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Mountainbike Race through the Aus Mountains

12. April 2018, inke - Sport, Gondwana Collection

Saddle your two-wheeled steed and join the 8th Standard Bank Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge in the unique mountain world of the Gondwana Sperrgebiet Rand Park from 3 to 5 May 2018. Participants can choose to compete in a marathon (60km per day) or a half-marathon (33km per day) each consisting of two stages with 60-70 percent of the route being single tracks.

Mountainbike Race through the Aus Mountains

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

06. April 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

The dark glossy shape leaps aboard at the stern of the catamaran and waddles straight past the tourists without batting an eyelid. The marine mammal stops right at the bow and waits to be given fish as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Carol-Ann Möller had warned her passengers in advance to expect Cape fur seals joining them. Namibia’s largest and most important harbour, Walvis Bay, is sheltered by a peninsula. The bay and the lagoon are home to countless marine animals and seabirds. 

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

Large paper wasps – Namibia’s bush police

31. March 2018, inke - Environment

Most Namibians, and also some of the visitors to our country, have had a painful encounter with the local bush police of the insect type. The large paper wasps are found in all the dry and arid parts of Namibia, i.e. the south and the central regions, but they are mainly active in summer. They grow to a length of just under two centimetres and know how to put up a fight. 

Large paper wasps – Namibia’s bush police

Did you know that some snakes give birth to living young?

30. March 2018, inke - Environment

A total of 24 little puff adders were born within a few hours. The young snakes were born in a transparent membrane, which they effortlessly broke through and then crawled away to hide. They were barely dry when they shed their skin for the first time. Even baby puff adders are venomous. Most other snakes are oviparous and deposit their eggs in places which are sufficiently humid and remain consistently warm.

Did you know that some snakes give birth to living young?

Namibian Economics to the Point – March 2018

29. March 2018, inke - Economics

Late rains were welcomed in many parts of Namibia in March, though rain fell almost too late for crops like maize, wheat and mahangu (sorghum). Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, tabled the new government budget of N$64.2 billion (about 4.4 billion Euros) in Parliament. Inflation for February stood at 3.5 percent according to the National Statistics Agency, down from 3.6 percent in January. Namibia’s central bank announced that crypto-currencies like bitcoin are not legal tender in the country.

Namibian Economics to the Point – March 2018

The Delight Swakopmund supports promising boxer

26. March 2018, inke - Sport

Namibian professional boxer Albinius 'Danny Boy' Felesianu will once again be in action on 30 March when the current IBF Lightweight Africa Champion takes on South African Lukhunyo Kaptein at the Mistico Equestrian Center in Cape Town. To keep the Namibian ace as far away from any distractions as possible, the Gondwana Collection hosted ‘Danny Boy’ at their Delight Hotel in Swakopmund for the past week.

The Delight Swakopmund supports promising boxer

Wetland bird counts at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia

23. March 2018, inke - Environment

Regular wetland bird counts have been conducted in Namibia twice a year since 1992. Birds are good indicators of wetland “health” and as a signatory to the Convention on Wetlands (the Ramsar Convention) Namibia has an obligation to monitor the condition of all wetlands within the country’s borders. The Gondwana Collection extended an invitation to conduct counts at their four lodges in north-eastern Namibia.

Wetland bird counts at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia

Less than a third of capacity in Windhoek´s three dams

22. March 2018, inke - Weather

Only a few days are left of the official rainy season 2017/18, which ends at the end of March. Officially the rainy season starts in October and lasts for six month. The predicted rainfall of normal to above normal for most regions of the country has not materialized, and a lot of dams have less water than last year at this time. Grazing is also poor and a number of farmers have started ordering grass and Luzerne to be able to feed their animals in the months to come.

Less than a third of capacity in Windhoek´s three dams

Crocodile lurks on the Skeleton Coast

19. March 2018, inke - Environment

The upper part of the massive bleached skull rests on the waves formed by the fine sand which the wind incessantly moves around the plain. Barely one hundred metres away the Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the beach. Nobody will ever know when the crocodile came ashore at this particular spot of the Skeleton Coast. It will also remain a mystery why the huge reptile crawled onto the beach right here, seven kilometres south of the Kunene River’s mouth, and perished. 

Crocodile lurks on the Skeleton Coast

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