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150 years of Namibia-Finland relations started in Ondonga territory

27. March 2020, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Only a few kilometres from Ondangwa in north-central Namibia lies a hidden historic treasure: the first mission station in the area at Olukonda, founded in 1870 and now a museum together with the house of the Lutheran pastor. This was 150 years ago and the fact that the first missionary there, Martti Rautanen hailed from Finland, is the reason for a significant anniversary later this year near Olukonda. Preparations to celebrate 150 years of Finland-Namibia relations are on the way. 

150 years of Namibia-Finland relations started in Ondonga territory

Gondwana weathering the storm

18. March 2020, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

At this trying time, when the world is changing rapidly and is faced with the extreme social and economic challenges that are being experienced globally, we feel it essential to communicate with our faithful followers, Gondwana card holders and the general public. We would like to assure you that we stand firmly positioned and able to weather the storm. We are using this period constructively to be able to come out afterwards - together with Namibia - stronger than before.

Gondwana weathering the storm

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

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