Jul 02 2015

Final tally for rhino conservation

A massive big THANK YOU to everyone who supported our efforts at raising money for rhino conservation We raised $716 which will support the¬†Botswana Rhino Reintroduction & Monitoring Project run by the Wilderness Wildlife Trust. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Jun 18 2015

Cheetah Conservation Fund

At the start of our week long visit, when driving north from Windhoek to Etosha, we saw the signboards for Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). I had been in contact with them years before when living in the UK, but hadn’t realised where they were located in Namibia. Now I knew. We made a mental note …

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Jun 17 2015

My favourite surprise

Our days in Etosha were drawing to a close. We still had one full day before we started the extended journey back to Windhoek to catch our flight. And it turned out to be a very special day. The morning dawned glorious and golden – and rather chilly – as it had most days. Our …

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Jun 16 2015

A day of birds

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I woke up warm and happy for the first time in Etosha! I had a failed negotiation with Viking Explorer the night before. I thought, being the kind, caring man that he is, he would be only too happy to relinquish his Norwegian sleeping bag and take my North Face sleeping bag. I wanted to …

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Jun 15 2015

Day two in Etosha

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I awoke in the dark after another night of freezing cold temperatures. A plan was urgently needed for the following night. The sleeping bag wasn’t up to the task. But those thoughts quickly disappeared as we packed up camp and wondered what awaited us during the day. Again, we were first out of the gates …

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Jun 14 2015

A magical day in Etosha

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That first night in the park (and I think the second too!) I froze. The answer to “how cold can it really get in Africa in Winter?” is VERY! Despite a very good quality winter sleeping supposedly temperature rated to -7C, my newly purchased fleece blanket tucked inside, full thermal base layers AND a beanie …

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Jun 13 2015

Northwards … Etosha here we come!

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I eased into consciousness, snuggled warmly under the duvet. The events of the previous day all but forgotten. Today, we could start on our holiday. Now, we would never recommend anyone to visit Namibia for 1 week. It is just too short to see very much, the distances are far and the driving can be …

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Jun 12 2015

Not the start I anticipated

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I stood forlornly gazing at the lone burgundy wheelie bag circling in front of me on the otherwise empty baggage carousel. A bag that unfortunately wasn’t mine. Sigh. Not exactly the start I had anticipated to our Namibian adventure. Sigh. Last time my bags were lost, it took the airline 5 days to reunite me …

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