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Postal Runners - The Heroes of Early Communication

21. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Talk about snail mail! That’s putting it mildly. Are the loved ones back home all right? Will head office send the urgently needed bibles or not? German missionaries in Namibia used to have to wait two years before they received an answer to letters sent to the home country. Every now and then they waited in vain. Around 1840 the mail route was not only very long but was also dangerous.

Postal Runners - The Heroes of Early Communication

The man who found the site for Canyon Lodge

20. July 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection

“This has become more beautiful than I imagined. The first bungalows were constructed exactly where I recorded them on the floor. The swimming pool should be where the Braai (barbecue) is today. But the current pool location is much nicer.” Roland Vincent visited the Canyon Lodge at the beginning of 2017 with much enthusiasm. He had discovered this idyllic spot from a plane 23 years ago, and Manni Goldbeck was very certain that that was the right place to build a lodge. Near the second largest canyon in the world.

The man who found the site for Canyon Lodge

Café of the month: Kameldorn Garten, Otjiwarongo

17. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Travellers are always in need of good grub – and more importantly, places to pull off from the main road, rest and enjoy the surroundings. This month, Kameldorn Garten in Otjiwarongo caught our attention. A favourite stop when travelling north with good food, a shady courtyard, off-road parking and a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Dieter Radeck took over the restaurant in October 2011, bringing with him his cooking expertise. 

Café of the month: Kameldorn Garten, Otjiwarongo

Black-backed Jackal - The Trickster

14. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Like the fox in European folklore, the jackal is often represented in African folk tales as a trickster. Its ability to adapt to changing circumstances and its legendary stealth and cunning have inspired stories about the wily creature that dodges traps and avoids hunters year in year out. The jackal is reputed to be able to obliterate its tracks, feign death and rid itself of fleas by immersing itself in water, only exposing a tuft of sheep’s wool which it holds in its snout.

Black-backed Jackal - The Trickster

Piles of stones a reminder of Haiseb deity

07. July 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Canyon Village is dedicated to the history and culture of the Nama and Oorlam peoples. Before this Gondwana lodge opened in September 2003, five Namibian artists were engaged to depict scenes from the everyday life of these peoples as it was more than 100 years ago in dozens of murals. The idea was for guests to become acquainted with the people of southern Namibia and to keep alive the past of the Nama that was slowly fading into oblivion. 

Piles of stones a reminder of Haiseb deity

Ringed Blue Cranes offer new insights

06. July 2017, inke - Environment

The Blue Crane, critically endangered in Namibia, occurs exclusively in the Etosha National Park and the Omadhiya lakes, a series of oshanas (seasonally flooded lakes) to the north of the park. To see this rare bird, tourists often visit areas near the Chudop waterhole in the Namutoni area, Salvadora in the Halali area, and recently at Nebrownii, east of Okaukuejo in Namibia’s most famous park.

Ringed Blue Cranes offer new insights

Twyfelfontein - the Fountain of Doubt

30. June 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Long before the Twyfelfontein engravings became a popular tourist destination and received recognition as a world heritage site, the land was visited sporadically by Damara people watering their animals at the trickling spring (or "fontein" as it is called in Afrikaans). It was named Twyfelfontein (doubtful spring) by farmer David Levin who settled on the arid land in the late 1940s in the hope that he could farm sustainably utilising the spring water. 

Twyfelfontein - the Fountain of Doubt

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