Namibia

June 3, 2018

The Himba people of Damaraland are one of several indigenous peoples of Namibia who still live a traditional way of life. They are semi-nomadic. We went to visit a Himba village which I found quite interesting.

The Himba have a very distinct look. First of all, they wear very little clothes. Both men and women are topless and wear a simple cloth around their waist and hips. The babies are essentially naked. The women are adorne...

May 30, 2018

Waterberg Plateau Park in Namibia is a beautiful plateau surrounded by amazing tall orange, red, yellow, and green rocks. In 1972, it was declared a nature reserve because the plateau provides natural protection from predators and poaching. The nature reserve was very successful and has healthy populations of different animals, including black rhinos, cape buffalo, eland, sable and roan antelope. Waterberg now supplies other N...

May 29, 2018

With a sizeable landmass of 825,000 sq km, but a population of just 2.48 million people, Namibia is a vast but sparsely populated country. Much of the country is covered by desert and in fact contains the oldest desert on earth, the Namib Desert. But because of its natural beauty and the relative ease of travel through the country, it draws one million tourists a year! Namibia is teeming with European visitors, mostly German a...

May 26, 2018

The oryx, also called the gemsbok, is the national animal of Namibia. It is part of the big antelope family. It has two long straight horns which measure up to 85 cm. Both females and males have horns. It has light brown over most of its body and white on its legs. The face is white with black markings. There is a black line along the spine and on the side of the belly. It has a long black tail. It lives in hot, dry areas and...

May 8, 2018

In the Namib desert, we went on a really cool desert safari to see the "Little Five". The Little Five (actually 6) are: the white cartwheeling spider, the chameleon, the thermal dancing (shovel-snouted )lizard, the Palmato gecko, the sidewinder adder, and legless skink. We rode around the dunes looking for these animals in a big 4x4 truck with our 2 guides. The guides were amazing at finding the animals by looking for their tr...

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