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Kalahari Farmhouse will be open to guests as of the end of April

10. October 2016, gunnar - Gondwana Collection

The Kalahari Farmhouse in Stampriet will be closed for renovations and the Gondwana Training Academy the first four months of 2017 as of 1 January. It will open to guests as soon as 28 April 2017. Originally the Kalahari Farmhouse was to be used for the Gondwana Academy as from January until July 2017. However, this year's training programme has been streamlined for various reasons. Gondwana's current Managing Director Mannfred Goldbeck, soon to be the Director of Brand and Marketing, will head the Academy.

Kalahari Farmhouse will be open to guests as of the end of April

Excellent! HolidayCheck praises Gondwana Lodges

07. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Three of the Gondwana Lodges are enjoying particular popularity on HolidayCheck. With reviews like “Pure Romance” for Klein-Aus Vista Eagle’s Nest Chalets, “Beautiful grounds – highly recommended” for Damara Mopane Lodge and “Ideal starting point for photo safari” for Etosha Safari Lodge, these are among the highest ranking lodges of the year. The seal of approval “Recommended on HolidayCheck” shows that the lodges enjoy many globetrotters’ great respect and is considered an important indicator when individuals are planning their holidays. 

Excellent! HolidayCheck praises Gondwana Lodges

Namibia – the Land of stunning sunsets

04. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

“Celebrate our 20th anniversary with us and win 101 sunsets with Gondwana”. During the Namibia Tourism Expo in May of this year, we called on you to send us your best sundowner moments. And that’s what you did! By the end of August we had received 875 great photographs on Facebook and via email. The evaluation of the five categories, Natural, Crazy, Social, Wildlife and Professional, took a full month but we have finally managed to choose our winners. 

Namibia – the Land of stunning sunsets

New record for guest occupancy at Gondwana

14. September 2016, gunnar - Gondwana Collection

Tourism in Namibia is booming. In August the Gondwana Collection experienced their best monthly occupancy since its inception 20 years ago. More and more overseas tourists are travelling to Namibia to enjoy the luxury of space and guaranteed sunshine. “The bed occupancy for August reached a surprising 78.56%. This is a number we have never reached before,” says the Reservations Manager, Leez Hövelmann. “The numbers have increased with nearly 10% when comparing it to the August statistics of the past five years, and the coming months are looking very promising.”

New record for guest occupancy at Gondwana

Facelift for Damara Mopane Lodge

09. September 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Damara Mopane Lodge is currently undergoing a soft revamp. Fresh wall paint in all the lodge buildings as well as renovated, newly equipped and decorated rooms will enhance the Damaraland experience of our guests. As the lodge complex is spaciously designed current guests can enjoy their visit completely undisturbed. The hospitality operations are not affected by the renovation works which will be completed at the end of February 2017. 

Facelift for Damara Mopane Lodge

Fire at Hakusembe River Lodge quickly brought under control

03. September 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Early this morning a fire caused some excitement at Hakusembe River Lodge. It started at 5 o’clock at a separate scullery building and spread over the lawn to the grass-roofed restroom at the swimming pool area. The staff reacted promptly and kept the fire under control until it was extinguished at 7.30 a.m. No one was injured. The cause and a damage estimate have not yet been determined.

Fire at Hakusembe River Lodge quickly brought under control

Help is coming

29. August 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Help where help is needed. That is the motto associated with the ‘Gondwana Memes & Tates’, an initiative driven by dynamic Gondwana employees. Working with dedicated partner organisations they ensure that donations and assistance reaches the needy and that their actions have the desired effect on the community. An example would be the relief operation in Swakopmund, which has recently been launched after a fire that broke out in the DRC informal settlement.

Help is coming

Gondwana’s mules go into retirement

20. July 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

As of 2017 Gondwana will be offering slack-packing tours in the northern parts of the Fish River Canyon. This will give participants the opportunity to enjoy the hiking trail without the added weight of luggage and equipment. The Canyon Klipspringer Trail will replace the Mule Trails, which will only run until mid-September 2016. After ten years of faithful companionship to about 1,000 adventurous hikers, the mules have already found a new home near Windhoek. 

Gondwana’s mules go into retirement

A new journey for Gondwana: MD passes the baton

12. July 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

In November this year, the leading hospitality company in Namibia will turn 21. From the beginning, the founding member and managing director, Mannfred Goldbeck, has been in the driver’s seat, steering the company in innovative new directions with his energy, warmth and vision. As Gondwana moves into the next decade, he has decided to hand over the reins to new blood. Mr Goldbeck will remain with the company as a senior executive and focus his energy on Gondwana Branding and Marketing.

A new journey for Gondwana: MD passes the baton

Taking out the rubbish! Gondwana's successful clean-up campaign

23. June 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

640 School children and 60 volunteers came together to partake in a waste collection movement on the 600 ha land around the Hakusembe River Lodge. At the end of a morning of cleaning eight massive bags of rubbish had been collected. The waste collection movement took place on 17 June 2016, and was organised by Gondwana together with the local Sikondo-community near Rundu.

Taking out the rubbish! Gondwana's successful clean-up campaign

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