Friday, April 21, 2017

Different Sunsets in Namibia

When taking a photo of the sunset it is impossible to capture the exact amount of beauty then when looking at it. You can have the most expensive camera but nothing captures that awesome feeling.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hohenstein Lodge

The lodge is located on the bottom of the Hohenstein, the highest peak of the Erongo mountains. Measuring up to 2,319 m above sea level, the Hohenstein represents the impressive western edge of the Erongo mountain range. In the evening, spectacular sunsets above the desert plain bathe the mountain in fantastic red light. Towards the west, the view over the impressive scenery extends as far as the Spitzkoppe peak, a prominent relief from the plain in a distance of about 30 km.


Monday, March 13, 2017

The Stunning We Kebi Safari Lodge

In the almost forgotten tongue of the San Bushmen, We Kebi means invitation. To hold true to the tradition of the San people of the desert, who roamed the plains and mountains surrounding We Kebi for thousands of years. We invite you to come and experience the solitude, privacy and tranquility at We Kebi Safari Lodge. Our wish for each of our guests is to give them the opportunity to experience individual and luxurious accommodation in a real African setting. Each of our free standing en-suite luxury chalets has its own pavilion and a 180 degree uninterrupted view of the surrounding landscape. An hour's drive from We Kebi on the C19 will bring you to the world famous dunes of Sossusvlei. Come be our guest for the visit of a lifetime.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Garub and The Desert Horses

Mankind has always loved and admired horses and been intrigued by the mystic of the desert. The combination is undeniably tantalizing, stimulating curiosity and inspiring the imagination .

For almost a 100 years the renowned desert horses of the Namib have been roaming free between Lüderitz and Aus, centering around Garub, a water point that lies about 100 kilometers east of Lüderitz and is maintained by the nature conservation authorities. In times if extended drought, supplementary feed has been put our at Garub to save them from starvation. It is here that the desert horses can be observed and photographed as they come to drink.

Thei origin of the horses remains a mystery fueled by speculation and myth. One theory is that a ship carrying thoroughbred horses from Europe to Australia ran aground near the mouth of the Orange River, and that the strongest animals reached the shore and found their way to the Garub plain. Another is that the horses are direct descendants of 15000 military mounts brought from Germany in 1904 to the then German South West Africa. Yet another is that they are descended from some 6000 horses belonging to South African soldiers who camped at the borehole at Garub in 1915. There are also speculation about the so-called Kubub stud bred at the Kubub Station under management of Lüderitz mayor Emil Kreplin, who supplied workhorses for racing and mining purposes. It is thought that the Kubub horses added to the evolvement of the desert horses of the Garub plains.

The most popular, romantic and oft-quoted theory theory is that they are descendants of the the horse stud belonging to the eccentric German nobleman, Baron Hansheinrich von Wolf, who buit a European-style castle among rolling red hills 72 kilometers south-west of Maltahöhe for his American bride, Jayta. The story goes that when Von Wolf was killed in action in 1916, the Baroness, crazed with grief, released the 300 horses into the desert. They are believed to have roamed the veld around Duwisib Castle until 1950, when some wondered 150km south west to the waterhole at Garub and became the ancestors of the herd that exists today.

International and local equine experts attribute the survival of the horses in the harsh, alien environment to unique adaptations in their physiology and behavior patterns. 

Hopefully these extraordinarily resilient animals would be around for many years to come to grace the beautiful stretch of landscape between Lüderitz and Aus.  

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bon Hotel Swakopmund

BON Hotel Swakopmund offers deluxe and standard accommodation for visiting sports teams, conferencing parties and leisure travellers. Offering sea and dome views the Swakopmund hotel can accommodate 76 guests – and plans for a further 50 rooms are underway. The rooms are set-up in such away so that they can easily be converted to twin rooms for sports groups.

All rooms include: 

Tea/Coffee making facilities
Electronic/laptop safes
Air conditioning
Flat screen TV & satellite channels
Mini bar fridge, stocked on request

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Canyon Nature Park

At 45 000ha, the park is a vast and rugged landscape of flat-topped rocky mountains and dry plains. A myriad of washes and side ravines carve deep furrows down to the main canyon. Fascinating plants and trees adapted to this harsh environment add splashes of green and feed the wildlife that survive against the odds.

This corner of Namibia’s south is largely undeveloped and the spectacular landscape offers guests a true sense of undiscovered wilderness.

There are over 100 endemic succulents including the largest, the Aloe dichotoma, popularly known as the ‘Kokerboom’, or Quiver Tree as well as over 1 600 other plant species. 

The rare and endemic Hartmann’s mountain zebra are a common sighting, as are springbok, gemsbok (oryx), kudu, steenbok and klipspringers.

Though the river runs seasonally in the summer time, permanent rock pools are home to small-and large-mouth yellowfish, sharptooth catfish and water monitors. There are a variety of birds including black eagle, olive thrush, Cape robin-chat and African black duck.