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Benevolence in the Omaheke

18. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

War halts lives, draws people to new continents and changes destinies. All would be true for Albert Lemcke from Mecklenburg, Germany. But, from once being a protagonist in a war he believed in, the tables turned when he later became a victim of the mechanisms of war, losing everything he had worked for his whole life. The heart-wrenching story took an interesting twist, however, when kindness was repaid in the arid wilderness of the Omaheke, bordering the Kalahari Desert.

Benevolence in the Omaheke

Porcupine - The ultimate hairdo!

11. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Amongst the animals that have developed ingenious adaptations for survival and defence, the porcupine stands out for its spiny quills, which make it challenging prey, even for its known enemies, lion and leopard. With hair and spines erect, and rattling the hollow quills at the end of its tail, the porcupine definitely is a contender for the ultimate – and most fearsome - hairdo in Africa. Porcupines are seldom seen, except by night-revellers. 

 

Porcupine - The ultimate hairdo!

Canyon Lodge, a place rich in history

04. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Lodges don't look like this. When you travel through the vast landscapes east of the Fish River Canyon on your way to Canyon Lodge and suddenly see the main building rise between massive granite boulders, you will marvel at the unusual architectural style. Once you have come close enough you will recognize the iron structure which adorns the ridge of the roof and seems to represent a bed. If up to this point you haven't sensed that the unusual building is part of an extraordinary story you will be certain of it now.

Canyon Lodge, a place rich in history

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

28. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The Order of Hildegard is a military decoration which was awarded by Imperial Germany for a brief period exclusively in the colony of German South West Africa. This order became the only officially recognised cloth variety of the Iron Cross. Because of the war the German colony was cut off from the motherland so a temporary solution had to be found until the medals could be sent from Germany. The governor’s wife, Hildegard Seitz, proposed that they award a provisional decoration made from cloth.

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

Expedition of no Return

21. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The mystery surrounding the death of German colonial pioneer Adolf Lüderitz has never been completely solved. On an expedition to the Orange River he and Steingröver, his helmsman, left the rest of their party on 23 October 1886. In a small boat they planned to sail from the river’s mouth up the coast to Angra Pequeña (now Lüderitz). The two men were never seen again... 

Expedition of no Return

One rock at a time: How one of Namibia’s steepest Passes was built

07. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Like everything in Life, things start out small and usually out of pure practicality. Journeys begin step by step, massive trees grow from small seeds and big endeavours start from basics; but occasionally there are those folk that leap and always those that dream. Nicolaas Andries Rymert Spreeth had two dreams. The one was that he would have easier access to collecting his provisions from the top of the mountain, and the second that he make the best view of the Namib available to the public. Both of these he achieved.

One rock at a time: How one of Namibia’s steepest Passes was built

Oranges for sale

30. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Gondwana started construction on Canyon Lodge, their first, east of the Fish River Canyon. Bank funding had been secured in principle, with personal homes put up as collateral. The founders were on site day and night, leaving no time to travel to Windhoek to see their families, or the bank manager. When the anticipated phone call came from the bank, requesting a meeting with the new MD Manni Goldbeck to confirm funding, pressure instantly mounted. Having already paid his labourers for the week’s work, Manni found himself alone on site with his Kombi and not a penny in his pocket and only a few drops in the petrol tank.

Oranges for sale

Astucious strategist – the “Black Napoleon”

23. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

It happened only once in the history of the German Empire that British security forces were decorated with a German military medal, the South West Africa Commemorative Medal with the bar “Kalahari 1907”. This medal was awarded during the Herero and Nama uprising from 1904 to 1908. The “Kalahari 1907” clasp refers to one particular event which triggered cooperation between the authorities in German South West Africa and British police and soldiers stationed in the Cape Colony. 

Astucious strategist – the “Black Napoleon”

Burchell’s zebra - When the stripes become blurred

16. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Many years ago a tourist from South Africa told nature conservation officials in the Etosha National Park that instead of Blacky he had spotted “die ander merrie” (the other mare). Blacky was almost completely black and at that stage probably the best known plains zebra in the park. But there was another zebra whose black stripes were blurred, except for the usual white underbelly and parts of the legs. After the excited visitor from the Transvaal had reported his sighting of the “ander merrie”, this second mare was named Annemarie because the English-speaking nature conservation official was a little lost with Afrikaans.

Burchell’s zebra - When the stripes become blurred

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