Gobabeb will be opening its gates in a special event to welcome the public in for a weekend. On 10th October, all are welcome to join us at the Station in the Namib-Naukluft Park, some 120 km outside Walvis Bay,
as we explore this year’s theme of “Understanding the climate and atmosphere through technology”, with the help of our special guests from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). In addition to our guest speakers discussing some of their research as part of the ORACLES programme, scheduled to be launched in southern Africa in 2016, the day will be filled with other events and activities that people of all ages from all corners can participate in. Some of the event highlights include:
- Presentations given by members of our research partner institutions, including “Transboundary Science: Southern Africa’s Ecosystem in a Test Tube”, “Looking Up: How NASA Studies the Earth’s Atmosphere from the Ground”, “Welwitschia: an icon under threat”, “Fog and Life: Making the Link”, “Climate change and the ecology of Namib Desert lizards”and many others featuring speakers from various Namibian organisations like the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the National Commission on Research Science and Technology, and the Polytechnic of Namibia,
- Live animal displays featuring some of the unique inhabitants of the sand dunes and gravel plains, including the world’s reputed fastest beetle Onymacarisplana; snakes, like the Side-winding adder; some of the lizards and gecko species prowling the plains and dunes, such as the dancing Shovel-snouted sand lizard; and maybe even a Namib Golden Mole!
- Volleyball tournament in the Kuiseb riverbed – see Gobabeb’s staff defend their title to the Gobabeb Cup, and challenge us with your best game!
- Active “nightlife”: hunt for scorpions, learn more about some of the constellations on display in the desert night skies, and, if you’re lucky, experience some of the variety of wild “nightlife” at Gobabeb!
- Sundowner from atop the dunes of the Namib Sand Sea, with musical accompaniment to complement the views from atop one of Namibia’s World Heritage Sites
- Kids’ activities suitable for all ages throughout the day, including team-challenge Scavenger hunts exploring the local wildlife, sand painting, and roleplay exercises, all based around the Station’s pool
- Local premier of films and documentaries featuring some of the wildlife around Gobabeb and across the Namib, including Create a Climate for Change, BBC’s Beyond Human, and more will be shown throughout the day, for folks to take a break from the sunshine and learn more about Gobabeb’s role in nature film and photography
- Interactive tours of the Station and its ongoing research, as well as Nature Hikes into the surrounding three ecosystems suitable for all ages, revealing insights into the uniquely adapted flora and fauna around Gobabeb
- Opportunities to engage with the station’s research and training staff, featuring presentations on some of the research projects Gobabeb supports as well as the environmental education initiatives Gobabeb continues to pioneer
Our programme will begin on Saturday 10th October at 09:00, when we will commence with the day’s activities, and continue throughout the day and into the evening. Bookings for campsites and other accommodation are recommended in advance, and catering for meals will be available by meal ticket, purchasable on site.
Any and all questions regarding the programme or accommodation availability can be directed to the contact details listed below:
Ms. Johanna Nekwaya
064 694 199
The Gobabeb Research and Training Centre is an internationally recognized centre for dry land training and research. It is located in Namibia in the Namib Desert, 120 km by road south-east of Walvis Bay. Gobabeb is a catalyst for gathering, disseminating and implementing understanding of arid environments.