The merit of plastic tags and camera traps - 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

SAFARI2GO - The easiest way to travel the country!

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

3 Day / 2 Night – Sossusvlei Shuttle Safari
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

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.

Namibia2Go Car Rental

Namibia 2 Go

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

Easy. Hassle free. Unforgettable.

Go Big

Discover Namibia’s main attractions.

This package offers a four-wheel drive vehicle and a thirteen 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.


                         More Info & Availability

Go Epic

Experience Namibia's famed locations.

Take eleven 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.


                           More Info & Availability

Go Wild

Track Namibia's awesome wildlife.

This 12 day 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.


                           More Info & Availability

Car Rental

Enjoy an active Namibian adventure.

We offer a comprehensive travel service including car rental, accommodation, safaris and self-drive itineraries and day trips. Interested? For detailed information and vehicle specifications of our Renault Dusters SUV 4WD and Toyota Hilux Double Cabs 4x4, please click below.


                           More Info & Availability

Gondwana's Newsroom

The merit of plastic tags and camera traps

Avatar of inke inke - 22. February 2018 - Environment

An unusual rendezvous at a waterhole on Uli Trümper’s farm Safari: a tagged lappet-faced vulture and a black-backed jackal barely a metre apart from one another. Nine years ago this vulture was found in Windhoek as a young bird in poor health and was successfully rehabilitated. Thanks to its tags and pictures taken by camera traps it was possible to identify the adult bird for the fifth time.

Dirk Heinrich

A camera trap at a waterhole on Uli Trümper’s farm Safari captured a lappet-faced vulture together with a black-backed jackal on 29 January this year. The clearly visible plastic tag on the vulture revealed that the bird was ringed about nine years ago. Pictures taken by other camera traps also prove that the vulture was successfully rehabilitated and that it is in good condition.  

Back in January 2009 this lappet-faced vulture was found in a garden in Windhoek. The young bird was very weak and taken to NARREC (Namibia Animal Rehabilitation Research and Education Centre) in Brakwater near Windhoek, where Liz Komen nursed it back to health. Thanks to her expert care the vulture recovered well. On 31 March 2009 it was ringed (G18212) and tagged (J017) at the wings. In mid-April the bird was ready to be released.  

The vulture was first sighted again on 8 March 2015 on the farm Springbokvlei some 80 km east of Windhoek. The following year, on 25 July and on 11 and 12 August, it turned up at NARREC’s vulture restaurant in Brakwater. The visits were captured by the camera trap which is installed there. The farm Safari, where pictures of the vulture were taken in the end of January this year, is east of Springbokvlei. 

In September last year Josh Kruger took a picture of a white-backed vulture at the Klein Namutoni waterhole in Etosha National Park. That vulture had been ringed on 15 October 2016 when it was still a chick in a nest on farm Aris south of Windhoek. The plastic tag J113 was clearly visible on both wings. Sightings of tagged vultures can be reported to Vultures Namibia.

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

Canyon Klipspringer Trail

Hiking in almost pristine nature, this slack packing trail only runs from April to September.

Read more

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