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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

Gondwana pioneers water vending machines in Namibia

21. April 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

In an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic water bottles at our lodges, Gondwana contracted a local business – Dial a Water Namibia (commonly known as DAWN) to source and import a machine that allows us to still sell purified water to our guests, but more importantly get rid of the loathed plastic bottles. This is in line with Gondwana’s strive to decrease the use of plastics in all our operations and speaks to our constant drive to be as environmentally sensitive as we possibly can be.

Gondwana pioneers water vending machines in Namibia

The best Shell Service station is in Rehoboth

06. April 2017, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Customers and tourists usually cheer when they check into the B-One Service Station along the B1 in Rehoboth. Clean toilets, friendly and efficient service at the fuel pumps, a well-stocked shop, shaded parking and information boards on the history of the town, can be found along the main road that leads south. On the morning of 31 March, owner Erno Bertolini and his employees rejoiced when they heard that they were crowned the “Best Shell Petrol Station of the Year 2016 in Namibia”. 

The best Shell Service station is in Rehoboth

Namibian Economics to the Point – March 2017

31. March 2017, inke - Economics

With good rainfalls in most parts of Namibia raising hopes for good harvests and a general economic upswing, the new national budget, tabled this month, also tended to the positive by avoiding tax increases - a relief for taxpayers and the economy. Government announced plans to expropriate farms for fair compensation. Petrol prices went up by 32 cents a litre and Diesel increased by 25 cents. 

Namibian Economics to the Point – March 2017

Rarely seen Risso´s dolphin saved in Lüderitz

30. March 2017, inke - Environment

On Tuesday this week (28th March 2017), just after lunch, Dr Jean Paul Roux - Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources’ marine biologist - was informed that a stranded dolphin had been spotted in Lüderitz harbour. Dr Roux was surprised to find a Risso´s dolphin (Grampus griseus) stranded in the shallow water. Risso’s is a species which is very rare to Namibian waters.

Rarely seen Risso´s dolphin saved in Lüderitz

Wika! One Nation, One Celebration

28. March 2017, inke - Culture

The Windhoek Carnival (Wika) is kicking off tonight on Friday with the Royal Ball followed by the street parade of floats on Saturday. The float procession starts the Mayor’s Office at 11h11 proceeding through Independence Avenue and Bahnhof Street to the railway station. Don’t miss the action and join the party after the street parade at the home of the Windhoek Carnival, Sport Klub Windhoek in Olympia.

Wika! One Nation, One Celebration

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

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