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Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

01. May 2018, inke - Environment, Tourism

The same quantity of water that 40 households in Windhoek use in one month is currently gushing down Ruacana Falls every second. On 13 April the Kunene River reached its fastest flow rate this year when 1654 cubic metres per second plunged over the falls to a depth of 107 to 120 metres. The Kunene started to rise after heavy rains in south-western Angola and masses of water pushed south on their long way to the border with Namibia, where the river turns west to the Atlantic Ocean for its final stretch of 352 km.

Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

06. April 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

The dark glossy shape leaps aboard at the stern of the catamaran and waddles straight past the tourists without batting an eyelid. The marine mammal stops right at the bow and waits to be given fish as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Carol-Ann Möller had warned her passengers in advance to expect Cape fur seals joining them. Namibia’s largest and most important harbour, Walvis Bay, is sheltered by a peninsula. The bay and the lagoon are home to countless marine animals and seabirds. 

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

09. February 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

At the southern end of the Fish River Canyon, a mineral-rich hot spring encircled by rugged mountains has attracted people for centuries. It was known from the earliest times by the Nama who went there when sick to be healed by the rejuvenating waters. /Ai-/Ais is the Nama word for ‘very hot’. Groundwater heated up in the Earth’s crust rises to the surface at about 60˚C in passages created by the deep fault systems found in the canyon.

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

Trump blunder puts Namibia on the map

23. January 2018, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

The Gondwana Collection Namibia is gobsmacked by how many people have viewed its cheeky video clip on ‘shithole’ Namibia. In just ten days it has reached more than 670 million people all over the world – a prime example for the power of the internet and social media! And one of the most successful destination marketing campaigns for Namibia since independence in 1990.

Trump blunder puts Namibia on the map

Testing the Duster in the Desert

03. January 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

It stands there, silver-coloured, shimmering in the sunlight, a bit broad with a square rear end and that nice “Namibia2Go” logo on its doors. The car’s interior has lots of space for children, dogs and shopping bags, a nice city car. And on top of that it’s all-wheel drive? That is what the offer says. I am tasked to test the Duster in the Kalahari Desert. 

Testing the Duster in the Desert

Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

18. December 2017, inke - Environment, Tourism

The coastal areas that people flock to in droves at this time of the year are the habitat of the endangered Damara tern. And the breeding season of these small seabirds and other plover species, some of which are also threatened, happens to coincide with Namibia’s main holiday season in December and January. Several national parks cover the entire coast of Namibia and certain rules have to be obeyed. Far too many visitors, however, still ignore them.

Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

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

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

Zambezi Mubala Lodge welcomes first guests

01. November 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

The Gondwana Collection’s newest lodge, the Zambezi Mubala Lodge in the far east of the Zambezi Region, is excitedly awaiting the arrival of the first guests on 1 November. Guests are ferried to the lodge by boat. The boat trip gives guests an idyllic first impression of the spectacular water world of the Zambezi and the spacious lodge along its banks. Zambezi Mubala Lodge offers eighteen luxurious and spacious double rooms, and two family cabins with en-suite bathrooms and stunning views of the river landscape. 

Zambezi Mubala Lodge welcomes first guests

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