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Following in the footsteps of Ernst Gries onto Königstein

22. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

“I am an expert on Prof. Gries, but certainly no Brandberg expert”, Dr Helge Kleifeld, a historian and geographer from Cologne in Germany remarked drily at the end of his three-day expedition to Königstein in the Brandberg Massif on 2 January this year. Accompanied by archaeologist Martina Trognitz and pilot Lukas Gehring he climbed the highest mountain in Namibia to commemorate the centenary of the first ascent by a European. The party who scaled the 2573 m peak on 2 January 1918 consisted of Prof. Ernst August Gries, Reinhard Maack and Georg Schulze.

Following in the footsteps of Ernst Gries onto Königstein

A sweet first day at school with a “Zuckertüte”

11. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Today, the German speaking first graders at the Delta School Windhoek tackled their first school day with a Zuckertüte in their arms and a schoolbag on their backs, just like their parents and grandparents many years before them. Not only at this government school but at all schools in the country where German speaking children start their first year, the “Zuckertüte” plays an essential role.

A sweet first day at school with a “Zuckertüte”

Rhino Hunt results in the founding of Henties Bay

05. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Who would have thought that a rhino hunt in 1929 would result in the founding of one of Namibia’s most popular holiday resorts? The story of how Major Hentie van der Merwe discovered a deep valley of sand a few miles south of the Omaruru river mouth was first published on 29 April 1977 by the Brandwag magazine. It was a spot with more than enough fresh water and an abundance of game. Henties Bay was named after this Major. 

Rhino Hunt results in the founding of Henties Bay

Gondwana supports international bird counts in Namibia

29. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

Waterbird counts are conducted twice a year at various wetland sites on Namibia’s coast and in the interior as part of the International Waterbird Census (IWC). The numbers gathered during a count ultimately end up on the desk of Holger Kolberg, a nature conservation official with the research department of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, who is also Namibia’s IWC coordinator. The IWC is based in the Netherlands and operates in more than 100 countries.

Gondwana supports international bird counts in Namibia

Ship wrecks – reminder of ancient times

26. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Many people worldwide are fascinated by ship wrecks. It is like directly touching history. The shipping route from Europe to the Cape of Good Hope along Africa’s southern most point to India and Asia – discovered some 500 years ago – brought a lot of traffic. Many sailing ships of different nations travelled this route past Namibia. Accidents happened, stormy seas and hash winds led to shipwrecks. 

Ship wrecks – reminder of ancient times

A tiger safari in Namibia

22. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Sport

Many anglers aren’t aware that Namibia is really cool for fishing. The diversity of fish species is quite impressive. Perhaps you have heard about surf fishing for sharks, which is a common activity along the country’s beaches and Namibia is well-known for it. But there is so much more to fishing in this awesome country on the south-western coast of Africa. In May I was there on a journey of discovery and scrutinised fishing opportunities in various places. 

A tiger safari in Namibia

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

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 sinkhole with a story: Lake Otjikoto

01. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Tourism

Twenty kilometres north-west of Tsumeb on the B1, a circular sinkhole bordered by dolomite walls has a long and fascinating history. Like most bodies of water in a dry country, Lake Otjikoto, has been known to the indigenous people since time immemorial. The name ‘Otjikoto’ stems from the Otjiherero word for ‘deep hole’, so named by the later Herero inhabitants. 

A sinkhole with a story: Lake Otjikoto

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