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The Jetty - Restaurant instead of Harbour Cranes

06. January 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Standing on the jetty and marvelling at the sunset is an experience that is as much a part of a holiday in Swakopmund as salt belongs in the ocean. It is surprising then to find that both of these attractions are simply the result of a few quirks of history. If the bay of today’s Walvis Bay, 30 km further south, had not already been in British hands at the end of the 19th century and had Imperial Germany not declared the southwestern part of Africa a protectorate and done its utmost to build a harbour for the country, things might have been very different. 

The Jetty - Restaurant instead of Harbour Cranes

“Nommer asseblief”

30. December 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

One of the first lodge managers employed at Canyon Lodge was a 19-year-old man in his prime. At the time, Canyon Lodge was surrounded by a scattering of distant farms, the massive Fish River Canyon and a vast tract of arid land. It stands to reason that it’s not ideal for young men in their prime to be away from their peers and the possibility of love and partnership. And so it was that Stephan began to dream of romance. 

“Nommer asseblief”

Bikini is synonymous with holidays and freedom

23. December 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Two topics were heatedly discussed in the summer of 1946. On June 30th a nuclear bomb exploded in the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. It was the first in an American test series that continued for twelve year. Five days after the first explosion a Frenchman by the name of Louis Réard caused similar shock waves in a figurative manner of speaking. At the elegant Piscine Molitor complex, the most popular public pool in Paris, nude dancer Micheline Bernadini took to the catwalk flaunting his latest fashion creation – a bikini.  

Bikini is synonymous with holidays and freedom

Commemorating Dingaan’s Day

16. December 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

16 December 1838. Geloftedag - Day of the Vow. It used to be the most significant commemoration day of the Afrikaners. It was the day when 470 Voortrekkers called on the help of God to defeat an overwhelming Zulu force at the Ncome River in what is KwaZulu-Natal today. After South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 it became the Day of Reconciliation. December 16th is also the day when Umkontho we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC), was founded in 1961.

Commemorating Dingaan’s Day

Dramatic Rescue Operation on the Skeleton Coast

02. December 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The passenger ship Dunedin Star, on her way from Liverpool to Cape Town, is sailing off the coast of South West Africa. The captain is steering a course about 16 km off the coast when the ship is suddenly rocked by a violent jolt. The keel with the passageway under the engine room is ripped off. The Dunedin Star probably hit the Clan Alpine Shoal, a rock which is marked on the charts but whose exact position is uncertain.

Dramatic Rescue Operation on the Skeleton Coast

Hoodia - Hardy Plant of the Desert

25. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The Hoodia, a true desert bloom crowned in the springtime by large disc-shaped crimson flowers, has been the focus of much attention over the years, not for its ability to store moisture and thrive in arid areas or for its exquisite blooms but rather for its properties as an appetite suppressant. During the last decade it has been universally acknowledged that the San/Bushmen, the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, own the rights to the indigenous knowledge of the plant, but that has not always been the case.

Hoodia - Hardy Plant of the Desert

Benevolence in the Omaheke

18. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

War halts lives, draws people to new continents and changes destinies. All would be true for Albert Lemcke from Mecklenburg, Germany. But, from once being a protagonist in a war he believed in, the tables turned when he later became a victim of the mechanisms of war, losing everything he had worked for his whole life. The heart-wrenching story took an interesting twist, however, when kindness was repaid in the arid wilderness of the Omaheke, bordering the Kalahari Desert.

Benevolence in the Omaheke

Porcupine - The ultimate hairdo!

11. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Amongst the animals that have developed ingenious adaptations for survival and defence, the porcupine stands out for its spiny quills, which make it challenging prey, even for its known enemies, lion and leopard. With hair and spines erect, and rattling the hollow quills at the end of its tail, the porcupine definitely is a contender for the ultimate – and most fearsome - hairdo in Africa. Porcupines are seldom seen, except by night-revellers. 

 

Porcupine - The ultimate hairdo!

Canyon Lodge, a place rich in history

04. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Lodges don't look like this. When you travel through the vast landscapes east of the Fish River Canyon on your way to Canyon Lodge and suddenly see the main building rise between massive granite boulders, you will marvel at the unusual architectural style. Once you have come close enough you will recognize the iron structure which adorns the ridge of the roof and seems to represent a bed. If up to this point you haven't sensed that the unusual building is part of an extraordinary story you will be certain of it now.

Canyon Lodge, a place rich in history

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

28. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The Order of Hildegard is a military decoration which was awarded by Imperial Germany for a brief period exclusively in the colony of German South West Africa. This order became the only officially recognised cloth variety of the Iron Cross. Because of the war the German colony was cut off from the motherland so a temporary solution had to be found until the medals could be sent from Germany. The governor’s wife, Hildegard Seitz, proposed that they award a provisional decoration made from cloth.

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

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