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Café of the month: Main Street Café, Omaruru

17. October 2017, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

‘Quiche, hazelnut cheesecake, white-wood furniture . . . what’s not to like about this fine little lunch and breakfast spot that makes a priority of fresh ingredients and friendly service? Oh, and there’s great coffee, art on the walls, free wi-fi and so much more.’ (Lonely Planet) The Main Street Café in Omaruru has received the Certificate of Excellence award on TripAdvisor for the last two years with its small and simple menu and high quality of ingredients, level of service and cleanliness.

Café of the month: Main Street Café, Omaruru

Beware of elephants in the wild

13. October 2017, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia, Tourism

Always remember that the gentle giants are wild animals! They cannot think as we do but their memory is legendary – an elephant never forgets, as the saying goes. Also remember that we are encroaching on their space, not the other way round. Elephants are seen as being good-natured, deliberate, calm and tame. But when we cross the invisible line between them and us they are dangerous, powerful, ruthless and unpredictable. 

Beware of elephants in the wild

Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

06. October 2017, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

To see the second largest canyon with your own eyes is always an exciting experience. To stand in front of that huge gorge in the middle of the crimson landscape, which cleaves in endless curves and turns, makes you feel small and unimportant. Within a second, there’s no space for stress or worries – all that counts is the calmness and dignity of this great canyon. A truly unique experience. Well, that was my opinion until I got the chance to hike inside the Fish River Canyon for three days and to learn that no viewpoint could ever show you the true face of that beautiful landscape.

Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

05. October 2017, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

One of the few line-fish species sought after by anglers on our coast, is the west coast seabream (Lithognathus aureti), better known as Steenbras. The bigger the fish the better, but that had tremendous effects on the species. In the 90s Dr Hannes Holtzhausen, researcher at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, found out that the west coast seabream is one of the few species which is protandrous. 

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

Welwitschia mirabilis - A Botanical Wonder

29. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Home to the ancient Namib Desert, Namibia is known for the unusual and the mysterious. Austrian naturalist and botanist, Friedrich Welwitsch was awe-struck when on 3 September 1859 whilst in southern Angola he came across a plant unlike any he had previously seen. So overcome by his find, he is said to have fallen to his knees and stared. He noted: “... I am convinced that I saw the most beautiful and magnificent botanical wonder that tropical southern Africa can present.” 

Welwitschia mirabilis - A Botanical Wonder

Tommy’s Living Desert Tours – education, respect & a whole lot of fun!

26. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Tourism

A highlight of a visit to Swakopmund is a guided 4x4 trip into the Namib dunes with someone who is familiar with the ancient desert and its creatures. An area that looks barren to the untrained eye soon becomes home to an array of intriguing creatures. Tommy Collard will also ensure that you have a good laugh along the way.

Tommy’s Living Desert Tours – education, respect & a whole lot of fun!

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

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