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08.05.2015

A pledge made between rugged rocks

Sam Khubis. View from the Baster positions; the Schutztruppe attacked from the hills on the right.  Photo: Sven-Eric Kanzler

Charge, fire, charge, fire, charge, fire. Armed Basters put up fierce resistance against the attacking German soldiers. The battle started before sunrise and has been raging the whole day, now the sun is already low on the horizon. It is just as well, because the Basters have reached the end of their tether, they are running out of ammunition....[more]

Category: Gondwana History

01.05.2015

Wanted dead or alive

Nhadiep’s mother (right) and his family in front of their home in Tses.

Thirty years after the death of the notorious Nhadiep, a shiver of fear still runs through southern Namibia whenever his name is mentioned and people are quick to say: “Meneer, hou op van Nhadiep te praat” (Sir, stop talking about Nhadiep). They grew up frightened into obedience by their parents’ threats that the South’s most feared man would come...[more]

Category: Gondwana History

24.04.2015

The air disaster at Ondekaremba

A South African Airways Boeing 707-344C at Heathrow Airport in London, 1977. (Photo: Steve Fitzgerald)

The air disaster at Ondekaremba April 20th 1968 was a moonless, starlit Saturday evening, with no wind and a temperature of 17 degrees centigrade at almost 9 o'clock. Flight SA 228 was ready for take-off from JG Strijdom airport (now Hosea Kutako) 45 kilometres east of Windhoek. The Boeing 'Pretoria' was on its way from Johannesburg via Windhoek,...[more]

Category: Gondwana History

17.04.2015

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]

Category: Gondwana History

10.04.2015

Gobabeb - Where three desert worlds meet

Gobabeb with its striking water tower. Photo: Senta Frank

How does the Dancing White Lady spider find its way back to its den in an almost straight line after hours of zigzagging about? What can we do to prevent deserts from spreading? And above all, where do we get answers to such interesting and vital questions?   The last question can easily be answered: some 100 kilometres southeast of the...[more]

Category: Gondwana History

03.04.2015

Armed Robbery and Murder at the Kupferbergpad

Bruno Sommer and Fidel Falk with shackles at the inside wall of the Imperial Prison in Windhoek.

Alongside the Kupferbergpad that takes you from Windhoek over the Gamsberg Pass to Walvis Bay one comes upon a commemorative plaque in honour of 32-year-old police sergeant Hermann Strunck who was killed during an armed robbery in April 1912. The crime not only kept the inhabitants of Windhoek in suspense, but also made headlines in several...[more]

Category: Gondwana History

27.03.2015

Giraffe – a different kind of camel

Giraffes in the Gondana Namib Park enjoying their favourite food: the leaves of the camel thorn tree. Photo: Gondwana Collection

Southern Namibia in 1760: "Which animal, even though not quite as big as an elephant, (...) is of a rather tall body (...) and also because of the long neck, humped back and high legs is a type of camel, albeit not the proper one (...)"? With these words, written in 1760, a European describes the first giraffe he ever saw and...[more]

Category: Gondwana History

20.03.2015

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]

Category: Gondwana History

13.03.2015

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]

Category: Gondwana History

06.03.2015

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]

Category: Gondwana History

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