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Namibian Economics to the point – May 2018

01. June 2018, inke - Economics

Unexpected rains in the middle of May also hit Namibia’s central coast, flooding streets at Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Angola and Namibia agreed to a joint-development on a trans-frontier nature park on the Kunene River, along the common border. The Lufthansa subsidiary, Eurowings, introduced its first flight from Munich to Windhoek this month. Namibian scientist Japie van Zyl made his home country proud when launching the NASA Marslander Insight Mission in California, USA. According the Namibia Statistics Agency, inflation ticked slightly upwards to 3.6 percent in April, compared to 3.5 percent in March.

Namibian Economics to the point – May 2018

Namib Desert Lodge: a showcase for eco-friendly concepts

30. May 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

It is the third consecutive year that a Gondwana Collection property has reached the final of the Responsible Tourism Awards (RTA) and the first time to win the award. The Namib Desert Lodge scooped the prestigious award in the Accommodation Establishment category. The winners were announced today (30 May 2018) at the Namibia Tourism Expo in Windhoek. This year’s RTA criteria are based on the theme for the 2018 Tourism Expo: “Conservation – small things matter.”  

Namib Desert Lodge: a showcase for eco-friendly concepts

Namibia - a continent in one country

29. May 2018, inke - Economics, Tourism

From the first time Namibia made headlines, the world took notice. In 1875, Charles John Andersson’s bestseller Notes of Travel in South-western Africa put the country on the map in the western world. People began to refer to the country by its geographical location. News of the natural beauty of the country soon spread – with its range of scenery from desert dunes to lush waterways, as well as its good infrastructure, stable democracy and press freedom. It has one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and has been ranked among the best and safest countries in Africa for travel. 

Namibia - a continent in one country

Gondwana places the focus on Namibia’s beauty

28. May 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

You are cordially invited to visit the Gondwana Hall at the Namibia Tourism Expo (30 May to 2 June 2018). The Gondwana team at our information desk will fill you in on the latest developments in our group of lodges. We will present the youngest additions to the accommodation facilities of the Gondwana family: Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Camp in the far northeast of the Zambezi Region as well as the elegant The Desert Grace in the Sossusvlei area. We will also introduce Namibia Focus, a newspaper to promote our web portals on Namibia.

Gondwana places the focus on Namibia’s beauty

Taking photos in Namibia

27. May 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

This is the space where photography tips, tricks and ideas are presented at regular intervals; where pictures are discussed or places worthwhile for photographers are explored. The varying topics will appeal to beginners who feel at home in Africa just as much as to photographers who know their equipment inside out but have brought it to Africa for the first time. Before looking at subjects, technical details and settings in upcoming instalments we want to answer the question why we are here, why here in Namibia. Why is Namibia so important to us as photographers, what makes it so valuable for photographers? 

Taking photos in Namibia

#ItsUp2Us – Gondwana supports nationwide clean-up campaign

24. May 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

The President of Namibia has called for a concerted effort to clean up the country. The Gondwana Collection is in, of course! Staffers of the Gondwana Travel Centre in Windhoek have already started to collect garbage in the neighbourhood today (24 May). Furthermore, each employee received a cotton bag in order to cut down on plastic shopping bags. 

#ItsUp2Us – Gondwana supports nationwide clean-up campaign

Namibia’s kangaroo: the springhare

22. May 2018, inke - Environment

Armed with handheld searchlights and torches it is nightly entertainment for youngsters on a farm to try and catch springhares. These rodents measure around 40 centimetres, disregarding the tail, and their eyes can be seen glowing in the dark from afar. Blinded by the light shone at them they flee across the open grass plain hopping on their hind legs like kangaroos. Usually the springhares make it to their burrows but some will be caught. After the fun of catching a springhare it is released again. For others, especially San communities in arid areas like the Kalahari, springhares represent an important food source.

Namibia’s kangaroo: the springhare

The sky is not the limit

08. May 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Did you know that a Namibian-born space engineer and scientist is leading a mission to Mars? Dr Japie van Zyl is currently the Director of the Solar System Exploration at NASA. As head of the InSight Mission, he and his team sent the first outer space robotic explorer to Mars on 5 May to study the planet's early geological evolution. You might wonder how a boy from Opuwo made it to the stars? Manni Goldbeck talked to Dr Japie van Zyl when he visited his birth country in 2012.

The sky is not the limit

70 years of CYMOT – success fuelled by camaraderie

02. May 2018, inke - Economics

His memories of CYMOT’s early years? The founder of the family business frowns. “Team spirit, good leadership and innovation”, he says, “that was our recipe for success. We are having a casual breakfast meeting with Claus Theissen, now 78 years old, and two companions who worked at CYMOT for decades. Suddenly the memories start to burst forth, not so much memories of work, however, but rather of the practical application of the CYMOT product range during fishing and camping trips.

70 years of CYMOT – success fuelled by camaraderie

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