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Namib Desert Lodge – Finalist of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards

28. February 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

It is the third year in a row that a property of the Gondwana Collection has reached the final of the Responsible Tourism Awards. In 2018, the Namib Desert Lodge is competing for the prestigious award. The other two finalists in the Accommodation Establishment category are Grootberg Lodge and Damaraland Camp. In the Tour Operators category, which includes shuttles, car rentals and the like, the three finalists are Abenteuer Afrika Reisen, Wild Dog Safaris and Ultimate Safaris. 

Namib Desert Lodge – Finalist of the 2018 Responsible Tourism Awards

How Leopard got his spots

23. February 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

According to African folklore, Leopard stopped sharing his meals and started to hide his kill in trees because Jackal and Hyena weren’t reciprocating his generosity. One of the best remembered fables of the ages is, however, “How the Leopard Got His Spots” in the “Just So Stories” where Rudyard Kipling spelled out the benefits of camouflage. Leopard looked “like a sunflower against a tarred fence” when he entered the forest from the veld until the Ethiopian kindly painted the five-dotted rosettes which cover the leopard’s coat to this day.

How Leopard got his spots

The merit of plastic tags and camera traps

22. February 2018, inke - Environment

A camera trap at a waterhole on Uli Trümper’s farm Safari captured a lappet-faced vulture together with a black-backed jackal on 29 January this year. The clearly visible plastic tag on the vulture revealed that the bird was ringed about nine years ago. Pictures taken by other camera traps also prove that the vulture was successfully rehabilitated and that it is in good condition. 

The merit of plastic tags and camera traps

Did you know that a certain assassin bug feeds only on millipedes?

19. February 2018, inke - Environment

After good rains a huge number of insects and other animals appear. Moths, butterflies, beetle and, well known to Namibians, millipedes are suddenly all over. Some millipedes are up to 20 cm long and more. Hundreds are killed on our roads when they try to cross. Their hard bodies seem to be a very good protection and as defence they can even secrete liquids and gases which deter most enemies. But there is one predator who has specialised in millipedes and he appears after the rains too: the millipede assassin. 

Did you know that a certain assassin bug feeds only on millipedes?

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Fast flying jewels

15. February 2018, inke - Environment

Usually they occur close to water but often they suddenly appear in dry and arid places. They are fast flying colourful insects, only a few centimetres long. They can zigzag through the air, they can hover, they can fly backwards and they can land precisely on the tip of a twig or on the ground.Their bright colours are just as amazing as the unique patterns on their long segmented abdomen. Namibia has almost 130 species of dragonflies and damselflies.

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Fast flying jewels

The many faces of the red-billed quelea

12. February 2018, inke - Environment

They often appear in huge flocks and descend on waterholes like a cloud. In their thousands they invade fields and destroy harvests – from Senegal across to Ethiopia and down to southern Africa, where vast swarms are on the move in search of food and for nesting. They are the largest population of a single bird species on the planet. Experts estimate their numbers at 1500 billion birds after a breeding season. We are talking about the red-billed quelea. 

The many faces of the red-billed quelea

Unique Travel Bloggers visit Gondwana properties

09. February 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

On 2 February, the Gondwana Collection welcomed Three Wheels Co, a group of travel bloggers attempting to create a world record! The three gentlemen hail from all over the world. Travis Bluemling is the US, Chris Parkes is British-South African, and Ross OC Jennings is the Scotsman who aims to play the bagpipes in every country across the globe.

Unique Travel Bloggers visit Gondwana properties

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