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Padlangs – Rooftop camping: the way to a camper’s heart

21. February 2020, koney - Tourism

Nowadays, there is hardly a route in Namibia where a traveller won’t see rental cars or private cars with rooftop tents. My own roof tent adventure began in 1984 on a trip to Switzerland, where my German-Swiss friend planned a trip through Africa. We enjoyed exploring Namibia together and every time I pitched my tent on the ground and he opened his roof tent, I was green with envy. This led to the idea to simply copy his tent.

Padlangs – Rooftop camping: the way to a camper’s heart

Marvel at celestial bodies - meteorites in Namibia

14. February 2020, inke - Tourism

The clear night sky over Namibia is always fascinating for tourists and locals. One can also see some shooting stars. Falling stars are celestial bodies from space that burn up when they often enter the earth's atmosphere and become visible. This brings us to the subject - shooting stars are meteorites. The Hoba meteorite near Grootfontein hit the earth's surface almost 80,000 years ago, and a shower of falling stars (pardon - meteorites) 'rained' down on the area around Gibeon in the south of Namibia around 30,000 years ago.

Marvel at celestial bodies - meteorites in Namibia

In a nutshell: Update on Namibian tourism

03. January 2020, koney - Tourism

If you’re in the tourism industry, you are often asked how Namibian tourism is doing in the present economic climate, with factors like our three-year drought and current financial woes. The questions are usually asked with the hope that reassurance will be given, conveying a message that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. And, yes, there is light. Despite a slight decline in tourism in the last two years and the challenges that we are presently faced with, visitors continue to stream into the country.

In a nutshell: Update on Namibian tourism

A lodge fit for a king: Welcome Etosha King Nehale

27. December 2019, koney - Tourism, Discover Namibia

Gondwana Collection’s newest lodge opens doors to tourism in northern Namibia. A grand entrance is apt for momentous occasions like this one, when a major lodge group moves into the area north of Etosha National Park that has never featured prominently on the tourist map. Dubbed ‘Owamboland’ in the past, the four Owambo regions - Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati - are home to the largest ethnic group in Namibia, the Aawambo people. The four regions fit snugly to the north of the popular national park like a crown on a princess’s head.

A lodge fit for a king: Welcome Etosha King Nehale

"Coffee is like sex on the palate."

18. December 2019, inke - Culture, Tourism

Pour water into the coffee machine, open the bag, spoon coffee into the filter and switch on the machine – it’s that simple. But: "It's about much more than a cup of coffee," says Mark Stanton of Two Beards Coffee Roasters in Swakopmund. Together with his father he runs the roastery and supplies many Namibian cafés with Two Beards products. He also conducts "cupping", which (for the uninitiated) is coffee tasting.

"Coffee is like sex on the palate."

Partnership in Europe: Gondwana collaborates with Romantik Hotels & Restaurants

05. December 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Gondwana Collection Namibia enters into its first marketing partnership with a European hotel group. The Romantik brand includes 200 hotels and 250 restaurants in nine European countries. Each region’s unique characteristics are highlighted with excellent cuisine and an experience of its past. The personally managed hotels form an exclusive collection to meet the highest demands.

Partnership in Europe: Gondwana collaborates with Romantik Hotels & Restaurants

Meeting Namibians on the journey from Swakop to Palmwag and Epupa

11. October 2019, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

The journey from Gondwana’s Delight hotel in Swakop up the famed Skeleton Coast to Palmwag and then northwards to Omarunga-Epupa Falls Camp provided a wealth of spectacular landscapes and fascinating stops, but - importantly - it also provided the opportunity to meet some of Namibia’s beautiful and colourful people. Sometimes, because of a lack of a common language, we had to use gestures and hand signals, but we still managed to communicate.

Meeting Namibians on the journey from Swakop to Palmwag and Epupa

On the road again - Into Kaokoland

27. September 2019, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Travelling via the Skeleton Coast from Swakopmund to Palmwag and Epupa Falls elicits a thrill of excitement. It ticks all the boxes for the adventurous at heart and adds a couple more. Heading on the salt and gravel roads to the more remote fence-free reaches of Namibia, home to desert elephant, rhino and lion, and further north to the semi-nomadic Himba people, must rate as one of the most exhilarating adventures in the country.

On the road again - Into Kaokoland

A passionate rendezvous in the north – where the Chobe and the Zambezi meet

20. September 2019, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

A passionate rendezvous unfolds in the north of Namibia where the Chobe River and the Zambezi River come face to face. Nature is a flawless date night planner, with dusk setting the lighting scene in splendid hues of red, orange, pink and purple. I would not typically describe myself as a romantic, but I have found the place where romantics can sign up – it’s called Chobe River Camp.

A passionate rendezvous in the north – where the Chobe and the Zambezi meet

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