News 2011

  • Pool with a view at Grootberg

    Forget the bundu image. Five star luxury is available in areas of Namibia that used to be called remote, but in truth are just a few hours’ drive away. Even if you camp, hot water and flush...

  • "We had a full guest list and were sitting down to breakfast. We watched four lionesses chase the buffalos just down there". Lodge manager Simone Micheletti points across the river that flows in...

  • It was a bit of an initiative test getting to the new Nkasa Lupala lodge, nestled between Mudumu and Mamili national parks. First the bridge was down. This simple pole construction is a lifeline...

  • Bertha Lunyazo  has a huge smile. She just can’t help it. She’s the assistant manager at the new lodge in Wuparo Conservancy, and very much the new face of tourism in Caprivi.

    Nkasa Lupala...

  • “Tourists want to see cats” says Hans Fwelimbi, tour guide at Nkasa Lupala Lodge. He takes a pride in being able to find them in Mamili National Park, although they have been known to chase...

  • The elephant was killed with an automatic weapon. Spent cartridges were still to be found in the sand, just 500 metres south of the Angolan border in Caprivi's Bwabwata National Park. She was one...

  • Jenny Mubita walks 30 minutes to the trial plot to till the land before the sun gets too hot. It's hard work digging holes in the sandy soil, but last year she saw the bumper harvest that other...

  • The Namibia Nature Foundation is now one of the most respected and effective conservation NGOs in Namibia, managing a suite of conservation activities. The WWF initially became involved with the...

  • Most people fly in to the Desert Rhino Camp, and no wonder. The drive from Palmwag follows the line of the veterinary fence across rugged countryside that tests even a Land Rover's suspension. A...

  • On a wind chilled April morning, high on the Grootberg Plateau, Wilhelm Christian greets the Dabenoc family from France. Florence and Guillaume are on holiday, and as Guillaume means William in...

  • Who would have thought that vuvuzelas could still come in handy? Daniel Kabala is happy he still has one to blast on. Not for football; but because it keeps the elephants away from the village...

  • The dawn sun peeks through the trees at the hunting camp. A springbok carcass hanging from a tree is lit bright crimson. Figures emerge from the shadows and stir cups of tea. High velocity rifles...

  • It is a bitterly cold June morning at the //Huab Conservancy office just north of Khorixas. Two hours before dawn there is a fire going for pap and tea, and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism...

  • As the rains ended and the winter began, five determined ladies from Namibia’s communal conservancies scaled the Brandberg mountain; to show that they could do it, and to improve their career...

  • Picture courtesy of Neil Jacobsohn

    Garth Owen-Smith's 'Personal Account of the History of Conservation in the Kaokoveld' ends with a plea to the young: "If you believe in a cause and are prepared to stand up for it with passion and...

  • Far from Kunene

    Last night a cheetah took a sheep. It's a common occurrence in ≠Khoadi-//Hoâs Conservancy says the environmental shepherd sitting outside the conservancy office, waiting for the Ministry of...

  • Joglinde Uibasen conservancy manager

    A tourist, short trousers, sun hat & T-shirt walks in to the Uibasen Twyfelfontein Conservancy office and looks around for the manager. That happens to be Joglinde Touros, the young lady the...

  • Sakkie Haufiku is the man with the keys to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, and to a successful career in tourism. Sakkie has travelled far from his roots as the son of a farmer in Ohangwena to become...

  • Somebody once joked: "If it's Tuesday it must be Belgium," referring to an American tourist bus 'doing' Europe. On Tuesday 03.05.2011 (the camera records the date exactly) it was Twyfelfontein in...

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