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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.

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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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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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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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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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Namib Desert Lodge: a showcase for eco-friendly concepts

Avatar of inke inke - 30. May 2018 - Gondwana Collection

The winners of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards are Ultimate Safaris represented by Tristan Cowley (r) and Namib Desert Lodge represented by Quintin Hartung (2nd from r.). The Honorable Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta (2nd from l.) and Hazel Milne (l., EcoAwards Namibia) handed over the awards.

Inke Stoldt

It is the third consecutive year that a Gondwana Collection property has reached the final of the Responsible Tourism Awards (RTA) and the first time to win the award. The Namib Desert Lodge scooped the prestigious award in the Accommodation Establishment category. The winners were announced today (30 May 2018) at the Namibia Tourism Expo in Windhoek. This year’s RTA criteria are based on the theme for the 2018 Tourism Expo: “Conservation – small things matter.”  

“With our continuous participation in the Responsible Tourism Awards we would like to send out the message that it is possible to follow sustainable and eco-friendly concepts even in bigger accommodation establishments“, says Quintin Hartung, Environmental Officer of the Gondwana Collection. “The perception is that it is difficult to win this prestigious award with a big lodge like the Namib Desert Lodge with its 65 rooms, but it’s all about how you manage your footprint and what positive environmentally conscious practises you implement.” The other two finalists in the Accommodation Establishment category are Grootberg Lodge and Damaraland Camp (Wilderness Safaris). 

Namibia Media Holdings is the organiser of the Responsible Tourism Awards for sustainability in the tourism sector and maintains a close cooperation with Eco Awards Namibia. One requirement for the participation in the RTA is a recent Eco Award assessment with a good or very good rating. The Namib Desert Lodge was assessed in 2017 and set new standards with excellent results. The Gondwana lodge achieved the maximum score (100%) in terms of conservation and guiding, energy, water, staff and health, legal and NTB compliance as well as further excellent scores. 


In 2014 a total of 1,700 solar panels were installed on the roofs of the guest chalets and several other buildings. They generate 200,000 kWh of electricity per year and cover 50% of the lodge’s energy needs. Furthermore, the lodge maintains a water recycling plant which provides irrigation for the gardens and thereby reduce overall water consumption by more than half. The gardens have largely been planted with indigenous trees, shrubs and succulents that thrive on small amounts of water. Efforts are made to dispose of the waste in an environmentally sustainable manner. Furthermore, the lodge is closely integrated into wildlife and landscape management. 

In the Tour Operators category, which includes shuttles, car rentals and the like, Ultimate Safaris won the 2018 Responsible Tourism Award. The other finalists were Abenteuer Afrika Reisen and Wild Dog Safaris. 

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