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Ringed Blue Cranes offer new insights

06. July 2017, inke - Environment

The Blue Crane, critically endangered in Namibia, occurs exclusively in the Etosha National Park and the Omadhiya lakes, a series of oshanas (seasonally flooded lakes) to the north of the park. To see this rare bird, tourists often visit areas near the Chudop waterhole in the Namutoni area, Salvadora in the Halali area, and recently at Nebrownii, east of Okaukuejo in Namibia’s most famous park.

Ringed Blue Cranes offer new insights

Rarely seen: the wild’s effective but endangered hunters

26. June 2017, inke - Environment

Over the years I have visited Bushmanland many times but never spotted an African wild dog, although every now and then I heard about other people who had seen the multi-coloured canids. This time I am fortunate enough to encounter some of these fascinating animals in the wild. I can hardly believe my eyes: three African wild dogs are chasing a young springbok less than 100 metres away from us!

Rarely seen: the wild’s effective but endangered hunters

Fascinating creatures and history on the fringes of the sea of dunes

19. June 2017, inke - Discover Namibia, Environment, Tourism

Devoid of life. That, at first glance, is the impression given by the red dunes and the adjoining white gravel plains of the Namib Desert on the doorstep of the coastal town of Swakopmund. The seasonal Swakop River, which reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Swakopmund, forms a dividing line between the town and the dunes to the south. Sand and stones, wind and fog, otherwise nothing. Or so it seems. This area is home to an amazing array of creatures, and there are also relicts from the past to take a closer look at. 

Fascinating creatures and history on the fringes of the sea of dunes

Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

10. May 2017, inke - Weather, Environment

2017 has brought good rainfalls to large parts of Namibia. In places the rain was even above average and the gift from above was a great relief for the whole country. For some, however, it had disastrous consequences – especially in areas where the landscape hadn’t seen a drop of rain yet and was still suffering from the drought. A young couple from Austria, on their first visit to Namibia, had to sit tight in a spiky Ana tree amidst the whirling muddy floods of the Omaruru River for six hours until a police helicopter came to the rescue. 

Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

Gondwana pioneers water vending machines in Namibia

21. April 2017, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

In an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic water bottles at our lodges, Gondwana contracted a local business – Dial a Water Namibia (commonly known as DAWN) to source and import a machine that allows us to still sell purified water to our guests, but more importantly get rid of the loathed plastic bottles. This is in line with Gondwana’s strive to decrease the use of plastics in all our operations and speaks to our constant drive to be as environmentally sensitive as we possibly can be.

Gondwana pioneers water vending machines in Namibia

Rarely seen Risso´s dolphin saved in Lüderitz

30. March 2017, inke - Environment

On Tuesday this week (28th March 2017), just after lunch, Dr Jean Paul Roux - Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources’ marine biologist - was informed that a stranded dolphin had been spotted in Lüderitz harbour. Dr Roux was surprised to find a Risso´s dolphin (Grampus griseus) stranded in the shallow water. Risso’s is a species which is very rare to Namibian waters.

Rarely seen Risso´s dolphin saved in Lüderitz

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