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Posts with tag Namibia

Getaway Magazine – August 2014 – Etendeka Mountain Camp in Namibia

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.

Leisure Wheels – April 2014 – Ai-Ais National Park Namibia

What is it about deserts that grip the imagination more than other wilderness areas? On the surface, these arid spaces are the most intimidating. Yet the drier the air, the hotter the temperatures, the more dessicated the earth, the more we are inclined to fall in love with them. Part of a transfrontier conservation area, Ai-Ais National Park in southern Namibia may be one of the most alluring of them all. Read my article in Leisure Wheels Magazine which takes in the awesome Fish River Canyon
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News24 – March 2014 – Ai-Ais National Park, Namibia

During the Second World War, when South Africa’s armed forces took over South-West Africa, two German geologists and their loyal dog escaped internment by hiding in the desert for two years. Despite the inevitable hardships, Henno Martin, Hermann Korn and their hound Otto found solace and meaning, far away from the cities and madness of war. Martin’s book "The Sheltering Desert" is one of the all-time survival classics, and must-read for nature lovers and visitors to Namibia. Their story
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Cape Times Newspaper – December 2013 – Mandela’s Frontiers

I was in southern Namibia on the night of Nelson Mandela's death, and this is my article in the Cape Times on the great man's contributions to Africa's wild places.

YITW 2013-14 – Namibia – Gondwana Canyon Park

The story of private conservation in Namibia is a successful one. The national parks make up only some of all the protected areas in the country. Community conservancies make up a huge percentage of total land under protection, while private parks contribute in a big way too. In total, more than 40% of Namibia's land is under conservation of some sort, one of the highest figures in the world for such a big country. (South Africa, by contrast, is only at 10%).

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YITW 2013-14 – Namibia – The extreme beauty of Ai-Ais National Park

From the Richtersveld National Park in South Africa, I crossed the Orange (or Gariep) River to Ai-Ais National Park in Namibia. Together, these two national parks form the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. One of several transfrontier parks across
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