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Not a scorpion and no real spider

25. February 2020, koney - Environment

This animal is a combination of two species, spider and scorpion, and therefore looks scary and disgusting at the same time for many. These crawling animals are also called " tailless whip scorpions". However, it is a completely harmless whip spider, of which there are more than 200 species worldwide. The front legs look like antennae or whips and give the animal the name whip spider.

Not a scorpion and no real spider

Handmade bricks promote team spirit at Palmwag Lodge

24. February 2020, koney - Gondwana Collection

Palmwag Lodge & Camp is currently undergoing a rigorous facelift. Upon completion of the renovation works in the middle of August 2020 the staff village will also be revamped - and the Palmwag team enthusiastically lend their hands. In February, they started producing their own bricks, which they will contribute to the construction process of the new personnel housing. To this end, 20 staff members of Palmwag Lodge & Camp attended a half-day training in the art of brickmaking in December 2019, which was offered and partly sponsored by Ohorongo Cement in support of community development.

Handmade bricks promote team spirit at Palmwag Lodge

Padlangs – Rooftop camping: the way to a camper’s heart

21. February 2020, koney - Tourism

Nowadays, there is hardly a route in Namibia where a traveller won’t see rental cars or private cars with rooftop tents. My own roof tent adventure began in 1984 on a trip to Switzerland, where my German-Swiss friend planned a trip through Africa. We enjoyed exploring Namibia together and every time I pitched my tent on the ground and he opened his roof tent, I was green with envy. This led to the idea to simply copy his tent.

Padlangs – Rooftop camping: the way to a camper’s heart

Marvel at celestial bodies - meteorites in Namibia

14. February 2020, inke - Tourism

The clear night sky over Namibia is always fascinating for tourists and locals. One can also see some shooting stars. Falling stars are celestial bodies from space that burn up when they often enter the earth's atmosphere and become visible. This brings us to the subject - shooting stars are meteorites. The Hoba meteorite near Grootfontein hit the earth's surface almost 80,000 years ago, and a shower of falling stars (pardon - meteorites) 'rained' down on the area around Gibeon in the south of Namibia around 30,000 years ago.

Marvel at celestial bodies - meteorites in Namibia

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

13. February 2020, koney - Environment

Like everywhere in Namibia, nature comes to life when it finally rains again after a long dry period. The Etosha National Park also blossoms and not only plants let new leaves sprout and flowers bloom in all colours and shapes. Countless insects, which have been waiting for this moment of abundance in the dried-out earth, hatch and fly around. Several bird species fly back from their European or Central and East African winter quarters to raise their offspring in the rainy green.

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

11. February 2020, koney - Environment

A rock the size of a head, covered with lichens, is like a little colourful garden. North of Wlotzkasbaken, a field of an orange shimmer can be seen. A closer look reveals thousands of fruticose Cape Hair lichen (Teloschistis capensis), which cover many square kilometres in the Namib Desert. Lichens are not said to be plants but rather a symbiosis of tubular mushrooms and blue-green algae.

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

Namibia’s Constitutional Committee meets again

09. February 2020, koney - Economics

In commemorating, appreciating and supporting efforts to keep the Constitution in the souls of all generations Gondwana Collection invited the living members of the Constitutional Committee to be part of The Great Conversation which was a historic reunion of our living Constitutional writers. It was held on 30 January 2020 in the Constitution Room of the Parliament Building in Windhoek where the Constituent Committee gathered 30 years ago.

Namibia’s Constitutional Committee meets again

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