Namibia’s enthralling desert landscapes may exude an unmerciful harshness, but they are rich in wildlife and now shelter growing or stable populations of Africa’s most iconic safari species.
Given numbers of these vulnerable or endangered animals – elephants, cheetahs, black and white rhinoceros and lions – are plummeting elsewhere on the continent, this is an even greater achievement.
Artist / Michael Sowa
Michael Sowa (born 1945) is a German artist known mainly for his paintings, which are variously whimsical, surreal, or stunning. His paintings often feature animals and are titled in English and German.
For many, the nature and wildlife to see in Chile is the main reason they want to come here. With territory stretching from dry desert in the North to ice-covered fjords in the South and bordered on one side by the Andes Mountains, Chile has some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in South America.
A world of wild contrasts
The most obvious contrast is between the annual seasons. The same lake where people come to swim and sail in summer forms a perfect skating rink or skiing arena in the winter. Warm, light summer nights gradually lengthen, until the snow settles and the late dawn merges colourfully into the early sunset during the midwinter season known to Finns as kaamos.
Chile may derive its name from the indigenous Mapuche word chilli, which may mean “where the land ends.” Another meaning attributed to Chile’s name is the onomatopoeic “cheele-cheele”—the Mapuche imitation of a bird call.
The Spanish heard about “Chilli” from the Incas in Peru, who had failed to conquer the land inhabited by the Araucanians, of which the Mapuche were the most warlike group.
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in the southern part of the dark continent, Africa. The country is widely known for its diverse wildlife and magnificent landscapes. Exotic birdlife, flora and fauna, highland mountains and flowing rivers remarkably boost the beauty of the country.
Chile is home to some animals that are almost extinct and are on the list of endangered animals, among them are the pumas, the pudu and the huemul.
Puma sightings are rare as these big cats hunt mainly at night. They live in the Chilean mountains. The pudu is a small deer that lives in the forests of southern Chile. Pudus are the smallest deer species in the world. The tiny Darwin's frog can be found in the streams in Chile's forests. Did you know, that these frogs grow inside their father's mouth?
Blue Whales and Macaroni Penguins can be seen off the coast in southern Chile. The penguins often slide or surf on the snow to get around as this is easier than walking!
In the Atacama desert national park, one can encounter llamas, guanacos and alpacas, and if one is lucky also chinchillas.