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Fascinating creatures and history on the fringes of the sea of dunes

19. June 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment, Tourism

Devoid of life. That, at first glance, is the impression given by the red dunes and the adjoining white gravel plains of the Namib Desert on the doorstep of the coastal town of Swakopmund. The seasonal Swakop River, which reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Swakopmund, forms a dividing line between the town and the dunes to the south. Sand and stones, wind and fog, otherwise nothing. Or so it seems. This area is home to an amazing array of creatures, and there are also relicts from the past to take a closer look at. 

Fascinating creatures and history on the fringes of the sea of dunes

Put Foot Rally – Africa Adventures for a good cause

16. June 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Sport

The Put Foot Rally is a rally of the ages in which fun, the experience of Africa and charity are at the forefront. The rally kicks off in Cape Town on 18 June and will make its way to Malawi via Namibia, Botswana and Zambia, and ends on 6 July. In Namibia, the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the red dunes of the Kalahari and the Etosha National Park are included. Gondwana looks forward to hosting the Put Foot Rally again this year.

Put Foot Rally – Africa Adventures for a good cause

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

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