Experiences

Desert Dash

The only rider to complete all 15 Desert Dash races

Initially there were no solo races in the Desert Dash. The 350 kilometre mountain bike race from Windhoek across the Khomas Hochland and the Namib Desert to Swakopmund has turned into an internationally known...

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

Less than a metre from the bottom of dried-up Avis Dam on the outskirts of Windhoek, chirping little red and black balls of fluff seem to hover above the fresh greenery. Every so often...
Rhino

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

Namibia’s Black Rhino Custodianship programme was launched 25 years ago to increase the number of black rhinos by ensuring better protection against diseases, natural disasters and poachers. Another aim is wider distribution and to...
Angling

Fishing in Goanikontes: relaxation with a thrill

Sport fishing has always been a popular pastime in Namibia. Surf fishing on the coast or hooking a tiger fish from one of the rivers in the north makes any angler’s heart beat faster....
Blue Crane

Drought affects return of the Blue Cranes

The only green seen in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is that of the mopane trees at present (end of November 2019). Not a single blade of grass is left, not even a...
Gaukler

Aerobatics, clownery and an amazing family tree

The Bateleur Eagle is probably the most colourful raptor in Namibia. Unfortunately, like everywhere in Africa, its numbers have dropped sharply – according to experts by 50 percent during the past three generations. In...
Animals

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...