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Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

06. October 2017, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

To see the second largest canyon with your own eyes is always an exciting experience. To stand in front of that huge gorge in the middle of the crimson landscape, which cleaves in endless curves and turns, makes you feel small and unimportant. Within a second, there’s no space for stress or worries – all that counts is the calmness and dignity of this great canyon. A truly unique experience. Well, that was my opinion until I got the chance to hike inside the Fish River Canyon for three days and to learn that no viewpoint could ever show you the true face of that beautiful landscape.

Three days inside the canyon - the Experience Klipspringer Trail

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

05. October 2017, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

One of the few line-fish species sought after by anglers on our coast, is the west coast seabream (Lithognathus aureti), better known as Steenbras. The bigger the fish the better, but that had tremendous effects on the species. In the 90s Dr Hannes Holtzhausen, researcher at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, found out that the west coast seabream is one of the few species which is protandrous. 

Did you know that the West coast seabream is protandrous?

Namibian Economics to the Point – September 2017

02. October 2017, inke - Economics

The latest statistics released in September show that Namibia’s economy had negative growth in the first and second quarter this year and thus moved into a technical recession. Growth dropped to minus 1.7 percent each during both quarters. Namibia’s ranking in the latest Global Competitiveness Index dropped from sixth place to seventh place among the ten most competitive African economies. 

Namibian Economics to the Point – September 2017

Welwitschia mirabilis - A Botanical Wonder

29. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Home to the ancient Namib Desert, Namibia is known for the unusual and the mysterious. Austrian naturalist and botanist, Friedrich Welwitsch was awe-struck when on 3 September 1859 whilst in southern Angola he came across a plant unlike any he had previously seen. So overcome by his find, he is said to have fallen to his knees and stared. He noted: “... I am convinced that I saw the most beautiful and magnificent botanical wonder that tropical southern Africa can present.” 

Welwitschia mirabilis - A Botanical Wonder

Gondwana obtains social media award for sustainability

27. September 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection

Gondwana Collection has won the “Namibia Sustainable Development Award 2017” in the category “Best Social Media”. The award acknowledges the lodge group’s efforts to create public awareness of sustainable development via social media. This initiative of the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia, the Sustainable Development Advisory Council and the Hanns Seidel Foundation is a biannual event.

Gondwana obtains social media award for sustainability

Tommy’s Living Desert Tours – education, respect & a whole lot of fun!

26. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Tourism

A highlight of a visit to Swakopmund is a guided 4x4 trip into the Namib dunes with someone who is familiar with the ancient desert and its creatures. An area that looks barren to the untrained eye soon becomes home to an array of intriguing creatures. Tommy Collard will also ensure that you have a good laugh along the way.

Tommy’s Living Desert Tours – education, respect & a whole lot of fun!

100 years of diamonds: Anglo American’s century-old link with Namibia

25. September 2017, inke - Economics

One of the biggest global companies in the mining sector, Anglo American, celebrates its hundredth anniversary this month. Time to reflect on its founder, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, who started South Africa’s diamond dynasty. Anglo American’s wealth is inseparably intertwined with Namibia’s diamond sector and Anglo’s subsidiary, De Beers.

100 years of diamonds: Anglo American’s century-old link with Namibia

Bush crickets - the creeps or fascination?

22. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment

In some years thousands of armoured bush crickets are run over on Namibia’s arterial roads at the end of the rainy season, when winter is on its way. The spiky, almost black insects are about three centimetres long and occur only during the summer months. One of their defence mechanisms is to squirt their yellow blood. Many people find them disgusting. Colloquially this cricket is referred to as dickpens (Afrikaans for fat stomach).

Bush crickets - the creeps or fascination?

Tropic of Capricorn - 23˚ south

21. September 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

You may have noticed signboards indicating the Tropic of Capricorn alongside the road south of Rehoboth and the Kuiseb Pass. Actually, in Namibia the Tropic of Capricorn cuts across the Erongo, Khomas and Omaheke regions! The signs have become more colourful over time as stickers are continually added by travellers who have stopped to acknowledge 23˚ south. But what is 23˚ south?

Tropic of Capricorn - 23˚ south

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