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. a zebra with no stripes " I've just come back from a trip to Namibia with my eight- year- old daughter. At the Cheetah Conservation Fund I read a copy of Travel Namibia. In it there was an item about the all- white black- backed jackal - the so- called phantom of Etosha. Co-incidentally, whilst on a game drive through Etosha the previous day, we came across an all- black zebra. Perhaps he is playing count to the jackal's phantom!" ANDY DONALD Travel Namibia 15 DID YOU KNOW: When a cheetah runs he touches the ground every six to seven metres . the website tourbrief. com. It's aimed at people working within the travel industry, but don't worry, it's a mine of information for tourists too. Expect to get lost in its pages, which contain everything from what to pack for a birding trip to where to grab a cool beer in Windhoek. Rock art etiquette Namibian rock art is believed to have been carved or painted by the ancestors of Bushmen thousands of years ago. With your help, it can survive thousands more. ? Trying to increase the visibility of the art using powders or liquids ( even distilled water), causes damage. It also makes dating and further research impossible. ? Researchers believe smoke can damage the art. Please don't start a campfi re close by. ? Natural body oils are a further threat, so don't touch. ? The best examples of rock art are in the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein and Erongo. ? Time your visit for early morning or evening as the art is easier to see and photograph when the sun is low. ? Sketching the carvings and paintings is a lot of fun, but don't try rubbings, which will damage the rock. SPOTTED! The rare all- black zebra The Maltahohe lilies in bloom ROY VAN DER MERWE INSTANTEXPERT

Advertising promotion 16 Travel Namibia B ordering on the majestic Waterberg Plateau, the Cheetah Conservation Fund ( CCF), a Namibian non- profit trust, offers visitors the opportunity to experience the cheetah like nowhere else. CCF sets the standard for cheetah conservation worldwide. Guests learn about the history of the cat and its struggle for survival at CCF's Hilker Education Centre and will meet some of CCF's orphaned cheetahs housed at the Sanctuary. Day visitors tour the Haas Family Veterinary Clinic and Research Centre and learn about CCF's Model Farm and Livestock Guarding Dog Programme, which is helping ensure the cheetah's survival. Recognised for its conservation vision, CCF was the 2008 Intel Environmental Award winner for its habitat restoration project - converting selectively harvested thorn bush into a clean- burning fuel log called BushBlok. The clearing of this invasive Get up close and personal with a cheetah with a stay at the Cheetah Conservation Fund CCF's Founder and Executive Director Dr. Laurie Marker. Namibia prides itself on being the Cheetah Capital of the World, with over 3,000 cats living in the north- central and western areas of the country, harbouring a quarter of the world's remaining cheetah population. However, as 90% of Namibia's cheetah population live on the same lands as livestock farmers, conflict between the two continues. Since its founding in 1990, CCF has had great success working with farmers to help them learn to live with cheetahs, leading to most of the 850 cheetahs CCF has worked on to be released back into the wild. The world's fastest land mammal, the cheetah is known to reach speeds of over 110km an hour. The CCF is dedicated to their survival in the wild and is helping answer questions that will assist the species to survive for future generations. Guests can now extend their visit at CCF with an exclusive stay in the elegant Babson House, a private cottage reminiscent of the Out of Africa era. The Babson House can host four guests, and includes two double bedrooms, a combined living and dining room and a wide veranda overlooking the breathtaking Waterberg Plateau. CCF looks forward to welcoming visitors and sharing with them the importance of saving the cheetah for future generations. wind bush will help restore millions of acres of Namibian savannah to its original state and improve the habitat for both the cheetah and its prey, and put people to work. CCF guests can book special activities including watching cheetahs run like the wind during a ' Cheetah Run' ( 8am by appointment) or view them in their natural habitat on CCF's Elandsvreugde Drive ( 45 minutes) or Bellebeno Safari ( 3 hours) both offering excellent photo and video opportunities. Enjoy a private safari through CCF's own ' Little Serengeti', a picturesque open plain featuring large herds of hartebeest, oryx, springbok, warthog, and jackals and don't miss out on the ' Cheetah Exclusive', a unique personal encounter with one of CCF's ambassador cheetahs and one of the Centre's conservation scientist or meet Enjoy a private safari in our ' Little Serengeti'- a picturesque open plain Run like the n For more details email: info@ cheetah. org or nuevas- ideas@ mweb. com. na Phone: + 264 ( 0) 61- 253542, + 264 ( 0) 67- 306225 Or visit www. cheetah. org