How a photo blog can inspire you to visit the Kalahari Desert in Namibia

The images below showcase the newly refurbished Kalahari Anib Lodge in Namibia:

An inviting oasis tucked in the desert

An inviting oasis tucked in the desert

Embrace  the reality of the Kalahari atmosphere

Embrace the reality of the Kalahari atmosphere

The awesome scenery of the nightfall

The awesome scenery of the nightfall

Always a variety - never a dull moment

Always a variety – never a dull moment

Soup station

Soup station

The ideal place to unwind

The ideal place to unwind

The early bird catches a great sunrise

The early bird catches a great sunrise

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast delicacy

Healthy alternatives

Breakfast area

Breakfast in warm morning light

Breakfast in warm morning light

Kalahari Anib Lodge is a relaxed and down-to-earth stopover for a taste of Kalahari.

Fire place

Fire place

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Design detail

Breakfast area

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Comfort family room

Comfort family room

Comfort family room

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Standard room

Comfort room

Comfort room

Comfort room

Comfort room

Outdoor relaxation

Don’t miss the time of day when the Earth seems to pause for Kalahari magic

Interior detail

Interior detail

Bathroom amenities

Bathroom amenities

Explore the Gondwana Kalahari Park on the sunset drive

Explore the Gondwana Kalahari Park on the sunset drive

Are you inspired to travel to the Kalahari Desert? You are invited to comment below.

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How Gondwana can guide you through Namibia

Namibia covers a vast amount of land, 825,418 km² to be exact. For someone who hasn’t been to this lovely country before, it’s good to know that there are long stretches of open space between most of the towns. These wide open spaces actually add to your Namibian experience because they are filled with stunning landscapes that include deserts, savannahs and bush fields. This being an ideal opportunity to experience the great outdoors!

Now one of the big points to be made: Namibia is stunningly beautiful in general, but there are a few specific locations scattered across the country that are absolutely awe-inspiring and are not to be missed. The catch is that these lovely locations are not always conveniently placed within city limits or even town limits. A lot of the times they are placed in the middle of nowhere.  This is where the Gondwana Collection comes in! We have lodges placed close to all the great sights in the country and these lodges offer various opportunities to actually experience the sights on a more personal level. And of course the placement of these lodges makes them the ideal place to visit or stay along your way through Namibia.

In southern Namibia, tucked away alongside the incredible Fish River Canyon – the second largest canyon in the world– is a stretch of land that has become the Gondwana Canyon Park. What’s great about this park is that the entire area is a conservation area, meaning that all animals roam freely and in peace. The park also holds other secrets, including three of our lodges; Canyon Lodge, Canyon Village and Canyon Roadhouse. Each of which is unique in their own way, and all offer activities to exploit the scenery of the canyon to the best of your photographic skills.

Fish River Canyon Namibia

Fish River Canyon Namibia

Canyon Lodge Namibia

Canyon Lodge Namibia

When you start heading north again, you may find yourself cruising along the Kalahari Desert, with its bright red sand stretching into the savannah. And what better way to experience the sun set the sands alight, than watching the sunset from your personal terrace at the Kalahari Anib Lodge or Kalahari Farmhouse. And as you move slightly toward the west, you find yourself smack-dab in the middle of the oldest desert in the world! The Namib Desert has its own way of convincing you to stay, to dig your toes into the fine sand and let it wash through your fingers… the most incredible sight is experiencing the night sky in all its wonder as the milky-way sings you to sleep. This can only be experienced when visiting the Namib Desert Lodge and of course the Namib Dune Star Camp, where you can push your bed out onto the deck and truly experience the starlight.

The Namib Desert experience

The Namib Desert experience

The Namib Desert Lodge

The Namib Desert Lodge

All the way to the west, as you stand on the beach facing the Atlantic, with a soft, salty spray sticking to your skin and the vast dunes stretching inland behind you, a slight chill runs down your spine as the evening breeze lazy clings to your shoulders… you can set your mind at ease knowing that you have a warm cosy bed waiting for you at the luxurious Delight Hotel.

The Delight Hotel Swakopmund

The Delight Hotel Swakopmund

The Delight Hotel guestroom

The Delight Hotel guestroom

Heading north, you enter into Damaraland and cast your eyes onto the rich Namibian lands with high mountains, low valleys and ancient rivers finding their way through their domain. The Damara Mopane Lodge lies here, serving as an oasis amongst the red rocks that scatter the area. Comfortable, beautiful and ideal for your visit.

The Damaraland experience

The Damaraland experience

The African elders find themselves roaming along the Etosha National Park and of course there are few other places where you would be able to get as close to these magnificent elephants. Visit watering holes and spot the king of the savannah,hunting as you drive across the sandy plains. Spend your evenings surrounded by lively chatter in an exquisite setting in the Etosha Safari Lodge or the Etosha Safari Camp where you should not miss an opportunity to get comfortable in a recycled tyre-chair at the Shebeen.

Etosha Game Drive

Etosha Game Drive

Etosha Safari Lodge Namibia

Etosha Safari Lodge Namibia

Along the great Okavango river, at the Hakusembe River Lodge, you could find yourself cruising along the water or lounging in a cabin looking out onto the serene waters drifting by. Or head further east and find yourself in the Caprivi at the Namushasha River Lodge along the Zambezi River where you can spend lazy afternoons on the restaurant deck watching the current flow by and contemplate the meaning of life…or what you want for dinner. Whichever floats your boat!

Boat cruise along the Okavango River

Boat cruise along the Okavango River

Namushasha River Lodge along the Zambezi River

Namushasha River Lodge along the Zambezi River

With so many options to choose from and so many activities to show you the depth and beauty of the land, how could there be any other option? The Gondwana Collection is an ideal way to guide you to the beauty Namibia holds. A beauty that will not leave you disappointed.

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6 things to do in Windhoek

When you go to travel, you arrive at and depart from an international airport. Now in Namibia, as your research may have shown you, only has one of those and it lies 45km from our capital city, Windhoek. Having said this, I can pretty much guarantee that you will be spending at least one full day in the capital, whether that be at the beginning or the end of your trip.

Now this realisation may lead to the all-important question that plagues all travellers…what is there to do? Well my dear travelling reader, do not fear because we have you covered. Windhoek may be slightly different to the other places you have visited before and as you should know every traveller has their own set of preferences regarding what they want to see when visiting a new and exciting destination. So coming up is a list of 6 different types of places to visit when you are in Windhoek.

  1. For the history-buffs, there is at least one on each trip… There’s quite a bit to see, ranging from Heroes’ Acre outside of Windhoek, to the Independence Museum of Namibia and the Christuskirche in town. These sights cover everything from German colonial influence to local cultural heritage.
Heroes' acre . Photo: Rosemary Walden

Heroes’ acre. Photo: Rosemary Walden

Christuskirche. Photo: Michael Paur

Christuskirche. Photo: Michael Paur

  1. Nature-freaks do not fear you can get your outdoor-fix right in town. All you need to do is stop at the Tintenpalast gardens across from the old parliament buildings, head over to the Botanical Gardens that are right in town or to the Avis Dam Nature Reserve to familiarise yourself with the local flora and fauna, and of course to get the first or the last bit of dust on your hiking boots.

 

Tintenpalast. Photo: Michael Paur

Tintenpalast. Photo: Michael Paur

  1. Our local flavour runs hot and you can get a sneak-peak right in town at the Namibia Craft Centre, which offers the opportunity to peruse uniquely Namibian products, all of which have been handmade by local craftsmen. Or if you would like to delve a little deeper, head over to KatuturaTownship for a guided tour that shows you exactly why this city is so unique.

 

Namibia Craft Centre. Photo: Informanté

Namibia Craft Centre. Photo: Informanté

  1. To eat, drink and enjoy…Windhoek offers a variety of interesting and different locations. Head straight over to Single Quarters in Katutura, to experience Kapana (meat grilled on an open flame) for yourself.The well-known Joe’s Beerhouse that has been delighting patrons for years with its unique style and décor and of course Andy’s pub, a local watering hole, both offer a great vibe and welcoming atmosphere where food and drink is in abundance.

 

Kapana at Single Quarters. Photo: Namiban Sun

Kapana at Single Quarters. Photo: Namiban Sun

  1. The local nightlife can be experienced all across town, with The Boiler room in city centre that offers a laid-back vibe and every variant of rock, 264 is closer to downtown and offers all round genres of music, and of course Club London in the southern industrial area which drifts more to commercial dance and straight-up electro music. Depending on your taste in sound, you will definitely find a place that suits your mood.

 

The Boiler room. Photo: The Boiler room

The Boiler room. Photo: The Boiler room

Club London. Photo: Club London

Club London. Photo: Club London

  1. Every now and again… well as we know everything in moderation, right? Well we agree, so when you find yourself in our little part of the world, be sure to check out what’s happening at the Warehouse Theatre, they offer poetry slams, open-mic nights and musical acts every few weeks. Once a month, you will also find the Windhoek City Market popping up somewhere in town and offers music, great food and something that can only be described as uniquely Namibian.
The Warehouse Theatre

The Warehouse Theatre

The Parlotones performing live at the Warehouse Theatre. Photo: Namlish Media cc

The Parlotones performing live at the Warehouse Theatre. Photo: Namlish Media cc

I could keep going but I wouldn’t want to rob you of the chance to discover the city’s secrets on your own. Windhoek, just like Namibia, is a diverse collaboration of people, sights and sounds and I am sure you will not be leaving here disappointed, maybe pleasantly surprised though… If you are still doubting a day in the capital, let me put your mind at ease: You will not be sorry.

If you know of any other places in Windhoek that you think are worth visiting, mention it in the comments!

 

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