That’s the unfortunate headline–I couldn’t miss it at a newsstand close to my office–of an article about Namibia in the March 2011 issue of  National Geographic’s “Traveler” magazine.


The article, by writer Chris Eckstrom, focuses on a game reserve in the southwest of the country. Described as “… an uncharted desert wilderness of 10,000 square miles,” with dunes up to a thousand feet, the area was formerly a diamond mining concession controlled by De Beers until it was turned into a national park after political independence. Acces is limited and only with a guide.

 The article-by travel magazine standards–is better than decent; so are the beautiful pictures by photographer Frans Lanting. So who wrote the bad headline? BTW,  Ekstrom and Lanting last piece for the magazine –about Zambia’s Luangwa Valley–also bore a ridiculous title: “The Last Real Africa.”

 Let’s just enjoy the pictures. Here’s another one. I want to go there:

More pictures here.

Further Reading

Blind to the matatus

The future of Kenya’s matatus (commuter buses) and their inherent place in the capital Nairobi’s culture and society, is all but absent in the government’s neoliberal vision for urban planning.