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The crazy ideas of a fact-finding universal genius

08. January 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

Sir Francis Galton! Is this man of historic significance? One should recognise the name though; at least every Namibian and Namibia fan, tour operator, tour guide and publisher of Namibian travel guides should. Galton explored and mapped Damaraland and Ovamboland. The Galton Gate at Etosha National Park is named after him and in 1855 he published ‘The Art of Travel’, which is probably the first handbook of practical advice for travellers.

The crazy ideas of a fact-finding universal genius

Biography of a place: Ghaub

04. January 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

As you drive through the rugged landscape of the Otavi Mountains, approaching Ghaub, you immediately feel that this is a special place full of history and stories: miles of weathered walls built from slabs of rock, ancient palm trees and buildings dating from the early 20th century. Large-format photos in the rooms take you back 100 years in time, while rock engravings in the area are thousands of years old...

Biography of a place: Ghaub

150 years ago, a unique group of people braved the unknown

16. November 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

The Basters, a group who evolved from relationships between Khoisan women and Trek-Boers, had established settlements south of the Orange River in the early parts of the 19th century. Constant attacks by local Khoisan tribes, and the search for better grazing and water, were a threat to their livelihoods. They decided to leave the Cape colony and moved northwards, reaching the Orange River on 16 November 1868. Two years later the first Baster families arrived at their new home: Rehoboth.

150 years ago, a unique group of people braved the unknown

Namibia’s first Afrikaans school was in Kub

26. October 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Kub is a small settlement 25 km west of Kalkrand in southern Namibia. At the turn of the 20th century, during German colonial times, Kub was a flourishing little place. Since the Afrikaans families did not want to send their children to the German school in Gibeon but wanted them to be taught in their mother tongue, Frans de Villiers Smeer of Mariental and Hendrik Smit of Swartmodder contacted the Nederlandsch-Zuid-Afrikaansche-Vereniging and secured the services of 30-year-old Dutchman Albertus Kooij.

Namibia’s first Afrikaans school was in Kub

The Art of Travel: Skill or struggle for survival?

24. October 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

The midday sun is burning fiercely. The air is vibrating. Nothing but flickering rocks and Fata Morganas are seen on the horizon. Damaraland, an endlessly harsh landscape, huge and untamed. The wheels rumble along a barely visible path. Despite air conditioning in the vehicle, the body feels thirsty ... but the cool box is empty. Rule number one for any safari is to be well informed and prepared. Useful behavioural tips and how to survive in the wild are described in the book The Art of Travel, written by the British adventurer, Francis Galton. The book was however published in 1855 and is now - literally - 163 years old and probably the world's first travel guide.

The Art of Travel: Skill or struggle for survival?

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