Friday, January 31, 2014

Amazing Landscapes of Namibia

Granite Rock Formations Spitzkoppe Namibia

Sand Dunes in Namibia
The Atlantic Ocean

Etosha National Park
Fish River Canyon
Sesriem Canyon

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Welcome to Villa Moringa Guesthouse - Namibia

 Villa Moringa is an exquisite modern, stylish, and high – class Guesthouse. The Guesthouse consists of luxury en-suite rooms, a restaurant and a beautiful garden area alongside other guest facilities. Villa Moringa offers guests an unforgettable experience with indulgence in the contemporary elegance and astonishing ambiance. Throughout your entire period at Villa Moringa, we will ensure that your stay will be of great comfort.

Villa Moringa Rooms:

Villa Moringa currently offers 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms, 1 Executive family / business room, 1 Family room and 3 VIP rooms. All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, DSTV, wireless internet as well as a mini bar fridge and a coffee and tea station.

Villa Moringa Restuarant:

enjoy a delicious full breakfast which includes freshly baked croissants with a variety of cheese and cold meats, as well as cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruits, tea/coffee, fresh juices and many other delicious creations from our chef in our breakfast room.The Villa also have a restaurant area where they offer International Cuisine. Light lunch meals are served, dinners as well as delicious Portuguese dishes.

Facilities offered:
Swimming pool
free WiFi in all areas of the Guesthouse and for all guests travelling without WiFi enabled electronics we have a guest computer accessible 24/7a


Monday, January 27, 2014

Rock Engravings of Twyfelfontein - Namibia

Taking the huge jump from the hunter-gatherer era thousands of years ago to the 21st century, we begin to appreciate the recognition and attention given to the Twyfelfontein engravings in recent times. This occurred while the country was going through wars, occupied first by the Germans and then by the South Africans, finally becoming independent as Namibia in 1990.

It is believed that the local people knew of the site and avoided the engravings, respecting the place as a holy area inhabited by the spirits of the deceased.
Word of the engravings reached the western world when Reinhard Maack mentioned the Twyfelfontein site in his 1921 report to the Administrator of South West Africa. A land surveyor named Volkmann had written to him, informing him of a remarkable group of rock engravings at a spring called /Ui-//aes.
In 1946 a farmer, David Levine from Mariental, moved onto the land. The family arrived by donkey cart, having followed an elephant track. Levine reported the engravings to the authorities in Windhoek and named his farm Twyfelfontein, meaning ‘doubtful spring’, which referred to his not being sure whether the spring would provide sufficient water for his animals and family. The name stuck and as the years went by more and more interest was shown in the engravings.

In 1964 Twyfelfontein was incorporated into a communal area for the Damara people as proposed by the Odendaal Commission. The Levine family left a year later. In 1971 the South West African Administration allocated the lands around Twyfelfontein as communal area for the exclusive use of Damara farmers.
In 1963, however, Rudolf Scherz had surveyed the site in detail, documenting over 2 500 individual engravings and paintings, and in 1968 an archaeological investigation was carried out by Erich Wendt to establish the age and cultural affinities of the rock art. Excavations at the site yielded dates of 3 450 and 5 850 years ago, confirming an archaeological affinity with late Holocene hunter-gatherers.

Further investigations and assessments were carried out in the 1980s by Kinahan and Kinahan. Documentation was carried out by Dowson in 1992, and detailed field records were made of the rock art in February 2005, documenting 2 075 identifiable images. This is considered to be a somewhat conservative number, underestimating the total tally of engravings and paintings by approximately five per cent.
The rock engraving site at Twyfelfontein is one of Africa’s largest and most important concentrations of rock art. Twyfelfontein was proclaimed a National Monument in 1952 and the National Heritage Council of Namibia (NHC) is now the legal custodian. At the time of its proclamation as a National Monument, the site received less than a hundred visitors per year. This has now increased to more than 40 000, making Twyfelfontein one of the more popular destinations for international tourists to Namibia.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Desert Eplorers - Namibia

Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia's boundless
expanse of shifting sand dunes.

Some of the Activites: 

Quad Biking
Sand Boarding
Tandem Skydiving
Dolphin Cruise


Living Desert Tour


Township Tours

Go Karting


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Etosha - The Great White Place of Dry Water

Etosha Pan – a vast expanse of desiccated white clay characterised by distant mirages and spiralling dust devils – that makes the game-viewing experience in the world-renowned Etosha National Park different to any other. In September 2007 the park celebrated its first hundred years of existence, the centennial celebrations taking place at the Namutoni Resort in the eastern section of the park.
The park was originally proclaimed as a conservation area in 1907 by German Governor Frederich von Lindequist. This entailed the region south, west and north-west of the pan and Governor von Lindequist named it Game Reserve No 2. (Game Reserve Nos 1 and 3 were established to the north-east and the Namib Desert respectively.) With subsequent additions Etosha became the largest game reserve in the world, extending over a vast area of approximately 80 000 square kilometres westwards across Kaokoland to the Skeleton Coast. However, for political considerations, it was progressively diminished in size until 1975 when it was reduced by 77 per cent to its present surface area of 22 912 square kilometres.
The definitive feature of the park is the Etosha Pan, an immense, shallow depression of almost 5 000 square kilometres of dry, white cracked mud, its flat surface broken only by shimmering mirages and the occasional animal wending its way across the empty wastes. It is this typical appearance that gave rise to the name in the local vernacular as ‘the great white place of dry water’. In the rainy season, fed by the Cuvelai system that has its origins in the highlands of Angola, floodwaters drain across Owambo. The pan fills with water and becomes an important breeding ground for migrant flamingos.Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, Etosha’s vegetation varies from dwarf shrub savannah and grasslands to thorn-bush and woodland savannah. Mopane, Colophospermum mopane, is the dominant tree species and is found in eighty per cent of the park. West of Okaukuejo a large stand of African moringa, Moringa ovalifolia, referred to as Sprokieswoud, Fairy or Phantom Forest, is the only location in Namibia where this interesting tree grows in a flat area.
A total of 114 species of mammals are found in the park, including the rare and endangered black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala. Large mammals include giraffe, elephant, blue wildebeest, mountain and plains zebra, hyaena, leopard and lion.

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Place of God" - Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp is distinguished by its thatched dome-shaped structures, a mirror-image of the granite boulders amongst which they are built. Mowani is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning 'Place of God', indicating a high level of peace and tranquility.

Mowani offers 6 Standard rooms with valley views, 6 Standard View rooms with hill top vistas, 1 Luxury room, 2 Luxury suites & 7 Campsites with private ablution facilities.  

 Discover the pool deck, lodged between the boulders where you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and admiring breathtaking views. 

 Adventures and activities available at Mowani include guided nature drives in search of the elusive desert elephant and hiking through magnificent scenery. 


Twyfelfontein is a rare example of Bushmen engravings and paintings occurring at the same site. This wonderful archealogical site offers more than 2,500 engravings as well as various paintings, and is probably the finest example of rock engravings in Southern Africa.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Luxury Lodge Accommodation - Cape Cross Lodge - Namibia

Literally metres from the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cross Lodge presents a unique and serene stop for travellers along this vast untamed and seldom explored wilderness on the Skeleton Coast. The Lodge is situated 60km north of Henties Bay and 120km north of Swakopmund. The curious mix of Cape Dutch and West Coast fishing village architecture, nestles colossal windows which embrace the natural light and reveal endless vistas.


The Lodge offers eighteen sea view standard suites and two sea view semi-suites. No matter the time of day or night, the large sea-facing windows frame breathtaking panoramas that can be enjoyed from every room. All bathrooms are en-suite and while the first floor balconies offer a private space for one to enjoy the scenery, the ground floor balconies also provide direct access to the beach. Four of the bedrooms have been linked with a door to create a family suite when needed. We also offer six rooms with wheelchair accessibility.

Camping Sites:

Each of the twenty one campsites is equipped with its own light, with switch and a double 220v plug and own trip switch. A wash basin with cold running water and a work surface serve as an alfresco kitchen. Each site has its own braai area. There is a central ablution facility with showers, hot and cold running water, flush sanitation, hand basins and mirrors. Other facilities for campers include an entertainment room with full DSTV bouquet and a pool table. A separate bar is close to the site as well as a shop selling basic groceries and a limited supply of bait, hooks, line sinkers, sweets, ice-cream, fresh bread, toiletries, liquor, ice, wood, flashlights, medicines and more.

The restaurant offers indoor or Alfresco dining on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.  A central fireplace warms the interiors of the dining room and lounge area during winter, while in summer one can enjoy the cool sea breeze on the verandah overlooking the beach.
Activities and tours:

Excursions to Cape Cross Seal Colony and Petrified Lagoon
Museum and Art Gallery visit
Excursions to Shipwrecks
Messum Volcanic Crater
Eco friendly tours into the Namib Desert, the world's oldest desert.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Exclusive Ballooning at Sossusvlei Namibia

At sunrise, in the world’s oldest desert, witness a spectacular hot air balloon inflation, and set out on the flight of a lifetime. ..


From the best platform, in the most romantic way, soar with the winds for an hour, over the oceans of sand and mountains, endless vistas of shadows and lights. Your destination? The Sossusvlei dunes or the splendour of the desert.
At landing, you come back to earth with an “Out Of Africa” style Champagne breakfast set up in the middle of nowhere.
Your pilot will present you with a flight certificate before you take a leisurely nature drive back to the pick-up point.
It is an experience like no other, the experience of a lifetime.
Dream it or live it!

Situated in the heart of the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei, one of the most fascinating landscapes in Namibia, is a photographer’s dream. Gigantic orange dunes, dramatic shadows, undulating plains and rocky mountains create a magical kaleidoscope of colours and shapes

To the east, Namib Rand Nature Reserve vast sandy plains are surrounded by towering granite mountains and rolling dunes.
Here, in the oldest desert on the planet, amazingly adapted animals and plants come together to form one of the most visually stunning ecosystems in the world. And truly the best way to experience the heart of the Namib desert is with a hot air balloon safari.
Watching the spectacular sunrise over this magnificent landscape from a silent hot air balloon is the experience of a lifetime, never to be forgotten.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Namibia's deep blue - Lake Otjikoto

Surrounded by legend and folklore are Namibia’s two ‘bottomless’ lakes – Otjikoto, distinguished by it emerald-green waters, and Guinas, by its mystical inky-blue depths. Both lakes lie north-west of Tsumeb – Otjikoto 24 kilometres along the road and Guinas on a farm 32 kilometres further west. Lake Guinas is therefore less accessible, and can be viewed only after obtaining the farmer’s permission.

 Lake Otjikoto was discovered by the two explorers Galton and Andersson in 1851. At the time they measured its depth as 55 metres, an assessment that was proved accurate by subsequent plumbings (the depth varying from 33–90 metres). At 100 metres, Guinas is somewhat deeper. However, the legend that Otjikoto was bottomless persisted. It was possibly this notion that led to the dumping of a considerable supply of artillery and ammunition into its murky depths by retreating Schutztruppe, rather than let the armaments fall into the hands of the South African troops. Many years later, in co-operation with the Windhoek State Museum, divers salvaged some of the equipment, among others an ammunition wagon still in perfect condition, which can be viewed in the Alte Feste Museum in Windhoek, and canons and other armaments that were restored and are now displayed in the Tsumeb Museum.

 One of the many legends that surround Lake Otjikoto is that the body of Johannes Cook, a postmaster of Tsumeb who drowned there in 1927, was never found because the lake was bottomless. In fact, because Otjikoto is shaped rather like an upside-down mushroom, it is thought that his body was caught under one of the overhangs.

Both these lakes lie in the Otavi mountain-land, which consists of a thick succession of well-stratified dolomite and limestone about 700 million years old. Being carbonates of calcium and magnesium, these rocks are soluble in water, especially if they contain some carbon dioxide. The rocks are criss-crossed by a system of solution channels that have generally developed on joints, fracture zones or bedding planes, which become partially filled with groundwater. Now and then big cavities are exposed by weathering, or the roof caves in when it becomes very thin, as in the case of Otjikoto and Guinas. These solution channels lead away from them, although the two lakes need not necessarily be directly connected. The lakes are fed by water seeping through porous rock from southern Owambo.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Brandberg - Namibia

 * Namibia’s highest peak is part of the Brandberg massif which covers an area of about 650 km. Kunigstein is the highest point at 2 573 metres and is a popular challenge to rock climbers.
* The Brandberg is most famous for the rock painting known as the White Lady .

* While the Brandberg is home to many paintings aged 2 000 to 4 000 years of age the White Lady has stirred much controversy. The unusual image was discovered by Reinhard Maack in 1917 but got its name from French archaeologist Abb Henri Breuil who was the first to draw attention to it. Breuil triggered a controversy about the significance of the unusual painting.
* While the controversy remains unsolved visitors will find that the White Lady depicts neither a white person nor a woman. The character is part of a hunting scene in which it is the most prominent hunter dressed in some sort of white pants.
* The White Lady is located on an overhang known as Maack’s Shelter. The hike to the painting will take about an hour and it is best to avoid the midday heat on this excursion.
* Botanists will find specimen of the ancient Welwitschia mirabilis at the Messum Crater south-west of the Brandberg and the indigenous Acacia montis-usti are characteristic of the Brandberg Valley.

Welcome to the Brandberg White Lady Lodge

You have travelled. You've seen places. Brandberg White Lady Lodge will add to your travel experience.

 Since its opening 2004, Brandberg White Lady Lodge has become a choice destination for nature orientated tourists from all parts of the globe. A place where you will feel at home and enjoy a true warm-hearted hospitality and friendship. Whether you camp or stay in a chalet - there will be nothing you'll miss.
At the Brandberg White Lady Lodge the choice is yours:
The lodge offer accomodation in one of
  8 chalets, 15 rooms, all with en-suite facilities.
The stylish Chalets and the bungalows are spread over an area in the river valley, among large, shady trees.
Every unit offers a private veranda.
Electric lights and roof fan are available at all times.


The  large luxury tents are fully furnished with double base beds, braai and on-suite-facilities.
Every campsite has its own braai and water tap. Six ablution blocks with toilets and hot showers are spread over the site. A large and shady lapa, suitable for groups up to 40, complete this romantic spot in the river bed.

The Ugab River valley, the Brandberg Mountain, the Damaraland with Doros and Messum Crater - there is a lot to discover in the area around the lodge.
The Ugab River Valley with its old trees and green bushes is homestead for a wide variety of game, birds, fascinating reptiles and insects.
The formation of the Brandberg massive unveils its treasures and secrets to the knowing eye of the geologist. Its sublime beauty nobody can evade.
A visit to the "White Lady", perhaps the world's most famous rock painting, is a half-day excursion from our lodge. The footpath to the site offers spectacular views into the open plains of the Damaraland.
The stone-age rock paintings of the San bushmen give evidence of the presence of the famous desert elephants in the area many thousand years ago.
Especially during the drier periods of the year, groups of desert elephant rove in the valley of the Ugab river. Here, there is no worry for water and bush and trees to feed on in abundance.
Experience these majestic giants on one of our guided Elephant drives. A close encounter you will never forget.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Gobabeb-Namibia's World-Famous Desert Research Centre

Have you ever heard of the Gobabeb Research & Training Centre? Do you wanna know what it is all About? Here is some facts that will inform you all about the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre........Enjoy........

Gobabeb Centre
Dunes at Gobabeb Training Centre
*The Gobabeb Training and Research Center is an internationally recognized center for dry land training and research in Namibia
*Locted in the Namib Desert, 120km South East of Walvis Bay
*Gobabeb was founded by the Austrian entomologist Dr. Charles Koch in 1962. Since 1998 Gobabeb has been a joint Venture between the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and the Desert Research Foundation Namibia (DRFN).*Gobabeb conducts research in the fields of climate, ecology and geomorphology. Further it tests, demonstrates and promotes Appropriate Technologies
*By conducting training courses Gobabeb aims to improve the public awareness and knowledge of dry land ecology and environmental issues. The station consists of permanent researchers, students, and interns, as well as short time visitors such as school and university groups, and tourists. Gobabeb also hosts film crews, journalists and artists.
Gobabeb Water Tank
*The name Gobabeb, spelt correctly as /Nomabeb, is a Nama/Topnaar word meaning ‘the place of the fig tree’. It refers to the large Ficus that grows in the Kuiseb riverbed below the station. This particular site was selected for building a research facility because it affords access to the three main habitats that occur in the Namib Desert: the dune sea, the gravel plains and the ephemeral Kuiseb River and its associated woodland.