Namibia - South West Africa - Namib Desert

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Namibia

Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, is an independent country sharing south and east borders with South-Africa. The economy of this country governed by a national assembly, is firmly based on agriculture, herding, the mining of uranium, silver, gold and base metals and, of course, on tourism.

The attractiveness of Namibia is unique and worthy to be explored by tourist from all over the world.

Like the rest of the countries in southern Africa, Namibia has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Winter (June to August) is dry. Rain occurs in summer between September and November and heavier between February and April. Humidity is low; rainfall varies from almost zero to more than 600mm (in the Caprivi). Droughts are quite common. Floods originate in Angola often cause damage to infrastructure. 21,000 people were displaced in March 2011 during the worst floods so far in the country's history.

http://www.afrizim.com/Travel_Guides/Namibia/Attractions.asp
http://www.afrizim.com/Travel_Guides/Namibia/Attractions.asp

Relevant information for tourists

Namibia lies mostly between latitudes 17° and 29°S (a small area is north of 17°), and longitudes 11° and 26°E.

The landscape consists of -

  • The Central Plateau;
  • The Namib Desert;
  • The Great Escarpment;
  • The Bushveld;
  • The Kalahari Desert.

Windhoek © Mark Bielawny
Windhoek © Mark Bielawny

Central Plateau

The Central Plateau is a wide, flat area accommodating the majority of Namibia’s economic activities and population. The nation’s capital, Windhoek, is located in the Central Pateau. translated to English, Windhoek means ‘Wind Corner’. The name, however, has nothing to do with wind; allegedly it was named after the Winterhoek Mountains in South Africa - the original settlement of the ancestors of Captain Jonker Afrikaner, the founder of the city. Several hot springs in the vicinity could have encouraged him to establish the original settlement.

The tourism activity centre of Namibia is the harbor city Walvis Bay (Whale Bay), a mecca for keen fishermen and a haven for sea vessels.

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aerial_view_of_Walvisbaai_2.jpg

Climate data for Walvis Bay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walvis_Bay
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walvis_Bay
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/judithnicolai/tags/film/
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/judithnicolai/tags/film/

The Orange River ~ South boarder of the Central Plataea

The Orange river forms part of the international borders between South Africa and Namibia. It is the largest river in South Africa and serves as several provincial borders within South Africa.


http://www.dirtyboots.co.za/adventures/geographic/orange-river-adventures/
http://www.dirtyboots.co.za/adventures/geographic/orange-river-adventures/

Fish River

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Fish River Canyon

Situated in the south of Namibia is the Fish River Canyon, the SECOND largest canyon in the world. The gigantic ravine is in total 100 miles (160km) long.

The Fish River is the longest river in Namibia. The river flows intermittently, usually flooding in late summer (February to April), and the rest of the year only a chain of long narrow pools.

Fish River Canyon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fish_River_Canyon_Namibia.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fish_River_Canyon_Namibia.jpg

The Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is a very large coastal desert, the only true desert in southern Africa and considered to be the world's oldest desert of roughly 80–55 million years old. The world's second largest sand dunes - after those of the Badain Jaran Desert - are to be seen in the Namib desert.

Inland is the Nabib-Naukluft National Park, the LARGEST game park in Africa and inter alia the habitat of African Bush Elephants, Mountain Zebras, lions adapted to deserts and a number of unusual plants and animals.

Sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Mark Bielawny
Sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Mark Bielawny
Sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Mark Bielawny
Sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Mark Bielawny

Roaring dunes...

Sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Mark Bielawny
Sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia © Mark Bielawny

The Moon Landscape in the Namib Desert

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namib_Desert
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namib_Desert

The Skeleton Coast

Along the coast, and especially in the northern part - the Skeleton Coast - the strongest winds cause immense fogs and strong currents. The remnants of a number of shipwrecks can be found as much as 50 meters (55 yards) inland.

Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast, Namibia © Mark Bielawny ~ http://www.africatravelresource.com/africa/namibia/nw/skeletoncoastnorth/guide/when-to-visit/
Skeleton Coast, Namibia © Mark Bielawny ~ http://www.africatravelresource.com/africa/namibia/nw/skeletoncoastnorth/guide/when-to-visit/
© Mark Bielawny
© Mark Bielawny
© Mark Bielawny
© Mark Bielawny
http://shivverma.wordpress.com/workshops/africa-photo-safari-namibia-botswana/
http://shivverma.wordpress.com/workshops/africa-photo-safari-namibia-botswana/
Skeleton Coast © Mark Bielawny
Skeleton Coast © Mark Bielawny
http://www.guideforafrica.com/namibia/skeleton-coast-tours.html
http://www.guideforafrica.com/namibia/skeleton-coast-tours.html

The Great Escarpment

The Great Escarpment is another geographical area in Namibia, rocky with poorly developed soils, yet rich with its characteristic abiotic conditions and vegetation, ranging from dense woodlands to more shrubby areas with scattered trees, in particular many species of Acasia.

http://www.cruiseline.co.uk/Namibia-Cruises
http://www.cruiseline.co.uk/Namibia-Cruises
© Mark Bielawny ~ http://www.wolwedans.com/destination/geology/
© Mark Bielawny ~ http://www.wolwedans.com/destination/geology/

The Bushveld

The Bushveld is a specific geographical area situated in northeast Namibia along the Angolan border ~ (The Zambezi River). Temperatures are cooler and more moderate - approximate 10 and 30 °C (50 and 86 °F).

The spectacular Etosha Pan is situated in this region.


Etosha Pan @ http://jeromehillaire.blogspot.com/2010/03/southern-africa.html
Etosha Pan @ http://jeromehillaire.blogspot.com/2010/03/southern-africa.html
The Bushveld © Mark Bielawny
The Bushveld © Mark Bielawny
The Bushveld © Mark Bielawny
The Bushveld © Mark Bielawny
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25802996@N03/3556967819/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25802996@N03/3556967819/

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert, shared with South Africa and Botswana, is Namibia’s best known geographical feature with environments ranging from hyper-arid sandy desert to isolated mountains to typical desert dunes. The Succulent Karoo, where one third of the world's succulents are found, falls in this area, hosting over 5000 species of plants.

Extract: Regine Lord @ En route to a bushveld paradise erindi private game reserve in Namibia:

"There are a few human settlements which are the Kalahari’s best known inhabitants – The San Bushmen. This tribe, numbering only a few thousand are squeezed into inhospitable pieces of land and where they are sadly exploited as cheap farm labor. The Bushmen are now thought to be the last remnants of of Southern Africa’s original inhabitants who occupied the whole sub-continent long before white settlers invaded their territories." ~ http://www.safaris-in-namibia.co.uk/?p=185

Some tribes still follow traditional way of life

http://www.safaris-in-namibia.co.uk/?p=185 ~~~ http://www.mapsofworld.com/namibia/culture/tribes.html
http://www.safaris-in-namibia.co.uk/?p=185 ~~~ http://www.mapsofworld.com/namibia/culture/tribes.html
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/kalaharidesert/interesting/
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/kalaharidesert/interesting/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprivi_Strip
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprivi_Strip

Caprivi

Caprivi is a narrow protrusion between Namibia and Botswana with Angola and Zambia to the north. It is bordered by the Zambezi-, Okavango- and Kwandi Chobe rivers. The area is rich in wildlife and mineral resources and inter alia the habitat of the endangered Wild African Dog, Lycaon pictus.

Downstream in the Zambezi River is the Victoria Falls situated between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and not accessible via the Caprivi. Due to a civil war from 1994–1999 the Caprivi is still unstable and therefore not appropriate for tourism.

Wild African Dog, Lycaon pictus

http://www.psychedeliczen.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=165
http://www.psychedeliczen.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=165

Souvenirs: Namibia

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Sunshine625 aka Linda Bilyeu
Sunshine625 aka Linda Bilyeu

Credit to -

Linda Bilyeu aka

sunshine625 for telling me about her doctor's visit to Namibia.

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Dr. Mark Bielawny for sending me some of the pictures he took during his vacation in Namibia with permission to use them in this article.

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Dr. Mark Bielawny & friends in Namibia

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Martie, This article is brilliant! The information, details and photos makes me want to hop on a plane and visit today! It's obvious how proud you are of your country, your pride shines through your words. Thank you for the shout-out, I'm sure my doc will truly appreciate what you have done with his beautiful photos. Those sand dunes are breathtaking. Well done my friend.


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Wonderful Hub. Thanks for sharing all these great photos and information about Namibia. Voted up!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent, Martie! Makes me want to visit.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Sunshine, those pictures of him are absolutely awesome. I have a few similar hubs to write, because I am proud of our beautiful country as well of our beautiful neighbor-countries, inter alia Namibia. I ignore people and politics and concentrate on Nature. Really, if we look at the situation through the 'eyes' of Mother Earth, people are parasites destroying Nature as far as they go. Thank you so much for your continuous support and friendship :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you for clicking in for the read, suziecat, and for your inspiring comment and votes :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Will :) And I haven't even mentioned that those dunes 'roar'. I am adding the link ~~~ http://youtu.be/eDHktLgmZpM


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Martie, you have outdone yourself with this absolutely spectacular hub worthy of a National Geographic award. The detail is astounding and the pictures ( courtesy of Linda and her Doc) are utterly gorgeous. This is an absolute convincer for anyone considering a Namib holiday ad for those who have never thought of this as a holiday destination. What an utterly unspoilt God's own country. I really need to put this on my list that keeps getting longer by the day! Simply superb, my dear.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

What a wonderful Hub you did here! This country is truly beautiful. I know I'll never get there, but I'd sure like to visit. The photos are wonderful.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh Martie! This hub is a positive wealth of fascinating information on your country......the photos are exquisite and you've done the perfect job of presenting in such a way that has me literally dreaming of an opportunity to see all of this, up close and personal!!

Gosh, Martie.....tell me REALLY....what would your instant reaction be if Sunshine & I showed up on your doorstep??? You know Sunshine can officially ring your doorbell and say..."Avon calling...."

Bravo to Linda Sue for the vital role she played in the creation of this marvelous hub! Just gorgeous, Martie....a paradise. UP ++


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh hold it right there, y'all,

I shall be fueling the jet stat and picking up Linda and Paula... Ain't no way there is gonna be a holiday without mar...!

Sista, this is an amazing array of fascinating information and photography that indeed makes me yearn to visit you even more.

Comprehensive, precise, thoughtful review. Fabulous work!

Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sounds like a plan in the works here......this could be a very scary thing for you Martie.......Maria, Sunshine and me? and who knows who else will sign up! Tillie!!! We mustn't go without Tils....and Victoria Lynn....she must go too........Jaye.....we can't travel without Wisdom!

Yep...sounds like trouble brewin Martie!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub love the video and all of the wonderful photos.

I'll be right off for a cuppa.

Voted across the top except funny. Joyce.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Doc... You know us gals will need proper footwear. I assume you'll be coming along as our escort and personal shopper. Ladies, plenty of room... The jet is huge!

Sista, please have the wet bar stocked... Thanks in advance!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Martie,

Beautiful job here well done! Loved the information, pictures were amazing! Great shout out to Linda and her doctor. I am sure the doctor will be pleased with how this hub turned out! Great job Martie!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Well done Martie. If half of these photos were labeled Texas, or Arizona they would be believable. Namibia is a beautiful country.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this great report and remarkable pictures.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

A vaca with Effer, Martie, Mar, Sunshine, Tills and of course we have to have Josh and Docmo there as our bodyguards...because you know us lovely ladies will need them! I'm in! Let me know when you have the arrangements set! Heck, we need to win the lotto first. Positive thinking!:)


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GoGreenTips 4 years ago from Indianapolis

I loved the article! The pictures were awesome! it is interesting to read and see the awesome beauty that Africa has to offer...Loved to go there some day, but I fear your hub may be the closet I will come. Thanks for the visit!


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jcevans2009 4 years ago from Boise, ID

I just loved the photographs of the area's natural beauty! The Orange River looks lovely, and the Skeleton Coast has its own eery beauty. Great hub!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

A vacation with Effer, Martie, Sunshine, Tills with Josh and yours truly as your personal bodyguards/ personal shopper to go visit Mar and the beautiful Namibia? Heck I'm chartering a Jet now!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Martie voted up and awesome. Wow the pictures are spectacular. Thanks for the tour it was great. Love the Orange River and the Skeleton Coast reminded me a bit of the place in the cartoon The Lion King where the little cubs meet the hyenas. Passing this on.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Docmo, thank you so much for making my day with your comments, and (oh my soul) that lovely song – You’re such a teaser, you better appoint 4 bodyguards to protect you down here against two-legged cats… and beware, I am a tiger, the most dangerous…. LOL! Those pictures of Linda’s good doctor certainly make this hub a fantastic experience, and just figure seeing all of that with your one eyes! Docmo, there are so-so many awesome paradises of all sorts on this awesome planet of us, you will have to live 9 times like a cat to be able to enjoy them all. Thank you, again, for your truehearted support :))

3 mary615, how will we ever be able to visit all the beautiful countries in the world? But we can surely do it via hubs like this. Thanks you for coming over for the read :)

fpherj48, Namibia was once upon a time part of my country (South Africa), but obtain independence in 1990, or was it 1991? Jumping out of my skin and back with gladness will be my instant reaction when you and Sunshine ring my doorbell. I am a born organizer of unforgettable parties and outings :)) And my sister is also on Avon’s pay-roll, so let’s make a plan… :) Thank you so much for your lovely support and friendship, Paula!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

marcoujor, my most adorable sista, , with you on my side I will also organize a trip to Venus and back… On the other hand, after you’ve seen this beautiful part of the world, you will have no desire to go to Venus. Please pack your jet with all of our friends and come down a.s.a.p. I wonder if Alastar can dance on roaring dunes? Thanks so much, mar, for your ayoba friendship and votes.

fpherj48, organizing a tour de Southern Africa will definitely not scare me – I was born to be a tour guide, but Fate intervened. Fortunately I had the opportunity to organize a few marvelous tours for our youth orchestra to Cape Town, BUT, eventually it became too easy, because teenagers are not interested in history and geographical wonders. To keep them happy, is to let them free in amusement parks and gigantic shopping malls.

writer20, you might like some genuine South African wines as well, and maybe a tot or two of our unique Witblits and Mampoer – a kind of Vodka – distilled fruits of all kinds. Name it, and we can change it into Mampoer. And, of course, a cuppa coffee first thing in the morning. I am always glad to see you in my corner :))


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

josh3418, so good to see you in here. With you in our group, we will laugh all the way from the Caprivi, down to Cape Town and all along the coast – detouring inland – to Mozambique…. You can be Tour de Southern Aftica’s official clown :)) Thank you so much for you visit :)

mckbirdbks, as a matter of fact, the province I am living in – North West, South Africa - is known as SA’s Texas. I am now curious to see more of Arizona. Of course, via videos, articles and pictures… unless I discover a new kind of gemstone down here. Thanks so much for your inspiring comment.

Mhatter99, I appreciate your visit and comment . Thanks a lot!

Sunshine625, you can be the secretary of the Committee Tour de Southern Africa, and maybe you should be Docmo’s bodyguard as well. My sista and I may appear to be good girls, but we are not to be trusted… for we can do Zorba Dancing,

GoGreenTips, in Southern Africa – and the rest of Africa, we are still enjoying the original creation more than the creations of mankind. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

jcevans2009, we have so many uniqueness down here, you’ll need at least 6 weeks to see them all. Thanks for your kind comment :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Docmo, thanks for chartering a Jet. Now we need a luxurious bus as well… :)))

Gypsy Rose Lee, did you know that the The Lion Kings’ theme song was originally a folk song of the Zulu’s in South Africa? Southern Africa has many kinds of climates, from tropical to desert, but I believe this is the case in most countries. Book yourself a seat in the Jet and come and enjoy the tour… :) Thanks for passing this on.

Marcoujor, while I am having my hands full in the capacity of organizer and tour guide, you’ll have to be the hostess keeping everybody happy :)) Don’t let me do all the work! Lol!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Sista,

My hands are also quite full...now Josh, your AFG needs you to come over here for a slice of pie. I have stocked the jet with all flavors...Please stop making me laugh, dear.

Oh OK, effer, Linda, all y'all, might as well serve you up some as well. Gypsy, glad to have you on board! Doc, might need a hand... These guys are starving!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

marcoujor, now I wonder how much of that delicious pie will be put aside for me? I bet by the time you reach Windhoek, not even a piece of crumb will be left for me to taste... I think I better order myself a pizza :)


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Martie, The photos were spectacular. The wild African dog is beautiful. I watched The roaring dunes, amazing..The history of Africa is so interesting. Your writing is superb. Thank you Girlfriend...Hugs***


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

This article is OUTSTANDING! The pictures you provided are gorgeous to behold. This is a great source of information for anyone wishing to visit Africa, interested in cultural studies, or for a great time. Thank you for sharing!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have always wanted to come to visit Africa - I know I will some day. I loved the information and the photos! Seems just so cool to live there. I loved the video it kind of sounded like a huge swarm of bees.

I have heard about ships being found in deserts and it is so mind boggling isn't it - to wonder how it in the world it ended up there?!

Fascinating - this is HOTD material!!! Makes me want to jet right over and see if I can spot an exotic animal or walk in that sand!

Voting up and everything!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

always, you have no idea how much I enjoy bragging with my corner of the world. In general people all over the world have a negative perception of Africa, and of course, comparing to the achievements of the Western World, Africa is far behind. I do believe one of the reasons is the beautiful and fertile nature. As long as a man has a cow for milk, a few chickens for eggs, a small herd of cattle and a piece of land to plant some grain and vegetables... OR at least a job providing the necessity, he will believe he lives in paradise. Anyway, ignorance is actually the only reason for all Africa's problems... Nevertheless, NATURE thrives and blooms and manage to survive all human attacks...

Thank you for your lovely comment, Ruby. Hugs x 100 going your way :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

KDuBarry03, indeed, Africa is a perfect field for cultural studies while having an awesome time. Thanks for reading and commenting... :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi, RealHousewife, I wish I could become a full-time tour guide for tourist. History, geography and nature are my passions - I love studying the origin and growth of everything and then sharing the info I've managed to obtain. However, the more I learn, the more I realize that I will never be able to know and understand everything. I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. I will forever be grateful for those beautiful photos Dr. Mark Bielawny allowed me to publish. Take care, dear Kelly, and enjoy your day :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I WILL go there one day. I have so many places to visit and you have just caused me to place South-West Africa higher on that list. The place is breathtaking and each part so different and uniquely beautiful. Thank you for the photographs and the roaring dunes "music".


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Coffee, tea, slice of pie, .........nuts??

Oh nuts, Sista, we are almost there. Pizza sounds awesome... I love extra cheese on mine! Doc, can you sing for us... We're bored!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hyphenbird, if you ever come down to Namibia, just remember South-Africa is right next door. We don't have a desert like the Namib, but one like the Kalahari and many other beautiful landscapes of all sorts. So make sure you write on your list Namibia/South-Africa. Oh, and you can add Botswana and Lesotho as well, and what about.... Oh, you will be so tired after a visit to the southern part of Africa, you will need a holiday :) Thanks for your visit to my corner and your lovely comment :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Lol, marcoujor... I can't wait to see you all :))) It is now snowing down here in South Africa's Cape Province and some other parts in the southern regions - of course not in Namibia - and we in the northern regions get only the bitter cold. It will be -3 to 8 C (26.60º - 46.40º F) - damn bitter cold for us!

But wait, I am in Windhoek-Namibia, waiting for your jet to land - the temperature is 55.40ºF ~~ Of course, I believe winter is the best time to visit Namibia as the heat in summer is almost unbearable :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Wow! Martie, this was amazing! no actually amazing doesn't do it! lol! fantastic information, the photos were so good I wanted to step into them! I love it, and would love to visit, as others have said this was an awesome hub, and what a place to visit! voted all the way!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What a tour guide you are, Martie. I'll have to read this at least twice more so all your lovely details soak in. And I loved the photos. Especially the elephant. Now that's an ELEPHANT!!!

Save me a spot on that jet. I'm already all packed. :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Nell, thank you so much for your cheerful comment. Those roaring dunes are indeed awesome. Did you hear them in the video, sounding very much like the Didjeridu of the Aboriginal people in Australia. Thanks for the vote!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi, my dearest drbj! I try not to give too much detail, for there are more than enough detail to be found via Google. My intention is simply to raise awareness. Africa is still in the Stone Age, ACCORDING to the perception of too many people in this world. Now, I can only defend and promote Southern Africa, as my perception of Central and North Africa is also not on standard.... Sadly, only The Worse events are regarded as NEWS by the media. But is this not typical human? We moan and groan, scream and shout about the bad, but we seldom shout for joy about the good. As if Good is supposed to be.

I am pointing FOUR fingers at myself. When I was young (and stupid) I phoned my mother daily to cry in her ears because my husband was as nasty as a pig in church, but I NEVER told her how good he was in bed..... Tralalalala :))))


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Wow, this looks amazing. Those photos are stunning. I can almost imagine being there and how stunning it would be in real life. Very interesting too to read that facts about Namibia.

Thanks for sharing this.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Melovy! Thank you for coming over for the read and inspiring me with such a kind comment to write more of this kind of hubs :)


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Martie! I was born in Namibia and lived there for 13 years until we moved to South Africa. This article pulled at my heart, and reminded me of the years spent growing up there. I've been chased by an elephant in Etosha, climbed a sand dune in the Namib desert, and travelled all over Namibia. My heart belongs to this country. Thank you for this! :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

How interesting, MelChi. Oh my, and when you're a child of Namibia your soul always yearns for all those uniqueness to be found nowhere else but in the Namib, Kalhari, Bushveld... And the Afrikaans accent of those Suidwesters! So absolutely fascinating. In the early '90's I had the privilege to receive a reward from the ATKV handed out by Jan Spies. It was merely a certificate and a couple of books, but I will always remember his words while he gave me the prize: "Man, toe ek jou netnou so sien staat daar in die portaal, toe weet ek sommer ek gaat hierdie lot boeke vanaand vir jou gee," And he wrote me a beautiful message in one of the books. He was such a darling. That evening he was dressed in his kortbroek-kakie-outfit while the dress was 'smart'. WTH, he could care less. I guess you are Afrikaans? To be honest, I have not yet met an English Suidwester :)) Thank you so much for your lovely comment :)


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

And now you've met an English Suidwester! ;) My Afrikaans is terrible, lol! That's a beautiful story - and to receive a reward from ATKV, well done! :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

MelChi, indeed, so nice to meet an English Suidwester. I hope we'll get the opportunity to meet for a cup of coffee one day. In the meantime, I wish you joy and peace in abundance :) Are you on Facebook? If so, there is a link on my profile to my FB-account. I would like to have you as a friend over there as well.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Hi Martie - A cup of coffee sounds like a plan! In the meantime, Facebook will have to do. Have a brilliant day further! :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks, Mel! Welcome on my page :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Stopping by for a virtual vacation! Thank you, it was just what I needed! :)


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Sunshine, I know you would enjoy touring Namibia and in particular SA in real life. I guess for Americans touring Africa is like 'experiencing the basics'. Although lodging would/could be luxurious, just being in bare nature could be a cultural shock. On the other hand, you do have many very large open spaces up there... Maybe it is only our animals that have the power to stimulate our basic senses. Anyway, start saving your pennies and come down to experience all of this yourself.... :) I appreciate your support so much!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

thaks for the tour Martie! wonder why they call it Fish River?


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Unknown Spy! I could not find a documented reason why the river was named the Fish River. We actually have two Fish Rivers down here - The one mentioned in the hub is in South-West Africa, with its eye east of the Naukluft Mountains and its tail in the Orange River. (The latter is one of the main rivers in SA named after the House of Orange in the Netherlands.)

The second Fish River, called the Great Fish River, is in East Cape Province. The Portuguese navigators - Vasco de Gama and kie - called it Rio de Infante and the local Khoikhoi called it the Oub (Fish) river.

I guess there were a lot of edible fish in those rivers? There still are :))


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Awesome hub, amazing photos :) All those lovely wild animals... I would personally stay away from that lion though :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Mike, I will stay away from all wild animals, though I love admiring them from a safe distance :)

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