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Thonningii, home to artisan wine in the Otavi Valley

17. August 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

The maize triangle of Otavi, Grootfontein and Tsumeb is often bypassed en route to the northern and north-eastern regions. We entered the heart of the triangle recently and made a pleasant stop to visit the family-owned winery. The Thonningii cellar’s ethos is to keep their production as close to nature as possible, creating wines that express the character of the Otavi mountain valley.

Thonningii, home to artisan wine in the Otavi Valley

Gondwana and the King Nehale Conservancy join forces

04. July 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Exciting developments are afoot, as the Gondwana Collection Namibia signed a Joint Venture Agreement with the King Nehale Conservancy on 28 June 2018. The agreement will allow Gondwana to develop and construct a new lodge within the Conservancy, about 5km north of the King Nehale Gate to the Etosha National Park. The envisioned lodge will host 40 rooms, which will pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of the area. Furthermore, it enables the conservancy to generate an additional income.

Gondwana and the King Nehale Conservancy join forces

Tourists are dining where the blacksmith used to work

27. June 2018, inke - Tourism

Castle Duwisib in the arid south was remarkable from the very start – something special in the local farming community and for the country as a whole. The grand opening ceremony took place in the middle of 1909. The owners, Captain Hansheinrich von Wolf (1873-1916) and his American-born wife Jayta, née Humphreys, chose this particular spot in a sparsely vegetated landscape. Nowadays, Duwisib Castle is utilized for tourism purposes. The former smithy was turned into a restaurant, and adjoining rooms and stables became eight guestrooms. 

Tourists are dining where the blacksmith used to work

On the road: along the Canyon-Diamond Route

15. June 2018, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Sparkling stones, wild horses, sweeping desert vistas and old diamond-mining towns epitomise this section of Namibia... There’s mystery and intrigue to be had in Namibia’s south-western corner where diamonds were once so numerous that they were said to sparkle by the light of the moon. And, where champagne was cheaper than water. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to rush to get there. No siree. The canyon first needs its due respect.

On the road: along the Canyon-Diamond Route

Kalahari Anib Lodge makes it into the Hall of Fame

06. June 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Tourism

Gondwana Collection Namibia is proud to announce that Kalahari Anib Lodge has become a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The lodge qualified for the Hall of Fame after earning Certificates of Excellence for the past five consecutive years. The award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently receive great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over a 12 month period. 

Kalahari Anib Lodge makes it into the Hall of Fame

Namibia - a continent in one country

29. May 2018, inke - Economics, Tourism

From the first time Namibia made headlines, the world took notice. In 1875, Charles John Andersson’s bestseller Notes of Travel in South-western Africa put the country on the map in the western world. People began to refer to the country by its geographical location. News of the natural beauty of the country soon spread – with its range of scenery from desert dunes to lush waterways, as well as its good infrastructure, stable democracy and press freedom. It has one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and has been ranked among the best and safest countries in Africa for travel. 

Namibia - a continent in one country

Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

01. May 2018, inke - Environment, Tourism

The same quantity of water that 40 households in Windhoek use in one month is currently gushing down Ruacana Falls every second. On 13 April the Kunene River reached its fastest flow rate this year when 1654 cubic metres per second plunged over the falls to a depth of 107 to 120 metres. The Kunene started to rise after heavy rains in south-western Angola and masses of water pushed south on their long way to the border with Namibia, where the river turns west to the Atlantic Ocean for its final stretch of 352 km.

Ruacana Falls now the scene of a stunning natural spectacle

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

06. April 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

The dark glossy shape leaps aboard at the stern of the catamaran and waddles straight past the tourists without batting an eyelid. The marine mammal stops right at the bow and waits to be given fish as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Carol-Ann Möller had warned her passengers in advance to expect Cape fur seals joining them. Namibia’s largest and most important harbour, Walvis Bay, is sheltered by a peninsula. The bay and the lagoon are home to countless marine animals and seabirds. 

Boat tours in the bay of Walvis Bay

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

09. February 2018, inke - Tourism, Discover Namibia

At the southern end of the Fish River Canyon, a mineral-rich hot spring encircled by rugged mountains has attracted people for centuries. It was known from the earliest times by the Nama who went there when sick to be healed by the rejuvenating waters. /Ai-/Ais is the Nama word for ‘very hot’. Groundwater heated up in the Earth’s crust rises to the surface at about 60˚C in passages created by the deep fault systems found in the canyon.

The healing waters of Ai-Ais: The early days

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