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42 Travel Namibia What to pack… The Mechanics From camera lenses to sunblock, here’s our guide to your suitcase essentials. Medical kit Namibia’s towns have well stocked chemists and, for a short trip to the country, you only need to carry sunblock, insect repellent, antiseptic wipes, some Anthisan Cream to ease the itching from bites, a couple of sachets of oral rehydration salts, Micropore tape to seal cuts and blisters, iodine tablets to purify water in an emergency, aspirin tablets and any anti-malarial medication you have been advised to take. It will all fit in a small sponge bag. For a more adventurous trip where you may be a long way from help, consider contacting Nomad Travel for advice on a more comprehensive medical kit. Make sure you have adequate medical insurance for your trip before you leave home. Lonely Planet’s Healthy Travel Africa is a small and useful book that you can carry with you for emergencies. Photography Kit Namibia is a photographer’s dream – particularly at sunrise and sunset. Always have plenty of film or digital storage with you as you’ll be amazed at just how much you use. If you plan to go wildlife watching then a camera with a zoom facility will vastly improve your pictures. If you have a SLR camera then attach a 28-300mm lens and don’t remove it until you are back in your tent or room at night and away from the dust. The dust on a road trip can get everywhere. It’s a good idea to double protect your gear when not using it. Place everything in a series of plastic zip-up bags (available from most stationers) and then inside a good camera bag. Andy Rouse is one of the world’s best wildlife photographers and has spent months taking pictures in Namibia. His favourite photographic moment in the country was when he saw a desert rhino with a new born calf. “We had been looking for rhinos for 12 days and had been told that there were 47 in Damaraland. Then we found the 48th. It was a wonderful moment – a new generation of a highly endangered animal.” ANDY ROUSE’S TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY n Buy a specialised beanbag that fits over your open car window. Rest your camera on this when taking pictures from your car. n Get a power inverter for your car which allows you to charge your camera when you are away from mains power. Take a spare fuse and leads that allow you to charge from either the car battery or the cigarette lighter. n Keep movement in the car to a minimum. Animals in Namibia are very skittish. In particular don’t wave your hands outside the window. n Don’t miss the waterholes at Etosha, particularly at Okaukuejo Camp, they are a mine of activity. n Don’t drive too close to animals. They will only turn and run. n Damaraland is fabulous for wildlife photography as the landscapes are spectacular, but join an organised tour – it is very isolated. n You can view Andy’s pictures on his website as well as buy his books and prints. Set your alarm. Namibia is at its most photogenic at dawn

Travel Namibia +264-61-230 616 • Fax. +264-61-220 102 IIt’s here in this land of stretching blue skies and endless plains, that you will find beauty feeding the soul, tranquillity clearing the mind and space for the imagination to fly