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Celebrating Love – the Owambo Way

11. October 2018, inke - Culture

“Iyaloo, Iyaloo!” The elder called out her thanks after delivering a torrent of prayers and blessings to the wedding couple seated in front of her. The women around her, dressed in bright cotton traditional dresses, ululated and swished their cow-tail switches in celebration. It was the final day of the week-long wedding when the bride and groom were allowed to enter the groom’s family grounds. In the northern reaches of Namibia, seven-day weddings are the cultural norm...

Celebrating Love – the Owambo Way

African Vocals delight guests on Tour of Lodges

13. March 2018, bernd - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Imagine a scrumptious dinner at a picturesque lodge, enveloped in African warmth and surrounded by nature - plus powerful voices singing a cappella. That is sure to get right under your skin. African Vocals, a band from Swakopmund, performed at Etosha Safari Camp, Hakusembe River Lodge and Damara Mopane Lodge during the week from 4 to 11 March and delighted our guests with well-known African songs like The lion sleeps tonight and local compositions.

African Vocals delight guests on Tour of Lodges

In the hearth: The beloved fireplace of yesteryear

23. December 2017, inke - Culture

Memories have unusual origins. My love for fireplaces began when I was fourteen years old. I memorise an image that has remained with me throughout my life and that ignited my fascination for fireplaces. Since that time, regardless of where I am in southern Africa or in Europe, I stop whenever I see ruins of an old fireplace. It is always symbolic to me that the rest of the house has crumbled away to time, yet these sturdy fireplaces and their chimneys remain standing.

In the hearth: The beloved fireplace of yesteryear

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

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

A Museum for Namibia‘s Old Wheelers

29. November 2017, inke - Culture, Discover Namibia

In 1986, the Old Wheelers Club of Namibia was formed. On 15 February 2014 a long-cherished dream came true for the Old Wheelers Club’s committee and members: they were able to take possession of the first clubhouse they owned themselves. Now the club is ready to take another step. The clubhouse in Rugby Street east of Eros airport will be joined by a museum.

A Museum for Namibia‘s Old Wheelers

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

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

In the spotlight: Elemotho – storytelling through song

18. September 2017, inke - Culture

Elemotho, the Namibian singer-songwriter, is a contemporary storyteller, weaving his global understanding into his lyrics, while keeping his heart firmly embedded in African soil. There’s a deep and earthy African element in Elemotho’s songs, stemming from his experiences growing up on a farm under the vast blue skies and in the endless landscapes of the Omaheke. His days were shaped by the stories his grandmother told around the fire, the song and dance of the Batswana, and the tunes from the radio.

In the spotlight: Elemotho – storytelling through song

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