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The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

09. February 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

At the southern end of the Fish River Canyon, a mineral-rich hot spring encircled by rugged mountains has attracted people for centuries. It was known from the earliest times by the Nama who went there when sick to be healed by the rejuvenating waters. /Ai-/Ais is the Nama word for ‘very hot’. Groundwater heated up in the Earth’s crust rises to the surface at about 60˚C in passages created by the deep fault systems found in the canyon.

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

Cradle of Animalia lies in southern Namibia

08. February 2018, inke - Environment

The discovery of over 500 million year old small fossils in southern Namibia, are today supporting scientific research of living organisms that dwelled on mega-continents like Gondwana, Pangea and Rodinia. Namibia’s southern mountain ranges near Aus provide fascinating fossil finds – witness to dramatic happenings like the Cambrian Fauna Explosion eons ago. Renowned international scientists are currently researching these fossils. Would you like to know more? Read on.

Cradle of Animalia lies in southern Namibia

Large and unusual visitors at our shores

07. February 2018, inke - Environment

Something large and ungainly was lying just above the high-water mark on a beach in Skeleton National Park. Some vehicles had driven past, probably because the brown lump looked like one of the many tree trunks that get deposited on the beaches. But then the ‘trunk’ turned out to be a young bull southern elephant seal. The bulky marine mammal seemed unperturbed by the people around him.

Large and unusual visitors at our shores

Cancer Association travels the countryside

05. February 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Cancer Association of Namibia CAN has launched this year’s National Cancer Outreach Programme (NCOP) in the south of the country. From 22 to 26 January cancer screening and education was on the agenda in Rehoboth, Mariental, Stampriet and Aranos. Among the venues were Kalahari Anib Lodge and the Kalahari Farmhouse with the Self-Sufficiency Centre. Already since 2016 the lodge group Gondwana Collection provides board and lodging in support of the Cancer Association’s National Outreach Programme

Cancer Association travels the countryside

Did you know that penguins sometimes should not swim?

02. February 2018, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

Visitors to the coast sometimes find penguins on the beach that seem to be sick and try to put them back into the water. When the little fellows look scruffy and unhappy they are not sick but in moult. A number of these flightless birds are sometimes brought to Swakopmund or Walvis Bay where they eventually make it to Dr Sandra Dantu and in Lüderitz to the rehabilitation centre of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

Did you know that penguins sometimes should not swim?

Vegetable boxes for the Mammadù Trust

28. January 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

Remarkable sound effects were emanating from the grounds of the Gondwana Travel Centre in Windhoek on Friday, 19 January. The noise of hammering and sawing mingled with peals of laughter as some 70 staffers deserted their desks and rolled up their sleeves for some manual work. It was an afternoon of teambuilding, the highlight of the entertaining exercise was a group project to construct small, portable vegetable gardens. All the effort was for a good cause: the little vegetable gardens were handed to the Mammadù Trust.

Vegetable boxes for the Mammadù Trust

Mysterious Monument in Aus

26. January 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Aus is situated 125 km east of Lüderitz on the fringe of the Huib Plateau in the Namib Desert. If you make time for a closer look at this little village of 1,200 inhabitants (in 2011) you will discover a memorial stone at the riverbank next to the old railway station from German colonial times. The stone is a good two metres high, but there is no commemorative plaque... In whose honour was this monument erected? 

Mysterious Monument in Aus

Bush pigs: Rarely seen and little known

25. January 2018, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

Well-known ornithologist and safari guide Steve Braine worked for the Department of Nature Conservation for many years and was based in the Zambezi Region when it was still called the Caprivi. He says that he has never seen a bush pig anywhere in Namibia. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has no figures on bush pigs. No pigs were spotted during the game counts in recent years. 

Bush pigs: Rarely seen and little known

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