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Namib Naukluft NP Namib Rand NR Sossusvlei ( dunes) Naukluft Mountains Otavi Mountains Central Namibian Highliands Fish River Canyon Skeleton Coast Etosha NP Kaudom Mahango NP Mudumu NP Hardap Dam Naute Dam Waterberg Plateau Namib Desert SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN Opuwa OshakatiOndangwa Rundu Tsumkwe Tsumeb Grootfontein Otavi Outjo Sesfontein Kamanjab Omaruru Terrace Bay Khorixas Otjiwarongo Okonjima Usakos Henties Bay Katima Mulilo Karibib Okahandja WindhoekGobabis Aranos Mariental Maltahohe Swakopmund Walvis Bay Lüderitz Rehboth Keetmanshoop Aus Grünau Karasburg Oranjemund Travel Namibia 49 Ruacana The Kunene River from Ruacana to Swartbooisdrif is the best place to find three highly localised bird species - grey kestrel, Cinderella waxbill and rufous- tailed palm thrush. Kunene River Lodge is a birder- friendly camp with great local knowledge in finding these birds. At the basic Hippo Pools campsite you'll see wheeling Madagascar bee- eaters and bubbling white- browed coucals. Hobatere Hobatere Lodge managed by Steve Brain, one of the top birders in the country, borders Etosha National Park. In the mopane woodland close to camp look for the endemic violet wood- hoopoe, Ruppell's parrot and Carp's tit. Etosha National Park The three main camps are all very different habitat- wise and staying at each is advised. The gardens of Mokuti Lodge just outside Von Lindequist Gate, is also excellent for birding especially for black-faced babbler. Erongo Mountains The dramatic granite domes of the Erongo Mountains offer many quality endemics in one of the country's most distinctive settings. Orange River Canoe past African fish eagles and electric blue malachite kingfishers. Access to Oranjemund is restricted but wetlands there contain 64 different species. Caprivi Strip Along the Kavango River expect rufous- bellied heron, swamp boubou, lesser jacana, African skimmer and coppery- tailed coucal. Woodland specials include rufous- bellied tit, racket- tailed roller and Arnott's chat. Bwabwata National Park and the Kwando River area are great for spotting most of Okavango's birds. Hardap Dam Great for spotting white pelicans, pinebacked pelicans, African fish eagles, flamingos, cormorants, darters and African spoonbills. Orange River African fish eagle Mary Askew Carp's tit at Erongo Black- faced babbler Divava Lodge, Kavango Grey kestrelRuppel's parrot obatere Lodge D Braine Kunene River Lodge

Olweendo 50 Travel Namibia An andBEYOND guide scans the hills with a young guest from Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge Bush baby Looking beyond a name WINDHOEK IS GETTING a new luxury hotel - the African Pride Eliakim Namundjebo Plaza. The 125- room hotel is currently being developed within Windhoek's new Freedom Plaza, a mixed- use development with shops, homes, offi ces, entertainment and a hotel all in a single location. Construction has just started and is expected to take around two years. The hotel, will have a casino on the lower- ground fl oor; a restaurant, cocktail lounge and terrace bar on the fi rst fl oor; a business centre, executive boardrooms and a cigar bar on the upper fl oors and a gym, spa and pool on the roof. African Pride says respecting the environment is integral to the development of the Eliakim Namundjebo Plaza. The hotel will have solar panels, green roofs and solar control, while making use of intelligent lighting, thermal and coloured glass. It will link with Freedom Plaza and its tourism kiosk, business facilities, craft market, taxi rank and bus station. MUSHARA IS ADDING a tented camp to its collection, in a reserve that neighbours Etosha National Park. The Bush Camp will have sixteen ensuite tents, each with its own verandah and roof to fl oor windows. Four of these tents are suitable for families. At N$ 1000 per person per night, including all meals, the idea is to provide an affordable base for independent travellers exploring the Etosha. Early evenings at The Bush Camp will see a camp fi re lit, where guests can exchange stories of the day's wildlife sightings. Meals will be served on a thatched verandah with the bush just a step away. The Mushara Bush Camp is on the same reserve as the Mushara Lodge, Villa Mushara and The Mushara Outpost. It is due to open in August 2009. ANDBEYOND LUXURY SAFARI GROUP CC Africa ( Conservation Corporation Africa) has changed its name to andBEYOND. The new name comes after the group expanded into India. " Our former name, CC Africa, was far from ideal," said Nicky Fitzgerald, Group Marketing Director of andBEYOND. " The word ' Africa' no longer accurately refl ected the company's operating regions. And research indicated that, while ' Conservation' was an important value, it was not a primary motivator for fi rst time guests. While the word ' Corporation' was something of a dampener because no one wants to go on holiday with a corporation!" she added. Capital gain Mushara Outpost's dining room. Mushara Bush Camp promises the same attention to detail Windhoek is getting a new luxury hotel NAMIBIA TOURISM