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Sausage tree - A bit of African magic

09. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

If you have ever seen a sausage tree you probably will not forget it. This robust medium to large tree with a rounded crown has striking pendulous burgundy coloured flowers, growing in sprays that hang downward, reminiscent of orchids. The large opulent blooms have velvet inners and long pollen-bearing stamens, thought to be pollinated by fruit bats. If the tree is not in bloom to dazzle you, then the enormous brown-grey gourd-like fruit hanging from the branches definitely will.

Sausage tree - A bit of African magic

Troop Exercises under red Flag

02. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Dust whirls up as the men march forward, thundering across the sandy field. Orders ring out back and forth, riders decorated with medals file past on their horses. On one side of the field women line up in a long double row. The men are dressed in khaki uniforms, the women wear voluminous black and red Victorian-style dresses and a red head-garb resembling the horns of cattle.The ceremonial procession of the Hereros in Okahandja, known as Herero Day and also as Red Flag Day, takes place every year on a Sunday at the end of August.

Troop Exercises under red Flag

Brukkaros - A Crater caused by an Explosion

19. August 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Many believe that the enormous crater of Brukkaros west of the national road between Mariental and Keetmanshoop is an extinct volcano. Geologists initially shared this opinion because of the mountain’s external shape. It is 1,603 metres high, rising 600 metres above the plain, and the shape of the slope is typical of a volcano. But the rock types that are usually found in the vicinity of fire-spitting mountains are absent around Brukkaros. Only when geologists studied the rocks in and around the crater thoroughly was the secret of the formation of Brukkaros finally unravelled.

Brukkaros - A Crater caused by an Explosion

The Quiver Tree - Symbol of the South

12. August 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

As guests explore the Canyon Village they will come across clusters of curiously beautiful quiver trees along the way, thanks to a project launched by the Gondwana Collection that aims to preserve these extraordinary but rapidly declining trees. The quiver tree is one of Namibia’s national plants and is widely regarded as a symbol of the south. The fascinating trees were named by Simon van der Stel in 1685 after he was told that the San (Bushmen) used the branches to make quivers for their arrows. 

The Quiver Tree - Symbol of the South

Sand fleas and wooden huts - the beginnings of Swakopmund

05. August 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Swakopmund was created out of necessity because the German colony urgently needed a harbour. The bay 30 kilometres to the south, Walvis Bay, was already in British possession when South West Africa was declared a protectorate of Imperial Germany. In 1892 the Reichskommissar (commissioner) of the German colony, Curt von François, began searching the central part of the coastline for a site suitable for a harbour.  

Sand fleas and wooden huts - the beginnings of Swakopmund

Dune Lark - Namibia’s only truly endemic Bird

29. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The Dune Lark is one of the most desert-adapted birds in the world. It lives on sparsely vegetated sand dunes in the Namib. It does not drink water and it feeds on whatever seeds and insects it can find. It has a number of interesting behaviour patterns that help it survive in the intense heat and aridity of the Namib sand dunes. It searches for food mainly in the morning and late afternoon, running rapidly over the bare sand between patches of vegetation. The hotter it gets, the longer are the bird’s strides. 

Dune Lark - Namibia’s only truly endemic Bird

Vespa Veterans recall their never to be repeated Canyon adventure

15. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Taking a scooter through the Fish River Canyon? Impossible! This would be the reaction of any sensible person who has seen the second largest canyon on earth with their own eyes. Yet this didn’t stop six members of the Cape Town Vespa Club to nevertheless attempt the impossible in 1968 – getting themselves into an adventure without equal! They wanted to be the first to take a vehicle through the second largest canyon on earth in 1968. They planned to descend into the canyon at the main viewing point and take their Vespa’s to Ai-Ais, 80 km to the south.

Vespa Veterans recall their never to be repeated Canyon adventure

Baobab - The King of Trees

08. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

There is no doubt that the baobab is a special tree with its massive trunk, unique shape - that according to legend is the result of God planting it upside down - and its powerful presence. This king of trees seems to emanate aeons of life-experience, much like a wizened old elephant matriarch or a tall rugged mountain. It is one of nature’s cathedrals, offering shelter, food and relief from sickness. It is no wonder that this gargantuan deciduous tree has inspired myths and superstition and holds a place in our hearts. It is the stuff of legends.

Baobab - The King of Trees

The Wild Horses of the Fish River Canyon

01. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia


Namibia is home to the Namib wild horses of the Namib Naukluft Park, yet there is another population of wild horses that is often overlooked. A separate, younger and smaller population of wild horses is occasionally seen from the Sulphur Springs viewpoint. Independent and free, the canyon horses live a tough existence evident in their rugged appearance. They drink from the puddles and pools of the Fish River as it makes its way southwards, feed on reeds and hard grass, are preyed upon by leopard and suffer in years of drought.

The Wild Horses of the Fish River Canyon

If you master this one you are fit to drive anywhere

24. June 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The view from the top of the mountain pass is overwhelming. The magnificent vast desert scenery spreads out far below, and the dry Marienfluss riverbed meanders through it. Now is the time to take a deep breath, compose yourself and gather your wits. Because the only way into the valley is down Van Zyl’s Pass, the most notorious pass in Namibia. 

If you master this one you are fit to drive anywhere

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