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Upgrading Roads in Etosha
A dedicated team is in the process of repairing and grading the roads in the Etosha National Park. This project is long overdue as there have been many complaints from visitors driving through the Etosha. The team intends to grade almost 100 km of roads in shifts at night when there is no traffic and there will therefore be less disturbance to tourists. The project is already in full swing and the results have already brought much relief to the many daily visitors passing through this world-renown National Park with its magnificent salt pans and wealth of wildlife.

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Distances in Namibia can be misleading. It will take approximately 1 hour to drive 90km on main roads and 90 min to do the same distance on gravel roads.

Indication of the weather that you can expect.

The name Namibia is derived from the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert.

Namibia is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the east and Angola to the north. It is a land full of contrasts and diversities. The coastal belt along the west of the country is home to ever-shifting high sand dunes, some of which are considered to be the highest in the world. The waters of the cold Benguela current that runs down the western side of Namibia is very rich in marine life and provides wonderful fishing opportunities. Inland, the range of landscapes and climatic conditions varies from desert, to rolling grass plains, to savannahs and forested regions. The northern part of Namibia’s coastline is called the Skeleton Coast.

Namibia is sparsely populated with just 3.2 persons per kilometre and has huge stretches of wilderness and farmlands.

The largest free roaming herds of black rhinos can be found in Namibia. Furthermore, they boast with the fact that in only one other part of the word you will find desert adapted elephants. To this you can add the largest cheetah population of the world.

The largest canyon in Africa, the Fish River Canyon, lies in the south of Namibia and is well worth seeing. It is 160 km long, 27 km wide and in some places up to just more than ½ km deep.

Accommodation in Namibia ranges from basic self-catering chalets to luxury hotels. From Etosha to Damaraland and from the Namib to the Kalahari, you will find the finest of lodges and campsites. There will definitely be something to suit you.

You can rely on Temba to find accommodation that suits your taste and suits your pocket.

Most people visiting Namibia use Windhoek International Airport as their starting point. There are various hotels in Windhoek. The very well known Windhoek Casino and Country Club is the only 5-star hotel. This hotel boasts an 18-hole golf course and is situated just south of the capital.

In the CBD of Windhoek, the Windhoek Safari Hotel comprises three hotels on one estate. The Safari Hotel provides excellent value for money, while the Windhoek Safari Court combines luxury and affordability. For those preferring self-catering (self-contained) accommodation,Arrebusch Lodge in the city of Monteiro 10 km south of Windhoek is the perfect solution.

Gobabis lies 200km east of Windhoek not far from the Botswana border. It is cattle farming area and also has a wide variety of game on the game farms such as the Harnas Sanctuary which lies in the Gobabis district. Goba Lodge a very comfortable place to stay over for a day or two or just as an overnight stop if you are on your way to Botswana. Other options are Zelda Guestfarm and the East Gate Lodge which has basic self-catering (self-contained) accommodation for the weary traveler.

From Windhoek to the south lie huge desert areas with well known highlights such as Sossusvlei and the Fish River Canyon waiting to be discovered by the adventurous traveler. Many South Africa visitors take on the huge distances in their own vehicles or rent a vehicle. If one is traveling up from South Africa the first town to be encountered is Noordoewer, named after its situation on the northern banks of the Orange River. There is some farming activity on the banks of the river and you will see vineyards which end abruptly in the rocky gravel plains of the adjacent barren Namib Desert. If you want to stay over in Noordoewer for the night or to do some canoeing on the river, Orange River Lodge offers self-catering (self-contained) chalet accommodation.

The Richtersveld Transfrontier Park lies to the north west of Noordoewer and is home to the world's second largest canyon makes the Namib a geological paradise. One can stay over at the hot water springs at Ai-Ais or travel on through the stunning rock formations and view the Fish River Canyon where a variety of accommodation is available.  CAÑON LODGE,CAÑON VILLAGE, on the western rim of the canyon.

The central area running up through this southerly region is squeezed between the Namib Desert to the west and the Kalahari Desert to the east. Hardened cattle and sheep farmers eke out a living on these harsh scrub plains.

The Namib, which is one of the oldest deserts in the world, has mountainous sand dunes and many a photographer has traveled to this southerly area to take breathtaking photos. The sand dunes at Sossusvlei are the highest in the world and an experience not to be missed. It is best to visit the dunes in the early morning when the shadow contrasts are apparent for photos and the sand is cooler and firmer underfoot. To do so you would need to stay as close as possible. Desert Dune Lodge is within the park and it offers luxurious accommodation. If you would like to experience real desert luxury, Sossusvlei Lodge is a great choice. For those looking for self-catering (self-contained) accommodation we recommend Desert Camp at Sesriem.

If you would like to spend some time wandering and discovering on the gravel roads in this fascinating desert for a few days, there is a wide variety of accommodation such as Namib Desert Lodge and Solitaire to the north, and Desert Homestead and Elegant Desert Lodge to the south.Helmeringhausen Hotel is en route to Luderitz.

Luderitz is a small harbour town and best known for the diamond exploration in the early 1900's. Today diamond mining activities are less and no access is allowed into the diamond concession areas. Ghost towns such as Kolmanskop near Luderitz bear testimony to the bygone era of diamond mining. Again these skeletons of human occupation are a photographer's dream. The German influence is apparent in Luderitz and it has some captivating older buildings in the typical German style. A couple of hotels and guesthouses accommodate visitors to the town. You can try Pension Zur WaterkantThe Cormorant House and The Nest hotel which offers breathtaking views over Luderitz Bay.

The main highway that cuts through the center of Namibia in a north-south direction is a good tar road with hardly a single twist or turn. On this road you will find the small town of Grunau to the south. Grunau is the center of a sheep farming area. Grunau Country Houseoffers hotel type accommodation and Grunau Lodge self-catering (self-contained) accommodation for travelers wanting to break the monotony of the long, dusty journey.

Keetmanshoop is north of Grunua. It is Namibia's 5th largest town and the unofficial capital of Southern Namibia. Keetmanshoop offers self-catering (self-contained) accommodation at Maritz Country Lodge . Quivertree Lodge is in a natural quiver tree, or kokerboom reserve and offers self-catering (self-contained) accommodation. Meals are available if you prefer. For hotel accommodation you can try Canyon Hotel in Keetmanshoop.

Mariental is situated about 200km north of Keetmanshoop. Although it is a fairly small town it can still provide accommodation at Hardapdam and Mariental River Chalets. Don't let the name Mariental River Chalets mislead you. The Fish River is dry for most of the year and the broad sandy riverbed might not look like a river at all to most visitors. In the Kalahari about 80 from Mariental, is Intu Africa. This is a nature reserve where the San or Bushmen have made their home.

If you decide to skip through the south and rather investigate the northern regions of Namibia you would probably start out in Windhoek, or at least fill up your tank and replenish your supplies there before heading north. Windhoek lies in a natural basin between attractive thorn tree and grass covered hills.

North of Windhoek lies Okahandja which is a cattle farming district. The Okahandja Country Lodge is a pleasant hotel on the outskirts of Okahandja and offers a cool stopover or a restful place for a meal.

If your dream is to see the wild Skeleton Coast, you would turn west and travel through Karibib and Usakos before reaching Swakopmund, Namibia's best known coastal resort. The German colonial era is evident in many of the older buildings, such as the The Swakopmund Hotel. The Swakopmund Hotel is a luxury hotel housed in the attractive old station building and also boasts a casino. Sams Giardino Hotel , Hotel EberweinHotel Pension Rapmundand the luxurious Hansa Hotel pride themselves on their excellent German style service. The Beach Hotel is a stylish modern hotel situated close to the water with breathtaking views over the windswept beach. The reed beds in the mouth of the the Swakop River has an abundance of bird life and here you will find the unusual Stiltz Lodge. The Stiltz is elevated and built on poles over the reed beds.  For those on a tighter budget there is theSwakopmund Municipal Restcamp which provides very reasonably priced self-catering (self-contained) chalets. Alte Brucke is a more up-market self catering option.

The windswept Skeleton Coast offers outstanding fishing from the beach. Henties Bay, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are high on the list of angling destinations for the fishermen who flock here in December. The lodges and hotels in and around Hentie's Bay cater for these eager fishermen.Fishermans Guesthouse will arrange a fishing expedition for you if you need some assistance.De Duine Hotel is one of the favorite local pubs and offers hotel rooms and excellent meals.

The Skeleton Coast gets its name from the numerous shipwrecks. Many souls were lost in this desolate area in previous years due to the lack of any fresh water. In this desolation one finds the unexpectedly beautiful Cape Cross Lodge, Cape Cross Lodge is known for excellent meals and up-market accommodation. This is astonishing if one considers that every drop of water used at the lodge is transported from Hentie's Bay by lorry. Despite the harsh conditions there are still animals roaming in these areas. The desert jackal and brown hyena have adapted to survive without water and near Cape Cross Lodge you can visit one of the largest Seal Colonies along the Namibian coast. The entrance gate to the Cape Cross Seal Colony opens at 10 am in the morning, so plan your trip to accommodate this if you want to visit.

It is less than an hour's drive on the salt-encrusted road from Cape Cross to the gate of the Skeleton Coast National Park. The only overnight accommodation in this park is at Terrace Bay which lies a fair distance to the north.

From the Skeleton Coast National Park you will most likely go inland to Damaraland. Damaraland is a semi-desert area with gnarled Mopane trees, twisting dry riverbeds and red, rocky ridges and plains. Despite the harsh conditions you can still see a variety of animal life. Near Palmwag Lodge you may be lucky and spot the desert elephants and rhinos. These massive mammals have adapted to survive with minimal water by utilizing every last drop of moisture in the plants. At Twyfelfontein one can stop over to see the Petrified Forest where ancient tree trunks from a previous age have been petrified to rock. In the Petrified Forest you can also see the incredible Welwitchia plants some of which are said to be more than 2000 years old. Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is also not too far from some fine examples of Bushmen rock paintings and engravings. In the distance you will also see the Brandberg, or 'Fire Mountain' shimmering on the horizon. Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is well-known for their excellent lunches, but if you have enough time it is a wonderful place to stay over for a night or two.

From Twyfelfontein the roads all lead to Khorixas, the unofficial capital of Damaraland. On the outskirts of Khorixas is the Khorixas Rest Camp which offers clean and affordable self-catering (self-contained) accommodation. To the east of Khorixas is a massive finger shaped rock, which is called Vingerklip in Afrikaans. Also known as the finger of God, Vingerklip is a high rock column that rises out of the plain. Vingerklip Lodge and Ugab Terrace Lodge both provide luxury accommodation in this area.

When you head towards the north east of Namibia you might feel you have been transported into another country. In contrast with the dry south, the north is a sub-tropical wonderland. From Okahandja the vegetation changes fairly rapidly so that by the time you reach Otjiwarango you will be certain you are no longer in a desert. Otjiwarongo is the center of a thriving cattle district, and many of the farms are abounding with antelope and warthog as well. There are some lovely lodges in the area. Frans Indongo Guesthouse which lies north of the Waterberg Mountains. Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is a luxurious lodge west of Otjiwarongo. One of the most beautiful parks in Namibia is the Waterberg Plateau National Park. Although the park is fairly small, the accommodation is excellent and the vegetation, bird life and game is lovely.

From Okahandja the south/north road will take you to Outjo. Outjo is the gateway to Etosha National Park in Namibia. In Outjo the Ombinda Lodge just south of the town and Etotongwe lodge to the north of Outjo both provide good accommodation.

Most people traveling to the north of Namibia will want to visit the well-known Etosha National Park. The park offers excellent game viewing and bird watching around the huge pan. This pan is dry most of the year, but various waterholes provide a place to drink for the animals. Only a few kilometers from the southern gate of the Etosha National Park are some excellent private lodges. The tariffs in Etosha National Park are fairly high and these private lodges offer good facilities at better prices for those that would like to take daytrips into the park. self-catering (self-contained) accommodation at Taleni Etosha Lodge is excellent. It is one of the few lodges in this area that offers self-catering (self-contained) accommodation in and around Etosha National Park. Etosha Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation just 5 km from Anderson's Gate and their sister lodge Etosha Safari Camp offers more affordable accommodation close by. All these lodges are good alternatives if you cannot get accommodation in the Etosha National Park.

These days all the camps in Etosha National Park offer luxurious accommodation and the old self-catering (self-contained) facilities have been removed The three camps Okaukeujo,Halali and Namatoni have all been upgraded and offer a luxurious experience for the traveler. The bungalows are rather pricy, but many visitors are willing to pay the price to stay in the Etosha National Park. There are waterholes close to all the camps. The waterholes at Halali and Okaukeujo are a major attraction although the Namutoni waterhole at the eastern gate seems to be less frequently visited. If you are looking for an ultimate luxury experience,Onkoshi is a new luxury rest camp in the eastern part of the park. Even though the prices are high, a visit to the park is normally very rewarding. High concentrations of game often visit the waterholes of Okaukeujo and Halali and you will most likely see a wide variety of game without even leaving the camp.

Just as you leave Etosha National Park you will find the world-renown Mokuti Lodge. Mokuti Lodge is clearly in a class of its own and yet is relatively affordable as an alternative to the camps in the Etosha.

If you travel via Tsumeb you can turn north to Ruacana where accommodation is available at Kunene River Lodge. From the Kunene River Lodge you can visit the Kunene River and the famous Kaokoland area where the Himba tribe live or drive to the impressive Ruacana waterfalls.

Grootfontein lies south east of Tsumeb and is a fairly large town. The Grootfontein meteorite, which is the largest known meteorite in the world, is not far from here. This massive piece of metal that hit our plant many years ago is about 5 metres in diameter.

From Grootfontein you continue north to Rundu which lies on the banks of the Kavango River. Across the river from Rundu is Angola. East of Rundu is the long narrow finger of land known as the Caprivi.  Kaisosi River Lodge and Hakusembe River Lodge are good places to stay in Rundu. You can also consider Omashare River Lodge as an option.

The Caprivi is in the far northern panhandle of Namibia. The Caprivi is a rich paradise with 4 national parks, a wide variety of game and some of Africa's largest rivers bordering and crossing through it. The mighty Kavango River cuts through the Caprivi Strip at Divundu and runs through the Mahangu National Park. Where this river goes into Botswana it becomes the Okavango River and begins to split in channels and marshes. This river is one of the main water sources for the whole Okavango Delta. On the banks of the Kavango are a number of beautiful lodges and camps. Ngepi Camp, Mahangu Safari Lodge and Popa Fallsare all excellent places to stay for a day or two.

As you cross the Kavango River you will enter the Caprivi National Park. 200 km into the park you will cross the Kwando River and find the small village of Kongola. Near the river crossing is Kwando Bush Camp. It is situated on an island in the Kwando River. Downstream on the Kwando River is Namushasha Lodge and the popular Kwando Camp. For a luxurious and romantic destination in this area you can go to Lianshulu Lodge in the Mudumu National Park. The Kwando River meanders southwest from here into the Mamili National Park where it forms a huge wetland that is known as the Linyanti Swamps. These swamps drain into the Chobe River.

The Chobe River is part of the southern border of the Caprivi and flows into the Zambezi. At the confluence of these two great rivers, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia meet.

The Zambesi River, Africa's third largest river, forms part of the northern border of the Caprivi at the town of Katima Mulio In Katimo Mulilo. The Zambzi is a wonderful place for a river cruise for those who have always wanted to catch a tiger fish. More affordable accommodation is available at Kaliso Lodge on the road that heads south towards the Ngoma Bridge border post to Botswana.

Altogether Namibia is a wonderful country to explore and experience. Let Temba help you choose your route and book your accommodation.


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