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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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“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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