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Caution – Animals on the road

Animals are unable to judge the speed of an approaching vehicle and often take flight too late – with fatal consequences. And they do not know traffic rules. Therefore it is imperative that road...
Khaudum Game Count

Khaudum: In the stranglehold of drought

No water for the animals, a lack of fuel for pumps and vehicles, a lack of finances, a lack of staff and difficult terrain – these are the challenges that nature conservation officials have...
Fishing Resources

Fish stocks at risk – nets need to be banned

Legal and illegal networks are threatening the fish stocks in Namibia’s rivers and reservoirs. There are regulatory laws, but control is lacking. Sport fishermen and communities that depend on fishing already feel the impact...
Trail Running

Experiencing the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

A great but tough day out and many lessons learned. The awesome long steep-gradient climbs in the Orsières­–Champex–Chamonix Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (OCC UTMB) are intense. I had never seen anything like this and it was...
Wattled Crane

Africa’s largest and rarest crane

Wattled Cranes are not often seen and they are not easy to spot. They are found on the vast flood plains of the Okavango and Chobe, on the countless islands in the Kwando River...
Leopards

Written in the Sand: A fascinating insight into the Kalahari and its leopards

Seeing a leopard in the wilds tops the list of most people heading into the wilderness. It is a secretive, solitary and mainly nocturnal cat – factors which make it extremely difficult to see. Count...
Cape Sparrow

A small bird as a symbol of love and forgiveness

He is nimble, clever, cheeky. A feisty little guy who nevertheless tries to keep safe as far as possible. Not much attention is paid to him, although he is endemic to southern Africa and...
Hippos

Water for hippos, other wild animals and cattle

At the end of August, after returning from the CITES conference in Geneva, Namibia's Minister of the Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, visited a waterhole in the dried up Chobe River on the border...
Termites

Termites – doing earthworm work in arid areas

Worker termites industriously carry dry plant material to a small hole in the ground. Others climb onto the few blades of grass and cut them into pieces of two to three centimetres long, ready...
Hakusembe Birds

Chobe candle-pod acacia in bloom and Greater Honeyguide

At Hakusembe River Lodge west of Rundu the creamy-yellow catkins of the Chobe candle-pod acacia (Acacia hebeclada subsp. Chobiensis) attract Grey Louries to the Kavango River’s riparian vegetation. Come spring and for numerous animals...