History

The intriguing tale of Cape Cross

It was first visited by Europeans centuries ago when Portuguese explorers left their homeland for years at a time, braving the vast oceans in their small wooden vessels searching for resources and new trade routes to the East.

Padlangs: Living at the edge

When Gondwana Gondwana Collection Namibia bought its first pieces of land in the area bordering the Fish River Canyon in the late 90s, the area was bone dry after a severe drought.

Rinderpest: Death, Destruction and Opportunity

When I recently visited a friend who had moved into a new home in Windhoek, I found myself looking at the name Robert Koch Street and wondered, who was Robert Koch, and why did his name sound so familiar?

Swakopmund’s steam ox

Most visitors to Namibia’s popular coastal town are familiar with the old steam locomotive named ‘Martin Luther’ that is enclosed in a glass structure on its outskirts.

De Pass: A story of pioneering and missed opportunity

in 1854, when much of Namibia remained unexplored and unknown to the western world, a man named Aaron de Pass arrived in Walvis Bay

Namibia's lighthouses - still showing the way for seafarers

Beach, surf waves from the Atlantic, howling seagulls and the view over the endless sea, the silhouette of a ship disappearing on the horizon - for many visitors to the Namibian coast this is the epitome of vacation.

Old Prison building in Swakopmund popular among tourists

Among the historic buildings in the coastal town of Swakopmund, a well preserved, stately double-story building is very popular among tourists coming to Swakopmund for photos.

Southern Namibia has interesting museums

Travelling through Namibia often leads to discoveries of unexpected hidden treasures such as small private museums that are certainly worthwhile a visit. In our third article on museums in Namibia, we journey south.

Padlangs: Spanish flu and lessons in time

Often when I’m traveling in southern Namibia on my way to Klein-Aus Vista lodge, I make a turn at the Commonwealth War Graves on the outskirts of Aus. Rows and rows of WW1 soldiers are buried there, many of whom died not from confrontation with the enem

A Namibian Tale of Mixed Fortunes

In his life, Hermann Dietz had never achieved any great fame in Namibia. As a young teenager, aged 14 or 15, he left school and went to the Cologne area to learn the trade of bricklayer.

150 years of Namibia-Finland relations started in Ondonga territory

When travelling to Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park,why not also explore the northern areas beyond the King Nehale conservancy and another 100 kms or so to Ondangwa?

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