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Leopard was scared off with sticks

27. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

‘Mountain Zebra Drive - Permit Only’ – A couple from Hanover, Germany, came across this sign on their way to Canyon Lodge. They had arrived in Namibia just two days earlier and the husband was thrilled. “Let’s go now, we’ll pay afterwards”, he suggested. He left the regular road and off they went through the breathtaking landscape in the north-western parts of Gondwana Canyon Park. It is a challenging route and even though the couple were driving a four-wheel drive vehicle they managed to get stuck in a sandy dry riverbed. 

Leopard was scared off with sticks

The Taming of the Shrew

20. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The pioneer mule trekking tour in the Fish River Canyon had a few hiccups – in the end the animals actually deserted us. It was a clear September morning when we set off to find out how the mules would manage in the canyon. Mannfred had invited me to join the pioneer tour: Four days trekking across country, drinking from waterholes, eating at the campfire, nights spent under the star-studded night sky. Awesome! But from day one it was clear that quite a bit of work was needed to prepare the mules for their new job.

The Taming of the Shrew

Etosha Safari Camp: Finalist at the Responsible Tourism Awards

19. May 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 were presented at the Namibia Tourism Expo today (19 May). Etosha Safari Camp was one of three finalists in the Accommodation Establishment category, together with Wolwedans Boulders Camp and award winner Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. Sense of Africa received the tour operator award. The winners of the Responsible Tourism Awards were announced by the Expo organisers, Namibia Media Holdings. Etosha Safari Camp is located 9km from the Anderson Gate at the Etosha National Park. 

Etosha Safari Camp: Finalist at the Responsible Tourism Awards

Gondwana rocks the Tourism Expo

18. May 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

What a party! Gondwana started its 20th anniversary celebrations at the Namibia Tourism Expo yesterday (18 May). Fancy Galada and the Professors brought the Gondwana Shebeen’s roof down with catchy rhythms, and Namibian Kwaito star EES feat. The Hunta performed their new song “Sundowner” for the first time. The Sundowner song is a partnership project with Gondwana, EES and Namibia Breweries. Download the song for free and watch the video on YouTube.

Gondwana rocks the Tourism Expo

Making a difference – Namibia with heart & soul

13. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

What a celebration! Who could have imagined such a wonderful (and challenging) journey when Gondwana began humbly twenty years ago - inspired by the spirit of a new Namibia - with just a handful of people and a dream.  The vision to make a difference – to both people and nature – led a group of like-minded friends to purchase our first farm east of the Fish River Canyon, with the intention of creating a conservation area. Our first lodge, Canyon Lodge, opened its doors in 1996 to help fund the dream. 

Making a difference – Namibia with heart & soul

Gondwana celebrates 20 Years at the Tourism Expo

10. May 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

This year the Gondwana Collection is celebrating 20 years at the Namibia Tourism Expo and heartily invites anyone who would like to celebrate with us. Join us from 18 to 21 May at the Gondwana Shebeen and grab one of our jubilee newspapers, or click here for the English edition Celebrate or the German edition Wir feiern. Participate in our Sundowner Competition and stand a chance to win your share of 101 nights at any Gondwana Lodge. Live music will be available in the evenings.

Gondwana celebrates 20 Years at the Tourism Expo

From Angra Pequena to Bethanien

06. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Heinrich Vogelsang was instructed by Adolf Lüderitz, a merchant from Bremen in Germany, to acquire Angra Pequena and the surrounding land from Nama Kaptein Joseph Frederiks.The Nama Kaptein was prepared to sell Angra Pequena and the surrounding land, “five miles in all directions”, for the price of 100 pounds sterling in gold and 200 rifles plus accessories. Frederiks assumed that British miles, the customary scale of length at the time, applied while Adolf Lüderitz later insisted on the much longer German mile. The deliberate misguidance became known as the “deception with miles”.

From Angra Pequena to Bethanien

Hakusembe River Lodge scores big

03. May 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

What a success! Eco Awards Namibia assessed Hakusembe River Lodge for the first time and instantly honoured it with four desert flowers. The lodge of the Gondwana Collection on the banks of the Okavango River scored high marks for staff and health, social responsibility, management and legal compliance, building and landscaping, guiding as well as waste, pollution and sewer. Similar to the star-rating system for tourist accommodation, the environmental initiative awards up to five flowers for sustainability.

Hakusembe River Lodge scores big

The White Lady - Some legends never die

29. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Some 2000 years ago Phoenician seafarers sailed down the coast of Africa, ended up in Namibia, crossed the Namib and painted a picture of their princess on rock. You don’t have to be a scientist to figure out that this story belongs in the realm of fairy tales and legends. Nevertheless, experts seriously discussed this as a theory for years. Even the name of the main figure is a reminder of it: the White Lady, one of the most famous rock paintings in southern Africa. It draws hundreds of tourists into the Tsisab Valley of the Brandberg Mountain west of Uis every year.

The White Lady - Some legends never die

Persistent drought continues to threaten wild horses

25. April 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Namibia Wild Horses Foundation would like to express their gratitude for all the generous contributions for the wild horses during the past six months. This has provided supplementary feed – a quarter to a third of the horses’ nutritional requirements – in the form of grass/lucerne and a protein lick, and will sustain the population until the beginning of June when the next phase will need to be implemented to ensure their survival. The Foundation is appealing for funds or good quality grass for this more severe period and urges the public to continue with their support for the wild horses to see them through the winter.

Persistent drought continues to threaten wild horses

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