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Dragonflies and Damselflies: Fast flying jewels

15. February 2018, inke - Environment

Usually they occur close to water but often they suddenly appear in dry and arid places. They are fast flying colourful insects, only a few centimetres long. They can zigzag through the air, they can hover, they can fly backwards and they can land precisely on the tip of a twig or on the ground.Their bright colours are just as amazing as the unique patterns on their long segmented abdomen. Namibia has almost 130 species of dragonflies and damselflies.

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Fast flying jewels

The many faces of the red-billed quelea

12. February 2018, inke - Environment

They often appear in huge flocks and descend on waterholes like a cloud. In their thousands they invade fields and destroy harvests – from Senegal across to Ethiopia and down to southern Africa, where vast swarms are on the move in search of food and for nesting. They are the largest population of a single bird species on the planet. Experts estimate their numbers at 1500 billion birds after a breeding season. We are talking about the red-billed quelea. 

The many faces of the red-billed quelea

Unique Travel Bloggers visit Gondwana properties

09. February 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

On 2 February, the Gondwana Collection welcomed Three Wheels Co, a group of travel bloggers attempting to create a world record! The three gentlemen hail from all over the world. Travis Bluemling is the US, Chris Parkes is British-South African, and Ross OC Jennings is the Scotsman who aims to play the bagpipes in every country across the globe.

Unique Travel Bloggers visit Gondwana properties

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

09. February 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

At the southern end of the Fish River Canyon, a mineral-rich hot spring encircled by rugged mountains has attracted people for centuries. It was known from the earliest times by the Nama who went there when sick to be healed by the rejuvenating waters. /Ai-/Ais is the Nama word for ‘very hot’. Groundwater heated up in the Earth’s crust rises to the surface at about 60˚C in passages created by the deep fault systems found in the canyon.

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

Cradle of Animalia lies in southern Namibia

08. February 2018, inke - Environment

The discovery of over 500 million year old small fossils in southern Namibia, are today supporting scientific research of living organisms that dwelled on mega-continents like Gondwana, Pangea and Rodinia. Namibia’s southern mountain ranges near Aus provide fascinating fossil finds – witness to dramatic happenings like the Cambrian Fauna Explosion eons ago. Renowned international scientists are currently researching these fossils. Would you like to know more? Read on.

Cradle of Animalia lies in southern Namibia

Large and unusual visitors at our shores

07. February 2018, inke - Environment

Something large and ungainly was lying just above the high-water mark on a beach in Skeleton National Park. Some vehicles had driven past, probably because the brown lump looked like one of the many tree trunks that get deposited on the beaches. But then the ‘trunk’ turned out to be a young bull southern elephant seal. The bulky marine mammal seemed unperturbed by the people around him.

Large and unusual visitors at our shores

Cancer Association travels the countryside

05. February 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Cancer Association of Namibia CAN has launched this year’s National Cancer Outreach Programme (NCOP) in the south of the country. From 22 to 26 January cancer screening and education was on the agenda in Rehoboth, Mariental, Stampriet and Aranos. Among the venues were Kalahari Anib Lodge and the Kalahari Farmhouse with the Self-Sufficiency Centre. Already since 2016 the lodge group Gondwana Collection provides board and lodging in support of the Cancer Association’s National Outreach Programme

Cancer Association travels the countryside

Did you know that penguins sometimes should not swim?

02. February 2018, inke - Environment, Discover Namibia

Visitors to the coast sometimes find penguins on the beach that seem to be sick and try to put them back into the water. When the little fellows look scruffy and unhappy they are not sick but in moult. A number of these flightless birds are sometimes brought to Swakopmund or Walvis Bay where they eventually make it to Dr Sandra Dantu and in Lüderitz to the rehabilitation centre of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

Did you know that penguins sometimes should not swim?

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