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Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

18. December 2017, inke - Environment, Tourism

The coastal areas that people flock to in droves at this time of the year are the habitat of the endangered Damara tern. And the breeding season of these small seabirds and other plover species, some of which are also threatened, happens to coincide with Namibia’s main holiday season in December and January. Several national parks cover the entire coast of Namibia and certain rules have to be obeyed. Far too many visitors, however, still ignore them.

Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

Lost in the Namib for four days

15. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

“Since that episode in the desert I drink anything – and with gusto.” He jumps up as I carry our drinks to the table, waits until I am seated and pours for us. Dr Klaus Baron von der Ropp is a lawyer by profession and a gentleman of the old school. In October 2012 he came to Namibia to once again meet the people who came to his rescue on 13 December 1975 after a four-day odyssey in the desert. “Even today, after almost 40 years, I am still infinitely glad and grateful that I was found.” 

Lost in the Namib for four days

Painting of watershed moment in Namibian history on auction

13. December 2017, inke - Culture

On 14 December 2017, Namibia will take centre stage at the world-famous Christies Auction House in London. A painting by Thomas Baines, dating back to 1864 and capturing a turning point in pre-colonial Namibian history, will fall under the auctioneer’s hammer. The painting is expected to be sold for £200 000 to £300 000, equivalent to 3.6 to 5.6 million Namibian dollars.

Painting of watershed moment in Namibian history on auction

Origins of the Dash

09. December 2017, inke - Sport, Gondwana Collection

Riding through the desert landscape, with nothing but your bicycle and headlamp to guide you through the dry, harsh terrain. Darkness stretches its daunting fingers into every direction, making you wonder what is hiding in the shadows… Intimidating, isn’t it? The Desert Dash, while exhilarating, challenging and absolutely thrilling, is most definitely not for the feint hearted. 

Origins of the Dash

The bicycle: 200 years of freedom

08. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

Driving along the streets of Windhoek, I notice a cyclist careening past me, dressed in close-fitting lycra cycling gear with a cycling helmet on his head, sleek as a racehorse. I take a few moments to entertain my active imagination, exchanging his modern bicycle with one of the first wooden bicycles of the 1800s. The bicycle has come a long way. Indeed. This year marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the bicycle.

The bicycle: 200 years of freedom

Gondwana welcomes their Desert Dashers

07. December 2017, inke - Sport, Gondwana Collection

Yesterday afternoon, the Gondwana Collection welcomed the arrival of the two European, and three South African based riders, who will be tackling the 2017 Nedbank Desert Dash. This initiative was introduced to the Gondwana Collection by the enthusiastic and competitive cyclist, Piet Swiegers from Klein-Aus Vista Lodge with the idea to promote Namibia as a cycling destination by participating in this international cycling event.

Gondwana welcomes their Desert Dashers

Namibian Economics to the Point – November 2017

01. December 2017, inke - Economics

It was a month of mixed fortunes for Namibia’s economy, with improved rankings in two international ratings but a downgrade by Fitch. Parliament approved an additional budget of N$4.1 billion (about 61.5 million Euros). Inflation for October dropped to 5.2 percent compared to 5.6 percent in September. Only a few rainfalls were recorded in November, after good rains a month earlier. 

Namibian Economics to the Point – November 2017

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