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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

The Potjie, a Beloved Southern African Tradition

28. April 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

Rivalling the legendary braai (barbeque) as the most popular outdoor southern African cooking tradition, the “potjie” like the braai, provides an opportunity for an enjoyable social and culinary event as families and friends gather around the fire. The potjie has an interesting history going back to the first Dutch settlers and has over the centuries become an integral part of southern African culture.

The Potjie, a Beloved Southern African Tradition

Nemesis of a lioness

21. April 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It was nearly three o’clock on the morning of 12 April 1954 when the farmer Renier Els discovered four lions eating off the carcass of a goat they had killed. He started firing at them from the vehicle. At daybreak, he drove back to the kraal together with his family to investigate - and was attacked by a lioness. His wife Hendrina saved his life by pulling the growling animal off her husband by the ears.

Nemesis of a lioness

Independence - More than 300 Years of Resistance

24. March 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It is January 1677. At the tip of Africa, where a supply station has been established at the foot of Table Mountain, the Dutch ship “Bode” sets sails to explore the coastline north of the Gariep/Orange river mouth. In early March the “Bode” arrives at Sandwich Harbour. The crew goes ashore but is attacked by the Khoisan who live there. After a brief skirmish the sailors retreat back to their ship and leave the bay. This was the first resistance by the inhabitants of today’s Namibia against European intruders and resistance continued for more than three centuries.

Independence - More than 300 Years of Resistance

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

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