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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

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

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