Friday, 23 December 2016

Telecom Namibia's service sucks in a big way!

#TelecomNamibiaSucks #AvoidTelecomNamibia #NoServiceTelecomNamibia

No Internet connection in areas of Eros/Eros Park and Klein Windhoek for several days now - thanks to Telecom Namibia lack of service. No one at Telecom bothers about this as money are collected from customers on regular basis. But happy sleepy days of Telecom's monopoly are gone with the wind. Now there are other Internet providers. With recent Telecom's moaning about loss of revenue we really hope to see the day when Telecom gets bankrupt! So long, suckers!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Namibia: Gross Barmen Resort video tour | Гросс Бармен в Намибии

#ГроссБарменВНамибии #Намибия #Окаханья #Хереро #GrossBarmenNamibia #NWR

NWR's Gross Barmen Resort is located a mere 100 km from the capital city of Windhoek, nestled on the banks of a tributary of the Swakop River. Gross Barmen is set between rows of palm trees, green lawns and many pleasant walks, the resort is ideal for all ages. Gross Barmen offers facilities for spa and wellness, fitness, recreation, and leisure. The main attraction of the resort is the health and hydro/medical spa center, featuring thermal springs and providing a full range of treatments, massages, and health activities for relaxation.


See video portfolio here
 
Originally the site was a Rhenish mission station established in 1844. Ruins of mission can still be seen. The missionaries gave the station it's name Gross Barmen, having previously been called Otjikango Otjinene (Herero for "large fountain").

The accommodation options at Gross Barmen include family, bush chalets and camping sites. Amenities and facilities include indoor and outdoor thermal pools, conference facilities, restaurant, bar and shop. The nearby dam attracts more than 150 different species of birds making it a hotspot for birdwatching. The resort operates from 06h00 until 22h00.
The nearby Von Bach Dam 25 km outside of Okahandja just off main B1 highway, is also a favourite spot for water sport lovers and anglers, with attractive picnic spots and fishing sites along the banks of the dam.

YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Namibia: Karakulia Weavers video tour in Swakopmund | Каракулия Намибия

#КаракулияНамибия #KarakuliaNamibia #Swakopmund #AttractionsNamibia #KarakuliaWeavers #MosesHelao

Video tour to Karakulia Weavers - one of Swakopmund attractions founded in 1979. Only hand-made carpets and only eco wool from local karakul sheeps. Meet Moses Helao and discover a history of his life from cleaner to factory owner.

See video portfolio here

YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Saturday, 10 December 2016

DJI's new models in 2016

#DJIPhantom

DJI's new models in 2016

DJI has become a big household name when it comes to drones. Over the years, the company has proven itself worthy of praise when it comes to drone quality.


Read more.....
YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Monday, 5 December 2016

Victoria Falls: dinner on Bushtracks Express Steam Safari

#BushtracksExpressSteamSafari #VictoriaFalls

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, AS OF 31st JANUARY 2017 THE BUSHTRACKS EXPRESS WILL BECOME A DINNER TRAIN.
Bushtracks Africa is happy to announce that our Bushtracks Express Steam Safari, that currently runs to the Victoria Falls Bridge on a two hour experience offering drinks and canapés, will now become a four hour dining experience, combining the famous
Victoria Falls Bridge run with dinner at Jafuta Siding.

We will commence the dinner service on our scheduled run day, Tuesday 31st January 2017.
Currently the train will be able to cater for 44 guests, seated for dinner.  This will increase in the future.

The experience will include a four course gourmet dinner, prepared by the talented chefs of Victoria Falls Hotel. Drinks will be included in the ticket price, with the exception of spirits and champagne.

EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY the RUN TIMES will be:
Summer: 17:30 - 22:00
Winter: 17:00 - 21:30

YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Namibia: shocking uncut video of last flight before crash - DJI | Катастрофа в Намибии, ужасное видео

#DroneNamibia #DroneCrash #DroneAfrica #DeadPilots #RemainsOfLeopardVictims
#КатастрофаВНамибии #ужасноевидеотрагедии

Shocking accident in the middle of African savanna in Namibia. Epic tale of drone rescue in the middle of bush plains. Unforgettable adventure and dangerous mission in the middle of the heat of the oldest desert on Earth. Leopard hiding and remains of dead pilots of the past. Terrible discovery and happy end. Watch it or lose it!

See video portfolio here
 
YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Namibia: Camp Chobe renovations | Кемп Чобе Намибия

#КемпЧобеНамибия #CampChobe #CapriviNamibia

Camp Chobe renovations - 15 January - 15 February 2017

Public announcement: Camp Chobe’s highly anticipated renovation will commence on 15th of January and end on 15th of February 2017.

During the renovation period, we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause and offer our sincere thanks for your patience and support.

Camp Chobe - safari establishment 3 km north east of Ngoma border post in Namibia.
YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Zambia: Miavana update

#Miavana

Miavana
Nosy Ankao - an update
 

Official Opening

We have scheduled our official opening and full guest reveal for mid April 2017.

We will be releasing professional photos in the new year and are very excited to share Miavana with you soon.

Activities

Lemur walks
Snorkelling
Scuba diving
Turtle watching
Fishing
Forest walks (night walks)
Wild 'Sleepout'
Mountain Picnics
Helicopter adventures
In Villa spa

Years of effort and thousands of hours of dreaming have gone into the creation of Miavana.

YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Zambia: Chongwe Safaris Kasaka River Lodge | Чонгве Сафари Касака Лодж

#ChongweSafaris #LowerZambezi #KasakaRiverLodge #ЧонгвеСафариКасакаЛодж

CHONGWE SAFARIS
Kasaka River Lodge - Lower Zambezi

Kasaka River Lodge came into the Chongwe Safaris fold in 2010. Ably managed by Mwaka and Dotti and offering our signature friendly service and great guiding, Kasaka was a popular camp for those looking for great value with all the activities the Lower Zambezi is famous for.

As this season comes to an end, so too does a chapter in the Chongwe-Kasaka story, with the decision to close old Kasaka’s doors to the public. Our Kasaka offering will be assumed by our other Chongwe Camps in anticipation of redeveloping the beautiful Kasaka site with its vista over the Zambezi. After our last guests leave in January 2017 we will begin the development and will share more of our plans in due course.

For now, we are looking forward to a busy Christmas and New Year period and would love to welcome your guests to share in our final waltz of the old Kasaka.

We are offering any stay between now and closing the rate of $315 per person per night + Park Fees on a full board and activity basis.

The Kasaka team thanks you for your support and looks forward to hosting you for a world class safari experience at Chongwe Camp for the 2017 season.

YouTube channel: Exploring Namibia
Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Zambia: Proflight's new scheduled flights

#Lusaka #LiuwaPlainNationalPark #Kalabo #Kafue #NormanCarrSafaris

NEW SCHEDULED FLIGHTS
Liuwa Plain

Proflight Zambia have just announced that they will be adding the route LUSAKA – KALABO to their scheduled flights in 2017. This ensures easy connection between all 3 of our Zambian destinations.

Kalabo can be booked on the same international ticket with Emirates, SAA, Ethiopian, Kenyan Airways and RwandaAir through the GDS.  Remember if you do this, you'll get the best fare and your guests will be looked after or fast tracked in the event of delays.

This is fabulous news for Norman Carr Safaris’ operations in Liuwa Plain National Park; Kalabo is the Airstrip we use for guests and the flights will run to coincide with our NEW camp opening in April.

°    Group fare on request
°    Proflight will use a Caravan for this flight
°    Max capacity is 8 passengers each way
°    Possibility of a drop off or pick up at Chunga in Kafue

Flights will run as per schedule below and are bookable NOW:

Wed and Sat – Lusaka to Kalabo   0815 / 1045
Wed and Sat – Kalabo to Lusaka   1105 / 1335

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Botswana: requirements when travelling with minors

Requirements when travelling to Botswana with minors

The below information is extremely important for all families travelling to and from Botswana.

The Botswana Government has introduced similar requirements for children travelling in and out of the country as previously implemented by South Africa. Please ensure that all families travelling are fully aware of this at the time of booking so that they do not have any difficulties while travelling into Footsteps in Africa loves children the country.

As of the 1st October 2016 ALL minors travelling through any of the countries border posts are required to produce the following:
-    Valid passport
-    Certified copies of unabridged birth certificate
-    In the event that one parent is not present, the missing parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel.
However, an affidavit will not be required if the fathers name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.

The statement released by the Botswana Government:

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS TRAVELLING THROUGH ALL BOTSWANA PORTS OF ENTRY

The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs informs the general public that it has imposed requirements for minors (children under 18) travelling through the country’s ports of entry. Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate. The development, which is aimed at managing the movement of children across the country’s borders, has an ultimate goal of tackling human trafficking which is a global challenge. Botswana, like other countries is affected by this problem and as such has enacted the
United Nations Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol; which calls upon governments to come up with deliberate measures aimed at combating human trafficking.

For more information contact the Director of Immigration and Citizenship at
+267 3611301 / +267 71327608

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

South Africa: warning to Garden Route backpackers establishments

Warning Do not Reserve rooms or allow onto your property

(They travel with a couple called Terese and Carl)

Good day all

Please forward this email to all the other backpackers along the Garden Route.

Monzir and Ahmed volunteered at 33 South Backpackers for approximately 6 weeks and mentioned that they worked at Wilderness Backpackers (However we have come to discover that they worked at Wilderness Beach House Backpackers) and Long Street backpackers when they arrived. They did not however mention the terms on which they left Wilderness Beach House and it has only been made knowledge to us that they did not leave on good terms such as they did not leave on good terms on our side.

They left in somewhat of a rush a day ago and we are starting to discover that a number of items have gone missing. As we were handling that and taking stock of all that is now gone, we were called by Wilderness Backpackers this morning outlining that they arrived there last night and mentioned that they are volunteers from 33 South, which is false. They are not our volunteers anymore and as such they are using our name falsely and should pay for their own accommodation.

These two seemed like good people when they arrived and we welcomed them with warm arms and made them part of the family but their true nature started unraveling. They are not team players and are arrogant and entitled.

If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Natasha. Please forward this email to the other Garden Route backpackers.

Warm regards
Maletuka

Fairy knowe Backpackers

Nedbank Namibia and manager Janine Camm: overwhelmingly incompetent service

#NedbankNamibia #NedbankEqualsIncompetence #JanineCamm

Nedbank's service was never anything near to satisfactory. It hit new lows recently. Manager Janine Camm totally ignores requests for assistance sent to her, two and three weeks ago. No reaction was received from her whatsoever. Other recipients have been passing ball around asking each other to respond with no tangible results showing level of incompetence at Nedbank Namibia.

Namibia: Rhino poaching levels are on sharp rise | Носороги Намибия

#RhinoPoachingNamibia #EtoshaNamibia #RomeoMuyunda #НосорогиНамибия

Rhino poaching levels are on sharp rise in Namibia

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Unprecedented levels of poaching were recorded this month in Namibia as seven poached rhino carcasses were discovered in Etosha National park, bringing the number of rhinos poached this year to 47.

The Ministry of Environment and tourism announced the figure on Wednesday. The latest figure means the improvement the country saw last year is short-lived, when 8 rhinos were poached in 2015, down from 24 in 2014.

In the north-eastern region of Namibia, 91 elephants were poached in 2015 compared to 78 in 2014. It is reported to date that 69 elephants have been poached in 2016 mainly in the Zambezi and the Kavango regions.

The Government of Namibia has been very proactive and has aggressively tackled poaching through the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. However, the current situation indicates more needs to be done.

According to Romeo Muyunda, Chief Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, wildlife trafficking is becoming a million dollar criminal enterprise that has expanded to more than just conservation concern.

He added that the involvement of organized crime in poaching and wildlife trafficking promotes corruption, threatens peace and destabilizes economies and communities that depend on wildlife for their livelihoods.

Earlier this year the Minister of Environment and Tourism launched the Game Utilization Policy in Protected Areas and on State land. This policy was launched to promote management of natural resources for the enhancement of ecosystem conservation and socio-economic development.

It is further expected to create improved communication skills and enhance mutual understanding between park management authorities, neighbors and resident communities, to meet the country’s national and international commitments to biodiversity conservation, while taking into account the rights and development needs of the people.

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

New Matrice 600 Pro from DJI

DJI is proud to present the Matrice 600 Pro (M600 Pro), a heavy-lifter airframe based on the M600 with further improved flight performance and increased payload capacity. Native compatibility with all Zenmuse cameras and gimbals and full integration with third party software and hardware makes the M600 Pro ideal for professional aerial photography and industrial applications.
 

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Avoid SKL Botswana - terrible service!

#SKLBotswana #AvoidSKL #BadServiceSKL #RudeConnieMbulawa #AwfulSKL
 
SKL Camps Botswana - bad service
 
Reservation service at SKL Camps is terrible. Constant overcharging due to endless recalculation of Rand:Pula exchange rates, extra fees charged for payment by credit card. Nobody responds to questions about amounts charged. Tax invoices supplied are incorrect and no explanation is given. Manageress Connie Mbulawa is plainly rude in her correspondence and can not care less about SKL's service. Replies and confirmations take ages. However SKL enjoys a monopoly on Savuti, Khwai and Linyanti camp sites reservations so there is no need to bother about service.

More opinions about SKL Savuti:

Beautiful place, campsite staff terrible


This campsite used to be a stunning place to visit, but it is ruined now since they have stuck a luxury lodge in the camp site. They have put their huge generator right in the middle of the camp site, in the ablutions, which you hear running all day into the evening. No more peace and tranquility. On one occasion, when there were no guests, the lodge staff had a noisy party into the early hours of the morning! We arrived back to the camp one eveing, 5 minutes BEFORE the 6pm curfue, only to be met by a most aggressive guard ready for a fight. He insisted it was in fact 3 minutes past, and immediately tore into us and promptly fined us all. We will never go back there again...


Lovely area, TERRIBLE staff!

The campsite itself is ok although very sandy and dusty but if you got here your 4x4 will be fine. The ablutions are fairly good and reasonably clean with limited solar hot water. Each site has a tap with running water and a fireplace but little else. There is limited shade so it gets very hot in the summer months with little chance to escape the heat. The game viewing in the area is very good and it is worth constantly communicating with other travelers to see which animals are in the area. One couple kindly led us to a spectacular lion sighting which we would otherwise have missed.

Sadly though the staff, especially around the reception area, are so rude, unfriendly and unhelpful that they almost ruined the entire experience. In my opinion they are a disgrace to Botswana as they are supposed to represent the country to foreigners at one of the more popular destinations in an important industry. There were not interested in giving advice about where to game view or what recent sightings there had been. There is a sightings board which they didn't update during the 4 days that we were there - the staff lazed around doing nothing most of the day and even polite conversation seemed to be asking too much! Sad but true.

So if you have somewhere better to go, avoid Savuti Campsite. If it is on your route and you need to go then enjoy the animals, chat to other travelers and don't expect any help or support from the staff.
Room Tip: Ask for a campsite with some shade - if the staff will even bother to listen....!

Totally overpriced for very basic camp

Finally we arrived a the campand were pretty happy as it's a hard sandy road to get there.
Luckily they had a campsite left for a family like us. But when tllling the price for a night i thought thee lady is kidding!
What is the reason that europeans have to pay4times more for a campsite then SA people?
So better drive on and visit campsites right after the gates and pay less for better facilities, service and even views.

Expensive and far from nature

We booked a campsite on Savuti for one night, because it was in our way from Moremi to Kasane.
As it is the only place to sleep in between those 2 cities, I believe the camp management settles some high prices cause they know that people have no other option but to sleep there.
We were 3, and for each person, we had to pay 50$, so basically, 150$ to put your tent in a dirty sand. The facilities are ok (hot shower, toilets, fireplace ...) but the campsites give the impression of being far from the nature (close to the gate, there's a bottle shop ...). We loved Xakanaka in Moremi way more !
It is often fully booked in advance. We were there in low touristic season (June), so we managed to book there 2 days before, from Maun, but it was the last campsite available.
We didn't see many animals in Savuti (we saw more in Chobe next to Kasane) ; but an elephant arrived in our campsite during the night while we were having a barbecue, so it was actually the only "good surprise" from this night.
Too bad it is the only possible accomodation in this area.

A RIP OFF

We spent one night a the Savuti Campsite inside the Chobe National Park which is run by SKL. They also run a tent lodge called Savuti Camp which is outside the National Park gate. We stayed one night at the campsite even if originally we found it too overpriced (50 USD per person for international traveler!) It is the only campsite n this part of the park that you can access without being part of a tour and they know it so price it very very high. The man who helped us assured us that it was really worth it so we decided to "splurge" and pay for it. On arrival, what a disappointment, our riverside campsite was along a dry river (this could have maybe been told to us at the moment of booking the site) and on top of it we had view on the staff camp (separated by a high wooden barrier 10 m from our camp), a big scrub that was hiding the dry riverbed and another campsite. Not much for an into the wild experience... Moreover the layout of the camp was really pour with a tree, a fire place and a water point but all of them spread over the whole area so that it was difficult to find somewhere to park our car!! Plus no light at night in the ablution block, i would say that it is far from the deluxe campsite that had been sold to us. Overall, we are really disappointed by the campsite and found it overpriced. It is private with no concurrence in the middle of a famous national park and the owners know it so play on it but I would suggest to people to try to camp outside of the park and do day-trip into it because we just felt we've been ripped off by this company!! By boycotting this lace, the owners would probably realize that tourists are people and not money bag... There is other national park (for example Etosha in Namibia) that are a lot better managed and cheaper and where we saw more wildlife diversity than during our time spent in Chobe NP.

Way below expectations

We were so looking to camping at Savuti after so many recommendations. The time of year was not ideal, so game around the camp was minimal, other than a few inquisitve elephants and plenty of ground squirrels. But this was not the issue. The ablutions were fairly clean, hot and cold running water was available, the campsites were neat - but the noise spoilt everything. Two generators run from very early in the morning until after 10 at night. There is a constant flow of game-viewing vehicles past the camp, with constant chatter between their guests; but the worst was the loud banter between staff at all hours in the nearby staff accommodation. One of the camp's rules states to keep conversation low, then why do the staff not heed this? One of the joys of sleeping in the bush is hearing the night sounds, but we may as well have been in the suburbs. Very disappointing.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Namibia: Rossing Mine near Swakopmund | Урановая шахта Россинг в Намибии

#УрановаяШахтаРоссинг
#РоссингНамибия
#RossingNamibia
#Arandis

Rossing Mine, Swakopmund area, Namibia


Rossing Mine Swakopmund, Namibia

Rossing Mine is located 60 km east of Swakopmund, off main road to interior. It is the world’s largest open-cast uranium mine. Uranium was first discovered here in the 1920s by Peter Louw, though his attempts at developing the mine quickly failed. In 1965, the concession was transferred to Rio Tinto-Zinc, and comprehensive surveys determined that the formation measured 3 km long and 1 km wide. Ore extraction came on line in 1970, but didn’t reach capacity for another eight years.
Rossing Mine Swakopmund, Namibia
Rossing, with 2500 employees, is currently a major player in Swakopmund and Namibia’s economy. The affiliated Rossing Foundation provides an educational and training centre in Arandis, north-east of the mine, as well as medical facilities and housing for its Swakopmund-based workers. It has promised that the eventual decommissioning of the site will entail a massive clean-up.
Rossing Mine Swakopmund, Namibia
Three hour mine tours depart at 10 am on the first and third Friday of each month from parking area below Hotel Schweizerhaus. Reservations are made at least one day in advance at the Swakopmund Museum.
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Friday, 11 November 2016

Вредитель У828КХ777 - преступление и наказание

#CrimeAndPunishmentУ828КХ777 #ОбочечникУ828КХ777Попал
#ВредительУ828КХ777 #НарушительУ828КХ777 #У828КХ777
#Sucker
У828КХ777

Обочечник идет в банк, весело насвистывая:

Преступление/Crime:


И наказание/And punishment:

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Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com
 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Namibia: flying above the capital of Namibia | Аэросъемка Намибия

#WindhoekAerialVideo
#DroneNamibia
#DJINamibia
#АэросъемкаНамибия

Video of morning drone flight above center of Windhoek, Namibia

See video portfolio here

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Aerial photo/video service & other inquiries contact: info@traveltonamibia.com

Day tours to Victoria Falls from Chobe Safari Lodge & Chobe Bush Lodge | Туры на Водопад Виктория

#ChobeSafariLodge
#ТурынаВодопадВиктория
#VictoriaFallsTours
#BotswanaChobe

Victoria Falls day trips from Chobe Safari Lodge & Chobe Bush Lodge
 

Full-day trips available all year round on unguided or fully guided basis, minimu 2 persons.

The legendary Victoria Falls are just over one hour’s drive from Chobe Safari Lodge and it’s new sister property Chobe Bush Lodge. The Victoria Falls day tour is ideal for guests not able to overnight on the Zimbabwe or Zambia side and it is a comfortable, affordable and hassle-free way to see the Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls town. Departure is at 08.00 in the morning which allows guests to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the return is at approximately 17.00, just on time to witness a magnificent Chobe sunset with a sundowner on the Chobe River.

The Victoria  Falls day trip is available on an unguided and on a fully guided basis. The fully-guided option includes return transfer with bottled water, a guide for the Victoria Falls and craft market, lunch and park fee. The unguided option is preferred by the more independent and adventurous-minded traveller and merely includes the return transfer and bottled water. Clients are dropped off at the entrance of the Victoria Falls and have the freedom to explore the Falls and Victoria Falls town on their own. Victoria Falls’ wide range of adventure, culture or wildlife activities can be pre-booked.

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Namibia's Oktoberfest

#WindhoekOktoberfest
#Namibia

Namibia: All Set for the Windhoek Oktoberfest

The Windhoek Oktoberfest was launched earlier this week in Windhoek and will take place from 28 to 29 October at the Sport Klub Windhoek.

The annual Windhoek Oktoberfest is set to deliver a perfect combination of German food, traditional games and beer brewed according to the German purity law, the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, ensuring a truly unique event and like last year the organisers expect close to 28000 visitors The Oktoberfest which was held in Germany in September this year managed to attract 5.6 million visitors.

The Windhoek Oktoberfest is marked as the biggest Oktoberfest in Africa with an annual turn-up of at least 5000 people from within Namibia, and abroad, and is but a part of the global Oktoberfest celebrated all over the world. Namibia Breweries Limited Global Sponsorship and Events Manager, and member of the Windhoek Oktoberfest organizing committee, Ian Stevenson: "Although the Oktoberfest originated from Germany, the Windhoek Oktoberfest is not a German party as such but celebrates and appreciates culture in Namibia."

The Windhoek Oktoberfest, as well as the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town which will be held for the second consecutive year on the 21st and 22nd of October at the Hillcrest Quary, Durbanville, will be enriched by the presence of Authentic German music with the world's coolest Oktoberfest band straight from Munich - The Kirchdorfer!
Namibia Economist.

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Namibia: Windhoek Gardens Guest House introduction

#WindhoekGardensGuestHouse
#WindhoekGardensNamibia

WINDHOEK GARDENS GUEST HOUSE

Located under five minutes from the center of Windhoek and the CBD, Windhoek Gardens boasts 28 uniquely Namibian themed rooms. Supplying a perfect mix of convenience and practicality all rooms have high speed internet and an ample work station.
The gorgeously furnished modern fitted rooms, combine with a restful and rustic setting offers you the perfect stopover in Windhoek. They guarantee you will have a wonderful stay, because they do what they do with passion.


Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia

Windhoek Gardens Guest House Namibia
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Friday, 28 October 2016

Namibia: Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge transfer fees

Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge - Pick up & Drop off Transfers Fee

Please be advised that with immediate effect, the cost for a pick-up transfer from Sangwali will be N$50 per person (one way) and will be charged to guests.  Drop-off transfers to Sangwali will be charged at N$50 per person (one way).

Lodge need to know the arrival details of the guests as well as what type of vehicle they are driving so that they are able plan operations properly.

Guests are requested to phone the Lodge Management from Kongola or Katima so that he may estimate their time of arrival at Sangwali Village where Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge has an agreement with their joint venture partners for secure parking for your clients vehicles. A vehicle will be stationed at Sangwali from 12:00 - 13:00 which is the preferred time of pick-up.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Namibia: Schutzenhaus update - renovations

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NEW ROOMS AT SCHUETZENHAUS

After a huge refurb and some building work, Schuetzenhaus is now offering 26 rooms which range from the normal double/twin, single and family rooms, however they now offer a more luxury option in the brand new luxury room and family room. They will also soon be online for direct bookings and availability checking. Well done to Ingo and his team!

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Namibia: Cheetah Conservation Fund Carnivore Tracker

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CHEETAH CONSERVATION LAUNCHES NEW APP

We are excited that Carnivore Tracker is the first App. of its kind for Namibia. Carnivore Tracker is a free to download and free to use application designed to allow anyone with a smartphone to contribute to the conservation of Namibia’s carnivore species regardless of their background or level of knowledge by simply logging their sightings as they occur. Data or Wi-Fi connectivity is not required as the sightings are stored and uploaded when they become available making it ideal for use in remote wilderness locations where they may not be available.


The data will be used to create a national presence map for Namibia which will allow researchers to identify differences between protected/unprotected areas, human-wildlife conflict hot spots, long-term changes in carnivore populations and in turn where to target much needed conservation action and management. As well as feeding the information into key government departments such as the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in order to inform national carnivore management strategies. In return users are able to see their personal sightings on a map of Namibia as a permanent record. To guard against misuse of the App. overall user sightings can only been seen on a limited scale map which will allow people to see a general picture of where various carnivore species can be found without providing a specific location. As members of the tourism industry you all represent the benchmark for safari guides, lodge / hotel owners, travel agents or tour operators throughout Namibia and we believe your organisations co-operation and endorsement of Carnivore Tracker would significantly enhance its uptake and use by both tourism workers and visitors and therefore greatly increase its effectiveness and in turn benefit all of us who have a stake in protecting Namibia’s wildlife. Carnivore Tracker enables safari guides, lodge and tour operators such as yourselves to connect with scientific researchers across Namibia who want to contribute to the collection of essential distribution data to ensure we have accurate and robust data on the distribution and status of the wild carnivore population across Namibia. The data obtained from Carnivore Tracker will be open source as it will upload data into the Environmental Information Service carnivore atlas which contains a long history of carnivore records across Namibia and is Namibia’s leading online knowledge repository. We hope that you will be able to see the benefits to both your staff and clients and will consider joining us in this exciting citizen science project. Namibia’s wildlife is amazing and it brings people from all over the world to Namibia to view it. We all have the same vision to help conserve and enjoy our unique wildlife now and for future generations. Join the active conservation community and download the Carnivore Tracker App. today.
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Namibia: news from Taleni Etosha Village | Талени Этоша Виледж Намибия

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Just a quick update - exciting developments at Taleni Etosha Village!

As you all know our beautiful Etosha Village has now been fully renovated and due to popular demand we have added another five rooms. This will hopefully slightly relieve availability concerns and now brings us to a total of 45 rooms.



Taleni Etosha Village Namibia
The 45 individual luxurious rooms are uniquely positioned amid an indigenous Mopane forest, ensuring maximum privacy and tranquillity.
Taleni Etosha Village Namibia
Each unit offers a spacious air-conditioned bedroom and a modern en-suite bathroom with shower. Room amenities include a fridge, coffee- and tea making facilities, electronic safe, as well as a sleeper couch where 2 small children (under 12 years) can be accommodated when sharing with 2 full paying adults.
Taleni Etosha Village Namibia
The patio and outside seating area creates an ideal space to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

The Restaurant and Bar Area boasts a fresh new look that complements our legendary Taleni buffets.

Taleni Etosha Village Namibia
We have added an on-site activity information centre where our in-house guests can enquire about and book our various activities offered.
Taleni Etosha Village Namibia game drives
From 01 November 2016 we shall discontinue our afternoon game drives into the National Park because guest feedback indicates that our Half Day Morning Game Drives and Full Day Game Drives are most popular with the best record of great wildlife sightings.

We have an exciting new activity to further complement our current collection:

Taleni Etosha Village Namibia wildlife
Our NEW sunrise nature walk takes place along a beautiful footpath winding through the lush Mopane Forest where wildlife is abundant but at times invisible to the untrained eye. Our knowledgeable guide will focus on the small things often missed - Tracks left by the many mysterious nocturnal creatures, an introduction to our indigenous tree species and local wildlife. We’ll spend some time at our delta hide where nature will completely surround you.
Includes: Still Water, Coffee and Rusks.

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Namibia: Batis Birding Safaris | Батис Сафарис Намибия

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BATIS BIRDING SAFARIS – DESERT DAY TOURS

Batis Birding Safaris offers your guest a very special experience with their Desert Day Tours. The specialized team of guides at Batis bring the dry and “dead” Namib Desert to life on their tours. They will show your guests the beauty of the desert life and things our untrained eyes normally miss.

Please also remember that these tours are offered in the afternoon. With other words guests can first do their normal morning activities such as Dolphin Cruises and then join Batis Birding Safaris in the afternoons on these educational trips.
With their fleet of vehicles consisting of 2 x 4 seaters, 1 x 8 seater and 1 x 10 seater they will make sure your clients have a memorable experience.

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