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Home on the range in Namibia

Home on the range in Namibia

IT MIGHT be the most arid country in Southern Africa, but Michael Cowton discovers that Namibia’s natural assets, including an abundance of wildlife, hauntingly beautiful landscapes and rich diversity of geological features, draw eco tourists time and again

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The long and dusty gravel road to NamibRand Nature Reserve in the southwest Namib Desert

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It is surprising how different the road signs are here!

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Boardwalk to the lodges at Wolwedans, the largest concession owned by the Wolwedans Collection and run by NamibRand Safaris (Pty) Ltd

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I got used to sharing my lodge with daily visitors

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Spectacular view from the lounge area at Wolwedans

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My guide Lucas Utano Mdangu, who was born and raised in the Kavango region in the northeast of Namibia, close to Caprivi

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It is surprising what Utano could bring to the table on a dusk safari

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Back on the road to Okonjima, an eight-hour drive via the capital Windhoek

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Senior guide Dean Mafika with the author at Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation

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The AfriCat Foundation is dedicated to the long-term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores, including cheetah

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Bush Camp, Okonjima, plays host to wildlife as well as guests

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The birdlife outside my lodge was quite spectacular

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A stork, but no baby to speak of

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Today’s guests at Okonjima arrive with the knowledge that they have not just come to another ‘Big Five’ game reserve

DSC_0078Another magical sunset in Namibia. It doesn’t get any better than this

All images © Michael Cowton

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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