Gondwana's Newsroom

Filtered by category Discover Namibia Reset filter

The stork’s nest in Windhoek

17. November 2017 inke - Discover Namibia

It is the year 1907. Settler families in German South West Africa live on remote farms and in small villages far apart from one another. Serious illness becomes life-threatening in many cases because medical assistance often comes too late. Many expectant mothers find themselves in the same predicament. Childbed fever is rife and infant mortality is high. It was against this background that a maternity home was established in Windhoek, the Elisabeth House.

The stork’s nest in Windhoek

Café of the month: Village Café, Swakopmund

15. November 2017 inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

This colourful café always delights. Its relaxed and quirky character, down-to-earth food, great coffee and friendly vibe keep you coming back again and again. You’ll also keep returning for the wisdom from their favourite Oscar Wilde quote, which has a prime position on their wall: ‘Life is much too important to be taken seriously!’ The Village Cafe in Swakopmund lives up to this promise. 

Café of the month: Village Café, Swakopmund

Biltong – a Connoiseur’s Cult Delicacy

10. November 2017 inke - Discover Namibia

Take a few strips of high quality raw meat, coat it with vinegar, salt, coriander, black pepper and sugar and hang it in an airy dry space protected from flies. About two weeks later your biltong is ready. The mouths of most Namibians and South Africans water at the mere thought of well-seasoned dried meat. It’s hardly surprising that Windhoek’s annual Biltong Festival held in July attracts thousands of visitors each year. 

Biltong – a Connoiseur’s Cult Delicacy

It’s a lifestyle: Clip-clopping donkey carts of rural Namibia

08. November 2017 inke - Culture, Discover Namibia

While driving southwards along the main road of Namibia from Windhoek, something suddenly catches your eye in the periphery of your vision. Hurtling along – at donkey speed – is a team of clip-clopping donkeys pulling a customised cart and its passengers, on their way to visit neighbours, to transport wares or making their way home. This will be the first of many of the colourful donkey carts you will see as you explore the countryside. Welcome to Namibia!

It’s a lifestyle: Clip-clopping donkey carts of rural Namibia

In Windhoek it’s “o´zapft”, too

24. October 2017 inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

The tradition of having an Oktoberfest in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek started almost six decades ago. Vats will be tapped on the Windhoek Wiesn, better known as the SKW sports grounds, on 27 and 28 October, when temperatures in this part of the world already soar to 30 degrees Celsius and more. As befits the occasion, especially young people increasingly enjoy adopting the Bavarian dress code of lederhosen and dirndl. More than 5000 people are expected to flock to the two-day event.

In Windhoek it’s “o´zapft”, too

Café of the month: Main Street Café, Omaruru

17. October 2017 inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

‘Quiche, hazelnut cheesecake, white-wood furniture . . . what’s not to like about this fine little lunch and breakfast spot that makes a priority of fresh ingredients and friendly service? Oh, and there’s great coffee, art on the walls, free wi-fi and so much more.’ (Lonely Planet) The Main Street Café in Omaruru has received the Certificate of Excellence award on TripAdvisor for the last two years with its small and simple menu and high quality of ingredients, level of service and cleanliness.

Café of the month: Main Street Café, Omaruru

Beware of elephants in the wild

13. October 2017 inke - Environment, Discover Namibia, Tourism

Always remember that the gentle giants are wild animals! They cannot think as we do but their memory is legendary – an elephant never forgets, as the saying goes. Also remember that we are encroaching on their space, not the other way round. Elephants are seen as being good-natured, deliberate, calm and tame. But when we cross the invisible line between them and us they are dangerous, powerful, ruthless and unpredictable. 

Beware of elephants in the wild

Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

06. October 2017 inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

To see the second largest canyon with your own eyes is always an exciting experience. To stand in front of that huge gorge in the middle of the crimson landscape, which cleaves in endless curves and turns, makes you feel small and unimportant. Within a second, there’s no space for stress or worries – all that counts is the calmness and dignity of this great canyon. A truly unique experience. Well, that was my opinion until I got the chance to hike inside the Fish River Canyon for three days and to learn that no viewpoint could ever show you the true face of that beautiful landscape.

Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

05. October 2017 inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

One of the few line-fish species sought after by anglers on our coast, is the west coast seabream (Lithognathus aureti), better known as Steenbras. The bigger the fish the better, but that had tremendous effects on the species. In the 90s Dr Hannes Holtzhausen, researcher at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, found out that the west coast seabream is one of the few species which is protandrous. 

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

Stay up-to-date with our monthly 'Gondwana Tracks' Newsletter Sign up Today