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Issue 3 (November 2008)

Hamilton Wende recalls a long road trip through Namibia in this, his regular column.

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The grand old gentleman of Ombika Gate
Hu Berry steps back in time to remember the incredible character and Namibian legend ‘Uncle’ Roy Sterley.
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Angela Scott

Jonathan and Angie Scott are fortunate to share a love of wild places.  They first met through Jonathan's work as a wildlife photographer when Angie was working as the Manager for a chain of curio shops supplying lodges and tented camps in East Africa.   Angie was having problems tracking down reliable supplies of Jonathan's wildlife books and limited editions sets of his pen and drawings.  They met, fell in love, and were married on a clear day overlooking the rolling plains of the Masai Mara atop the Siria Escarpment.  Jonathan and Angie spent many happy years at Kichwa Tembo tented camp in the Mara Triangle (that part of the Masai Mara lying on the west side of the river), pursuing their passion for wildlife photography.  In 1993 they bought a home of their own in the suburbs of Nairobi, a rambling old stone building with its own borehole and ten acres of land overlooking the beautiful Ngong Hills.  This is Karen Blixen country, capturing the essence of Out of Africa, blessed with a wonderful climate tempered by living at 5,000 feet above sea level. 

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Spoilt for choice - Namibia's accommodation options
When choosing where to stay in Namibia you’ll find something to suit every taste and budget. By Lizzie Williams.
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Rest in Peace

Issue 2 (May 2008)

Hamilton Wende has spent months driving through Namibia. He recalls his trip in this regular column.

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Brian Jackman
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Insight Guides recently described Brian Jackman as "Britain's foremost writer on wildlife and safaris." After 20 years at Britain's Sunday Times he left to go freelance and has travelled widely in Africa. "If I add up all the nights I have slept under canvas," he says, "I must have spent at least two years of my life in the bush." His books on Africa include The Marsh Lions, The Big Cat Diary (with Jonathan Scott), and Roaring at the Dawn. He also edited My Serengeti Years by Myles Turner and Battle for the Elephants by Iain and Oria Douglas-Hamilton.

Through his friendship with the late George Adamson, he became a trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust and he is also a patron of Tusk Trust. Today he writes mostly for The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. His favourite places? "Anywhere you can watch big cats," he says. "That's why I love Selinda."

Family affair
Travel Namibia reader Jeff Blumberg embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his wife and 20-month-old son as they travel by air and land across several regions of this incredible (and child-friendly) country.
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Charlene Smith

Charlene Smith is an award-winning South African freelance journalist and author who covers politics, economics, human rights and travel. Her most recent two books are Soweto with photographer Peter Magubane (published by Struik) and Proud of Me, on sexual violence and HIV (Penguin). Her previous books include Mandela and Robben Island (both Struik). Charlene is also a documentary film-maker and radio broadcaster.

Born in Johannesburg, she loves her city and its surrounds, and frequently takes friends from abroad on her own alternative tour of Johannesburg and Soweto, including markets, shebeens, hospitals and clinics. She is a keen collector of African art and artefacts, and enjoys cooking, in particular African cuisine.

People power
Emma Gregg discovers how community tourism is working in Namibia.
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Chris Marais
Background: I've been a journalist for 30 years, working on assignment in more than 50 countries, from Mongolia to Malawi - and most points in-between. Photography is my latest passion, which means retirement is not an option.

Also Seen in: Sawubona (SAA in-flight), South African Country Life, SA Millionaire, Diversions Magazine, Icon Magazine, Pretoria News, Rand Daily Mail, Sunday Tribune, Africa Environment & Wildlife (now Africa Geographic).

Inspiration: The light, the people, the humour, the cultures, the wildness, the edge.

Favourite Place in Africa: Mozambique: anywhere on the road between Maputo and Beira, which is a highway of delights, challenges and surprises.

Worst Experience in Africa: The Johannesburg rush hour.

Best Thing About a Flying Safari: If your time is limited, it's the quickest way to get the most out of Africa.

Place You'd Most Like to Fly Over in Africa: The Serengeti during one of the migrations, when the plains are covered with wildebeest and zebra and the late afternoon light glints on their pelts through the dust.

Next Trip in Africa: Eastern Cape, Zambia and back to Botswana for the dry season in the Delta, where the game concentrations are predicted to be of record proportions in 2003.
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