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Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

10. May 2017, inke - Weather, Environment

2017 has brought good rainfalls to large parts of Namibia. In places the rain was even above average and the gift from above was a great relief for the whole country. For some, however, it had disastrous consequences – especially in areas where the landscape hadn’t seen a drop of rain yet and was still suffering from the drought. A young couple from Austria, on their first visit to Namibia, had to sit tight in a spiky Ana tree amidst the whirling muddy floods of the Omaruru River for six hours until a police helicopter came to the rescue. 

Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

Across stick and stone – Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge

05. May 2017, inke - Sport

Over the last weekend in April, over 78 ambitious mountain bikers met for the 7th annual Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge. The various stages were marked by difficult terrain, steep climbs and a few head-to-head races. More than half the competitors participated in the marathon and took on the full 60km challenge, while the rest of the group rode in the half-marathon of 33km. 

Across stick and stone – Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge

The Potjie, a Beloved Southern African Tradition

28. April 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Culture

Rivalling the legendary braai (barbeque) as the most popular outdoor southern African cooking tradition, the “potjie” like the braai, provides an opportunity for an enjoyable social and culinary event as families and friends gather around the fire. The potjie has an interesting history going back to the first Dutch settlers and has over the centuries become an integral part of southern African culture.

The Potjie, a Beloved Southern African Tradition

Nemesis of a lioness

21. April 2017, inke - Discover Namibia

It was nearly three o’clock on the morning of 12 April 1954 when the farmer Renier Els discovered four lions eating off the carcass of a goat they had killed. He started firing at them from the vehicle. At daybreak, he drove back to the kraal together with his family to investigate - and was attacked by a lioness. His wife Hendrina saved his life by pulling the growling animal off her husband by the ears.

Nemesis of a lioness

Gondwana pioneers water vending machines in Namibia

21. April 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

In an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic water bottles at our lodges, Gondwana contracted a local business – Dial a Water Namibia (commonly known as DAWN) to source and import a machine that allows us to still sell purified water to our guests, but more importantly get rid of the loathed plastic bottles. This is in line with Gondwana’s strive to decrease the use of plastics in all our operations and speaks to our constant drive to be as environmentally sensitive as we possibly can be.

Gondwana pioneers water vending machines in Namibia

The best Shell Service station is in Rehoboth

06. April 2017, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Customers and tourists usually cheer when they check into the B-One Service Station along the B1 in Rehoboth. Clean toilets, friendly and efficient service at the fuel pumps, a well-stocked shop, shaded parking and information boards on the history of the town, can be found along the main road that leads south. On the morning of 31 March, owner Erno Bertolini and his employees rejoiced when they heard that they were crowned the “Best Shell Petrol Station of the Year 2016 in Namibia”. 

The best Shell Service station is in Rehoboth

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