Exciting Discoveries in the Erongo Mountains
Guides at Erongo Wilderness Lodge have recently discovered new rock paintings in the caves surrounding the area. These are very exciting and important additions to the existing early bushmen paintings at Paula’s Cave. Big Sky Lodges are awaiting the arrival of a specialist archaeologist from South Africa to verify and date the new discoveries. The area surrounding the lodge, with its rocky outcrops provided the perfect environment for bushman shelter and as a result there are likely to be further discoveries of this wonderful art. Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy’s is committed to the protection and preservation of these historic sites for future generations, while guests at the Lodge are able to see the art for themselves at Paula's Cave.
New Year Near Miss in Etosha
Taking a break from the renovations at Mushara Lodge last week, Mariza Pampe headed into Etosha with her camera. The seasonal rains have transformed the park into a vibrant habitat with abundant grazing for the new born prey species and healthy pickings for the predators.
Mariza had found several individual lions before she witnessed a spirited ambush attempt, which she managed to capture in full. You can see the story unfold on the Naturally Namibia flickr page.
Okonjima Country School
The AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima was born from a desire to educate as much as to protect and the completion of the new reserve in 2010 has allowed considerable resources to be directed at alternative conservation solutions.
Securing effective basic education for rural communities is an ongoing problem in Namibia before children are asked to widen their conservation knowledge. Okonjima's ongoing investment and development of staff and neighbouring community welfare has taken a big step forward with the completion of the Perivoli Country School, whose motto is 'Conservation through Education'.
The school will provide pre-school and lower primary school children the chance to learn in a fun environment and establish basic skills prior to starting primary school, all with a conservation emphasis, something which is often lacking in traditional education.
You can learn more about the school here.
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