A day with the Batswana people of Namibia

The Batwana People of Namibia By Martha Kamkuemah “You say dumela mmewhen greeting the women,” says Gertrude. Gertrude is my local tour guide. She will be showing me around her village called Metsweding. “To greet the men you say dumela ntate. Just say gosiameto say goodbye.Gosiamealso means okay. Later I’ll show you around the village. And in the evening you can meet the other villagers.” I am intrigued by her language a

Posted 2015-12-07 11:00:41

Can we dance for you?

A day with the San community By: Martha Kamkuemah "Can we do a dance for you?" asks Theresia, an elder in the small San community we are visiting. I say yes. The women start to chant and clap while the men and children dance around them. Theresia and her clan are Naro, a San tribe that occupies parts of the Omaheke Region. That afternoon my tour guide from Uakii Wilderness Survival had brought me to Zelda Guest Farm situate

Posted 2015-11-16 09:23:47

Exploring South Eastern Namibia

Exploring South Eastern Namibia By: Martha Kamkuemah There is a saying in a local language that loosely translates to, "You don't travel, you don't see". I began my 7-day tour of south eastern Namibia with stopover in the town of Gobabis. I learned there is more to this town famous for its cattle. The word Gobabis has two meanings. Gobabis is a Khoe-Khoe Gowab word. Linguistic proponents and oral traditions say that Gobabis is

Posted 2015-11-02 07:52:11

Opuwo and the Himbas - a metaphor for balance

OPUWO – a metaphor for balance Opuwo is a beautiful and complex metaphor for how what is perceived as modern, and that which is seen as purely traditional, could live in harmony. In this capital of Namibia’s Kunene Region, the OvaHimba people – whether dressed in their cultural attire or in the Western apparel now seen as the norm – are completely at home. In Opuwo, you walk the streets of this small town of

Posted 2015-10-19 08:43:32

Olukonda – an intersection of culture and religion…past and present

Olukonda – an intersection of culture and religion…past and present By: Nangula Shejavali It’s easy to take for granted the nuances of one’s own culture, when we don’t stop to think and learn about the traditions, practices and history – whether our own or imported – that shape our human experience. Today, at the Nakambale museum and Olukonda village, I had the chance to contemplate these things. Loca

Posted 2015-10-01 10:25:23

The Etosha Magic

Etosha delivers amazement…yet again! By: Nangula Shejavali The past two days in Etosha have been glorious! Despite the scorching summer heat (though it’s only the start of the Spring season) and the arid conditions that currently characterize this vast national park of over 23,000 square km, the animals came out to play. And this made me incredibly happy! After paying our dues (N$30 for Namibians, N$60 for SADC

Posted 2015-09-24 02:06:29

Nomad: The African Spa experience

Nomad: The African Spa Experience By: Sirkka Halweendo As we face every day pressures, a day seemingly starts going faster, an hour goes in a blink of the eye and our to-do list is merely half way by the time the day are over. If not nipped in a bud, this cycle can become a pattern and perhaps lead to stress. The way we deal with stress and hectic lives could make the difference between yelling at someone who wronged us, or ackn

Posted 2015-09-16 16:54:39

Diary of a Local traveller: Part 1

I am so excited to share with you my Eastern Namibia Adventure. Arriving late in the afternoon after a flight from Windhoek, a stopover at Katima Mulilo and a two hour road trip from Rundu, River Dance Lodge is the best place to unwind after a hectic day. The River Dance Lodge Located about 30 kilometres from Divundu, in the Kavango east region, the lodge offers a scenic view of the Kavango River. With a taste of cal

Posted 2015-09-07 07:00:04

Uniquely Namibian Food

When you travel one of the best ways to experience local culture, and to get a sense of what a country is really all about, is to try the food. A traveller who does not eat adventurously will not really be travelling adventurously and with that, let’s take a look at some of Namibia’s most popular and distinctive food. Oysters at Swakopmund. Kapana If you are exploring Katatura in Windhoek then you hav

Posted 2015-03-31 12:38:00

The Golf Courses of Namibia

Whether you’re on holiday, or just looking to blow off some steam over the weekend, a round of golf is a good way to take in some wonderful scenery and spend some time with friends. Now many people may not know this but the Land of the Brave is home to several unique courses. Let’s take a look at some of them… Sticking to the fairways at the world class Omeya course.(Image via Omeya Golf and Residential Oasis)   Windhoek Golf and Coun

Posted 2015-03-24 09:04:00

Exploring Etosha's Newly Opened Western Region

Situated in the previously restricted western section of the Etosha National Park  there’s a campsite that you may not yet have heard of... It's called Olifantsrus and it offers up unique game viewing experiences. Here is a bit more information on this awesome place. Olifantsrus is more than a resting place for Elephants...It is a camping and game viewing experience of a lifetime. It is located approximately 60kms from Galton Gate, 130km

Posted 2015-03-18 21:20:00

A Dillish Trip Through Namibia

Celebrity, Dillish Matthews, went on a Namibian road trip of a lifetime. See what the Big Brother star had to say about touring her home country and plan your own adventure around Namibia with the Dillish itinerary. Dillish’s roadtrip hits Solitaire!   1. Which part of the trip surprised you most? That would be the Epupa Waterfalls. I was taken away by the scenery, the crocodiles and, of course, my favourite of all was when we went water

Posted 2015-03-12 09:10:00

Over the Dunes and Faraway- Hot Air Ballooning Over Namibia

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to soar above the world’s oldest desert then read on. Angie Cosey is the star of our latest guest blog and in her piece she recalls the wonder and peace one experiences when floating along the wind currents of Namibia. Pictures and words by Angie Cosey Get ready for flight!   It was our Second day in Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert of Namibia. Dwight and I went on a hot air balloon

Posted 2015-03-09 11:06:00

10 Extreme Ways to Experience Namibia

Going on holiday in Namibia is not just about serene landscapes and safaris. The Land of the Brave has loads of extreme adventure on offer for visitors looking to get their blood pumping. In this blog we’ll be looking at ten activities for all you adrenaline junkies, speed freaks and explorers out there. Get ready for adventure…(Image via Cazenove + Loyd)   Kitesurfing The fresh south westerly winds that reach Walvis Bay lagoon make thi

Posted 2015-02-27 12:09:00

Capture Namibia: Photography tips from Anette Mossbacher

Anette Mossbacher is a professional photographer who has lived in Africa and Asia and has spent a great deal of time in the remote wilderness and bush getting face to face with wildlife. Anette’s nature and wildlife photographs have been published in magazines, books, commercials and have won several awards including the International Photography Awards in 2014. In this blog post she shares with us a few tips for taking photos in Namibia..

Posted 2015-02-23 11:06:00

Where to eat: Swakopmund Restaurants

The seaside town of Swakopmund is a regular destination for local and international tourists. The town always bustles with activity and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the little holiday town. Here is just a taste of what’s on offer... Breakfast in Swakop Image courtesy of Village Café Village Café 21 Sam Nujoma Ave +264 64 404723  Loved by locals and tourists alike for its quirky character and good service. Perfect

Posted 2015-02-20 11:08:00

Namibia's "Other" Photography Spots

If you’ve been Namibia before, or if you’ve read about it, you know that it is a wildly popular place for photographers to visit. Sites like Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon, Kolmanskop and Etosha National Park are all spectacular places to capture on film… But what if you want something a little different from your photography safari? Well don’t worry we’ve got you covered- Here are some alternative photographic destinations in Namibia…

Posted 2015-02-18 18:19:00

100% Namibian art in Swakopmund

There’s a new Arts & Crafts Centre in the holiday town of Swakopmund and it’s 100% Namibian. On the surface, it is a fantastic venue for locals and tourists to soak up Namibian art and enjoy something to eat and drink at the new Yambeke restaurant. But at its heart lies a grander ambition: the training and uplifting of local artists. Namibian people have a vibrant, diversified culture, which this Centre wants to promote and develop.

Posted 2015-02-16 11:54:00

What to do in Namibia during Spring

Springtime in Namibia is from September to November and is a wonderful time to travel. The temperatures start to climb but it rarely gets too too hot. The land begins to slowly stir and there is a buzz in the air as everyone and everything waits in restless anticipation of the coming rains. The popcorn tree – better known as a blossoming Swarthaak.   In a country where sun and warm temperatures are pretty much all year round, a more relia

Posted 2015-02-12 09:47:00

5 Essentials for a Safari in Namibia

Johanna Read runs Travel Eater, a blog focused on food and travel. Today she shares with us five essentials that will help you make the most of your safari through Namibia...      +++++++   Namibia Safari Essentials Photos and words by Johanna Read Safari in Namibia- there's nothing quite like it. Namibia is a great place to go on safari. Not only will you see amazing animals — leopard, cheetah and desert-adapted elephant

Posted 2015-02-03 11:46:00

Hide and Seek in Namibia

Just below Namibia's Etosha National Park, Andersson’s Camp has a ground-level hide that is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with some of Etosha’s wildlife. If you are a keen photographer, or just a nature lover, then read on as we will be telling you why you need to get yourself to this awesome wildlife watching spot. Zebras making their way to a waterhole with Andersson's Camp in the background.(Photo via Wilderness Safari

Posted 2015-01-28 09:56:00

The Mountains of Namibia

Namibia’s mighty dunes and rolling deserts often take centre stage, but there are other types of awesome landscapes in the Land of the Brave. This blog will be covering some of our country’s unique collection of mountains and mountain ranges where the adventurous can hike, explore, or simply take in the majesty of the world from a lookout point. The Naukluft Mountain Range.(Image via Agama River Camp)   Brukkaros  This mountain loo

Posted 2015-01-27 11:53:00

Gross Barmen Resort: An ancient hot spring brought back to life

Namibia Wildlife Resorts has reopened the doors to the hot springs of Gross Barmen. The once much-loved resort fell into disrepair, but is now back with brand new facilities and is sure to be a holiday hotspot once again. Whether you’re looking for a weekend retreat or just a day-get-away, there’s something for everyone at Gross Barmen...   The Facilities Take a long relaxing soak in the inside pool, which has been cooled from it’s na

Posted 2015-01-23 10:13:00

Where to eat: Windhoek Restaurants

Whether you’re a local on the hunt for a good meal, a business traveller away from home or a safari tourist en route to your next Namibian adventure, you’re sure to find some of the best meals in town in these Windhoek restaurants and cafes.   Breakfast in Windhoek     Photo via weckevoigts.com   Wecke & Voights Gustav Voigts Centre, Independence Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 377 000 Smack bang in t

Posted 2015-01-15 09:02:00

The National Parks of Namibia- /Ai /Ais and Bwabwata

A few months ago we had a look at two national parks in Namibia that you may not have been familiar with (you can find that post here). Today we will once more be looking at two less well-known parks that you can visit in Namibia: The /Ai /Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and Bwabwata National Park. The /Ai /Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park at sunset. (Image via Safari Bookings)   /Ai /Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park A lone

Posted 2014-12-06 08:24:00

Birding on Namibia's Rivers with Mark Paxton

Today we travel to the Kavango Region. This part of Namibia is famed for its incredible biodiversity and, in particular, its birdlife. We figured the best way to find out about the amazing birds you can spot in this part of Namibia would be to interview a local expert and bird guide, Mark Paxton, who runs Shamvura Camp on the Okavango River. African Openbills, African Darters and hippos on the Okavango River.(Photo by Ethan Kistler via Natu

Posted 2014-12-04 13:36:00

Where to Stay in Namibia's Lush North East

Staying in the north east of Namibia is a great way to add something a little bit different to your itinerary when exploring our vast country. However, because of the distance from Windhoek, you will not be able to simply pop in for the day. So, to help you explore this extraordinary place we’ve picked out five lodges you can use as a base when exploring the Zambezi and Kavango Regions.  Paddling out on to the Zambezi River.(Picture

Posted 2014-11-13 13:40:00

The 2014 Chris Benz Luderitz Speed Challenge

The small coastal town of Luderitz in the south of Namibia is renowned for its laidback atmosphere and friendly locals. However, every year around October, the sleepy seaside community hosts one of the wildest water sports events in the world: The Luderitz Speed Challenge. Sunshine and speed on the Luderitz Channel.(Photo by Greg Beadle) Since 2007 some of the world’s most renowned kitesurfers and windsurfers have been coming to Luderit

Posted 2014-11-11 13:08:00

Capture Namibia: Photography Tips from Chris Schmid

Award winning photographer Chris Schmid has always tried to express his feelings by sharing his experiences and emotions through the images he has captured. We recently spoke to the Sony Global Imaging Ambassador about the time he spent capturing images in Namibia, and here’s what he had to say… Image © Chris Schmid / schmidchris.com    1. Tell us about your most unforgettable moment while shooting in Namibia. Namibia is

Posted 2014-11-03 12:59:00

Capture Namibia: Photography Tips from Richard Garvey-Williams

Published photographer and nature enthusiast Richard Garvey-Williams has been to Namibia twice on photo safaris. Richard was kind enough to sit down with us and tell us about his experiences in Namibia and how you can get the most out of your photography in the Land of the Brave.  Two gemsbok in dramatic scenery in the Namib-Rand Reserve    Tell us about your most unforgettable moment while shooting in Namibia. There were so many,

Posted 2014-09-29 19:18:00

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