page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
page 42
page 43
page 44
page 45
page 46
page 47
page 48
page 49
page 50
page 51
page 52
page 53
page 54
page 55
page 56
page 57
page 58
page 59
page 60
page 61
page 62
page 63
page 64
page 65
page 66
page 67
page 68

" WE WERE THRILLED ON A RECENT TRIP to Gemsbokvlakte in Etosha National Park to witness a really exciting and fascinating black- backed jackal hunt. A group of jackals took down a young springbok. The springbok struggled valiantly, and managed to recover and survive the fi rst attack. At this stage only fi ve jackals were involved, but the commotion attracted more and, having taken refuge in the water of the waterhole, the young antelope was set upon by a number of other jackals. It eventually succumbed to its attackers. Jackals are known to prey occasionally on small antelope like springbok, but sightings are rare. Even rarer are photographs documenting such events." RICKY AVERIA, WILDERNESS SAFARIS SEPTEMBER 2009 Travel Namibia 19 Biltong ? Biltong? What's that then? It is a dried strip of meat that is the Namibians' snack of choice. Babies even teethe on it. ? So it's just a chewy bit of old beef? Not just any old bit. And not just beef. Kudu, springbok, wildebeest, impala and ostrich all make great biltong. It's carefully cured using spices like coriander, sprinkled with vinegar and salt, then dried. ? So it's like beef jerky? Sort of - but don't let a Namibian hear you say that. Biltong is thinner than jerky, it's not smoked, and there's no vinegar in jerky either. Oh, and biltong is much, much tastier. Of course. ? Where did it come from? Legend has it that cattle herders would put strips of meat under their saddles. The chafi ng would tenderise them, and the sweat would act as a preservative. ? Stop, it's enough to make you become a vegetarian. OK, OK, a more palatable ( and probable) explanation is that southern African pioneers sun- dried meat using vinegar from the Cape vineyards. The Cape was a halfway stop on the Spice Route from the east, so there were plenty of spices around to add taste. ? Any recommendations? Sure. Try the beautifully soft springbok biltong from the Kalahari Meat & Biltong Supplies on Sam Nujoma Drive in Windhoek. ANOTHER STEP HAS been taken to achieve a fence- free Namib Desert. Fences are coming down between the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the neighbouring Kulala Nature Reserve. This will allow movement of animals across the area. Together the reserves make up 210,000ha of land. Kulala is owned by Wilderness Safaris, and both organisations have agreed to work together in the interest of conservation. In future, wildlife management and research within this area will be carried out on a cooperative basis. Similar schemes between other neighbours are planned as part of the Action for a Fence Free Namib Desert initiative, an initiative to open and secure a healthy and extensive desert ecosystem. Don't fence them in WILDERNESS SAFARIS GUIDE POST INSTANTEXPERT WOLWEDANS

20 Travel Namibia Moro >> News · views · people · places · conservation · community · wildlife · culture DID YOU KNOW: The collective noun for a group of rhinoceros is a ' crash' " EXHAUSTED, FATIGUED, battered, bruised, and beat," was how the team described themselves at the end of their challenge. Little wonder, given that the seventeen amateur cyclists had just ridden 330km through the sand, dust, and blistering heat of Namibia's Damaraland desert. The team from tour operator Rhino Africa Safaris were raising money for the Save the Rhino Trust. On this trip they clocked up R350,000, enough to sponsor a Namibian anti- poaching unit for a year. David Ryan, of Rhino Africa Safaris, said: " Words cannot really do justice to our experience. It was seven days of sheer physical pain, riding over rocks, slithering through sand, and marvelling at the vast open landscapes and desolate desert of Damaraland. Each day was a mammoth challenge, but we gritted our teeth and kept on going. Camping under the stars each night was a treat, and the privilege of seeing desert- adapted wildlife in such a remote part of our planet was simply mind- blowing." Save the Rhino Trust was founded in 1982 in response to the widespread poaching of the desert rhino population in the Kunene Region in the northwest of Namibia. Since the advent of the trust, poaching has drastically declined and the rhino population has more than tripled. However, there is much work still to be done, and the trust is often short of money to fund its vital anti- poaching units The team are getting back on their bikes in Damaraland in July 2010. And they are looking for twenty members of the public to join them in raising money for The Save the Rhino Trust. Desert biking A team from Rhino Africa Safaris biked through Namibia's desert to raise money for the animal their company is named after. PUPILS AT A DAMARALAND school have been given new tables and chairs as part of an ongoing investment in the community by the owners of Damaraland Camp. Jacob Basson Combined School was designed to accommodate 150 pupils. Today 400 attend classes, often struggling with broken furniture. Penelope Roman, the school's principal, said: " This donation is one of the best things that has ever happened to our school and we are very grateful. It has boosted the self- esteem of our learners and the school's image." Torra Conservancy and Wilderness Safaris Namibia, joint partners in Damaraland Camp, have agreed to invest in the local community and its education. Aquiring the new chairs is one of a number of separate projects which it is hoped will improve the quality of life for people living in the Torra Conservancy. Other projects include establishing a kindergarten for local children, renovating and reopening a dam to try to alleviate human- wildlife confl ict, and developing a garden that provides fresh produce for Torra Conservancy members. In time, it is hoped that surplus produce from this garden will be sold to Damaraland Camp, thus providing an additional source of income for the community. Classroom assistance For more information on the project go to www. rhinoafrica. com/ challenge4acause For more information on Save the Rhino Trust visit www. savetherhino. org ABOVE: Pupils struggle on broken furniture RIGHT: After the new furniture has been delivered