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I thought I would show you another Namibian farm gate. This imposing structure can be found about 90 kms north-east of Windhoek on a gravel road.

Approaching from a westerly direction we climbed a long shallow incline at the top of which this gate stood tall. Seen from afar I had no idea what it was. It has to be one of the largest farm entrances I have seen. Impossible to miss, it stands out against the landscape and shouts its presence.

Schenke Werde is a guest and hunting farm. From the photograph you can just see the game fences on either side of the gate, these are between 2.5 and 3 meters tall.

Namibia was, at one stage, a German colony - German South-West Africa. The German influence is still very strong in the country with food and buildings reflecting the colonial past and many of the original German settlers descendants continue to live and work here.

I imagine that this farm was owned at one time by the family Schenk and I discovered that a Dr Schenck, (geologist) worked for Adolf Lüderitz (1884) who was a German merchant and founder of the colony.

Another notable Namibian Schenck was Wolfgang. The son of a farmer, Wolfgang went on to become a German Luftwaffe fighter ace and was the recipient of the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross which was presented to him by Adolf Hitler on 21 November 1942. After the war he returned to Namibia and became a bush pilot.

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