What does Gondwana mean?

The Gondwana Collection is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. To the public we are known as a lodge group that strives for service excellence and to conduct business in a way that is environmentally conscious. One of our major aims as a company is to preserve the natural heritage of Namibia.

The basic history, summed up quite bluntly, is that four like-minded people came together in 1996 to create a place where wildlife could roam freely and safely along the Fish River Canyon. They intended to have this project funded by a temporary tented camp on the property. This humble idea grew rapidly and the Gondwana Collection grew into fourteen properties across the country.

Gondwana Collection Namibia

Some may recall that we once had a different name, the Gondwana Travel Centre, which was changed to the Gondwana Collection. I’m sure you’ve noticed though that the one idea that remains at its centre, is ‘Gondwana’.

The word itself has prehistoric origins. Scientists believe that there was once a super continent, in which all continents of earth were connected as one. This massive continent was named Pangaea. Its name is derived from the Ancient Greek words pan (meaning “whole / entire”) and Gaia (meaning “Mother Earth” and also the name of the ancient Greek goddess of earth).

Rights to John Pangaea

Rights to John Pangaea

This super continent was divided into a northern and southern hemisphere. The northern half was named Laurentia or Laurasia and the southern half was named Gondwana.

Rights to ZME Science

Rights to ZME Science

The name of this southern super continent has unique origins. The continent was named by Austrian scientist, Eduard Suess, after a region in central northern India. This region is named the ‘forest of the Gonds’, after a tribe that lives in the area.

The Gonds are a people who live in central India. The reason the continent was named after this group, is because India had been part of the Gondwana super continent.

Rights to Indianbijou

Rights to Indianbijou

It is because of this rich background that the four founders of our company decided to use this name. However the meaning of Gondwana was brought in once again, when the lodge group received its new logo. To explain the logo, one needs to understand the origins of the company’s name. The new logo consists of the hand. A very simple but also loaded image.

The hand can symbolise history and heritage through the lines embedded in the skin. It can also be a welcoming idea, an introduction through a handshake. And of course it symbolises unity and the ‘coming together’ of people and communities. These are some of the reasons why we chose the hand as our identity. And if you look closely, there is so much more.

"You can see Africa & South America"

“You can see Africa & South America”

When you consider the logo above, you can see Africa. You can also see South America, as it was once connected to the African continent. And if you look carefully you will see Namibia, forming part of all the continents afore mentioned.

"Look carefully you will see Namibia"

“Look carefully you will see Namibia”

We here at the Gondwana Collection see the world as interconnected. One thing cannot exist without the support of another. This ideology is also grounded in our philosophy. We believe that we can only be successful if we bring the tourism sector, environmentally conscious methods and the local communities together. And so far this has not let us down.

If you have any information regarding Gondwana or experiences with the Gondwana Collection, we invite you to share it with us in the comment section below.

Author – Jescey Visagie is a proud Namibian and is passionate about writing and language. Tag along for the ride as she tries to uncover new insights into Namibia and explores what the country has to offer.

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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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