category "Culture" / News - Gondwana Collection

News

Gondwana's Newsroom

Filtered by category Culture Reset filter

Hearts around us – Valentine’s Day Competition

31. January 2020, koney - Culture

Stand a chance to win a weekend away to any of our Gondwana Premium Collection Lodges with your significant other by participating in our Valentine’s Day Competition. All you need to do is share your heart with us in the comment section of our daily Competition Facebook Post. There will be a daily winner of a Premium Collection voucher from the 1st to the 7th of  February 2020. T’s & C’s below apply. 

Hearts around us – Valentine’s Day Competition

Brötchen- well-known and popular to eat in between

23. December 2019, koney - Culture

Elongated, with an indent and various colours defined by dough type and flour dusting, filled with cheese, cold cuts or even meatloaf – voila, the ‘brötchen’, ladies and gentlemen. Or to the non-Namibian community, a bread roll. Add a cup of coffee and suddenly the world is a much better place. In Namibia, brötchen are the epitome of a small mid-morning coffee break, business meetings or as a snack on the go. Introduced in Namibia by German settlers over a hundred years ago, the rolls, "bretsjen" (Afrikaans), "brottchen" (with an English accent) or "rolls" (small rolled-up pastries) have become a household name and are familiar in other language groups.

Brötchen- well-known and popular to eat in between

"Coffee is like sex on the palate."

18. December 2019, inke - Culture, Tourism

Pour water into the coffee machine, open the bag, spoon coffee into the filter and switch on the machine – it’s that simple. But: "It's about much more than a cup of coffee," says Mark Stanton of Two Beards Coffee Roasters in Swakopmund. Together with his father he runs the roastery and supplies many Namibian cafés with Two Beards products. He also conducts "cupping", which (for the uninitiated) is coffee tasting.

"Coffee is like sex on the palate."

Bavarian beer queen encounters Leopard

02. November 2019, inke - Culture

Carrying a limited edition beer mug of this year's Windhoeker Oktoberfest, reigning Bavarian Beer Queen Veronika “Vroni” Ettstaller encountered a leopard at a Safari Guest Farm outside Windhoek on Monday this week (October 28, 2019). The latest Oktoberfest collectible features a leopard and a camel thorn tree silhouetted against a golden setting sun setting in hues of gold – the reason why Namibia Breweries arranged this exciting experience for their guest of honour.

Bavarian beer queen encounters Leopard

Botswana descendants of Nama hero Simon Kooper revive their culture

06. September 2019, inke - Culture

The small village of Lokgwabe in Botswana held its annual Nama cultural festival in late August 2019 which was a great success. The traditional attire, Nama music and the famous Nama-stap dance impressed many visitors. First inaugurated in 2016, this festival is part of the Nama culture's efforts in Botswana to revive their original culture and language. 

Botswana descendants of Nama hero Simon Kooper revive their culture

Echoes in the dunes - An art exhibition based on ancient African tales

04. September 2019, inke - Culture

The Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund will host an entrancing exhibition called Echoes in the Dunes, comprised of three contemporary artists’ work from 6 September to 6 October 2019. The charcoal images, sculptures and pieces of jewelry on display tell ancient stories of the Bushmen, derived from the book Specimens of Bushmen Folklore.

Echoes in the dunes - An art exhibition based on ancient African tales

Part-time engineer, full-time royalty: The new Ondonga king

20. August 2019, inke - Culture

Part-time aircraft engineer. Full-time royalty. This is not the kind of job description one sees on a CV every day. Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo has recently been crowned the new Ondonga King in the north of Namibia. Although Tatekulu Shuumbwa has assumed his new duties as king, he still fulfils certain duties as aviation auditor for the Namibian Air Force when his services are required.

Part-time engineer, full-time royalty: The new Ondonga king

Meeting the Riemvasmakers of Namibia

09. August 2019, inke - Tourism, Culture

On the way to Palmwag from Damara Mopane Lodge near Khorixas, I stopped in at the small settlement of Vrede. Vrede looks like any other settlement along the route, but its residents have a very interesting history. The members of the twelve households that live in Vrede are all Riemvasmakers, their families having once lived in Riemvasmaak in the Northern Cape, South Africa.

Meeting the Riemvasmakers of Namibia

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

Stay up-to-date with our monthly 'Gondwana Tracks' Newsletter Sign up Today