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Porcupine - The ultimate hairdo!

11. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Amongst the animals that have developed ingenious adaptations for survival and defence, the porcupine stands out for its spiny quills, which make it challenging prey, even for its known enemies, lion and leopard. With hair and spines erect, and rattling the hollow quills at the end of its tail, the porcupine definitely is a contender for the ultimate – and most fearsome - hairdo in Africa. Porcupines are seldom seen, except by night-revellers. 

 

Porcupine - The ultimate hairdo!

The first Gondwana Lodge opened its doors 20 years ago

11. November 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Exactly 20 years ago, the Canyon Lodge received its first guests. A few months earlier a group of businessmen with a love for nature in southern Namibia acquired several farms at the Fish River Canyon and established the Gondwana Canyon Park. The group decided to finance nature conservation with income generated by the hospitality business. The Canyon Lodge opened its doors on 14 November 1996 and became the beginning of Gondwana’s success story. By now the Gondwana Collection consists of fifteen accommodation establishments all over the country. 

The first Gondwana Lodge opened its doors 20 years ago

Canyon Lodge, a place rich in history

04. November 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Lodges don't look like this. When you travel through the vast landscapes east of the Fish River Canyon on your way to Canyon Lodge and suddenly see the main building rise between massive granite boulders, you will marvel at the unusual architectural style. Once you have come close enough you will recognize the iron structure which adorns the ridge of the roof and seems to represent a bed. If up to this point you haven't sensed that the unusual building is part of an extraordinary story you will be certain of it now.

Canyon Lodge, a place rich in history

Namibia copes with drought

04. November 2016, inke - Economics

Namibia has been hit hard by severe droughts over the last three years. Crop harvests have reduced as a result, cattle and other livestock died. Even wild animals compete for dwindling water resources and grazing. There is good news however - the latest weather forecasts at the end of October point to a higher likelihood of normal rainfalls during the October 2016 to April 2017 season, according to the FAO. Central Namibia and the capital Windhoek are also affected. While some rainfall was received, the rivers in and around Windhoek hardly flowed and the dams have not received inflow.

Namibia copes with drought

Lappet-faced Vultures are nesting close to Namib Desert Lodge

03. November 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

They are scruffy, they look somehow strange, and they are scavengers making a living from others' misery - Vultures aren’t necessarily the birds with the best reputation. Well, a trip with MET’s Holger Kolberg and the Vultures Namibia team to the remote parts of the Namib Desert may change your mind. On the eastern boundary of the Namib Naukluft Park and just around the corner of Gondwana’s Namib Desert Lodge the untouched habitat is the breeding ground for many of Namibia’s Lappet-faced Vultures. Once a year Holger and his team - equipped with a Landcruiser and a long ladder - pay a visit. 

Lappet-faced Vultures are nesting close to Namib Desert Lodge

Namibia: economic review - October 2016

31. October 2016, inke - Economics

This review highlights interesting developments about Namibia’s economy during the month of October 2016. The main topics: 
Fiscus cuts budget - Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein announced budgetary cuts of some N$5.5 billion for the current financial year, which runs from April 2016 to March 2017.
Marketing Namibia in the US - Namibia’s President Hage Geingob returned from his USA trip in early October. Apart from attending the UN General Assembly in New York, President Geingob hosted several business events in New York and in Washington.

Namibia: economic review - October 2016

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

28. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The Order of Hildegard is a military decoration which was awarded by Imperial Germany for a brief period exclusively in the colony of German South West Africa. This order became the only officially recognised cloth variety of the Iron Cross. Because of the war the German colony was cut off from the motherland so a temporary solution had to be found until the medals could be sent from Germany. The governor’s wife, Hildegard Seitz, proposed that they award a provisional decoration made from cloth.

The Order of Hildegard: Iron Cross Made of Cloth

The Pink Day for Breast Cancer – Gondwana and CAN consolidate their cooperation

28. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

May HOPE be our North Star and guide us to life!
This is the message the Cancer Association of Namibia CAN, would like to spread with this year's Pink Day on 28 October. This day aims to give hope and support all those suffering from breast cancer. It also aims to promote awareness, and that breast cancer can be cured if it is diagnosed early enough. Official celebrations will take place at the Gondwana Travel Centre in Windhoek, together with partners and sponsors of the Cancer Association. As of 2016, this now includes the Gondwana Collection.

The Pink Day for Breast Cancer – Gondwana and CAN consolidate their cooperation

The Delight Swakopmund receives the DBN Good Business Award

27. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Development Bank of Namibia has presented The Delight Swakopmund, the latest of the Gondwana Collection’s properties, with the “Good Business Award 2016” for large enterprises. It acknowledges the innovative planning and implementation of the hotel’s brand, the financial viability and the developmental impact in respect to employment creation, local procurement and benefits for the local community. The DBN supported the hotel project with a loan of 50 million N$. The Delight Swakopmund opened its doors in November 2015.

The Delight Swakopmund receives the DBN Good Business Award

Expedition of no Return

21. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The mystery surrounding the death of German colonial pioneer Adolf Lüderitz has never been completely solved. On an expedition to the Orange River he and Steingröver, his helmsman, left the rest of their party on 23 October 1886. In a small boat they planned to sail from the river’s mouth up the coast to Angra Pequeña (now Lüderitz). The two men were never seen again... 

Expedition of no Return

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