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The odd shapes of camel thorn pods

12. October 2018, inke - Environment

Wood from camel thorn trees leaves the best embers for a braai (barbecue). Fence posts made from camel thorn decades ago still stand firm, because termites and beetles avoid this wood. Camel thorn trees (Acacia erioloba) are found all over the country except for a narrow strip in the Namib Desert close to the coast. These trees thrive in arid as well as humid conditions. They are heat and frost resistant. For man and beast they are an important source of shade. And they offer food and shelter to countless animals.

The odd shapes of camel thorn pods

Celebrating Love – the Owambo Way

11. October 2018, inke - Culture

“Iyaloo, Iyaloo!” The elder called out her thanks after delivering a torrent of prayers and blessings to the wedding couple seated in front of her. The women around her, dressed in bright cotton traditional dresses, ululated and swished their cow-tail switches in celebration. It was the final day of the week-long wedding when the bride and groom were allowed to enter the groom’s family grounds. In the northern reaches of Namibia, seven-day weddings are the cultural norm...

Celebrating Love – the Owambo Way

To Swakopmund for giving birth and mating

09. October 2018, inke - Environment

During the summer months pregnant copper sharks migrate to the coastal waters near Swakopmund and give birth to their young. By then, males have already moved there to mate with the females later. Anglers had noticed for years that at certain times large copper sharks (Carcharhinus brachyurus), also called bronze whalers or "bronzy" in Namibia, occur near Swakopmund and further north.

To Swakopmund for giving birth and mating

A week in the Zambezi with the Gondwana Collection

05. October 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Welcome to the Zambezi! Lush waterways adorned with waterlilies and resounding with birdsong; the languid waters of mighty African rivers; and national parks frequented by elephant and buffalo. The pocket of wild land in Namibia’s north-eastern corner is a rich wonderland of rivers and national parks, balancing the more arid swathes of the country perfectly. The beauty is as exceptional and the region holds its own special magic and charm.

A week in the Zambezi with the Gondwana Collection

Namibian economics to the point – September 2018

30. September 2018, inke - Economics

The second quarter saw Namibia’s economy shrink by 0.2 per cent. Petrol and diesel increased by 40 cents per litre, which marks the fourth fuel increase this year. Several multi-million Namibia Dollar investments in the fisheries, energy and business sectors were announced. President Hage Geingob touched down in Guinea and Canada en route to the UN General Assembly in New York during late September. Earlier this month, he attended the China-Africa summit in China. According to latest statistics, white people in Namibia still own 70 per cent of commercial farm land. 

Namibian economics to the point – September 2018

A boat trip from Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando in winter

27. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

A boat trip on the Kwando River is a wonderful experience not only for bird lovers. Mammals in the water and on the banks are also part of the diverse animal world. In contrast to the other Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, Namushasha River Lodge does not have a neighbouring country on the other side of the river, but Bwabwata National Park. A total of 19 wetland bird species were recorded during the boat trip and altogether 84 bird species at Namushasha River Lodge during two days in mid-July this year. 

A boat trip from Namushasha River Lodge on the Kwando in winter

Quo vadis Namibia?

26. September 2018, inke - Economics, Gondwana Collection

Namibia gained independence in 1990 and has since become a politically and economically stable country. However, the country currently faces challenges including a high unemployment rate and the unresolved land issue. Where will Namibia be in 30 years? The German freelance journalist Fabian von Poser asked Gys Joubert this question. He is the Managing Director of Gondwana Collection Namibia, one of the leading tourism companies in the country.

Quo vadis Namibia?

Dropping water levels support breeding

25. September 2018, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

When the mighty Zambezi River overflows its banks, additional habitats with an abundant food supply are created for many bird species. Young fish thrive in the shallow warm water and countless insect larvae are also found there. For African Skimmers, however, an important habitat is lost: the white sandbanks disappear under the masses of water and with them the sleeping and resting places as well as the nesting sites.

Dropping water levels support breeding

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