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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

Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

01. May 2018, inke - Environment, Tourism

The same quantity of water that 40 households in Windhoek use in one month is currently gushing down Ruacana Falls every second. On 13 April the Kunene River reached its fastest flow rate this year when 1654 cubic metres per second plunged over the falls to a depth of 107 to 120 metres. The Kunene started to rise after heavy rains in south-western Angola and masses of water pushed south on their long way to the border with Namibia, where the river turns west to the Atlantic Ocean for its final stretch of 352 km.

Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

Large paper wasps – Namibia’s bush police

31. March 2018, inke - Environment

Most Namibians, and also some of the visitors to our country, have had a painful encounter with the local bush police of the insect type. The large paper wasps are found in all the dry and arid parts of Namibia, i.e. the south and the central regions, but they are mainly active in summer. They grow to a length of just under two centimetres and know how to put up a fight. 

Large paper wasps – Namibia’s bush police

Did you know that some snakes give birth to living young?

30. March 2018, inke - Environment

A total of 24 little puff adders were born within a few hours. The young snakes were born in a transparent membrane, which they effortlessly broke through and then crawled away to hide. They were barely dry when they shed their skin for the first time. Even baby puff adders are venomous. Most other snakes are oviparous and deposit their eggs in places which are sufficiently humid and remain consistently warm.

Did you know that some snakes give birth to living young?

Wetland bird counts at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia

23. March 2018, inke - Environment

Regular wetland bird counts have been conducted in Namibia twice a year since 1992. Birds are good indicators of wetland “health” and as a signatory to the Convention on Wetlands (the Ramsar Convention) Namibia has an obligation to monitor the condition of all wetlands within the country’s borders. The Gondwana Collection extended an invitation to conduct counts at their four lodges in north-eastern Namibia.

Wetland bird counts at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia

Crocodile lurks on the Skeleton Coast

19. March 2018, inke - Environment

The upper part of the massive bleached skull rests on the waves formed by the fine sand which the wind incessantly moves around the plain. Barely one hundred metres away the Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the beach. Nobody will ever know when the crocodile came ashore at this particular spot of the Skeleton Coast. It will also remain a mystery why the huge reptile crawled onto the beach right here, seven kilometres south of the Kunene River’s mouth, and perished. 

Crocodile lurks on the Skeleton Coast

Namib Desert Lodge – Finalist of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards

28. February 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

It is the third year in a row that a property of the Gondwana Collection has reached the final of the Responsible Tourism Awards. In 2018, the Namib Desert Lodge is competing for the prestigious award. The other two finalists in the Accommodation Establishment category are Grootberg Lodge and Damaraland Camp. In the Tour Operators category, which includes shuttles, car rentals and the like, the three finalists are Abenteuer Afrika Reisen, Wild Dog Safaris and Ultimate Safaris. 

Namib Desert Lodge – Finalist of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards

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