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Tropic of Capricorn - 23˚ south

The Canadian musician and speaker, Dave Carroll, and his wife at the signboard of the Tropic of Capricorn in 2015. Carroll achieved social media fame after United Airlines failed to adequately respond to damage caused to his valuable Taylor guitar.

You may have noticed signboards indicating the Tropic of Capricorn alongside the road south of Rehoboth and the Kuiseb Pass. Actually, in Namibia the Tropic of Capricorn cuts across the Erongo, Khomas and Omaheke regions! The signs have become more colourful over time as stickers are continually added by travellers who have stopped to acknowledge...[more]

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Gondwana funds new Kindergarten near Hakusembe River Lodge

Children playing in the jungle gym.

The new building of the Paukeni Kindergarten close to Hakusembe River Lodge was officially opened on 12 September 2017, by the Headman of the Sikondo village, Alfons Kavera. The Hakusembe Community Development Fund necessitated the reconstruction of the building. A jungle gym was also constructed for the kids inside the fenced school yard. The...[more]

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Café of the month: The Farmhouse, Outjo

The Farmhouse, Outjo

Outjo is often referred to as the gateway to Etosha and it is customary to stop for a bite to eat en route to the national park. A favourite stop is The Farmhouse – for its delicious homemade cakes and pies, laid back atmosphere and outdoor courtyard.Owner Anastasia (Ansta) Gabathuler hails from a farm in the Etosha surrounds.  She began her...[more]

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In the spotlight: Elemotho – storytelling through song

Photo: Elemotho

Elemotho (aka Ele Motho Gaalelekwe Richardo Mosimane), the Namibian singer-songwriter, is a contemporary storyteller, weaving his global understanding into his lyrics, while keeping his heart firmly embedded in African soil.There’s a deep and earthy African element in Elemotho’s songs, stemming from his experiences growing up on a farm under the...[more]

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Cosmetic Desert Secrets from Nature’s Garden

Some products of the Desert Secrets body care range. (Photo: Desert Secrets)

The scent in the exhibition hall of the tourism trade fair is irresistible. The two middle aged ladies, obviously tourists with their winter skin, rucksacks and cameras, turn left and stop at a small stand. Amidst small bottles and round tins of various sizes, rests a rose-shaped solid substance. Both ladies point their fingers at the...[more]

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A memorable event: Helmut Kohl visited Namibia 22 years ago

So far, Helmut Kohl is he only German chancellor who has visited Namibia. Upon his arrival at Hosea Kutako Airport east of Windhoek on 14 September 1995 he was greeted by Prime Minister Hage Geingob and received with military honours.

“If Helmut Kohl hadn’t visited our school it would have been impossible for us to go ahead with the costly extension work”, says Hanjo Böhme. In his capacity as chairman of the school board of the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (private German school) he welcomed the German chancellor on the morning of 15 September 1995 and had a chance to...[more]

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Promoting Namibia at the foot of Matterhorn Mountain

Gondwana supports the Namibian Desert Duo in their participation in the Swiss Epic (left to right.): Stephan Harrison, Gaby Raith and Mannfred Goldbeck.

The “Namibian Desert Duo” will be the first Namibian team to participate in the legendary Perskindol Swiss Epic mountain bike event in Switzerland. Gaby Raith (34) and Stephan Harrison (45), together have over 40 years of cycling experience in southern Africa. This will be their first time participating in a European race. “We are really looking...[more]

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Gondwana promotes careers in the tourism industry

The Gondwana team at the NMH #Festival in Windhoek (ltr): Simon Andreas (Manager, Etosha Safari Lodge), Bella Mbonga (Organizational Development and Recruitment), Silke Ahrens (Training and Development Manager), Simon Katondoka (Head Barman , Etosha Safari Lodge) and (front) Tania Danises (Housekeeping Manager, Etosha Safari Camp), Taimi Gotthard (Lodge Administrator, Etosha Safari Camp).

Working in the tourism industry: What are the employment opportunities? What are the requirements? How can I apply? All these questions were answered by the Gondwana Collection personnel at the NMH #Festival and Career Expo at SKW in Windhoek, on 07-09 September 2017.Gondwana’s Managing Director, Gys Joubert and Brand Director, Manni Goldbeck...[more]

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Did you know that snakes eat other snakes?

Gripping it behind its head, the Oates’ bird snake has dragged the smaller Leopard whip snake into a dense bush.

In the midst of a dense bush an Oates’ bird snake (Thelotornis capensis oatesi) is holding on to a Leopard whip snake (Psammophis leopardinus). The prey, gripped behind its head, finds itself lodged askew in the far back of the bird snake’s mouth. This is necessary because the bird snake is a colubrid whose short poisonous teeth are located at the...[more]


Namibian Economics to the Point – August 2017

The international rating agency Moody’s downgraded Namibia’s foreign debt rating to below investment grade or “junk status”. Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged. The central bank lowered its repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.75 percent. The Labour Ministry commissioned a study to look at ways to introduce a national minimum wage.Caught off...[more]

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