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Namibia Safari

As we headed north in Namibia into Darmaland, the landscape changed slowly but dramatically into typical African bushland. We went on a day safari with the Save The Rhino Foundation, where local guides took us looking for the elusive Black Rhino, one of the most endangered animals in Africa. We started in a jeep looking for tracks, and once we found fresh ones, we set out on foot! Our guides pointed out rhino spoor and could accurately estimate its age -- it was interesting, but a little stinky. After about an hour of walking, our guide spotted a solitary rhino and we approached to a safe distance. Rhinos have a keen sense of smell and good hearing, but are almost blind, so if you approach quietly from the right direction (down wind), they have no idea you're there, and by throwing a rock, you can easily fool them into thinking that the rock is you! It was a thrilling experience to see such a massive animal at eye level, and quite different than being in a car.

We then continued east to Etosha National Park, Namibia's biggest game park. Etosha is unique in that you get to drive yourself around the park and view game from your own car! The park is mostly dry, but has many watering holes that draw animals all day long. You just drive to a watering hole and see what animals are there. One day, we spent several hours at a watering hole watching several herds of elephants playing with one another and the other animals that came to drink. At times, there were nearly 50 elephants at the watering hole. We would have never guessed that we'd have the patience for this, but it was a fascinating experience. At night, tourists enter a "cage" -- the lodges are completely fenced in from the animals who are the true owners and operators of the park. Each lodge has a flood-lit watering hole where you can sit and watch animals come to drink at night. We enjoyed BBQ-ing outside our room at night and watching the different animals come to drink.

Questions and Answers

how much is it for accomodation for two weeks in Namibia?

It really depends on the where you are and the kind of accomodation you're looking for. We stayed in several different kinds of places: (1) camped in a campground (using our own tent), was less than $10 USD/night; (2) at a simple hotel/lodge inside Etosha National Park, prices ranged from $50-$100+ USD/night, depending on whether you wanted to stay in a hotel room or a private hut; (3) at Sossusvlei, we stayed in an elegant hotel for about $125/night. In general, it's easy to find a variety of accomodations everywhere we went.

We will be travelling in Botswana from 24/03 - 09/04 in a hired 4x4 landrover defender. My concern is the condition of roads in the salt pans, moremi and chobe. Just how bad are these roads and as we are travelling in one vehicle (no convoy) is it safe.

When we went to Namibia, we rented a small 2-wheel drive car, and it was adequate. The gravel roads are quite good. Just make sure you have a full-size spare and only travel during the day.

I'd like to tour Namibia for about 10 days in an ordinary saloon car. Where would I be able to go? I will be travelling from Cape Town S.A.

We are travelling to Namibia for 2 weeks and would like to stay in 2 or 3 self catering type destinations that include seeing the dunes and other key places? At reasonable rates in February 2007 Regards Karin

I would like to visit Windhoek for 2 days.which hotels or lodges can i find at reasonable rates thanks MOS.

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