How the Fish River Canyon should be experienced

The mighty Fish River Canyon…second largest canyon in the world. Not at all daunting when you think about this massive slice through the country’s soil. What moves this natural marvel from daunting to majestic are the secrets and raw natural beauty that hide within this massive landscape.

The Fish River Canyon - Image: www.host-namiba.com

The Fish River Canyon – Image: www.host-namiba.com

As some may know, the Gondwana Collection used to offer the Canyon Mule Trails. Well this year, we have decided to retire our mules. And since last we spoke, they are thoroughly enjoying retirement life.

Image: www.news24.com

Image: www.news24.com

_MG_1806

Rest assured though, that your opportunity to experience the Fish River Canyon is not lost. In fact, we here at the Gondwana Collection have created a brand-new canyon experience. Drum roll please… the Canyon Klipspringer Trail!

 

Fish-River-Canyon-02

“The Canyon Klipspringer Trail”

Image: tracks4africa.co.za

Image: tracks4africa.co.za

What makes this hike so unique? Simply put, you do not need to lug around all your own baggage. Using an ingenious design concept, the Gondwana Collection offers the use of lockable trunks to store all your goods in.

_MG_1567

Image: Judy & Scott Hurd

So when you head out into the canyon for your hike, you only need to pack the necessities (water, snacks, etc.). And all the other goodies, pots, pans and clothes, are ferried to the next evening’s campsite.

CANYON_TREKKING3

What I am actually getting at, is you pretty much get to enjoy a hike through the northern areas of the Fish River Canyon without any heavy loads. And then when you arrive at the camp in the evening, your cabin and all possessions await.

CANYON_TREKKING2

And the process repeats itself throughout the entire hike. Every morning someone comes to collect your trunk and you do not need to worry about the heavy weight holding you back.

So for all the adventurous souls looking to break away from the hustle and bustle of city life…here is your answer.

Image: www.getaway.co.za

Image: www.getaway.co.za

Go explore the natural magnificence of the Fish River Canyon in slack packing ease.

CANYON_TREKKING4

Check out what you need to pack for this hike by clicking here.

And if you have any of your own canyon stories to tell, we invite you to share them 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.

Jescey Visagie

 

(701)

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.

(32)

Ideas for Christmas gifts in Namibia

Christmas is always a time of festivity and laughter, and of course fantastic foods. The one thing that does tend to be challenging is getting gifts or even suitable Christmas décor. More and more our societies are moving into a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. We recycle, save water and try to keep our environment clean, but something we should all start looking into is the idea of upcycling. Basically we use old and used objects to create something new and beautiful. And to adhere to our Christmas theme, here are a few gift/décor ideas that embrace the upcycling spirit!

First off, some décor for the Christmas tree. The Matukondjo Dolls Project has been running for more than fifteen years. And they have now started creating beautiful little angels from wood and beads. These little guardians wear dresses made from the traditional African material called “shweshwe”, which was brought to Africa by German missionary women in the days of old. These little angels are ideal for any Christmas tree or can even be attached to a bottle of wine, as a gift.

Shweshwe angels

Shweshwe angels

Well, we all know that Nespresso pods have taken the world by storm, The Delight Hotel included. And now, the Gondwana Collection has found a way to use these pods twice! All the pods that are discarded in The Delight are recycled and used to create stunning little stars, angles and decorations. It has been claimed that these new Nespresso pods have become one of our oceans biggest polluters. What better way to prevent pollution than by creating something beautiful and useful? Antje Ewald is the brain behind these creations and sells her little stars on the mezzanine floor of the Namibian Craft Centre in Windhoek. Alternatively, you could find these gems at the Canyon Village, Canyon Lodge and The Delight Hotel.

Nesspresso stars

Nesspresso stars

An obstacle we tend to face during the festive season is gift wrapping. It is tedious and more often than not wasted. A young woman in Swakopmund has found a way around this little problem by using discarded Coca Cola bottles. Entirely waterproof, these little packages have been decorated using decoupage, with African themed serviettes. Other than wrapping for small gifts, these also double really well as jewellery boxes. You can find these at the Canyon Roadhouse in the south or right here in Windhoek at the Namibian Craft Centre. Or make your own with a unique Christmas theme!

Coke pods

Coke pods

The ladies of FIMBI have found a unique and creative way to recreate old fashioned decorations with an African twist. Beautiful little hearts to be hung on the Christmas tree, made from springbok hide! These little gems can also be purchased at the Namibian Craft Centre and alternatively at the Etosha Safari Lodge.

Dyed Springbok hearts

Dyed Springbok hearts

Recreating the classic angel by using discarded tins is brilliant. These best sellers are made by Epafras of kabo Craft at Krumhuk Farm. Using the colourful shades of tin, he has created little guardian angles with bright dresses. And cleverly used a marula nut to create the little heads. These can be bought at the Namibian Craft Centre.

Aluminium tin angels

Aluminium tin angels

Finally, Maid in Namibia has recreated a classic favourite. Chips and crisps are a delicious snack, but more often than not the empty packets are left with no use but pollution. In Thailand these testy packets count as one of the biggest sources of pollution in their oceans. Well that has changed.

These empty packets can now be recreated into bags! Pencil cases, purses or even small handbags, these packets are now a fashion statement rather than pollution. What a great way to continuously enjoy your favourite salty snack. And these packets can even be found at the Etosha Safari Camp.

Recycled chips bags

Recycled chips bags

If you have any other great ideas and ways to recreate something into a Christmas gift, décor or wrapping, we invite you to share this 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.

 Jescey Visagie

(198)