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Hornkranz - biography of a place

12. avril 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

The farm Hornkranz is situated in the Khomas Hochland south-west of Windhoek and has an interesting history. An inglorious surprise attack by the German Schutztruppe on the clan of the legendary Nama "Captain" Hendrik Witbooi on 12 April 1893 - exactly 126 years ago today - brought Hornkranz a firm place in the history books. Two memorial stones and the graves of two German colonial soldiers at the house remind visitors of a most tragic event.

Hornkranz - biography of a place

Land Rover from the sixties has a fascinating history

08. mars 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

A dilapidated Land Rover from the famous 109” IIA series of the 1960s, which once belonged to the son of a German aristocratic opponent to the Third Reich, has been refurbished after standing idle for years on a farm in Namibia’s Kalahari Desert. The Land Rover was discovered around 2007, after the blue-blooded owner had died and the estate had to be dealt with. It took until late 2018 to have the Land Rover refurbished. 

Land Rover from the sixties has a fascinating history

The crazy ideas of a fact-finding universal genius

08. janvier 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

Sir Francis Galton! Is this man of historic significance? One should recognise the name though; at least every Namibian and Namibia fan, tour operator, tour guide and publisher of Namibian travel guides should. Galton explored and mapped Damaraland and Ovamboland. The Galton Gate at Etosha National Park is named after him and in 1855 he published ‘The Art of Travel’, which is probably the first handbook of practical advice for travellers.

The crazy ideas of a fact-finding universal genius

Biography of a place: Ghaub

04. janvier 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

As you drive through the rugged landscape of the Otavi Mountains, approaching Ghaub, you immediately feel that this is a special place full of history and stories: miles of weathered walls built from slabs of rock, ancient palm trees and buildings dating from the early 20th century. Large-format photos in the rooms take you back 100 years in time, while rock engravings in the area are thousands of years old...

Biography of a place: Ghaub

150 years ago, a unique group of people braved the unknown

16. novembre 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

The Basters, a group who evolved from relationships between Khoisan women and Trek-Boers, had established settlements south of the Orange River in the early parts of the 19th century. Constant attacks by local Khoisan tribes, and the search for better grazing and water, were a threat to their livelihoods. They decided to leave the Cape colony and moved northwards, reaching the Orange River on 16 November 1868. Two years later the first Baster families arrived at their new home: Rehoboth.

150 years ago, a unique group of people braved the unknown

Namibia’s first Afrikaans school was in Kub

26. octobre 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Kub is a small settlement 25 km west of Kalkrand in southern Namibia. At the turn of the 20th century, during German colonial times, Kub was a flourishing little place. Since the Afrikaans families did not want to send their children to the German school in Gibeon but wanted them to be taught in their mother tongue, Frans de Villiers Smeer of Mariental and Hendrik Smit of Swartmodder contacted the Nederlandsch-Zuid-Afrikaansche-Vereniging and secured the services of 30-year-old Dutchman Albertus Kooij.

Namibia’s first Afrikaans school was in Kub

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