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Namibian Economics to the point - January 2019

31. January 2019, inke - Economics

Some good rains fell during the first days of January but for the remainder of the month rainfall has been scarce. As in December, petrol and diesel prices have dropped again, this time with N$1.00 and N$0.90 per litre respectively. Namibia’s inflation rate was slightly lower in December 2019 and stood at 5.1 percent, according to the National Statistics Agency. This was attributed mainly to the lower fuel prices. 

Namibian Economics to the point - January 2019

The journey of topaz, a Namibian desert diamond

29. January 2019, inke - Economics

Formed millions of years ago when the Earth was young, our coloured gemstones have a long and intriguing journey before they end up in a favourite piece of jewellery or on a shelf as a collector’s item. Gondwana participated in the more recent part of the gemstone journey, seeking out prospectors, miners, gem-cutters, collectors, geologists and traders to hear their fascinating tales, as multifaceted as the finest-cut stone.

The journey of topaz, a Namibian desert diamond

Namibia forges ahead with renewable energies

25. January 2019, inke - Economics, Environment

Spending a night in the African bush under the stars away from the city and listening to the sounds of various nocturnal animals is a magical experience. It is unforgettable to watch wild animals at a water hole where no noisy diesel generator disturbs the peace and quiet. In recent years solar water pumps and electricity generated by solar panels have replaced loud, puffing diesel generators at many lodges in Namibia, thereby enhancing the African experience for visitors.

Namibia forges ahead with renewable energies

Namibia's smallest antelope whistles when it senses danger

18. January 2019, inke - Environment

Animals prick up their ears at the shrill whistling sound and flee. It takes a while before the whistler is identified, if he has not taken flight himself and is betrayed by moving. It is not easy to discover a Damara dik-dik standing dead still in dense vegetation. These hare-sized little antelopes owe their name dik-dik to their warning call.

Namibia's smallest antelope whistles when it senses danger

Fascinating giants – baobab trees

11. January 2019, inke - Environment

Some landscapes of northern Namibia are relatively lush, featuring tall trees and shrubs. One tree species, however, stands out due to its extraordinary shape – the baobab tree. Many myths and legends exist about these majestic trees, which appear to be relics from a different era of our planet’s evolution. These fascinating giants witnessed many events on the African continent spanning more than a thousand years.

Fascinating giants – baobab trees

The crazy ideas of a fact-finding universal genius

08. January 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. January 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

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