WPC: It’s Not This Time of Year Without . . .

The brief for this week’s photo challenge was to show photos of something that reminded you of this time of the year i.e. the holiday season. In South Africa it ...

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WPC: Magic Sparks

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A Desert Garden at Brandberg

The Brandberg in Namibia is one of the most arid environments I have ever been in. All the plants and animals have had to adapt to the lack of water, but ...



The White Lady of Brandberg

Post by Willie for Notes from Africa Another fascinating place  in Namibia is ...
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Moon Mountain Lodge

After a day of traipsing through and photographing the red dunes at ...

Spitzkoppe – Between a rock and a hard place

Post by Willie for Notes from Africa Spitzkoppe in Namibia is a ...


Sossusvlei is usually taken to mean the red dune area of the ...


After leaving the arid and rocky south around the Fish River Canyon, we ...

The Quiver Tree Forest and Giant’s Playground

Thirteen kilometres north-east of Keetmanshoop, on the farm Gariganus, is a huge ...


Wherever ones goes in Namibia there are geckos – the real ones ...

Fish River Canyon: Third time’s a charm

Our first stop once we had crossed the border into Namibia, was ...

Two Books: “It’s me, Anna” by Elbie Lötter & “Dead Before Dying” by Deon Meyer

I have recently read two books, both by South African authors, that ...

WPC: Shine – Blue Glow

These huge “Blue Bottles” (or Portuguese man o’ war marine organisms) washed ...

Naries: It’s all downhill from here

As we were travelling from the Southern Cape to the Namibian border, ...

On the road to Nowhere

On a deserted road in Namibia, we came across this old rusted ...
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Impressions of Namibia

Before this latest trip to Namibia, I had not been there for ...

Getting stuffed at the Seeheim Hotel

South-west of the little Namibian town of Keetmanshoop is the Seeheim Hotel. Having ...

Kruger Camps III – Bushveld camps – Bateleur & Sirheni

The Bateleur and Sirheni bushveld camps lie in the far northern region ...
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Rosie is a brave bear

For years when people asked me whether Rosie was a good watch ...

Postcards from Namibia

This is a taste of what is to come in a series I’ll ...

The Kruger Red Rocks

The Red Rocks Loop (S52) runs along the Shingwedzi River and is ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

Chaos ensues when too many birds try and land on the same tree stump, at Grootkolk in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  The last image shows all the birds leaving. This post is part of the Daily Post | Weekly Photo Challenges | Chaos

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Spitzkoppe – link

There was a problem when the original post was published . . . please see link below. Post by Willie for Notes from Africa Spitzkoppe in Namibia is a spectacular and unusual place.  The Spitzkoppe and Pontok mountains rise dramatically from an otherwise flat semi-desert landscape.  … Source: Spitzkoppe – Between a rock and a […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

This week’s challenge is around the word “Transmogrify” which essentially means to transform “something in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely“. I did not have anything grotesque to show, but here in the southern hemisphere we have just gone from winter into early summer and the trees in our front yard went through a […]

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Solitaire: Apple pie in the desert

Solitaire is a small settlement in the Khomas Region of central Namibia near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. We came upon it while driving from the red dune area of Sossusvlei to Walvis Bay at the coast. The main settlement is very small – it has a petrol station, post office, a bakery and a general […]

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Gondwana Canyon Village

When I was a child and our family visited Namibia, we just packed our camper van and camping gear, left Cape Town one morning and headed north for the border. That seemed fine in those days and we mostly found a place to stay for the night. Although I do remember us all having to […]

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The Dutch Reformed Mother Church (consecrated in 1842).  ©LB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local

In a lot of small towns in South Africa, the landscape is dominated by the local church or churches. George is no longer a small town, but this church at the top of the main road, is still a dominant landmark. Even at night.   This post is part of the Daily Post | Weekly Photo Challenges […]

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What’s on my iPod?

I have mentioned before that I love listening to podcasts. Way back I wrote about my favourite “Bedtime Stories” (click on link), and although I still do listen to those podcasts, I have added several more to my playlist. You can listen to episodes from the podcast archives on the websites (you can link to […]

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The Kruger Oxpecker Army

We were expecting to see Oxpeckers in Kruger, but weren’t quite prepared for what we came across.  Not only were they on every large grazing species, but there were often a lot of oxpeckers on a single animal. They took their jobs really seriously! Oxpeckers graze exclusively on the bodies of large mammals. Certain species […]

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Kruger National Park – Information resources

There is an overwhelming amount of information about the Kruger National Park – both online and in books. I don’t think it is necessary to consult a lot of material before you go to Kruger, but it is useful to read some of what is available in order to plan your trip. The resources I […]

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