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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

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

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