A Moving experience in Damaraland On 31 July 2009 Doro Nawas experienced a mild earthquake that measured 5.1 on the Richter scale. It sounded like an aircraft fl ying very low, and the whole building shook. I was out with six guests on an elephant drive and had been watching the herd for about thirty minutes when suddenly the earth moved underneath their feet. The elephants reacted immediately, raising their heads and tails and trumpeting. No one was sure what was happening, but seeing the elephants' reaction, I decided to leave the sighting, and give the elephants some space. Looking back in the mirror, I saw fi fteen members of Rosy's herd were following. It seemed they didn't want to be left out there on their own! As earthquakes do not occur often in this area, it was an unusual experience for us all. IGNATIUS KHAMUSEB, DORO NAWAS CAMP Travel Namibia 21 MEET THE GUIDE SWAKOPMUND HOW MUCH TIME HAVE YOU GOT? ? One day? In the morning take a ' Living Desert Tour' through the dunes outside town to spot the ' Little Five' - fi ve fascinating desert creatures. Lunch at the Lighthouse or the Tug which have awesome sea views and seafood dishes. Afternoon thrills for adrenalin junkies include quad biking, sand boarding, skydiving and low- level microlight fl ight. For something more sedate, take a trip to the Cape fur seal colony at Cape Cross. ? One hour? Stroll through town, past the Bavarian- style buildings, and barter for traditional crafts at the market opposite the old prison. Alternatively visit the largest displayed crystal cluster in the world at Kristall Galerie. ? Ten minutes? Take a stroll and take in the views along Swakop's famous iron jetty. MARTIN BENADIE STEPHANUS " STRETCH" COMBRINCK ? Lodge: Kempinski Mokuti. ? Speciality: Snakes. Stretch manages the lodge's Ontouka reptile park and the conservation department. ? Best known for: Trying ( and failing) to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the longest period of time spent in a cage with deadly snakes. There were 41 poisonous snakes in the 40 metre square cage. Stretch left after 121 days. ? Join him: Feeding the snakes at Ontouka park every Saturday. GUIDE POST KEMPINSKI COURTNEY JOHNSON Rosy's herd were unsettled by the earthquake Stretch with one of his snakes
Four young rhinos called Unongo, Koshi, Fiona and Appaloosa, have been moved from the far north of Namibia to the country's far south. GONDWANA COLLECTION Unongo chases Appaloosa through Canon Park THE RETURN OF THE 22 Travel Namibia Moro >> News · views · people · places · conservation · community · wildlife · culture IT'S BEEN TWO HUNDRED YEARS since rhinos roamed close to Fish River Canyon, but recently four adults were relocated from Etosha and Damaraland, writes Sven- Eric Kanzler. In the late sixties there were just ninety rhino left in the whole of Namibia. A series of conservation measures ensured there are now well over a thousand, and a carefully- monitored government programme is re- introducing rhino to areas of the country where they are still extinct. Gondwana Canon Park at Fish River Canyon is one of those areas. " We got exactly what we wished for - two males and two females, healthy, INSTANTEXPERT Taking a guide will certainly increase your wildlife- spotting odds. They will have intimate knowledge on animal movements and behaviour, including which waterholes are best at which times of the year. They will show you a wealth of birds and smaller creatures that you might otherwise miss, and point out the different habitat types. And they will do all this while delving into the origins and cultures of this fascinating park. MARTIN BENADIE, WILDERNESS SAFARI GUIDE To take a guide around Etosha defeats the lure of Namibia. This is safari for beginners! Good roads and easily accessible waterholes mean you don't have to search for the animals inside Etosha. All you have to do is position yourself at a waterhole and they appear. Armed with a cooler box, bird and animal fi eld guides, you won't miss much. Best of all, you will have the pleasure of being alone in the solitude of Etosha. MATT TODD, EXPERIENCED NAMIBIAN SELF- DRIVER DID YOU KNOW: You can download detailed road maps free of charge at www. map- of- namibia. com In 1920, a hunter called Jacobus Brits saw a strange- coloured rock sticking out of the ground. He scratched it with a knife and discovered it had a metallic gleam. It was a meteorite. ? A meteorite? Is it big? Oh yes, it's the largest known meteorite in the world, roughly three metres wide and a metre high. strong and just the right age," says delighted Canon Park manager Danie Brand. Soon after the release, everyone got a big fright. Koshi was missing. " Koshi is a really crafty one. In a small dry riverbed he had lifted the fence with his horn and squeezed through underneath. We've since heard he was known for this trick in western Etosha," says Danie. Koshi was fi nally sighted next to a waterhole. He was still within Canon Park, but outside the designated ' rhino zone'. Since there are enough plants for him to eat on that side of the fence too, he was left there. A strong- willed rhino is not to be messed with. THE HOBA METEORITE Should I take a guide in Etosha? TAKE IT TO THE JUDGE!