Desert of the Skeletons (Full Documentary)

Huge deserted beaches surrounded by dunes, where boat masks have forgotten the company only the remains of unfortunate creatures are called skeletons Coast. This side of the Atlantic, east of Namibia, is the gateway to the Namib Desert, which follows the Kalahari. There we find groups Bushmen and Himba, atavistic residents of these arid regions. The Bushmen demonstrate their integration in the most hostile of friendly means by hunting and gathering techniques. (featured Image from Naankuse Lodge)

Joining them pursue their prey poisoned arrows wounds on an expedition lasting several days and observe the survival of an entire clan in the harsh dry season. The Himba us their nomadic life, in which everything revolves around the goats and cows grazing. Among its strongest features see the symbolism of their hair and body ornaments, his main artistic expression, know the rules that govern the formation of polygamous marriages and will attend the rituals “esuko” where women gain maturity within the tribe. (by New Atlantis Full Documentaries)

 

Gemstones in Namibia

Namibia is generally well known for its quality diamonds and the history around these precious stones. However, if you love your Gemstones, semi-Gemstones and Minerals than this post is for you. Namibia offers a whole variety of different Gemstones found throughout this beautiful country. Famous for its exceptional variety in precious and semi-precious stones, Namibia hosts such world-renowned mineral localities as Spitzkoppe, Erongo and Brandberg, amongst others, which are being visited by many professional and hobby collectors each year. But while we Namibians are proud to share this heritage with those who appreciate it, there are certain rules and regulations to be followed, when exporting minerals (more details below). Image shows the worlds biggest Quartz Crystal which is up for display and viewing at the Kristall Galerie in Swakopmund. (see Map below for directions)

Claims for semi-precious stones are reserved for Namibian nationals, many of whom make a living by digging for gemstones, amongst which topaz, amethyst, tourmaline, aquamarine and garnet are the most common, and selling them at diverse roadside stalls or outlets. Collectors’ specimens are also sold by a number of formal stores in Swakopmund and Windhoek.

Private mineral collectors and researchers need a permit from the Ministry of Mines and Energy for all material collected or purchased, while the export of mineral specimens for commercial purposes, in addition, requires a permit from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (it is advisable to allow two working days for the issuing of the permit). The collecting and export of any fossils, including fossilized wood, and meteorites are prohibited by law and regarded as theft and is not treated lightly (more insight on our past Blog Post here).

Gemstone mining operations vary according to size and complexity. Small shallow deposits are generally mined by a few people with buckets, prybars, shovels and picks. Methods of drilling, blasting, and timbering may or may not be employed. Mechanized hauling and hoisting are done only at the largest mines. The difficulty behind such mining efforts remains to the fact that one cannot simply blast the earth to extract most of these beautiful minerals hence beautiful specimens will shatter. Utmost value of eg. Tourmaline is evaluated by size, clarity and crystal flawlessness (!), meaning that a stone which doesn’t show any internal cracks or tears are considered a prime specimen. Via blasting the earth the chances are very high for the crystals to develop cracks and tears inside of them. Hence the extraction is a very labour intensive one. One often finds small mineral sellers wanting to sell some inferior samples along the road. These samples are great as a souvenir and not really intended for polishing or jewellery. But if you come across one, support them. These people invest a lot of labour inside smaller private mines in order to get out inferior specimens at the best of their ability without the financial backing of diverse enterprises. Have a look at their Hand-Palms, they are rough (because of the nature of the work involved)!!!

Image above clearly shows a Tourmaline with internal cracks and rips (flawed). However, still being a beautiful specimen such crystals never reach a high-value Crystal market value and most of the time will be passed off as a “lower class” specimen. (image by Classic Crystals)

Some semi-precious stones are produced as by-products of other mining operation s. For example, Beryl, tourmaline, spodumene, and gem quartz may be coproducts of mica, feldspar, quartz, or other pegmatite minerals. Diamonds may be recovered from gold dredges, turquoise from copper mines, agate and petrified wood from gravel pits, and gem garnet from abrasive garnet mines and mills.

Gemstones are used primarily for ornaments or diverse decoration elements. There are, however, some industrial applications for gemstone material. For instance, industrial processes requiring clean homogeneous stones use low-quality diamond. Tourmaline is used in laboratories to demonstrate the polarization of light, to measure the compressibility of fluids, and to measure high pressures. Ruby is well known to provide as a medium for medical equipment used to catalyse the accuracy of blood-count accuracy. Agate is made into mortar and pestle sets, knife edges for balances, textile rollers, and spatulas. Gemstones are used as jewel bearings in timing devices, gauges, meters, and other applications requiring precision elements.

     + So how does the Industry compare the value and quality of Minerals and Gemstones?

Natural resources pose particular governance challenges, and many of the considerations that apply to other commodities are equally salient in the gemstone sector. Yet gemstones are also distinguished by several unique qualities that have implications for their management, including:

High unit value. The average rough diamond is worth approximately 15 times more than gold per unit weight. This difference is significantly higher when gold is compared against “gem grade” stones (those deemed of suitable quality to be made into jewellery).

Non-physical attributes. A stone’s pedigree or other subjective qualities may influence perceptions of its value; for example, a Kashmiri sapphire may fetch a higher price than a Malagasy sapphire with similar characteristics. Markets also increasingly favour stones that are “responsibly sourced,” or produced in accordance with certain environmental, social and governance standards.

Variable unit value. The price of a given type of gemstone reflects its perceived quality, whereas most minerals are priced based on quantity and purity. In 2013, for example, high-quality Zambian emeralds marketed by Gemfields were worth 19 times more by weight, on average, than low-quality Zambian emeralds.

Unique characteristics. While the quality of certain gemstones is assessed on the basis of the “four C’s” (referring to color, clarity, cut and carat weight), a range of other attributes may affect market prices, such as the presence of inclusions (materials that become trapped inside a gemstone as it forms); also, heating is commonly used to improve colour but also clarity, or quality. Many of these qualities are not easily discernable without a degree of specialist knowledge.

Complex processing. “Beneficiation,” the process by which rough stones are transformed into polished gems and jewellery, requires a greater degree of craftsmanship and specialization than processes for other minerals, such as smelting. A fine or poor cut, respectively, may significantly increase or reduce the potential price of a gemstone

Variable unit value. The price of a given type of gemstone reflects its perceived quality, whereas most minerals are priced based on quantity and purity. In 2013, for example, high-quality Zambian emeralds marketed by Gemfields were worth 19 times more by weight, on average, than low-quality Zambian emeralds.

     + Here is our list with a few selected Minerals which are being mined/found in Namibia:

• Vanadinite, Otavi Mountains (image by Mindat.org)

• A meteorite from the Gibeon Meteorite Swarm (image by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy)

• Gypsum “rose”, Namib Desert (image by Nature Friend Safaris)

• Monazite, Eureka Carbonatite (image by Dakota Matrix Minerals)

• Smithsonite, Tsumeb (image by Marin Mineral)

• Beryl, a variety of Aquamarine from the Erongo Mountains (image by John Betts)

• Dioptase, Omaue Mine, Kaokoland (image by John Betts)

• Elbaite (also referred to as Watermelon Tourmaline), Otjua Mine, near Karibib (image by High Living Luxury)

• Jeremejevite (often confused with blue Tourmaline – image by e-Rocks Mineral Auction)

• Mandarine garnet, Kaokoveld (image from Pinterest)

• Amethyst, Brandberg (image by Mine Rat Minerals)

• Andradite, a variety of Demantoid, Erongo (image from Pinterest)

• Fe-oxide stained quartz, Orange River (image by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy)

Quartz crystal with tourmaline needles, Gamsberg (image from the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy) 

• Azurite (image from the Crystal Dictionary)

• Malachite from Tsumeb Mine (image from Shelter Rock Minerals)

     + Our Book recommendation on Gemstones and Minerals inside Namibia:

• NAMIBIA 2 MINERALS AND LOCALITIES

This one is the second edition which comes with stunning images. A newly updated book on the minerals and varied location in Namibia by three well-versed authors who understand the requirements of mineral collectors and also catering for the wider interest. A great second bit at the Namibian cherry packed full of mineral pictures and site information, with 900 minerals and gems and 1600 pictures to see. A must-have updated literature in regards to Namibian Geology. It is in no way a cheap Book but definitely well worth it, if you are one of the individuals deeply interested enthusiast’s of all things Namibian Minerals and Gemstones. Needless to say, these authors went all out on this specific publication, informational, graphical and more (hence the price). Also, if you want to build your general knowledge on all things regarding the Topic, then do yourself a favour and get this one. Barely any other publication will give you such a beautiful insight which you are seeking for, guaranteed.

A view from the inside of the Book can be found here! 

Available Online here (if in Stock)!

The first edition is available here from Amazon (if in Stock – Paperback, 2007)

“This book follows two years after the release of Namibia: Minerals & Localities, Volume 1. This book shows more exclusive and breathtaking specimens and rare minerals from many private collections and important museums all around the world. This book is a one-of-a-kind reference book that gives you all you the information you need to know about the newest mineralogical finds and the most sought-after rarities. The over 800 Namibian minerals and gemstones are listed from A to Z. This second volume contains an enormous amount of new mineral photographs and many up-to-date references to localities. Many of the 1600 pictures have never been published before and were taken by top photographers like Jeff Scovil, Joe Budd, Olaf Medenbach, Matthias Reinhardt, John Schneider and Rainer Bode.” (taken from Book Introduction)

Author: Ludi von Bezing, Rainer Bode, Steffen Jahn
Category: Namibian Geology
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9783942588195
Date Released: September 2016
Price (incl. VAT): N$ 2,056.50 (depending on the location of purchase)
Format: 664 pages, ~1600 colour photos, illustrations and maps

     + See our past Blog Posts with similar Topic Information:
• All about Namibia’s Meteorites
• The history of Komanskop ( Namibia’s diamond Ghost City)

Desert Survival Know-How

If you’re thinking of going on an outrageous adventure then try travelling in the arid stretches of the Namib Desert? This is not everyone’s fancy or an idea of a holiday safari and only for the true hard-knock adventurist’s out there. So to help you plan ahead, you may want to study up on some desert survival skills before you take any decisions. Even the most experienced traveller can end up in a dire and severe situation for such an undertaking. Professionals have the tendency to usually arrive prepared for emergencies, so they survive these harsh undertakings. In general, these individuals have learned from past errors. With serious gained knowledge and a lot of common sense, tragedies will be avoided. That’s where the saying comes in “there is no such thing as being too prepared” holds true value when you are in a dangerous and underestimated environment like the Namib Desert. Please be aware, this small guide is intended for the pure “deep Desert” environment and not the Desert outskirts where bushes and trees are present. By sticking to certain guidelines, survival within the Namib desert is nothing more than a background with well understood plain old common sense with a few added hints, tips and good recommendations.

     + Here are Hippo’s basic and so with best Tip’s:

The biggest common mistake:

In this digital modern age, people rely too much on their cell phones or digital devices. But imagine the unfortunate event of a crash landing in the middle of the Namib Desert where no roaming is available. So we can agree that these devices don’t always work in such remote areas. If you are in doubt, don’t even bother to check with your service provider or any link to confirm coverage areas. Best idea would be, as long as you have battery life is to contact any service providing rescue (download .pdf link with coastal emergency numbers here). Professionals don’t even take such an option into account. It is wise to be sceptical of promises made about battery life and coverage area in regards to Cellphones/Mobiles.

Calling America’s Hotline “911” is impossible, and maps will not download to your phone. Especially in certain areas of the Namib Desert, you can completely forget about it. A GPS gadget will work as long as the battery life will hold, but one will have to settle with is a blue dot on a blank screen. Without directions, many of us will end up walking in a large circle, apparently hence to one leg being stronger than the other, or not the exact same length – debateable (?). A good way to test this theory is to stroll within a large open area by walking with your eyes focused on the ground approximately 2 metres in front of you. Observe what happens.

So how to guarantee that your walking in a straight line? The most simple rule to be followed which is true for the Namib Desert would be the following: In the morning walk away from the sun, rest in the afternoon when the Sun is above you and then continue walking towards the Sun once setting. Hence in Namibia the Sundowner occurs by setting “in the Atlantic Ocean“, you will surely reach a highway connected with various Namibian Towns/Cities. So without Compass or Cellphone (basically nothing), this is one of the best rules to follow to ensure your survival. In other words – try to follow and travel towards the West! If you climb from one dune to another and feeling a slight breeze you should be on the right way. Follow the breezy. A very BIG however is that this fact is vice versa in Namibian during Winter times (!). Air from the inland rushes towards the coast, passing over the Namib Desert making it the most famous yearly Desert Storm which can be expected during the time period. Below a small Clip taken on the highway connecting Swakopmund and Walvisbaai – those poor folks on the bikes must have been exhausted once upon arrival.

These Winter Desert Storms are not to be underestimated. The power from these Storm creates problems for coastal cities, year after year, sandblasting Vehicles right down to pure sheet metal.

As an all-around insider Joke from many hardcore adventurers/hikers: “Desert’s and circles is a match made in hell” – no pun intended.

So, how about Water?

In such an extreme survival situation, try to stay out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and hike only during the cooler hours of the evening or morning heading West. Most lost hikers (or other) have lasted up to two days without water in the extreme conditions of the Namib Desert. While many individuals, trying to find water in the middle of the day, have perished within three hours or less. One thing is for certain, you will never find an Oasis within the Namib Desert (except Namib Desert outskirts), so don’t bother looking for it. You will cough dust before you find an Oasis. This is not like Americas Deserts or the Sahara. In case you should have to abandon your Vehicle try to gather all the liquids in your Vehicle (eg. Water for the Window wipers or Radiator should it not contain any chemicals like eg. Anti-Freeze). You will need the supply, guaranteed! Also true for the Namib Desert, don’t bother looking for trees feeding on ground-water reserves. But if you do encounter some, expect them to be bone dry. Digging for water inside the Namib Desert is also a big waste of time and energy. You won’t find any guaranteed! This landscape is rough, dry, harsh and unforgiving! One needs have a serious survival plan for sure.

Knowing when to consume water is a good survival insight if you want to survive the endure. Don’t just consume all your liquid at the first sign of thirst. A better tactic is to ration it for yourself, taking smaller sips throughout the day if possible. Try to assess your dehydration by the colour of your urine – if it’s light-coloured, you’re mostly doing okay, however, if your passing is darkish, you should consider rehydration.

Also, a good insider is to carry a small piece of plastic or any form of a polymer. At night the Namib Desert is generally clouded with fog. Placing a sheet of plastic (or any non-absorbing water material) within an open Desert space throughout the night will condense fog into some drinking water on the material. Try to place the sheet/other on a higher ground but not on the top of a Dune. You don’t want the daily wind to disperse every droplet gathered. Although it might not be much, it will definitely come in handy. Rocks will also help out if you can find some(?). This is a severe measure, but nevertheless! A good teacher to explain what we are talking about here is to observe the Namib Desert Gecko (see Clip below).

Bite Size: Gecko Uses Eyes to Drink

Thirsty, little fella?

Gepostet von Animal Planet am Donnerstag, 19. Juli 2018

 

Is it safe to drink urine when things get tough? This is a very debated topic but take a look at this article for more insight on urine hydration!

Keep cool!

On this matter, we have only one simple insider trick. As we all know, most heat from the body is being radiated and consumed via the human head or skin. Taken from practices adopted by Nomads in the Sahara this one works like a bomb! Take a piece of cloth which fits your entire head and drench, or at least dampen the cloth in water, should you have some water to spare (!).

You will notice that once you start walking that the always constant Namibian Desert wind cools it down drastically. Even with the slightest breeze! The harsh Namibian Sun is on a full check-mate and will add many miles or kilometres towards your gained distance. Also, it will keep Sand and Dust out of your mouth in case of heavy winds or storms. If you never tried this one then do yourself the favour and test it. This very simple method turns your entire cranium space into an Ice-Box, literally! You can always thank us later for this one. 🙂

Also, keep warm and more!

Many unfortunate events with people forced into a desert survival situation have the tendency to only be aware of the Desert heat. The Namib Desert (depending on the month) reaches seriously cold nights once the sun sets. Do not leave your warm gear behind, you will need them. Take them off during the day but have them along for the night. The Namib Desert offers you extreme contrast’s regarding temperature, there rarely is an “in-between measure”. If you ignore this one, be assured to freeze your socks off, …as they say (or freeze to death). Also Note, travelling at night is a bad idea. After sundowner, the Desert Reptiles start wandering and so with the Namib Desert comes alive. Accidentally stepping on something venomous is very likely! Another thing is Sunscreen. There isn’t much to write about this matter because in general, this one is self-explanatory. Without sunscreen, depending on your skin type, you will burn up sooner or later. Trekking for survival with skin-blisters is definitely a nightmare. Secondly, try to climb each Dune sideways and not on a direct angle. You will consume less energy hence the sand displacement with each step is much lower. On a direct climbing approach of a Dune with heavy sand displacement properties, one can put a general rough estimate of about one step equaling three steps as a whole. Conserve your energy, you will need it later!

Watch your step

Contrary to the belief, the Namib Desert is filled with venomous reptiles.

One worth mentioning is the hairy thick-tailed scorpion (Parabuthus villosus) which are active at night but also moves during the day. These scorpions can reach lengths of 18cm and can survive without food for 12 months. Highly venomous! Another one would be the Namib sand snake (Psammophis namibensis) a very slender and fast moving snake. In the Namib Desert, we have another exception to the rule, the sidewinder or Peringuey’s adder (Bitis peringueyi). This snake’s eyes are situated on top of its head, which means it can bury totally into the sand but still be able to see you, this is a sneaky little being. So be aware, to the untrained individual this snake is hard to detect hence it loves hiding below the Namib Desert sand. If thirst won’t kill you, these reptiles definitely will if taken lightly. (Image by Africa Geographic)

An interesting video about the Sidewinder (Bitis peringueyi) :

A nice documentary of the Namib Desert by Richard Klug (German):

Just for Fun, a small online quiz. Will you make it out alive?: 

Check out this small desert survival quiz. More based on other Deserts not relevant to the Namib Desert, so just for fun!

Also read this past Blog Post:

• 4 Desert Race Namibia

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Namibia honeymoon

Since Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Rachel Meghan Markle proclaimed their engagement in late 2017, speculation concerning their honeymoon destination has been rampant. However, currently, it looks that their selection is evident – the comparatively little-visited and hugely lovely Southern African nation of the formerly known “German South West Afrika” currently named Namibia. Beautiful Namibia is being put in to focus once again regarding the list of a royal celebrity visitation.

Africa has perpetually been a powerful challenger given royal Prince Harry’s long relationship with the continent, like his Sentebale charity in Botswana (formerly known as Basutoland), his role as patron of the rhinoceros Conservation within Botswana and his multiple visits to varied countries over the years. After having a closer look at Namibia, it’s easy to see why the couple eventually chose to go there for the exclusive-romantic honeymoon imaginable. In fact, if you’re planning your own honeymoon, or simply want to go somewhere unforgettable with your partner, you should seriously consider Namibia, as this southwestern African nation is filled with once-in-a-lifetime adventures and experiences to offer.

Known for its mountainous dunes (eg. Dune 7 – biggest global Dune), desolate Skeleton Coast and unimaginable desert-adapted wildlife, the country also will give the couple with one thing seldom doable elsewhere within the world – absolute peace and privacy. It’s a similar reason why Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie travelled there typically, and why they selected it because of the place for the birth of their adopted girl, Nouvel Jolie Pitt.

With an estimate of simply 3 folks per sq. kilometre, Namibia is the least densely inhabited country in Africa. And within the northwest region of the Kaokoveld, wherever royal Prince Harry and Meghan couple are roaming or thought to be heading, things are even additionally secluded. it’s an unreal landscape of slender, winding valleys hemmed in by rocky cliffs, wherever wild elephants, giraffes, rhinos and lions will graze. The desert mountains give for attractive vistas and hammer home the sense of splendid isolation. The Namib Desert will put the value of “silence of Nature” towards a hard perspective of personal understanding and value of respect of essence. Tented hunting expedition camps are rare, remote and infrequently gorgeous in their elegant simplicity, like the new Hoanib Nature Camp – the rumoured secret selection of Harry and Meghan(!).

After the royal wedding on the 19th May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will fly off for their honeymoon — and in keeping with Travel + Leisure, the destination of selection is the formerly known “German South West Africa“, known today as Namibia.

Neighbouring Botswana, that the couple last visited for Meghan Markle’s thirty-sixth birthday celebration, Namibia offers unimaginable views and supreme privacy.

  1. To find out what a honeymoon itinerary in Namibia may look like, Business Insider talked to Marisa Lassman, a travel expert and founder of Another Africa, a luxury travel agency that specializes in unique and tailored trips across the continent.”We go to great lengths to profile our clients and understand their interests, travel preferences, and requirements,” Lassman told Business Insider. “No two itineraries are ever the same.” Lassman also noted the best time of year to visit Namibia is in May. With the royal couple and their tastes in mind, she drafted an eight-day itinerary for their honeymoon. (Click here for original statement)
  2. From Hot-Air-Ballooning, explicit culinary experiences, horseback riding or stunning wildlife rumour has it that this personal tour will be joined via a documentary film producer (unknown). Be excited about footage regarding shots including the very limited access. This undertaking is one of our top 5 Events to follow within the Hippo’s Blog.

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We at Hippo Adventure Tours do wish the royal couple an experience-filled adventure and stunning honeymoon in advance. Many blessings from our side and we are deeply excited towards their arrival within our splendid country.

P.S. We have to admit that we are a bit jealous for not been chosen to perform the honeymoon guiding services. Nevertheless, we remain very excited… 🙂

Photo: Frank Augstein/AP

 

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

Skeleton Coast Namibia, the world’s largest ship cemetery:

Portuguese sailors referred to as it the “Gates of Hell.” Namibia’s Bushmen speak of the land God created in anger.
From the air, the awful boundary of the Skeleton Coast appearance howling — a deep inexperienced ocean, fringed with surf, breaks over a shore receding into infinite dunes. From land, it is a completely different story.

The Benguela Current rushes in, pressing and powerful, moving the chilling Atlantic into the fierce heat of the Namib Desert.
Whale and seal skeletons from the previous whaling business still litter the outline — the supply of the region’s horrifying name. Humans have suffered, too — the remains of ships destroyed on the hidden rocks offshore rust and crumble beside the animal bones.
Survivors did not last long during this harsh surroundings.

The therefore referred to as Skeleton Coast could be a forty metric linear unit wide and five hundred metric linear unit long coastal stretch in Namibia, a hostile however fascinating space. Here the cold and unpredictable Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean clashes with the sand dune and desert landscape of north-western Namibia.
Numerous ships have stranded at the Skeleton Coast due to the thick fog, the rough ocean, unpredictable currents and stormy winds. The sailors United Nations agency were ready to build it to the land failed to stand an opportunity of survival at this inhospitable coast and died of thirst.
Despite the hostile character of the Skeleton Coast, there area unit quite an variety of untamed animals to watch, to Illustrate desert-adapted elephants, rhinos, desert lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, seals, oryx, kudus and zebras. conjointly some plants area unit implausibly tailored to the dry space of the Skeleton coast and relyexclusively on the daily fog from the Atlantic Ocean: There area unit welwitschias, !Nara melons, many stoneface succulent plants (often referred to as “living stones”), lichen and pencil bush (ink bush).
The name Skeleton Coast derived most likely from the large numbers of stranded whales that lost their life here and whose skeletons may well be seen everywhere the place. The Ovahimba United Nations agency area unit sinking within the so much north-eastern components of Namibia used the whale bones for building their huts.

 

Limited Wildlife:
When it involves observation life, the Skeleton Coast is not concerning game.
Guides target little mammals, birds and insects and therefore the stories of however they survive. With ocean fogs the ever present and coastal region creatures conserve what they will. Black-backed jackals lick humidness aka. dew. from stones in order to survive (as mentioned above). Desert beetles channel droplets on their backs and into their mouths.

 

The Skeleton Coast Park is divided in two sections:
The southern half, that stretches from the Ugab watercourse up to Torra Bay, is freely accessible. but as from the doorway gate at Ugabmund and Springbockwater where an entrance fee required, which might be purchased in national capital, Swakopmund or directly at the gate.

The northern half from Torra Bay up to the Kunene at the Angolan border isn’t accessible. This space will solely be reached with a tour operator holding the concession and qualification. This space is that the most tasty space of the park.

South of the Skeleton Coast Park the National West Coast holidaymaker Recreation space is found. though it forms a part of the Skeleton Coast Park it’s a personal bonestretch of regarding a hundred and eighty metric linear unit length from the Ugab mouth south to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. In 2010 this space was integrated into the new Dorob park. This space is freely accessible. because of the abundance of fish this coastal stretch could be a paradise for anglers.

Not solely the anglers get pleasure from the fish, it’s conjointly the staple diet for the Cape Fur Seal occurring in nice numbers on the jap coast wherever they kind immense colonies. At Cape Cross one amongst the most important colonies is visited, associate memorable expertise.

Video documentary Skeleton Coast, Namibia (English):

More Information about Namibia’s historical coastal locations (click here)

 

Namibia Desert Quad Biking

Namibia Desert Quad Biking

You can enjoy quad biking around Swakopmund, Namibia as an experienced rider or a novice. Once you learn the ropes, you can have a great time riding alone or with your family and friends. Be prepared to enjoy speed, dust, jumps and off-road challenges based on your expertise. If you prefer to slide and skid through dune sand and over jumps, indulge yourself. If you would rather take it easy and enjoy the scenery, then just take things at your own pace. Namibian quad biking offers rides for all experience levels.

The Quad Bike

The quad bike is basically an engine-powered quadracycle. It is a four-wheeled motor bike that is straddled by the rider. Many of the safety concerns related to quad bikes are highly dependent on the skill and responsibility level of the rider.

The quad bike was originally designed for road use as a form of horseless carriage. In the early 20th century, the quad bike was redesigned and improved for rough terrain and to move through water. In the 1970s, a top motorcycle manufacturer began designing quad bikes based on the features of its motorcycles. This began the popular off-road use of today’s quad bikes. Today’s quad bikes are lighter in weight and designed to use in off-road situations that would be difficult for larger vehicles.

Why not spend the day quad biking up and down the dunes, through difficult terrains and across the desert of the Namib? Enjoy a fun and exciting way to view scenery, play hard, enjoy fresh air and even get a little exercise. You can rent quad bikes from various locations.

When you arrive for your quad biking experience, you will be given detailed information regarding rules and safety procedures. The bikes are legal on the roads in Namibia, but proper safety gear must be worn to comply with local laws. Your equipment should consist of a helmet, goggles and waterproof clothing to wear over your own clothes.

If you prefer, you can request more detailed instructions and training and reserve a guide for your quad biking excursion. After your briefing, you can hop on your bike and begin familiarizing yourself with the controls and the feel of the machine. Your instructor will guide you through everything you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Once your training is completed, you will be off on your adventure.

Riders must be at least 16 years of age or have parental consent. If you have children that are old enough to ride on smaller machines, Swakopmund has junior quad biking as well. All riders must be in reasonably good health and able to climb on and off the vehicle without difficulty. Included in the standard rental is:

  • Use of the quad bike
  • Safety equipment
  • Full instruction and training in using the quad bikes#
  • Typical rental time of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours

Quad biking in Swakopmund offers visitors an opportunity to see the sights and experience the wonderful weather and lifestyle of Namibia. A variety of terrain offers both the beginner and the seasoned rider with a wealth of different experiences. Whatever your tastes, the Namib Desert will give you an exceptional adventure from the seat of a quad bike.