Is the Makalani Palm tree in Namibia really that useful?

Gracefully and majestically, a host of Makalani Palm trees or Hyphaene petersiana stand tall – close enough for you to appreciate them from the road and far enough to not drive into. Noticeable when journeying to the O-regions, from Onankali to Ondangwa, to shop for...
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Have you experienced the beautiful game in Namibia?

A few years ago I was, in what felt like, the middle of nowhere, on a road between Tam Tam and Rundu, on my way to Hakusembe River Lodge. It had been the first time I had been in this area, but the beautiful picture of the day coming to an end, the cattle lazily...
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Have you hopped into a taxi in Namibia?

Some days we love them, especially on those when you’re dropped off first. On other days we detest them for making use of the busiest route while we’re in a rush! – Either way, we do need them. With their alphabetical and numeric numbering on the rear windscreen,...
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Welcome to the Gondwana Blog

A collection of travelogues from all around Namibia…

Travel Tips

Top 8 photo locations in Namibia

Who doesn’t love and appreciate a quality photo, which tells a unique story without words? – The kind of photo that brings out unexpected emotions, that leaves one intrigued and imagining what it would feel like to be in that moment, on the back of a camel,...

Will you be driving in Namibia soon?

One of the best ways to see this soulful, spacious and rugged country is definitely by car. Namibia does have a good road network of tarred roads (some of which are currently being revamped) to popular tourist destinations. In the more remote areas gravel roads will...

How to survive the December heat in Namibia?

My friends often worry about me and my relationship with the Namibian sun. Kacey asks: “Buddy why do you fear being in the sun?” I tell her: “I am tanned enough and melting like ice cream is no fun”. And there’s Mewawa, who says: “You’re the one person I know that...

Ecology & Nature
Benefits of using Marula oil from Namibia

Benefits of using Marula oil from Namibia

I grew up in Ongha Village in Ohangwena, one of the northern regions of Namibia. Marula trees or Sclerocaya birrea are very common here and local people have become creative to financially provide for themselves by selling Marula fruits or kernel oil. – Marula is an...

People & Culture
When was the last time you switched on your transistor radio in Namibia?

When was the last time you switched on your transistor radio in Namibia?

When I used to stay with my aunt Kayoso during the school holidays, we had to listen to what she enjoyed most on the radio, which meant NBC-Oshiwambo station all day long. A twelve year old doesn’t really appreciate endless announcements and old school music. So I...

Stories & History
When was the last time you took a swig from an enamel mug in Namibia?

When was the last time you took a swig from an enamel mug in Namibia?

Enamel mugs aren’t only reserved for those spontaneous camping trips with your family or friends at our Gondwana Campsites – you can use your enamel mug for tea, coffee, Oros orange-squash, Kool-Aid, suikerwater, soup or even a quick cereal snack. I still remember a...

Miscellaneous
What will be the main highlights of 2018 in Namibia?

What will be the main highlights of 2018 in Namibia?

With the New Year underway and our resolutions in full swing, we take a look at what highlights Namibia can expect from the 2018. As always we are hopeful of good rains, and all indications point to an above average rainfall for 2018, which should turn our rugged...

Gondwana Collection

Have you experienced the bliss of rain in Namibia?

Rain in Namibia is something special. When the heavens finally open and rain falls to the earth, Namibian spirits instantly lift. When the first drops finally fall, we shift from a gloomy hot summer day’s mood to absolute ecstasy. I will always remember holidays on...
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Have you been to Chobe River Camp in Namibia?

As I enjoyed my morning coffee on the Chobe River Camp’s deck, distantly I could see the Chobe National Park with its open field and herds of zebras and cows roaming freely in search of their daily nourishment. Mornings here were my favourite, cool, quiet, sounds of...
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Why you should visit the Kalahari Farmhouse

Working for Gondwana definitely has its perks, and sitting on my own little terrace in front of my room with a refreshing drink in hand… it is obvious that life cannot get much better than this. In the past week, my work took me to The Kalahari Farmhouse. A small...
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