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Leopard was scared off with sticks

27. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

‘Mountain Zebra Drive - Permit Only’ – A couple from Hanover, Germany, came across this sign on their way to Canyon Lodge. They had arrived in Namibia just two days earlier and the husband was thrilled. “Let’s go now, we’ll pay afterwards”, he suggested. He left the regular road and off they went through the breathtaking landscape in the north-western parts of Gondwana Canyon Park. It is a challenging route and even though the couple were driving a four-wheel drive vehicle they managed to get stuck in a sandy dry riverbed. 

Leopard was scared off with sticks

The Taming of the Shrew

20. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The pioneer mule trekking tour in the Fish River Canyon had a few hiccups – in the end the animals actually deserted us. It was a clear September morning when we set off to find out how the mules would manage in the canyon. Mannfred had invited me to join the pioneer tour: Four days trekking across country, drinking from waterholes, eating at the campfire, nights spent under the star-studded night sky. Awesome! But from day one it was clear that quite a bit of work was needed to prepare the mules for their new job.

The Taming of the Shrew

Making a difference – Namibia with heart & soul

13. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

What a celebration! Who could have imagined such a wonderful (and challenging) journey when Gondwana began humbly twenty years ago - inspired by the spirit of a new Namibia - with just a handful of people and a dream.  The vision to make a difference – to both people and nature – led a group of like-minded friends to purchase our first farm east of the Fish River Canyon, with the intention of creating a conservation area. Our first lodge, Canyon Lodge, opened its doors in 1996 to help fund the dream. 

Making a difference – Namibia with heart & soul

From Angra Pequena to Bethanien

06. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Heinrich Vogelsang was instructed by Adolf Lüderitz, a merchant from Bremen in Germany, to acquire Angra Pequena and the surrounding land from Nama Kaptein Joseph Frederiks.The Nama Kaptein was prepared to sell Angra Pequena and the surrounding land, “five miles in all directions”, for the price of 100 pounds sterling in gold and 200 rifles plus accessories. Frederiks assumed that British miles, the customary scale of length at the time, applied while Adolf Lüderitz later insisted on the much longer German mile. The deliberate misguidance became known as the “deception with miles”.

From Angra Pequena to Bethanien

The White Lady - Some legends never die

29. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Some 2000 years ago Phoenician seafarers sailed down the coast of Africa, ended up in Namibia, crossed the Namib and painted a picture of their princess on rock. You don’t have to be a scientist to figure out that this story belongs in the realm of fairy tales and legends. Nevertheless, experts seriously discussed this as a theory for years. Even the name of the main figure is a reminder of it: the White Lady, one of the most famous rock paintings in southern Africa. It draws hundreds of tourists into the Tsisab Valley of the Brandberg Mountain west of Uis every year.

The White Lady - Some legends never die

Rinderpest paralyses the Transport System

15. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

In 1896, rinderpest broke out in the Zambezi River region and spread through southern Africa like wildfire. According to estimates some 2.5 million head of cattle died in South Africa alone. Game died in similar numbers. The cattle plague spread to Namibia, then the German colony of South West Africa, in early April 1897. The cattle plagueeclipsed all livestock losses through animal diseases thus far. The transport network relied on ox wagons and was paralysed. Wagons with freight got stuck en route from Swakopmund to Windhoek because whole teams of oxen fell sick. 

Rinderpest paralyses the Transport System

Emil Kreplin, Father of the Namib Wild Horses

08. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Wild horses have lived in the vast stretches of the Namib Desert in the southwestern corner of Namibia for close to a century, in what was once the Sperrgebiet, forbidden diamond mining territory, and is now the Namib-Naukluft Park. They have captured our imaginations and our hearts, and have come to represent fierce survival, the strong and rugged spirit of Namibia, and – freedom.

Emil Kreplin, Father of the Namib Wild Horses

Hermann Deckert - Grootfontein’s famous cartwright

01. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Older residents of Grootfontein still hold fond memories of the carpentry and blacksmith workshop of Hermann and August Deckert, which closed its doors for business thirty years ago. It was situated in the heart of the town and was the place to visit when a sturdy wagon or any spare part for the farm was needed or when a broken wagon wheel had to be mended. The workshop was also a popular meeting place for farmers where they could sit in cozy corners and catch up on the latest news events.

Hermann Deckert - Grootfontein’s famous cartwright

Honouring the man who gave Namibia its name

18. March 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

One of the greatest wonders and geological treasures in the world is the Namib Desert, which stretches for 2000km from the Olifants River in South Africa to the Carunjamba River in Angola through the entire western flank of Namibia. It is no wonder that the country is named after such a vast and ancient desert. Very few people know, however, that the person who was instrumental in coining the name ‘Namibia’ is still alive. Even less know that he had never visited the iconic desert, until recently at the age of 83.

Honouring the man who gave Namibia its name

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