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Leopard was scared off with sticks

The starting point of the Mountain Zebra Drive in Gondwana Canyon Park.

‘Mountain Zebra Drive - Permit Only’ – A couple from Hanover, Germany, came across this sign on their way to Canyon Lodge. They had arrived in Namibia just two days earlier and the husband was thrilled. “Let’s go now, we’ll pay afterwards”, he suggested. He left the regular road and off they went through the breathtaking landscape in the...[more]

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The Taming of the Shrew

Mule trekking in the Fish River Canyon. (Photo: Fabian von Poser)

The pioneer mule trekking tour in the Fish River Canyon had a few hiccups – in the end the animals actually deserted us.It was a clear September morning when we set off to find out how the mules would manage in the canyon. Mannfred had invited me to join the pioneer tour: Four days trekking across country, drinking from waterholes, eating at the...[more]

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Making a difference – Namibia with heart & soul

What a celebration! Who could have imagined such a wonderful (and challenging) journey when Gondwana began humbly twenty years ago - inspired by the spirit of a new Namibia - with just a handful of people and a dream.  The vision to make a difference – to both people and nature – led a group of like-minded friends to purchase our first farm...[more]

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From Angra Pequena to Bethanien

Young merchant from Bremen: Heinrich Vogelsang. (Source: Wilhelm Schüßler: Adolf Lüderitz, Carl Schünemann Verlag, Bremen 1936)

“Jauntily we rode along on sand and over rocks, silence around us. Little by little the rocks became larger, steeper, then darkness fell. The stars shimmered and at 9 o’clock the good old moon came to assist us with its light, but nevertheless it was very difficult to see the way. Practically we often didn’t know whether next we would be going up...[more]

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The White Lady - Some legends never die

Neither white nor a lady: a shaman with bow and arrow as well as an item resembling a goblet. (Photo: Sven-Eric Kanzler)

Some 2000 years ago Phoenician seafarers sailed down the coast of Africa, ended up in Namibia, crossed the Namib and painted a picture of their princess on rock. You don’t have to be a scientist to figure out that this story belongs in the realm of fairy tales and legends. Nevertheless, experts seriously discussed this as a theory for years. Even...[more]

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Devil’s Claw - Kalahari’s Treasure

Leaves, blossoms and thorny fruits of the Devil’s Claw plant.  Photo: Wikipedia/CITES Secretariat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpagophytum)

Kalahari’s sands harbour unusual treasures. The Devil’s Claw is one such gem, known to the indigenous people for centuries for its medicinal properties. Although its name stems from the claw-like hooks of the thorny fruit, it is the secondary tubers of the Harpagophytum procumbens that are harvested for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory...[more]

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Rinderpest paralyses the Transport System

Rinderpest was rife in South Africa in 1896 (photo: Wikipedia).

In 1896, rinderpest broke out in the Zambezi River region and spread through southern Africa like wildfire. According to estimates some 2.5 million head of cattle died in South Africa alone. Game died in similar numbers. The cattle plague spread to Namibia, then the German colony of South West Africa, in early April 1897.The authorities in German...[more]

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Emil Kreplin, Father of the Namib Wild Horses

Kreplin among his stud animals on the farm Kubub near Aus. (photo: private collection Mannfred Goldbeck)

Wild horses have lived in the vast stretches of the Namib Desert in the southwestern corner of Namibia for close to a century, in what was once the Sperrgebiet, forbidden diamond mining territory, and is now the Namib-Naukluft Park. They have captured our imaginations and our hearts, and have come to represent fierce survival, the strong and...[more]

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Hermann Deckert - Grootfontein’s famous cartwright

Hermann and August Deckert constructing a wagon wheel. (Photo: Grootfontein Museum)

Older residents of Grootfontein still hold fond memories of the carpentry and blacksmith workshop of Hermann and August Deckert, which closed its doors for business thirty years ago. It was situated in the heart of the town and was the place to visit when a sturdy wagon or any spare part for the farm was needed or when a broken wagon wheel had to...[more]

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Honouring the man who gave Namibia its name

Professor Kerina was instrumental in coining the name ‘Namibia’. At the age of 83 he visited the Namib Desert for the first time.

One of the greatest wonders and geological treasures in the world is the Namib Desert, which stretches for 2000km from the Olifants River in South Africa to the Carunjamba River in Angola through the entire western flank of Namibia. It is no wonder that the country is named after such a vast and ancient desert. Very few people know, however, that...[more]

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