July 31, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA From LAX, Lufthansa and British Airways offer connecting service (change of plane) on Air Namibia; Delta, Virgin America and American offer connecting service on South African Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,325, excluding taxes and fees. If you have time to add a day's drive in each direction, start in Cape Town, South Africa. WHEN TO GO Seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. Skip the Kalahari summer and rainy season and aim to visit between May and September.
July 3, 2011
ECUADOR Chocoholics tour Equatortrekking's "Gourmet Journey Along the Cacao Route" follows the path of the recently released documentary "El Cacao" by visiting chocolate factories, family-owned cocoa plantations and restaurants that use it in indigenous dishes. Also included is a walking tour of Quito, Ecuador's capital. Itinerary: Guayaquil to Vinces, Hacienda Cañas, Rio Muchacho, Quito and Baños Dates: Departures July 15 and 30, Aug. 15 and 30 and Sept.
July 7, 2009 |
Namibia's annual commercial seal hunt will proceed despite objections by animal welfare groups, a government official said. Frans Tsheehama of the Namibian fisheries and marine resources ministry said that the season started on Wednesday and will run until Nov. 15. Hunters are expected to club over 90,000 seals, including 85,000 pups. There was confusion last week over whether the hunt had begun after reports that a South Africa-based animal rights activist was in talks to halt it. The government argues that the seal population needs to be controlled to protect fish stocks.
March 29, 2009 |
The South African safari has long been popular with high-end travelers. But recently other southern African countries, including Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, have built ultra-luxe safari camps and lodges that compete with the world's best. I had visited a decade ago, so I was curious to return last summer and see the progress that had been made. I was astonished.
October 11, 2008 |
Calling him an "outstanding international mediator," the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari for his efforts to resolve international conflicts across the globe, from Northern Ireland and Namibia to Kosovo, Indonesia and Iraq.
May 3, 2008 |
Namibia's diamond company, Namdeb, said Wednesday it had discovered a 500-year-old shipwreck containing a treasure of coins, ivory, copper and weapons. "The site yielded a wealth of objects including six bronze cannons, several tons of copper, more than 50 elephant tusks, pewter tableware, navigational instruments, weapons and thousands of Spanish and Portuguese gold coins, minted in the late 1400s and early 1500s," a Namdeb spokesman said. The company came across the wreck April 1 during mining operations at sea. Company sources said human remains and ornaments linked to royalty found on the ship raised speculation it could be the caravel of Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, which went missing off the Cape of Good Hope in 1500.