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Travel Namibia 43 A DAY AT PAWS From stocks & shares to shrubs & snares " It's hard work here, but you are doing it for a great reason so it is justifi ed. As well as clearing shrub, I've picked up old farm fencing posts and wires - which together can act as snares to animals - built a waterhole and mended existing borehole pumps. Every day your reward is a fabulous game drive. Even better, if AfriCat gets a call about a cat that needs rescuing, you will be on the plane or the car that goes to fetch it. Rescues are incredible. Within four or fi ve hours of the phone call you are there and there's this cheetah looking pretty miserable in a cage. You dart the cheetah then take it out of its box and lay it on a blanket. A blood sample is taken together with its measurements and a tag is inserted in the tip of its tail. Its paws and teeth are checked before it's put in a fresh wooden box in the back of the car or plane. Twenty- four hours later you are opening up a wooden box and watching him shoot off into a safe environment - safe because you have cleared it. It is very, very satisfying". THIS IMAGE: A rescued cheetah is released into the safety of Okonjima's reserve BELOW: Adam Pacey carries a sedated cheetah to safety TOP RIGHT: Heida, a long- term resident of Okonjima. She has never learnt to hunt and needs feeding BELOW RIGHT: PAWS guests clearing shrubs, mending fences and relaxing around the camp fi re Rescues are incredible. Within four or fi ve hours of the phone call you are there and there's this cheetah looking pretty miserable in a cage. Twenty- four hours later you are opening a box and watching him shoot off into a safe environment - safe because you have cleared it. It is very, very satisfying Adam Pacey is spending four weeks at PAWS after quitting his job at the London Stock Exchange. ¦ 0600 Get up to light campfi re and brew early-morning tea ¦ 0630 Have breakfast and wash up ¦ 0700 Gather together equipment - machetes, axes, shears etc. - and lots of drinking water. Head out into bush for a morning's work. ¦ 1200 Back to camp for a sandwich. ¦ 1300 Wash up then it's time for a siesta. ¦ 1530 Head out on a game drive with Clive. You might track leopard or hyena, cheetah or giraffe. It's never dull. ¦ 1800 Back for dinner and a beer. If it's your turn, you cook. ¦ 2100 Early to bed in the bush. MARY ASKEW ADAM PACEY MARY ASKEW

A Namibian birds M y wife says I am addicted to birding. If she's right, then Namibia is my ultimate ' fi x'. We were barely off the plane before we saw the vibrant crimson-breasted shrike, yellow- billed hornbills and iridescent Cape glossy starlings. We set out from Hosea Kutako International Airport with our sedan packed with basic camping gear, camera equipment, binoculars and spotting scopes. The air was heavy with the anticipation of many ' lifers' - bird watchers' jargon for species If ever you need proof that birdwatchers are a different breed, turn to Martin Benadie. By his own admission he is consumed by a quest to spot as many species as he can in his lifetime. He's travelled all over Africa, but he repeatedly returns to one country. Namibia. In Namibia, he claims, it's impossible not to catch the ' birding bug'. Recently he set himself a test. How many different birds could he spot on a two- week trip? Hold on to your sunhats. Here's how he got on. visit ROSY- FACED LOVEBIRDWHITE- FACED SCOPS OWLSOUZA'S SHRIKE CRIMSON- BREASTED SHRIKESHORT- TOED ROCK- THRUSH 44 Travel Namibia CAPE GLOSSY STARLING ORANGE RIVER FRANCOLIN RED- NECKED PHARALOPE NECKEDRED- PHARALOPEPHARALOPE