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Feeling high while exploring the depths of the canyon

25. June 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Discover Namibia

“If you are looking for a smooth adventure - this is perfect. Not as tough as the big ‘real’ hike, and still a lovely experience.” What a positive feedback of a hiker, who recently participated in Gondwana’s Canyon Klipspringer Trail. Just imagine exploring the Fish River Canyon from as close as it gets, hiking in almost pristine nature with just a light backpack, dreaming at the campfire… Since April this year 140 hikers tackled the Canyon Klipspringer Trail in the northern parts of the second largest canyon in the world. 

Feeling high while exploring the depths of the canyon

Namibian to fly a helicopter on Mars

04. June 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Namibian-born Dr Jakob van Zyl is the Director for Solar System Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the United States of America. He is currently in Namibia and has given inspirational presentations to learners of more than 40 schools about his career and highlighting NASA’s plans to send a helicopter to Mars in 2020. Dr van Zyl arrived in Namibia on 29 May, and spent almost a week in the country, before making his way back to the USA. 

Namibian to fly a helicopter on Mars

Taking photos in Namibia

27. May 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

This is the space where photography tips, tricks and ideas are presented at regular intervals; where pictures are discussed or places worthwhile for photographers are explored. The varying topics will appeal to beginners who feel at home in Africa just as much as to photographers who know their equipment inside out but have brought it to Africa for the first time. Before looking at subjects, technical details and settings in upcoming instalments we want to answer the question why we are here, why here in Namibia. Why is Namibia so important to us as photographers, what makes it so valuable for photographers? 

Taking photos in Namibia

The sky is not the limit

08. May 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Did you know that a Namibian-born space engineer and scientist is leading a mission to Mars? Dr Japie van Zyl is currently the Director of the Solar System Exploration at NASA. As head of the InSight Mission, he and his team sent the first outer space robotic explorer to Mars on 5 May to study the planet's early geological evolution. You might wonder how a boy from Opuwo made it to the stars? Manni Goldbeck talked to Dr Japie van Zyl when he visited his birth country in 2012.

The sky is not the limit

Hornkranz: 125 years ago, today...

12. April 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Namibia’s journey to independence began a long time ago and is paved with painful events. Many of them are commemorated on Namibia’s calendar. One, however, is not well known. It is the massacre that took place at Hornkranz in the Khomas Hochland mountains on 12 April 1893. A 125 ago today, German colonial forces attacked Hendrik Witbooi at his village at Hornkranz, killing eighty people, many of them women and children.

Hornkranz: 125 years ago, today...

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

06. April 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

The dark glossy shape leaps aboard at the stern of the catamaran and waddles straight past the tourists without batting an eyelid. The marine mammal stops right at the bow and waits to be given fish as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Carol-Ann Möller had warned her passengers in advance to expect Cape fur seals joining them. Namibia’s largest and most important harbour, Walvis Bay, is sheltered by a peninsula. The bay and the lagoon are home to countless marine animals and seabirds. 

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

How Leopard got his spots

23. February 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

According to African folklore, Leopard stopped sharing his meals and started to hide his kill in trees because Jackal and Hyena weren’t reciprocating his generosity. One of the best remembered fables of the ages is, however, “How the Leopard Got His Spots” in the “Just So Stories” where Rudyard Kipling spelled out the benefits of camouflage. Leopard looked “like a sunflower against a tarred fence” when he entered the forest from the veld until the Ethiopian kindly painted the five-dotted rosettes which cover the leopard’s coat to this day.

How Leopard got his spots

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

09. February 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

At the southern end of the Fish River Canyon, a mineral-rich hot spring encircled by rugged mountains has attracted people for centuries. It was known from the earliest times by the Nama who went there when sick to be healed by the rejuvenating waters. /Ai-/Ais is the Nama word for ‘very hot’. Groundwater heated up in the Earth’s crust rises to the surface at about 60˚C in passages created by the deep fault systems found in the canyon.

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

Did you know that penguins sometimes should not swim?

02. February 2018, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

Visitors to the coast sometimes find penguins on the beach that seem to be sick and try to put them back into the water. When the little fellows look scruffy and unhappy they are not sick but in moult. A number of these flightless birds are sometimes brought to Swakopmund or Walvis Bay where they eventually make it to Dr Sandra Dantu and in Lüderitz to the rehabilitation centre of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

Did you know that penguins sometimes should not swim?

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