Namibia/4 Bradtby Chris McIntyre
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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Black rhinoThe 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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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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