Driving from Walvis Bay Airport with nothing on either side of the road but sand, I suddenly understand the term “living desert”, because I know that while the word “Namib” means vast and empty, this desert has a complex and vibrant ecosystem of creatures and plants. There is sand as far as the eye can see (it’s a 700km stretch from Oranjemund to Swakopmund), and it’s a beautiful landscape. The colours shift constantly. It’s not as red as the desert in other parts of the country; this sand is golden with flecks of beige and swirls of caramel. The… Read More
Fascinating facts about 5 African sites and monuments
If you’re the kind of traveller who’s interested in the history of the place you’re visiting and the story of its people, you’ll be pleased to learn a few lesser-known facts about these monuments and places of interest on the continent.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park, Ghana
In this park in Accra there is a mango tree that was planted by former president Nelson Mandela on his visit there in 1991. The tree is one of many planted by various dignitaries from around the world in honour of Kwame Nkrumah, who was the… Read More
The Namibian government is mulling over a draft bill that, if approved, will make it compulsory for white-owned businesses to sell a 25% stake in the company to black investors.
If Namibia’s Economic Empowerment Framework Bill is signed into law, it will go a long way in transforming business ownership and, as a consequence, economic transformation in the country.
President Hage Geingob said economic transformation in Namibia had been excruciatingly slow since it gained independence 27 years ago, with statistics indicating that business ownership still overwhelmingly belongs in the hands of white people, despite the fact that they make up just… Read More
The school holidays are here, giving families much-needed time to recharge. If you haven’t yet planned a getaway, Southern Africa, with all its spectacular regions, offers holiday destinations that are unique – and perfect for a family break.
Taking the scenic route from Johannesburg to Windhoek, Namibia by car would be a 15-hour road trip, while by plane it’s no more than an hour and a half away. The country offers loads of activities and natural scenery to busk and reconnect in. Enjoy quad-biking on endless sand dunes or take it easy with walks through the Klein Windhoek Valley. Here’s a list… Read More
Lawyers representing two indigenous Namibian tribes are meeting for a pre-trial conference in New York on Thursday following a lawsuit filed earlier this year that demands compensation for the descendants of people massacred in the 20th century’s first genocide.
Between 1904 and 1908, around 100,000 Herero and Nama people were killed by German colonial leaders in South West Africa, now known as Namibia, when the territory was a German colony. German settlers, with the explicit consent of German colonial authorities, seized about one-quarter of Ovaherero and Nama lands between 1885 to 1903. Tensions eventually boiled over and in early 1904, the Ovaherero… Read More
Plans for a new rule that would facilitate travelling between countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on a single passport have been launched, rendering borders between the nations more flexible for travellers from the region and alleviating the challenges of moving through various neighbouring countries. The same passport may also be used when visiting other countries in the world.
According to Travel24, the concept was first introduced in 1996 with draft protocol The Free Movement of Persons within SADC, which in 1997 was subsequently “replaced by a more restrictive protocol, The… Read More