Two brave oryx measuring their antlers live from a waterhole in the Namib Desert.
It is the first channel I switch on when I start my working day and it beats any other known channel, especially the so-called “generalist” ones. It’s an oasis to relax and decompress after a glance at the chicken coop of Tonter and to get away from the noise of declarative “current affairs” and its permanent tsunami of anecdotes.
You can see ostriches, giraffes, jackals, hyenas, cheetahs, wildebeest, gazelles, antelopes, zebras, horses, porcupines, rabbits, warthogs, bustards, crows, black-chested snake eagles, goshawks and many other creatures large and small, flying and terrestrial.
The Namibia Cam waterhole is located in the park Gondwana Namib, which borders the Namib Naukluft Park.
In this park all artificial barriers have been removed, creating a space of more than 56,540 square kilometres. Wildlife moves freely between the two parks and the privately owned guest farms.
The Gondwana Namib Park has two distinct “stages”. Three, in fact, as beneath the reddish sand is brown sandstone: the fossilised dunes of an ancient Namib. Then there is the “Namib Sand Sea”, a World Heritage Site, and only 60 km further south, the Namib shows another face: the valley of the ephemerium, which crosses the Namib Sea tsauchab River which crosses the sand sea and ends at the famous Namib Desert Salt Flat Sossusvlei.
According to information from the NamibiaCam the waterhole is an artificial well that was built in 2006 on an open plain. Its operation is made possible by a solar-powered well that is filled from a nearby reservoir and controlled by a float or buoy that activates the water intake when the level of the well decreases.
Images from Google Maps
Being located in such a remote location, and under the scourge of heat and wind, it tends to have intermittent interruptions, but generally the quality of the connection and the video and audio is very good. GPS coordinates of the well: -24.074923, 15.887410
On 9 November even the fireball of one of the fat meteors of the northern Taurids meteor shower could be seen live, which was also seen by people from the south to the fish River Canyon.