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Lithops - Living stones

17. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

In 1811, botanist, explorer and artist William John Burchell recorded finding a “curiously strange pebble”, which he discovered was a plant. This “living stone” or lithops has intrigued many people over the centuries. A real desert child, lithops favours arid or semi-arid areas although it is also found in more vegetated grasslands with higher rainfall. In the coastal areas of the Namib Desert, it depends on the mist to obtain moisture. 

Lithops - Living stones

The Forgotten Vineyards of Klein Windhoek

10. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Looking out over the Klein Windhoek valley, one notices the upmarket suburban houses surrounding St Paul’s College and its sports fields and the students walking jauntily down the road after a typical school day. What few people may realise however is that the valley, verdant in mid-summer bounty, was once covered by the sprawling vineyards of the Roman Catholic Mission.

The Forgotten Vineyards of Klein Windhoek

Did you know? Warthogs feast on the deceased

08. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

Warthogs can be found in almost all Namibian regions, even in the isolated Namib Desert. Standing on their elbows, fore legs bent beneath them, they are within sight of the car drivers as they dig for roots and tubers with their hard noses. Grass, herbs and fresh shoots are also never spurned by animals that are considered to be herbivores. What most people do not know, however, is that warthogs also eat meat. 

Did you know? Warthogs feast on the deceased

Cape Cross: The lure of white gold

24. February 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

A few old graves with weather-beaten crosses, two stone padrões (pillars crowned with a cross) and a cacophony of seals mark the place that was a hive of activity at the end of the 19th century. It’s difficult to believe that a windswept, desolate promontory could attract explorers, entrepreneurs and industry. Strangely, Cape Cross did. It also boasted the first railway line and water distillation plant in the country - and the first postal robbery.

Cape Cross: The lure of white gold

The Brahmans are coming: from Texas to southern Africa

10. February 2017, inke - Economics, Discover Namibia

When a Namibian farmer proudly offers to show his Brahmans to his guest he certainly does not have Hindu philosophers in mind. He means his prize cattle. Brahmans and Brahman crossbreeds are among the most popular beef cattle breeds in southern Africa. Originally they hail from India. But how did Brahman cattle make their way to southern Africa? 

The Brahmans are coming: from Texas to southern Africa

Bartholomeu Dias - Watery grave at the Cape of Storm

27. January 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Defying gale-force winds and the spray of the thundering surf, the stone cross stands firmly on a rocky promontory that juts some 50 metres into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Lüderitz. It is a monument to Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese seafarer who was the first European to sail around the southern tip of Africa and thereby pioneered the way to opening up the sea route to India. 

Bartholomeu Dias - Watery grave at the Cape of Storm

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