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Seeheim applies for legal Prostitution

Seeheim at the start of the 20th century. (Photo: Walter Rusch collection)

History does not repeat itself. But every now and again it provides a déjà vu of some kind or other. One example is the debate about the legalization of prostitution. An application with similar content was submitted back in 1908..."With reference to the discourse with your Honourable Sir, I most obediently allow myself to put forward a...[more]

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Postal Runners - The Heroes of Early Communication

Postal runner on the Tsumeb – Ondangwa route with post bag and pouch of provisions. Photo: Walter Moritz

Talk about snail mail! That’s putting it mildly. Are the loved ones back home all right? Will head office send the urgently needed bibles or not? German missionaries in Namibia used to have to wait two years before they received an answer to letters sent to the home country. Every now and then they waited in vain. Around 1840 the mail route was...[more]

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Black-backed Jackal - The Trickster

The jackal kills larger prey with a bite to the throat.  Photo: Johan Scholtz

Like the fox in European folklore, the jackal is often represented in African folk tales as a trickster. Its ability to adapt to changing circumstances and its legendary stealth and cunning have inspired stories about the wily creature that dodges traps and avoids hunters year in year out. The jackal is reputed to be able to obliterate its tracks,...[more]

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Piles of stones a reminder of Haiseb deity

Information boards in front of the reception of Canyon Village.

Canyon Village is dedicated to the history and culture of the Nama and Oorlam peoples. Before this Gondwana lodge opened in September 2003, five Namibian artists were engaged to depict scenes from the everyday life of these peoples as it was more than 100 years ago in dozens of murals. The idea was for guests to become acquainted with the people...[more]

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Twyfelfontein - the Fountain of Doubt

Ella and David Levin with their children Christina, Susan and Michiel in 1951.

Long before the Twyfelfontein engravings became a popular tourist destination and received recognition as a world heritage site, the land was visited sporadically by Damara people watering their animals at the trickling spring (or "fontein" as it is called in Afrikaans). It was named Twyfelfontein (doubtful spring) by farmer David Levin...[more]

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World heritage: the writings of Nama Chief Hendrik Witbooi

Hendrik Witbooi. (National Archives)

The legendary traditional leader of the Witbooi Namas, Hendrik Witbooi (1830-1905) kept a diary. In his leather-bound journal he also entered copies of letters, treaties and protocols of meetings. The journey of Chief Witbooi's journal from 1884 until it was inscribed into the 'Memory of the World' register of UNESCO in 2007, is an interesting...[more]

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Shebeen - A delightfully African Bar

Impression of the African way of life: the shebeen at the Etosha Safari Camp. Photo: Gondwana Collection

Down to earth, relaxed, innovative and charming are Etosha Safari Camp's alluring qualities - and of course, its proximity to Etosha National Park. Extending the theme of Etosha as being a 'Place of Legends', Etosha Safari Camp takes it one step further by bringing home the story and spirit of Africa. And the result is - legendary! Here, the...[more]

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Hunted and admired: the giants of the oceans

Humpback whales can be spotted along the Namibian coastline. (Photo: Wanetta Ayers, Wikipedia)

They are powerful and gentle, inquisitive and wise, compassionate and social. Nevertheless whales have been hunted worldwide for centuries because of the many products that they provide: food, oil, gelatine, soap and basic ingredients for cosmetics and medicines. Whaling stations were also set up on the South West African coast, the first one in...[more]

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Fish River Canyon - Traces of a Death Struggle

“Hell’s Bend” in the Fish River Canyon at the main viewing point.  Photo: Gondwana Collection

Once upon a time a giant snake dwelled in southern Namibia. Every so often it devoured the people’s sheep and goats and so finally they decided to kill the snake. Armed with spears and accompanied by their dogs the men set out for the hunt. They encircled the snake, keeping it at bay with fiery torches, shooting arrows at it and thrusting spears...[more]

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Zebra - Pyjamas and other theories

Stripes merge individuals into a group. Photo: Ron Swilling

White stripes on a black background or black stripes on white? Although our perceptions may differ, we can all agree that the zebra has one of the most striking coats seen in the animal kingdom. Two species of zebra occur in southern Africa: Burchell's (or plains) zebra Equus burchellii and mountain zebra Equus zebra. Both...[more]

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