One of the most remote, and wildest, spots in Africa is Etendeka Mountain Camp in Damaraland in Namibia. But there's a beautiful camp that caters for people who want to immerse themselves comfortably into the desert wilderness. Owner and manager Dennis Liebenberg is among the most knowledgeable and committed operators in Namibia's famed community conservation program, and chatting to him while sitting around the fire at Etendeka is a fascinating experience.
There's a great quote that goes something like this:
"These days, people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing."
From my point of view, I guess the quote highlights the commercial interests which seem to permeate everything in our lives. And I guess it's also relevant to the way modern humans - in general - see the natural world around us. Nature is seen as something to be exploited and sold for our own interests, forgetting that in fact we owe our very existence to the
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Another article of mine on Namibia's Kunene conservancies in the far north-west of this beautiful country. If there is one landscape that is truly unique to Namibia, then it's Kunene. It's a photographer's paradise, and immensely rewarding for visitors who not only want to camp but also want to stay in some of the best lodges. Read my indepth multi-page travel feature in Leisure Wheels magazine - it's 30 MB to download, but it's
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Ten years ago during some rather drab emotional times, while I was sitting in a suit and tie in an office in Joburg, I would spend hours daydreaming about wilderness areas of Africa. I'd never been to Namibia's northwest, but for some reason, images of elephants walking across vast desert landscapes would pop into my head while I was in the middle of supposedly important business meetings. I've since read a lot about the impact of our wild ancestry and its effect on modern day people...and I'm
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One of the best commissions of my career so far, I travelled to north-west Namibia to track desert-adapted rhinos with Wilderness Safaris at their Desert Rhino Camp. My article in British Airways Magazine gives readers an idea of what it's like to travel to this incredibly harsh but beautiful region...and coming eyeball-to-eyeball with Africa's fourth largest mammal species.
The wildest part of Namibia is in the far northwest, in a region formely known as Kaokoland, but now known as Kunene region. On the border of Angola, this is one of the least inhabited places on Earth, while desert elephants can be spotted roaming along ephemeral rivers that cut a tortuous course through the rocky desert mountains. Read my article online here.