Udo Kannegiesser
I am a 3rd generation Namibian and speak German, English and Afrikaans. I did the National Tourist Guide Badge through the Namibian Academy for Tourism & Hospitality and I am a member of the Namibian Tourist Guide Association. I am a holder of a Public Driving Permit and my Toyota Landcruisers have a Public Road Carrier Permit. I am a qualified pharmacist, but having grown up on a farm, my love has always been the bush & outdoors. I have intimate knowledge of all the birds, animals, fauna and geographical history available in Namibia.

Namibia is known for itís contrasting landscapes. There is the brooding, desolate Namib Desert, said to be the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The central plateau, with its thornbush savanna and rugged mountains, rising abruptly from the plains, gives way to the majestic Fish River Canyon in the south. In the north of the country, the landscape ranges from dense bush and open plains of the great Etosha Pan, to woodland savanna and lush riverine vegetation.

Dinosaur footprints preserved in the sandstone, prehistoric rock art, and the ancient fossil plant, Welwitchia mirabilis, bear witness to the aeons past in this - "the ageless land".

Namibia is also the first country in the world to include protection of the environment and sustainable utilization of wildlife in its constitution. About 15 % of the country has been set aside as national parks. In these areas, rare and endangered species of animals, birds and plant life are preserved. Most of the African game species are well represented in Namibia, with the largest concentration of game in the Etosha National Park, which is firmly entrenched on the world map of international parks.
Two Inquisitive Meerkats
I travel in Toyota Landcruiser 4x4 Station wagons that are air conditioned and comfortably seat 4 people (of average build) plus myself. If it is a bigger group I have a second Toyota which is driven by another driver / guide. The cars are fitted with an HF radiotelephone, which allows me to make contact from anywhere in case of an emergency and also allows for communication between the two vehicles.

As both vehicles are 4x4 the daily rate is slightly higher but I feel that if you really want to see Namibia you need a 4x4 unless you are just going to visit the easily accessible places such as Swakop, Etosha etc. were you travel tar road.
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