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The Bushmen Tribe of Tsumkwe (Photo Diary)

The Bushmen Tribe of Tsumkwe (Photo Diary)

We met and Bow Wow licked the Ju/’hanse San people, or as they are more commonly known, the Bushmen, near Tsumkwe, eastern Namibia. Bow Wow impressed the tribe with his tricks, while I learnt how to make jewellery out of ostrich eggs and Lachlan considered ditching his Calvin Kleins for some Bushmen budgie smugglers.


Grootfontein (Photo Diary)

Grootfontein (Photo Diary)

At a foot and mouth control point, we lent a few dollars to a man who had run out of fuel and cash. His name was Eugene and not only did he pay us back when we got to Grootfontein, he also organised for us to camp at Kalkfontein Farm which is owned by an eccentric Swiss fellow who keeps some surprising pets.


Creative Bar Names in Namibia (Photo Diary)

Creative Bar Names in Namibia (Photo Diary)

We’ve seen some watering holes during our time in Africa but nothing quite like these. Cruising down the C46 highway in Namibia, we couldn’t get over how original, weird and brilliant the bar names were. Feel free to add your own punchline.


Epupa Falls (Photo Diary)

Epupa Falls (Photo Diary)

We had fun at the Epupa Falls but going there made us realise how vulnerable the Himba culture is and how lucky we had been to access remote areas by 4×4 and experience the customs of those who are still largely unaffected by the modern world.


Deep in Kaokoland (Photo Diary)

Deep in Kaokoland (Photo Diary)

After driving up a dry river bed and accidentally scaring the hell out of unsuspecting animals, we got a taste of our own medicine when we were snuck up on by a band of Himba men bearing spears and axes.


Purros Himba Tribe (Photo Diary)

Purros Himba Tribe (Photo Diary)

In Purros we visited Himba women whose fine jewellery made of metal, bone and skin would not look out of place strutting down an Alexander McQueen runway. We listened to the snap of branches and the purr of dessert elephants as they tramped past our tent on their midnight moseys and Bow Wow ate so much of their poo we renamed him Shitlips.


Twyfelfontein to Sesfontein (Photo Diary)

Twyfelfontein to Sesfontein (Photo Diary)

Having fought, picnicked and played at Namibia’s most ancient geological and spiritual sites we leave the beaten track for Koakaland, home to the Himbas.


The No. 1 Animals’ Dating Agency

The No. 1 Animals’ Dating Agency

Stephen Fry’s is the only name on everyone’s lips and beaks at Mliliwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Roan Antelope, Tsandziwe explains why all zoos should support Back to Africa by taking part in The Animals’ No. 1 Dating Agency and in doing so save more species from extinction. Let’s cross our hooves and hope that this bush telegraph makes its way around the globe.


Sossusvlei to Windhoek (Photo Diary)

Sossusvlei to Windhoek (Photo Diary)

Camping in the vast emptiness of the Namib Dessert under a camelthorn tree and the great glittering arc of the Milky Way, we saw so many shooting stars that we ran out of wishes. We didn’t realise how easily Bow Wow could have been cheetah, spotted hyena or leopard padkos! Having successfully smuggled our stowaway in to the soaring sand dune sea of Sossusvlei, we then pushed on to Windhoek via the Gemütlichkeit of Swakompmund.


Kolmanskop (Photo Diary)

Kolmanskop (Photo Diary)

We kept our eyes peeled for shining stones and glamorous ghosts as we explored the deserted diamond town of Kolmanskop in Namibia that is now almost lost to the dunes.


Lüderitz (Photo Diary)

Lüderitz (Photo Diary)

We reach Lüderitz, where the seas of sand meet the glittering Atlantic! Lucie gets radioactive highlights, Bow Wow plays with a jackal and our perception of hyenas is changed forever.


The Tin Cup Breakfast

The Tin Cup Breakfast

Serves 2 (Taken from Justin Bonello’s brilliant book, Cooked in Africa.) These are poached eggs – bundu style. Ingredients 2 tin mugs 4 eggs This basic breakfast allows for fillings of your choice – from mushrooms and crispy bacon to cherry tomatoes and mature cheddar and everything in between. Whatever combination gets you going! If [...]


New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Mlilwane’s Mirror

Mlilwane's Mirror

Feasting Weaver Birds at Reilly’s Rock

Feasting Weaver Birds at Reilly's Rock

Stripes & Mohawks

Stripes & Mohawks

Glossier Glossy Starling

Glossier Glossy Starling

Roan Antelope ‘Back to Africa’

Roan Antelope 'Back to Africa'

Glossy Starling, Mlilwane

Glossy Starling, Mlilwane

Hands Off Our Man!

Hands Off Our Man!

White Fronted Bee Eater

White Fronted Bee Eater

Mlilwane Waterbuck

Mlilwane Waterbuck

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