What is a Communal Conservancy in Namibia?

14th of November 2012 02:32

Imagine if the responsibility for protecting Yellowstone National Park was taken away from the government and put into the hands of the local residents – that’s what a communal conservancy is. A communal conservancy requires a majority of people in an area to agree to its establishment, with agreed boundaries. A constitution must be drawn up; annual meetings must be held with a proper quorum; and the conservancy can then be gazetted by the M


The Annual Windhoek Jazz Festival preparations in full swing

12th of November 2012 08:26

Who's who at the Windhoek Jazz festival Source: The Namibian Newspaper: www.namibian.com.na Jazz has always been an expression of feelings, thoughts and a representation of cultural diversity. Mainly started in the United States, its innovation and creativity sparked a movement in communities, eventually spreading to all corners of the world and stars such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Ella Fi


Windhoek Oktoberbest Brings Germany to Africa

6th of November 2012 02:02

Windhoek was flooded with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Germany last month when it hosted one of southern Africa's largest Oktoberfests. The event featured stein lifting and wood sawing competitions, traditional food including sauerkraut and bratwurst, and - of course - beer. Lots of beer. Women wore colourful dirndls - with tight bodices and full skirts with petticoats, while brave men wore authentic lederhosen and felt hats - definitely mor


5 Things I Love (and Miss) Most About Namibia

29th of October 2012 04:13

I journeyed to the United States for the first time as part of a delegation of 14 Namibians hosted by Austin Lehman Adventures with stops at the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in Wyoming; Monterey, California; and Washington, D.C., to work in the US headquarters office of WWF.  I have loved every minute of being in America, but there are some things I miss about Namibia. I’m certain they are things that you, as a tourist v


Windhoek's First Jazz Festival Premieres Next Week

26th of October 2012 03:52

Namibians love music: it's an integral part of traditional culture and one of the lasting impressions of the country for travelers long after they leave. It's no surprise that music of a more contemporary variety has a strong foothold here. While jazz isn't new to the Namibian music scene, Windhoek will host its first ever jazz festival on Friday, November 3, at the city's Hage Geingob Stadium. The line up features some of Namibia'


Experience Namibian Life in Owamboland

25th of October 2012 09:52

The home of the Owambo people, once known as Ovamboland, is today divided into the Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Oshikoto regions. These regions are now often referred to as the four 'O' regions and offer visitors a chance to experience daily life in Namibia. The dead silence of the desert, the myriad of stars at night and the emptiness that stretches to the horizon in Namibia provide an awe-inspiring antidote to the stress of life back home. W


Namibia's Living Culture Museums

24th of October 2012 01:20

There is an old African proverb which states: "If an old man dies in Africa, a whole library burns to the ground”. This proverb refers to the oral nature of the cultures on the African continent. The ancient traditional knowledge has not been written down in books, but is passed on orally from one generation to the next. His knowledge is saved in the cultural memory of the people. Without a circulation within the respective language group, this


Visiting Windhoek, Your Gateway to Namibia

16th of October 2012 02:58

Namibia’s capital is Windhoek: a small, yet bustling city with a population of 300,000, known as the ‘city of many faces’. Here you will see people of all colors and cultures, each possessing a wonderful sense of pride, hope and ambition. It's not only the perfect place to start and finish your holiday, but well worth a visit in its own right.  Top 3 things to do in Windhoek 1. The Namibia Craft Centre Situated in Windhoek's histo


Discover how Tourism is Preserving Etosha's Hai||om Culture

15th of October 2012 08:23

“The Etosha Pan has been called many things: the Great White Place, the Big Emptiness... but the Hai||om call it the Lake of a Mother’s Tears. A mother who has lost a child will feel such grief that she will cry enough tears to fill the pan,” a park ranger tells me. “This isn’t just part of our history; it is part of our souls.”  Moments like these, when personal stories of the people who once lived in Etosha come alive, are


Experience Namibia's Cultural Diversity with Community Tourism

11th of October 2012 09:40

Namibia is a fascinating cultural melting-pot, combining early African populations with a wide array of western explorers. Since gaining independence in 1990, Namibians have worked on mending Apartheid-era wounds, and today they are celebrating their rich heritage. Namibia's colourful African vigour infuses old Europe into a distinctive Namibian spirit, creating unique architecture, food, customs and art. What has emerged is a true sense of unity


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