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Namibian economics to the point - September 2019

27. September 2019, inke - Economics

The government has introduced electronic visa application procedures at the Hosea Kutako International Airport for tourists from 47 countries. The latest Travel and Tourism Competiveness Index 2019 by the World Economic Forum, ranked Namibia 81 out of 140 countries. The inflation rate in Namibia stood at 3.7 percent in August. Namibia’s economy shrunk by 2.6 percent in the 2nd quarter this year, according to the NSA. 

Namibian economics to the point - September 2019

Green thumbs up for vegetable gardens

26. September 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection

The tiny, fragile shoot of the newly germinated seed pushes its way through weighty red Kalahari sand grains, determined to make it to the light. At the same time its small roots grip into the soil that it now calls home. Against all odds, the little seedling finds enough of what it needs to thrive – water supply, abundant sunlight as well as the right soil temperature and nutrients. Welcome to Gondwana’s Self-Sufficiency Centre (SSC) in the Kalahari, one of Namibia’s two deserts.

Green thumbs up for vegetable gardens

Chobe candle-pod acacia in bloom and Greater Honeyguide at Hakusembe

24. September 2019, inke - Environment

At Hakusembe River Lodge west of Rundu the creamy-yellow catkins of the Chobe candle-pod acacia (Acacia hebeclada subsp. Chobiensis) attract Grey Louries to the Kavango River’s riparian vegetation. Come spring and for many animals the food supply increases: buds, flowers and fresh shoots are a welcome change after the winter and the drought.

Chobe candle-pod acacia in bloom and Greater Honeyguide at Hakusembe

A passionate rendezvous in the north – where the Chobe and the Zambezi meet

20. September 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

A passionate rendezvous unfolds in the north of Namibia where the Chobe River and the Zambezi River come face to face. Nature is a flawless date night planner, with dusk setting the lighting scene in splendid hues of red, orange, pink and purple. I would not typically describe myself as a romantic, but I have found the place where romantics can sign up – it’s called Chobe River Camp.

A passionate rendezvous in the north – where the Chobe and the Zambezi meet

Volker Grellmann: A life for sustainable use and expert hunting

18. September 2019, inke - Environment

He pioneered the sustainable utilisation of game in Namibia and advocated hunting expertise, he campaigned for game on commercial farms to become the property of the farmer and he was a founding member of NAPHA, the Namibia Professional Hunting Association. We fondly remember Volker Grellmann, one of the country's first professional hunters who passed on recently.

Volker Grellmann: A life for sustainable use and expert hunting

Chobe River Camp, the bird nursery

17. September 2019, inke - Environment

The researcher Sinvula Michael Lukubwe, who has been studying Yellow-billed Oxpeckers since the beginning of this year,  is excited. These usually very shy birds have chosen a hollow wooden pole in the fencing around the boma of Chobe River Camp as their nesting site. For the first time ever Lukubwe, a lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM), had the opportunity to observe the birds feeding their young. Oxpeckers are highly specialized when it comes to food.

Chobe River Camp, the bird nursery

Only three months to go – Christmas shopping in September!

16. September 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Do you want to avoid stressful last-minute shopping at Christmas? The Gondwana Care Trust has great gift ideas that also serve a charitable purpose. “Our Care Trust is driven by passion and is focused on making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” Gys Joubert (Gondwana Managing Director) said. ”In addition, it is humbling to see the passion from fellow Gondwanians through taking on various projects of the Trust and the companies that joined us, with a pursuit of changing lives.”

Only three months to go – Christmas shopping in September!

People in Namibia, photographic encounters on the journey

10. September 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

Animals and landscapes are probably the main subjects on the photos that you bring home from a journey. But what about the people you meet? Usually, people play an important part of the journey. Human encounters occupy our mind as much as the animals and the landscape. They provide an emotional connection to a place, and scenes from everyday life show us how they live in that particular area. People should therefore feature in every travel story.

People in Namibia, photographic encounters on the journey

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