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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 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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Carmine bee-eaters: Yearly visitors at Zambezi Mubala Lodge

Avatar of inke inke - 01. September 2017 - Environment, Gondwana Collection

Southern carmine bee-eaters at Zambezi Mubala Lodge

An exciting event occurs annually at Gondwana’s Zambezi Mubala Lodge: the arrival of a colony of southern carmine bee-eaters! The bee-eaters arrive in their thousands in mid-August in a celebration of crimson and blue to breed in tunnels on - and above - the riverbank. They depart towards the end of the year from early November to late December, when they disperse through northern Namibia, travelling to south-central Africa for the Winter in early Autumn.

For the three to four months of their visit, the air is alive with vivid colour, birdsong and the swooping flight of the birds as they catch flying insects like grasshoppers, cicadas and dragonflies. (In areas where their diet is predominantly bees, the birds rub the bee against a branch to remove its sting.) 

The name of the lodge ‘mubala’ meaning colour in the local Silozi language, is an apt name for the lodge with the rich colours of the river and its colourful Spring guests. Mubala’s colony of southern carmine bee-eaters (Merops nubicoides) is said to be one of the largest breeding colonies in Africa. The birds use the same site every year for their gregarious communal breeding, digging new tunnels (terminating in nesting chambers) in which to lay their eggs.

Endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, carmine bee-eaters occur from Tanzania southwards to north-eastern Namibia, northern and eastern Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and north-eastern South Africa. They favour savanna, especially in areas surrounding rivers and lakes.

Their predators include water monitors, snakes, mongooses, yellow-billed kites and humans. 

Also known as ‘rooiborsbyvreter’ in Afrikaans, ‘muhembo’ or ‘sisampamema’ in Kwangali and ‘scharlachspint’ in German, the bee-eaters are a burst of exuberant colour and activity on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Zambezi Mubala Lodge opens on November 1. 

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