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Namibia: A wildlife safari in the Kunene region offers substance over

Russell Vinjevold, our guide, broke into the soppiest of smiles. "Will you just look at that little chap!" To many bush-hardened southern Africans, a baby elephant sheltering under its mother's belly is not necessarily something to get gooey about. After all, many parts of Africa have more elephants than they can handle, and tiny, shy, week-old babies with improbably delicate-looking trunks soon grow into tree-wreckers.

The Kaiser's Holocaust, By David Olusoga & Caspar W Erichsen

In 1904, in what was then German South-West Africa, now Namibia, the Herero and Nama peoples rebelled against colonial control. The two risings were neither coordinated nor very shrewdly planned. Like rebels throughout Africa and Asia, the insurgents were almost inevitably doomed to failure: outgunned and outnumbered.

An airport for St Helena (too late for Napoleon)

In 1815, the British government had a dangerous prisoner on its hands. Napoleon Bonaparte had just been defeated at Waterloo, but he had been defeated before – and exiled to the island of Elba, 12 miles off the coast of Tuscany, but had come storming back.

David Soggot: Lawyer who fought for justice in apartheid-era Namibia

David Soggot's induction into the political life of the colony of South West Africa (now Namibia) was brutal and bloody. It was 1973, and the Anglican suffragan bishop in Windhoek, Richard Wood, unable to find a local lawyer to act on behalf of Swapo nationalists being flogged by South Africa's black quislings, had telephoned the human rights advocate in Johannesburg."I'll be on the next plane," was the response.

Traveller's Guide To: Namibia

The incredible wildernesses of this vast south-west African country offer wildlife watching, adventure sports, ancient art and plenty more

Pandora: Loach snubs Sarah Brown's book appeal

While her husband gets a battering in the opinion polls, to many it appears that his wife, Sarah, can do no wrong. With more than a million followers on Twitter, and a raft of celebrity admirers, the vivacious former PR professional has made an art out of compensating for what her husband lacks in charisma. Still, even her charms proved futile when it came to cracking the tough nut that is Ken Loach.

On the agenda: To app or not to app... Shakey's on the phone. Plus,

New pub chain The Draft House has called time on almost every big-name lager normally found on tap (no Stella, Carling or Foster's here) in favour of acclaimed real ales and lagers. Among the 50 bottled lagers are Namibia's Windhoek and Argentina's Quilmes, while there's 17 brews on tap, including real ales from two local microbreweries; just stick with the handy third-of-a-pint glasses if you're looking to try a few. The chain's first pub has just opened in London's Clapham. drafthouse.co.uk

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Five hotels for stargazers

Whether it's from a geodesic dome in the desert or a Himalayan spa retreat, the view will be stellar.

Nobel peace prize for ‘stubborn’ Finn

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish diplomat who has successfully banged heads together to end many conflicts from southern Africa to Indonesia to the Balkans.

Namibian wilderness: Self service

Creature comforts were thin on the ground when Matt Carroll headed out into the Namibian wilderness to fend for himself – helped by one of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers