Thursday, 30 July 2015

Namibia: elephants plague farmers in Ohungu conservancy

Elephants are causing havoc for farmers in Ohungu conservancy, Ozondje, Arbeids Adel and Lekker Pos in the Kunene Region.

Farmers said that they are again living in constant fear of elephants destroying their houses and harming the community, especially the elderly and children.

Elephants are known to pay occassional visits to populated areas in Kunene and Erongo regions as they roam through the Ugab riverbed that runs through the Erongo to the Kunene in search of water and grazing. But in their search they destroy fences and waterholes used by communities.

“This area looks like it was hit by a tornado after they leave. Trees are broken, kitchens and gardens are turned upside down. We don’t plant close to our homes or keep food in our houses as they can smell that kilometres away,” said farmer Natalia Hoebes.

According to Hoebes the increase in elephants are due to the fact that Ozondje Constituency in Erongo is experiencing drought and elephants are in search of water. “We received a bit of rain so the elephants came all along the river in search of water.  Government must really do something as we really fear for our lives. It is just a matter of time before they hurt or even kill someone,” said Hoebes.

“A group of 15 elephants came here on Wednesday and it was terrible.  I heard the earth trembling like we were hit by an earthquake and then the dogs were barking and running away while the goats and cattle were all over the place. I went out to look and saw a group of elephants chasing the farm animals around. I just went inside and waited for them to come destroy my house with me inside. What else can I do, I am old, besides how do you defend yourself against such a humongous animal,” a visibly traumatised 89-year old farmer Gertruida Garoes said.

Garoes is living with her grandchild and his girlfriend but was alone the day the elephants invaded the area as the couple work at a construction site on another farm.

Hoebes said: “Every evening the elephants are here. We don’t even have drinking water for our cattle anymore. They come every evening, drink up all the water and leave.  This time around they are too much. Government must do something about them. Previously only two or three would come but these days they come up to 15,” she said.

She says that they have to rebuild fences “every time and repair drinking holes as the elephants will even pull out the pipes if they don’t get enough water”.

“In the past they would also destroy wind pumps but thanks to volunteers who built defensive fences around the wind pumps they cannot enter that area anymore,” she said.

She appealed to the government to do something about the elephants. “They say it’s our animals and we love them too – they are nice to look at but they are very scary.  But we cannot also be oppressed by our animals. We love them but they are just too much and we fear for our lives.”

Botswana: Gcadikwe Island Camp, Moremi Reserve - new photos


Gcadikwe Island Camp is located in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.

Gcadikwe Island Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Gcadikwe Island Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Gcadikwe Island Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Gcadikwe Island Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Gcadikwe Island Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Gcadikwe Island Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Namibia: news fom Joe's Beer House in Windhoek & photo gallery | Джойс Бирхаус Виндхук, Намибия


Joe's Beerhouse  is now also open Mondays to Thursdays for lunch with a light menu

Joe's Beerhouse Windhoek, Namibia

Joe's Beerhouse Windhoek, Namibia

Joe's Beerhouse Windhoek, Namibia
 Joe's Beerhouse Windhoek, Namibia

Joe's Beerhouse Windhoek, Namibia

Joe's Beerhouse Windhoek, Namibia

Joe's Beerhouse Windhoek, Namibia

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Namibia: Simanya River Lodge - new establishment in Kavango West | Симания Лодж Намибия


The lodge should be completed towards the end of the year.

I would like to shortly summarize the current development:

1.       Strategic Location.
·         The lodge is near Nkurenkuru, the capital of Kavango West Region on the B10 trunk road between Rundu and Ovamboland.
·         The trunk road is newly developed and links the West and East of Namibia as well as link with Angola at Katwitwi Border post.
·         The lodge will currently be the only accommodation in Kavango West.
·         The lodge is located high above the flood planes in a very scenic part of the Okavango River.
·         Many tour groups and tourists travelling from Etosha to Vic Falls see it as a halfway sleepover point
·         Many tour groups travelling to and from Angola currently stop over. The border post is only 23 km away

2.       What to Offer
·         The lodge will provide a conference facility for up to 120 people. This is in big demand for the Region.
·         A chapel for weddings is in planning
·         The lodge will be the only place in the North of Namibia where people can see footprints in rock and fossils, etc
·         Visitors will have a bird’s eye view on the Kavango River with Hippos and crocodiles patrolling the border.
·         The lodge will provide restaurant and camping facilities
·         Visitors can enjoy sundowners on a river boat or can take an alternative boat for tiger fishing
·         Depending on the management company, spa facilities can be added. A rock swimming pool is nearly completed.

Simanya River Lodge Namibia

3.       Buildings
·         20 luxury rooms – can accommodate disabled people
·         Restaurant with bar for more than 100 people
·         10 private Camping sites each with own ablution and built-in braai
·         Reception building
·         Supervisors accommodation with 2 bedrooms
·         Tour guide accommodation
·         2 stores
·         Directors accommodation
·         Workers accommodation ( 4 bedrooms with kitchen, bathroom TV room, etc)
·         Own tower for telecom communication to outside world
·         Borehole with bottle quality water developed and tested by Geo-hydrologist - 18  000 liter/hour capacity (90 000 liter storage)
·         Electricity from grid
·         50 kVA solar electricity additional
·         Irrigation and municipal standards services
·         110kVA stand by generator

Simanya River Lodge Namibia

Simanya River Lodge Namibia

Simanya River Lodge Namibia

Simanya River Lodge Namibia

Simanya River Lodge Namibia

Simanya River Lodge Namibia

Simanya River Lodge Namibia
 Photos: Simanya

The International Ecotourism Society news


The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is pleased to announce the Call for Speakers for ESTC16
The theme of the ESTC2016 will be “The Future We Want: Effecting Positive Change through Ecotourism,” which coalesces with the United Nation’s goals for future sustainable development.   We will accept papers focused on case studies, best practices (including implementation strategies), and initiatives/practices that have positively contributed to sustainability in tourism. Research that demonstrates the ability to effect positive change will also be welcome!

Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger
•Poverty eradication

•Ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture

Ensuring Health and a Sense of Well-being for all Individuals
•Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls

•Making certain that individuals of all ages have healthy lives and a sense of well-being

Conserving, Protecting, & Sustaining Ecosystems, Places, and Cultures
•Conserving and sustainably using our oceans, seas and marine resources

•Protecting, restoring, and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, forests

•Combating desertification, and halting and reversing land degradation and biodiversity loss

•Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns

Enhancing Fair and Equal Access to Education
•Guaranteeing inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting life-long learning opportunities

Maximizing Local Economic Benefits while Enhancing Sustainable Infrastructure Development
•Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation, actions against climate change, andaccess to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy

•Promoting sustained economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work

•Building a resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, fostering innovation,and making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Namibia: Gondwana news | Новости Гондваны - Намибия

Experience Namibia – with Gondwana History VI
Gondwana History VI

Gondwana Geskiedenis VI

60 years ago a first group of Brahman cattle from Texas arrived in Namibia after an eventful voyage and conquered local beef production in an unequalled manner. Alexander Schottland, a Private in the German colonial forces, turned out to be a British spy. And a handsome Great Dane was enlisted into the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman. 

Become acquainted with Namibia and its people. Read the sixth edition of “Gondwana History – Memorable Moments from Namibia’s Past” fresh from the printers.

Gondwana History VI is a colourful mix of stories: amusing, entertaining, some of them peculiar and others of a rather serious nature. 2014 was the centenary of the start of the First World War. Several short features deal with the war years in Namibia.

Other contributions are dedicated to formidable personalities such as the legendary Nama leader, Hendrik Witbooi, who with his journals left a cultural heritage to Namibia that is now inscribed into the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’. Or artist John Muafangejo, whose legacy includes an art school for aspiring artists from a background of poverty.

“With the Gondwana History series and the many other publications of the past years we made a valuable contribution towards preserving Namibia’s natural and historical heritage and passing it on to as many people as possible”, says Mannfred Goldbeck, the Managing Director of Gondwana Collection Namibia and initiator of the Gondwana History series. “We will continue to do so, but right now it is time for us to turn our attention to other projects. This is the last book in the Gondwana History series, and it provides a unique opportunity to extend the most sincere thanks to everybody involved.”

Gondwana History VI is now available at the Gondwana offices in Klein Windhoek (42 Nelson Mandela Ave, access from Dr Kwame Nkrumah St) as well as at the lodges and in the bookshops.

Gondwana Collection (Publ.): Gondwana History VI, Windhoek 2015, ISBN 978-99945-79-54-9 (English), 978-99945-79-56-3 (Afrikaans), 978-99945-79-55-6 (German).

Monday, 27 July 2015

Namibia: Kubata Lodge - Windhoek accommodation option


Kubata Hotel is a uniquely African-styled Hotel nestled next to the Klein Windhoek River offering 20 comfortable and relaxing rooms. The name “Kubata” originates from an African dialect meaning “House of Sticks”, and in which our rooms were built according to such design.

Kubata Lodge Windhoek, Namibia

Kubata Hotel is centrally located being literally next to 2 local famous restaurants Kubata Restaurant and Joe’s Beerhouse, a shopping center and 5min drive from the city center. The surrounding area is very calm and peaceful with also a Medic Clinic in close vicinity, a masseuse and facial clinic, and a Post Office.

Once inside our lovely yard, you’ll find peace and tranquillity of mind by either relaxing by the swimming pool or by the rock & cactus garden surrounded by artificial rocks and all with the sound of water splashing from the mini waterfall. We offer shaded parking and our yard is surrounded with electric fencing. There is also an entertainment area with a pool.

Kubata Lodge Windhoek, Namibia

There are 20 rooms available, of which the following are:
• 7 Superior Single or Double rooms
• 3 en suite rooms (with lounge)
• 10 Deluxe Single or Double rooms
 All rooms include air-conditioning, TV’s (10 channels), fridges, showers, safes and in the Deluxe rooms walk in cupboards. Breakfast is included with all accommodation.

We are situated in 151 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Eros, Windhoek, Namibia. From Windhoek International Airport:
• B6 to Windhoek (B6 becomes Sam Nujoma Drive)
• Turn off right into Nelson Mandela Avenue
• Pass 2 traffic lights (+/- 2.5km)

Kubata Lodge Windhoek, Namibia

Kubata Lodge Windhoek, Namibia

Kubata Lodge Windhoek, Namibia
Photos: Kubata

Namibia: Ongula Village Homestead Lodge videos


Video: Ongula

Namibia: Ongula Village Homestead Lodge news, photos & update


Ongula Village Homestead Lodge

Built alongside an active homestead, Ongula Village Homestead Lodge is the first lodge in Namibia to introduce visitors to the authentic, traditional lifestyle of the Owambo, the largest cultural group in the country. The lodge is situated between Ondangwa and Eenhana on the M121 road.

The Lodge offer 5 luxury Rondawels (African-style round huts) accommodates 12 guests offering the luxury of home, Restaurant, Bar, TV, Mosquito Nets, Boma “Open Fire Place”, Laundry Service, Visa and Master Credit cards welcome, 5 Campsites.
4 Luxury Rondawels (traditional African style round hut) Each Rondawel uniquely decorated offers 2 Twin Beds, Private en-suite facilities (with shower only), Tea/ Coffee station, Mosquito Nets and gauze sliding doors, Enclosed veranda.
1 Family Room, offers 2 Twin Beds, 1 Double bed, Private en-suite facilities (with shower only), Tea/ Coffee station, Mosquito Nets and gauze sliding doors.

**NEW** 5 Campsites, terraced and leveled with clean sand and are easy walking distance to shared ablution facility with Shower (cold water only), toilets and wash up. Each site is equipped with electricity points, running tap water and shades.
Guests participate in the traditional chores such as pounding mahangu, open fire cooking (Traditional kitchen "Epata"), and cattle herding. Discover the art of basket weaving and clay-pot making (pottery making cave) , and other Traditional Activities.

The Oshiwambo homestead tour: Learn the set-up of a homestead and the importance of cultivating the lands (seasonal activity). While on tour, guest learn the use of many endemic trees by the Owambo people.

The Village experience or walk - close look at three different living Owambo homesteads with different set ups, yet exploring the similarities.
The Town Visit to Ondangwa and the surroundings- Nakambale Museum – A legacy from the Finnish missionaries who settled in the area in the 1800’s. Open Market – an opportunity for guests to buy Owambo souvenirs and see how the local do their trades. Ohanje Craft Centre – visit the local as they engage in making crafts from recycled materials. Onankali Mahangu paper project – a look at how local woman work and produce beautiful different crafts from Mahangu. Oshigambo river – you learn the fauna and the amazing flora and the historical activities.
This is your introduction to our world and life-style! We welcome you to experience a new dawn in traditional style and enjoy the comforts and luxury of Ongula alongside an active homestead.
Ongula Village Homestead Lodge Namibia

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge Namibia

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge Namibia

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge Namibia
 Photos: Ongula

Namibia: Trustco Namibia Air Show warning

Dear Air Namibia Loyal Clients,
Please be advised that Namibia will be hosting the TRUSTCO NAMIBIA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW on Saturday, 1 August 2015 at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
All our flights are planned to depart and arrive as per our normal schedule, however the expected flow of traffic to the airport due to the Air Show is currently estimated at a minimum of 4000 cars for the day. The chances of traffic disruptions are a given, and we would therefore like to appeal to you, our valued members to leave to the airport substantially earlier than you would under normal circumstances, to avoid missing your flights.
Our departures and arrivals are part of the air show program, and we will thus not be able to wait for delayed passengers.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Air Namibia Reward$

Monday, 20 July 2015

Namibia: no land for foreigners


Namibian Government intends to ban foreigners from owning Land

The Namibian government is going to pass a new land law that will ban foreigners from owning agricultural land, the country’s cabinet said.

In a situation where land owned by foreigners cannot be bought by the government, such land will have to be offered to Namibians, according to an e-mailed report by President Hage Geingob’s cabinet. “In the absence of a Namibian buyer, such land should be offered back to the state,” it said.

Foreigners will only be allowed to lease urban land and not buy it, the report said.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Namibia portfolio: Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch


Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Situated approximately 50 km from Mariental on the edge of the Southern Kalahari, amidst an enchanting environment of scintillating glowing red dunes and pristine wilderness, the C20 road takes you eastwards and on to the D1268 gravel road northwards for roughly 25 km until you reach the magical Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch.

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

The Ranch has 20 rooms and 6 Campsites, Restaurant, Bar, WiFi access in communal areas, Air Conditioning, Swimming Pool, Spa, Activities, Visa & Master Credit cards welcome, and Laundry Service.

**NEW** 2 Dune Exclusive Chalets - with private splash pools and private dinning options

4 Dune Chalets well separated from each other, stand on stilts on top of the red dunes, with unsurpassed views to the south-west, across the dune landscape. Each has 2 single beds, en-suite facilities with bath and shower, air-conditioning, a coffee/tea station and bar-fridge. Max 2 adult Sharing.

**NEW** Savanna Chalets (total 10): Previously called Strohbale Chalet, there are 6 existing chalets and 4 newly built chalets. 8 of the Savannah Chalets stand well apart from each other in the street between the dunes, while remaining 2 rooms are next to each other in 1 building (ideal for families and friends). Each Chalet has 2 quarter beds, en-suite shower facilities, air-conditioning, coffee/tea station and a bar-fridge.

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

4 Adjoining Garden Rooms each have 2 single beds en-suite shower facilities, ceiling cooling fans, air-conditioner and coffee/tea station. We put extra bed for children in any type of room, except the Dune Exclusive Chalet. The Dune chalet can only accommodate one more additional bed.

In the Restaurant our chef will tease your taste-buds with delicious meals morning, noon and night. Our cellar holds an excellent selection of South African wines together with an extensive range of brandy, whisky, cognac and liqueurs.

6 Individual Campsites 1 km away in a nearby street between the dunes. Each has a fully tiled ablution block with toilet, shower, washbasin and mirror, hot water, solar lighting and romantic paraffin lamp lighting.

Relax around your own camp-fire and enjoy your Kalahari camping safari!

Activities . . . . . . . . . .
Morning Scenic Drive: Discover the magic of the dunes, their amazing diversity of animal and bird life, and learn about their unique topography and vegetation.
Afternoon Sundowner Drive: End the daylight hours by watching the dying rays of the sun as they re-draw the landscape in ever-changing colours, especially with a cool sundowner in your hand.
Cheetah Feeding: Experience our special cheetah feeding tour in the evenings. The cheetahs at Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch live with us under the auspices of the Cheetah Conservation Fund because of their individual histories. We care for them in order to guarantee them the best possible quality of life.
Morning Walk with the San: Close encounters with the wonders of the Kalahari. Your knowledgeable Guide will explore the dunes, revealing some of their mysteries, and search for the creatures and animals of the desert who have adapted to survive in its harsh conditions.
Safari on Horseback
Night Game Drive
Kalahari Treatment Spa
Star Gazing

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Note: Landing Strip has been introduced and operational. Details will follow in a separate newsletter.
Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is an oasis in midst of the imposing parallel dunes, conveying an atmosphere of freedom, pristine nature, warmth and safety.

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch Namibia
 Photos: Bagatelle

Friday, 17 July 2015

Namibia: Hardap Resort reopening


The Hardap Recreational Resort, closed for renovations more than four years ago, is going to open for tourists by the end of 2015.

Hardap Resort, located 15 kilometres north-west of Mariental, offers bungalows and camping sites on the rim of the Hardap Dam - renowned for various water sport activities: boating, canoeing and fishing.

The resort is also home to more than 280 bird species including the great white pelican, yellow-billed stork, osprey, Bradfield's swift and Stark's lark.

According to NWR, despite some minor delays, the project was progressing well and resort will be opened this year.

Renovations, which cost about N$40 million, include work on the restaurant, swimming pool and five VIP bungalows. A new conference centre was constructed while the kitchen was rebuilt.

Hardap Resort Namibia

Hardap Resort Namibia

Hardap Resort Namibia

Hardap Resort Namibia

Hardap Resort Namibia

Hardap Resort Namibia

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