Persistent drought continues to threaten wild horses - Namibia Safari and Lodges - Gondwana Collection

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.


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.

About us

Special online offers in February

If you want to get out of the daily grind and experience something different, our February bargain is just right for you! 50% off all Gondwana accommodation and 29% discount on a Namibia2Go rental car with camping equipment. Book online now for February 2020! more 

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) | 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.

Gondwana's Newsroom

Persistent drought continues to threaten wild horses

Avatar of inke inke - 25. April 2016 - Gondwana Collection

Supplementary feeding for the wild horses.

The Namibia Wild Horses Foundation would like to express their gratitude for all the generous contributions for the wild horses during the past six months. This has provided supplementary feed – a quarter to a third of the horses’ nutritional requirements – in the form of grass/lucerne and a protein lick, and will sustain the population until the beginning of June when the next phase will need to be implemented to ensure their survival. The Foundation is appealing for funds or good quality grass for this more severe period and urges the public to continue with their support for the wild horses to see them through the winter.

As the drought experienced in Namibia has severely affected the central and southern parts of the country, there is little grass left in the horses’ range. Fences in the south and east restrict them from moving further inland to areas that received scattered rainfall. The Foundation and friends of the wild horses’ hopes for late summer rain have unfortunately not been realised, leaving the desert barren at the beginning of winter. It will therefore become necessary to increase the feed to provide half to three quarters of their nutritional requirements. As much of Namibia is dry, grass and lucerne will most likely have to be bought from South Africa, which is a costly affair.

The wild horses have lived in the Namib Desert for over a century. Originating from the well-bred stock from the Kubub stud farm and the horses abandoned at the Garub base by the Union soldiers in 1915, the population has wavered between 50 to 300 horses over the hundred years of their existence. The desert extremes have honed their genes, creating a hardy resilient breed that has adapted its behaviour to survive in its desert environment. The horses live harmoniously in fluid and fluctuating family groups, building bonds with other members that last a lifetime. Over the years they have become one of the main attractions in southern Namibia and thousands of tourists visit the Garub waterhole near Aus annually to witness the horses galloping to the water across the Garub plains. They continue to be a source of inspiration for all and have come to represent the Namibian attributes with their wild, rugged beauty.

A non-profit organisation, Namibia Wild Horses Foundation was established in 2012 to monitor the well-being of the horses and to marshal funding to provide feed for the horses should the need arise in the drier cycles common to the arid country. It works closely with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and comprises members from the tourism, veterinary and environmental-management and research sectors. The horses have been studied extensively over the last twenty years by Dr Telané Greyling, who adds her expertise to the foundation. 

According to Dr Greyling, it is necessary to maintain a population of at least 50 mares and 50 stallions to preserve the genetic integrity of the Namib horses. The population is presently around 160 horses, having lost more than 100 horses – mainly the young and old – since the beginning of the drought. Spotted Hyenas have played a part in the mortalities as the horses are easy prey in their weakened state. Not a single foal has survived in the last three years. The Foundation fears that without rain there will be virtually no grass left by the onset of winter and as the horses’ condition further deteriorates numbers will begin to drop dramatically. 

All donations, large and small, are welcome and will be gladly received to see the horses to the next season which will hopefully bring with it the blessings of rain.

Namibia Wild Horses Foundation
First National Bank of Namibia
Current Account 62246659489
Branch: Klein Windhoek (code 281479)

Comments are disabled for this post.


Explore the Gondwana Blog

Subscribe to our blog and receive email notifications of all our latest articles & stories.

View the Blog

Romantik Hotels & Restaurants

200 hospitality establishments in the most beautiful locations in Europe - enjoy, relax and experience.

Read more

Stay up-to-date with our monthly 'Gondwana Tracks' Newsletter Sign up Today