On a visit to the Gondwana Family

Half  a year as an intern at the Gondwana Collection. Where should I start…

The moment the Air Namibia plane touched the Namibian ground? I still had many, many unanswered questions in my head. I didn’t really know what to expect because there was no real job description when I applied for the position a couple of months back. Looking back, I now understand why.

“The beautiful Namib”

It is simply not possible to put all the things I experienced during my internship in a few lines. I can still vividly remember my first day at the office, when I was introduced to everybody and now over 5 months have already passed since then.

“The view from the Dune Star Camp”

Time flew by, but I had the opportunity to work in several different departments and could contribute to various projects. Most of the time I would work independently and had quite some responsibility doing that.

The Canyon Klipspringer Trail, exhausting… but worth it!

I really enjoyed working with my colleagues, and there was always something to do. As Manni Goldbeck loves to point out “Only stupid people get bored” and I think that there is a lot of truth in that.

“Not a single cloud”

Because of the fact that I was able to get to see quite a bit of Namibia, I will only mention my personal highlights. One of them, is of course the traditional Herero wedding I was able to attend.

“The Herero women in their traditional dresses”

What an experience. Three days of wild camping, fixing a 60 year old Mercedes, helping the cameraman to record everything and enjoying the night sky from the camp fire. It was quite an experience to see the traditions of the Herero’s and their hospitality.

Then there was my time in the Zambezi region, with the day trip to Vic Falls, the Canyon Klipspringer Trail along the Fish River, the nights at the Dune Star Camp & Wegkruip.

“One of the pictures I took at the Vic Falls”

I can barely imagine any other internship, where I would have been able to experience a country like this.

I already can’t wait for my next trip to this unique country.

Thank you so much for the amazing time,

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Did you know Namibian holidays offer phenomenal internet?

The first thing all guests ask when arriving at a Gondwana property is: “What is the WIFI password?” Most people don’t realise just how integral internet is to your holiday. It starts off with the basic details, being able to stay in touch with your family and loved ones back home.

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Rights to SOS erasmus

And secondly it refers directly to being able to share your holiday experience with the social media world. And let’s get serious…who doesn’t want to share their holiday experience with the world?

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Rights to Pinterest

What most people do not know…is that Namibia has fantastic internet in comparison to the rest of Africa. Yes locals!

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Rights to DIS

We may not always agree with this, but it is indeed a fact. Not only does Namibia make use of fibreoptic lines (for us layman’s this is just high-speed data transmission), but we also are one of the only countries that make use of 4G!

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Rights to Marius Classen

And what makes all this information relevant? Simply put, all Gondwana Collection properties offer guests the use of complimentary WIFI in the main area.

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Etosha Safari Camp – Rights to Roxanne Reid

This way you can share all your special Namibian moments with your loved once around the world.

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Rights to OECD org

And to take the Gondwana and Namibian experience to the next level… an internet hotspot via satellite, in the guest rooms and across the property at a nominal fee!

Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge

Namib Desert Lodge will be the first property to test this new technology, but we are sure this will make every moment instantly shareable.

If you have any Gondwana Social Media moments, we invite you to share them 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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Did you know the first Afrikaans text was written in Arabic?

If you live in a southern African country, it is likely that you can speak or have at least heard the Afrikaans language spoken.

To unfamiliar ears, the language may sound odd and perhaps even harsh, due to the tone and sound of the various words. And just as the language sounds, the history of the language is also rather odd.

What most of us know, is that the Afrikaans language developed during colonial times. It is formally recognized as a Western Germanic language and stems from a Dutch vernacular that came to Africa with the Dutch settlers in the Cape of Good Hope.

With further development, the language came to be considered a creole language. A creole language is a complete language that has developed through the use of various other languages, and is then adopted by locals as a native tongue. Another example of a creole is Manglish, a language spoken in Malaysia.

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Southern Africa – Rights to Wikipedia

Alright, so while the Afrikaans language does stem largely from Dutch and to an extent from German, there are various other languages that also played a role in developing the language!

These include Portuguese, the Bantu Languages, the language of the San People and Malay, to name but a few.

The San people in Namibia - Rights to sunsafaris.com

The San people in Namibia – Rights to sunsafaris.com

And as many Afrikaans speakers can tell you, once you know the language, it becomes easier to understand and learn Dutch and German. Interestingly Afrikaans even shares common words with Flemish, French and English.

The term ‘Afrikaaner’ also reflects its place of origin, i.e. ‘Africans’. In 1815, the Afrikaans language replaced Malay as the teaching language in Muslim Schools in South Africa. In fact, the first Afrikaans texts were printed in the Arabic Alphabet.

Later, however, the language began to use the Roman alphabet and started to appear in newspapers and other public works.

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Rights to Aryan Kaganof

By 1875 a group of Afrikaans-speakers established the ‘Genootskap vir Regte Afrikaaners’ (the Society for Real Afrikaaners).

The began to publish various works Afrikaans and aimed to establish Afrikaans as a language in its own right, instead of a slang version of Dutch. Eventually, in 1925, the language was recognized as a real language in South Africa.

And since then it has steadily grown. The language now has more than 7 million speakers from various cultural groups. The Afrikaans language also offers some very unique words, such as ‘moljol’ (blind date) or ‘kletterpet’ (helmet).

Needless to say, the development of the language allowed for a colourful heritage to be created. And who would expect anything less from the mighty, colourful African continent.

Landscapes of Namibia - Rights to http://travelrew.com

Landscapes of Namibia – Rights to http://travelrew.com

When you visit Namibia, you will surely hear and come into contact with Afrikaans. This will also happen while booking accommodation or staying with the Gondwana Collection, as we strive to create a culturally diverse community.

If you have any information about the Afrikaans language, 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.

Jescey Visagie

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