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Flowers welcome both summer and the new tourists

The first tourists, who arrived after six months of lockdown on the 11th September this year, were welcomed by millions of different acacia blossoms as well as the worm-cure albizia in and around Windhoek....
Lesser Masked Weaver Male

The masked birds of Namibia

COVID-19 has significantly impacted our daily lives, including the new custom everyone is still trying to get used to: wearing a mask in public. There are many different types and colours of masks, from...

A family getaway to the northwestern part of Namibia: Kaokoveld

The northwestern parts of Namibia are not the typical destination for those who haven’t travelled in Africa before, and normally you would not come across many families travelling here. There are only a small...
Lily weevil

When the lilies appear, so does the red-spotted lily weevil

The black weevil with the 2 mm spots in bright red or orange climbs up the stem of a Sandhof lily (Crinum paludosum) without haste and starts to feed on the pedicel. A few...
Damara mole rat

The one that digs with its teeth

After rainfall, when the land is wet, they start digging. The soil is loosened with the teeth and pushed backwards with the front legs. The hind legs shovel the damp earth still further to...
Etosha Rain

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

Like the rest of Namibia, Etosha National Park starts to blossom again when the long-awaited rains finally arrive after several years of drought. Nature is waking up and new life begins. Plants appear in...
Lichen

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

A single head-sized rock is like a colourful miniature garden. Measuring just a few millimetres, the fragile orange-red fingers of the Namib Sun (Caloplaca elegantissima) seem to cling to the stone. The Lüderitz Cobblestone...
Emperor Moths

The Western Marbled Emperor

After the first good rains from December to February they suddenly appear – in their hundreds. They are seen especially in places where strong sources of light remain switched on all night. For just...
AFRI6238 outd

Lions, leopards & other cats

The preparations for a trip to Africa are in full swing – poring over books and watching videos. Evenings are filled with nature documentaries and friends recount exciting safari experiences they had the previous...
Avis Oryxweber (33) outd

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...