“Nommer asseblief” - Namibia Safari and Lodges - Gondwana Collection

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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 Road Map 2018/19

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.

The Desert Grace - Opening November 2018!

Treat yourself to desert elegance and an extra touch of grace! Graceful spaces and gracious hospitality imbue this modern lodge with its elegance of yesteryear, spirited character and refreshingly stylish interior. Sip on a pink gin while appreciating the expansive desert scenery from one of the 24 bungalows, each with its own plunge pool. Book now!

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Namibia 2 Go

Experience Africa like nowhere else. Discover what makes Namibia so special and as it should be, with Namibia2Go. Easy. Up close. Unforgettable. Explore Namibia your way with Gondwana Collection's new unbeatable self-drive safari package for two. Includes accommodation, 4x4 vehicle and a detailed on route map guide.

Go Big

Discover Namibia’s main attractions.

This package offers a four-wheel drive vehicle and a twelve day trip through the beautiful Namibian landscapes. Starting from Windhoek you will head south, into the Kalahari where your first night will be spent enjoying the sunset at the Kalahari Anib Lodge.

 

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Go Active

Enjoy an active Namibian adventure.

Have an active adventure in Namibia with this ten day trip. See a new side of Namibia that includes a wide variety of activities. All from the comfort of a four-wheel drive vehicle that is included in the package. Starting in Windhoek you head west towards the coastal town of Swakopmund.

 

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Go Wild

Track Namibia's awesome wildlife.

This self drive safari includes a four-wheel drive vehicle and stopovers at all major wildlife-viewing sites. Starting from Windhoek you will head towards the famous Etosha National Park, where 3 nights will be enjoyed at the unique Etosha Safari Camp.

 

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Go Epic

Experience Namibia's famed locations.

Take ten days to discover Namibia in an Epic way. This self drive safari - which includes a four-wheel drive vehicle - will take you to the famous Namibian locations that will make you long for the vast open spaces long after you return home. Starting in Windhoek you will head south to the Kalahari Desert.

 

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“Nommer asseblief”

Avatar of inke inke - 30. December 2016 - Discover Namibia

Canyon Lodge

One of the first lodge managers employed at Canyon Lodge was a 19-year-old man in his prime. At the time, Canyon Lodge was surrounded by a scattering of distant farms, the massive Fish River Canyon and a vast tract of arid land. Tourism was still taking off in Namibia and the lodge was small and isolated. The closest sign of civilisation was in the settlement of Grünau, 130 kilometres away, and Keetmanshoop, 157 kilometres further. The remoteness of his location was naturally taking its toll on the romantic aspirations of this young man.

But the dedicated Stephan stayed put for six years. On the arrival of every green bus filled with a motley collection of guests, Stephan would study the faces in eager anticipation, hoping for an attractive young woman to emerge. He was usually disappointed, however, as the women were middle-aged or older, irreversibly wrinkled, short of a limb or more ample than comfortable.

At that time in 1996 southern Namibia was still relatively underdeveloped, with a telephone line that still worked through an old exchange system. This meant that the caller would need to phone the operator, who would connect them to the required number. In doing so, he or she would invariably ask: “Nommer, asseblief?” (“Number, please?”)

It stands to reason that it’s not ideal for young men in their prime to be away from their peers and the possibility of love and partnership. And so it was that Stephan began to dream of romance. Whenever he phoned the head office in Windhoek, he would speak to the operator, Helga, in Grünau. Helga had a golden, honeyed voice that made the lonely man’s heart flutter. He naturally began to fantasise about the woman sitting on the other end of the line. At the office in Windhoek, they began to notice an increasing amount of phone calls from Canyon Lodge.

After many months Stephan finally built up the courage to invite Helga to dinner at the lodge. To his incredible delight she accepted. The table was set for two, the candles were lit for the romantic evening and the driver was sent to fetch her from town.

As the door of the vehicle opened Stephan could hardly contain his excitement. And then in an instant his dreams were shattered. His error was so painfully clear, even in the flattering colours of the setting sun. Helga was years older than his mother. The fantasy that he had created around her voice did not match the reality that stepped out of the car. But, she did have a splendid voice!

We’re not sure where life eventually took Stephan, but he resigned and left Canyon Lodge soon after that disappointing meeting - we hope to greener pastures with a more suitable lady.

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