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Ship wrecks – reminder of ancient times

26. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

Many people worldwide are fascinated by ship wrecks. It is like directly touching history. The shipping route from Europe to the Cape of Good Hope along Africa’s southern most point to India and Asia – discovered some 500 years ago – brought a lot of traffic. Many sailing ships of different nations travelled this route past Namibia. Accidents happened, stormy seas and hash winds led to shipwrecks. 

Ship wrecks – reminder of ancient times

In the hearth: The beloved fireplace of yesteryear

23. December 2017, inke - Culture

Memories have unusual origins. My love for fireplaces began when I was fourteen years old. I memorise an image that has remained with me throughout my life and that ignited my fascination for fireplaces. Since that time, regardless of where I am in southern Africa or in Europe, I stop whenever I see ruins of an old fireplace. It is always symbolic to me that the rest of the house has crumbled away to time, yet these sturdy fireplaces and their chimneys remain standing.

In the hearth: The beloved fireplace of yesteryear

A tiger safari in Namibia

22. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Sport

Many anglers aren’t aware that Namibia is really cool for fishing. The diversity of fish species is quite impressive. Perhaps you have heard about surf fishing for sharks, which is a common activity along the country’s beaches and Namibia is well-known for it. But there is so much more to fishing in this awesome country on the south-western coast of Africa. In May I was there on a journey of discovery and scrutinised fishing opportunities in various places. 

A tiger safari in Namibia

Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

18. December 2017, inke - Environment, Tourism

The coastal areas that people flock to in droves at this time of the year are the habitat of the endangered Damara tern. And the breeding season of these small seabirds and other plover species, some of which are also threatened, happens to coincide with Namibia’s main holiday season in December and January. Several national parks cover the entire coast of Namibia and certain rules have to be obeyed. Far too many visitors, however, still ignore them.

Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

Lost in the Namib for four days

15. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

“Since that episode in the desert I drink anything – and with gusto.” He jumps up as I carry our drinks to the table, waits until I am seated and pours for us. Dr Klaus Baron von der Ropp is a lawyer by profession and a gentleman of the old school. In October 2012 he came to Namibia to once again meet the people who came to his rescue on 13 December 1975 after a four-day odyssey in the desert. “Even today, after almost 40 years, I am still infinitely glad and grateful that I was found.” 

Lost in the Namib for four days

Painting of watershed moment in Namibian history on auction

13. December 2017, inke - Culture

On 14 December 2017, Namibia will take centre stage at the world-famous Christies Auction House in London. A painting by Thomas Baines, dating back to 1864 and capturing a turning point in pre-colonial Namibian history, will fall under the auctioneer’s hammer. The painting is expected to be sold for £200 000 to £300 000, equivalent to 3.6 to 5.6 million Namibian dollars.

Painting of watershed moment in Namibian history on auction

Origins of the Dash

09. December 2017, inke - Sport, Gondwana Collection

Riding through the desert landscape, with nothing but your bicycle and headlamp to guide you through the dry, harsh terrain. Darkness stretches its daunting fingers into every direction, making you wonder what is hiding in the shadows… Intimidating, isn’t it? The Desert Dash, while exhilarating, challenging and absolutely thrilling, is most definitely not for the feint hearted. 

Origins of the Dash

The bicycle: 200 years of freedom

08. December 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

Driving along the streets of Windhoek, I notice a cyclist careening past me, dressed in close-fitting lycra cycling gear with a cycling helmet on his head, sleek as a racehorse. I take a few moments to entertain my active imagination, exchanging his modern bicycle with one of the first wooden bicycles of the 1800s. The bicycle has come a long way. Indeed. This year marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the bicycle.

The bicycle: 200 years of freedom

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