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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

The end of the “Tickey Box”

11. March 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Those were the days when people stood in a one-metre-square steel cabin during winter, coin ready in one hand, telephone receiver in the other, waiting for the lady at the telephone exchange to say when to drop the tickey coin into the slot. Only then would the call go through. For generations of people in South Africa and Namibia, especially school children, students and young men doing their military service, the phone booth, also called Tickey Box, was the only connection to home, the farm or their sweethearts.

The end of the “Tickey Box”

Masses of Water take Farmers by Surprise at Night

25. February 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

“I was on my way from Ovamboland by plane that day. Flying high over the cloud cover I noticed a massive tower of clouds to the southwest, which rose to a tremendous height above the ceiling. The pilot, experienced in the country’s weather conditions, said that something extraordinary was about to happen with the weather – and how right he was.” The thunderstorm which Hans Stengel and his pilot saw as a mass of clouds made history as the Uhlenhorst floods. The downpour occurred during the night of 24 February 1960. 

Masses of Water take Farmers by Surprise at Night

The Black Rock – Monument to a Fatal Misunderstanding

19. February 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The former oxwagon route from Windhoek to Seeis passes a rock with “Schwarze Klippe 14.2.04” (Black Rock) inscribed on it. On noticing this rock one cannot help but wonder what happened there. It is little known that at the beginning of the Herero uprising in 1904 German soldiers accidentally shot at their comrades in a skirmish close to this rock.  

The Black Rock – Monument to a Fatal Misunderstanding

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