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A new journey for Gondwana: MD passes the baton

12. July 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

In November this year, the leading hospitality company in Namibia will turn 21. From the beginning, the founding member and managing director, Mannfred Goldbeck, has been in the driver’s seat, steering the company in innovative new directions with his energy, warmth and vision. As Gondwana moves into the next decade, he has decided to hand over the reins to new blood. Mr Goldbeck will remain with the company as a senior executive and focus his energy on Gondwana Branding and Marketing.

A new journey for Gondwana: MD passes the baton

Baobab - The King of Trees

08. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

There is no doubt that the baobab is a special tree with its massive trunk, unique shape - that according to legend is the result of God planting it upside down - and its powerful presence. This king of trees seems to emanate aeons of life-experience, much like a wizened old elephant matriarch or a tall rugged mountain. It is one of nature’s cathedrals, offering shelter, food and relief from sickness. It is no wonder that this gargantuan deciduous tree has inspired myths and superstition and holds a place in our hearts. It is the stuff of legends.

Baobab - The King of Trees

The Wild Horses of the Fish River Canyon

01. July 2016, inke - Discover Namibia


Namibia is home to the Namib wild horses of the Namib Naukluft Park, yet there is another population of wild horses that is often overlooked. A separate, younger and smaller population of wild horses is occasionally seen from the Sulphur Springs viewpoint. Independent and free, the canyon horses live a tough existence evident in their rugged appearance. They drink from the puddles and pools of the Fish River as it makes its way southwards, feed on reeds and hard grass, are preyed upon by leopard and suffer in years of drought.

The Wild Horses of the Fish River Canyon

If you master this one you are fit to drive anywhere

24. June 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

The view from the top of the mountain pass is overwhelming. The magnificent vast desert scenery spreads out far below, and the dry Marienfluss riverbed meanders through it. Now is the time to take a deep breath, compose yourself and gather your wits. Because the only way into the valley is down Van Zyl’s Pass, the most notorious pass in Namibia. 

If you master this one you are fit to drive anywhere

Taking out the rubbish! Gondwana's successful clean-up campaign

23. June 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

640 School children and 60 volunteers came together to partake in a waste collection movement on the 600 ha land around the Hakusembe River Lodge. At the end of a morning of cleaning eight massive bags of rubbish had been collected. The waste collection movement took place on 17 June 2016, and was organised by Gondwana together with the local Sikondo-community near Rundu.

Taking out the rubbish! Gondwana's successful clean-up campaign

Waka Waka Solar Lights to be distributed in Namibia

17. June 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The smallest light has always been able to break the darkest of nights, and the Dutch designed Waka Waka solar lights are going to make this even easier. On 14 June 2016, the Netherlands Minister of International Trade and Development, Honourable Lilianne Ploumen announced the introduction of the solar lights and chargers to the Namibian community. It is their hope that the Waka Waka lights will offer energy and light to off-grid communities and allow learners to study after dark. 

Waka Waka Solar Lights to be distributed in Namibia

Gondwana Canyon Park: Re-wilding the land

17. June 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Twenty years ago the swathe of land bordering the Fish River Canyon was overgrazed and barren. At the tail end of years of severe drought, farmers were putting their farms up for sale, seeking greener pastures. Once, the land had been in balance and the wildlife abundant. Herds of springbok took days to pass and rhino and giraffe roamed the savannah. The intense heat that builds up in the canyon walls chasing the clouds away, didn’t affect the animals. They were adapted to the arid-zone conditions and migrated, following the scattered rainfall. 

Gondwana Canyon Park: Re-wilding the land

Camel expedition conquers the highest dunes on Earth

10. June 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

These days the dune belt between Walvis Bay and Lüderitz is a popular 4x4 route. At the start of the 20th century, however, intrepid explorers ventured into it without any resources worth mentioning. Most of the expeditions which attempted to cross the Namib from east to west did not make it very far because they simply got stuck in the sand. In 1909 Georg M. Stillger became the first European who managed to reach the Atlantic coast by crossing the dunes with camels. The Lüderitzbuchter Zeitung reported about Stillger’s expedition which had set out from Sesriem.

Camel expedition conquers the highest dunes on Earth

Salt - the white gold of bygone times

03. June 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Salt is vital: human beings should take in 3 to 6 g per day. We use it without thinking twice – and often far too liberally. But it was not always like that. Advanced civilisations of earlier times valued salt almost as highly as gold. More than 60 types of industries are based on salt and the chemicals which are made with it, and it is hard to imagine life without them. The supply of salt seems virtually inexhaustible. Apparently the salt domes of the world contain 100 trillion tons of the ‘white gold’- enough for the next 400,000 years. In addition there is the salt from the oceans, which is also harvested here in Namibia. 

Salt - the white gold of bygone times

Gondwana receives 2016 TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence"

30. May 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

“Stunning Oasis”, “Little garden village”, “Excellent place for family”. These are the kind words used to describe the Gondwana Lodges that have received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Kalahari FarmhouseDamara Mopane Lodge and the Canyon Roadhouse have each received a “Certificate of Excellence 2016” to award their dedication to providing outstanding customer service. TripAdvisor is a major travel-aid in the online world and offers travelers the opportunity to review and rate their experiences at various establishments across the globe. 

Gondwana receives 2016 TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence"

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