Guest farms in Namibia

Submitted by Karin Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/13/2021 - 12:46

When the first tour description reached us and I read the term guest farm, I first thought of a vacation on the farm and was not exactly thrilled. But the consultant from Umfulana was quickly able to convince me that the farms are an important part of Namibia and that it is absolutely worth living there.

We planned overnight stays on three guest farms and first visited the Immenhof near Omaruru. The farm has been owned by the Seydlitz family since 1913 and has been operated as a guest farm for several years.


Deadvlei and Sossusvlei

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 19:46

The access road from Sessriem to the Sossusvlei (Sossus means "blind river" in the Nama language, Vlei in Africaans stands for sink) is paved, but it ends about 5 km before the actual destination in a large parking lot . If you are not only traveling with an off-road vehicle, but can also drive in the sand with it, you can do the remaining kilometers by motor. For everyone else there is a shuttle service as an alternative, which should also be used if you are not sure about your driving skills in the sand.


The Namib is alive

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 05/20/2020 - 17:42

There are more animals in the large areas of the Namib than one would expect from the wide sandy desert. Swakopmund therefore also offers tours to the "Little Five", which include the Palmato Gecko, a spider "the white lady", a chameleon, the Sidewind Snake and a lizard species, which we have also observed on the dune 45 .


Dune 45

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 18:15

The dune 45 is something special because it belongs e.g. to the few dunes in the Namib that can be climbed. There is a good reason why the ascents are regulated, because footprints on the magnificent dune ridges take a long time to be leveled by wind and weather. A terrible thought, imagine the attached photos littered with traces ...


The Namib - Desert of Superlatives

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 05/18/2020 - 20:17

The Namib Desert shows many superlatives. It is e.g. the oldest desert in the world. Depending on the point of view, the hour of its birth can be located 120 million years ago, with the formation of today's huge dunes dating back 2 million years ago.

The desert covers a huge area on the west coast of Africa of around 2,000 km in length and around 160 km in width, which extends from the famous Skeleton Coast in the north to the Walvis Bay in the middle and finally to the diamond mining area in the south of Namibia.


Klein-Aus-Vista in the Namib Desert

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 14:24
Today I once looked into the travel diary of Namibia and came across the entry about the Klein – Aus – Vista – Eagels Nest Chalets. Good memories awoke e.g. from one of the most beautiful accommodations we have ever had. We had booked this trip through the Umfulana travel agency. Already in the travel documents the accommodation was very nicely described as follows: "Where the Huib Plateau rises from the Namib desert emerges lonely and alone the lodge, whose few stone houses and eagle nests are built in the granite rocks". Our very high expectations were exceeded.

Spotted hyenas in the Etoshapark

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:16

Spotted hyenas populate large areas of Africa. They are also called spotted hyenas and appear strange due to their external appearance, since their front legs are longer than the rear legs. Their four paws each end in 4 claw-reinforced toes on which the hyenas run (digitigrad). The animals live together in clans up to 130 members, which are dominated by the females. One of the most unusual features of the spotted hyena is the masculinizati