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
Wi-Fi
Telephone
Hairdryer
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.




Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Huab Lodge


Huab Lodge, situated in Damaraland Namibia, began as an idea to generate funds to saveNamibia’s desert–dwelling elephants from being harassed and shot. Since 1992 awareness has increased, as has tourism and the “value” of the elephant is changing. The original farmland is a small, unique area called Monte Carlo which boasts stunning views bisected by the mostly dry Huab River. The former rest camp which accommodated tourists in the 1970s now houses the lodge’s staff.   At a special site just down river from the old rest camp, where the Germans built the so-called German Bath in the late 1800s, Huab Lodge was erected. Despite its size the unique main building blends well into its surroundings. The irregular thatch roof mirrors a mountain on the opposite bank. The lodge’s stone and thatch bungalows spread along the elevated north bank of the river ensuring a private and magnificent view – even from the shower!







Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas is Namibia

Christmas is a tradition celebrated across the world. Not all traditions are the same and not all countries celebrate it on the 25th of  December.Some countries don’t even celebrate it at all. In Japan, Akihoto is an emperor who celebrates his birthday on 23 December. His birthday is a National Holiday but not 25 December. In Georgia, Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January, which is 25 December on the Julian Calendar. Everywhere in the world, Christmas means something else to each and everyone. To you it may mean getting together with your family around a big table with laughter and delicious food, but to the man with no shoes, begging on the street corner, it’s just another day with no hope for tomorrow. To a child it’s the excitement of the new toys he can play with, but to a mother who lost her child earlier this year, it’s just a day of pain. I’m not trying to evoke an emotion of pity, this is just reality. It’s the time of year we all get overly emotional. Are you planning to spend Christmas in Namibia and want to know how its done? You are welcome to use some of the tips and ideas for your celebrations.

The celebrations 
German Christmas celebrations are held on the 24th of December. The Christmas meal is one of the most important parts of the celebration. It is prepared with the utmost care and effort. The presentation of the table is an elegant affair and family and friends are invited to join this special meal. A variety of Christmas cookies which are known as Weihnachtsplätzchen are made especially for the day, like : Lebkuchen – traditional German gingerbread, Bethmännchen – traditional marzipan cookie, and Dominosteine – Gingerbread with marzipan & chocolate.
The Oshiwambo Christmas is also a feast. They believe Christmas is about sharing. You can go from house to house and drink traditionally made drinks. Big celebratory braais (barbeques) are held and everyone is invited. Families drive 100s of kilometers to get together for this very special day.

The Caprivian Christmas has one very important factor. Church. Christmas day is started off with a church service. On this day you wear the most expensive dress or suit that you own and it is usually not your everyday attire. It is a garment that stays in your cupboard for special occasions. Most people in these areas do not earn a lot of money so these outfits they have, are extra special. Months of savings money have been used to afford it. Every family prepares a traditional meal for a sit-down dinner.

The Herero traditional Christmas is focused very much on the young ones. The children have to practice a play before Christmas, and on the day, perform this play for the adults. A feast of delicious cuisine and singing follows.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Namibia - Your no.1 Holiday Destination

Wide open spaces, a sparsely populated countryside and breathtaking scenery, these are only some of the reasons why you'll return to Namibia time and time again.



A mid harshness of Namibia's untamed beauty and the long distances one has to travel between destinations, visitors are often pleasantly surprised to find such well - appointed lodges.



Namibia is a country with many secret sights and sounds you won't find anywhere else. But you have to look, search, and spend time planning your trip. The rewards are extensive.