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A small bird as a symbol of love and forgiveness

15. octobre 2019, inke - Environment

He is nimble, clever, cheeky. A feisty little guy who nevertheless tries to keep safe as far as possible. Not much attention is paid to him, although he is endemic to southern Africa and our constant companion – in large cities as much as in remote grasslands. But Passer melanurus, the Cape Sparrow, perhaps better known as mossie, is a delight to watch and in a way has even come to fame.

A small bird as a symbol of love and forgiveness

Ohlthaver & List turns 100

15. octobre 2019, bernd - Gondwana Collection, Discover Namibia

Carl Julius List (1880 – 1959), a banker by profession, arrived in the German colony of South West Africa in 1905 to take charge of the finance division – later the banking division – of the Damara und Namaqua Trading Company. In 1920 he and Hermann Ohlthaver (1883 –1979) as the two partners of Ohlthaver & List entered the beer brewing business and invested a significant amount of money in the Felsenkeller-Brauerei.

Ohlthaver & List turns 100

Meeting Namibians on the journey from Swakop to Palmwag and Epupa

11. octobre 2019, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

The journey from Gondwana’s Delight hotel in Swakop up the famed Skeleton Coast to Palmwag and then northwards to Omarunga-Epupa Falls Camp provided a wealth of spectacular landscapes and fascinating stops, but - importantly - it also provided the opportunity to meet some of Namibia’s beautiful and colourful people. Sometimes, because of a lack of a common language, we had to use gestures and hand signals, but we still managed to communicate.

Meeting Namibians on the journey from Swakop to Palmwag and Epupa

Water for hippos, other wild animals and cattle

10. octobre 2019, inke - Environment

Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, visited a waterhole in the dried up Chobe River on the border with Botswana at the end of August 2019. 69 hippos were stranded in the waterhole that started to dry out. Next to it, the Ministry of the Environment had drilled a 29-metre borehole and pumped water into the waterhole for eight hours every day. The muddy pool once again turned into a large pond sheltering hippos from the scorching heat during the day.

Water for hippos, other wild animals and cattle

Termites – doing earthworm work in arid areas

08. octobre 2019, inke - Environment

Worker termites industriously carry dry plant material to a small hole in the ground. Others climb onto the few blades of grass and cut them into small pieces, ready to be taken into the subterranean nest of the colony. Two species of harvester termites occur in Namibia: a type of Microhodotermes is found only in the south, while Hodotermes mossambicus is spread across the rest of the country.

Termites – doing earthworm work in arid areas

Sustainable resources can unlock economic potential

04. octobre 2019, inke - Economics

Climate change is a harsh reality particularly in southern Africa with extreme weather conditions as floods and droughts badly affect livelihoods. Natural resource management, bio-economy and climate smart agriculture have recently become popular buzzwords to build resilience. The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) in Windhoek organised a one-day conference on Namibia’s sustainable natural resources management and its bio-economic potential.

Sustainable resources can unlock economic potential

Drought forces farmer to shred bushes

01. octobre 2019, inke - Environment, Economics

On most of the country's farms there is currently not a single blade of grass left. Farmers have drastically reduced their livestock and moved the small number of remaining animals to the few grazing areas available for rent, or they feed their animals with shredded bush. The latter is a solution which sees the animals through until the next rainy season and at the same time solves the problem of bush encroachment.

Drought forces farmer to shred bushes

Gondwana’s culture of sustainability – hard to achieve but rewarding

28. septembre 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Gondwana Collection Namibia is one of biggest tourism companies in the country and was founded on sustainable principles. Since its inception in 1996, Gondwana financed nature conservation with the proceeds from its eco-friendly hospitality business, which in turn creates jobs and career opportunities for the local communities.Gondwana's new CEO, Gys Joubert is 1000 days in office today and shared his vision of sustainability with Inke Stoldt.

Gondwana’s culture of sustainability – hard to achieve but rewarding

On the road again - Into Kaokoland

27. septembre 2019, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Travelling via the Skeleton Coast from Swakopmund to Palmwag and Epupa Falls elicits a thrill of excitement. It ticks all the boxes for the adventurous at heart and adds a couple more. Heading on the salt and gravel roads to the more remote fence-free reaches of Namibia, home to desert elephant, rhino and lion, and further north to the semi-nomadic Himba people, must rate as one of the most exhilarating adventures in the country.

On the road again - Into Kaokoland

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