Issue 4 (May 2009) 1 Heavenly holidays at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, the magazine Condé Nast Traveller (UK) featured a list of the six best places in the world to go stargazing.


In the top spot was Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, with its in-house observatory where the resident astronomer gives guests guided tours of the night sky using a powerful telescope. Skylights above the king-sized beds allow all-night stargazing.


2 New rooms at Okonjima
Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, has completed 10 new rooms at its Main Camp, all with views of the Omboroko mountains behind. The new rooms are wheelchair friendly and have individual verandahs from which to enjoy the surrounding wilderness. Okonjima is 50km south of Otjiwarongo in North Central Namibia.

3 Mushara deals
Mushara Outpost, which opened last year eight kilometres from the eastern gate into Etosha, has introduced fully inclusive deals for 2009.  The rate of N$2700 per person per night includes all meals, two scheduled game drives, bar and mini-bar drinks. For every two nights booked at Mushara Villas until June 30 2009, you will get a third night free of charge.

4 Cape Cross Lodge expansion
Cape Cross Lodge on the Skeleton Coast is building an extra wing with 22 new rooms. It is also expanding its kitchen, restaurant and terrace. The major part of the construction was done in early 2009 with all the work due for completion in July.

5 Driving through Erongo
Erongo Wilderness Lodge has added a new nature drive to its activities. The drive, which costs N$400, is three hours long and includes sundowners and a visit to the national monument of Paula’s Cave with its bushman rock art. Walking safaris are free to all residents of Erongo Wilderness Lodge.

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