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Walvis Bay – return to Namibia

08. August 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

The reintegration of the port of Walvis Bay into Namibia in 1994, four years after independence had taken a long time and was the result of protracted negotiations. It was also a success story showing the world that success through peaceful means was possible. Being the only natural deep-sea port along Namibia’s entire coastline, Walvis Bay and the surrounding enclave was always economically and strategically significant.

Walvis Bay – return to Namibia

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 2

07. August 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Namibias Hafenstadt Walvis Bay hat eine facettenreiche Geschichte. In Teil 2 der Walvis Bay Themenreihe betrachten wir die Ereignisse ab 1922. Walvis Bay hat heute 120.000 Einwohner und gilt als Wirtschaftszentrum der Küste. 1914 hatte der Ort 736 Einwohner und eine kleine hölzerne Anlegestelle. Im kleinen Hafen herrschte reger Betrieb, der Walfang war lukrativ. 

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 2

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 1

06. August 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Visitors to Namibia’s main harbour town of Walvis Bay find a modern and busy port, good shopping opportunities, restaurants and they can view flocks of pink flamingos and pelicans in the vast lagoon. Discovered in 1487 by Portuguese seafarers, ancient records claim that Phoenician mariners had landed in the ‘bay of whales’ by some 600 years B.C. when they completed a three-year roundtrip of Africa. 

Walvis Bay: biography of a place – Part 1

Fifty years ago, today: Remembering the first Vespa in the Fish River Canyon

09. July 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Some folks have big dreams, and regardless of logic and difficulty they are driven to make them a reality. Such was the case with the group of men who decided to lay the first tyre tracks on the floor of the mighty Fish River Canyon. Six members of the Cape Town Vespa club took up the challenge. They began their intimidating expedition of lowering their scooters into the canyon on 9 July 1968 - and made the experience of their lifetime!

Fifty years ago, today: Remembering the first Vespa in the Fish River Canyon

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

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