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    A car is quicker!
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    by grapefruit Written Aug 26, 2002

    Fondest memory: Coming from Europe, or anywhere else in the world, it's really fantastic nature! Also driving around in the gravel roads, one can't see other car in 5(five) hours! Or another thing - straight road (no curves) for about 300km.!!!

    Of course desert dunes.......!!! NO WORDS!!!

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    Experience with one's 5...

    by kenHuocj Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Experience with one's 5 senses
    it's amazing diversity

    SOURCE of satellite photo:http://spacelink.nasa.gov/NASA.Projects/Human.Exploration.and.Development. f.Space/Human.Space.Flight/Shuttle/Shuttle.Missions/Flight.072.STS-73/STS-73.Mis ion.Images/Africa.Namibia.Kalihari.STS-73.gif

    Fondest memory: It's German cultural links,
    It's Geological wonders,
    It's wildlife

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    I'm still to go, but equally...

    by kenHuocj Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I'm still to go, but equally in tandem,
    SOUSSIESVLEI SAND DUNES and
    ETOSHA PAN ANIMAL MIGRATION

    Fondest memory: The space and quietness;
    The semi precious stones;
    The Germanic influence;
    Springer choclates, especially the sugar crystal encrusted liquer ones, and nutty or truffles, they're all yummies;
    Windhoek lager;
    Smoked Game meats: ..........
    ...............................ad infinitum ;-(

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  • Go to Etosha!!! Namutoni and...

    by Kakunaa Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to Etosha!!! Namutoni and Okukuejo get excellent reviews, but personally, Halali had just the best, most natural way of viewing, I thought, and it was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

    And I'd have to put in a pitch for my community, Okovimburu where I lived for 3 months.

    Fondest memory: This is a hard one....Halali was a personal moment that will never be forgotten, my dream come true. But the times I spent with my fellow volunteers and my Namibian family make me teary-eyed when I remember them....

    And you can't beat the solitude and the sunsets over the desert were unbeatabe, except maybe by the storms when rainy season was just starting out....most incredible thing i've ever seen.

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    Windhoek : pleasant small city...

    by dreamworld Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Windhoek : pleasant small city (the capital). You will find anything here. Be careful at night as there is some crime. I personally was 'approached' by a group of teenagers begging me for money so much....that was right in front of the Central Post Office. If 2 army guys were not walking through this zone...I could imagine they beat me down. The army men shout so much to the teenagers...I almost thought they would use their gun and kill them.....impressing but stressing.

    Waterberg Plateau : a pure delight !!!!! Small national reserve on a 'plateau' (mountain top), very green, good contrast with the desertic area, Wildlife is fine but nothing like lions or hippos...only antelopes and smaller things... Still this place is great great great !!!

    Mariental + Rehoboth cities : I drove through and did not find anything interesting. But if you like old colonial buildings, it's worth a stop

    Swakopmund : the main Namibian port is very photogenic !! Full of old 'German-style' houses. Very quite. There's a huge beach but water is extremely cold (due to an Antarctic currant). North of Swakopmund you may watch seals from some places.
    I took the only regular train line in Namibia running from Swakopmund to Windhoek (10 hours trip...very very slow....) stopping everywhere. Funny experience. Lock you out in your cabin especially if you travel 2nd or 3rd class. I heard about some crimes.

    Namib Desert / Sosslusvei...great !!!! If you're not afraid of EXTREME heat !!! It's a 1 hour walk from the parking lot to see the biggest sand dunes in the world !!! Rewarding but DO CARRY AT LEAST 2 LITERS OF DRINKING WATER PER PERSON if you don't want to have real health problems. If you suffer from heart disease I strongly don't recommend this excursion. It's was so hot that part of my shoes became like chewing-hum !!!! (I am serious).

    >>> the picture shows a global view of WINDHOEK, the modern capital of the country

    Fondest memory: Etosha National Park...one of the best National Parks in the WORLD !!!!! Really, I am not exagerating. Wildlife is very abondant and sceneries are so great. You may wake up very early in the morning (04:30AM) if you want to catch the best...and also avoid packs of tourists, noisy, making animals run away....

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    Namibia is an extremely...

    by madfrog Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Namibia is an extremely surprising country. It was one which I had not planned to visit but was part of the safari tour which I chose. It is diverse countryside amazed me and I felt it was one of the best countries I've ever visited. You must see the dunes at Sossusvlei. These are sand dunes the likes I had never seen before. After climbing Dune 17 I had to just sit and reflect.

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    go to the Kaokoland in the...

    by Tahiti_Bob Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go to the Kaokoland in the north-west part of Namibia, maybe the last remain of a beautiful and unspoilt Africa:
    Absoluty untamed wilderness and desert, unique Himba traditional culture, wild animals freely roaming (outside of any park).

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    by PeaceHavenSA Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The vast wetern deserts,...

    by AndyA Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: The vast wetern deserts, better than anything in the Sahara and much safer - also enjoyed the German culture that came as result of early colonisation this century

    Fondest memory: A place called Okonjima - a farm where I worked and is now a private game park, and runs a foundation known as Aficat that aims to look after African wild cats - they have loads on the farm already

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  • You must see Namib Dessert,...

    by Burt13 Updated Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: You must see Namib Dessert, Etosha Pan and Waterberg but there are many other interesting places.
    We took a round trip by car (with aircondition:-) ). There mostly were good road-conditions.

    Fondest memory: lonlyness, nature, friendly people.

    One Day I woke up early in the morning. I looked outside the window and watched the sunrise. I was so beautyful I could cry.

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    visit the canyon of Huanib,...

    by Marcus_Stein Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit the canyon of Huanib, where you can watch the biggest (and most agressive) elephants on earth. But take care, they are really agressive!!!!
    See Swakopmund at the west coast, the most German city in Africa - lots of nice bars and restaurants.

    Fondest memory: The freedom, the fantastic nature and of course the elephants!

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  • Has to be Etosha pans

    by spiderman Written Aug 23, 2002

    Fondest memory: The wide open spaces. The country has a stark beauty, and the sky is actually black at night rather than the dull brown of distant sodium lighting....though my better half would probably say it should be our wedding!!!

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