Pete’s Big Namibia Trek

Unspoilt NamibiaPETE’S BIG NAMIBIA TREK 2007

In February 2006 I did my first ‘Charity Challenge’. It was a Husky Sledding Trek in the Norwegian Arctic, raising money for ‘The Blue Cross’, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do another charity trek again this year. I decided to do something quite different from last year’s trip, so I chose to go to the desert instead! In May 2007 I took off to Namibia, Africa, for a week long Desert Walking Trek in the oldest desert in the world, the Namib, this time raising money for ‘Dogs Trust’, the UK’s largest dog charity.

The challenge was to walk for about 6 hours each day, at day-time temperatures of up to 40*C, with freezing cold nights, over varied desert terrain and without any creature comforts at all. The trek was organised by ‘Across the Divide’, a British organisation, but my fellow trekkers were 20 Americans, all raising money for AMFAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Here’s the story of how we all got on in Namibia.

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Memoirs of a Game Ranger

Tourism and Conservation in action

Author: Andries Alberts, Game Warden of Bushmanland and the Nya Nya conservation area.   Find out more here.

The Nyae Nyae Conservancy in northeastern Namibia is 9000 square kilometers in size and allow the local Ju’hoansi bushmen to utilize natural resources in the area, in an attempt from the Government to give ownership to indigenous communities.  A conservation effort that works well. (Local communities also benefit largely from safaris going throught these areas.)

Unfortunately, in January 2002, a local woman was killed by a rogue elephant bull.  She and three other young girls were collecting veld food a kilometer away from their village, !Auru, when they spotted three elephant bulls in front of them.  The girls fled, leaving the elderly woman hiding behind a big tree.  As they turned to call for her, they saw a fourth, one-tusked bull behind her.  But it was too late.  The elephant picked her up with his trunk and flung her into the air, braking her neck.  It then ripped off both her legs and crushed her chest.

Nature Conservation staff collected the remains and permission was granted to destroy the animal.  And so the hunt started.

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