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Hunted and admired: the giants of the oceans

02. June 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

They are powerful and gentle, inquisitive and wise, compassionate and social. Nevertheless whales have been hunted worldwide for centuries because of the many products that they provide: food, oil, gelatine, soap and basic ingredients for cosmetics and medicines. Whaling stations were also set up on the South West African coast, the first one in Walvis Bay in 1912 and another one the following year at Sturmvogelbucht near Lüderitz. The latter was in operation for two years only. 

Hunted and admired: the giants of the oceans

Fish River Canyon - Traces of a Death Struggle

25. May 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Once upon a time a giant snake dwelled in southern Namibia. Every so often it devoured the people’s sheep and goats and so finally they decided to kill the snake. They encircled the snake, keeping it at bay with fiery torches, shooting arrows at it and thrusting spears into its body. Even though it was a giant snake it stood no chance against their superior numbers. In its death throes the snake tossed and turned, tearing deep furrows into the ground. This old Nama legend explains in this vivid manner how the Fish River Canyon was formed. Geologists offer a more prosaic but no less fascinating explanation.

Fish River Canyon - Traces of a Death Struggle

Zebra - Pyjamas and other theories

19. May 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

White stripes on a black background or black stripes on white? Although our perceptions may differ, we can all agree that the zebra has one of the most striking coats seen in the animal kingdom. Two species of zebra occur in southern Africa: Burchell's (or plains) zebra Equus burchellii and mountain zebra Equus zebra. Both Burchell's or plains zebra and the mountain zebra subspecies, Hartmann's mountain zebra Equus zebra hartmannae, which is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) Red List of Threatened Species, are found in Namibia.

Zebra - Pyjamas and other theories

A pledge made between rugged rocks

12. May 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Charge, fire, charge, fire, charge, fire. Armed Basters put up fierce resistance against the attacking German soldiers. The battle started before sunrise and has been raging the whole day, now the sun is already low on the horizon. It is just as well, because the Basters have reached the end of their tether, they are running out of ammunition. With certain death staring them in the eye, they turn to God and ask for help. And a miracle happens: the Germans start retreating. – Every year on 8 May the Rehoboth Basters commemorate this historic event at the battlefield of 1915. 

A pledge made between rugged rocks

The Potjie, a Beloved Southern African Tradition

28. April 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

Rivalling the legendary braai (barbeque) as the most popular outdoor southern African cooking tradition, the “potjie” like the braai, provides an opportunity for an enjoyable social and culinary event as families and friends gather around the fire. The potjie has an interesting history going back to the first Dutch settlers and has over the centuries become an integral part of southern African culture.

The Potjie, a Beloved Southern African Tradition

Nemesis of a lioness

21. April 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It was nearly three o’clock on the morning of 12 April 1954 when the farmer Renier Els discovered four lions eating off the carcass of a goat they had killed. He started firing at them from the vehicle. At daybreak, he drove back to the kraal together with his family to investigate - and was attacked by a lioness. His wife Hendrina saved his life by pulling the growling animal off her husband by the ears.

Nemesis of a lioness

Independence - More than 300 Years of Resistance

24. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It is January 1677. At the tip of Africa, where a supply station has been established at the foot of Table Mountain, the Dutch ship “Bode” sets sails to explore the coastline north of the Gariep/Orange river mouth. In early March the “Bode” arrives at Sandwich Harbour. The crew goes ashore but is attacked by the Khoisan who live there. After a brief skirmish the sailors retreat back to their ship and leave the bay. This was the first resistance by the inhabitants of today’s Namibia against European intruders and resistance continued for more than three centuries.

Independence - More than 300 Years of Resistance

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