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Welcome Desert Grace – jewel of the desert

24. December 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

It was an auspicious day when I travelled south for the opening of The Desert Grace on 1 November, positioned elegantly and robustly between a belt of apricot dunes. Dusky pinks and soft luxuriant touches grace the interior with stylish flourishes and artistic finishes. The Grace generously shares the ancient wisdom of the Namib that it keeps (so secretly) to itself - that a wealth of fragile loveliness can be found in its seemingly tough exterior. 

Welcome Desert Grace – jewel of the desert

Swakopmund’s super talent is barely taller than his instrument

21. December 2018, inke - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Kati places both his hands onto the hard-stretched skin of the bongo drum. Energetically, the knuckly part of his palm touches the edge of the drum, effortlessly his fingers follow, bouncing off the head. In alternation of thumb and fingertips he makes a gentle sound, changing to a faster tempo, creating a rhythmic liveliness. His enthusiasm is evident. Kati is five years old and barely taller than his instrument.

Swakopmund’s super talent is barely taller than his instrument

Take your garbage with you and stay on busy roads

20. December 2018, inke - Environment, Tourism

It’s the holiday season! Holidaymakers are flocking to the coast in droves. They want to enjoy the beach and nature in general by driving into the Namib Desert and thus into our national parks. Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures. For many years this well-meant piece of advice was intended to promote environmental protection. Nowadays it needs to be rephrased to get the message across more clearly. 

Take your garbage with you and stay on busy roads

When nature goes haywire

18. December 2018, inke - Environment

Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone for grooming their beaks. Birds in the wild have plenty of opportunities to groom their beaks, but occasionally there are some that do not succeed.  When nature goes haywire, the upper or lower beak – or even the entire beak – may become crooked and too long. 

When nature goes haywire

Handle undersize fish with care

13. December 2018, inke - Environment

Holiday time! Fun, joy and fishing on the beach! Every year thousands of Namibians and visitors from neighbouring countries visit the coastal towns of Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Wlotzkasbaken and Henties Bay to enjoy the cooler weather at the Atlantic Ocean and to relax on the beaches. One of the favourite pastimes is angling, but a permit is required for any recreational fishing. 

Handle undersize fish with care

Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

11. December 2018, inke - Environment

The Namibian Government has banned plastic bags in national parks and nature reserves as from 22 November 2018. Visitors and their vehicles will be searched at park entrances. A spot fine of N$500 (about 32 Euros) must be paid, when found with forbidden plastic bags inside a park by officials. Alternatively, a prison term of up to six months could be ordered or both a fine and imprisonment.

Namibia bans plastic bags in nature parks

Bushfires a seasonal occurrence in north-eastern Namibia

07. December 2018, inke - Environment

Over large parts of Namibia the sky has a greyish white tinge during August and September. From a plane you will definitely notice the layer of smog which hovers up to 12000 feet (3657 metres) above sea level, or about 2000 metres above the ground. Countless bushfires, some of them huge, are the reason for the greyish white sky and for air pollution at levels high above the ground – especially in north-eastern Namibia and in neighbouring Angola, Zambia and Botswana.

Bushfires a seasonal occurrence in north-eastern Namibia

Namibian Economics to the point - November 2018

30. November 2018, inke - Economics

The Hosea Kutako International Airport will receive N$245 million for upgrades, while petrol and diesel prices increased by 50 cents and 70 cents respectively. The Rössing uranium mine in the Erongo Region, will be sold to China. Namibia’s inflation rate rose to 5.1 percent in October, up from 4.8 percent in September, the National Statistics Agency reported this month. 

Namibian Economics to the point - November 2018

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