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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?

Mysterious Monument in Aus

26. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Aus is situated 125 km east of Lüderitz on the fringe of the Huib Plateau in the Namib Desert. If you make time for a closer look at this little village of 1,200 inhabitants (in 2011) you will discover a memorial stone at the riverbank next to the old railway station from German colonial times. The stone is a good two metres high, but there is no commemorative plaque... In whose honour was this monument erected? 

Mysterious Monument in Aus

Bush pigs: Rarely seen and little known

25. January 2018, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

Well-known ornithologist and safari guide Steve Braine worked for the Department of Nature Conservation for many years and was based in the Zambezi Region when it was still called the Caprivi. He says that he has never seen a bush pig anywhere in Namibia. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has no figures on bush pigs. No pigs were spotted during the game counts in recent years. 

Bush pigs: Rarely seen and little known

Following in the footsteps of Ernst Gries onto Königstein

22. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

“I am an expert on Prof. Gries, but certainly no Brandberg expert”, Dr Helge Kleifeld, a historian and geographer from Cologne in Germany remarked drily at the end of his three-day expedition to Königstein in the Brandberg Massif on 2 January this year. Accompanied by archaeologist Martina Trognitz and pilot Lukas Gehring he climbed the highest mountain in Namibia to commemorate the centenary of the first ascent by a European. The party who scaled the 2573 m peak on 2 January 1918 consisted of Prof. Ernst August Gries, Reinhard Maack and Georg Schulze.

Following in the footsteps of Ernst Gries onto Königstein

A sweet first day at school with a “Zuckertüte”

11. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Today, the German speaking first graders at the Delta School Windhoek tackled their first school day with a Zuckertüte in their arms and a schoolbag on their backs, just like their parents and grandparents many years before them. Not only at this government school but at all schools in the country where German speaking children start their first year, the “Zuckertüte” plays an essential role.

A sweet first day at school with a “Zuckertüte”

Rhino Hunt results in the founding of Henties Bay

05. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Who would have thought that a rhino hunt in 1929 would result in the founding of one of Namibia’s most popular holiday resorts? The story of how Major Hentie van der Merwe discovered a deep valley of sand a few miles south of the Omaruru river mouth was first published on 29 April 1977 by the Brandwag magazine. It was a spot with more than enough fresh water and an abundance of game. Henties Bay was named after this Major. 

Rhino Hunt results in the founding of Henties Bay

Gondwana supports international bird counts in Namibia

29. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

Waterbird counts are conducted twice a year at various wetland sites on Namibia’s coast and in the interior as part of the International Waterbird Census (IWC). The numbers gathered during a count ultimately end up on the desk of Holger Kolberg, a nature conservation official with the research department of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, who is also Namibia’s IWC coordinator. The IWC is based in the Netherlands and operates in more than 100 countries.

Gondwana supports international bird counts in Namibia

Ship wrecks – reminder of ancient times

26. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Many people worldwide are fascinated by ship wrecks. It is like directly touching history. The shipping route from Europe to the Cape of Good Hope along Africa’s southern most point to India and Asia – discovered some 500 years ago – brought a lot of traffic. Many sailing ships of different nations travelled this route past Namibia. Accidents happened, stormy seas and hash winds led to shipwrecks. 

Ship wrecks – reminder of ancient times

A tiger safari in Namibia

22. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Sport

Many anglers aren’t aware that Namibia is really cool for fishing. The diversity of fish species is quite impressive. Perhaps you have heard about surf fishing for sharks, which is a common activity along the country’s beaches and Namibia is well-known for it. But there is so much more to fishing in this awesome country on the south-western coast of Africa. In May I was there on a journey of discovery and scrutinised fishing opportunities in various places. 

A tiger safari in Namibia

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