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Lost in the Namib for four days

15. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

“Since that episode in the desert I drink anything – and with gusto.” He jumps up as I carry our drinks to the table, waits until I am seated and pours for us. Dr Klaus Baron von der Ropp is a lawyer by profession and a gentleman of the old school. In October 2012 he came to Namibia to once again meet the people who came to his rescue on 13 December 1975 after a four-day odyssey in the desert. “Even today, after almost 40 years, I am still infinitely glad and grateful that I was found.” 

Lost in the Namib for four days

The bicycle: 200 years of freedom

08. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

Driving along the streets of Windhoek, I notice a cyclist careening past me, dressed in close-fitting lycra cycling gear with a cycling helmet on his head, sleek as a racehorse. I take a few moments to entertain my active imagination, exchanging his modern bicycle with one of the first wooden bicycles of the 1800s. The bicycle has come a long way. Indeed. This year marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the bicycle.

The bicycle: 200 years of freedom

A sinkhole with a story: Lake Otjikoto

01. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Tourism

Twenty kilometres north-west of Tsumeb on the B1, a circular sinkhole bordered by dolomite walls has a long and fascinating history. Like most bodies of water in a dry country, Lake Otjikoto, has been known to the indigenous people since time immemorial. The name ‘Otjikoto’ stems from the Otjiherero word for ‘deep hole’, so named by the later Herero inhabitants. 

A sinkhole with a story: Lake Otjikoto

A Museum for Namibia‘s Old Wheelers

29. November 2017, inke - Culture, Discover Namibia

In 1986, the Old Wheelers Club of Namibia was formed. On 15 February 2014 a long-cherished dream came true for the Old Wheelers Club’s committee and members: they were able to take possession of the first clubhouse they owned themselves. Now the club is ready to take another step. The clubhouse in Rugby Street east of Eros airport will be joined by a museum.

A Museum for Namibia‘s Old Wheelers

The stork’s nest in Windhoek

17. November 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It is the year 1907. Settler families in German South West Africa live on remote farms and in small villages far apart from one another. Serious illness becomes life-threatening in many cases because medical assistance often comes too late. Many expectant mothers find themselves in the same predicament. Childbed fever is rife and infant mortality is high. It was against this background that a maternity home was established in Windhoek, the Elisabeth House.

The stork’s nest in Windhoek

Café of the month: Village Café, Swakopmund

15. November 2017, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

This colourful café always delights. Its relaxed and quirky character, down-to-earth food, great coffee and friendly vibe keep you coming back again and again. You’ll also keep returning for the wisdom from their favourite Oscar Wilde quote, which has a prime position on their wall: ‘Life is much too important to be taken seriously!’ The Village Cafe in Swakopmund lives up to this promise. 

Café of the month: Village Café, Swakopmund

Biltong – a Connoiseur’s Cult Delicacy

10. November 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Take a few strips of high quality raw meat, coat it with vinegar, salt, coriander, black pepper and sugar and hang it in an airy dry space protected from flies. About two weeks later your biltong is ready. The mouths of most Namibians and South Africans water at the mere thought of well-seasoned dried meat. It’s hardly surprising that Windhoek’s annual Biltong Festival held in July attracts thousands of visitors each year. 

Biltong – a Connoiseur’s Cult Delicacy

It’s a lifestyle: Clip-clopping donkey carts of rural Namibia

08. November 2017, inke - Culture, Discover Namibia

While driving southwards along the main road of Namibia from Windhoek, something suddenly catches your eye in the periphery of your vision. Hurtling along – at donkey speed – is a team of clip-clopping donkeys pulling a customised cart and its passengers, on their way to visit neighbours, to transport wares or making their way home. This will be the first of many of the colourful donkey carts you will see as you explore the countryside. Welcome to Namibia!

It’s a lifestyle: Clip-clopping donkey carts of rural Namibia

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