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Facelift for Damara Mopane Lodge

09. September 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Damara Mopane Lodge is currently undergoing a soft revamp. Fresh wall paint in all the lodge buildings as well as renovated, newly equipped and decorated rooms will enhance the Damaraland experience of our guests. As the lodge complex is spaciously designed current guests can enjoy their visit completely undisturbed. The hospitality operations are not affected by the renovation works which will be completed at the end of February 2017. 

Facelift for Damara Mopane Lodge

Fire at Hakusembe River Lodge quickly brought under control

03. September 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Early this morning a fire caused some excitement at Hakusembe River Lodge. It started at 5 o’clock at a separate scullery building and spread over the lawn to the grass-roofed restroom at the swimming pool area. The staff reacted promptly and kept the fire under control until it was extinguished at 7.30 a.m. No one was injured. The cause and a damage estimate have not yet been determined.

Fire at Hakusembe River Lodge quickly brought under control

Troop Exercises under red Flag

02. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Dust whirls up as the men march forward, thundering across the sandy field. Orders ring out back and forth, riders decorated with medals file past on their horses. On one side of the field women line up in a long double row. The men are dressed in khaki uniforms, the women wear voluminous black and red Victorian-style dresses and a red head-garb resembling the horns of cattle.The ceremonial procession of the Hereros in Okahandja, known as Herero Day and also as Red Flag Day, takes place every year on a Sunday at the end of August.

Troop Exercises under red Flag

Help is coming

29. August 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Help where help is needed. That is the motto associated with the ‘Gondwana Memes & Tates’, an initiative driven by dynamic Gondwana employees. Working with dedicated partner organisations they ensure that donations and assistance reaches the needy and that their actions have the desired effect on the community. An example would be the relief operation in Swakopmund, which has recently been launched after a fire that broke out in the DRC informal settlement.

Help is coming

Brukkaros - A Crater caused by an Explosion

19. August 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Many believe that the enormous crater of Brukkaros west of the national road between Mariental and Keetmanshoop is an extinct volcano. Geologists initially shared this opinion because of the mountain’s external shape. It is 1,603 metres high, rising 600 metres above the plain, and the shape of the slope is typical of a volcano. But the rock types that are usually found in the vicinity of fire-spitting mountains are absent around Brukkaros. Only when geologists studied the rocks in and around the crater thoroughly was the secret of the formation of Brukkaros finally unravelled.

Brukkaros - A Crater caused by an Explosion

The Quiver Tree - Symbol of the South

12. August 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

As guests explore the Canyon Village they will come across clusters of curiously beautiful quiver trees along the way, thanks to a project launched by the Gondwana Collection that aims to preserve these extraordinary but rapidly declining trees. The quiver tree is one of Namibia’s national plants and is widely regarded as a symbol of the south. The fascinating trees were named by Simon van der Stel in 1685 after he was told that the San (Bushmen) used the branches to make quivers for their arrows. 

The Quiver Tree - Symbol of the South

Sand fleas and wooden huts - the beginnings of Swakopmund

05. August 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Swakopmund was created out of necessity because the German colony urgently needed a harbour. The bay 30 kilometres to the south, Walvis Bay, was already in British possession when South West Africa was declared a protectorate of Imperial Germany. In 1892 the Reichskommissar (commissioner) of the German colony, Curt von François, began searching the central part of the coastline for a site suitable for a harbour.  

Sand fleas and wooden huts - the beginnings of Swakopmund

Dune Lark - Namibia’s only truly endemic Bird

29. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The Dune Lark is one of the most desert-adapted birds in the world. It lives on sparsely vegetated sand dunes in the Namib. It does not drink water and it feeds on whatever seeds and insects it can find. It has a number of interesting behaviour patterns that help it survive in the intense heat and aridity of the Namib sand dunes. It searches for food mainly in the morning and late afternoon, running rapidly over the bare sand between patches of vegetation. The hotter it gets, the longer are the bird’s strides. 

Dune Lark - Namibia’s only truly endemic Bird

Gondwana’s mules go into retirement

20. July 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

As of 2017 Gondwana will be offering slack-packing tours in the northern parts of the Fish River Canyon. This will give participants the opportunity to enjoy the hiking trail without the added weight of luggage and equipment. The Canyon Klipspringer Trail will replace the Mule Trails, which will only run until mid-September 2016. After ten years of faithful companionship to about 1,000 adventurous hikers, the mules have already found a new home near Windhoek. 

Gondwana’s mules go into retirement

Vespa Veterans recall their never to be repeated Canyon adventure

15. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Taking a scooter through the Fish River Canyon? Impossible! This would be the reaction of any sensible person who has seen the second largest canyon on earth with their own eyes. Yet this didn’t stop six members of the Cape Town Vespa Club to nevertheless attempt the impossible in 1968 – getting themselves into an adventure without equal! They wanted to be the first to take a vehicle through the second largest canyon on earth in 1968. They planned to descend into the canyon at the main viewing point and take their Vespa’s to Ai-Ais, 80 km to the south.

Vespa Veterans recall their never to be repeated Canyon adventure

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