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False 14 Travel Namibia Two new border crossings have been opened between Namibia and South Africa, giving some exciting new possibilities for the more adventurous self- drive tourist. The first new crossing is at Mata Mata in southeast Namibia. It means that travellers can now drive right through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park without a lengthy detour. The park is shared between Namibia, South Africa and Botswana and is famous for its Kalahari landscapes and its wildlife, including lions. The second new crossing is at Sendelingsdrift in Namibia’s South West on the Gariep/ Orange River. A ferry shuttles back and forth between the two river banks allowing visitors to travel from the Namibian side of the Ai- Ais/ Richtersveld Transfrontier Park directly into the South African part. This area is known for its mountain scenery and forms part of the Succulent Karoo Desert which boasts more than 6,000 plant species. It is the most bio- diverse desert on earth and The Richtersveld was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites at the end of June. Among its most intriguing endemic plants is the conspicuous ‘ Halfmens’‚ a stem succulent whose silhouette often resembles that of a human figure. For anyone in a 4WD vehicle, the new border crossing point and ferry service open up an alternative route from South Africa’s Cape Town to southern Namibia. From Cape Town you can drive along the West Coast to the Richtersveld, then cross the Gariep/ Orange River and continue on the northern bank to towards the Fish River Canyon, or straight north to Rosh Pinah and on to the Wild Horses at Aus as well as the diamond ghost town of Kolmanskop and the harbour town of Lüderitz. DID YOU KNOW? Namibia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s cheetah population, of which 90% live on farmland. Xxxxxxx Sandbagged These are a few of our favourite books here at Travel Namibia. n David Gilman’s The Devil’s Breath ( Puffin, £ 6.99) is a cracking read for teenagers on holiday in Namibia. Hero Max Gordon recruits the help of San Bushmen to help find his missing dad. n Skeleton Coast, by Amy Schoeman ( Struik, £ 29.99), contains some of the most beautiful pictures available of Namibia and is a fascinating account of the history of this eerie coastline. n Namibia - The Bradt Travel Guide (£ 15.99), by Chris McIntyre, is an up- to- date and reliable guide to the country. Thirty thousand bags had to be filled with sand to transform the Damaraland Camp in the Torra Conservancy. The sandbags were used as eco- friendly bricks which were then plastered over to provide new walls in the camp’s ten tents, which have doubled in size and been thatched to keep them cool. Back in 1996 the camp was Wilderness Safari’s first venture in Namibia. It has won several awards in conservation and sustainable community development. The area around the camp is very fragile, and once a pathway has been made it is very hard to rehabilitate the ground afterwards. In order to protect the landscape during the re- development, areas were sectioned off by tape to stop builders walking or driving over them. Plans were also altered to protect an old aloe tree. In total, around 60 local people were employed for the work. Many of them had worked before in building and construction, but were unable to find steady jobs in Namibia. One man walked 40km to the camp to ask for a job - nobody can say no to that type of determination! BOOK CASE B order bonus Moro >> News · views · people · places · conservation · community · wildlife · culture D amaraland Camp The succulent Karoo after rain Gondwanaondwanaondwana Collectionollection Wildernessildernessilderness Safarisafaris

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