Fire hazard

In Namibia it is dust dry again. Nice for gliding, that gives strong, high-reaching thermals. Just not for the country. The vegetation is extremely flammable. And there are always bushfires.

The drought is hard to imagine, as it rained so much in January. Suddenly everything was green. Sinks and pans overflowed. The grass shot up. And that is now the problem, it is now everywhere as hay on the stalk. When there is a thunderstorm, lightning sets it on fire. Driving cars off the beaten track is forbidden. Hot catalysts can easily ignite the dried out stalks.
Areas around Bitterwasser and the neighboring village of Hochanas have also been colored black. Luck for Bitterwasser, the fire around the mast of the directional antenna near Hochanas spared the mast itself. If it had been flared, there would be no telephone and no internet in the lodge.

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Just married in Bitterwasser

“No, that's not our honeymoon,” said the so obviously enamoured Christopher and Marie Rogos when they arrived at Bitterwasser. But just six weeks before their joint gliding vacation in Namibia they got married.

Willi is not that wild at all

Oops, a gazelle. At first glance, the new Bitterwasser guests are surprised when they see Willi in the lodge. Willi is a little springbok.