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Tirasberg

After leaving the arid and rocky south around the Fish River Canyon, we started heading north towards the red dune area of Sossusvlei. On our way we stopped off in the Tirasberg. We turned north from the Keetmanshoop – Lüderitz road, and on to the Tiras Plain, located between the Rooirand (Escarpment) and the south eastern foothills of […]

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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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The Quiver Tree Forest and Giant’s Playground

Thirteen kilometres north-east of Keetmanshoop, on the farm Gariganus, is a huge Quiver Tree (Afrikaans name: Kokerboom) forest. This is not what one usually thinks of as a “forest”, but it is an amazing collection of approximately 250 Aloe dichotoma  plants. These are tall (up to 7 meters or 23 feet tall), tree-like aloes which grow in the […]

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Geckos

Wherever ones goes in Namibia there are geckos – the real ones (Namibia has 12 families of gecko), and the decorative ones.  Geckos are a type of lizard with some really unique features. Firstly, the noise they make to communicate with other geckos is unique to this type of lizard. In fact the English word “gecko” originates […]

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Fish River Canyon: Third time’s a charm

Our first stop once we had crossed the border into Namibia, was at a camp near the Fish River Canyon. The Fish River Canyon is the largest canyon in Africa, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nambia. The canyon is “in total about 160 km (100 miles) long, up to 27 km (17 miles) […]

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WPC: Shine – Blue Glow

These huge “Blue Bottles” (or Portuguese man o’ war marine organisms) washed up on the Witsand beach after days of intense South-Easter (onshore wind) blowing. In the soft late afternoon sun, they shone with a beautiful blue glow. This post is part of the Daily Post | Weekly Photo Challenges | Shine It is also […]

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Impressions of Namibia

Before this latest trip to Namibia, I had not been there for many years. My impressions of the country and its people were through the eyes of a child. Back then my family did a long road trip through Namibia, and I can remember the insane distances we were driving and the intense heat (it was mid-summer). […]

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Kruger Camps III – Bushveld camps – Bateleur & Sirheni

The Bateleur and Sirheni bushveld camps lie in the far northern region of the Kruger National Park. They are both fairly close to the Shingwedzi Rest Camp (one of the main camps on the north-south road), which raises the question of whether it is really necessary to stay in both on the same trip. We […]

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The Kruger Red Rocks

The Red Rocks Loop (S52) runs along the Shingwedzi River and is one of the most beautiful areas in the Kruger National Park. The road passes through thick riverine forest and also allows visitors to see where the Shingwedzi River has carved a path across a Karoo Sandstone band. Here there are reddish cliffs and […]

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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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