Tips for Driving in Namibia

26th of June 2012 03:12

Namibia has an excellent road system that reaches just about every popular tourist destination in the country. However, the majority of the roads are gravel, and in the more remote areas they become tracks, which require careful driving, and for safety considerations, a second vehicle. Here are some tips to help get you to your destination safely. First and foremost, in Namibia we drive on the left side of the road. Passengers in the back as


Conservation Hero – Ou Jan Tsumib

5th of June 2012 10:16

With global green awareness currently rising, conservation heroes tend to be very public individuals, whose achievements are well documented in the media. Amongst these is a small cohort of people whose actions go unnoticed, but whose efforts almost subconsciously inspire those around them to care more for our planet: We know them as “unsung heroes”.  Namibia's Ou Jan Tsumib is one such person. Ou Jan, a Hei//om bushman, born i


Tracking Desert-Adapted Rhino In Namibia

31st of May 2012 01:43

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to stare down an 1,100 kilogram beast with no fence between the two of you? Ron Swilling recently went tracking with the Save the Rhino Trust in the Kunene Region of Namibia. The following is an excerpt of her account of the experience. A lone cloud trails though a true-blue Namibian sky. Everything slows down and freezes as I face the Damaraland denizen, his prehistoric form linking me momentarily to gen


Discover Namibia's Sperrgebiet National Park

29th of May 2012 04:07

The Sperrgebiet National Park is one of Namibia’s newest National Parks and while the park is largely undeveloped and much of it remains inaccessible to visitors there are still ways explorers can access this wild landscape. Sweeping vistas abound in the park. The Sperrgebiet (meaning ‘forbidden territory’) covers 26,000 km2 and used to be the site of a massive diamond mining industry. While there is still some small scale diamond mining g


Conservation hero – J.A. (Albi) Brückner

28th of May 2012 10:58

Space. Vast, open, endless.  Namibia is known for this quality; however, it is not something to be taken lightly. Space needs protection and even a purpose.  Decades ago, Albi Brückner recognized this and began buying livestock farms in the Namib Desert, adding a few at a time and convincing others to join him.  Today this collection of private farms, which have all been rehabilitated and turned back to nature, is dedicated to sus


Discover the Khaudum National Park

22nd of May 2012 03:20

Hidden away in Namibia’s north-eastern Kavango Region, the Khaudum National Parkis not to be taken lightly. Rarely visited, very large, extremely wild and with only a rudimentary tourist infrastructure, it could be described as Namibia’s ‘forgotten wilderness’. If you have an adventurous streak, however, forgetting it would be a big mistake! A visit to the Khaudum National Park is all about adventure, discovering a true African w


Conservation Hero - Chief Mayuni

16th of May 2012 11:33

A traditional leader from Namibia’s Caprivi region who has travelled the world sharing his innovative approach to conservation and development, Chief Mayuni has been described as a leader, a visionary and a motivator.  A tireless champion for conservation and community development, Chief Mayuni is a Conservation Hero.  The Chief was one of the first to realize that tourism was the key to conservation and the recovery of wildlife


A World Without Borders

15th of May 2012 01:29

Recognizing that political boundaries have no place in ecological systems, Namibia signed a treaty on 1st August 2003 with neighboring South Africa to form the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. As a result of the union, the park protects a vast area that crosses the South African border, and encompasses one of the richest botanical hot spots in the world, the Succulent Karoo Biome. Visitors to this magical part of Namibia can now experience


Namibia Sets Global Conservation Example

11th of May 2012 12:04

By WWF Travel Namibia’s conservation programs are proving to be so successful that the unlikeliest of admirers - nations and conservation groups thousands of miles away - are taking notice. Mongolia is the latest nation to study how thriving community conservancies are transforming Namibia’s wildlife landscape. WWF is adapting the Namibian model for use in the Congo Basin. And the approach and lessons learned are being shared with colleagues


Annual Game Count

10th of May 2012 11:24

Seven million hectares, seven thousand kilometres, three hundred people, twenty-seven conservancies, two weeks... The numbers may sound impressive, but what do they mean? Namibia has been innovative and successful in developing community-based monitoring systems. A prime example is the annual North-West Game Count: what began as a pilot project in 2000 has become the largest road-based game count in the world. The count is repeated religiously at


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