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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

Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

10. May 2017, inke - Weather, Environment

2017 has brought good rainfalls to large parts of Namibia. In places the rain was even above average and the gift from above was a great relief for the whole country. For some, however, it had disastrous consequences – especially in areas where the landscape hadn’t seen a drop of rain yet and was still suffering from the drought. A young couple from Austria, on their first visit to Namibia, had to sit tight in a spiky Ana tree amidst the whirling muddy floods of the Omaruru River for six hours until a police helicopter came to the rescue. 

Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

Across stick and stone – Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge

05. May 2017, inke - Sport

Over the last weekend in April, over 78 ambitious mountain bikers met for the 7th annual Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge. The various stages were marked by difficult terrain, steep climbs and a few head-to-head races. More than half the competitors participated in the marathon and took on the full 60km challenge, while the rest of the group rode in the half-marathon of 33km. 

Across stick and stone – Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge

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

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