Thursday, July 21, 2016

Plants In Namibia

Namibia has some of the most extraordinary vegetation, all adapted to harsh desert environments. Due to areas of differing rainfalls and soils, there is a variety of plants from the desert and semi desert vegetation to the subtropical species, but most of the country is covered with savannah and dotted with acacia.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Sossusvlei (sometimes written Sossus Vlei) is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area (including other neighbouring vleis such as Deadvlei and other high dunes), which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

The name "Sossusvlei" is of mixed origin and roughly means "dead-end marsh". Vlei is the Afrikaans word for "marsh", while "sossus" is Nama for "no return" or "dead end". Sossusvlei owes this name to the fact that it is an endorheic drainage basin (i.e., a drainage basin without outflows) for the ephemeral Tsauchab River.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New kids’ conservation materials at Gondwana

Gondwana Game Reserve has introduced new custom kids’ conservation materials.

“A booklet is given to all children visiting Gondwana to complete with their field guide on game drives and in our various Junior Ranger modules. They include learning to track and making a mould of an animal track,” said Wendy Rutherfoord, Director.

Other activities that children could enjoy include making their own fishing rod and fishing in one of Gondwana’s many waterholes, learning how to analyse dung samples to better understand what various animals eat, and making crafts with the indigenous fynbos.

“Junior Rangers fill in a registration card at check-in to which we then add a photo with their ranger at the end of their stay and it becomes a nice memento to take home,” adds Rutherfoord.