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Waterberg Wilderness broadens the view into the joint history of Namibia and Germany on its History Path. For this theme trail, two additional information boards have been compiled that explain developments before and after the Battle of Waterberg 1904...
One of the panels is about the growing conflicts between Herero and Germans in the then colony of German South West Africa, leading to the colonial war. The second board explains why the relations between Namibia, which has become independent in 1990, and Germany, which reunited in the same year, are influenced by the events until today.
The history theme trail in the Waterberg Wilderness private nature reserve now includes seven information points. In the centre are the skirmishes between the Herero and the German Schutztruppe at the Waterberg. Walking along the History Path, the visitor also passes two sites where one of the skirmishes took place in August 1904 and where a refugee camp for scattered Herero was established in January 1906.
While having dinner, guests of the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge now enjoy the view of the bush and the trees at the foot of the reddish cliffs of the Waterberg: The new dining room was opened end of June. In place of the previous restaurant there are now two new guest rooms.
The new dining room is not only situated at the edge of the garden, but also closer to the kitchen, so the waiters have a shorter distance to cover. With the two new rooms, the lodge now features a total of 14 rooms. Four of them are family rooms with three or four beds.
Another aim of the alteration was to separate the guest rooms even better from the general facilities of the lodge such as the library and the dining room, thus giving all guests more privacy.
Great concern in the private nature reserve: One of the two rhino cows was suddenly not seen anymore. You can't help to think of poaching which is a problem in Namibia, too. But then the rhino rangers came back with good news: The cow was fine – and not alone anymore!
The rhino cow had retired into the bush to give birth. Photos clearly show that it is a bull calf. Newborns of white rhino weigh about 50 kilograms. The baby was conceived already in December 2015, because white rhinos carry about 16 months. For Waterberg Wilderness, the offspring is a great joy on two accounts: After years of waiting, doubts arose about the fertility of the animals.
By the way: At Ghaub Nature Reserve and Farm, our partner, the rhinos had young ones, too.
Guests can experience the rhinos close up on a Rhino Drive and a Rhino Tracking Tour. However, in the first few weeks, the tour guides keep a significantly greater distance to avoid stress for the cow and the calf.
The Waterberg Valley Lodge is one of the six most beautiful lodges in Namibia. This is the opinion of travel journalists published by German magazine Geo Special in January. They were especially enthusiastic about staying in the lap of nature, but also raved about other characteristics of the lodge...
Under the heading "Living in the wilderness", Geo Special recommends six lodges in Namibia, where you can get close to Africa's animals. One of them is the Waterberg Valley Lodge:
"Five comfortable cabins with canvas walls and a brick bathroom group around the restaurant, a viewing platform with large windows. Birds of more than 200 species flutter in front of the red rocks of the Waterberg. The food is great, the atmosphere is familiar, and also the prices invite you to stay for several days."
Geo Special is one of the leading travel magazines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The issue, published in January, revolves around Namibia and Botswana.
The tracks are fresh, but the bush is dense and time is short. Can the tracker detect the rhinoceroses in time before Alexander Heinrichs has to leave for the next location on his trip? Even in Etosha the professional photographer was unlucky to spot (and "shoot") very few animals...
After half an hour of searching suddenly the the tracker is giving a signal. As quietly as possible, Heinrichs and his team follow him around two or three bushes. And there they are, cow and bull, just ten meters away, listening and checking the wind. Then they lower the heavy heads, go to the next clump of grass and continue their breakfast. The proximity of humans and the quiet click of the camera do not disturb them, because they experience this almost every day.
For photographer Heinrichs, however, the encounter was anything but ordinary. So close, so intense. The rhino photos are one of the best during his twelve days long safari, which led him to the most beautiful and most photogenic locations in Namibia – organized by the Namibia Tourism Board's office in Namibia. Heinrichs' photos and blog ("Roadtrip Namibia") aim for enthusing hobby photographers with Namibia. In addition, Heinrichs is planning a photo workshop in Namibia for November 2017.
One of his rhino photos Alexander Heinrichs selected for a collection of artistic big-screen prints, which were exhibited in the Gallery "Wallstyle" in Düsseldorf. The screens are mounted on aluminum frames and they are illuminated evenly from behind by LED strips with stray light lenses.
In fact, two photos taken at the Waterberg made it into the collection of 24 motifs. The second one is a shot of a model, posing in a designer dress on the edge of the Waterberg plateau. The autographed prints are for sale in limited edition at Wallstyle. Thus guests of Waterberg Wilderness who rave about their Rhino drive, Rhino tracking and Plateau hike can take home their experience forever and hang it up on the wall in their living room.
Katrin Lehr and Madlen Brückner. The names on the room list for 25 and 26 September gave no indication that the two ladies were not alone: They had brought thousands of their fans along to our Waterberg Wilderness nature reserve.
Katrin Lehr and Madlen Brückner are in fact two very successful bloggers: Thousands of travel lovers follow their blogs, www.viel-unterwegs.de and www.puriy.de, to get an almost live experience of every travel destination on social media like facebook or Instagram.
Waterberg Wilderness was the first stop on their three-week tour through the Zambezi-Region, to Botswana and Victoria Falls. The well-travelled bloggers were both very impressed with the close encounters they had with white rhinos on the Rhino Drive. Katrin’s encounter might actually qualify as almost too close for comfort...