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Rhino Hunt results in the founding of Henties Bay

01. January 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Who would have thought that a rhino hunt in 1929 would result in the founding of one of Namibia’s most popular holiday resorts? The story of how Major Hentie van der Merwe discovered a deep valley of sand a few miles south of the Omaruru river mouth was first published on 29 April 1977 by the Brandwag magazine. It was a spot with more than enough fresh water and an abundance of game. Henties Bay was named after this Major. 

Rhino Hunt results in the founding of Henties Bay

The Old Location: Trigger for the Struggle for Independence

11. December 2015, inke - Discover Namibia

One small spark was all that was needed to trigger the eruption. The atmosphere was thick with anger, people crowded around the buildings, hundreds of men and women. Some held stones, others carried iron rods. The police commander’s calls for a peaceful dispersal were answered by boos and whistling. Suddenly a stone banged onto the roof of a police vehicle. The spark. Shots rang out, people screamed and fled in panic, a shower of stones clattered onto the police and vehicles, one of which burst into flame.

The Old Location: Trigger for the Struggle for Independence

The battle for a life in freedom

04. December 2015, inke - Discover Namibia

Fascination with the wild horses in Namibia’s south-western Namib Desert is compelling. Their origin was shrouded in mystery for decades. Their habitat, the inhospitable plains around Garub, is anything but a paradise. In more recent times they have become a tourist attraction. Every year thousands of visitors watch in awe as the horses arrive with thundering hooves and flying manes to quench their thirst at the trough at Garub. They are all the more touched when in years of drought they see emaciated tired creatures... Why? Does nobody come to the rescue?

The battle for a life in freedom

Custodian of the Namib Wild Horses

27. November 2015, inke - Discover Namibia

The wild horses have lived in the Namib Desert for nearly a century, being tempered by the desert conditions, forming the resilient Namib breed. The horses initially lived in the Sperrgebiet. Garub was an important source of fresh water in the desert and access to its borehole water ensured their survival. Jan Coetzer served as the unofficial custodian of the wild horses from the time he began to patrol the area for Consolidated Diamond Mines (CDM) in 1966/67. He took an active interest in the horses until he left the area in 1981, checking up on the borehole at least once a month.

Custodian of the Namib Wild Horses

Shipwreck on the Skeleton coast

20. November 2015, inke - Discover Namibia

Shipwrecks along the Skeleton Coast testify to the hazards of navigation without modern instruments. The Woermann Line, which operated scheduled shipping services to the German colonies in Africa until the First World War, lost several ships off the southwestern coast, among them the “Gertrud Woermann”. The ship ran aground near Port Nolloth in 1903. At the time the Woermann Line was the largest private shipping company in the world and immediately bought a replacement vessel, the “Gertrud Woermann II”. She set sail on her first voyage to Africa in June 1904.

Shipwreck on the Skeleton coast

Hoba Meteorite - Fragment of a Dwarf Planet

06. November 2015, inke - Discover Namibia

“Beware of falling meteorites!” The warning on a sign on the way to the meteorite on the farm Hoba, some 20 km west of Grootfontein, is in jest of course. It has been almost 80,000 years since a meteorite fell from the sky and hit this spot. But there is a grain of truth in the banter. According to estimates the earth is hit by approximately 500 meteorites per year. Most of them are rather small. The Hoba meteorite, on the other hand, is a chunky fragment weighing tons. It is likely to have caused a violent tremor when it crashed into the earth. 

Hoba Meteorite - Fragment of a Dwarf Planet

The Delight Swakopmund charms its first guests

03. November 2015, inke - Gondwana Collection

The new hotel of the Gondwana group, The Delight Swakopmund received its first guests on 1 November. The very first ones arriving were Mr Freddy Frewer and his wife Carola from Windhoek. They are staying at The Delight for a week and are more than satisfied: "The ambience is fantastic, the breakfast 100 percent and the staff is very attentive," says Freddy Frewer. "We are enjoying our stay to the fullest." "And the colours", his wife adds. "They are so beautiful and bright."

The Delight Swakopmund charms its first guests

Where goodness grows

02. November 2015, inke - Gondwana Collection

Guests of our accommodation centres always marvel at the opulent and appetising buffets with their large selection of fresh salads, dairy and meat products. Our secret has a name: Gondwana Self-Sufficiency Centre (SSC). It is a farming operation which keeps chickens, pigs and cattle and also runs hothouses, a butchery and a smokehouse. The SSC is situated at the Kalahari Farmhouse on the outskirts of the village of Stampriet, east of Mariental in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Now in summer the SSC is a Garden of Eden. 

Where goodness grows

Curt von François Leaves a Noteworthy Legacy

16. October 2015, inke - Discover Namibia

He was Reichskommissar and Landeshauptmann of German South West Africa and left a remarkable legacy to the former colony: Curt von François is recognised as the European founder of Windhoek and Swakopmund. A monument was erected in his honour in Windhoek depicting him in the Schutztruppe uniform. Few know that von François was not only a soldier but primarily a talented cartographer and researcher who contributed significantly to the development of the former German colony. 

Curt von François Leaves a Noteworthy Legacy

Coughing Steward serves Death to Hundreds of Train Passengers

09. October 2015, inke - Discover Namibia

It is a virus with many names. 2007 it was called swine flu, in 1978 it was the Russian flu and in 1918 the Spanish flu. But whatever the name, this virus always spells death. Its worst outbreak was during the final months of the First World War when it raged worldwide, massively aided by the military. It even makes its way to the remote little hamlet of Aus and thins out the ranks in the POW camp, among the guards as much as among the prisoners. It happened around this time, 92 years ago.

Coughing Steward serves Death to Hundreds of Train Passengers

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