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  • Dear Michele, I am emailing to let you know that we have had a wonderful holiday. Thank you for putting together an itinerary that provided us with the contrasts that we were looking for and also for ‘reading’ our tastes so well. We have had some great experiences and when we reached Sossusviei Desert Lodge I thought that I had died and gone to heaven. I cannot imagine that it could be bettered. Its location is picture perfect and I think it got our vote for the best rooms we have ever stayed in. Our second favourite place was Camp Kalahari. You rather ‘down sold’ this, and when one of my friends told me that she was going for a second time to Jack’s Camp I felt a little envious (although having looked at the prices for Jack’s Camp I can see that it would have added considerably to the cost). However in the event the experience here was really memorable and we could not see how it could have been improved upon. We were very glad that we decided to do the Grey Matters excursion, we never thought that we would get so close to an elephant and learn so much about them. We weren’t as enthused by Stanley’s lodge as the other accommodation. However staying at Stanley or the sister camp is the only way of doing Grey Matters and we would not have wanted to have missed that. All the arrangements worked like clockwork and we enjoyed the connecting flights by light aircraft, the flights to and from Sossusviei stand out in particular. So thank you again for providing us with a spectacular holiday.

    Nigel, Ann and Emma travelled through Botswana and Namibia
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The Waterberg Plateau and central environs

The Waterberg Plateau National Park lies to the south-east of Otjiwarongo and is an interesting massif which rises some 700 ft off the surrounding plains. It is home to some wildlife, including eland and introduced white rhino, but the park is perhaps more important for its birdlife (over 200 species) and flora. Most people use the area to break the long journey between Windhoek and Etosha/Damaraland/the north. Vehicle movement is restricted on the plateau itself and some walking trails are available.

The region is also home to a number of private reserves. To the south-west of Otjiwarongo in the Omboroko Mountains is found the well known Okonjima, home of the Africat Foundation. To the north of the plateau is the much less known Mundulea Nature Reserve, which is ideal for experienced nature lovers who wish to walk in the wilderness with an experienced guide. To the south-west, close to the town of Omaruru and bordering south-west Damaraland, the Erongo Mountains offer a wonderful scenic, walking and birding experience.

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