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Nearly 50 percent of full capacity in Namibia’s dams

22. November 2017 inke - Weather, Environment

Although the first good rains occurred in the central and northern parts of Namibia in the last few weeks, the only rivers that have been flowing were in the northwest of Namibia. No inflow has been reported into the major dams in the central part of the country. The water in the three dams, which supply drinking water for Windhoek and the surrounding area, is currently nearly 50 percent of the full capacity. Windhoek´s residents are supposed to save at least 5% of their normal consumption.

Nearly 50 percent of full capacity in Namibia’s dams

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

Scorpion Hill anti-poaching station inaugurated

16. November 2017 inke - Environment

Foot patrols are scouring the dry bush of Etosha National Park day after day. The patrols are looking for poachers. Rhinos, though threatened with extinction, are the main target of poachers who operate in the world-famous park. Now the members of the patrols have a place right there in the bush where they can rest for a few days, take a shower and replenish their provisions. 

Scorpion Hill anti-poaching station inaugurated

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

In Namibia encroaching bush is turned into charcoal

13. November 2017 inke - Economics

Pillars of smoke rise from the bush, but the farmer remains surprisingly calm. Namibia’s farmers used to react with immediate alarm when they detected a whiff of smoke somewhere on their land. These days the almost sole cause of smoke is charcoal production. Strict regulations are in place to prevent grass fires, which can also be devastating for neighbouring farmers. Charcoal production is still a rather young industry in Namibia, but it is already internationally recognised and also well regulated and organised. 

In Namibia encroaching bush is turned into charcoal

New eco-friendly lodge in the Gondwana Namib Park

10. November 2017 inke - Gondwana Collection

The Gondwana Collection is building a new lodge in the endless expanse of the Namib. Construction is in full swing. “The lodge will reflect the solitude, space and mesmerizing colours of the Namib Desert,” says Alain Noirfalise, Gondwana’s Director of Operations. “It will offer an upmarket alternative to the Namib Desert Lodge, 10km away. The name: The Desert Grace.”

New eco-friendly lodge in the Gondwana Namib Park

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

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