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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Head for the stars

This sprawling nature reserve which covers over 200,000 hectares, has fast become an attraction for star gazers and has been recognized by the International Dark Sky Association as a choice destination.

The park staff has made this possible by limiting the amount of lighting on the park grounds, out of respect for the prolific wildlife it serves as a home for, as well as for human visitors wanting to bask in the breathtaking night sky.

namib rand reserver stagazing in namibia

With a variety of accommodations to choose from, a visit to NamibRand Reserve is a must. The Reserve plays a vital role in protecting and preserving the fauna and flora of Namibia and is home to Oryx, antelope, zebra, kudu and many more.

Another of the great attractions of this reserve is the diversity of desert landscapes. Take in the hulking beauty of mountains plunging into grasslands and the softly-shifting undulation of the red sand dunes at sunset.

Your top safari destination !

The Etosha National Park is the number one Namibian safari destination. It is a beautiful sanctuary to over 114 species of mammals, including the famous “Big Five” (lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo, elephant); 340 species of birds; 110 of reptiles; 16 of amphibians and, oddly enough, only one fish species.

Spanning 22,000 square km, Etosha means ‘place of dry water’ and it is so named as it surrounds an enormous pan of parched land, which only contains water after heavy rains. When this happens, it lures thousands of flamingos attracted to the blue-green algae which grow in the pan after rainfall.

etosha national park in namibia

The best time to enjoy the park is from May to September. The park has a wide selection of accommodation, all with access to well-appointed watering holes for superb wildlife night viewing.

Clearly marked trails make for easy access for walkers who want to explore the Park alone, but experienced guides are also on hand.

For fauna enthusiasts, the Park affords the opportunity to see the ghost forest of Maringa, which is similar to baobab trees. The San tribe has a legend to describe the odd creation of this unique tree. It claims that when God planted the trees on Earth, he realized he had forgotten some and so threw them in the air and they landed in the ground with their roots pointing towards the sky.

Where art and history meet

Twyfelfontein has been inhabited by Stone-age hunter-gathers since 6000 years ago and boasts one of the largest galleries of rock engravings in Africa. The archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007.

In total, more than 2500 prints and some paintings, crafted by the Bushmen tribes of San and KhoiKhoi, as well as the Nama tribe, adorn the red sandstone rocks.

Twyfelfontein in Namibia

Twyfelfontein – which means unlikely fountain in Afrikaans – is a beautiful natural site and when the sun sets, the rocks surround the visitor’s center and tinged blood red – well worth seeing!
All the rock art is executed in sandstone and depicts human and animal interaction such as dancing, hunting and feasting.

Many of the local tribes believe that Twyfelfontein was actually a workshop for Shamanism – a practice centered on mental communication between humans and supernatural spirits through trance-like meditation.

Visit this historical site and judge for yourself!

Sea, sand & fun at Swakopmund

Swakopmund is Namibia’s largest coastal town and a choice destination for vacationers. Founded in 1892 by German settlers, the town’s European-style architecture is awe-inspiring against the backdrop of the beautiful beaches.

swakopmund quad namibia

If you’re an extreme sports enthusiast, Swakopmund has it all on offer, including eco-sensitive quad biking and sandboarding over the dunes, skydiving, windsurfing in the desert, horse riding, camel safaris, helicopter or hot air balloon rides.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Skeleton Coast with deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruising or by simply enjoying an elegant beach picnic.

The city also has a superb museum and aquarium as well as a fine selection of restaurants to sate your appetite.

Enchanting Namibia

Enchanting Namibia

Day 1 : WINDHOEK

Arrival in Cape Town
Meet and greet with our local representative and hand over of your travel documents
Pick up car rental. Self drive to your accommodation, Windhoek.
Night at Hilton Hotel and breakfast.

Day 2 : OTJIWARONGO

Departure to the region Otjiwarongo. Arrival at your Lodge.
Afternoon, excursion in 4×4.
Dinner, night and breakfast at Okonjima Main Camp

Onkojima Main Camp

Day 3 : ETOSHA

Departure to Etosha
Diner, night and breakfast at Mushara Lodge.

Mushara Lodge

Day 4 : ETOSHA

Safari in Etosha with your own vehicule (park entrance fees payable locally).
Dinner, bed and breakfast at Okaukuejo Premier Water Hole.

Etosha National Park

Day 5 : ETOSHA

Photo safari in the western part of Etosha National Park (the Park entrances to pay on the spot Okaukuejo) on your own. This part, which was previously reserved for scientists and tour operators, has been recently opened to customers of the Dolomite lodge.

Day 6 : DAMARALAND

Departure to Damaraland and the oasis of Palmwag from where a shuttle will take you to the Desert Rhino Camp.
Dinner, bed and breakfast at Desert Rhino Camp and activities (safari to observe black rhino and desert elephant)

Desert Rhino Camp

Day 7 : DAMARALAND

4×4 excursion to observe desert elephants and rhinos.
Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast at Desert Rhino Camp and activities.

Day 8: DAMARALAND

Road to DoroNawas Camp.
Visit Twyfelfontein rock engravings (payable locally)
Dinner, night and breakfast at Doro Nawas Camp.

Doro Nawas Camp

Day 9 : SWAKOPMUND

Departure to the Atlantic coast, Swakopmund.
Night, bed and breakfast at Swakopmund Hotel.

Swakopmund

Day 10: SWAKOPMUND – WALVIS BAY

Boats depart from Walvis Bay at 09h00 and cruise the harbour through to the Bird Island, and then cut across the lagoon to moored Russian trawlers where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats for something to eat. From there you head for Pelican Point where entertainment is provided by a large seal colony and schools of dolphins might be swimming alongside the boats.

Seal Colony

Or enjoy Sandwich Harbour excursion: Depart in 4×4 vehicle from Walvis Bay, first stopping off at the Lagoon to view the masses of birds that live in one of the biggest natural wetlands in the Southern Hemisphere. The drive down to Sandwich takes in the Kuiseb river delta, a dry river bed where the odd springbok may still be seen, with the vehicles continuing along the beach until the natural fresh water lagoon is reached. Clients can walk along the length of this lagoon, taking in the magical scenery of sky-high dunes with an even more varied bird life found in the fresh waters. After a sit-down picnic lunch including a selection of snacks, salad, bread, fresh fruit with white wine and drinks, the route homewards will be done testing the power of the vehicles on the dunes, the highlight being the 45m high roaring dune, to return to Walvis Bay by 16h00.

Sandwich Harbour

Day 11 : DESERT DU NAMIB

Road to Sesriem
Dinner, bed and breakfast at Sossusvlei Lodge

Day 12 : SESRIEM-SOSSUSVLEI

Early morning departure to go on your own before the sunrise to the Desert Namib Park ( fee entrances to p ay). You will have to take a 4×4 shuttle (+ – 100 NAD to return) (or you can book it in advance at the lodge) Visit the magical dunes of Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei. If you are brave enough, climp up to the top of the “BigDaddy” dune.

Sossusvlei

Day 13 : NAMIB RAND – WOLWEDANS

Full day in the Namib Rand reserve.
Fully inclusive and activities included in Wolwedans Dune Lodge (1 double and 1 triple)

Wolwedans Dune Lodge

Day 14: WINDHOEK

Drive to Windhoek
Night at the Hilton Hotel and breakfast.

Day 15 : Return

Drop off car rental at Windhoek airport and check in for your international flight. End of our services

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Victoria Falls, my luxurious ”retreat”

The Islands of Siankaba Lodge is a luxurious forested retreat, with six secluded chalets linked by a footbridge which takes you to  the fine gastronomy restaurant.

The Islands of Siankaba Lodge is set on two untouched islands in the midst of the mighty Zambezi River between one the Seven Wonder of the Natural World –  the magnificent Victoria Falls – and the world famous Chobe National Park.

The Islands of Siankaba Lodge

The unique chalets are constructed of teak and custom made canvas tenting and are raised well above ground level into the tree canopy with their balconies extending out over the river. Linked by a winding overhead walkway, all chalets are opulently finished and equipped with en-suite bathrooms with ball and claw baths and separate shower, mini bar, large mosquito nets, ceiling fan and private safe.

The principle guest amenities are located on the larger island whilst the guests’ chalets are situated on the smaller island overlooking the river towards the game reserve on the southern bank. A suspended footbridge links the two islands. The up-market dining room and lounge offer contemporary comfort in a truly African setting. The main lodge decking enjoys excellent views of the mighty ZambeziRiver drifting by and is an ideal place to relax. A swimming pool is shaded by a thick canopy of riverine forest.

The privately owned islands are located in a wilderness area, the emphasis is therefore on the scenic beauty of its riverside setting as a place to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the African bush.