Is the Liebig house in Namibia haunted?

To most locals the house is a mystery, standing on the hill. Hidden away from prying eyes by the gates that claim:‘private property’. It is a fantastic inspiration to wonder and imagine what may have happened there.

It is said that the house was built between 1912-13 as a home for the farm managers of the Karl Liebig Company.

Said company was buying up large areas of land to establish an industry of cattle farming and meat processing in what was then South West Africa. The house served as the company’s headquarters in the country.

Stories go on to claim that one of the house’s tenants was Alexander Scotland. A British secret agent in Namibia.

In an autobiography, Scotland claims that he was appointed as a member of the German Schutstruppe.

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However, he was caught out as a spy and imprisoned until World War One, when he was freed and later returned to England.

Later, in 1939, the South African Government bought the house and property. A few years later, the property was sold to the Courtney-Clark Family and later abandoned completely.

The exact date of abandonment is unknown, but guessed to have been around 1955.

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Since then…the house has stood on its lonely hill. Unwarranted visitors have left their mark on the walls and floors of the beautiful old home.

All that is left is an empty shell of walls, floors and roof. Is the house actually haunted?

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There are no records of deaths in the colonial styled house, so the likely answer is no. Ghosts do not wander the empty hallways of the Liebig House.

You can still let your thoughts go though… imagining the voices that once filled the home were caught in the walls and speak to the visitors today. A little out-there perhaps, but it adds a bit of life to the empty, forgotten house.

If you have any information of the Liebig House, we invite you to share them with us in the comment section below.

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

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Did you know Namibian holidays offer phenomenal internet?

The first thing all guests ask when arriving at a Gondwana property is: “What is the WIFI password?” Most people don’t realise just how integral internet is to your holiday. It starts off with the basic details, being able to stay in touch with your family and loved ones back home.

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And secondly it refers directly to being able to share your holiday experience with the social media world. And let’s get serious…who doesn’t want to share their holiday experience with the world?

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What most people do not know…is that Namibia has fantastic internet in comparison to the rest of Africa. Yes locals!

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Rights to DIS

We may not always agree with this, but it is indeed a fact. Not only does Namibia make use of fibreoptic lines (for us layman’s this is just high-speed data transmission), but we also are one of the only countries that make use of 4G!

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And what makes all this information relevant? Simply put, all Gondwana Collection properties offer guests the use of complimentary WIFI in the main area.

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This way you can share all your special Namibian moments with your loved once around the world.

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And to take the Gondwana and Namibian experience to the next level… an internet hotspot via satellite, in the guest rooms and across the property at a nominal fee!

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Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge will be the first property to test this new technology, but we are sure this will make every moment instantly shareable.

If you have any Gondwana Social Media moments, we invite you to share them in the comment section below.

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Is the Brukkaros Crater in Namibia a dormant volcano?

A daunting 650 metres above the surrounding landscape, between Mariental and Keetmanshoop, travellers will find the Brukkaros Mountains.

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Brukkaros located on the Namibian map – Rights for freakytracks

What makes this site particularly unique is that the shape is distinctly circular and rimmed. Visible from the B1, the question has often been raised… is this strange looking mountain an extinct volcano?

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Before we get to the juicy details, a bit of interesting information… Where does the name ‘Brukkaros’ come from? Following true Namlish culture, the name combines the Afrikaans word for trousers (broek) with the Nama word karos (leather apron). This links to a traditional article of clothing worn by Nama women.

According to scientific theory, Brukkaros formed about 80 million years ago. A magma pipe, molten rock and a mixture of mineral and organic matter, came into contact with ground water.

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This whole process took place about a thousand metres below the earth’s surface. This contact led the water to heat to the point where it turned into vapor and expanded. Which in turn caused the surface to swell about ten kilometres across and five hundred metres high.

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Magma continued to invade the space and caused a reaction that led to various explosions.

This whole endeavour was followed by a series of materials being deposited along the rim of the crater and then being eroded over millions of years to leave the 350 metres deep hole.

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Visitors can follow a three-and-a-half-kilometre trail, accessible by 4×4, to enter the crater form the south. They can expect to see crystal formations in the rock. Once inside, visitors can explore the quiver trees and crystal fields along the crater floor.

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Brukkaros Bird’s eye view – Rights to fr.alltravels.com

Alternatively, they can follow a route sharply left, and visit a research station along the rim of the crater. When visiting this site, be sure to take enough water to keep hydrated during your adventure.

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And here comes the game changer. Was the Brukkaros Crater an actual volcano once? Most scientific theories say no. While magma did have a hand in the creation of this natural site, a volcanic eruption did not.

As mentioned above, it was the magma coming into contact with the ground water that created the explosion and development of this crater. So, while it may not be an extinct volcano, it is still a very interesting site.

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And a great place to stop and explore while traveling between the Gondwana Canyon Collection and Windhoek.

If you have any interesting stories about the Brukkaros Crater, we invite you to share them in the comment section below.

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