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Less than a third of capacity in Windhoek´s three dams

22. March 2018, inke - Weather

Only a few days are left of the official rainy season 2017/18, which ends at the end of March. Officially the rainy season starts in October and lasts for six month. The predicted rainfall of normal to above normal for most regions of the country has not materialized, and a lot of dams have less water than last year at this time. Grazing is also poor and a number of farmers have started ordering grass and Luzerne to be able to feed their animals in the months to come.

Less than a third of capacity in Windhoek´s three dams

Crocodile lurks on the Skeleton Coast

19. March 2018, inke - Environment

The upper part of the massive bleached skull rests on the waves formed by the fine sand which the wind incessantly moves around the plain. Barely one hundred metres away the Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the beach. Nobody will ever know when the crocodile came ashore at this particular spot of the Skeleton Coast. It will also remain a mystery why the huge reptile crawled onto the beach right here, seven kilometres south of the Kunene River’s mouth, and perished. 

Crocodile lurks on the Skeleton Coast

The hunt for golden Easter eggs is on at Cymot and Gondwana

15. March 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

How about joining an egg hunt this Easter? The Gondwana Collection and Cymot as project partners invite you to find the golden Easter eggs hidden on their corporate websites. The grand prize is a family voucher (4 people) for three nights with full board at a Gondwana lodge of the winner’s choice plus a Cymot voucher worth N$ 5000.

The hunt for golden Easter eggs is on at Cymot and Gondwana

Namib Desert Lodge – Finalist of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards

28. February 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

It is the third year in a row that a property of the Gondwana Collection has reached the final of the Responsible Tourism Awards. In 2018, the Namib Desert Lodge is competing for the prestigious award. The other two finalists in the Accommodation Establishment category are Grootberg Lodge and Damaraland Camp. In the Tour Operators category, which includes shuttles, car rentals and the like, the three finalists are Abenteuer Afrika Reisen, Wild Dog Safaris and Ultimate Safaris. 

Namib Desert Lodge – Finalist of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards

How Leopard got his spots

23. February 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

According to African folklore, Leopard stopped sharing his meals and started to hide his kill in trees because Jackal and Hyena weren’t reciprocating his generosity. One of the best remembered fables of the ages is, however, “How the Leopard Got His Spots” in the “Just So Stories” where Rudyard Kipling spelled out the benefits of camouflage. Leopard looked “like a sunflower against a tarred fence” when he entered the forest from the veld until the Ethiopian kindly painted the five-dotted rosettes which cover the leopard’s coat to this day.

How Leopard got his spots

The merit of plastic tags and camera traps

22. February 2018, inke - Environment

A camera trap at a waterhole on Uli Trümper’s farm Safari captured a lappet-faced vulture together with a black-backed jackal on 29 January this year. The clearly visible plastic tag on the vulture revealed that the bird was ringed about nine years ago. Pictures taken by other camera traps also prove that the vulture was successfully rehabilitated and that it is in good condition. 

The merit of plastic tags and camera traps

Did you know that a certain assassin bug feeds only on millipedes?

19. February 2018, inke - Environment

After good rains a huge number of insects and other animals appear. Moths, butterflies, beetle and, well known to Namibians, millipedes are suddenly all over. Some millipedes are up to 20 cm long and more. Hundreds are killed on our roads when they try to cross. Their hard bodies seem to be a very good protection and as defence they can even secrete liquids and gases which deter most enemies. But there is one predator who has specialised in millipedes and he appears after the rains too: the millipede assassin. 

Did you know that a certain assassin bug feeds only on millipedes?

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