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Eternal church on a rock between the desert and the sea

11. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Defying the elements, Felsenkirche (the Church on the Rock) has stood overlooking the small harbour town of Lüderitz for over 100 years. The church is an architectural gem, built on the granite of Diamantberg. Whether the patrons wanted to express that the Christian church is based as firmly as a rock on the belief in Jesus Christ is subject for speculation. Saint Peter the Apostle probably also acted as godfather when Felsenkirche was given its name, because Peter is derived from the Greek word “petros” that means rock or stone.  

Eternal church on a rock between the desert and the sea

A journey into humanity’s past

04. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It is the year 1969. Man sets foot on the moon for the very first time. The whole world is mesmerized by the Apollo 11 mission. Archaeologist Dr Wolfgang Wendt from Cologne in Germany embarks on a similar mission, albeit in the opposite direction. He starts his excavations in a cave in the Huns Mountains northeast of Rosh Pinah in southern Namibia, which he names Apollo 11, and discovers a small fine-grained slab of sandstone with traces of an animal drawn on it. The result of age determination causes a sensation. At around 27,000 years old, this slab is so far the oldest work of art found in Africa. 

A journey into humanity’s past

Chimney hunting in the Namibian countryside

03. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Ruins of century-old lime kilns, once essential for construction, lie hidden on farms in the Namibian countryside. I went searching... I found them, one by one, in different areas of the country standing like proud old monuments, testifying to a time when life ticked at a slower pace. The conical clay-brick or stone chimneys – kilns or ovens – used to produce quicklime for mortar, are prized relics of the past, housing memories and holding rich stories of both hardship and hope.

Chimney hunting in the Namibian countryside

A dream comes true – 5 Years of Hitradio Namibia

01. August 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

Exactly five years ago, after an exciting night and crashed computers, Hitradio Namibia was on the go on 1 August 2012 at 6 o’clock in the morning. At the microphone, a tad resolved with butterflies in his belly, sits Wilfried Hähner. With co-owner Sybille Rothkegel, and a handful of energetic employees he has realized his dream: his own German radio station in Namibia. Congratulations to Hitradio Namibia on your 5th anniversary! We are celebrating with you by launching your new CD with some of the best Namibian artists and songs and with a surprise video. 

A dream comes true – 5 Years of Hitradio Namibia

Postal Runners - The Heroes of Early Communication

21. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Talk about snail mail! That’s putting it mildly. Are the loved ones back home all right? Will head office send the urgently needed bibles or not? German missionaries in Namibia used to have to wait two years before they received an answer to letters sent to the home country. Every now and then they waited in vain. Around 1840 the mail route was not only very long but was also dangerous.

Postal Runners - The Heroes of Early Communication

Café of the month: Kameldorn Garten, Otjiwarongo

17. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Travellers are always in need of good grub – and more importantly, places to pull off from the main road, rest and enjoy the surroundings. This month, Kameldorn Garten in Otjiwarongo caught our attention. A favourite stop when travelling north with good food, a shady courtyard, off-road parking and a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Dieter Radeck took over the restaurant in October 2011, bringing with him his cooking expertise. 

Café of the month: Kameldorn Garten, Otjiwarongo

Black-backed Jackal - The Trickster

14. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Like the fox in European folklore, the jackal is often represented in African folk tales as a trickster. Its ability to adapt to changing circumstances and its legendary stealth and cunning have inspired stories about the wily creature that dodges traps and avoids hunters year in year out. The jackal is reputed to be able to obliterate its tracks, feign death and rid itself of fleas by immersing itself in water, only exposing a tuft of sheep’s wool which it holds in its snout.

Black-backed Jackal - The Trickster

Piles of stones a reminder of Haiseb deity

07. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Canyon Village is dedicated to the history and culture of the Nama and Oorlam peoples. Before this Gondwana lodge opened in September 2003, five Namibian artists were engaged to depict scenes from the everyday life of these peoples as it was more than 100 years ago in dozens of murals. The idea was for guests to become acquainted with the people of southern Namibia and to keep alive the past of the Nama that was slowly fading into oblivion. 

Piles of stones a reminder of Haiseb deity

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