Experiences

Litchen Fields

Namibia’s unique lichen fields

Admired by experts, but otherwise still largely unnoticed, already damaged in places and very much in need of research: the largest lichen fields outside the arctic and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere are found...
Moonraker

Moonraker – Wild at Heart

The weekend was upon me once again, as I planned to put in the notorious longer run. A back-to back-session ensued with 45 kilometres due on Saturday and 35 kilometres on Sunday. On Friday evening...
Sean Nightwalk

Night walk in the Namib Desert

The beam of the flashlight penetrates the darkness, illuminating a small section of the gravel plain south of the seasonal Swakop River. North of the river the lights of Swakopmund are blinking. Waves can be...
Camping Oanob Dam

Camping at Oanob Dam

There are not many places in Namibia where you have such a variety of things to do while camping. We swam, fished, hiked, kayaked and enjoyed sleeping outside under the stars at...
Giraffe

Out of death comes life – observations at a waterhole

The first black-backed jackal makes his appearance less than ten minutes after nature conservation officials have pulled a dead giraffe bull from the man-made waterhole. Since this little predator cannot bite through...
Bass Angling Oanob

Bass Angling Association runs out of water

The angler on his motorboat is all by himself. A long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, a big hat and sunglasses, plus generous lashings of sunscreen on any bare skin are a must for a largemouth...
Etosha Fossils

The Etosha Pan holds fossils of mammoths, prehistoric antelopes and rhinos

There was a time when mammoths roamed the area around the Etosha Pan. The South African mammoth (Mammuthus subplanifrons) was more than 3.5 metres tall and weighed nine tons. Fossils of this species have...
Gabar Melanistic

Nature’s caprices – melanism and leucism

Nature has its whims... It is not uncommon to see a black Gabar Goshawk, but you will rarely spot a white Red-faced Mousebird. Up to 25 percent of Gabar Goshawks are black – i.e....
Running

Namibian trail runner tackles the Drakensberg Ultra Trail

The Ultra-Trail Drakensberg, from 26 to 28 April 2019, was a festival of ultra-trail mountain running, with events of 30, 62, 100 and 160 kilometres respectively. It is also an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc qualifying...
Henry Loubser

Handle fish with care and respect

Passionate angler Henry Loubser has conducted angling safaris for 30 years. Fish, especially Namibia’s surf species, are near and dear to the former electrician who worked at the Rössing Uranium Mine. He...