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Namibia is famous for gliding

02. January 2019, inke - Sport, Tourism

Gliding high in the sky like a bird, silently, without any disturbing engine noise – gliders know what they are talking about, when they enthusiastically describe their favourite pastime. The good news: thermal conditions in Namibia are excellent for gliding. Did you know that Namibia is internationally known as a gliding hotspot with favourable thermals? The name Bitterwasser is legend among the gliding fraternity worldwide.

Namibia is famous for gliding

Namibian Economics to the point - December 2018

29. December 2018, inke - Economics

President Hage Geingob has inaugurated the Peugeot motor vehicle assembly plant in Namibia’s harbour town of Walvis Bay. Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein received an international award in Washington in early December. The Bank of Namibia retained its repo rate once again at 6.75 percent. Inflation in November 2018 increased to 5.6 percent, the national statistics agency reported. The third quarter of 2018 saw a negative economic growth of -0.8 percent.

Namibian Economics to the point - December 2018

Welcome Desert Grace – jewel of the desert

24. December 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

It was an auspicious day when I travelled south for the opening of The Desert Grace on 1 November, positioned elegantly and robustly between a belt of apricot dunes. Dusky pinks and soft luxuriant touches grace the interior with stylish flourishes and artistic finishes. The Grace generously shares the ancient wisdom of the Namib that it keeps (so secretly) to itself - that a wealth of fragile loveliness can be found in its seemingly tough exterior. 

Welcome Desert Grace – jewel of the desert

Swakopmund’s super talent is barely taller than his instrument

21. December 2018, inke - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Kati places both his hands onto the hard-stretched skin of the bongo drum. Energetically, the knuckly part of his palm touches the edge of the drum, effortlessly his fingers follow, bouncing off the head. In alternation of thumb and fingertips he makes a gentle sound, changing to a faster tempo, creating a rhythmic liveliness. His enthusiasm is evident. Kati is five years old and barely taller than his instrument.

Swakopmund’s super talent is barely taller than his instrument

Take your garbage with you and stay on busy roads

20. December 2018, inke - Environment, Tourism

It’s the holiday season! Holidaymakers are flocking to the coast in droves. They want to enjoy the beach and nature in general by driving into the Namib Desert and thus into our national parks. Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures. For many years this well-meant piece of advice was intended to promote environmental protection. Nowadays it needs to be rephrased to get the message across more clearly. 

Take your garbage with you and stay on busy roads

When nature goes haywire

18. December 2018, inke - Environment

Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone for grooming their beaks. Birds in the wild have plenty of opportunities to groom their beaks, but occasionally there are some that do not succeed.  When nature goes haywire, the upper or lower beak – or even the entire beak – may become crooked and too long. 

When nature goes haywire

Handle undersize fish with care

13. December 2018, inke - Environment

Holiday time! Fun, joy and fishing on the beach! Every year thousands of Namibians and visitors from neighbouring countries visit the coastal towns of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Wlotzkasbaken and Henties Bay to enjoy the cooler weather at the Atlantic Ocean and to relax on the beaches. One of the favourite pastimes is angling, but a permit is required for any recreational fishing. 

Handle undersize fish with care

Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

11. December 2018, inke - Environment

The Namibian Government has banned plastic bags in national parks and nature reserves as from 22 November 2018. Visitors and their vehicles will be searched at park entrances. A spot fine of N$500 (about 32 Euros) must be paid, when found with forbidden plastic bags inside a park by officials. Alternatively, a prison term of up to six months could be ordered or both a fine and imprisonment.

Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

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