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    I'm French, born (in 1985) and raised in Grenoble, Isere. I've always loved nature and wildlife and completely fell in love with Africa during a trip to Namibia in 1999. Since then, I walked towards my dream: working and living there!
    I am now conducting research in South Africa on carnivore behavioural and spatial ecology and their inter-specific interactions.

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      On the way back to Opuwo
      It took us 3 days from the Kunene to reach Opuwo (and the end of our time in the wilderness...). We drove through to red drum and then down to Orupembe. From there, we crossed the mountains to Opuwo first going North than full East. The roa...

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      The Kunene River
      All the way at the top of the Marienfluss flow the Kunene river. It forms the border between Namibia  and Angola and is flowing year around. This years was no different, and despite the drought, serious water was still flowing towards ...

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      Driving down the Marienfluss

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      Himba villages
      The Koakovled is home to the Himba people, one of the last remaining nomad tribe. They are well-known for covering their entire body with ochre which give their skin and clothing a rich deep red red colour.  They are very proud and bea...

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      Arriving in the Marienfluss Valley

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      Kaokoveld drums
      One of the famous things to "see" in the Kaokovled are the drums. They are just drums of different colours marking key junctions and used as advertising boards by many companies. its of people also left their names there... Groendrom (17&d...

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      Between Puros & the Skeleton Coast
      From the Hoanib river, we drove to Puros through Ganias plains and Puros Canyon. We found some "serious" water still flowing in the Hoarusib river (we met people stranded with a wet engine...), nothing really bad but some deep crossings at ...

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      Hoanib river
      The Hoanib river is famous for its desert adapted lions and elephants, Amspoort gorge where it reaches the Skeleton Coast NP dunes and its very very big acacia, see for yourself! View on the Hoanib river bed from a above Looking bac...

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      Palmwag, remote area
      It is possible to drive through the Palmwag concession from Palmwag camp in the South to the Hoanib river in the North. You'll need to buy a permit and pay for nights in the concession. There are several remote campsite in the concession (y...

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      Beautiful Palmwag (day area)
      Palmwag is known for its desert adapted elephants population. It is a huge concession bordering the Skeleton Coast NP to the East. The camp at the entrance (now operated by Gondwana) offers campsites and chalets. It's a bit overpriced, at l...

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      Treat at the tented camp

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      Living with elephants
      Elephants are really cool to spend the with but they can be super destroying as well... They just spent a few days near Andersson's camp, just 7 of them, and here are the damages... Andersson's pool The culprits And the damage...

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      Ongava Research Centre & Ongava Game Reserve
          Since February 2019, I've been working as a resident scientist at the Ongava Research Centre (ORC) based on the Ongava Game Reserve (OGR) in Northern Namibia. OGR is boarding the southern side of Etosha National Park, ju...

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      By the waterhole
      Tall beauty Daily duiker!

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      A day trip to Etosha
      Etosha NP is next door, so it's easy to take a day trip there! Into the dust...   Typical Etosha   Follow the trails to the water

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      Golden kudus
      These 3 came to visit at the perfect time during the golden hours while I was sitting in the underground hide at Andersson's camp during our annual waterhole count...

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      Waterhole by night
      Common duiker Scrub hare Someone is curious about the camera traps!

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      OTC's rock daisies and dassie rat
      Ongava Tented Camp or OTC is located at the foot of a dolomite hill, and since they are so many rocks ad crevices around, this is a paradise for rock hyraxes or dassies (Procavia capsiens) and dassie rats (Petomus typicusl) A rock hyrax tu...

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      Kitty cats
      Here are a few shots of our Ongava's lions... On a giraffe kill... What's there? Golden boy Not a happy lady Brother & sister

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      Ongava's landscape
      Between flat plains covered with Cataphractus and Mopane, rolling hills of sharp dolomite rocks, termite mounts of a diversity of colours, stromatolite rocks (one's of the earliest fossils)... Typical large Mopane tree, termite m...

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      And there were 4!
      Hi everyone! ShumbAfrica Safaris has been quiet but it doesn't mean nothing happened! I have organised a total of 4 trips (3 in Namibia, 1 in South Africa) until now, and I must say I like it! I was fortunate enough to have all my clients b...

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      2 days at the Spitzkoppe
      No need from much details on the location, this is my favourite place in Namibia and here is why...  As the sun sets... Zodiacal lights!  

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      Time for new beginings
      Hello all,  2018 has been a very trying and difficult year for me and I was in much a hurry to see it end... But it turned out that December brought many good news and now 2019 is starting on a roll for me!! So first, the most importan...

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      Total lunar eclipse (21 Jan 2019)
      I was not in Africa for this eclipse but in my home town, Grenoble, France. And this was hell of a show that Mother Nature offered us! I didn't get nice shots of the 2 previous lunar eclipses I witnessed (in winter 2015 one in the Kala...

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      A bit of info about ShumbAfrica Safaris
      As some of you might know, I'm currently turning an idea into reality. I have been thinking for a while about organising customised trips for people to come visit Africa since I know the place quite well by now... And this is how Shum...

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      Driving along the Ugab River
      I finally made the time to edit the videos we shot during our drive along the Ugab river bed and our encounter with desert elephants there, happy watching!

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      Walvis Bay birdlife
      And to finish the trip, what is better then a few days in Walvis, enjoying amazing seafood and shore birds?? Swift tern (Thalasseus berg) diving in over resting greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) Common tern (Sterna hirundo) landin...

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      Namib-Naukluft NP, Swakop section
      The Namib-Naukluft NP is quite large and has several sections. The one in the North is called the Swakop section and is the one you cross when driving from Windhoek to Walvis Bay. To leave the main roads you need a permit as you do to be al...

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