The Namibia workshop was held on Friday, 23 January from 14h00 – 20h00 at the Stellenrust Wine Estate which is located on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.
Both Wiebke and I had never been to Stellenrust before. So, just when you think that you have run out of wine farms to visit on a weekend, voila, up pops another one. It is one of the largest family owned wine estates in South Africa and has several award winning wines just waiting to be tasted…
On arrival, we were welcomed by colleagues from NTB with a glass of nice cold Stellenrust sparkling wine. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before both Wiebke and I caught up with some fellow Namibians and the “kuiering” began :~).
The afternoon was kicked off by an introduction and presentation from NTB. Well, the visuals were absolutely awesome and brought a lump even to the most hardened Namibian’s throat. It was a great introduction to the rest of the presentations which followed.
The presentations went on for quite awhile….
As usual, by this (the end of the presentations), all of us were starving and thirsty. Compliments go to Stellenrust and their staff who had laid on a very tasty and well presented braai with complimentary bottles of red and white wines on each table to match. The view from the terrace overlooking the winelands was a fitting way to end off the workshop and the working week.
And, for those of you wanting to travel to Namibia in future, remember that JAS has the Best vehicles, biggest tents, Best looking guides and offers a range of interesting and exciting tours throughout Namibia!!
Here is some information about Namibia: Namibia – On the south-western coast of Africa, on the Atlantic coast; the general landscape is dominated by the oldest desert in the world; the Namib. Surrounding areas are dry and visually impressive, with interesting flora and fascinating geological formations to be seen. Namibia is bordered by Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south. The Namibian climate ranges from desert to subtropical and is generally hot and dry – precipitation is sparse and erratic. The Namibian economy is heavily dependent of mining, agriculture and tourism.
Best Game Viewing Months: Namibia is a country that you can enjoy game viewing throughout the year as it’s a dry country with little rain – making for the perfect game viewing destination. The heat of the main summer months are extremely hot but at least it has minimal humidity in the months of December to February. Namibia’s main national park is Etosha National Park, which has fair game viewing from November to May, good Game viewing in June and July and excellent game viewing in August and September.
A popular Tour: the Pure Namibia Camping Safari!
A small group participation Camping and Lodge Safari from Windhoek to Windhoek Namibia. The Highlights include: Windhoek, Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, Ruacana, Epupa Falls & Himba Experience, Opuwo, Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei & Sesriem. Group Size: maximum 10 people Type of Safari: Semi-participation camping & lodge safari Accommodation: Basic lodges and value for money fully equipped camping.
Priced from: USD 1950 / EURO 1345