South Africa: Namibia & Richtersveld

Die pad ist lang (the road is long, “Namibian” German)  Previously, “Namibia, Week 1″… Wednesday: Tonight I have been watching the sun set behind the hill, hoping that some kudu might provide a nice silhouette, but no luck today. On the animal front, earlier I had spotted some new birds and again heard the fish eagle,…

Namibia – week 1

Several years ago I went in this fantastic trip with my sister and her husband, which I “published” on a different site. So, as I am soon to undertake another southern African adventure, here’s a re-revisit, in several parts. 2013 (I think)… This trip to Namibia and South Africa started from London Heathrow Terminal 5…

A stroll on the South Bank, London

It’s been a few months since I took a leisurely visit to London. I have been hiding in my “cave”, away from the realities of life and the anxiety caused by crowds of people.  Then, earlier this week, Dr Raymond gave me a bit of a butt kicking; I should get my camera out, go somewhere,…

Dorob Nature Reserve; Namibia 2016

We spent a day in the coastal resort of Swakopmund,  where we restocked and got a permit for the Dorob Nature Reserve. Swakopmund is a quaint little town that has somewhat of a colonial Germany flavour (Namibia was a German colony prior to 1914), especially in terms of the architecture and to some extent the…

Windhoek – Swakopmund; Namibia 2016

Sunrise is at around 06:00 and I get out of bed a few minutes earlier in time to see the sun pop over the horizon, for me the most beautiful part of the day, so full of promise. The day brightens up very quickly at these latitudes and within an hour it is warm enough…

Namibia 2016…

The first full day in Namibia was rather relaxed. I walked around the garden taking photographs of the flowers, some beetles and butterflies, then watched an old video (1987) of Fiela se Kind (Fiela’s Child), based on the book by Dalene Mathee. The evening in Namibia was spent sitting outside at sunset (18:55) chin wagging about…

Namibia & Botswana (2014; 2/2)

The previous part of the journey had gone via Windhoek, Namibia, to the Central Kalahari game reserve, Botswana, back to Windhoek, down to the Fish river canyon and back again to Windhoek.  Our next trip would head west to Swakopmund through the Namib desert, taking the C26 gravel road from Windhoek.  An early start took…

Namibia & Botswana (2014; 1/2)

The intrigue and wildness of Botswana had infected us during our first visit to this beautiful country in 2012.  Thus, we planned a follow-up trip, again starting our adventure in Windhoek, Namibia.  A few days of downtime were planned, which gave time to acclimatise, do some bird watching, and plan and shop for our trip….

Travelblog: Okavango delta, Botswana (2012)

Our trip started with a few days in Windhoek, Namibia, staying at Kapps Farm with my sister and her husband.  A few days were spent relaxing and getting ready for our first trip to Botswana, with a Range Rover on loan. Day one of the trip was a drive from Windhoek to Maun in Botswana, about…