Issue 4 (May 2009)

Travel Namibia

Wet & Wild Caprivi - Namibia's forgotten parks • Living with the Bushmen • Kolmanskop swallowed by sand • Catch the birding bug • Rhino monitors • Windhoek • Saving cats • Desert itinerary • Accommodation.... and much more!



Living with the San
Two years ago, while on holiday, Londoner Aislinn Pearson visited a San Bushmen village in the N*a Jaqna conservancy. Villagers there have set up a ‘living museum’ which aims to preserve some San traditions and bring in much-needed money for food. She fell in love with the people and recently returned to live among them for three months. These are her pictures and some extracts from her diary.
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Wet & Wild
For decades  the Caprivi Strip in Namibia’s far northeast was the domain of the South African army. The region’s wildlife suffered as a result, but today the soldiers are long gone, wildlife populations are rapidly recovering and Caprivi’s four national parks are emerging from obscurity. In a country renowned for its arid landscapes, Mamili, Bwabwatwa, Mudumu and Mahango National Parks offer something quite different, as Stephen Cunliffe discovered.
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Castles in the sand
Kolmanskop, the once opulent heart of Namibia’s diamond rush, now stands eerily silent. It is slowly being lost under an encroaching sea of sand, but photographic opportunities abound. Photographers Steve and Ann Toon explain how to capture your own gem of a picture.
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P.A.W.S. for thought
Every year thousands of people head to Okonjima to hear about the work of AfriCat – a big cat sanctuary roughly halfway between Etosha National Park and Windhoek. They may spend two or even three days at the lodge, tracking leopard, learning about rehabilitating rescued cheetahs or going on bushman walks. But tourists have never been behind the scenes… until now. As Mary Askew discovered, a new project allows people to see much more of these beautiful cats, and do so much more for their long-term survival.
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A flying visit
If ever you need proof that birdwatchers are a different breed, turn to Martin Benadie. By his own admission he is consumed by a quest to spot as many species as he can in his lifetime. He’s travelled all over Africa, but he repeatedly returns to one country… Namibia. In Namibia, he claims, it’s impossible not to catch the ‘birding bug’. Recently he set himself a test. How many different birds could he spot on a two-week trip? Hold on to your sunhats. Here’s how he got on. 
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