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Kalahari in 3D

Kalahari in 3D

The Kalahari is a semi-desert with a 10-month dry season. The rainy days themselves can be counted on one hand. Grasses and bushes and cacti form their vegetation here. The few oases in the Kalahari are nature reserves, where you can observe almost all animals in Africa. Most of the land of the Kalahari is a pristine nature, which is sparsely populated. It stretches from Namibia to Botswana and covers an area of over one million square kilometers. The following picture shows the outline of the Kalahari.


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Kalahari von oben

During the dry season, the landscape of the Kalahari is predominantly brown. Only a few bushes and trees have green leaves.

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve
Daan Viljoen Panorama
Daan Viljoen - Toter Baum
Kalahari Landschaft

When the rainy season starts, the whole landscape turns green within a few days.

Regen in der Kalahari
Kalahari Highway

 

Rivers and valleys

Most rivers in the Kalahari have already dried up. Only in heavy rain water flows here. This can often lead to floods.

Ausgetrockneter Fluss in der Kalahari
Ausgetrockneter Fluss in der Kalahari

Because of the clear weather, some mountains offer an endless view of the landscape. Sunsets are particularly impressive in the Kalahari.

Sonnenuntergang in der Kalahari
Sonnenuntergang in der Kalahari

 

Von Bach Dam

The von Bach Dam is a reservoir which is 60 km north of Windhoek. It is an important water reserve for the city. This reservoir is also used as a recreation area. There is a lodge with a swimming pool and barbecue areas.

Von Bach Dam Panorama
Von Bach Dam Lodge

Below the dam is an oasis where monkeys and wild horses can be seen.

Von Bach Dam Naturreservat
Von Bach Dam Naturreservat mit Affen
Von Bach Dam Naturreservat See
Von Bach Dam Wildpferd

 

Waterbeg

The Waterberg is a prominent table mountain in the Kalahari, which dominates its surroundings by almost 200 meters. Its peculiarity is that during the rainy season many small waterfalls form on the cliffs. The High Plateau is a national park with over 40,000 hectares.

The Waterberg is a historic place for Namibia. Here the rebellion of the Herero was suppressed in August 1904 by German soldiers, which had over 60,000 victims.

Waterbeg

Typical of the Kalahari are the numerous termite mounds that can grow up to 5 meters high. Especially in the vicinity of the Waterberg, most termite mounds can be found. If the human being were as tall as termites, which are only half a centimeter in size, then these structures would last up to one kilometer.

Termitenhügel

 

Cheetah Conservation Found

Near the water mountain is the famous "Cheetah Conservation Found" where you can see cheetahs. It is the world's leading organization dedicated to the survival of wild cheetahs.

Cheetah Conservation Found

Geopard
Geoparden in der Kalahari

 

Etosha National Park

The Etosha National Park is located in the north of Namiba and is 300 x 110 km in size. At the edges of the dry lake there are numerous waterholes where you can observe many animals. "The Big Five", the elephant, the rhino, the buffalo, the lion and the leopard can be found in the Etosha National Park. The national park is open all year round. Visitors can observe by car from near the animals.

Etosha Pan

Etosha Nationalpark
Oryx
Zebra
Zebras in der Kalahari

Elefant

Gnu Herde
Etosha Landschaft
Giraffen
Giraffen am Wasserloch
Wasserloch im Etosha-Nationalpark
Ausgetrockneter Wasserloch

 

Otjikotolake

The Otjikotolake is a karst lake in the Kalahari, near the mining town Tsumeb and has a size of about 100 × 150 meters and about 76 meters deep. It is one of only two permanently water-filled lakes in Namibia. However, the assumption that he is connected to this through a still unexplored underground cave water system, has not yet been proven. The Otjikotosee is surrounded by a natural paradise with great plant diversity.

Otjikotosee

Otjikotosee Buschlandschaft
Otjikotosee Wald

Otjikotosee Panorama

 

Hoba Meteorite

The Hoba meteorite is the largest meteorite ever found on Earth. Its weight is estimated at 60-70 tons. The meteorite hit Earth about 80,000 years ago and is still in its original position. Surrounded by the Hoba meteorite with a park and barbecue areas.

Hoba Meteorit

Hoba Meteorit Park
Hoba Meteorit Wald

 

San Bushmen

In the vast expanses of the Kalahari civilization has not yet penetrated. Therefore, it is possible that the people of the San can still live in the traditional way as a hunter-gatherer. The San differs in particular by its biological characteristics, which distinguishes it clearly from the usual Africans. Their skin is lighter and they have the eye shape known to Asians.

San Buschmann Familie

San Buschmann beim Feuer machen
San Buschmann am Lagerfeuer

 

Ovambo

The Ovambos are the largest ethnic group in Namibia, living in the north, near the Angolan border. Many Ovambos still maintain their ancient traditions with their dances and music. Striking in this area are the many free-moving donkeys that often block the roads.

Ovambo Lady

Ovambo Dorf
Esel in der Kalahari

 

Ruacana

The Ruacan Falls are 700 meters wide and 120 meters deep. Only in rich rainy seasons, the impressive natural spectacle can be observed. In the area there are picturesque rocky landscapes with good views of the Kuene valley.

Ruacanafälle

Kuene Tal
Kuene Tal

 

Tsumeb

Tsumeb is a mining town with over 19,000 inhabitants in northern Namibia. Tsumeb is located in the fertile areas of the Kalahari with high agricultural use. A generous city park forms the center of the city.

Tsumeb Stadttor

Jeremiakirche Tsumeb
Bergbaumuseum Tsumeb
United Nations Park Tsumeb
United Nations Park Tsumeb
United Nations Park Tsumeb
Denkmal in Tsumeb
Kupferhaus Tsumeb
Bergwerk-Trolley Tsumeb

On Sundays, the city can be seen deserted as the following photos.

President Street Tsumeb
Bergwerk in Tsumeb

 

Namibia in 3D - overview