The breathtaking beauty of Botswana is not limited to the famous Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. For Africa connoisseurs there is also the vast Nxai Pan National Park and Makgadikgadi National Park where endless herds of Zebra kick up the dust during April/May, and watchful predators stalk unsuspecting grazers amidst the waving grasses. Come and visit the completely revamped Leroo La Tau Lodge or the newly built Nxai Pan Lodge and take a step back in time!
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The chiefs island area of the Okavango Delta is one of our favourites, the vast floodplain in front of the lodge stretches out towards Chiefs Island and every season offers visitors something exciting. I remember seeing a pack of wild dogs, silent except for the high pitched yips and chirps as they communicated between each other to swiftly bring down a red lechwe antelope.
When you think of Africa and its incredible wildlife you almost inevitably conjure up images of endless plains, scattered with antelope huddling together under the deceptively disinterested gaze of the ‘king of the beasts’. It may then surprise you to learn that Namibia is also home to more than half the world’s population of Cape Fur Seals. A population of approximately 1 million these intelligent and gentle creatures grace the cold Atlantic coastline of this desert dominated country.
Namibia’s Caprivi Strip is often overlooked by visitors due to its remote position in relation to the usual tourist attractions of Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Etosha. However, it is well worth a look and Mamilli National Park is one of the most beautiful areas offering excellent birding, exciting wildlife and tranquil wilderness campsites.
The Mushara collection is well known for offering excellent quality accommodation located just 8km outside the Von Lindequist gate of Etosha National Park. The new Mushara Bush Camp offers something more; large family chalets and excellent value child rates, dedicated free of charge child minders, a playground and childrens pool and innovative activities to keep the little ones entertained.
Kolmanskop, the deserted town in southern Namibia, where the diamonds once, quite literally, paved the streets, has just announced that visitors no longer require taking a guided tour when they arrive at this famous Namibian tourist destination. Instead they are welcome to pay their entrance fees, and take a self-guided tour through the hamlet.
In an era where rhino conservation is a desperate priority, Namibia is a world leader in the protection of these amazing and ancient creatures. Here it is still possible to get up close and personal with the last free roaming black rhino population in the world…
Capturing the best of Namibia on film can be as challenging as the land itself, but never fails to reward avid photographers. We asked professional photographer Lizzie Shepherd from the UK to share some of the thrills and spills of her latest expedition to Namibia.
Despite the fact that I own three Southern African bird books and work in travel, I admit what I know about birding is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat whenever clients ask me to identify a particular bird, especially when some people can identify an Herero Chat in flight. (true story)
When you think of Namibia – the typical imagery that comes to mind is the vast, arid land with wide open spaces and the second lowest population density on the Planet (after Mongolia) but this is not where it ends – there is a lot more to our varied landscape – so let’s have a look at some facts you might NOT have known about Namibia!
The first stop on our trans-Caprivi ‘family adventure’ would be eastern Etosha. When we were here last, in July, we had failed miserably to find any lions which was the only animal that our daughter was interested in seeing. This time we were determined to find them, or risk endless recriminations in the form of a sulking 5 year old.
The decision to do the hike is made rather spontaneously over a phone call. We are going to do the 4-day hike, you want to tag along?” Just like that, hubby and I decided it is time to test his new backpack.