Namibia Journals

Lawrence of Namibia

A May 2005 trip to Namibia by Illion

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Quote: After touring through Namibia for three weeks, we understood perfectly well why T.E. Lawrence was captivated by the desert. The desolateness, vastness and above all, the beauty of the Namib and Kalahari Desert has left a lasting impression, which begs for an encore.

Quivertree Forest Rest Camp

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Hotel | "Handfeeding cheetahs"

Quivertree Forest Rest Camp Photo, Keetmanshoop, Namibia
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Our first stop after we left Windhoek was Keetmanshoop. We pitched our tent at the Quivertree Forest Rest Camp, some 13 kilometers from Keetmanshoop and 500 kilometers from Windhoek. We planned our stay here because it was about a six hour drive from Windhoek, which was about the most time we were planning to drive each day. The rest camp has a camp site with electricity and a braai at every pitch and basic sanitation. It also has several quaint looking guest houses near the main house. We had a quick peek inside and they looked adequate, but we haven’t stayed in one. The camp site is good value, the guest houses seem to be a bit overpriced at first glance. All in all a basic ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2011

Quivertree Forest Rest Camp

Keetmanshoop, Namibia
264 (0)63 222835

Driving in Namibia

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Strangely enough, it took us a bit more time to get used to driving on the left side of the road than it did in the UK or South Africa. The main reason: lack of traffic. It is difficult to wander off to the wrong side of the road in the congested traffic of London; you just follow the car in front of you. But when you drive around on empty streets, you sometimes forget which the right side of the road is and before you know it, you are driving on the right(hand) side of the road. Fortunately, there is so little traffic that our mistakes had no consequences. To illustrate the lack of traffic: when travelling from Aïs Aïs to Lüderitz, some 450 kilometres, which took us about 6 hours, we coun...Read More

Rivendell Guest House

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Hotel | "Closing the loop"

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Rivendell Guest House offered us a very warm welcome when we had just arrived in Windhoek. So much so, that we returned there when we finished our three week tour through Namibia. We initially had a bit of difficulty to find Rivendell Guest House, as it is hidden in a residential area near the city center of Windhoek and we missed the sign, twice. When we found it, the owners welcomed us very warmly, and after having showed us around, we were offered a cool drink in the shade. That was very welcome after a long flight.During our first stay, we had a poolside room in the main building with an en suite bathroom. The room was not big, but it was sufficient for our needs and the be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2011

Rivendell Guest House
40 Beethoven St.
Windhoek, Namibia

Joe's Beerhouse

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Restaurant | "Windhoek's legendary restaurant"

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Joe's Beerhouse 160 Nelson Mandela Avenue Windhoek Phone +264(0) 61 23 24 57 Opens at 17:00When we asked the owners of our guesthouse for a suggestion where we should go out to eat, they referred us, without a thought, to Joe's Beerhouse. It seemed to be a bit of an odd name for a restaurant, but what is in a name?When we arrived, we were taken through a labyrinth of tables, all set under the thatched roof of what was supposed to represent African huts. We saw huge braais glowing, as well as some candles, but that was it for lighting. This dark, cliche African setting could very well have looked like a tacky tourist trap, especially as there even i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2011

Joe's Beerhouse
160 Nelson Mandela Avenue
Windhoek, Namibia
+264 61 232 457