(work in progress)A few lonely Schutztruppe graves in a small and little-visited military cemetery are the only tangible evidence of what was probably the largest battle ever fought on Namibian soil.The Waterberg region is the heartland of the Herero people, who rose up against German colonial rule in 1904. The largest battle of this conflict took...more
One of the nicest - and most underrated - ways of exploring the Waterberg is on foot. This allows you to appreciate both the beautiful landscape and the wildlife as well as the poignant history of the Schutztruppe graveyard.Walking is an ideal way of appreciating the smaller wildlife that often gets overlooked when you're in a vehicle. Highlights...more
The Waterberg plateau is a splendid sight to behold, rising up in sheer 200m cliffs from the flat surrounding plain. The physical isolation from the surrounding plain and the relative abundance of water that seeps out from the sandstone along the flanks of the plateau make it a very protected environment for wildlife.The only way to access the top...more
For fear of alliterating beyond your tolerance levels, the diminutive Damara dik dik is a dinky little darling ... and the smallest buck (antelope) in Southern Africa.Because of their tiny stature (40cm at the shoulder and only about 5kg in weight) and furtive nature, they are often hard to spot in the open. However, they seem to have become...more
Many animals can be seen in the park and especially rare and threatened species such as the sable and roan antilopes and both black and white rhinos. We missed all of them but other interesting animals such as the rock dassie ("daman des rochers" in French) which is in fact a pachyderm even if it's not bigger than a rabbit ;-)more
Located near the city of Tsumeb, this is the largest permanent natural lake in Namibia. It is part of an underground river and is now to be seen since the roof of what was a large dolomite cave fell in.
The name Otjikoto comes from the Otjiherero language and means deep hole (142m in places). The San called it "Gaisis" which means very ugly because they were afraid of the deep water.
But for me, the lake is far from being ugly, especially with all the plants and flowers surrounding it. A small zoo was also installed there where you can see crocodiles, ostriches, love birds, warthogs, etc.