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Etosha King Nehale is on track!

29. July 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection

We are happy to announce that the construction of Etosha King Nehale on the Andoni plains just one kilometre from Etosha’s northern-most King Nehale gate is on track. The lodge is set to open its doors on 1 May 2020, opening up the North for guests. An easy overnight stop after an exciting day of game-viewing in Etosha, the lodge is that much-needed stop on a journey to the northern reaches, providing easy access to the Gondwana lodges in the Kavango, Zambezi and Kunene regions.

Etosha King Nehale is on track!

Sinking water level affects activities at Chobe River Camp

25. July 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection

Due to the current drought, the water level of the Chobe River is considerably lower than last year. With sandbanks emerging daily activities at Chobe River Camp have to be adjusted accordingly as the safety of guests enjoys highest priority. Until further notice, this Gondwana lodge unfortunately cannot offer boat cruises anymore but would like to invite their guests to join a half-day game drive.

Sinking water level affects activities at Chobe River Camp

The life journey of Sebastian Ndeitunga

24. July 2019, inke - Discover Namibia

The Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, takes a long look at the collapsed corrugated iron shack and the parched tree next to it. Some 30 metres away is an old water reservoir built from bricks and the outline of a sheep kraal can still be seen. “This is where I lived on my own as a boy for more than a year and looked after 601 Karakul sheep. I never dreamed that one day I would return here in a helicopter and hold the position of Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force”, Ndeitunga says. 

The life journey of Sebastian Ndeitunga

Police Inspector General visits Canyon Lodge

22. July 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection

Police helicopters have been on 26 search and rescue missions to the Fish River Canyon during the past eight years. The total cost of dispatching helicopters to aid tourists who were lost, injured or ill amounts to more than two million Namibia dollars. Recently, the Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, visited the Canyon Lodge to discuss cooperation in search and rescue missions with Simon Andreas, the Manager of the Gondwana Lodges in Gondwana Canyon Park.

Police Inspector General visits Canyon Lodge

Swakop vellies – handmade shoes from the Namibian coast

19. July 2019, inke - Culture, Economics

Two pieces of leather and a rubber strip made into a comfortable shoe - this handcraft has become an international trademark of the Swakopmund family business of Herbert Schier. World-wide proud owners of the 'Swakop vellies' are posing with their shoes on social media and vying who will post the most original photos. The timeless and ultra-comfortable hide ('vel' in Afrikaans) shoes - meaning leather - have evolved from an everyday necessity in the sixties to cult status. They are at home in New York, as well as at the Munich Oktoberfest. 

Swakop vellies – handmade shoes from the Namibian coast

Gondwana tours Namibia with conservancy and community participants

11. July 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection

In 2019 the Gondwana Academy expanded its outreach by touring Namibia with representatives from communal conservancies and communities in the vicinity of Gondwana lodges in the Okavango and Zambezi regions.Under the trusted leadership and guidance of Orlando Haraseb from Orlando Safaris & Tours, nine young Namibians ventured out on a 12-day tour from the banks of the Zambezi River to Sossusvlei. 

Gondwana tours Namibia with conservancy and community participants

Bird Flu under Control, but Namibia’s Penguins are still threatened

09. July 2019, inke - Environment

The avian influenza A(H5N8) virus, which has claimed numerous victims among the African Penguin colony on Halifax Island near Lüderitzbucht since the beginning of this year, seems to be under control. According to penguin expert Dr Jessica Kemper, no dead penguins have been found on Halifax and the other islands off Namibia's coast since early May.

Bird Flu under Control, but Namibia’s Penguins are still threatened

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