Honouring the man who gave Namibia its name - Namibia Safari and Lodges - Gondwana Collection

COVID-19. Status quo in Namibia.

It is with regret that Gondwana Collection Namibia has learnt that the COVID-19 virus has reached Namibia. On 14 March 2020, President Hage Geingob confirmed the first two cases. On 17 March, the President declared a state of emergency.

On 24 March 2020, the additional measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak have been announced. They include a lockdown of the Khomas and Erongo regions from 27 March until 16 April 2020. For regulations and guidelines please click here. Namibia has 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases thus far (as of 5 April 2020).

Gondwana is fully aware of the current situation and continues to monitor the spread of the virus and the resulting changes to our industry. In view of the state of emergency and the additional measures ordered by the government, employees at Gondwana House in Windhoek will be working from home. Due to international and regional travel restrictions Gondwana has reduced its operations at the lodges as far as possible. Most employees have been sent home, at full pay. 

The Ministry of Health has made availability for a toll-free phone number within Namibia for queries with regards to COVID-19. The toll-free number is 800-100-100 or alternatively 911.

Namibia with Heart and Soul: Take our hand and let us introduce you to this awe-inspiring country. Come and stay with us, experience Namibia.

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Where the Namib Desert stretches languidly from the Atlantic Ocean and wild land extends into infinity, dreams become real. At this place where fantasy meets reality, you'll find the Gondwana Collection safely positioned.

Take our outstretched hand and let us introduce you to our extraordinary country, Namibia. From the massive chasms of the Fish River Canyon, the fossilised dunes of the Namib Desert and the red sands of the Kalahari Desert to the waterways of the Kavango and Zambezi, there are countless marvels to behold. Explore this awe-inspiring wilderness from the warmth of our lodges, created with conservation cognizance and ample character. And return to relax after an exciting day of discovery.

This is the Gondwana feeling: Namibia with heart and soul.

Come and stay with us, experience Namibia.

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Namibia, our inspiration – Value Creation Report 2019

It is with great pleasure and pride that Gondwana Collection Namibia would like to share our first Value Creation Report with you.

Proudly Namibian, Gondwana is a company with soul. The essence of our culture is intangible.

  • To be a brand of unwavering integrity and passion.
  • To have a lasting impact on our planet and the people whose lives we touch.
  • To make our country, our team and all stakeholders proud.

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Namibia2Go Car Rental

Experience Africa like never before. Explore Namibia your way with our well-maintained and fully inclusive rental vehicles. NAMIBIA2GOEasy. Hassle free. Unforgettable.

We offer a comprehensive travel service including car rental, accommodation, safaris and self-drive itineraries and day trips. Interested?

Cardboard Box Travel Shop

Cardboard Box Travel Shop is a renowned tour operator in Windhoek that specialises in Namibian tours, either self-drive or with an experienced guide. The comprehensive (online) travel service covers among others car rental, accommodation, domestic and regional flights, safaris and route planning, including destinations in Botswana, Zambia (Livingstone) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). more

Safari2Go - The easiest way to travel the country!

3 Day / 2 Night – Sossusvlei Safari Shuttle
Exciting adventures await those who partake in this exhilarating safari to Sossusvlei, one of the most spectacular sites in the world. The magnificent star dunes are a photographer’s dream and the spectacular landscape will leave memories to last a lifetime. more

10-Day Namibian Highlights Tour
Enjoy Namibia’s most popular destinations on this compact guided tour that incorporates visits to the Kalahari and Namib deserts – including the famed Sossusvlei dunes, the intriguing coastal town of Swakopmund, the Twyfelfontein rock engravings and Etosha National Park. more

7-Day Northern Namibian Adventure Tour
Enjoy Namibia’s most popular destinations on this compact guided tour that incorporates visits the intriguing coastal town of Swakopmund, the Twyfelfontein rock engravings which received the UNESCO world heritage status in 2007, and the legendary Etosha National Park. more

Further information and booking enquiries: info(at)safari2go.org | Tel: +264 (0)84 000 9900

Boxed2Go Self-Drive Safaris

Let us spoil you with Gondwana Collection’s exceptional self-drive safari packages including accommodation, vehicle and a detailed route map guide. Make use of our comprehensive travel services to book an unforgettable safari. Discover the spectacular secrets Namibia holds. more

GO EPIC - Experience Namibia’s famed locations (11 days)
GO BIG - Discover Namibia's main attractions (13 days)
GO WILD - Track Namibia's awesome wildlife (12 days)

Namibia Road Map 2019/20

Anyone touring Namibia should definitely take our road map along. It is available from Gondwana free of charge, or as pdf download. This map features fascinating experiences plus recommended accommodation. At the same time it is an ordinary road map with all the essential information of the official Namibia road map by Prof. Uwe Jäschke and the Roads Authority of Namibia.

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Honouring the man who gave Namibia its name

Avatar of inke inke - 18. March 2016 - Discover Namibia

Professor Kerina was instrumental in coining the name ‘Namibia’. At the age of 83 he visited the Namib Desert for the first time.

One of the greatest wonders and geological treasures in the world is the Namib Desert, which stretches for 2000km from the Olifants River in South Africa to the Carunjamba River in Angola through the entire western flank of Namibia. It is no wonder that the country is named after such a vast and ancient desert. Very few people know, however, that the person who was instrumental in coining the name ‘Namibia’ is still alive. Even less know that he had never visited the iconic desert, until recently at the age of 83.

In October this year, the Gondwana Collection Namibia, which is a custodian of a piece of this spectacular desert, had the privilege of inviting Professor Mburumba Kerina into the heart of the Namib Desert. 

On top of the fossilised dunes at Namib Desert Lodge, Professor Kerina had a chance to relate the story and the part he played in giving Namibia its name. It was while studying political science on a scholarship in Indonesia that Professor Kerina was invited to the home of President Sukarno, Indonesia’s first president after gaining its independence from the Netherlands. Over tea, Sukarno asked the young Kerina: “My son, what is the name of your country?” Sukarno wasn’t satisfied with Kerina’s answer that it was called South West Africa. “Slaves and dogs are named by their masters, but free men name themselves,” he said. He suggested Kerina write an article proposing a name and publish it in the journal for the ministry of foreign affairs. His words remained with Kerina for many years.

When he completed his studies, Kerina joined the UN at the bequest of Chief Hosea Kutako, petitioning for an independent country. He was reminded of the importance of a name for the country when one day British missionary Rev Michael Scott showed him an article from the Sunday Times newspaper. It described how Texan industrialist John Collins had harvested the offshore diamonds of SWA. This made Kerina realise that the country’s coastline could easily be annexed by South Africa, leaving it landlocked. “At the time we were establishing the Owambo People’s Congress, the grandmother of SWAPO,” Kerina says, “and I thought that perhaps I should find an Oshiwambo name to represent two thirds of the population.” But, he realised that it wasn’t wise for one group to have supremacy over the others, even in a name. He then thought of a Herero name, and realised that it too would shift the balance. He finally decided on a name from the Nama language to equalise the disparate groups. He decided on the ‘Namib’, the ‘vast place’, referring to the swathe of coastal desert that shields the countryon its western border. Kerina suggested that when the country gained its independence, it be known as the ‘Republic of Namib’ and that the country’s nationalism be known as ‘Namibianism’. The name filtered into the ranks of SWAPO and the UN, and was adopted by the nations of the world, finally evolving into the name Namibia.

When Gondwana’s MD, Mannfred Goldbeck, interviewed Professor Kerina at his offices in Windhoek, he discovered that not only was this a story that needed to be told, but that the professor, who spent 40 years in exile, had never had the chance to visit the Namib Desert. He immediately invited him and his family to Gondwana’s Namib Desert Lodge, which lies at the foot of a 20 million-year-old fossilised dune belt and has some of the most superb scenery in the Namib Desert. Professor Kerina gladly accepted and a few weeks later spent the night at Namib Dune Star Camp surrounded by the rich, golden landscape. Kerina explained how he had travelled all over the world, met notable people including dignitaries like Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela, but had never had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Namib, our natural heritage. While the sun lit up the landscape, he described what it meant to him: “This invitation is one of the greatest honours, completing the cycle of my life.”

Although the professor has no thought of retiring at this stage and is still busy working and writing books, among many other things, this is one circle that has been completed. The man who wisely suggested the country be named after the great and ancient desert has both been acknowledged for his role and has finally felt the burnished Namib sand flow through his fingers.

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