • Double N$500.00 • Camping: N$100.00

P.O. Box 30729 - Pionierspark - Windhoek – Namibia RESERVATIONS: Tel.: +264 (0)62 682033 - Fax2Mail: +264 (0)88635507 E-mail: reservations@solitairecountrylodge.com • Website: www.solitairecountrylodge.com GENERAL DEALER & LODGE: Tel.: +264 (0)63 293621/2 - Fax: +264 (0)63 293620 E-mail: general@solitairecountrylodge.com

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Solitaire Guest Farm & Desert Ranch is a great location from which to base your day trips and excursions to the famous Dunes of Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, the Naukluft Mountains and Spreetshoogte Pass. Accommodation consist of en-suite room, a selfcatering house and campsites with own facilities. Enjoy delicious African farm cuisine in our thatch-roofed “lapa” while watching wildlife at our illuminated watering hole. Among the animals on the farm are tame Springbok, Suricates (Meerkats), Dogs, Cats, and numerous Birdlife. Experience our Hiking trails, Nature and Night Drives in which you may see Oryx, Kudu, Springbok, Mountain Zebra, Bat-eared Foxes, Cheetah, Leopard, and smaller animals. Enjoy a Sundowner and an incredible African sunset on the nearby Sunset Hill or just relax by the pool. NAMIB CONSERVATION CENTRE: The Centre host an educational facility that is open to the public and offer display information and seminar talks about our Conservation Research Program. Tourists are able to join a group of elite biologists to assist wildlife activities such as feeding the animals, wildlife-tracking within the purpose-built enclosures, nature walks on and around the farm, and carnivore surveillance in the greater Namib area.

Tel: +264 (0)62 682033 Fax 2 mail: +264 (0)88635507 P.O. Box 30729 • Pionierspark • Windhoek E-mail: reservations@solitaireguestfarm.com Web: www.solitaireguestfarm.com

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Self-catering house N$1100.00 2 persons Self-catering house N$1600.00 4-6 persons En-suite room B&B N$ 570.00 pp Camping N$ 120.00 pp

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Grunau & Surrounds

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Grünau is about 100km from the spectacular Fish River Canyon. It is Namibia’s biggest geological wonder. We offer: Overnight facilities - 12 rooms (4 double rooms and 8 three-bed self-catering rooms) • Campsite - every site with electricity, its own toilet, shower, washbasin & braai • Next to Shell filling station with: Shop with refreshments, a restaurant with delicious home made pies and a kiosk • Friendly staff, feel right at home! SPECIAL OFFER, DISCOUNTED RATES!

Tel: +264 (0)63 262026 • Fax: +264 (0)63 262017 P.O. Box 3 • Grünau • Namibia • willa@iafrica.com.na • www.grunaunamibia.com

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Grunau & Surrounds

20 We are situated in Grünau, 600m from B1, & 1,3km from B3 (27º44,00S 18º22.69E) We have a fully licensed ladies bar, with satellite television and a pool table. We also offer a fully licensed a la carte restaurant. We are well known for our excellent meals and breakfasts. Groups of six or more can choose a buffet meal as well, by prior arrangement. 10 en-suite rooms (all air conditioned). Six double en-suite rooms each with 2 single beds. Two three-bed en-suite rooms with one double bed and one single bed. Two Four- / Five-bed en suite rooms with a double bed and two or three single beds. Bungalows: Two two-bed bungalows [outside ablution]. Two four-bed bungalows [outside ablution]. Campsites with water, electricity points.

Tel: +264 (0)63 262001 • Fax: 088 614 212 (in Nam) / Fax: 086 519 4223 (in Za) • P.O.Box 2 • Grünau Email: grunauch@iway.na • Web: www.grunauch.iway.na

Rates: Camping from N$ 50,00 p/p Accommodation rates from N$ 115,00 p/p (conditions apply)

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Travelling to or from South Africa, Vastrap is the place to stay over night. At the Guest Farm we offer 6 ensuite rooms, and 2 x 4-bed selfcatering chalets fully equipped, meals on request, a large swimmingpool, braai and freezing facilities. We also offer day trips on the farm and to the Fish River Canyon. Here you will experience the peace and tranquillity of a Namibian Farm.

Rean & Hettie Steenkamp: Tel/Fax: +264 63 262 063 • Cell: 081 127 7142 / 081 124 9162 P.O. Box 26, Grünau, Namibia E-mail : vastrap@mweb.com.na • Web : www.vastrapguestfarm.com

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The combination of classic and modern create a simple relaxing environment of charm and style. We offer everything of a hotel in the comfortable and personalized settings of a guest-farm. From the preparation of your room to your breakfast…… our aim is to do things your way. Think of a place, where every effort is made to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. We have 7 double, twin and family en suite self–catering rooms. Children are always welcome and we have a play area to keep them busy.

Tel: +264 (0)63 269 315 • Fax: +264 (0)88 618 913 • Cel: +264 (0) 81 124 9186 P.O. Box 25, Karasburg, Namibia • kleinbeginlodge@gmail.com • http://kleinbeginlodge.tripod.com Ai-Ais Fish River Canyon Directions: Turn from B4 onto the D463, turn left at the sign that reads “Canyon Nature Park”, continue for 19 km, past 2 farmhouses, to the lodge.

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A three hundred million years of geological wonder lie below Fish River Lodge, the only lodge perched on the western rim of the Fish River Canyon. From the comfort of your bed you can enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises and sets over the main canyon. Black eagles enjoy the thermal updrafts and fascinating desert adapted plants thrive in the rocks between the forest of ancient kokerbome. Mountain zebra and elusive klipspringer wander the remote valleys. Enjoy walks along the rim or to archaeological sites, guided hikes and 4 x 4 trails down into the heart of the canyon or simply relax on the deck of the lodge. 20 comfortable bungalows offer you privacy including indoor and outdoor showers.

Lodge - Tel: +264 (0)63 683 005 • Fax: +264 (0)88 625 902 Reservations - Tel: +264 (0)61 308 901 • PO Box 91045, Klein Windhoek, Namibia. E-mail: reservations@fishriverlodge.com.na • www.fishriverlodge-namibia.com

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THE PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA The people of Namibia Namibians are a melting pot of different population groups and cultures, united by a turbulent history, a large number of traditions that permeate the Namibian nation on many different fronts and the official language, English. The indigenous peoples have retained their mother tongues, with the result that bilingualism and even trilingualism is a common factor among Namibians. While Christianity has been widely embraced by indigenous Namibians, several cultural traditions are still cherished and practised, albeit often in a more contemporary form.

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The Owambo

THE OWAMBO

The roaming nature and flexibility of the Owambo, coupled with the cycle of the seasonal efundja, very much define their character as a people. In about 1550 the tribes referred to collectively as the Owambo moved down from the Great Lakes in East Africa to settle between the Kunene and Okavango rivers in central-northern Namibia. The Owambo consist of eight tribes, the largest being the Kwanyama. The other tribes are the Ndonga, Kwambi, Mbalantu, Kwaluudhi, Ngandyela and the smaller Nkolonkadhi and Unda. Following Namibia’s independence in 1990, what was traditionally known as Ovamboland or Owambo was divided into four regions: Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto. While these four regions are still where the majority of Owambo people live, large numbers have migrated southwards and settled throughout the length and breadth of the country, forming the major part of the workforce in the mining and fishing industries. During the rainy season life on the vast plains of Owambo depends on the efundja, the floods that feed the flat, shallow depressions called oshanas. Here a mixed economy of agriculture and farming with livestock is practised. Major crops in the agronomy sector are mahangu (pearl millet), maize, groundnuts and sorghum, while livestock consists mainly of cattle, goats and chickens, supplemented by fishing in the oshanas. Groups of women are involved in home industries such as basketry, dressmaking, pottery www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

and woodcarving. While Owambo women traditionally cultivated the land and raised the children, they are nowadays increasingly entering the labour market as civil servants, nurses, teachers and shop assistants. An intriguing side to this versatile people is their natural bent for trading, borne out locally in the over 10 000 stalls, cuca shops (where liquor is served and sold) and shopping complexes in the region. One of Namibia’s most successful businessmen is multi-millionaire Frans Indongo, who built Frans Indongo Gardens in Windhoek. A typical Owambo artefact and immensely popular in modern Namibian hand-crafted jewellery is the ekipa, an ornamental button made from ivory or bone. Ekipas were carved into oval, round, square or rectangular shapes with a raised centre, resembling a tiny beehive. They are usually engraved around the outer edge with a border depicting different geometric patterns. In earlier times ekipas were worn by the women on two leather straps hanging down from the waist at the back, the number of ekipas displayed giving an indication of the wealth and status of the woman’s husband. More than any other of Namibia’s population groups, the Owambo have consistently played an active role in politics. The South West Africa People’s Organisation, Swapo, has been the ruling party since independence. It started as a non-violent pressure group, the Owambo People’s Organisation, led by Adimba Herman Toivo ya Toivo and Samuel Shafiishuna Nujoma, the man destined to become the first president of an independent Namibia. He was succeeded by fellow countryman and former Cabinet Minister, Hifikepunye Pohamba.

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The Bushmen/San

THE BUSHMEN/SAN

Descended from the Khoisan peoples, the Bushmen are the earliest known inhabitants of Namibia. These huntergatherers roamed the vast plains of Southern Africa for thousands of years before migrants armed with weapons and searching for new land drove them further and further east into the Kalahari and Namib deserts, where some still practise their traditional, nomadic lifestyle. Today there are approximately 35 000 San people living in Namibia, most of them on farms in the eastern parts of the country or in remote communal areas in the Otjozondjupa and Omusati regions in north-eastern and north-eastern Namibia. The Bushmen’s former habitation in many parts of the country is evidenced by the rich wealth of rock art found in caves and overhangs in mountainous and hilly areas. Two well-known examples are Twyfelfontein with its rock engravings, which was awarded World Heritage status by the World Heritage Committee (UNESCO) during 2007, and the Brandberg, famous for the rock painting known as the White Lady. Twyfelfontein has in excess of 2 000 rock engravings and the Brandberg a recorded number of over 8 000. A high degree of mysticism is embodied in the San culture, which has endured over thousands of years due to oral traditions. These wanderers of the arid plains are renowned as storytellers, expressing themselves eloquently in prose, music, mimicry and dance. Moth cocoons filled with seeds or stones attached around their ankles provide rhythm when they dance. One of their instruments consists of a hunter’s bow that has been strung with animal hair and equipped with a sound box in the shape of a hollowed-out melon or, especially nowadays, a tin can.

Most of the materials used for body adornments are collected in the bush, including seeds, porcupine quills, roots and berries. Functional items such as bags used for collecting wild fruit and berries and storing tobacco and matches are made from softened antelope skins. The Bushmen are divided into three groups – the Hai||omn who inhabit the northern districts of Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein; the !Kung and Ju//Huansi in Bushmanland (Otjozondjupa Region) and the Gobabis district and the Khoé or Mbarakwengo in West Caprivi. The area that comprises the Etosha National Park today was once the ancestral home of the Hai||omn Bushmen. Their existence first gained international publicity in 1925 following the Denver Expedition, whose members claimed they had ‘found the Missing Link’ in the Hai||omn people. In the 1950s the Hai||omn in Etosha were instructed by the South African administration to leave the park, as they supposedly represented a threat to the wildlife. When Namibia became independent in 1990 it was generally thought that this hailed a new era for the Bushmen in the country. The new Namibian regime recognised that as a group the Bushmen were by far the country’s most disadvantaged people. However, by and large their situation has remained unchanged. In 2007, the year the centennial of the Etosha National Park was celebrated, the evacuation of the Hai||omn from their ancestral lands was once again brought to the attention of the general public. In the words of Reinhard Friederich, a farmer who grew up in northern Namibia and was exposed to Bushmen from an early age, “While the proclamation of Etosha as a national park has left not only the Namibian nation but also tourists worldwide a precious jewel, the Hai||omn people need to be recognised and appreciated for the sacrifice they made when forced to leave their ancestral home.”

Like most semi-nomadic people around the world, the Bushmen adorn themselves with beads made from ostrich eggshells and glass. Fashioned into necklaces, bracelets and anklets, these items are worn by both men and women and are often exchanged as gifts. Archaeological evidence suggests that the techniques used today are similar to those used centuries ago. Ostrich eggshells are broken into smaller pieces and then the edges are chipped to shape them into round, flat beads. A hand bow is used to drill the central hole, and the different pieces are assembled, traditionally with raw sinew, nowadays with commercial beading thread. Production of such items is often shared. Beads, for instance, are carved by the men and threaded by the women.

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The Whites

THE WHITES

Early pioneers of European descent started settling in southern Namibia in the 1800s. They were mainly Afrikaners infiltrating from South Africa, and German and British missionaries. The major contribution of the English-speaking community to Namibia is undoubtedly the English language. When Namibia attained independence in 1990, English was selected as the official language, and today it is the main language of instruction in state-run schools throughout the country. After serving with German as one of three ‘official’ languages, Afrikaans was relegated to a secondary position. Prior to independence, however, it was the main language of instruction in state-run schools, and was the lingua franca spoken by approximately 90 per cent of all Namibians. Nevertheless, it is still a prominent language, as it is the first language spoken by Namibia’s Afrikaners, Rehoboth Basters and Coloureds. More or less 100 000 Namibians of European descent currently live in the country, most of them in the urban, central and southern areas. They are mainly involved in farming, commerce, manufacturing and professional services. About two-thirds of them speak Afrikaans, one quarter German and the rest, according to the latest population census not more than 8 000, primarily English. The latter don’t all have English ancestry, many being descended from Italians, French and Portuguese people who settled in the country and adopted English as their home language. The first British presence was established in Namibia in 1807, when the London Missionary Society, which had based itself along the Orange River in 1802, became active north of the river at Warmbad and Blydeverdacht. They and the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society transferred their rights to the Rhenish Missionary Society in the mid1800s.

of several ‘treks’ of Afrikaners who moved northwards from the Great Marico in South Africa’s northern Transvaal over the Limpopo in search of new land. In the second half of the nineteenth century, after endless wanderings, some of them settled in Angola, where they lived for about 50 years, before moving to Namibia in the 1920s. In addition to the Afrikaans language, Afrikaans cuisine too has permeated Namibian contemporary lifestyles in the form of biltong, droëwors, melktert, koeksisters, potjiekos and, most of all, the famous braaivleis; meat barbecued by the men over an open fire while the women prepare salads. Namibia became a German Protectorate in 1884, a rule that lasted until 1915, when the Khorab peace treaty was signed on the farm Khorab near Otavi. While the period of German rule lasted barely thirty years and ended almost a century ago, the German influence on Namibia’s economy, infrastructure and culture has been and still is far-reaching. According to the 1991 census about 26 000 white Germanspeaking Namibians currently live in the country, many of whom have lived in Namibia for seven to eight generations. German-managed institutions have contributed substantially to Namibian culture, including today’s National Art Gallery of Namibia (evolved from the Arts Association), the Namibia Scientific Society (Namibia Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft), sports clubs like the SKW, which hosts the annual carnival, WIKA, museums, theatre groups and instrumental and vocal musical societies. As a result of the Angolan war in 1974 there was a considerable influx of Portuguese settlers in Namibia during the seventies. As Namibian independence drew closer, many of them left for South Africa or Portugal, leaving behind a small number, many of whom are involved in the business sector today.

Historically Afrikaner was the name applied to the descendants of Dutch and French-Huguenot settlers who emigrated to South Africa at the end of the seventeenth century, entering the country by sea and landing at the Cape of Good Hope. The Afrikaans language as it is spoken today evolved from the Dutch dialect spoken by these settlers. According to some sources many Whites in the Cape regarded themselves as being rooted in Africa, and this concept found expression in the term ‘Afrikaner’. Namibia’s Afrikaners infiltrated gradually from South Africa during the 1800s. An interesting group was the so-called Dorsland Trekkers, one

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THE REHOBOTH BASTERS The Rehoboth Basters

Afrikaans Cloete, Beukes, Diergaardt, Mouton, Maasdorp, Louw, Coetzee and Van Wyk; the English and Scottish Wentworth, McNab and Dunn; the German Bayer, Ritt-

The Rehoboth Basters regard themselves as a distinct community by virtue of their unique history and the fact that they have been living in their own territory for over a century. Their origin dates back to 1652 when the first Dutch colonists under Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape of Good Hope. European settlers came into contact with the local Khoesan peoples and the children born from this association were called ‘bastards’ or ‘coloureds’, giving rise to two distinctly separate groups of people, descendants of whom later moved to Namibia.

mann and Husselmann; the Nama Witbooi; the Damara Garises and Gowaseb and even the Italian Bertolini. Traditionally stock and crop farmers, today’s Rehoboth Basters are involved in many other economic sectors, especially the building trade. A large number commute to Windhoek on a weekly or daily basis. Christianity has greatly influenced Baster communities and lifestyles, playing an important role in their lives to this day. There are no less than 40 churches in the small town of Re-

In the mid-1800s some ninety Baster families moved northwards from the Cape, first residing at Warmbad, then migrating northwards to Berseba and, in 1870, finally settling at the hot-water springs called Rehoboth. This area had formerly been occupied by a Nama tribe, the Swartboois, who had moved to Bokberg or Erongo over Otjimbingwe and Salem, and eventually to Fransfontein. In due course the Rehoboth Gebiet became the fatherland of the Basters, recognised as such by the South African Government in as early as 1915.

hoboth, mostly Lutheran and Roman Catholic, with many splinter groups, a number of which are amalgamations of traditional tribal beliefs with Christianity. An annual festival that serves to strengthen the national identity of the Rehoboth Basters is the two-day commemoration of their confrontation with the German colonial troops at the place called Sam Khubis on 8–9 May, 1915. A group of Basters had resisted joining up with the Germans against the South African forces, especially when they

The Rehoboth Baster community of today consists of approximately 72 000 people. Their first language is Afrikaans, and their way of life resonates that of their Afrikaner forebears. In Baster society the family is the most important socioeconomic unit, functioning independently within the community. At their own request they are registered as Rehoboth Basters, as they regard themselves as a separate community from the Coloureds. While the word ‘Baster’ traditionally denoted ‘of mixed blood’ in a derogatory way, the group calls themselves Rehoboth Basters with pride.

realised that the South Africans were likely to gain the up-

Their surnames reflect that they are of mixed descent, as evidenced in well-known Baster family names such as the

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per hand. Fearing for the safety of their families, they left Rehoboth with their wives and children and took refuge among the koppies at Sam Khubis. Here, they were ambushed by the German forces, and suffered many casualties. Upon hearing that large contingents of South African troops were advancing from the south, the Germans unexpectedly withdrew, and the Basters gained the impression they had retreated. The Basters have commemorated these two days every year ever since. In 2000 a monument was lives at Sam Khubis. www.namibiatravelcompanion.com


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The Coloureds

THE COLOUREDS

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries groups of Cape Coloureds – descendants of Caucasians, Malayans, indigenous Khoe people and the hunter-gatherer San – moved to Namibia, where their numbers were further augmented by local intermixing. Namibia’s Coloureds are genetically very similar to the Basters. They also speak Afrikaans as a home language, albeit with a different accent. In a sense they speak a more pure Afrikaans, one that is closer to the Afrikaans spoken by the Voortrekkers rather than a dialect that has developed its own idiom, as with the Afrikaans spoken by the Rehoboth Basters.

country. Consequently Namibia’s over 50 000 Coloureds live almost everywhere in the country, especially in the urban centres. As a rule they are well educated and practise a wide range of professions, including the civil service, education, the building trade, the service sector, particularly banks, hospitals and the hospitality industry. Like with the Rehoboth Basters, religion and family play a major role in their lives, and their lifestyle, rules of etiquette and moral values can be traced back to their Afrikaner roots.

While a small group of Coloureds practise stock farming in southern Namibia, most live in towns, especially Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz, Kalkveld and Karasburg. A fairly large community lives in Walvis Bay, where many are employed in the fishing industry. A significant difference between Namibia’s Rehoboth Basters and Coloureds is that while the Basters have the Rehoboth area with which they can identify, the Coloureds have never inhabited a specific part of the country, and were not allocated a ‘homeland’ as were other non-white population groups during South African administration of the

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The Tswana

THE TSWANA the traditional court, with various officials assigned different duties in the social structure at each level. In traditional Tswana religion (tribal animism) Modimo is the great God,

The Tswana migrated from East Africa into central Southern Africa in the 14th century. They are closely related to the Sotho of Lesotho and South Africa and the two groups are bonded in language and customs. They claim a common ancestor, Mogale, and share an agrarian culture, social structures, political organisation, religious and magical beliefs and also a family life. All the Sotho and Tswana languages are inherently intelligible, but for political and historical reasons, they have generally been considered as three. Traditional Tswana society included men, women, children and ‘badimo’ (ancestors – living dead – who have metaphysical powers). A Tswana doesn’t think in terms of individual rights, but of responsibilities to his family and tribe. The father is to be obeyed and respected by his wife and children at all times. The Sotho-Tswana are organised by lineages, which developed as the tribe grew. The lineages are organised in sub-units and communities. Every level exhibits the same social organisation, such as the Kgotla, www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

or The Great Spirit. The Tswana are the smallest cultural group in Namibia and are quite distinct from the Tswana of Botswana. Their ascendants embarked on a thirstland trek through Botswana to settle in Namibia at the end of the nineteenth century, considerable numbers succumbing along the way. Namibia’s Tswana are divided into three groups. The largest is the Tlharo, who originally came from Kuruman in the northern Cape. The second-largest group is the Tlhaping, ‘tlhapi’ meaning ‘fish’ in Tswana. The third and smallest group, the Bangologa, have mixed with the Kalahari Bushmen to some extent and are lighter in colour. Today they live in a triangle, with a line between Epukiro and Aminuis in the east as its base, and extending to Walvis Bay, its vertex, in the west. Most of them, however, live in the east of the country where they are involved in farming, many having bought farms north and south of the town.

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The Herero

THE HERERO former Bechuanaland). When South Africa took over the administration of South West Africa in 1915 they began to return and were gradually allocated home areas at Aminuis,

It is believed that in ancient times the Herero lived in a

Epukiro, Waterberg East, Otjohorongo and Ovitoto.

legendary African marshland of water and reeds known as Roruu before undertaking their southern migration down

Despite the hardships and suppression of their traditional

the African continent. While this legendary marshland has

cultures, they managed to keep their bonds of family life,

never been traced, according to oral tradition they moved

tribal solidarity and national consciousness alive, as is evi-

southwards from the great lakes of East Africa, crossed into

denced by the annual Herero Festival in August on Maha-

present-day Zambia and southern Angola and arrived at the

rero Day when various units of paramilitary organisations

Kunene River in about 1550.

parade before their leaders in full regalia through the streets of Okahandja. The Mbanderu and Zeraua tribes honour

After inhabiting Kaokoland (today’s Kunene Region) for

their captains in festivals in Gobabis and Omaruru. It was

some 200 years, the Herero and the Mbanderu migrated in-

during the nineteenth century, under the influence of the

dependently of each other in a southerly direction, leaving

wives of missionaries, that Herero women developed the

the Himba and Tjimba tribes behind. This brought them into

wide multi-skirted Victorian-style dresses that the more tra-

conflict with the Nama occupying the southern and central

ditional women still wear today. The distinctive headdress

regions of the territory. They reached the Swakop River val-

made from fabric characterised by two points on either side

ley towards the middle of the 18th century, and during the

symbolises cattle horns.

19th century moved eastwards. Eventually the Herero established themselves in the central region, and the Mbanderu

Today there over 130 000 Herero-speaking Namibians in

settled east of Windhoek.

the country, subdivided into the following groups: The Herero with the traditional chiefdoms of Maharero in the Oka-

The Herero–German wars of 1904–1907 resulted in a dras-

handja area, the Zeraua in the Omaruru environs; the Kam-

tic decimation of the Herero. A very large number were

bazembi of Waterberg; the Ndamuranda; the Mbanderu of

killed or succumbed as they fled, according to some es-

eastern Namibia, especially the Gobabis District and the

timates as much as eighty per cent of the population. The

reserves of Epukiro, Otjombinde and Aminuis; the Tjimba

survivors were left with no land and cattle, and more or

Herero of Kaokoland (Kunene) and the Himba of the Kunene

less disintegrated as a group, many fleeing to Botswana (the

Region, which are discussed below as a separate group.

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The Himba

THE HIMBA

Due to the extensive interest and wide publicity afforded the Himba, semi-nomadic people who still live and dress according to ancient customs and traditions, they are, next to the Bushmen, arguably the best known of Namibia’s people. With the Tjimba and other Herero people who inhabit Kaokoland, the traditional name of Namibia’s remote northwestern Kunene Region, they are informally referred to as the Kaokovelders. The Himba live in scattered settlements throughout the region. Their homes are simple cone-shaped structures made of saplings bound together with palm leaves and plastered with mud and dung. The men build the structures, while the women mix the clay and do the plastering. In the headman’s hut a fire burns day and night, both to keep away insects and to provide heat and light. Families often have several of these huts in different locations, moving from home to home a few times a year in search of grazing for their cattle and goats. The Himba are tall, slender and statuesque people, renowned for their beauty and photogenic qualities. They are a dignified yet friendly people and are willing to have their photographs taken if asked beforehand. The women especially are www.namibiatravelcompanion.com

admired for their unusual sculptural features, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. They rub their faces and bodies with a mixture of ground red ochre, animal fat and herbs, which protects their skin against the harshness of the desert and keeps insects away. Himba women spend as much as three hours a day to wash and dress. They use a separate mixture of butterfat, herbs and black coals to rub on their hair, and ‘steam’ their clothes over the permanent fire. Himba males wear different hairstyles to the women, such as the single plait, ondato, worn by young boys down the back of the head, the ozondato, two plaits, worn by Himba men when they reach marriageable age and the ombwiya headdress, a scarf made from fabric covering the hair and decorated with an ornamental band, worn by married men. A young girl typically has ozondato (plaits). Once she has undergone the puberty ceremony, she wears the ekori headdress made from tanned goat or sheepskin with three leafshaped points that are usually decorated with iron beads. Himba women make finely woven baskets with elegant sculptural shapes, traditionally used to hold milk and butter. Some have leather handles decorated with iron beads. They also make a variety of jewellery, mostly with leather, iron and ostrich eggshell beads, shells and carved makalani nuts (vegetable ivory). An interesting Himba craft is dolls, made from fabric and rubbed red with the ochre mixture.

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The Caprivians

THE CAPRIVIANS on Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana and has the bustling town of Katima Mulilo as its capital.

The Caprivi Strip, as it is historically known, was named af-

Caprivi’s just over 20 000 square kilometres of land fall ei-

ter Count Leo von Caprivi, the German negotiator at the Ber-

ther under state or communal administration. The state-con-

lin Conference held towards the end of the 1800s between

trolled areas consist primarily of game reserves and national

Germany and other colonial administrators.

parks, state forest and agricultural projects administered by

The Caprivi has a chequered history of administrative changes. Before 1992 the water-rich pan-handle in Namibia’s far north-east was administered separately by three countries – South Africa, Botswana and the former South West Africa – while prior to independence the Caprivi Region was isolated from the rest of Namibia, as it was used strategically by the South African Defence force in its fight against Swapo guerrillas. It remained a centre of conflict throughout the struggle for independence achieved in 1990, after which there was further political strife when a group of secessionists staged a political uprising in 1998–1999. The Caprivians share their language with the Lozi of Barotseland, the remnants of the Kololo Kingdom, established by Chief Sebetwane of the Bafokeng, who crossed the Zam-

different ministries and the National Development Corporation (NDC). Subsistence farming is practised within the communal areas, which are also put to commercial uses via hunting concessions and tourist lodges and camps. Most Caprivians make their living on the banks of the Zambezi, Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe rivers. When the Zambezi and Chobe come down in flood, more than half of Eastern Caprivi becomes inundated and wooden mekoro, dug-out canoes, become a common means of transport. Being surrounded by perennial rivers, freshwater fish are an important resource in Caprivi, providing food and income for many locals and recreational angling for visitors. Agriculture is, however, of greater importance than fishing in terms of economic and livelihood activities. Stock farming is

bezi River in the 1838. Although Lozi is Caprivi’s current of-

dominated by cattle, primarily the indigenous Sanga breed,

ficial language, it is the mother tongue of only a few people

an animal steeped in social, religious, economic and mythi-

living in eastern Caprivi. Today the six main ethnic groups

cal significance. Cattle are highly prized for their value as

living in the region – the Masubia, Mbukushu, Mbalangwe,

tangible resources, and especially for their social value of

Mafwe, Totela and Mayeyi – speak three other distinct Bantu

giving herd owners security, rights to land and status. Goats

languages and many different dialects. The largest groups are

and poultry, on the other hand, are valued only in terms of

the Masubia and Mafwe, while a small group of Mbukushu

food and as a source of income. Crops are primarily the

and some San communities live in the more arid western

staple mahangu (pearl millet). A growing source of income

Caprivi, a long, narrow strip of land that is primarily a nature

for Caprivian women is pottery and basket-making, ancient

reserve, with the Trans-Caprivi Highway running through it.

crafts that have been revived in recent years to provide fami-

About 86 000 people live in Eastern Caprivi, which borders

lies with an income.

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The Kavango

THE KAVANGO Naturally creative, the Kavangos are renowned for their skills and artistry at woodcarving and making furniture. An important local industry is functional items such as bowls,

Like the Owambo, the Kavango people also migrated

kitchen utensils and furniture, as well as masks, ornaments

southwards from the large lakes of East Africa, first settling

and large carved birds and animals like hippos, giraffes and

near the Kwando River in Angola, before moving south of

crocodiles. These are sold to the passing tourist trade and

the Okavango River between 1750 and 1800, to the area now called the Kavango Region. Archaeological evidence places the arrival of early Kwangali settlers around the 1600s. Historically the Okavango River, which has its origin in the central highlands of Angola, didn’t form a boundary of any sort for the Kavangos and they inhabited the area both south and north of the river, but wars and political intimidation repeatedly forced them south. The Okavango River, which forms the border between Namibia and Angola over a distance of some 400 kilometres,

are marketed at all major centres, especially Okahandja where the Kavango woodcarvers have two large, permanent open-air craft markets. Today the Kavangos consist of five different tribes, all of which belong to the Bantu-speaking people. These are the Kwangali, who comprise the largest present-day group, the Mbunza, Shambyu, Gciriku and the Mbukushu, each inhabiting an area of its own along the Okavango. The Kwangali and Mbunza tribes speak the same language, Rukwangali,

has always been the lifeline of the Kavango people. They

and have similar social practices, such as preparing young

make their living from fishing, cattle farming and cultivating

boys for manhood and young girls to take care of a house-

mahangu (pearl millet), sorghum and maize on the wide

hold.

fertile plains bordering the river. While the economy in Kavango is traditionally based on the combination of hor-

Numerous immigrants and refugees of the civil war in An-

ticulture and animal husbandry, today thousands of young

gola also live in the Kavango Region. They are collectively

Kavangos work as migratory labourers on farms, in mines

known as Nyemba and Chokwe, and all woodcarvings

and in urban centres.

marketed as Kavango Art originate from these two groups.

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THE NAMA

The Nama

as pastoral nomads, they had little need for permanent structures, their beehive-shaped rush-mat huts providing such shelter as they required.

The Nama people, who call themselves the Red Nation, / Awakhoen, are the only true descendants of the Khoekhoe

There are several similarities between the Nama and the

in Namibia. They originally lived in the northern part of the

San (Bushmen). The Nama are generally short in stature

Cape Province, where they adopted the use of horses from

and comparatively light in colour, with certain character-

the European settlers, living as nomads defending their ter-

istic features, such as the small, slender hands and feet of

ritories against invaders seeking pasture. In the nineteenth

the women. They also share linguistic roots with the San,

century they were already living south and north of the

speaking with the distinctive click sounds. The Nama have

Orange River when Jager and Jonker (father of Jan Jonker)

a substantial oral tradition. Numerous proverbs, riddles,

crossed it with the Afrikaner tribe.

tales and poems have been handed down from generation to generation, the poems ranging from love songs and

The Afrikaners and four other Nama tribes represented the

praise of heroic figures, to songs of the animals and plants

so-called Oorlam group. Pushed continuously northwards

in the environment. They also have a natural talent for mu-

by a rapidly advancing white farming community and led

sic and dance. An example of a traditional dance is the

by the famous Jan Jonker Afrikaner, the Nama settled in the

well-known Nama stap.

southern and central areas of the country. Today the differentiation between Nama and the Oorlam is merely of

Traditionally the Nama people were hunter-gatherers and

historical significance.

also pastoral herders breeding cattle, goats and sheep. It was the Nama who introduced fat-tailed sheep to Namibia.

When Herero migrating from the north intruded into Nama

Nama women have an inborn talent for creative needle-

pasturelands, a fierce and prolonged battle developed be-

work and embroidery and several co-operative projects

tween these two groups. The conflict was brought to an end

have been initiated in the south to promote and market

by German colonial forces in the late 1800s, and home

their handiwork. Another craft typical of the Nama people

areas including Berseba, Gibeon (Krantzplatz), Bondels,

is the kaross or blanket made from skins sewn together,

Sesfontein, Soromas and Warmbad were offered to the Na-

formerly worn by Khoesan and other African people, and

mas. Today the concept of communal land ownership still

nowadays used as a bed or floor covering.

prevails among the Nama tribes, with the exception of the =|Aonin or Topnaars of the Kuiseb environs, whose !nara

Today the Nama number approximately 117 000, which

fields are the property of individual lineages. Traditionally,

consist of 13 tribes or groups. Many work on farms and

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The Damara

THE DAMARA mainly with their hunting activities, forming the centre of their religious beliefs. In addition they practised horticulture on a small scale, growing mainly pumpkins and to-

The origins of the Damara, who belong to one of the oldest

bacco, mined and traded with smelted copper. They were

cultural groups in Namibia, are somewhat of an enigma.

also blacksmiths and acted as guides. This versatility helped

One of several puzzling aspects is that while they differ

them to adapt to changing circumstances when they were

completely from the Nama in appearance and lifestyle, they speak the Nama language. In former years the Damara had the widest geographic distribution in the country, but they were gradually ousted from their traditional areas by advancing Nama and Herero seeking new pasturelands. Today they are concentrated in the environs of Outjo, Kamanjab, Khorixas and Brandberg region, traditionally called Damaraland, and since independence, delineated as the Erongo Region. According to the 2001 census, about 107

forced by other groups to move to the more inaccessible areas they inhabit today. Today rural Damara farm with livestock and cultivate corn and vegetables. Many work on commercial farms and in mines, where some eke out a living from small mining, mainly for tourmaline, in the environs of the Spitzkoppe and Brandberg West. They are also increasingly becoming

000 Damaras live in this area.

involved in tourism, acting as guides to tourists visiting the

Before the arrival of the colonialists the Damara way of

aging and working in tourist camps and lodges.

Brandberg and Twyfelfontein to view the rock art and man-

life was very similar to that of the nomadic hunter-gatherer Bushmen. There is also archaeological evidence that for

Some of Namibia’s most influential and eloquent politicians

many centuries they kept small herds of stock, especially

are Damara, notably former prime minister, Hage Geingob,

goats. A small family group formed the nucleus of their

and the speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Theo-Ben

socioeconomic activities, with the ‘sacred fire’, associated

Gurirab, also a former prime minister.

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Caprivi

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20 130 68 69 168 69 70 48 165 124 Beach Hotel Swakopmund Luxury Self-catering Apartments Back Flap Beach Hotel Swakopmund 71 Betesda Lodge 172 Bird’s Accommodation 167 Bougainvilla, Pension 20 Boutique Hotel - Taleni Africa 72 Bullsport Guest Farm 172 Bundu ‘n See 72 Camp Chobe 147 Camp Kwando 147 Caprivi Collection : Lianshulu 148 Caprivi Collection: Susuwe 148 Central Lodge Keetsmanhoop 166 Christoph Hotel Pension 20 D’Avignon Hotel Pension 73 Desert Breeze 73 Desert Camp -Taleni Africa 174 Desert Dreams B & B 89 Desert Homestead & Horsetrails 173 Dornhügel Gästefarm 128 Eagle Rock Business Lodge 49 Eberwein Hotel 74

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Eileen Guest Farm Eningu Clayhouse Lodge Epako Kamel Game Ranch Etosha Café + Beergarden Etosha Village - Taleni Africa Europa Hof Hotel Farmhouse, The Fish River Lodge Gecko Guesthouse Gelbingen Lodge + Safaris Ghaub Guestfarm Gocheganas Grootberg Lodge Grunau Chalets Grunau Country House Hakos Gästefarm Hamakari Guest Farm Heinitzburg Hotel Hilton Windhoek Hochland Nest Lodge Hohewarte Guestfarm Huis Klipdrift Immenhof Hunting & Guest Farm Jordani B & B Kaisosi River Lodge - KOAR

102 50 103 133 124 74 132 180 21 116 129 51 116 178 179 52 131 22 24-25 52 52 100 102 26 141

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino Kaliombo Safari Camp Kashana Khowarib Lodge Kiripotib Collection Klein Begin Lodge Kleines Nest B & B Kobo Kobo Hills Lagoon Loge

170 27 57 104 117 58 180 89 101 90

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Fish River Canyon

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Accommodation Londiningi Guesthouse

26

Loubser’s B & B

90

Lüderitz Nest Hotel

165

Mahangu Safari Lodge

143

Makalani Hotel

134

Matunda Guest Farm

132

Minen Hotel Ngepi Camp - KOAR Nhoma Safari Camp Niedersachsen Guest Farm N’kwazi Lodge -KOAR Nunda River Lodge - KOAR O.M.E.G. Allee Gästehaus Okarusuvo Guesthouse Okomitundu Guest Farm Okondura Nord Guestfarm Omarunga Lodge Onguma - Editorial Onguma Bush Camp Onguma Etosha Aoba Onguma Tented Camp Onguma The Fort Onguma Tree Top Camp

134 144 137 56 141 144 134 26 57 57 115 125 127 126 127 126 127

Ongwe Guest House Oppi Koppi Restcamp Oysterbox Guesthouse Palmquell Hotel Pension Pelican Point Lodge Prinzessin Rupprecht, Hotel Rapmund Hotel Pension River Chalets River Crossing

28 116 91 28 92 74 75 168 29

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River Guesthouse

104

Rooiklip Gästefarm

56

Rossmund Lodge

75

Roy’s Rest Camp

130

Rustig Toko Lodge

128

Safari Court, Hotel

30

Sun Karros

54-55

Schützenhaus Guesthouse

167

Sea Breeze Guesthouse Sea Horse Guesthouse, The

76 76

Shamvura - KOAR

142

Shifting Whispering Sands, The

93

Solitaire Country Lodge

176

Solitaire Guestfarm Desert Ranch

177

Sossusvlei Lodge - Taleni Africa

174

Sossus Oasis Campsite - Taleni Africa

174

Stiltz, The

77

Tamboti Lodge - KOAR

142

Taranga Safari Lodge

143

Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge

171

Toshari Lodge

128

Vastrap Guest Farm

179

Village Courtyard Suites

30

Vineyard Country B & B

32

Vingerklip Lodge

133

Visions of Africa : Mowani

118

Visions of Africa: Camp Kipwe

118

Vondelhof Guesthouse

31

Waterberg Guest Farm

131

Weaver’s Rock Guest Farm Weltevrede Guest Farm

132 175

Wildacker Guestfarm

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Hippo

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Activities & Adventure

Amentities & Services

Batis Birding Safaris

77

Adventure Camping Hire

34

Catamaran Charters

94

Eden Travel

34

Dare Devil Adventures

78

First National Bank

35

Desert Air

33

Flying Coffee Pot Airport Shuttle & Transfer, The 98

Desert Explorers

78

HAN

36

Ground Rush Adventures

79

Municipality of Walvis Bay

98

Immenhof Air Safaris

105

Namib i

81

Kristall Galerie

80

National Botanical Research Institute

37

Laramon Tours

94

Reservations Africa CC

7

Mola Mola Sandwich Harbour 4 x 4

96 97

Swakopmund Municipality

82

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Impala

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Where to Buy

African Art Jewellers Inside front cover, 85 Jeweller Goldsmith Horst Knop 38 Karakulia Weavers 84 Leder Chic 38 Maerua Mall 39

Wine & Dine

Camping Car Hire Caprivi Car Hire Caran Crossroads Car Hire Desert Car Hire Odyssey Car Hire Pegasus Car & Camper Hire

41 42 42 81 43 43 44

Kunene Tours & Safaris

83

Tour Operator

Anchors @ The Jetty

99

Sunrise Tours & Safaris

83

Kucki’s Pub Restaurant Lyon des Sables Swakopmund Brauhaus Zum Kaiser

86 99 87 87

Acacia Namibia

45

Eden Travel

34

Kidogo Safaris

45

Namibia Reservations

46

Nazimbo Camping Safaris

47

Ndandi Safaris

47

Suricate Tours & Safaris

47

Car Hire

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Namibia Travel Companion 2013  

The new annual book showcasing, info, accommodation and advice for travellers looking at visiting Namibia

Namibia Travel Companion 2013  

The new annual book showcasing, info, accommodation and advice for travellers looking at visiting Namibia

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