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Ending the week On the Edge

07. September 2018, inke - Tourism

Nestled on a hilltop in a rather isolated location in Windhoek, adorned exquisitely with palm trees is Hotel Thule. It’s somewhat a haven, where you can sit and reflect amid the cool breeze drifting through your hair, birds chirping the day away, the therapeutic sound of children playing in the background, while appreciating the view of the city from the Terrace restaurant and sipping on a glass of Middelvlei Merlot. Surely this is the perfect way to end your week!

Ending the week On the Edge

Namushasha River Villa: Celebrate life in luxury on the Kwando River

05. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

Savour an intimate river experience in the Zambezi Region. Gondwana’s new luxurious floating River Villa is the ultimate destination for celebration, rest and appreciation of river magnificence. And you have it all to yourselves. Anchored in a channel on the Kwando River, opposite the Bwabwata National Park, the Namushasha River Villa is the ultimate on-the-water accommodation. 

Namushasha River Villa: Celebrate life in luxury on the Kwando River

Report on wetland bird counts and bird mapping at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, July 2018

04. September 2018, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

After a very successful series of summer counts at the four Gondwana lodges - Hakusembe River Lodge, Namushasha River Lodge, Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Chobe River Camp - in February it was time to repeat the exercise, this time in winter. Although the primary aim of the visit was the wetland bird counts, bird mapping (atlasing) was also done. 

Report on wetland bird counts and bird mapping at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, July 2018

Namibian economics to the point – August 2018

31. August 2018, inke - Economics

Namibia hosted the annual summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) this month. Namibia and Germany have signed a new N$2 billion (about 135 million Euros) cooperation agreement. Petrol and diesel prices increased by 25 cents a litre. The Director-General of the international Labour Organisation, Guy Riders visited Namibia. President Hage Geingob travelled to Indonesia and China at the end of August.  

Namibian economics to the point – August 2018

680 bird species in Namibia

30. August 2018, inke - Environment

According to the latest statistics no less than 680 different bird species are found in Namibia. Four of them were introduced to southern Africa and acclimatised well to Namibia and the neighbouring countries. Sixteen bird species are endemic. Fifty-one of the 680 bird species are threatened with extinction and another 27 species are endangered. 

680 bird species in Namibia

Otoliths help to determine fish species and age

28. August 2018, inke - Environment

Stones in the head of a fish – is that possible? Some anglers are aware of stones, or otoliths, in the head of the Madagascar meagre, but it is not generally known that ear-stones, most of them tiny, are found in the skull of all fish. Ear-stones, according to scientists, probably help fish to keep their balance. Otoliths are used to find out what Cape fur seals eat on our coast. 

Otoliths help to determine fish species and age

After a rain shower: The desert at Lüderitzbucht is alive

22. August 2018, inke - Environment

It is three months now since a heavy shower of over 50 mm came down in and around Lüderitz on May 17th. It revived many flowers that had not bloomed for years, or even worn leaves. Seeds which had slumbered in the parched soil for ages, awakened to life. The greenery and the colours are not short-lived, however: delicate pink blossoms are still to be admired, lush green stands out against the greys and browns of the desert floor, large patches turn yellow and insects are out and about everywhere.

After a rain shower: The desert at Lüderitzbucht is alive

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