Namibia

In 2009 Rick, Wendy and their intrepid friend Carolyn visited the diverse country of Namibia, a former German colony, which with the discovery of diamonds after independence, has become a successful democracy in Africa–one of few. The highlight for Wendy was spending four days with the !San! Bushmen in the Kalahari. It was a living anthropology lesson. The red dunes of Sousouvlei were also particularly memorable.

Namibia: Meeting !San Bushmen of the Kalahari

Namibia

Rick, Wendy and their intrepid friend Carolyn flew to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia for one night then in the morning flew into Tsumkwe airstrip in northeastern Namibia’s piece of the Kalahari Desert.  It felt like another planet because we lived in Nhoma, a simple safari camp about 100 yards from a !San Bushmen village […]

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Namibia: Hunting & Trapping with !San Bushmen

Namibia

Over the course of their 4 days at Nhoma Camp, Wendy, Rick and Carolyn accompanied the !San hunters as they tracked Steenbok (small antelope), rabbits and African Porcupine.  In a clear division of labor, !San women gathered nuts and berries in parallel with men going off hunting. The men also demonstrated how they use their […]

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Namibia: Etosha National Park & Desert Elephants in Doro !Nawas Conservancy

Namibia

Etosha is Namibia’s Largest National Park. From the Tsumkwe airstrip Rick, Wendy and Carolyn flew to the eastern entrance of Etosha National Park where they were met by Rosta who would be their guide and driver for the remainder of their  trip. Because it was the rainy season, Rosta forewarned them that most animals would be hiding […]

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Namibia: Himba in Damaraland, Twyffelfontain Rock Art, Skeleton Coast & Country Roads & Signs

Namibia

During the many hours in the Land Rover, Rick, Wendy and Carolyn noted that the names of Namibian towns and sites blend the country’s German, Afrikaans/Dutch and British colonial past with indigenous languages. They also observed bizarre road signs, many bad roads, and other strange things along the way.  After leaving Doro !Nawas Conservancy, the […]

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Namibia: Sossusvlei Area of the Red-Duned Namib-Naukluft Desert

Namibia

The final major stop at the Sossusvlei area of the Namib-Naukluft Desert was as memorable as their time with the Bushmen, but  in a very different way.  The pictures don’t do justice to the sand’s dramatic colors, changing almost moment to moment from sunrise to sunset.  The dunes can be 1,000 feet high though the […]

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