How the Raining Season affects Namibia

At long last, after a seemingly endless drought, the rain has finally arrived. Having said that, this in no way implies that Namibia’s water problems have been solved. In reality, this year has shown a lower average rainfall than over the same period last year. However, we cannot let this get us down! We are Namibians and it shows through our reactions when we hear the rumbling of the thunder as it moves our way.

Windhoek Rain

Windhoek Rain

Namibia may be the only place where it is considered bad luck to use an umbrella in the rain…you might just chase the rain away! So as we are all rain lovers here, proven by the enthusiastic response to our Gondwana Rain Photo Competition, we decided to look at what the season has brought so far.

Rain Namibia

Rain Namibia

Starting in the south, the Canyon has had quite a bit of rain to enjoy. Starting the New Year off with the rains that brought down the Holoog River. In the same area 64mm was recorded! The Fish River also saw some action at Koelkrans (a camping spot in the Gondwana Canyon Park).

Holoog Rain

Holoog Rain

Since then things have only gotten better. Many of the rivers between Rehoboth and Keetmanshoop received some flow. In some places, like Tsumeb, we even saw flash floods!

The rainfall has also allowed for all kinds of little critters to come out of hiding. A good example is the Giant African Bullfrog. Apparently these little guys are quite a delicious delicacy.

Bull Frog Namibia

Bull Frog Namibia

And along with the green frogs that are coming out of hiding, we find more and more greenery popping from the soil. Even in the Kalahari Desert at Kalahari Anib Lodge, you will notice green grass stretching into the distance. Just as it is in and around Windhoek. The city finally looks alive again, with fresh leave and buds visible on all the trees.

Kalahari Desert Rain

Kalahari Desert Rain

Then of course, the most important consequence of the rain…the dams are finally receiving some inflow. A fantastic sign for the country, as we so desperately need the water. And again, we are not nearly close to having our problems solved. At least we have a solid start to the process.

Here are some of the images we received in the Rain Photo Competition… (the other stunning photos can be viewed on our Facebook page).

Namibia Rain Competition by Gondwana Collection

Namibia Rain Competition by Gondwana Collection

Namibia Rain Competition by Gondwana Collection

Namibia Rain Competition by Gondwana Collection

If you have any other rain related information or stories, we invite you to share them in our comment section below.

 

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What your Namibian New Year’s Resolutions should be

Namibian New Year’s Resolutions: We have come to that time of the year again when we all start compiling our list of New Year’s resolutions. For some it might be to live healthier, or get out of your comfort zone more often. For others it these resolutions are about travelling and new experiences. Well, Namibia definitely has the answer for most of the resolutions that need to be fulfilled in 2017.

First off, hit the outdoor gym! Go for a run, or a walk along a sandy trail. Get lots of fresh air and sun on your skin! A great place to do this is at the Bush Gym at Namib Desert Lodge.

Bush Gym Namib Desert

Bush Gym Namib Desert

Bush Gym Namib Desert

Bush Gym Namib Desert

Bush Gym Namib Desert

Bush Gym Namib Desert

Or take a walk along the riverside walking trail from Namushasha River Lodge to the Heritage Centre.

And those of you wishing to branch out and experience a unique sense of adventure…watch the sun set into the Kalahari Desert, setting fire to the horizon.

Or hike along the Fish River Canyon with the Canyon Klipspringer Trail.

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

Be sure to eat the Canyon Roadhouse’s Amarula cheese cake between the old timers.

Amarula Cheese Cake

Amarula Cheese Cake

Or enjoy fresh oysters and champagne for breakfast at the Delight.

The Delight Hotel Breakfast

The Delight Hotel Breakfast

Float along the Kavango River on a champagne cruise at Hakusembe River Lodge.

Hakusembe River Cruise

Hakusembe River Cruise

Sleep under an endless sky at Namib Dune Star Camp and…

Namib Dune Star Camp

Namib Dune Star Camp

Visit the legends of nature at Etosha Safari Lodge.

Etosha Safari Game Drive

Etosha Safari Game Drive

Dance to the rhythms of the Etosha Safari Camp’s Shebeen.

Etosha Camp Shebeen

Etosha Camp Shebeen

Embrace the strength of community in Damaraland and …

Sundeck Damara Mopane Lodge

Sundeck Damara Mopane Lodge

Enjoy the warm welcome at our very own Kalahari Farmhouse.

Kalahari Farmhouse

Kalahari Farmhouse

Travel through Namibia and see the hidden jewels that are there to inspire and delight. Fulfil your New Year’s resolutions in style and comfort with us and the Gondwana Collection. We wish you all a wonderful 2017, and look forward to joining you in this year’s journey.

If you have any other New Year’s resolutions, we invite you to share them in the comment section below.

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Windhoek or Swakopmund over NYE?

New Years Eve is coming soon and the question, as it is each year, is where to spend the festive evening? In Namibia the big question is probably to stay in Windhoek or go to Swakopmund?

Let‘s start with Windhoek. As most Namibians will leave the city and go to the coast, where the climate is much more enjoyable compared to the heat in the central areas over December. Therefore Windhoek will be mostly empty and quiet. The most spots close their doors but hey, that can also have something positive if you are in need of some relaxed days and a much more laid back NYE.

Windhoek city - Image: Why Namibia

Windhoek city – Image: Why Namibia

If you want to have a quiet, special culinary NYE I absolutely recommend reserving a table. Because the restaurants and bars, which are open, will be fully booked. Spots to have a nice dinner could be…

Hotel Heinitzburg, it has a great view of Windhoek and a fancy atmosphere, the menu and wines are awesome but lean more toward the expensive side.

Hotel Thule, more or less the same thing can be expect, just a little bit more cosy due to the more intimate setting.

Joe’s Beerhouse is more likely the Pub and Restaurant location. Nice meals, good meat and cold drinks are awaiting you. The prices are good and the atmosphere will definitely be more festive than in the two hotels mentioned above.

Joe's Beerhouse

Joe’s Beerhouse

You have a nice place with a much nicer Braai? Braaiïng is the term in Southern Africa for a nice, tasty (and mostly consisting of meat) Grill or Barbecue. Supermarkets and butcheries are open. Get some wood, because coals are not well approved amongst Namibians for a Braai, and invite some friends. Cold drinks shouldn’t be missed.

Image: Coffeeshack.co.za

Image: Coffeeshack.co.za

Now we take a look on a typical Swakopmund NYE! Ready? Okay…

As most Namibians will hang around in Swakopmund during NYE and the festive days, you better check the availability of accommodations before you enter Swakopmund. Some camping places are maybe the last chance to avoid sleeping in the car in a supermarket‘s parking lot. If you are lucky to find accommodation for your stay over NYE in Swakopmund, here is what you could do.

Swakopmund - Image: Where to stay

Swakopmund – Image: Where to stay

A dinner at the seaside in one of the marvelous restaurants in Swakopmund. There are just too many to list them all, but here is list where you will find a guaranteed warm, welcoming NYE evening. Even here, book a table as soon as possible. Swakopmund Brauhaus, Secret Garden Bistro, Erich’s Restaurant and Wurstbude.

Swakopmund Brauhaus - Image: Tripadvisor

Swakopmund Brauhaus – Image: Tripadvisor

Swakopmund is definitely the place to be in Namibia, to have a great NYE Party . At the club Naps you will have the Monser Energy New Year’s Eve with Grimehouse Party. This will definitely be the hottest spot for young party seekers.

You have some friends in Swakopmund? There are definitely a lot of house parties going on at NYE. Maybe you will find your way to one of the house parties.

At the Beach you can relax and enjoy some drinks or a little snack, also there might be some fireworks to see in Henties Bay and on Langestrand.

Langstrand - Image: Walvis Bay Pristine Properties

Langstrand – Image: Walvis Bay Pristine Properties

You feel like it’s hard to decide which place to go to? Come back next year to beautiful Namibia to see both cities with their specific (Nam) flavour during the festive days.

If you have any other suggestions on where to spend New Year’s Eve, we invite you to share them in the comment section below.

Author – Marco Scholsen

 

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