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be no more needless killing of wildlife. An artificially- supplied floodlit water- hole named Moringa, after the picturesque ghost trees that occur on the hill above it, was built on the boundary of Halali in 1992. This enables tourists to have an outstanding view of wildlife at the edge of the rest camp. The dolomite- rich hill itself was originally named Ogomabes by the Haikom, meaning ' Place Where Many People Died', possibly a reference to earlier conflict with other tribes. A self- guided walking trail exists on this hill, called Tsumasa, which simply means ' hill'. Fort Namutoni Historically known by Wambos as Onamutune, now Fort Namutoni, it means ' place that can be seen from far away', because it is noticeably elevated due to the accumulated mineral deposits borne to the surface by artesian water. Historically the Herero name was ' Omutjamatinda', describing the ' strong water coming from the raised place'. In the past century a trader and cattle post existed near the reeded fountain. The Haikom refer to the entire area surrounding Namutoni as Namob, meaning ' place of pleasure', possibly because of its pleasant and attractive situation with plentiful shade Travel Namibia 43 MAIN: Namutoni – ' place that can be seen from far away' MIDDLE: Etosha's pan has inspired many place names BELOW: Halali is named after a German hunting ritual ADDITIONAL PLACE NAMES namely Salsola etoshensis. A little- known alternative name for Okaukuejo is to be found on the war map for German South West Africa. There it was known as ' Huiub', which relates phonetically to the Haikom name. The rest camp's floodlit water- hole, now supplemented by boreholes, is one of Etosha's major tourist attractions. Okaukuejo has been the headquarters of Etosha since formal tourism began in 1955 and incorporates the internationally recognized Etosha Ecological Institute. Halali Halali is the name given to the rest camp that lies midway between the western and eastern entrances to Etosha. The name is traditionally used in Germany by huntsmen who sound the halali horn, a bugle- like instrument, signifying that the quarry has been brought to bay and the hunt is over. In Etosha the word is used with a different connotation. It proclaims that within Etosha's borders sport hunting is indeed over and there will Gemsboemsbokvlakte Afrikaans for ' Oryx plain'. This waterhole is popular with both tourists and animals, being originally a natural, ephemeral pan. Goasoas Haikom for ' Place of many rocks'. A natural fountain, it erupts from a fault in the broken calcrete terrain. Helio Hills English. These twin dolomite hills dominate the landscape and were used by German troops to relay messages to their comrades via a heliograph mounted on the highest peak. Olifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbadlifantsbad Afrikaans for ' elephant's bath'. This cement- lined depression, supplemented from a borehole that is powered by solar panels, attracts large herds of elephants. and edible berries. In 1896 the German Reich established a garrison under Lieutenant Fischer, who became the first warden of the unproclaimed Etosha. Legend has it that, on the night of a full moon, the massive wooden gates of the old fort can be heard creaking as they swing open, allowing the German cavalry to ride out under a bugle call. Namibia Wildlife Resorts Namibia Wildlife Resorts

" I really enjoyed being here. Since my mom died this was the first time in a long time that I am really happy again. I am gonna miss my new friends too. I lived really healthy and comfy here. I learned a lot about the animals and plants I wish that I am gonno see you all again. It is a wonderful world out there". Patricia from Windhoek " I will always remember everyone who was with me at the camp. Especially I will remember new friends, staff and I will remember the chef until the last day of my life. I will remember the chocolate cake we ate on the first day. I will remember the beautiful mountains and the very big Hoanib River. What I will remember most are my new friends". Selina, 15, from Sesfontein Namibian Voices 44 Travel Namibia T wice a year, two of Namibia's top lodges close their doors to tourists and instead welcome groups of orphaned or vulnerable local schoolchildren. All these young people have had their childhoods disrupted by poor health, poverty and HIV. In the six- day camps Wilderness Safaris aim to give the children back their confidence and dreams for the future. " It is amazing to see the change in the children over the course of the camps," says Sarah Omura, Programme Coordinator of Children in the Wilderness Namibia. " At first they are quite shy and scared of the unfamiliar surroundings, but with the love and support from our dedicated team of staff the children began to grow in self- confidence and esteem and by the end of the camps they go home filled with a new sense of hope and purpose." Part of the magic of camp is created by ensuring the emotional and physical safety of each child; creating a culture of positive feedback, encouraging supportive relationships with other children and staff and adding a healthy measure of laughter. The camps take place in the Namib Desert at Kulala Wilderness Camp, or in Damaraland, home to the endangered black rhino, at the Rhino Desert Lodge. For many of the children it is the first time they have ventured outside their small communities. The camps make some of the world's best environmental classrooms. The interaction with local guides, conservationists and lodge management creates a fantastic opportunity for the children to develop new insights into the value of conservation and ecotourism in this country. We could write pages about this fabulous project, but these pictures and the letters the young people write at the end of their camps say it so much better. C hildren Wilderness in the M ichael Poliza