Namibia/4 Bradt

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In 2010, Namibia celebrated 20 years of independence and tourism now grows by around 10% a year. The country’s popularity as a safari and adventure destination has taken off and the infrastructure and amenities have improved dramatically to provide everything for the independent traveler or tourist. This thoroughly updated fourth edition includes all the developments in Namibia’s accommodation, from guest farms to lodges to bush-camps, plus details on areas of natural interest such as the new Sperrgebiet National...

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Overview

In 2010, Namibia celebrated 20 years of independence and tourism now grows by around 10% a year. The country’s popularity as a safari and adventure destination has taken off and the infrastructure and amenities have improved dramatically to provide everything for the independent traveler or tourist. This thoroughly updated fourth edition includes all the developments in Namibia’s accommodation, from guest farms to lodges to bush-camps, plus details on areas of natural interest such as the new Sperrgebiet National Park. Acclaimed author Chris McIntyre tempts adrenaline junkies with exciting opportunities for dune-boarding, ballooning and quad biking in the desert.  Coverage extends to the fascinating range of wildlife adapted to Namibia’s climate, visiting bushman villages and guidelines on eco-travel. From the desolate Skeleton Coast to the lush Kavango and Caprivi Strip or the picturesque capital, Windhoek, Bradt has it covered.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 ‘Best guidebook.’ The Sunday Times

‘By far the most thorough and informative.’ Travel Africa

 

‘Provides in-depth information.’ BBC Wildlife

‘Travelling independently to Namibia and exploring some of the remoter corners of this fascinating country by 4x4, we came to depend on the Bradt Guide. This was especially the case when we ventured into Bushmanland in the north east to visit the remote Khaudum National Park. Arriving late into Tsumkwe and unable to gain access to the lodge, we were forced to drive hard up the sand tracks into the gathering gloom, eyes glued to the GPS and totally reliant on the coordinates thankfully detailed in this comprehensive guidebook. We toasted Chris McIntyre with a few beers when we finally arrived at the Sikerti Camp!’ Exodus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841623351
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 451,038
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris McIntyre’s first trip to Africa was in 1987. He taught in Zimbabwe and is now managing director of specialist tour operator Expert Africa and the author of Bradt’s Botswana, Zambia and Zanzibar.

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Black rhino

The Kaokoveld has one of the world’s best populations of black rhino – a real success story for Namibian conservation. However, if you are lucky enough to find one, and then unlucky enough to be charged by it, use the same tactics as you would for a buffalo: tree-climbing or dodging at the last second. (It is amazing how fast even the least athletic walker will scale the nearest tree when faced with a charging rhino.) If there are no trees in the vicinity, you have a problem. Your best line of defence is probably to crouch very low, so you don’t break the skyline, and remain motionless.

When tracking black rhino in Namibia, you’ll almost always be in the company of two or three professional guides/trackers, usually staff of Save the Rhino Trust. I’ve often been out with them; and the experience can be amazing. On one occasion, we were joined by visitors sporting bright outdoor clothing, who proved disastrously poor at listening to instructions. Having been told to remain dead still because a rhino with a calf was close, one of the group ignored this, stood up and clicked a camera. The rhino charged – it was so fast; this was a very dangerous situation.

Seconds later, as it approached, the trackers all jumped up in unison, shouting and clapping. The rhino changed direction almost instantly, and carried on running into the distance with its calf for miles. It was a tense situation and we were lucky. The one most harmed was the rhino – running for its life, followed by its calf, in 35º heat. We’d put the calf’s life in danger, because one visitor couldn’t listen to his guide.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE     GENERAL INFORMATION  1

Chapter 1         History and Economy   3

History 3, Government and administration, Economy

Chapter 2         People and Culture      

People (to be expanded), Language, Education, Religion, Arts, crafts and culture, Sport

Chapter 3         The Natural Environment         

Physical environment, Flora and fauna, Conservation    

Chapter 4         Planning and Preparation          

When to go, How to travel, Organizing your trip 52, Getting there, Red tape 57, Money and banking 58, What to take 60, Photography and optics 63, Accommodation 64, Food and drink 65, Shopping for crafts 66, Communications and media 66, Giving something back

Chapter 5         Health and Safety        

Before you go, In Namibia, Diseases and when to see a doctor, Returning home, Safety

Chapter 6         Getting around Namibia           

Driving, By air, By rail, By bus, Local transport, Hitchhiking

Chapter 7         Camping and Walking in the Bush        

Camping, Walking, Canoeing, Minimum impact

PART TWO    THE GUIDE   

Chapter 8         Windhoek       

History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information and tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Sports facilities, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions beyond Windhoek

Chapter 9         The Central Corridor   

West from Windhoek: to the coast, East from Windhoek, South from Windhoek

Chapter 10       The Southern Kalahari and Fish River Canyon  

Mariental, Hardap Dam Recreational Resort, East of Mariental and the B1: the Kalahari, The road from Mariental to Keetmanshoop, Keetmanshoop, The Deep South, Fish River Canyon

Chapter 11       Lüderitz and the Southwest      

The roads to Lüderitz, Lüderitz, Excursions from Lüderitz, Sperrgebiet National Park, North of the B4, Maltahöhe

Chapter 12       The Namib-Naukluft National Park      

History, Flora and fauna, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Naukluft Mountains, Sesriem area and Sossusvlei, Solitaire area, The park’s northern section

Chapter 13       Swakopmund and Walvis Bay Area                 

History, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Around the towns

Chapter 14       The Skeleton Coast     

Flora and fauna, National West Coast Recreational Area, Skeleton Coast Park (to be expanded)

Chapter 15       Damaraland and Kaokoland    

Southern Damaraland, Northern Damaraland, Kaokoland (to be expanded)

Chapter 16       Etosha National Park   

Background information, Practical information (to be expanded)

Chapter 17       North-Central Namibia

Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Waterberg Plateau Park, Outjo, Kamanjab

Chapter 18       The Triangle and Bushmanland 

Otavi, Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Bushmanland, Khaudum National Park

Chapter 19       Owamboland   

Ondangwa, Oshakati, Ruacana (to be expanded)

Chapter 20       Rundu and the Caprivi Strip     

Kavango Region, Caprivi Region (possible addition of Mangetti Game Reserve)

Appendix 1      Wildlife Guide  

Appendix 2      Language         

Appendix 3      Further Information      

Index               

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Namibia, 4th

The Bradt Travel Guide
By Chris McIntyre

Bradt Travel Guides

Copyright © 2011 Chris McIntyre
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781841623351

Black rhino

The Kaokoveld has one of the world’s best populations of black rhino – a real success story for Namibian conservation. However, if you are lucky enough to find one, and then unlucky enough to be charged by it, use the same tactics as you would for a buffalo: tree-climbing or dodging at the last second. (It is amazing how fast even the least athletic walker will scale the nearest tree when faced with a charging rhino.) If there are no trees in the vicinity, you have a problem. Your best line of defence is probably to crouch very low, so you don’t break the skyline, and remain motionless.

When tracking black rhino in Namibia, you’ll almost always be in the company of two or three professional guides/trackers, usually staff of Save the Rhino Trust. I’ve often been out with them; and the experience can be amazing. On one occasion, we were joined by visitors sporting bright outdoor clothing, who proved disastrously poor at listening to instructions. Having been told to remain dead still because a rhino with a calf was close, one of the group ignored this, stood up and clicked a camera. The rhino charged – it was so fast; this was a very dangerous situation.

Seconds later, as it approached, the trackers all jumped up in unison, shouting and clapping. The rhino changed direction almost instantly, and carried on running into the distance with its calf for miles. It was a tense situation and we were lucky. The one most harmed was the rhino – running for its life, followed by its calf, in 35º heat. We’d put the calf’s life in danger, because one visitor couldn’t listen to his guide.



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Excerpted from Namibia, 4th by Chris McIntyre Copyright © 2011 by Chris McIntyre. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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