Experiences

Frankoline

Namibia’s best-known wake-up call in the bush

If they don’t hear the loud cackling of a Red-billed Francolin in the morning, many nature lovers feel that something is missing. Newcomers to Namibia are amazed when they hear the booming call for...
Blue Cranes

Blue Cranes still threatened and largely unresearched

The rainy season should have started already, but by early December there had been sporadic showers only, with no further downpours to sprout fresh grass. In anticipation of the rains, 27 Blue Cranes gathered...
Etosha Visitors

In the great outdoors we are merely nature’s guests – how to behave in...

Animals, big or small, and man have respected one another and lived in harmony for centuries. Inherently, animals are wary of people. If a certain line is crossed, at a distance unknown to us...
Birds at the coast

Scores of feathered visitors at Namibia’s coast

Starting in September, countless visitors from the northern hemisphere arrive at the Namibian coast each year. Some of them cover more than 10,000 kilometres to swop freezing temperatures in the north for the southern...
Rubbish Coast

Take your garbage with you and stay on busy roads

It’s the holiday season! Holidaymakers are flocking to the coast in droves. They want to enjoy the beach and nature in general by driving into the Namib Desert and thus into our national parks. Leave...
Bird Beaks

When nature goes haywire

Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone (the internal buoyant shell found in cuttlefish) for grooming their beaks. By using these ‘whetstones’, so to speak, birds can keep their beaks in shape...
Handle undersize fish with care

Handle undersize fish with care

Holiday time! Fun, joy and fishing on the beach! Every year thousands of Namibians and visitors from neighbouring countries visit the coastal towns of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Wlotzkasbaken and Henties Bay to enjoy the...
Fish Wardens

Private sector pays for communal fish wardens

Fish wardens of the Sikunga Conservancy pulled an illegal net containing 341 fish from a tributary of the Zambezi in September this year (2018). The tributary, known as the Kalimbeza Channel, is a fish...
Desert Dash Update

Second time’s a charm – Gondwana enters teams for the 2018 Nedbank Desert Dash

It is not a surprise that Gondwana Collection is on this mountain biking roller-coaster for the second time on 7 December 2018, with two social and two competitive teams entered.
Small birds of prey

Small birds of prey in Namibia’s cities

Especially in drought years, many species of birds still find food in towns and settlements. The green oases provide shelter, food and water. Countless feeding stations, set up by bird lovers in the cities,...