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Petition against illegal fishing stirring big waves

16. January 2017, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

Illegal fishing in Namibia is taking its final toll. Commercialization and exportation has placed immense pressure on the eco- and river systems, the local communities and tourism. This is stated through a video that was released on Friday morning (13/01) as part of an enlightenment campaign. Gondwana Collection Namibia is in full support of this initiative.

Petition against illegal fishing stirring big waves

Five flowers for “green” Gondwana Lodges

19. November 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Eco-friendliness comes naturally at Gondwana’s lodges. Their efforts to save water and electricity and their responsible waste disposal have once again been acknowledged with the highest seal of approval in the Eco Awards and was accepted with joy. The Eco Awards 2016 were handed out at the Gala evening of the Hospitality Association of Namibia HAN on 18 November. All the Gondwana lodges which were reassessed scored the highest number of points and were awarded five desert flowers each.

Five flowers for “green” Gondwana Lodges

The first Gondwana Lodge opened its doors 20 years ago

11. November 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Exactly 20 years ago, the Canyon Lodge received its first guests. A few months earlier a group of businessmen with a love for nature in southern Namibia acquired several farms at the Fish River Canyon and established the Gondwana Canyon Park. The group decided to finance nature conservation with income generated by the hospitality business. The Canyon Lodge opened its doors on 14 November 1996 and became the beginning of Gondwana’s success story. By now the Gondwana Collection consists of fifteen accommodation establishments all over the country. 

The first Gondwana Lodge opened its doors 20 years ago

Lappet-faced Vultures are nesting close to Namib Desert Lodge

03. November 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

They are scruffy, they look somehow strange, and they are scavengers making a living from others' misery - Vultures aren’t necessarily the birds with the best reputation. Well, a trip with MET’s Holger Kolberg and the Vultures Namibia team to the remote parts of the Namib Desert may change your mind. On the eastern boundary of the Namib Naukluft Park and just around the corner of Gondwana’s Namib Desert Lodge the untouched habitat is the breeding ground for many of Namibia’s Lappet-faced Vultures. Once a year Holger and his team - equipped with a Landcruiser and a long ladder - pay a visit. 

Lappet-faced Vultures are nesting close to Namib Desert Lodge

The Pink Day for Breast Cancer – Gondwana and CAN consolidate their cooperation

28. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

May HOPE be our North Star and guide us to life!
This is the message the Cancer Association of Namibia CAN, would like to spread with this year's Pink Day on 28 October. This day aims to give hope and support all those suffering from breast cancer. It also aims to promote awareness, and that breast cancer can be cured if it is diagnosed early enough. Official celebrations will take place at the Gondwana Travel Centre in Windhoek, together with partners and sponsors of the Cancer Association. As of 2016, this now includes the Gondwana Collection.

The Pink Day for Breast Cancer – Gondwana and CAN consolidate their cooperation

The Delight Swakopmund receives the DBN Good Business Award

27. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Development Bank of Namibia has presented The Delight Swakopmund, the latest of the Gondwana Collection’s properties, with the “Good Business Award 2016” for large enterprises. It acknowledges the innovative planning and implementation of the hotel’s brand, the financial viability and the developmental impact in respect to employment creation, local procurement and benefits for the local community. The DBN supported the hotel project with a loan of 50 million N$. The Delight Swakopmund opened its doors in November 2015.

The Delight Swakopmund receives the DBN Good Business Award

Clean-up in the Fish River Canyon

20. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Fish River Canyon is one of the main tourist attractions in Namibia, and annually attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy the breath-taking views and the rugged canyon scenery at the main viewpoint. Some visitors also participate in the various hiking trails that move along the canyon floor. At the end of the hiking season, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism organises an annual clean-up campaign for the approximately 80km trail from Hiker’s Point to Ai-Ais. 52 volunteers from various institutions and organisations participated in the clean-up action this year.

Clean-up in the Fish River Canyon

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

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