Feel closer – at the new Kalahari Anib Lodge

Kalahari Anib Lodge will be undergoing a rigorous three-month facelift early next year. Following the re-branding in 2014, the ‘Feel Closer’ theme will now be implemented to enhance the Kalahari experience of our guests. The lodge will close for alterations and extensive renovations on 4 January 2016 and reopen on 1 April.

“We trust that our partners will understand,” says Miriam Schmidt, the marketing manager of the Gondwana Collection. “Renovations have to be carried out at all the lodges at regular intervals in order to maintain the quality of the product. Alterations at Kalahari Anib Lodge will be so extensive that we decided to close for three months rather than expect guests to put up with the disturbances of construction work in progress.”

The freestanding chalets of the lodge complex will be converted into 22 comfort rooms including family units with fantastic views of the savannah. The 30 standard rooms around the courtyard will be thoroughly upgraded.

Something old, something new: The beautiful courtyard at the Kalahari Anib Lodge will be left as is.

Something old, something new: The beautiful courtyard at the Kalahari Anib Lodge will be left as is.

“On the whole we will bring more nature into the lodge”, says the architect in charge, Sven-Erik Staby. “The access road to the lodge will be shifted and lead through more enticing scenery in future. Walkways will be constructed behind the chalets so that guests can enjoy uninterrupted vistas of the savannah. And the new restaurant and large terrace will offer wonderful views of the waterhole to the east.”

Kalahari Anib Lodge will reopen on 1 April 2016. Our guests can look forward to a spacious new main building which will house the reception, a souvenir shop, a bar and a restaurant with a terrace of generous proportions.

The concept design for the alterations and renovation works at Kalahari Anib Lodge. (Sven-Erik Staby)

The concept design for the alterations and renovation works at Kalahari Anib Lodge. (Sven-Erik Staby)

A 3D model of the new restaurant and reception area at Kalahari Anib Lodge. (Sven-Erik Staby)

A 3D model of the new restaurant and reception area at Kalahari Anib Lodge. (Sven-Erik Staby)

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A Namibian hikers guide to packing

A Namibian hikers guide to packing

This blog post is only a recommendation and is based on personal experience.

When you go hiking there are a number of things you will need to make your life a breeze. It is inevitable that you will pack unnecessary items on your first hiking trip, but I can assure you that it gets easier and easier with every hiking adventure you embark on.

The first set of necessities for hiking is your attire.

Hiking shoes are your companion and you should get well acquainted with each other. Buy your shoes at least 6 weeks before you go on a trip, and try to buy a shoe size a little bigger than you would normally wear.

Hiking shoes

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Wear your shoes on a daily basis to make sure they don’t cause any blisters while on your hike. By the second day, these blisters will cause a lot of pain and will make your hike an uncomfortable torture session.

The clothing you choose also plays an important role throughout the hike. Days are very hot and the nights can get chilly to freezing cold. Your day time clothing should be comfortable, loose and cover your shoulders. Don’t pack too much clothes. I can assure you, you will not use it. Pack a light shirt, pants and socks for each day, and one set of warm clothing. The rule of emergency clothing being despicably clean does not apply when hiking. Your clothes will get dirty but hey, so will you.

To protect your neck from getting scorched, a buff or hiking scarf is a very handy tool. The great thing about a buff is that there are more than 10 ways to wear it and can serve as a hat, balaclava, hair band or a neck gaiter. A buff, derived from the Spanish word ‘bufanda’ which means scarf, is a nifty little piece of seamless fabric every hiker should own.

Jual-buff-murah-di-balikpapan

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Hiking gear

The first and very important thing you need is a backpack. Do not just randomly walk into a store and buy the first backpack you see that looks beautiful, expensive and comfortable. You will be sorry. Get the help of a shop assistant to help you choose your backpack. Most hiking and adventure shops have bags that are already stuffed with items to give weight to the bag. If not, request it. Try on the bags and walk around the shop with it. Be sure there is nothing causing discomfort to your neck, back or any other part of your body. All the weight of your backpack should be carried by your waist and should not rest on your shoulders.

hiking pack

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A walking pole is something that will help you a great deal on your journey. At first it might seem like an unimportant piece of equipment to take along, but it reduces the impact on your knees and legs. It helps you keep a steady rhythm, its handy to push away branches when walking through dense vegetation, and can serve as a tent pole. When you have to cross rivers or mud, you can use your pole to test the depth and improves your balance on slippery surfaces or river crossings. When buying your walking pole, make sure it’s the correct length and that it feels comfortable in your hand.

trekking pole

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Let’s talk water and other fluids.

Water tablets or water drops are very important to take along if you will be dependent on streams and rivers for water. I would just like to issue a warning about water tablets, drops and some water filters. Most of these products contain iodine. If you are allergic to iodine or have a tendency to get allergic reactions from shellfish or products containing iodine, rather stay away and make sure you buy the correct products that do not contain iodine. Read the packaging very carefully.

To keep your water cool throughout the day, buy a canteen that has insulated wool or blanket cover. When you fill your water bottle in the river or streams, dip the whole bottle so it’s soaking wet, and your water will stay cooler for much longer periods of time.

canteen

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Keep a smaller water bottle at hand to fill with water and replacement electrolytes. Electrolytes not only control the amount of water in the body, but also the electrical signaling of your heart, brain and muscle system. There a lot of products on the market that you can mix with your water to ensure your body don’t lose the necessary amount of sodium, potassium, chloride and magnesium.

These are some of the most important items I could think of but to help you pack your bag. Outdoor Warehouse have compiled a great hiking checklist for you to print out and they even have a great illustration of exactly how you should pack your backpack. Click on the pictures to go directly to the website.

pack your backpack rightHiking_ChecklistThe last tip I can give: When you are hiking in a big group, try to divide items amongst each other, like medical aid kits and hiking stoves etc. Get together and discuss which items can be divided to ensure the weight of your back pack is reduced to make your hike more comfortable.

Last but not least, never ever leave a teammate behind. When you are hiking in a group, look after each, cry, laugh and scream together and care for each other but never leave your team behind.

Fish River Canyon I would love to hear your hiking tips or about your adventures or if you want recommendations and tips, you are more than welcome to send me an email at : pr@gondwana-collection.com

To experience the Fish River Canyon with Gondwana Collection Namibia, click here.

Happy Hiking!

Jessica Thomas is a local freelance writer. She is an eccentric young lady who has a love affair with writing. Get on board her journey of discovery.

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20 reasons why Namibia is a one stop destination where you can experience it all

Here are 20 reasons why Namibia is a one stop destination where you can experience it all

Striking rock formations

Annette rock formations

Image by: Annette

Le' Agency (Ami Sell) rock formations

Spitskoppe Image by: Ami Sell

Namibia is considered one of the world’s best destinations for stargazing

Starry night by Michael Bonocore

Starry night by Michael Bonocore

Namibia is considered one of the world’s best destinations for stargazing

Adventure at the coast by Franco

Adventure at the coast by Franco

Self drive tours are easy and very popular

Aus area by Michael Bonocore

Aus area by Michael Bonocore

Adventurous 4 x 4 routes (don’t try this at home)

4 X 4 by Petro Walters

4 X 4 by Petro Walters

There are amazing opportunities for bird lovers to spot all kinds of birds.

Michael Okako birdlife

Secretary bird by Michael Okako

Sonja Steenkamp birdlife

Hornbill Sonja Steenkamp

Maja Carstens birds

Guineafowl by Maja Carstens

Lizette birdlife

Pelican by Lizette at the Namibian coast

Wildlife

Hubert Seitz amazing wildlife

Etosha by Hubert Seitz

From the smallest…

Danny Beukes smallest

Palmato gecko by Danny Beukes

Rae de Lange smallest of the smallest animals

Damara Dik-dik by Rae de Lange

To the biggest …

Sonja Steenkamp biggest of the biggest

Elephant by Sonja Steenkamp

Even animals with a little bit of attitude

Linda-mari Viljoen attitude

Desert Chameleon by Linda-Mari Viljoen

Natalie Storbeck animals with attitude and a sense of humour

Camel by Natalie Storbeck

The ladies would be glad to know that in Namibia, the woman wear the pants in the house.

Tim Theron in namibia - the woman wear the pants in the house

Tim Theron

We have very friendly people

Image by: Debbie Sachse

Image by: Debbie Sachse

Namibian people are diverse with interesting backgrounds

Ovahimba lady by Sabine Kroling

Ovahimba lady by Sabine Kroling

America calls it survivor, we call it camping

Image by:  Alexandra Klohn

Image by: Alexandra Klohn

Beautiful architecture

Swakopmund by Linda-mari Viljoen

Swakopmund by Linda-mari Viljoen

Interesting patterns are found in nature

Dry riverbed by Jessie Vermeulen

Dry riverbed by Jessie Vermeulen

Wide open spaces

Spreetahoogte Pass Christian Stiebahl wide open spaces

Spreetshoogte pass by Christian Stiebahl

michael bonocore  ndl

Fosilized dunes by Michael Bonocore

Great fishing opportunities

Hakusembe River lodge by Michael Bonocore

Hakusembe River lodge by Michael Bonocore

Strange road markings

Viola Husselmann

Image by: Viola Husselmann

The most beautiful sunsets

Image by: Michael Bonocore

Image by: Michael Bonocore

I know you can find these elements in many countries around the world, but in Namibia all these elements are combined into one fantastic destination.

Are you ready for an adventure?

Image by Tangi Nepolo

Image by Tangi Nepolo

I take that as a yes. Click here to book your holiday now.

Compiled by : Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas is a local freelance writer. She is an eccentric young lady who has a love affair with writing. Get on board her journey of discovery.

 

 

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