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Date: Monday. June 15.2015 at 10:06 AM
Subject: Living Desert Tour - blog article

Dear Team of Living Desert Adventure,

Some time ago I spent a wonderful day on the Living Desert Tour with
Chris. Today I publisehd an artical about that tour on my travel blog:

Would you like to set a link to my article on your website? Or maybe
you have some social media accounts to share the link? That would be
very kind!

Thank you very much and best regards


Sabine Olschner

Das Reiseblog:www.ferngeweht.de


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Sent: Tuesday. June 2.2015 at 9:53 AM


We went on the Living Desert Adventure tour in March when visiting Swakopmund with Sunway Safaris, and absolutely loved the experience. We're travel bloggers, and as travel bloggers do; we blog about the experiences we have when traveling. And we've given you a great feedback on our blog, and will recommend your tour to everyone who visit Namibia.

Hope you'll check that one out, we have some pretty good photos from the tour aswell.

Best wishes,

The Norwegian couple,
Monica & Jon

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Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:07 PM
Subject: Feed back

Hi Chris,

we enjoyed your desert tour "Little five" very much and I put pictures
and your adress on my website.

www.natursicht.de > Afrika > Namibia 2012

Thanks a lot and merry christmas

Siegmar Bergfeld
The man with the D800

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Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:52 PM

Hi Chris!

Thank you again for making today very memorable for me and my Dad. Throughout the day we were constantly debriefing about your trip and we enjoyed it very much. I would like to post some of our days video’s on my Facebook page but according to Facebook rules I must have you permission to do so as you feature in the video’s.... May I use the video’s I have of you on my personal Facebook blog?

Attached are the group photo’s that you might want to distribute to the others if you so wish. The rest of the footage came out very nice and what way will be the best to get it to you?


“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”


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Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:55 PM
Subject: Gecko

Dear Chris,
I hope you are fine.
You might not remember back in early August when you took the attached gecko picture with my Lumix. I can tell you that the image has impressed many friends and I only pity that I did not take it myself.
All the best from myself and my family (wife and three kids)! You made the day for us when you took us on the desert tour.
The Swedish family with the strange hats (especially my youngest son with his tropical one).

Rune Johansson
Sveriges geologiska undersökning/Geological Survey of Sweden

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Sent: Friday, November 02, 2012 10:23 PM
Subject: Black Scorpion

Dear Chris,

We have appreciated the tour you took us to on 16. Oct. It impressed us more than watching bigger animals – of which there are a lot in Namibia.
You mentioned that you would like to get a copy of a picture with the black scorpion you found for us. Here come a few of those pictures that we took then.
We hope you keep going getting people interested and fascinated by what you tell/teach them – hopefully, some of that we/they will remember.

Best wishes – and don’t get bitten by anything more that the flat-footed lizard…

Dirk and Sue (from Vienna, with snow!)

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Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:30 PM
Subject: October 30

Dear Chris,

That was a fabulous visit to the desert. Thank you so much. Next time I will bring a proper jacket to keep warm! I am sorry I cluld not have had my grandkids along, especially the 13 year old who would have absorbed it all right into his bones. You would have had a convert to desert tours in him. I will try to send him to you! Five hours is worth much more than a term  in the classroom.

All the best,

Ailie Cleghorn, Ph.D.
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Sent: Friday, October 26, 2012 12:10 PM
Subject: RE: Introduction - Brett Thompson - Africa in Focus

Hi Chris,

Thank you so much for sending Brett through the information below.  I'm sure he'll be back in touch early in the new year when he returns with his group.

In the meantime, here is the blog post I did from Swakopmund when I had my day out with you.


Thanks again for an awesome time on your trip!

Inger Vandyke
Professional Wildlife Photographer and Writer
Expedition Leader - Western Tibet Expedition  (16 September - 7 October, 2013) 
Assistant Publicity Officer - Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association (SOSSA)
Guest Lecturer - Photography, Freelancing and Photo Journalism - Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia


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Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 6:12 PM
Subject: response to our daytrip

Hi Chris,

I really feel that I want to give you some feedback of our tour in July.
We had lots more of discussion afterwards and some sentences came up now and then. Especially from the kids, where they copied your slang and your words regarding living in the desert and eating muesli. Your amusing and nonetheless earnest way of transporting your knowledge and points staid a part of our further trip through the desert and also even now back home.

The Little-5-Tour is really great and the next time I will bring my kids again to learn more about the desert.

Thank you very much for your engagement and all the best,


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Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 9:55 AM
Subject: The small five

Dear Chris,

Looking out over my pond where my turtles are sunning themselves on a piece of driftwood and the hummingbirds are zooming around, I have just put a little slide show together of the "small five" and other critters you found for us during your "Living Desert" trip. As a former World Bank ecologist, I have travelled pretty much all over the world and always tried to go in the field, often with competent guides. But I must say that your trip is one of the best I have ever made, matched only by a rainforest trip at night in Costa Rica where my guide found 5 species of Glass Frogs in one night. If anyone had suggested we would see the Side Winder and the Horned Adder within one hour I would have said "Fat Chance!"

I hope getting the course participants on your tour helps in the preservation of the dune belt, sooner or later action will be taken against the quad bikes I'm sure. It was the highlight of the course.

Keep up the good work and Thanks again for a thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience.


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Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 8:36 AM
Subject: You are Thomas's Hero!
Hi Chris

Well , my family is STILL talking about the reunion and I thought that you might like to see an excerpt from my sister, Brenda's email of yesterday.  She is currently in Germany with her 3 grandchildren.  You may recall her telling you that, not long into our Living Desert Tour, Thomas (aged 4) announced: "I want to be THAT man".  It seems he is still dreaming of that...............

"Previous to that I had shown Thomas a 30second snippet (taken accidentally on my small camera) of Chris on the desert tour........well, I had to play it 4 times to please and satisfy him!!!  The brochure that Chris gave him is kept in his bed!  "

If nothing else inspires you to keep doing the great job you're doing, this will I'm sure!


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Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 4:23 AM
Subject: Thanks for a great day!

Hi Chris,

We recently came on a 'living desert adventure' with you and we just wanted to reiterate what an amazing time we had with you! Reptiles are a passion of ours and meeting someone who was so enthusiastic and knowledgable about these amazing animals was a real treat, it really was highlight of our africa trip. We wish you all the best for the future and hope we meet other people on our travels who are heading for Namibia so we can tell them to check out the dunes with you!

Thanks again Chris,

Ian and Jenny
(aka random aussies)

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Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 1:39 AM
Subject: Swakopmund dunes

Hi Chris,

Now back in the snow and hard frost of the UK, the memories of your wonderful Swakopmund dunes and their hidden wonders seem even more unreal!

When I first lived your passion and marveled at what life exists in and around that desert environment a couple of years ago, I admit that I perhaps put some of what we saw last time down to chance. By re-enacting the amazing achievement of  'discoveries'  on my repeat visit however, you demonstrated to me not only your skill and knowledge, but also the real dependency of the inter -related natural occurrences  associated with that world - but largely hidden to the casual observer. However, my first encounter with the "small five" and the desert had created sufficient enthusiasm in me to repeat the experience and I was certainly not disappointed by my second exposure to that world!

Once again, many thanks for a most educational and enjoyable "safari" in the less well known world of the small five.

Kind regards,
Barry Swain

namibia gruppe----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 5:51 AM
Subject: Living Desert Adventures with Christopher Nel

Dear Nel,
back in Germany we're still busy recalling each day and recapitulate all excitements and adventures regarding our holidays in september. We - as shown above - started with 10 persons (appr. 650 years of age and experience!) coming from Austria and Germany - have had an unforgettable three-weeks holiday in Namibia. When our Austrian friends left, the five German "leftovers" took the chance to stay in Swakopmund for one relaxing week.

Apart from exploring restaurants and shops, we booked several "events" through our local tourist office "DAS - Tours".
That's why we joined the "Living Desert" Tour on Monday, 26th  guided by you and your colleague Darrell(?). This excursion turned out to be one of the highlights throughout our stay. Each one of us learned a lot of interesting details about the small, but precious desert animals and insects with their remarkable and individual strategies of surviving in their hostile habitat.

You tought us with personell enthusiasm, profund knowlege about flora, fauna and - last but not least with your particular sence of humor! Be sure, that none of us ever will step on a spiders net, tunnel or whatever...for the rest of his life.

And I do promise for good - that neither of us will drive through Namibias wonderful dunes ba a Quadbike!  - We all hope, that you will give this kind of practical lectures for many many years ahead. We are convinced, that people like you- who love nature and also have the didacticle "know how" of teaching but not preaching - you will bring your country foreward.

Namibias landscape character is the desert and therfore it is unbarable, that few people destroy it, even unaware, just for having the kick of fast and unlimited speed-driving with vehicles. I wish you patience and maximum success, when you have to discuss this with representatives of Tourist Board and the heads of the Environmental administration!  
We all wish you the very best and we are looking foreward to your next lecture, when we're back in Namiba.

Hearty greetings from the autumn-coloured countryside around Berlin

On behalf of our group: Yours  Herta Künzel
(Brandenburg State Office for Environment)

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Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:56 AM
Subject: thanks for the adventure!

Hi Chris,

Won't know if you will remember my sister and I from the United States...we joined your tour full of German speaking tourists  :)

I wanted to thank you again, for what ended up being a highlight for me, on my holiday trip to Namibia.  Your desert tour and introduction to the little creatures was and still is on the top of the list.  I would like to think that everyone who joins you on this trip is similarly touched.  We also really enjoyed our afternoon spent with Darrell Cook.  He is very enthusiasic about sharing his love of the country and it's living creatures.  When I travel, my most prized pictures are usually of the rocks and plants.  I have a photo, which I hope to blow up large of the welwitschia.

I hope to travel to your country again and want to spend more time on another desert tour.  See you then!

Thanks again...Joyce McCallum, Seattle, Washington  USA

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