Monday, December 23, 2013

Mola Mola Safaris ......Namibia

Mola Mola Safaris is an marine activity operator based in Walvis Bay, at the Waterfront – Namibia. Mola Mola offer Marine Cruises, Marine-Dune 4×4 excursions into Sandwich Harbour.


Mola Mola boat cruises are very popular with independent travelers as well as incentive and conference groups who visit the Namibian coastline. Our six boats can load between 10 and 30 guests each.  They are registered for loading capacity and the persons per boat number is strictly adhered to.  Throughout the various marine cruises, the boats stay in the protected lagoon area of Walvis Bay where the water is calm and abundant with bird life.

Mola Mola Tours:Mola Mola Marine Cruise, Le Petit Pelican, Marine Dune Day, Marine Lunch On the Beach

Mola Mola Marine Cruise
The ‘classic and original’ Walvis Bay dolphin cruise. Departing from the Waterfront Jetty, skimming the harbour and lagoon all the way to Pelican Point. On route likely sightings include dolphins, seals, whales, sunfish and an abundance of bird life.

Marine Dune Day
 After the Marine Cruise you disembark onto the Waterfront Jetty. Boarding 4×4 vehicles, the dune adventure to Sandwich Harbour begins. Lunch is served on the boat and snacks in the dunes.

Marine Cruise with lunch on the beach
 Midway through the boat cruise you go ashore at the original Lighthouse Jetty onto the Pelican Point beach. A free form tent with a formal / informal set-up awaits you, with lunch, prepared on the beach. Various menus, departure times & set-up options make this a personal extravaganza.

Le Pitit Pelican
The shortened version of the Marine Cruise. The route, food & marine experience remains unchanged (minimum of 6 pax and availability dependant).

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Gate Way to The Namib - Sossusvlei Lodge

Situated adjacent to the oldest desert in the world, Sossusvlei Lodge is a luxurious retreat in this premier tourist attraction area in Namibia. Shaded by camel thorn trees, the Lodge blends in perfectly with the spectacular desert surrounds and bears testament to the ingenuity of an eco-friendly design.

 The individual luxurious accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge are uniquely designed to blend in with the natural surrounding environment. Each of the 45 accommodation units has its own patio from where magnificent views can be enjoyed. The spacious and fully air-conditioned bedroom under canvas with adobe-style plaster walls, gives the visitor a distinctive sense of being close to nature.

Each bedroom features twin beds, seating area and vanity with power points. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a shower, toilet and wash basin. The entrance hall of each unit has space for suitcases, hanging space, shelves and an electronic safe. Three family units are available with the same features as the individual units, but with inter-leading doors between the bathrooms connecting the two units. The three handicapped and wheelchair friendly units are designed with no steps or doors inside the unit. Handles have been fitted in the bathroom and the shower has an open design for easier access.

Activities includes: Sossusvlei Trips, Hot Air Ballooning, Quad Biking, Nature Drives, Sundowner Trips, Bush Dinners, Guided Nature Walks, Archery, Stargazing, Scenic Flights, Charter Flights, Conferencing.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Namibia's Unique Rail experience - Desert Express

Desert Express was designed and built in Namibia and has been winding through our beautiful country since 3 April 1998.

   Burnt amber upholstery, rich golden-red woods and animal motifs are just a few ways to tastefully echo the landscape through which you travel. Desert Express consists of nine coaches, which are permanently linked via a draw bar. This train is highly modern, featuring all the convenience and luxury a traveler could ask for.
Namibia’s unique rail experience offers an overnight weekend get-away from Windhoek to our coastal towns –Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The Desert Express also offers a seven-day tour from Windhoek to Swakopmund, Etosha and back to Windhoek on selected dates. The tour includes: onboard accommodation, elegant dining and an excursion through Namibia’s magnificent landscape.

The Desert Express offers the following:
Sleeper compartments  

24 compartments in total
One compartment sleeps two adults and one child
En-suite shower, toilet and wash basin
Cabins convert into a lounge by day and bedroom by night
A small safe is available for valuables

Spitzkoppe Lounge

Full bar services
Plush leather couches
Gift shop

Welwitschia Restaurant

Three-course meal
Exquisite wine list
Special dietary requirements (by prior arrangement)

Conference facilities

Accommodates up to 40 people in the conference layout
Accommodates up to 60 people in cinema layout
Projector and screen
DVD and VCR facilities
Five-CD shuttle
Sound system
Four TV monitors
Additional services

Excursions en-route
Desert Express can be booked as a charter train
Curios are available on-board
Separate accounts are available
Vehicles can be loaded on board and offloaded at your destination (by prior arrangement) 

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Beautiful Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa

Divava Okavango Lodge & Spa really is one if its kind in the Kavango region of Namibia. The complete lodge, the restaurant, the spa and the rooms are overlooking the mighty Okavango River. At only 1km away from the Popa falls you get a natural soundtrack of these rafts in the background.

Divava Okavango Lodge and Spa offers 20 luxurious chalets with a large deck and bathroom. The large beds are covered with a stylish mosquito net and all rooms are air-conditioned.


 Activities includes: Boat Safari, Buffulo Game Park, Fishing, Mahango Game Park, Mokoro Trip, Popa Falls, Village Tour

The spa buildings have a closed back, ensuring your privacy. The other side is open (or glass), giving you a view over the Okavango river.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Amaryllis Family - Ammoccharis Coranica

The genus Ammocharis in the Amaryllis Family (Amaryllidaceae) is endemic to Africa. They are herbaceous perennials growing from a true bulb. The flowers are borne in an umbel, a cluster at the top of the peduncle or stalk.
Ammocharis is closely related to Crinum. Like Crinum, it has fleshy seeds that do not go dormant ("recalcitrant"). For two species of Ammocharis, the seeds appear to be dispersed by wind.

There are several species in the genus:
   Not in cultivation as far as I know.
   Distribution: Africa, Uganda and Tanzania to Angola.
   Syn., Crinum baumii
   Summer growing, small species.
   Distribution: Southern Tropical Africa to Namibia. 

Summer growing or opportunistic.
   Distribution: Southern Africa, widespread in summer-rainfall areas.

   Closely related to A. longifolia. Infructescence: seeds probably dispersed by wind.
   Not in cultivation as far as I know.
   Distribution: Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia
   Syn., Cybistetes longifolia
   Leaves straight and erect. Infructescence: seeds dispersed by wind.
   Winter growing.
   Distribution: Southern Namibia and the western areas of South Africa.  

Syn., Crinum nerinoides
       Summer growing (probably), dwarf species.
       Distribution: Namibia. 

 Summer growing (probably).
       Distribution: Ethiopia southward and westward to Botswana and Namibia.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

X-mas at Pelican Point Lodge,Walvisbay-Namibia

Pelican Point Lodge is situated on a unique stretch of land, the remote peninsula of Pelican Point at Walvis Bay, a committed venue to creating memories for all guests that will last a lifetime.

ccommodation is offered in the renovated old Harbor Control building, at the foot of the Lighthouse, known as Pelican Point Lodge and offers our guests a choice of 9 Luxury suites.

The Ocean Suite, The Oyster Suite, The Jetty Suite, The Lagoon Suite, The Pelican Suite, The Seal Suite, The Lighthouse Suite, The Dolphin Suite and the top room with 360° views is the Captain`s Cove Suite

Sand Boarding
Sandwich Harbour 4 x 4 Trips
Photo Ventures
Dune 7 trips
Bird watching
Guided tour of the salt pans and the Ramsar site
Donkey Bay/Skeleton Bay Surfing  
Quad biking in the dunes

Dune Paragliding
Camel Ride in the Dunes
Swakopmund Culture Tour
Township Tour
Ariel Scenic Flight Tour over Sandwich Harbour and Coastline
Hot Air Ballooning

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Zambezi Lodge, Namibia

The Zambezi Lodge is situated in the Eastern Caprivi, on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo, right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The lodge is set in lush tropical gardens with huge indigenous trees, and is an ideal stop-over for travellers coming to Namibia from Zambia, Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe.

 Accommodation is in 42 rooms. Most of the rooms are river facing and a few overlook the garden and pool area. Valuables can be locked up in a large safe at reception. There are:
Standard Rooms: Each unit has an en-suite bathroom (shower only), air-conditioning, TV, hair-dryer and a tea/coffee station
Luxury rooms: Similar to the standard rooms but the bathroom has both a shower & bath



Boat cruises on the Zambezi River can be enjoyed.

Breakfast, light lunches and dinner are served in the Tafule Yaka Restaurant. A buffet style service in high season and a set menu in quieter times. The Mushabati Bar sits on a wooden deck protruding over the Zambezi River, the ideal spot for a sundowner. It it open from 12h00 daily. There is also a swimming pool, laundry service, secure parking and a Wi-Fi Internet connection.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Skeleton Coast of Namibia

The Skeleton Coast is the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River, although the name is sometimes used to describe the entire Namib Desert coast.

The area's name derives from the whale and seal bones that once littered the shore from the whaling industry, although in modern times the coast harbours the skeletal remains of the shipwrecks caught by offshore rocks and fog.

 On the coast the upwelling of the cold Benguela current gives rise to dense ocean fogs (called "cassimbo" by the Angolans) for much of the year. The winds blow from land to sea, rainfall rarely exceeds 10 millimetres (0.39 in) annually and the climate is highly inhospitable. There is a constant, heavy surf on the beaches. In the days of human-powered boats it was possible to get ashore through the surf but impossible to launch from the shore. The only way out was by going through a marsh hundreds of miles long and only accessible via a hot and arid desert.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Largest Breeding Colony Of Cape Fur Seals - Cape Cross,Namibia

Cape Cross in Namibia is known mainly as a breeding reserve for thousands of Cape Fur Seals.

Breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals

Cape Cross is a Cape Fur Seal Beach with an interesting history of a stone cross on the bleak headland - put up, in 1485, by a Portuguese captain and navigator, Diego Cão.
Cape Cross Seal Colony, in Namibia, is the breeding place of the Cape Fur Seals, which are actually a species of Sea Lion. Along the Namibian and South African coast there are 24 colonies with a seal population of about 650 000 animals. About 80 000 to 100 000 seals inhabit Cape Cross.

Fur Seals are very soft  

These Fur Seals are so-named for their thick pelt. Unlike true seals which have only a thin covering of hair, Fur Seals have a thick layer of short soft fur, which is protected by a layer of longer, harder hair. The top layer gets wet, the bottom layer stays dry. The bottom layer, as well as the fat formation under the skin give seals a good isolation against the cold Benguela current.
Seal pups have been hunted for their jet black pelts and for the beautiful olive-grey coat which they acquire after moulting, for centuries. The adult's fur is too coarse to be suitable for use in the fur industry.

Males have a harem of 5 to 25 females

The male seals can weigh from 187kg to 360kg and are very territorial whilst looking after their harem of 5 to 25 females. Cow seals are a lot smaller than bulls, they only weigh up to 75kg. A few weeks after the bulls have arrived the pregnant cows come to the colony to have one youngster. The pregnancy lasts for about 8 months. One bull has about 5 to 25 cows in his territory and only 7 days after giving a birth the next rutting season starts.

Most youngsters are born in November / December and they weigh
about 4.5 to 7kg. Their fur is pitch black and they start sucking on their mother immediately. A few days after giving birth the mother has to return to the sea to feed. During this time the youngsters are very vulnerable and are hunted by Jackals and Hyenas. Youngsters start feeding on fish when they are about 4 to 5 months old. When seal pups are about 7 months old they can stay in the water for up to 4 days.

 Observe the Cape Fur Seal colony at Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia - the biggest seal colony on the African coast with over 100,000 seals. Cape Cross is the largest breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals on the African coast. A sight not to be missed. 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Namibia's Shepherds Tree

The tree is found all over southern Africa and as far as Zambia, is the aptly named shepherds tree (Boscia albitrunca) also known as 'witgat' in Afrikaans. It is fairly easy to identify with its generally whitish trunk, and feeding animals give shepherds trees a distinctive browse line, making them appear to be clipped to an even height on the underside. It has a shady canopy of evergreen, highly nutritious leaves and they always occur singly.

The trees bear small, round, yellowish berries that are edible and sweet tasting. The leathery leaves are grey-green. Birds, kudu and giraffe are particularly fond of them and the roasted roots can be used as a coffee substitute. As with other trees, shrubs and plants, the branches are cut and fed to feed sheep and cattle in times of drought.

In some areas, farmers and locals will bend and tie down the branches, so that animals can reach them. Various parts of the tree are used to cure different ailments in traditional medicines. The shepherds tree is protected in Namibia.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Namibia Captured in Yellow


Birds do not sing for pleasure they sing because they have a song......

Nature always wears the colours of the spirit............




The butterfly counts moments not months because it has  enough time


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Katima Mulilo Namibia

Katima Mulilo is situated in the Caprivi strip and is the capital of the Zambezi Region, Namibia's far northeast extension into central Southern Africa. It comprises two electoral constituencies, Katima Mulilo Rural and Katima Mulilo Urban. Katima  is located on the national road B8 on the banks of the Zambezi River in lush riverine vegetation with tropical birds and monkeys. The town receives an annual average rainfall of 654 millimetres.
As you can imagine, being near the point where 5 countries meet, Katima Mulilo is a melting pot of cultures and language. Seven languages and a myriad of dialects are spoken in the town.
 Visitors to the area can be excused for feeling that this town feels more like Zambia than Namibia as it is the countries most remote outpost. It is 1200km from Windhoek, but only half a kilometer from Zambia!
The Caprivi Cultural Festival is held in late September and the Caprivi Arts Centre is the place to head for your curios.
Accommodation in Katima

Impalila Island Lodge