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On the road: along the Canyon-Diamond Route

15. juin 2018, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Sparkling stones, wild horses, sweeping desert vistas and old diamond-mining towns epitomise this section of Namibia... There’s mystery and intrigue to be had in Namibia’s south-western corner where diamonds were once so numerous that they were said to sparkle by the light of the moon. And, where champagne was cheaper than water. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to rush to get there. No siree. The canyon first needs its due respect.

On the road: along the Canyon-Diamond Route

Kalahari Anib Lodge makes it into the Hall of Fame

06. juin 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Gondwana Collection Namibia is proud to announce that Kalahari Anib Lodge has become a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The lodge qualified for the Hall of Fame after earning Certificates of Excellence for the past five consecutive years. The award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently receive great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over a 12 month period. 

Kalahari Anib Lodge makes it into the Hall of Fame

Namibia - a continent in one country

29. mai 2018, inke - Economics, Tourism

From the first time Namibia made headlines, the world took notice. In 1875, Charles John Andersson’s bestseller Notes of Travel in South-western Africa put the country on the map in the western world. People began to refer to the country by its geographical location. News of the natural beauty of the country soon spread – with its range of scenery from desert dunes to lush waterways, as well as its good infrastructure, stable democracy and press freedom. It has one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and has been ranked among the best and safest countries in Africa for travel. 

Namibia - a continent in one country

Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

01. mai 2018, inke - Environment, Tourism

The same quantity of water that 40 households in Windhoek use in one month is currently gushing down Ruacana Falls every second. On 13 April the Kunene River reached its fastest flow rate this year when 1654 cubic metres per second plunged over the falls to a depth of 107 to 120 metres. The Kunene started to rise after heavy rains in south-western Angola and masses of water pushed south on their long way to the border with Namibia, where the river turns west to the Atlantic Ocean for its final stretch of 352 km.

Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

06. avril 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

The dark glossy shape leaps aboard at the stern of the catamaran and waddles straight past the tourists without batting an eyelid. The marine mammal stops right at the bow and waits to be given fish as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Carol-Ann Möller had warned her passengers in advance to expect Cape fur seals joining them. Namibia’s largest and most important harbour, Walvis Bay, is sheltered by a peninsula. The bay and the lagoon are home to countless marine animals and seabirds. 

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

09. février 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

At the southern end of the Fish River Canyon, a mineral-rich hot spring encircled by rugged mountains has attracted people for centuries. It was known from the earliest times by the Nama who went there when sick to be healed by the rejuvenating waters. /Ai-/Ais is the Nama word for ‘very hot’. Groundwater heated up in the Earth’s crust rises to the surface at about 60˚C in passages created by the deep fault systems found in the canyon.

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

Trump blunder puts Namibia on the map

23. janvier 2018, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

The Gondwana Collection Namibia is gobsmacked by how many people have viewed its cheeky video clip on ‘shithole’ Namibia. In just ten days it has reached more than 670 million people all over the world – a prime example for the power of the internet and social media! And one of the most successful destination marketing campaigns for Namibia since independence in 1990.

Trump blunder puts Namibia on the map

Testing the Duster in the Desert

03. janvier 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

It stands there, silver-coloured, shimmering in the sunlight, a bit broad with a square rear end and that nice “Namibia2Go” logo on its doors. The car’s interior has lots of space for children, dogs and shopping bags, a nice city car. And on top of that it’s all-wheel drive? That is what the offer says. I am tasked to test the Duster in the Kalahari Desert. 

Testing the Duster in the Desert

Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

18. décembre 2017, inke - Environment, Tourism

The coastal areas that people flock to in droves at this time of the year are the habitat of the endangered Damara tern. And the breeding season of these small seabirds and other plover species, some of which are also threatened, happens to coincide with Namibia’s main holiday season in December and January. Several national parks cover the entire coast of Namibia and certain rules have to be obeyed. Far too many visitors, however, still ignore them.

Watch out for chicks – stay on the roads

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