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Dropping water levels support breeding

25. September 2018, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

When the mighty Zambezi River overflows its banks, additional habitats with an abundant food supply are created for many bird species. Young fish thrive in the shallow warm water and countless insect larvae are also found there. For African Skimmers, however, an important habitat is lost: the white sandbanks disappear under the masses of water and with them the sleeping and resting places as well as the nesting sites.

Dropping water levels support breeding

A boat trip on the mighty Zambezi in winter

20. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Even though it is a very cold morning by Zambezi standards, scores of birds are out and about at a tributary, on a large island and along the mighty Zambezi River’s mainstream. During a morning boat trip from Zambezi Mubala Camp via the large island to the mainstream up to Zambezi Mubala Lodge and back, 38 wetland bird species were counted at the end of July this year. Another 83 bird species were registered around Zambezi Mubala Camp in two days. 

A boat trip on the mighty Zambezi in winter

The Gondwana card enjoys great popularity

19. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

Surprise, surprise for the 70,000th Gondwana Card holder! A bottle of bubbly and a voucher (2 nights for 2 persons with breakfast) was waiting for Mr Verukisa Kahorongo when he came to collect his Gondwana Card. The Gondwana Card is issued to Namibians and citizens of the SADC region and has proved to be a huge success. Small wonder, because Gondwana was the first tourism company to offer Namibians the opportunity to take a holiday with a 50% discount on bed and breakfast (40% for SADC citizens).

The Gondwana card enjoys great popularity

On the Road: From the wild horses into the arms of the spectacular Namib Desert

18. September 2018, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Follow the Namib Desert Route through some of the most scenic roads on the continent... It’s a good feeling to hit the road again after a restful stop at Klein Aus Vista, nestled snugly in the Aus mountains. The vast limitless landscapes call to your soul – and old man Namib whispers to you from the ancient alleyways of time. I hear him whispering my name and calling to me as I veer north from the B4 on to the gravel. I am on my way to Sossusvlei and the Namib Sand Sea. 

On the Road: From the wild horses into the arms of the spectacular Namib Desert

The Carmine Bee-eaters are back!

17. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Their numbers are increasing daily – the Carmine Bee-eaters are back at the breeding colony between Zambezi Mubala Camp and Zambezi Mubala Lodge (formerly Kalizo Lodge). They have safely made the long trip from their winter habitats in East Africa to Namibia. This year a group of several hundred birds has chosen a nesting site between the lodge and the usual colony. 

The Carmine Bee-eaters are back!

A boat trip on the Chobe River on a winter morning

13. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

In the vicinity of the Chobe River Camp the reeds and papyrus as well as the tall trees which characterise the banks of the other rivers on Namibia’s north-eastern border are absent. At the end of July, during a boat trip in the morning, a total of 31 wetland bird species were counted along the Chobe River and within two days altogether 97 bird species in and around Chobe River Camp. 

A boat trip on the Chobe River on a winter morning

Namushasha River Villa: Celebrate life in luxury on the Kwando River

05. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

Savour an intimate river experience in the Zambezi Region. Gondwana’s new luxurious floating River Villa is the ultimate destination for celebration, rest and appreciation of river magnificence. And you have it all to yourselves. Anchored in a channel on the Kwando River, opposite the Bwabwata National Park, the Namushasha River Villa is the ultimate on-the-water accommodation. 

Namushasha River Villa: Celebrate life in luxury on the Kwando River

Report on wetland bird counts and bird mapping at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, July 2018

04. September 2018, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

After a very successful series of summer counts at the four Gondwana lodges - Hakusembe River Lodge, Namushasha River Lodge, Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Chobe River Camp - in February it was time to repeat the exercise, this time in winter. Although the primary aim of the visit was the wetland bird counts, bird mapping (atlasing) was also done. 

Report on wetland bird counts and bird mapping at Gondwana lodges in north-eastern Namibia, July 2018

Three Gondwana lodges receive awards

18. July 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

The world’s largest online travel site TripAdvisor and Eco Awards Namibia acknowledged Gondwana’s continuous investments into service excellence, sustainability and nature conservation. Canyon Village was inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, Namushasha River Lodge received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and Damara Mopane Lodge was awarded the highest eco quality seal by Eco Awards Namibia. 

Three Gondwana lodges receive awards

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