Monday, 16 October 2017

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Drone video and photo



Europe


Finland Helsinki


Finland Helsinki's sea vessels


Finland sea & urban



Finland Helsinki Cathedral


Finland Helsinki Suomenlinna

Finland Helsinki seagull and drone

 
Finland's the only submarine



Porvoo cathedral

 
Russia


Kronstadt cathedral



St. Petersburg views

Russia rural aerial views


Russian telescopes


Russia Vybord aerial

Russian submerged cathedrals


Russia's flora


Russia Vladimir's cathedrals


Russia's Moscow bridges


Russia Moscow architecture

St. Petersburg's military vessel
 
Russia's owls


Russia Borodino monument & monastery


Africa

Namibia's west coast Pelican Point

Namibia's industrial


Namibia Windhoek 1912 railway station


Namibia's ghosts



Namibia Windhoek by night


Namib Desert vintage car wreck


Namibia Swakopmund architecture

 
Namibia's coastal dunes


Namibia Swakopmund's lighthouse


Namibia central highland


Namibia jacaranda in full bloom


Namibia Windhoek old power station


Namibia's Skeleton Coast shipwrecks




Namibia's bridges


Namibia Walvis Bay Pelican Point lighthouse

Namibia Windhoek Christuskirche


South Africa
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South Africa: Klaserie Private Game Reserve turns 45 | Макуму Лодж Южная Африка

#KlaseriePrivateGameReserve #SouthAfrica #MakumuLodge #KrugerNationalPark #Hoedspruit #МакумуЛоджЮжнаяАфрика

Klaserie Turns 45
This year marks the 45th year of operation of the Klaserie Private Game Reserve, a visionary association of conservation minded landowners and administrators. One of the largest chunks of privately owned wild land in South Africa, the reserve borders the Kruger National Park to the north and east and consists of some of the most pristine and rugged big game territory in the country. With its roots extending as far back as 1969, the Klaserie was proclaimed as a joint venture between a group of landowners determined to establish a larger and more diverse protected area. As the reserve expanded in size over the years, the original core area has grown to an impressive 60 000 hectares. It is within this historical this backdrop that Makumu, a proud and longstanding member of the association is situated.

Makumu Lodge - situated in the midst of an Ecological Landmark.
A quarter of a century ago, in 1992, South African conservationists made a landmark decision to remove the boundary fence between the Klaserie (and other private game reserves) and the Kruger National Park. The reason: to allow free movement of animals between the two regions, and to ensure the ecological integrity of a larger proclaimed conservation area. Up until that point the Klaserie had been run as an individual entity as far as the land management was concerned, but once the fences came down, the entire enclave was incorporated within a larger and more effective ecological zone. It was a welcome decision and the Klaserie of today is now part of a vast protected area of over 2 million hectares! Makumu can be found there!

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

South Africa: Makakatana Bay Lodge iSimangaliso Wetland Park | Макакатана Лодж Южная Африка

#KwaZuluNatal #LeopardMountain #SouthAfrica #iSimangalisoWetlandPark #Africa #MakakatanaBayLodge #МакакатанаЛоджЮжнаяАфрика

Leopard Mountain News

Makakatana Bay Lodge is situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the heart of Africa’s largest natural estuary in
South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. On arrival you will be spoilt with a game drive before settling in for a dinner under the array of magnificent African stars. Your full day safari includes a hippo/croc cruise along the estuary, giving you the opportunity to experience wildlife from a whole new perspective. Not only is this cruise incredibly interesting but there is no better way to relax and let the stress of everyday life slip away into the waters below. Or why not take a full excursion of the immaculate coastline, right from the Western shores through to the Eastern shores. Boasting about spotting a pod of dolphins, a giraffe and an elephant all on one Game Drive.
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Botswana: Qorokwe, a new Wilderness Safaris Classic Camp | Корокве Кемп Ботсвана

#QorokweCamp #WildernessSafarisClassicCamp #Botswana #QorokweConcession #OkavangoDelta #Africa #Calitz #WildernessSafarisBotswana #КороквеКемпБотсвана

Qorokwe: Luxury Eco-Chic in the Heart of the Delta
Wilderness Safaris
Qorokwe Classic Camp, Wilderness Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Qorokwe, a new Wilderness Safaris Classic Camp due to open in the private, wildlife-rich 26 180-hectare (64 692-acre) Qorokwe Concession in Botswana in December 2017, offers the perfect blend of luxury eco-chic within a beautiful Okavango Delta setting.
Qorokwe Classic Camp, Wilderness Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Designed by lead architect, Joy Brasler and interior designer, Michelle Throssell, Qorokwe Camp is situated along the banks of a beautiful kidney-shaped lagoon. The nine elegant tented suites, one of which is a spacious family suite with its own splash pool, and the main area, which comprises a dining area, lounge, library, bar and infinity swimming pool, are built on raised decked platforms (about two metres/six feet off the ground). This not only provides spectacular views of the lagoon and surrounding bushveld, but also enables the vegetation to thrive underneath the suites – a unique environmental advantage as most rooms create ‘dead’ space beneath.
Qorokwe Classic Camp, Wilderness Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
According to Joy Brasler, materials chosen to build the camp include steel frames with infill panels to insulate against heat and cold, canvas and timber decks. Detailed timber ceilings are perforated with light to mimic the experience of being beneath the trees at the side of the lagoon so that the entire camp experience blends in with its beautiful natural surroundings. “The language of the infrastructure is seen as an elemental and contemporary response to an insertion in this landscape – the interiors are a response to the colours and activities of Africa, with the emotive use of materials, colour and form”, she said.
Qorokwe Classic Camp, Wilderness Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Michelle Throssel reiterated that their combined inspiration came from the natural setting, stating that the palette of colours and materials was motivated by the Botswana landscape, resulting in a rich mix of bleached timbers, darker stains and accents of rust and burnt orange. “By introducing a combination of organic shapes and textural diversity from live-edged timber to steel and canvas, we have created a warm, enveloping space providing comfort and luxury in an understated way”, Michelle added.

In line with Wilderness Safaris’ commitment to operating with as light an eco-footprint as possible, Qorokwe will be 100% solar-powered and all water will be heated by means of thermodynamic solar geysers, further helping to mitigate the camp’s carbon emissions. “We are also excited to have used a new building technique for the Delta, one that comprises an entirely steel sub-structure”, said Qorokwe GM, Daniel Crous. “Although this is more expensive than building with wood, we believe that it is a more environmentally and economically sound method in the long run – requiring less ‘reconstructions’, as well as being easier to remove, thus leaving less of an environmental footprint. In addition, using steel removes the threat of termites and therefore there is no need to put chemically treated wood into the ground where it may affect the immediate environment”.

Qorokwe Classic Camp, Wilderness Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Owned by the Maun-based Calitz family, the Qorokwe (meaning “the place where the buffalo broke through the bush into the water") Concession is a spectacular and highly productive mix of fertile Okavango habitats. Qorokwe’s diverse landscape includes scattered acacia and mopane woodlands, open seasonal and permanent floodplains and is fringed on either side by the picturesque channels and islands along the Gomoti and Santantadibe Channels. Guests can explore the exclusive concession on day and night game drives and nature walks led by highly-skilled guides, as well as enjoy mokoro and boating activities, depending on the water levels.
Qorokwe Classic Camp, Wilderness Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Calitz family to reveal this exclusive new land-based camp and private concession – a highly-productive game-viewing area that has been unutilised for the past four years. The beauty of the landscape and our experiences in the Qorokwe Concession to date are such that we know our guests can look forward to exceptional wildlife experiences, in addition to a world-class and original camp offering”, said Kim Nixon, Wilderness Safaris Botswana MD.
Qorokwe Classic Camp, Wilderness Safaris, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Qorokwe is set to open in December 2017.
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Namibia: important lodge closure periods 2017 - 2018

Namibia: Lodge Closure Periods

Please take not of the following lodge closure periods.
°    Hoodia Desert Lodge, 01 - 15 December 2017
°    Oase Garni Guest House, 23 - 26 December  2017
°    Waterberg Guest Farm, 22 December 17 - 03 January 2018
°    Mondjila Safari Camp, 20 December 2017 - 10 January 2018
°    Lianshulu Bush Lodge, 01 December 2017 - 15 February 2018
°    Intu Afrika Suricate Lodge, 10 December 2017 - 15 March 2018
°    N/a’ankuse Lodge, 13 - 28 January 2018
°    Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, 01 - 28 February 2018
°    Okahirongo River Camp, 01 February - 15 March 2018


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Zambia: new property in Kafue National Park: Musekese Camp | Мусекезе Кемп Замбия

#МусекезеКемпЗамбия #MusekeseCamp #KafueNationalPark

A New Property Destination in Kafue National Park, Zambia: Musekese Camp

Based in the spectacular area known as “Eden" in the Kafue National Park, The Musekese Camp, nestled in a large stand of massive riverine trees overlooking an immense dambo, where guests can sit and watch the diverse and large congregations of wildlife from the comfort of their chalet or whilst having a drink on the deck, from herds of elephant frolicking to the hundreds of puku keeping an eye out for one of the resident lion prides in the area. The main lounge area at Musekese is under a cool, large grass thatch roof, providing shade in the heat of the day where guests can relax with a book from the library or an ice cold drink (or both!).

Мусекезе Кемп Замбия | Musekese Camp, Kafue National Park< Zambia
Alternatively guests can sit and relax on the large main area deck, which extends into the dambo providing unparalleled game viewing and bird-watching opportunities, it is also a truly breathtaking site for dinner under the stars!

Includes:
Rates include: full board accommodation, bar incl. house wine, beer and spirits, activities (walking safaris, game drives, boat trips, viewing hide), laundry, ZAWA Park Fees and KCC.
Rates exclude: gratuities, transfers (unless otherwise stated in itinerary).

Мусекезе Кемп Замбия | Musekese Camp, Kafue National Park< Zambia
Facilities:
The camp itself comprises of four well appointed, traditionally thatched chalets, all complete with comfortable beds, soft luxury linens and locally sourced furnishings. Small, extra touches ensure Musekese is unlike any other camp in the Kafue. Open air en-suite bathrooms come with traditional wood warmed bucket showers and flushing toilets, combining style with practicality for a comfortable stay.

Мусекезе Кемп Замбия | Musekese Camp, Kafue National Park< Zambia
Time Of Year:
Open May 1st until December 1st.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Penduka Safaris - specialists in mobile safari expeditions to remote destinations in Southern Africa

Penduka Safaris  -  specialists in mobile safari expeditions to remote destinations in Southern Africa
Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Safari pioneers by nature, Penduka Safaris was established back in the 1960s by Izak Barnard and is one of the oldest mobile safari operators in Southern Africa. After 55 years in business the company remain true spirited pioneers and worthy leaders in mobile safari expeditions and transfrontier safaris through Southern Africa. Penduka  specialises in expedition-style mobile safaris to more remote and off-the-beaten-track places in Zambia, Namibia and Botswana (including the Central Kalahari, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) and is renowned for their desert and cultural safaris (Kuomboka, Bushmen and Himba safaris).

Decades of accumulated hands-on know-how, history, intimate knowledge, passion and appeal for the bush, the people, fauna and flora have been passed on through each generation as the family has been involved in wildlife since the early 19th century.

Today Willem Barnard and his British wife Sally are running Penduka Safaris and the company is based in Maun. Willem, who is Izaks’s second son, grew up with the excitement of a long journey in the air. Since he could remember, he knew about provisions being packed in safari trunks, tarpaulins being fastened on roof racks and foreigners with unfamiliar languages arriving for safari. Part of his childhood memories were of his father returning after many days with dusty vehicles, the smell of Kalahari grass in his clothes and stories of untraveled roads, the kindness of the Bushmen people and sightings of wild animals one could hardly believe.

Therefore, from a very early age, Willem joined his father on safaris during school holidays and memorized everything he could. After school, he studied nature conservation and with his experiences since childhood days he was more than fit to guide Penduka Safaris.

Having guided safaris in Southern Africa for 30 years, Willem is not only a safari guide of note but also a charismatic host, raconteur, hands-on-owner, experienced bush pilot, photographer and avid birder.

Additionally to family safaris, tailor-made and luxury mobile safaris, Penduka Safaris offers an extensive variety of mid-range set-departure mobile safaris in Botswana and Southern Africa. All safaris are fully serviced (non-participation style) with en-suite tents and are inclusive of drinks and park fees. Over the years Penduka Safaris has catered for numerous groups, large corporate incentives, wilderness weddings, remote research expeditions and television adverts.

Penduka’s diverse range of unique and custom-built safari vehicles are not only designed to provide maximum comfort but are suitable for all seasons, can meet the challenges of any terrain and long-distance travel to more remote destinations whilst keeping guests comfortable. The vehicle design also allows Penduka to operate all year round. Additionally to its fleet of customised closed game viewing vehicles which are equipped with large windows and rooftop hatches with 360-degree views allowing for ultimate game viewing and photographic opportunities, the company also has a fleet of customised open game drive vehicles.

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Botswana: new rooms at Chobe Safari Lodge | Чобе Сафари Лодж

#ЧобеСафариЛодж #ChobeSafariLodge #Botswana #Kasane #UnderOneBotswanaSky #ChobeParkBotswana

New-look rooms at Chobe Safari Lodge
With the spectacular transformation of the Rondavels now complete and a host of improvements such as completely new bathrooms, beds, TVs, soft furnishings, carpets and kingsize mosquito nets, Chobe Safari Lodge's extensive upgrade program is nearing its completion with the Safari Rooms and River Rooms sporting a fresh new look. Rra Dinare opened on 1st June and the second camp is nearing completion.

Safari Rooms
°    completely revamped bathrooms
°    new 43” LED TVs
°    new kingsize mosquito nets
°    new curtains & soft furnishings (ongoing)

River Rooms
°    completely revamped bathrooms
°    new airconditioning units (85% complete)
°    new carpets, beds and headboards
°    new curtains & soft furnishings
°    re-plastering/painting (ongoing)

Rondavels
°    Completely remodelled & renovated
°    large modern bathroom
°    new kingsize beds, headboards, mosquito nets
°    new airconditioning units
°    new soft furnishings
°    new 43" LED TVs
°    new & bigger verandah with braai facility
°    international power bank strip incl. USB charging point

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Victoria Falls: Ilala Lodge extension

#IlalaLodge #VictoriaFalls #Zambia #Zimbabwe #Livingstone

New Wing with 17 Deluxe Rooms
“After an overwhelming response to the Deluxe Wing opened in October 2015 and also the
requests for more availability from the travel industry, we are delighted to
advise you all that we have been listening! We are extending the Deluxe Wing by
building an additional 17 rooms consisting of 16 Deluxe Rooms and one Executive
Suite.

Land preparation for the project has commenced and the expansion has been carefully
planned to ensure there is minimal disruption to guests. Substantial boarding will
be erected to minimize the visual aspect and maintain the privacy of the
current rooms.

The rooms that will be “affected” will be the Deluxe Rooms as the building works
will be taking place on the adjacent piece of land. The standard rooms and main
hotel complex is away from the site where the expansion will take place, so we
do not envisage any inconveniences being experienced here.

Ilala Lodge will keep the building works to guest friendly hours of 8am and 5pm. The
expected date of completion is 1st July 2018.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Standard Bank Namibia home loans - we can not care less!

#AvoidStandardBank #BadServiceStandardBank #StandardBankNamibiaSucks

Standard Bank Namibia home loans - we can not care less!

Zero customber service, zero interest in solving customer's problem, zero help - welcome to Standard Bank Namibia!

No reply to numerous requests about home loan account from Standard Bank's loans department. Wanted to increase loan amount and get a calculations on new monthly installments. Job proved to be too much to bother for the below mentioned consultants.

Names of Standard Bank Namibia Windhoek branch employees ignoring customer requests: Beukes Charles, Rittmann Stephanie, Uahengo Pineas, Bok Vanessa, Block Magrietha.