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A sinkhole with a story: Lake Otjikoto

01. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Tourism

Twenty kilometres north-west of Tsumeb on the B1, a circular sinkhole bordered by dolomite walls has a long and fascinating history. Like most bodies of water in a dry country, Lake Otjikoto, has been known to the indigenous people since time immemorial. The name ‘Otjikoto’ stems from the Otjiherero word for ‘deep hole’, so named by the later Herero inhabitants. 

A sinkhole with a story: Lake Otjikoto

A Museum for Namibia‘s Old Wheelers

29. November 2017, inke - Culture, Discover Namibia

In 1986, the Old Wheelers Club of Namibia was formed. On 15 February 2014 a long-cherished dream came true for the Old Wheelers Club’s committee and members: they were able to take possession of the first clubhouse they owned themselves. Now the club is ready to take another step. The clubhouse in Rugby Street east of Eros airport will be joined by a museum.

A Museum for Namibia‘s Old Wheelers

The stork’s nest in Windhoek

17. November 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It is the year 1907. Settler families in German South West Africa live on remote farms and in small villages far apart from one another. Serious illness becomes life-threatening in many cases because medical assistance often comes too late. Many expectant mothers find themselves in the same predicament. Childbed fever is rife and infant mortality is high. It was against this background that a maternity home was established in Windhoek, the Elisabeth House.

The stork’s nest in Windhoek

Café of the month: Village Café, Swakopmund

15. November 2017, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

This colourful café always delights. Its relaxed and quirky character, down-to-earth food, great coffee and friendly vibe keep you coming back again and again. You’ll also keep returning for the wisdom from their favourite Oscar Wilde quote, which has a prime position on their wall: ‘Life is much too important to be taken seriously!’ The Village Cafe in Swakopmund lives up to this promise. 

Café of the month: Village Café, Swakopmund

Biltong – a Connoiseur’s Cult Delicacy

10. November 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Take a few strips of high quality raw meat, coat it with vinegar, salt, coriander, black pepper and sugar and hang it in an airy dry space protected from flies. About two weeks later your biltong is ready. The mouths of most Namibians and South Africans water at the mere thought of well-seasoned dried meat. It’s hardly surprising that Windhoek’s annual Biltong Festival held in July attracts thousands of visitors each year. 

Biltong – a Connoiseur’s Cult Delicacy

It’s a lifestyle: Clip-clopping donkey carts of rural Namibia

08. November 2017, inke - Culture, Discover Namibia

While driving southwards along the main road of Namibia from Windhoek, something suddenly catches your eye in the periphery of your vision. Hurtling along – at donkey speed – is a team of clip-clopping donkeys pulling a customised cart and its passengers, on their way to visit neighbours, to transport wares or making their way home. This will be the first of many of the colourful donkey carts you will see as you explore the countryside. Welcome to Namibia!

It’s a lifestyle: Clip-clopping donkey carts of rural Namibia

In Windhoek it’s “o´zapft”, too

24. October 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

The tradition of having an Oktoberfest in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek started almost six decades ago. Vats will be tapped on the Windhoek Wiesn, better known as the SKW sports grounds, on 27 and 28 October, when temperatures in this part of the world already soar to 30 degrees Celsius and more. As befits the occasion, especially young people increasingly enjoy adopting the Bavarian dress code of lederhosen and dirndl. More than 5000 people are expected to flock to the two-day event.

In Windhoek it’s “o´zapft”, too

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

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