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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

Selected boat trips temporarily suspended from September to December

06. November 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection

When one sees the local Rundu inhabitants wading through the Okavango on foot, it is clear: Unfortunately, boat trips for guests at Hakusembe River Lodge have been stopped temporarily. This is due to the low water levels in the river. The Chobe River might also be affected and with it the activities at the Chobe River Camp.

Selected boat trips temporarily suspended from September to December

Namibian Economics to the Point – October 2017

02. November 2017, inke - Economics

Several Namibian Regions received the first good rainfall at the end of October, while the meteorological authority predicts a normal to just below normal rainfall this rainy season. Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged this month. The Bank of Namibia kept its repo rate unchanged at 6.75 percent in October. Inflation for September increased slightly to 5.6 percent.

Namibian Economics to the Point – October 2017

Zambezi Mubala Lodge welcomes first guests

01. November 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

The Gondwana Collection’s newest lodge, the Zambezi Mubala Lodge in the far east of the Zambezi Region, is excitedly awaiting the arrival of the first guests on 1 November. Guests are ferried to the lodge by boat. The boat trip gives guests an idyllic first impression of the spectacular water world of the Zambezi and the spacious lodge along its banks. Zambezi Mubala Lodge offers eighteen luxurious and spacious double rooms, and two family cabins with en-suite bathrooms and stunning views of the river landscape. 

Zambezi Mubala Lodge welcomes first guests

In Windhoek it’s “o´zapft”, too

24. October 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

The tradition of having an Oktoberfest in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek started almost six decades ago. Vats will be tapped on the Windhoek Wiesn, better known as the SKW sports grounds, on 27 and 28 October, when temperatures in this part of the world already soar to 30 degrees Celsius and more. As befits the occasion, especially young people increasingly enjoy adopting the Bavarian dress code of lederhosen and dirndl. More than 5000 people are expected to flock to the two-day event.

In Windhoek it’s “o´zapft”, too

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