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Travel Namibia 23 What exactly is the sailing record you are after? It's the outright world speed record. It is timed over 500m, and for a long time it was held by kitesurfers. However, a French boat recently took the record, going at 60mph. That must have hurt? It's good to have competition, but I have a love affair with this record. It feels very wrong that it is in someone else's hands, so I am going to ? What's it made out of? Iron, it's the largest piece of naturally occurring iron on the surface of the earth, weighing more than 60 tons. It fell to earth less than 80,000 years ago. ? 80,000 years ago? How do they know that? Scientists used a rare radioactive nickel isotope with a half- life of less than 80,000 years to put a date on its arrival. Sorry, but you did ask. ? Can I see it? Sure, it's on the farm Hoba West, just outside Grootfontein. There's a small information centre there too. pursue it until we're married! What is your boat like? It's unique. It's built solely to go very fast in a straight line, nothing else. It's made out of carbon fi bre, which is baked in an oven in a vacuum to make it incredibly strong. What is it like to go that fast? The 500m normally takes me 9.5 seconds, so it's over before you realise it. It's like riding a rocket - and that's what the boat is PAUL LARSEN As Travel Namibia goes to print, Paul Larsen is on the water at Walvis Bay attempting to break a world record in a sailing boat he designed himself. INTERVIEW DON'T MISS the L├╝deritz Speed Challenge throughout November. Windsurfers, kitesurfers and boats will all be racing. www. luderitz- speed. com Paul Larsen and his team with the Sail Rocket in Walvis Bay The best place for lunch on the road up to Etosha is the Etosha Garden Hotel in one of the back streets of Outjo. Its beautifully tranquil gardens are perfect for unwinding before hitting the road again. MARTIN BENADIE, WILDERNESS SAFARIS GUIDE POST called, The Sail Rocket. You have to point and shoot it, and then hang on! Why Namibia? I started doing this in the UK, but quickly got fed up with the weather. At Walvis Bay there is an amazing stretch of water with consistent wind, and I have it all to myself. ? Find out if Paul broke the record by going to www. sailrocket. com

24 Travel Namibia Etosha Etosha Etosha has more than 30 easily- accessible waterholes where game gather in the dry winters. But at which one do you park up and wait for the action? Some holes are surrounded by mopane shrubs that the elephants love to eat and which provide shade for animals in the heat of the day. Other pools are favoured as they are open and safe from prowling lions. Some even have a bar from where you can buy a refreshing cold drink. We asked some of Etosha's top guides to share their tips, and we've used these to annotate the map over the page. Happy safari! waterholes