Experiences

A delicacy, but beware of the sting

The white barbel (Galeichthys feliceps), popularly known as white sea catfish, is one of the numerous species of surf fish caught on the Namibian coast from the beach or from boats. It is feared...

Wildlife cinema in the oldest desert in the world

Owing to modern technology, live video streaming is now available of wild animals at a waterhole in the middle of the Namib Desert. From 6th of March 2019, anyone can use their...
Barking geckos

Small gecko – loud voice

Anyone who has spent an evening in the Namib Desert or in the Kalahari must have heard the loud call of a barking gecko, especially during the summer months. Most visitors think that a...
ABSA Cape Epic

Gondwana Grand Masters eyeing for podium standing – 2019 ABSA Cape Epic

Off they go again… and you might have seen glimpses of them at the 2018 Nedbank Desert Dash as part of the ‘Gondwana Masters’ team. It is Piet Swiegers from Namibia and Corrie Muller...
Penguins

Setback for Namibia’s penguins

On 13 February this year (2019) it became official: Namibia’s African penguins on Halifax Island off Lüderitz are dying from the dreaded influenza A virus subtype H5N8. Up to February 18th a total of...
Cicada

The loudest insects in the world

The incessant chirping in the blistering midday heat is unbearable and almost painful. And yet the insects that produce the deafening high-pitched notes are rarely spotted. Many people know the sound but have never...
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...