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The omnivorous Marabou Stork: old man in a tailcoat

14. août 2018, inke - Environment

Many people perceive the Marabou Stork as ugly or describe it as an old man wearing a tailcoat. Some call it the “undertaker bird”. The Marabou is a large member of the stork family, just under 1.5 metres tall. Since they are highly effective scavengers these storks are very useful to people. Marabou Storks are classified as “possibly endangered” in Namibia. 

The omnivorous Marabou Stork: old man in a tailcoat

Walvis Bay port: new plans for 2025

10. août 2018, inke - Discover Namibia, Economics

Namibia is on an industrialisation drive and aims to become an international logistics hub for Southern Africa by 2025. The port of Walvis Bay is one of the key elements within these ambitious plans. A new container terminal of 40 hectares is currently constructed and will start operations in early 2019. A brand-new port is on the drawing cards and this goes hand in hand with a huge industrial park planned in close proximity.

Walvis Bay port: new plans for 2025

The Topnaars - forgotten people of Walvis Bay

09. août 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

At first sight, the shifting sand dunes of the Namib Desert near Walvis Bay appear hostile with scant vegetation and little to survive on. Yet a river forms their northern border and carries water after good rains inland. The Kuiseb River has also been inhabited by people for many centuries – namely, the Topnaars. They are of Khoi-San origin and are believed be one of seven Nama-speaking tribal groups.

The Topnaars - forgotten people of Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay – return to Namibia

08. août 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

The reintegration of the port of Walvis Bay into Namibia in 1994, four years after independence had taken a long time and was the result of protracted negotiations. It was also a success story showing the world that success through peaceful means was possible. Being the only natural deep-sea port along Namibia’s entire coastline, Walvis Bay and the surrounding enclave was always economically and strategically significant.

Walvis Bay – return to Namibia

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 2

07. août 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Namibias Hafenstadt Walvis Bay hat eine facettenreiche Geschichte. In Teil 2 der Walvis Bay Themenreihe betrachten wir die Ereignisse ab 1922. Walvis Bay hat heute 120.000 Einwohner und gilt als Wirtschaftszentrum der Küste. 1914 hatte der Ort 736 Einwohner und eine kleine hölzerne Anlegestelle. Im kleinen Hafen herrschte reger Betrieb, der Walfang war lukrativ. 

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 2

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 1

06. août 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Visitors to Namibia’s main harbour town of Walvis Bay find a modern and busy port, good shopping opportunities, restaurants and they can view flocks of pink flamingos and pelicans in the vast lagoon. Discovered in 1487 by Portuguese seafarers, ancient records claim that Phoenician mariners had landed in the ‘bay of whales’ by some 600 years B.C. when they completed a three-year roundtrip of Africa. 

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 1

Namibian economics to the point – July 2018

31. juillet 2018, inke - Economics

President Hage Geingob signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in Mauretania during a summit of the African Union this month. Geingob also attended the BRICS summit in South Africa. Inflation for June moved upwards from 3.8 to 4.0 percent, the National Statistics Agency announced. Petrol and diesel prices increased in July. Government officially announced that the second national land conference will take place from 1 to 5 October.

Namibian economics to the point – July 2018

A false entrance to the Cape penduline tit’s nest

24. juillet 2018, inke - Environment

Heavy gusts of wind are relentlessly battering the landscape. Trees and shrubs are blown back and forth for hours. Several metres above the ground an almost white nest dangles from a thin, thorny branch. It consists of soft plant material which looks like cotton wool. Crouched inside are three Cape Penduline Tit (Anthoscopus minutus) chicks. Cape Penduline Tits are among the smallest birds in southern Africa.

A false entrance to the Cape penduline tit’s nest

Three Gondwana lodges receive awards

18. juillet 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

The world’s largest online travel site TripAdvisor and Eco Awards Namibia acknowledged Gondwana’s continuous investments into service excellence, sustainability and nature conservation. Canyon Village was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, Namushasha River Lodge received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and Damara Mopane Lodge was awarded the highest eco quality seal by Eco Awards Namibia. 

Three Gondwana lodges receive awards

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