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Issue 5 (November 2009)

• Language: English (official), Afrikaans, German and several ethnic languages

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Take it to the judge!
Issue 5 (November 2009) Should I take a guide in Etosha?
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Biltong

Issue 5 (November 2009) 

• Biltong? What’s that then?

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Language: say 'hello'
Issue 3 (November 2008) The new constitution drawn up at the time of Namibian independence designated English as the official language, even though it was the native tongue of only about two per cent of the population. It was decided that with English, all ethnic groups would be at equal disadvantage. If you want to make friends it pays to know just a few words in the local lingo. Saying ‘hello’ is always a good start….
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'Living museums' for Damara and Owambo
Issue 3 (November 2008) Two new ‘living museums’ are currently being built in northern Namibia, one within the Owambo community, the other within a Damara community.
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Bikers' braai
Issue 2 (May 2008) When the TV cooking duo Simon King and Dave Myers – The Hairy Bikers - rode into Namibia they were treated to a braai, the Namibian version of a BBQ. Braai-ing is a national pastime and no trip to Namibia is complete without trying one. Here is a recipe the boys brought home for their BBC series.
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Etiquette savvy
Issue 2 (May 2008) The wife of a former ambassador to Namibia has written a book to ensure visitors never inadvertently put their foot in it. Sharri Whiting lived and worked alongside her husband in Namibia for four years and often found herself in situations where etiquette was critically important.
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'Living Museum' in Caprivi
Issue 2 (May 2008) You can learn to dance like a Mafwe at a new ‘living museum’ on the banks of the River Kwando in the Caprivi Strip.
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What to pack...
Issue 1 (November 2007) From camera lenses to sunblock, here’s our guide to your suitcase essentials.
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