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Bush crickets - the creeps or fascination?

22. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

In some years thousands of armoured bush crickets are run over on Namibia’s arterial roads at the end of the rainy season, when winter is on its way. The spiky, almost black insects are about three centimetres long and occur only during the summer months. One of their defence mechanisms is to squirt their yellow blood. Many people find them disgusting. Colloquially this cricket is referred to as dickpens (Afrikaans for fat stomach).

Bush crickets - the creeps or fascination?

Tropic of Capricorn - 23˚ south

21. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

You may have noticed signboards indicating the Tropic of Capricorn alongside the road south of Rehoboth and the Kuiseb Pass. Actually, in Namibia the Tropic of Capricorn cuts across the Erongo, Khomas and Omaheke regions! The signs have become more colourful over time as stickers are continually added by travellers who have stopped to acknowledge 23˚ south. But what is 23˚ south?

Tropic of Capricorn - 23˚ south

A memorable event: Helmut Kohl visited Namibia 22 years ago

14. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

So far, Helmut Kohl is the only German chancellor who has visited Namibia. He arrived for a working visit on 14 September 1995 and was greeted at Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako Airport by President Hage Gottlieb Geingob who was the Prime Minister at that time. From the airport Kohl proceeded directly to the old State House, a building from the German colonial era, for a meeting with Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first president.

A memorable event: Helmut Kohl visited Namibia 22 years ago

Postal runner - A Postage Stamp for a Gravestone

08. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Now would actually be a good time to light a fire and spend the night in the bush, he thinks. However, Omaruru isn’t much further from here and he can find his way easily in the dark. He is also spurred on by ambition. The journey to Walvis Bay has taken him less than three weeks, which is really fast but quite normal for him. Wouldn’t they be amazed then, if he returned tonight? And also terribly pleased about this particularly heavy bag of letters they always awaited so eagerly? Ignoring the heavy load on his shoulder he continues his trot through the bush. There! Isn’t that the glow of a fire ahead of him?

Postal runner - A Postage Stamp for a Gravestone

Did you know that snakes eat other snakes?

05. September 2017, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

In the midst of a dense bush an Oates’ bird snake (Thelotornis capensis oatesi) is holding on to a Leopard whip snake (Psammophis leopardinus). The prey, gripped behind its head, finds itself lodged askew in the far back of the bird snake’s mouth. Bird snakes usually eat lizards, chameleons and frogs. They rarely catch birds and other snakes. Cobras in particular are known for eating other snakes.

Did you know that snakes eat other snakes?

Dentists without Limits help Namibians in rural areas

29. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Arrival on 22 July this year, departure on 5 August. Dr Stefan Bader and his sister Dr Heike Berger, both from Germany, were on a tight schedule. Accompanied by two dental assistants they covered more than 3000 km. A total of 446 patients seen for check-ups and treatments, 223 teeth extracted, 85 cavities filled, plus plaque removed from 67 sets of teeth and 12 other dental problems attended to in just two weeks. 

Dentists without Limits help Namibians in rural areas

Murder Hill – Reminder of a bloody Battle

25. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

"They [the Hereros] had just left when we were startled by heavy rifle fire in the vicinity. We were certain that this was the dreaded signal for attack. Women and children, some of whom had already been robbed of their ornaments, fled to us fearful and panic-stricken and reported that the Namaqua were approaching. We withdrew into our house." This is what missionary Friedrich Kolbe wrote into his diary about the bloody attack which the Afrikaner-Oorlam launched on Herero chief Kahitjene in Okahandja on 23 August 1850.

Murder Hill – Reminder of a bloody Battle

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