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2014 Namibia Adventure Calendar: September to December

  
  

As promised, this is a follow up post to our recently published Adventure Calendar for 2014. You can find the calendar for June to August by clicking here. These two blog posts will equip you with all you need to know about the major adventure events that are happening in Namibia.

Desert Knights Mountain Bike Tour (7 – 12 September)

The Desert Knights MTB Tour is five days of cycling, and one day of canoeing, through Namibia’s scenic /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The park is located in the southern region of Namibia and straddles the border between South Africa and the Land of the Brave.

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From the seat of you bike you will be able to take in the beautiful landscape.
(Image courtesy of Desert Knights)

 

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You will also get a chance to zip down some Orange River rapids in a canoe.
(Image courtesy of Desert Knights)

 

This cycling tour is unique in that it affords its participants the opportunity to cycle both during the day and at night. Cycling through the desert at night, and under the full moon (which falls on the 9th of September), participants in the Desert Knights Mountain Bike Tour will get to witness the isolated and vast region in a light that few people ever will.

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The landscapes transform at night.
(Image courtesy of Desert Knights)

 

To enter the event click here. Entries close on the 30th of June. There are only 100 places available on this tour, so be sure to book soon!

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Riders riding out into the approaching twilight.
(Image courtesy of Desert Knights)

 

Pick n Pay Cycle Classic (12 October) 

This year will see the fifteenth time this cycling road race is being held in Namibia. Starting off as a small race of just over 750 cyclists the event has grown from strength to strength with each passing year.

The race is a great way for you to visit Windhoek if you are interested in competitive cycling. It will give you the opportunity to meet, greet and compete with the local cyclists in the capital city.  

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2012’s runner-up Costa Seibeb (L) and 2012’s winner Till Droblisch (R).
(Image via the Sun)

 

This year the event is taking place on Sunday the 12th of October and there will be several routes on offer to entrants. The race is organised by the Windhoek-based cycling club Windhoek Pedal Power. If you want to be able to register for this race then all you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter here.

Registration for the Cycle Classic typically closes in early October so it is best to book your place in advance. Details are still being finalised for the event, so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox after you have registered with Windhoek Pedal Power.


Luderitz Speed Challenge (October 29 – 9 November) 

The Luderitz Speed Challenge is one of the world’s premier water sporting events for kiteboarders and windsurfers. The perfect water and wind conditions draw out hoards of international watersporting stars and this ensures that each year the Speed Challenge is a thrilling and record breaking event.

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A contestant kicking up some spray in 2013.

(Photo via Luderitz Speed)

 

The event has seen numerous world records broken and this year there promises to be more of the same record breaking action. The Speed Challenge will be taking place from the end of October to mid-November, so if you find youself in Namibia's south during that time then be sure to head down to Luderitz to check all the action out.

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Windsurfers and kiteboarders flock to Luderitz for this event.
(Photo via Luderitz Speed)

 

If you want to enter the race, or get involved as a sponsor of the event you can contact the organisers, Sebastien Cattelan or Sophie Routaboul on the details below.

Sébastien Cattelan

Email: cattelan.sebastien@gmail.com

Mobile: +33 (0)61 5341 411 (France)

+27 (0)791 634555 (South Africa)

Skype: seb.cat1

Sophie Routaboul

Email: luderitz.speed.challenge@gmail.com

Mobile: +33 (0)61 07 44 69 (France)

+264 (0)817 44 64 69 (Namibia)

Skype: soevent34

If you want a more detailed description of the event and its history then check out our blog post on it here.

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A windsurfer on the purpose built canal.
(Photo via Luderitz Speed)

           

Desert Ultra (November 14)

The Desert Ultra is an event organised by Beyond the Ultimate and it is a trail running race like no other in Namibia. The course is over 250km and it focuses on well-trained runners who are looking for an extreme challenge through some wonderfully isolated and awesome desert landscapes.

STARK

Stark, challenging and one of a kind stages.
(Image via Beyond the Ultimate)

 

Contestants are expected to be able to carry all your gear and water and the fields are usually very competitive. While there are refreshment stations along the way, you will be expected to fend for yourself along the gruelling stages.

PREP

Preparation is key if you want to succeed.
(Image via Beyond the Ultimate)

 

Here is a good link to a page that deals with FAQ associated with the Desert Ultra. If you want register for the race then simply follow this link.

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Runners making their way through a checkpoint.
(Image via Beyond the Ultimate)


It should be noted that Ultras are not for casual athletes, but if you are fully prepared, and in good physical and mental shape, then they can be some of the most rewarding extreme adventures one can have.

REWARD

Desert heat and tough trails make for a rewarding run.

(Image via Beyond the Ultimate)

 

100km of Namib Desert (30 November – 7 December)

Quite simply this event is a 100km race through one of the world’s oldest deserts, the Namib. The Namib is home to some of Namibia’s most famous wonders; these include Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon making it this ancient desert an amazing area to be able to run through.

AMAZE

From the Dead Vlei…
(Image via 100km of Namib Desert)

CANYON

…to the Sesriem Canyon.
(Image via 100km of Namib Desert)

 

The 100km run through the desert is organised by an Italian company who put on races through out Africa (check out some of their other races here and here). It is the ninth time that the event has been held in Namibia and each year the field of participants has increased.

FUN RUN

A runner summits one of the massive dunes.
(Image via 100km of Namib Desert)

 

The race is a tough affair, but, you will be staying in top-notch accommodation for each of the four competing nights you are out on the route. So there will always be time for you to unwind and recharge. For a detailed program check out this page.

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Beautiful surrounds make this race a must.
(Image via 100km of Namib Desert)

 

If you want register for the race then click here and fill in your details and the team will get back to you with all the information you need. If you still need convincing then have a look at the subtitled video below.

(Video via 100km of Namib Desert)


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This and our last post should give any adventure holiday seekers enough ideas to fill a few months up in their trip.

If you know of any other extreme adventure events happening in Namibia in 2014 then leave a comment below.

Happy reading, and happy planning!

EES- Saving Namibia's Rhinos with Kwaito

  
  

Namibia Kwaito sensation EES has made it through to the final round of a German talent competition and stands to win 1,000,000 EURO which will be donated to a charity of his choice. Being particularly passionate about his home country EES has declared that he will donate his winnings to the Save the Rhino Trust and other conservation projects and charities doing good work in Namibia.

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Ees on stage and in action.

Earlier in the week EES had some time to answer a few of our questions and the singer also explained how people all around the world can help him win the competition and thus provide funding for some worthwhile conservation efforts.

What exactly is MillionahrWahl and who can enter?

Millionärswahl is the first of its kind – to connect the Internet with television – something that will very soon happen more and more. It’s a talent show where people from all over Germany registered themselves with their talent or charity idea – to then be chosen by the Internet into the TV show – which now has its final on the internet again. The winner of the show will walk away with 1 Million Euros for whatever cause he has registered himself with.

And how did you decide to enter?

I got a call from an old friend who saw the trailer of the show on TV and he said I would fit perfectly into the show and that I should enter. At first I didn’t really understand the concept because something like this has never been done, but then I decided to just take part in the online registration of the show.

When people in Germany ask you about Namibia, what do you tell them?

(Laughs)… I always tell them it’s the most beautiful country in the world – and then see what their face expression is… (Laughs)… well I tell them its my home and that they should come visit because it is a very safe place in Africa with beautiful landscapes and really friendly people. I cannot even count how many people I have convinced to come to Namibia – so many. Even through my music and my music videos – I have inspired so many people to visit the land of the brave.

If you win a million euros, what will you do with the money? / Why did you choose the charities that you chose?

Well I chose only charities that I am already involved with – because I think its easy for someone to get into the final of the show and then say: “Yeah I will do this and I will do that.”
The three main charities I have chosen are the ones I have already been active with even before the TV show – but I could support and do so much more if I would win this “Millionärswahl” competition.

My main support will go to the Rhino Foundations in Africa like (Save the Rhino Trust and Rhino for Erongo) – since I feel the time to really react to the brutal killings of the rhino is now – as the number of poached rhino is at its highest ever in history with over a 1000 rhino poached in 2013.

The other to Charity organizations are various orphanages in Namibia and also different educational exchange programs with Europe and Africa. Because I feel the best way to increase the living standard and so many problems in Africa is through education.

What’s your favorite place in Namibia?

That question is basically impossible to answer – as Namibia offers so many beautiful places. Every time I go somewhere new – I find a new “favorite” spot in Namibia – but I could say it is definitely somewhere in the line of the bush or desert. Because when you put your barefoot into the dune sand – you can just feel the energy penetrating your body.

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Ees with some young fans.

How you can help

If EES is going to win then he needs all the votes he can get! Below is guide on how you can get involved with helping this passionate Namibian raise money for these vitally important conservation efforts.

**NOTE: There is only one hour of voting - on January 25th between 21:15 and 22:15 Namibian time.**

Voting times in other parts of the world:

  • London 19:15 and 20:15

  • Berlin 20:15 and 21:15

  • Seattle 11:15 and 12:15

  • New York 14:15 and 15:15

  • South Africa / Namibia: 21:15 and 22:15

There are two ways to vote:

1. Log on here during the allotted time! Use Facebook Connect to vote - You can watch the live show here.

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A visual reference for when you cast your vote for EES.

2. Call the number on the screen (viewable at here to vote for EES (remember to add the country code for Germany “0049” – in front of the number). The call is only 0,50 cents and you can vote as many times as you like!

To stay up to date with all things EES follow him on:

Facebook - Twitter - YouTube

Hashtag: #Vote4Ees

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Namibia's 55th Oktoberfest Spectacular!

  
  

Every year for the last 55 years Windhoek celebrates its German heritage in one of the best ways possible: By holding its very own Oktoberfest! The original Oktoberfest has been held in Munich, Germany for over 200 years but when the fest comes to Windhoek you know it’s going to have a uniquely Namibian flavour.

 

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The Oktoberfest in Windhoek is like a little bit of Germany in Namibia.

(image courtesy of SKW)

 

The event aims to celebrate one of the many cultures that make up the rich tapestry of diversity that is Namibia, and it aims to bring people together for some good old fashioned family fun and games. The event is family friendly and several competitions are held through out the weekend with prizes and surprises for everyone taking part.

 

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Thirsty festival goers in search of more beer!

Festival goers will get the opportunity to enjoy traditional German festival grub like Bretz’n, Weisswurst, Hax’n and Lebkucheherz’n. But perhaps most importantly, there will be Festbier which will be specially brewed for the event by Namibian brew master Christian Meuller. Christian spent some time at Munich’s Oktoberfest picking up some tips and tricks that will no doubt mean better, more authentic beer for the thirsty crowds at the event!

 

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Beer, beer, beer!
(image courtesy of SKW)

What you can do there

Besides the delicious food and drink there will also be a range of activities and attractions to keep everyone happy and entertained. Live music, traditional Oktoberfest games and challenges, as well as other activities will make this event even more memorable for those of you who can make it there. Have a look at the festival’s official Facebook page which will provide you with the low-down on what to expect at the festival.

 

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The Stein lifting competition is always a popular event.

There will be a fine selection of live music that will range from authentic German oompa music to modern rock and roll. Popular traditional German band, Kirchdorfer, will be coming all the way from Munich to Namibia for the second time in as many years.

They are one of the original Oktoberfest bands in Munich and you can see what they’re all about by checking out the video below or by visiting their website.

 

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Kirchdorfer, the official Bavarian Oktoberfest band.
(image courtesy of SKW)

Kirchdorfer at the 2011 Munich Oktoberfest.
(video courtesy of Kirchdorfer)

Carrying the flag for Namibian music at this event will be the popular band Famaz Attak. Famaz play a mixture of blues and rock and will be on hand to make sure that the party goes late into the night!

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Famaz Attak will rock you into the late evening.
(image courtesy of SKW)

Head on over to the Hansa website to enter pre-festival competitions and you could stand a chance to win a limited edition beer keg filled with delicious Namibian brew. Be sure to visit their facebook page as well to keep up to date on all things Oktoberfest.

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A lucky keg-winner-
check out the Facebook page to find out how you can win!

(image courtesy of Hansa Namibia)

 

Program

This year's Oktoberfest is due to kick off on the 25th and 26th of October, with doors opening on Friday evening at 19:00, and closing only in the early morning hours of Sunday morning. There is a full program of events for the weekend so have a look below and see what's happening.

 

Oktoberfest program at the SKW (subject to change):

Friday 25 October 2013:

Gates open at 16:00

Band starts at 18:00

Official opening by VIPs at 20:00

Music & Entertainment till late

 

Saturday 26 October 2013:

Gates open at 10:00

Band starts between 12:00 and 13:00

Traditional competitions, games and entertainment during the day

Music & Entertainment till late

Tickets can be bought at www.computicket.com (or at any Shoprite/Checkers outlet) and will cost you N$75 for a day ticket if bought in advance (N$ 90 if bought at the door), or N$120 for the full weekend.

For more info you can get hold of the SKW who are organising the event.
 
SKW - Sport Klub Windhoek
Email: skw@iway.na
Website: www.skw.com.na
Telephone: +264 61 235 521

Why you should go

This year marks the third time in a row that Namibia Breweries Limited and Sport Klub Windhoek have joined forces to put on this spectacular event. The two organisations have been working hard to bring the fest to more people every year and they have succeeded in doing so. In 2010 there were 1000 attendees, and in 2012 there was a massive 5000 people enjoying sun, fun and beer at the SKW.

There are several reasons why you should make a turn by the event if you are in the nation’s capital. If you like good food, sunshine, happy people, fresh beer, and all round good fun then you should definitely make your way to the SKW grounds in your finest German attire and prepare yourself for a good time!

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There'll be plenty of beer and fun for all at this year's event!
(image courtesy of SKW)

Adventure Travel World Summit 2013 Official Song Released

  
  

With less than a month to go before 650 International delegates descend on Namibia for the 10th annual Adventure Travel World Summit, Team Destination Namibia is pleased to release the official summit song, !Kgala by Namibian artist, Elemotho.

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Elemotho.
(image courtesy of KV schiffART)

The adventure tribe was first introduced to Elemotho when his song was used in the short film, Destination Namibia.  This video was presented at ATWS 2011 in Chiapas, Mexico and helped to capture the imaginations of delegates and their reaction inspired Namibia to pursue hosting this event.

Fastforward to 2013, and after two years of hard work, we are ready to host our own ATWS and it was a no brainer for us to ask Elemotho if we could use !Kgala as the official Summit song. Listen to it here and be inspired! 

Elemotho will be playing at the Summit opening on October 26th  2013.

Celebrating the Heroes of Namibia

  
  

On August the 26th 1966 the first shots were fired in Namibia’s war for independence at the battle of Omugulugwombashe in Namibia's central Northern region. It would take 23 years for Namibia to achieve independence but it is these first acts of armed resistance that are being commemorated on Monday 26th August. Heroes’ Day is celebrated every year in Namibia in an effort to never forget the sacrifices and efforts of all the proud Namibians who fought for freedom and self-determination.

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 The Unknown Soldier at Heroes' Acre

These days the holiday is used to foster national pride and to stress the importance of togetherness in Namibia. Namibia has several diverse cultures living within its borders and presidents often use the 26th of August to remind everyone in Namibia, and the world at large, just how remarkable and peacefully all the different cultures in Namibia co-exist.

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Three Himba children laughing
(image courtesy of Nigel Pavitt)

Namibia’s Heroes’ Day is a time for all Namibians to reflect on how far the country has come since attaining its independence from South Africa in 1990. Rather than focussing on the lives lost needlessly in a justified struggle for independence from a white minority government, Namibia focuses on the positive aspects of its post-independence reality. In recent years the spotlight has been put on to current citizens’ Namibian hero. This typifies the Namibian spirit of endeavour and a national psyche of reconciliation with a view to the future instead of dwelling on the past.

Heroes' Acre

The Heroes’ Acre just outside Windhoek is a monument to the fallen soldiers and citizens of Namibia. The monument aims to honour the lives of those Namibians who may have otherwise been forgotten through the passage of time. There is a statue of the unknown soldier and seating for about 50 000 people for when events are held in its amphitheatre.

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A flame burns in memorium for those who have been lost

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A tourist makes his way to the Unknown Soldier

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Heroes' Acre seen from its paved square

Heroes' Day 2013

This year the annual celebrations will be held in the Omusati region where the war for independence began in 1966. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has predicted that over 50 000 people will attend the ceremonies being held. This year the highlight of the ceremony will include the unveiling of a new statue of Dr Sam Nujoma to celebrate the ex-president’s integral role in fighting for Namibia’s independence.

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Founding President Sam Nujoma (left) greeting the late Colonel John Otto
Nankudhu during the 2009 Heroes’ Day commemoration

(image courtesy of the Namibian Sun)

The planned ceremony will also celebrate the role of everyday Namibian heroes and heroines who all contribute to making Namibia the wonderful, peaceful and harmonious country it is. Men and women such as Cgunta Khao//Khao who at great personal risk helped to save a tourist form a bushfire in 2012.

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Cgunta: A true Namibian hero recovering from his burns in hospital
(image courtesy of the N/a'an ku sê Foundation)

Namibians across the political, social and economic spectrum are expected to honour the day. There are even groups in the United Kingdom that will be holding events for Namibian ex-pats looking to honour the spirit of their country. So if you are a homesick ex-pat reading this blog then take a moment this Monday to remember just exactly what make Namibia and its people so unique and wonderful.

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The Heroes' Acre monument stands proud against a bright blue Namibian sky


The Koës Pan Rally

  
  

The Koës Pan is located in the remote and arid South East of Namibia and is home to one of the strangest and most unique DIY motorsports events on the African continent. In the wet months the pan presents amazing opportunities for nature photography but it is in the dry months that this flat pan in the Kalahari gets really wild.  

On the first weekend of July every year motoring enthusiasts come together to compete in the Koës Pan Rally. The rally is a wild and wooly collection of DIY motoring madmen and rapt spectators. Contestants can take part in a 150km five-lap rally, test their skills on an obstacle course or dare to go dune diving in their vehicles. The most popular event, for drivers and spectators alike, is the drag racing. As is the case with all drag racing the only thing that matters is straight-line speed. It is during this high-octane event that the age-old questions of our time can be answered: Can an Isuzu KB 320 outrun a Nissan Patrol? And will a Toyota Hilux best both in a straight race? The appeal of this event is that anyone can bring their own vehicle to take part in the dusty fun out on the pan. 

 

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Photo by Jacobus EnLandi Blaauw via Facebook 

 

The Koës Pan Rally is not only for amateur car enthusiasts with a need for speed and bragging rights. DIY car enthusiasts who build their own custom models of various off-road vehicles are the rally’s core group of participants. Last year over 65 brave souls raced a combination of Baja Bugs, modified bakkies, Uri’s, quadbikes and off-road motorbikes in a sometimes chaotic but always exciting calendar of events spread out over the weekend. The events are grueling, uncompromising affairs and collisions of various manners are not uncommon. What is common, however, is the spirit of the rally’s participants. The Koës Pan Rally is as much a rally as it is a community of like-minded individuals spending time together and doing what they all love to do. Whether it is a cracked radiator hose or a fractured forearm, help is always on hand. 

 

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Photo courtesy of Rickus Vermeulen via Facebook

 

The town of Koës has motoring in its blood and everyone living there comes out to support and ensure the rally’s continuing success. Without volunteers and the enthusiastic support of the people of Koës the rally could not take place. The rally brings much needed attention to this small town in the middle of nowhere and funds raised from the event are used to help support schools and other public interest projects in the area. The Namibiese Vrouevereniging (Namibian Women’s Society) sells boerewors rolls, vetkoeke, and anything else with enough red meat stuffed inside it to satisfy even the hungriest rally driver. Other locals also set up small shops and concession stands offering a variety of local fare and some tasty traditional Namibian beverages like Windhoek Lager and ice-cold, stomach-warming Jägermeister.

 

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As with all the best adventures this rally is far off the beaten track. Leaving from Keetmanshoop, you will need to take the C17 heading North East. It is a drive which includes over a 100km of dirt road, so it is not a trip for the timid driver.

However, once in Koës there are several places to shower the dust away. Call the Koës Hotel on (+264) 63 252 716 for clean rooms and friendly help.  Dune Song Breathers is self-catering accommodation and Elogia Lodge is a game lodge and B&B that offers a quiet place to rest weary limbs and explore the remote outreaches of this faraway desert region. 


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Photo courtesy of Rickus Vermeulen via Facebook 

 

If you can’t make it to Koës then fear not; Namibia has several rallies and driving challenges throughout the year and all over the country. For biking enthusiasts the Live to Ride Motorcycle Club organizes the annual Big Five Rally and the President’s Run. Those who prefer their motoring adventures on all fours can take part in the Vasbyt 4x4 rally or the Bank Windhoek Namibia Motorsport Federation Enduro Championship Series. If a more relaxed and less competitive rally adventure is what you are looking for than the Namib Desert Run is the event for you. It is a non-competitive and social event for both motorcycles and off-road vehicles.

 

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Photo by Annette Erasmus Schoeman via Facebook 

 

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2013 Namibia Tourism Expo: Join in!

  
  

2013 marks the 15th Annual Namibia Tourism Expo, and this year is set to be bigger and better than the last. At the heart of this year’s expo will be ADVENTURE… in honour of Namibia having been selected as the first African country to host the 2013 Adventure Travel Summit.

The expo is all about bringing together the people of the hospitality industry, getting the word out about new and exciting products and services, as well as being a place where local Namibians can revel in all their beautiful country has to offer.

There are a few stalls that have built a name for themselves over the years, and it’s always a surprise to see what new ideas (and treats) they’ve got in store. There are also a variety of well-known restaurants that will operate at the Expo, so you can enjoy the gastronomical delights of Namibia as you meander through the stalls.

 

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What to see & do

Join us as we celebrate the best in outdoor & adventure travel:

Local, regional and international establishments

Luxury lodges and tented camps

Interactive Chef’s Demonstrations

Namibian Arts & Crafts Exhibitions

Namibian travel media & publications

Food, beer & wine tasting

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JV Song Competition

Also part of the Expo is the highly anticipated Joint Venture Song Competition. Every year, staff of the JV lodges across Namibia (who often spoil visitors with their beautiful song as they work) enter the competition to see who will be crowned best of the best and win great cash prizes. Just listening to the contestants sing is sure to light a fire in your soul. Don’t miss it on the 30th of May at 17h00 in the Events Tent, Windhoek Show Grounds. 

Wedding Exhibition

And if you’re interested in getting married in the middle of nowhere (click here for some Namibian wedding inspiration), then make your way to Hall A where all the wedding destination exhibitors will flaunting their goods. You’re sure to find some of the most spectacular wedding destinations in the world. 

The Bank Windhoek – Republikein Motorshow

Any traveller knows that half the journey is getting there. So take a look at what’s new at the Bank Windhoek-Republikein Motorshow. Apart from the amazing cars, there is sure to be some clever accessories and fancy camping equipment that will leave you wanting more!

 

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What's your favorite part of Expo2013?

Let us know what you love most about Expo 2013 via Twitter with the hashtag #expo2013. We're pretty sure at least some of you will be planning your next Namibia vacation before long!

 

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2013

Namibia Tourism Expo

Information

 Where

Windhoek Show Grounds

 When

29th May – 1st June 2013

 Show times

Trade Day

Wednesday, 29th May 2013 - 15:00 to 22:00

Public Days

Thursday, 30 May 2013 - 12:00 to 21:00

Friday, 31 May 2013 - 12:00 to 21:00

Saturday, 01 June 2013 - 10:00 to 17:00

Gates close 1 hour prior to expo closing times

 Entrance

Adults: N$ 40.00

Children: 6 – 12 Years: N$ 20.00

Children under 6 and Pensioners – Free of charge

Advance ticket sales only available at the standard rates and only available via Computicket

 Directions

 From Hosea Kutako International Airport to Windhoek Show Grounds

1. Head west on the B6 from Hosea Kutako International towards Windhoek (40.8km)

2. Turn right onto Sam Nujoma Drive (950m)

3. Take the 3rd left onto Jan Jonker Street (2.9km)

4. Turn left onto Lazarett Street (350m)

5. Take the 3rd right onto Bell Street (23m) 

 More info

Official NTE website

 

The Lüderitz Crayfish Festival

  
  

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The colourful fishing town of Lüderitz is getting ready to hold the annual Crayfish Festival from 30th May to 1st June 2013 - don't miss out!

What to do at the festival

Take a walk around the festival stalls, taste-testing the different crayfish recipes and sauces of our local “masterchefs”, watch them battle it out in a crayfish cooking competition and browse the many stalls of Namibian made products. Take in the harbour views, mix with the friendly locals and enjoy a wonderful ambience of fabulous smells, music & sunshine. Watch naval & police band marches and even a music festival at the local stadium.

The history of the festival  

The Lüderitz community decided to host an annual Crayfish Festival to celebrate the town’s unique sea-life, multi-cultural roots, rich maritime history, and of course, superior quality crayfish. The festival brings together people from Lüderitz, Namibia and the world, and the proceeds of the event go to help the various charities that benefit the less advantaged.  

Her Worship the Mayor and the friendly "Buchters" invite you to join them at this year’s festival!   

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When: 30th  May – 1st  June 2013

Where:  Lüderitz Waterfront, Lüderitz, South West Coast, Namibia

For more information about the festival programme, contact the Lüderitz municipality here. To find out more about Lüderitz and its crayfish, keep reading!

 

 

Photos from The 2012 Lüderitz Crayfish Festival, where many local and international tourists flocked to Luderitz for the festivities, along with The Honourable Prime Minister Geingob.

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What are crayfish?  

Well, to be specific, what we call “crayfish” here in Namibia are actually "West Coast Rock Lobster" (Jasus lalandii). The Crayfish Festival is a gastronomical feast of lobsters – if you’ve eaten them before, you’ll know why we go crazy for the firm and slightly sweet lobster tails. Steam them with a little lemon butter, or grill them on the braai (barbeque) and eat them fresh off the flames. Delicious! You might also hear the locals talking about “kreef” which is the Afrikaans word for crayfish.  

What makes Lüderitz crayfish special?  

It's not just marketing hype – the extreme conditions in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Namibia means these Lüderitz crayfish have the upper hand. The strong South Atlantic winds create an upwelling in the ocean that makes for the perfect environment for nutrients and micro-organisms to thrive. In fact, it is estimated that the annual new production of Phytoplankton and Zooplankton in the Benguela system is 30 to 65 times more productive per unit area than the global ocean average.    

Where to eat Lüderitz crayfish  

The festival stalls will be serving up a host of different crayfish delights. But for those looking for a sit-down crayfish meal with fine South African sparkling wine or French Champagne, then try lunch at the Penguin Restaurant at the Lüderitz Nest Hotel.     

Where to stay  

The Crayfish Festival is a very busy time for the fishing town, so if you haven’t already organised accommodation, be sure to book as soon as you can. Click here to find accommodation in Lüderitz.

What to do around Lüderitz

  • Taste some fresh Namibian oysters in between all the crayfish; they’re some of the tastiest in the world!

  • Take a walk around the town to see the early 20th Century German Art Nouveau buildings

  • Get out on the ocean with a Catamaran Marine Tour (email here to book)

  • Visit the ghost town of Kolmanskop (only 10kms from Lüderitz) for a date with history and some incredible photo opportunities

  • Explore the Sperrgebiet National Park, one of Namibia’s newest National Parks that was closed to the public for nearly a century

  • Take a marine cruise from the waterfront to see Dias Point, outlying islands with Namibia’s largest colony of African Penguins (Halifax Island), Heaviside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals (Seal Island) and sometimes whales. 

  • Desert adventure activities are available including; 4x4 Guided and 4x4 self-drive tours into the vast Namib Naukluft Park to the north and the Tsau //Khaeb (Sperrgebiet National Park) to the south. 

  • Lüderitz is also home to the world’s premier kite and wind surfing speed sailing event, the Lüderitz Speed Challenge, which takes place every year between November to December.     

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