Apartness and forgiveness in a Namibian township: Mondesa
Africa / Being the Change / Community Tourism / Namibia

Apartness and forgiveness in a Namibian township: Mondesa

A tour of a Nambian township is a start reminder of what Nelson Mandela – who is 95 today – has achieved. Apartheid literally means ‘apartness,’ ‘the state of being apart,’ and to be confronted by the physical reality of this was incredibly shocking. Continue reading

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Wolwedans – A lesson in sustainability in the Namib Desert
Africa / Being the Change / Namibia

Wolwedans – A lesson in sustainability in the Namib Desert

We normally assume that an architect, an artist, a businessman wishes to create something that will outlive them, which will exist long after they are gone. Yet Stephan Brückner, the creator of the spectacular Wolwedans Lodge collection in Namibia, has quite the opposite intention.
“In 200 years,” he explains, waving his hand towards the main lodge, “there will be no evidence that thousands of people stayed here.” Continue reading

Friday photo: The desert elephant, Damaraland, Namibia
Africa / Namibia / Photo Gallery / Wildlife

Friday photo: The desert elephant, Damaraland, Namibia

Some shots are a result of being in the right place at the right time – and this was one of them. But in getting to “the right place” required rather a lot of time, patience and knowledge. This is a desert-adapted elephant found in the bleak expanse of northwestern Namibia, and we had spent the morning tracking them, following footprints and droppings up and down dried-up riverbeds. Continue reading

My Five Most Memorable Forms of Transport
Africa / Ecuador / Namibia

My Five Most Memorable Forms of Transport

But unlike the routine travel we do back home – the daily commute, the weekend trips to visit family – “travelling” can provide some truly memorable means of reaching a destination, and as the Chinese proverb says, the journey becomes the reward. Here’s a round up of my five most memorable travel experiences – some because they were terrifying, others because they were unexpected. And many were both. Continue reading

Namibia: Into the world of the Himba
Africa / Community Tourism / Namibia / Photo Gallery

Namibia: Into the world of the Himba

It’s appropriate that reaching the Himba involves such an arduous journey across Namibia. Arriving at the settlement, I realised life here was as far removed from my own as I could imagine, and the punishing journey was first test at leaving my comfortable, western lifestyle to enter another, more primal world, where human movements are dictated by nature, and not the other way around. Continue reading

Friday Photo: The Himba Woman
Africa / Community Tourism / Namibia / Photo Gallery

Friday Photo: The Himba Woman

This woman belongs to the Himba tribe of the Kunene, an arid, rocky wasteland in northwestern Namibia. Her temporary hut is simple, hastily constructed from poles of wood and plastered earth, as red on the inside as the woman herself. Aside from her plentiful jewellery, crafted from leather and metal, she wears only a goatskin skirt, smeared ochre over time. Continue reading