More than grains of sand: Comprehensive travel and photo guide to the Namib Desert in the Republic of Namibia, by Sakkie Rothmann
The following introducion tunes in to late Sakkie Rothmann's last book 'More than grains of sand: Comprehensive travel and photo guide to the Namib Desert in the Republic of Namibia'.
Namibia is described in literature as a desert, arid, hot and a very dry place. But where there is water, there is life and nowhere in Namibia can so much diversity be seen as in the pro-Namib sections of the vast territory of western Namibia. This is where life starts with the rising of the sun and where people indigenous to Namibia eat their main (or only) meal in the evening. Where people like the Himba still cling to their traditional attire and were distances is still measured as how far a person can walk in half a day or from sunrise to sunset. This is where the only night sounds are those of your campfire, a chorus of crickets and geckos complimented by the hoot of a nearby owl and the creaking of your vehicle in chilly nights. Where the sunsets are still red and orange and the stars and milky-way shows you were are south, east or west and where birds are still singing in the rain. So rich is the inspiration which western Namibia provides, that a number of best-selling authors have used the country's settings as backdrops for their epic adventures. In recent years western Namibia is also frequently used as a locality for films. Yet amongst the glamorous tales, parts are still spoken of in hushed tones - the Namib Desert with its 'Sperrgebiet, 'Lange Wand' or the 'Skeleton Coast'. This has triggered a quest by visitors for more comprehensive understandable information on western Namibia and the Namib Desert which simultaneously would serve them as a memoir to take home and tell friends and family about. This condensed photo traveller's guide to western Namibia, its pioneering people, the Namib Desert, border regions and history reveals some of the beautiful scenery, weathering conditions, merciless death situations and incredible survival adaptations. It hopes to also identify the various popular regions in more detail. There is always a greater understanding among us when we see something and we really understand what we are seeing. Namibia's Coastal conservations areas or Coastal National Parks are big stretches of pristine land along the coast between the Orange and Kunene Rivers. With the inclusion of the recently proclaimed Sperrgebiet National Park in the south of the country and the planning of the incorporation of the area between the Swakop and Ugab Rivers also as a conservation area this new park, provisionally been called the Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park will be big. Very-very big. Actually 10.754 million ha. and the 8th biggest in the world. There are other big protected areas in the world like Greenland's National Park (97.2 million ha), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (34.5 million ha), Amazonia Forest Reserve (32.0 million ha) and a few other lesser known areas but none of the world's 9 big protected areas can match the diversity of this enormous National Park of Namibia. It stretches for a distance of 1570 km from south to north and as can be expected has amazing desert landscapes, geological wonders, desert adapted animals and plants and the nearly forgotten history of the pioneers that crossed this barren stretch of land with camels, oxen, mules, horses and with picks and shovels in their baggage. The Namibian coastline with its parks occupies the most arid lands in Africa south of the Sahara and the average rainfall of 50% of this area is far below 50mm per year. This publication is divided in various sections. [...]
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Title: More than grains of sand
Subtitle: Comprehensive travel and photo guide to the Namib Desert in the Republic of Namibia
Author: Sakkie Rothmann
Publisher: Magical Namibia
Uis, Namibia 2011
ISBN 9789991678474 / ISBN 978-99916-78-47-4
Softcover, 20 x 20 cm, 240 pages, countless colour photos
Rothmann, Sakkie im Namibiana-Buchangebot
More than grains of sand: Comprehensive travel and photo guide to the Namib Desert in the Republic of Namibia
Travel and photo guide 'More than grains of sand' introduces Western Namibia ranging from the the Sperrgebiet to the Kunene.
Rauh und unzugänglich: Sperrgebiet wiederentdeckt. Ein Führer durch die Diamantenküste mit den Orten Lüderitzbucht, Oranjemund, Aus, Rosh Pinah und die angrenzenden Gegenden.
Journey by Car through Namibia for self-drive and camping holidays introduces to more than 150 camping sites and 100 top attractions of Namibia.
The harsh and forbidden Sperrgebiet rediscovered: A tourist guide to the diamond coast. Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Aus, Rosh Pinah and the border regions.
Where to journey inside Namibia: stunning Namibian travel destinations in more than 1300 colour pictures.
Aloen sind eine Leidenschaft Sakkie Rothmanns und nicht zu Unrecht bezeichnet er diese als Aristokraten der namibischen Flora.
Journey through north-western Namibia is a photo companion to the attractions of the Kunene and Damaraland regions.
Reise durch den Westen Namibias: Dies ist ein üppig bebilderter, hochinformativer Regionalführer zu den natürlichen Sehenswürdigkeiten der Namibwüste.