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Namibian Economics to the point - June 2018

29. June 2018, inke - Economics

Inflation for May 2018 was 3.6 percent, 0.2 percent higher than in April. According to the Namibia Statistics Agency, the economy showed 0.1 percent negative growth during the first quarter this year. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources announced that it will receive applications for fishing licences. The Police confiscated over 400 kilogrammes of cocaine with a worth of N$200 million (about 13.3 million Euros). In June, cold winter temperatures set in after a long summer spell with rain during May. 

Namibian Economics to the point - June 2018

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

Feeling high while exploring the depths of the canyon

25. June 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Discover Namibia

“If you are looking for a smooth adventure - this is perfect. Not as tough as the big ‘real’ hike, and still a lovely experience.” What a positive feedback of a hiker, who recently participated in Gondwana’s Canyon Klipspringer Trail. Just imagine exploring the Fish River Canyon from as close as it gets, hiking in almost pristine nature with just a light backpack, dreaming at the campfire… Since April this year 140 hikers tackled the Canyon Klipspringer Trail in the northern parts of the second largest canyon in the world. 

Feeling high while exploring the depths of the canyon

Gondwana lodges host team of mobile vet clinic

22. June 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Baines Vetcare Mobile Animal Clinic visits remote towns around the country, sets up base and invites community members to bring their pets for free spay and neuter services. Their main focus is to help pets from low or no income households in areas where no veterinary services are available. At the beginning of June, Dr Ian Baines and his team visited the Eastern Zambezi Region. Gondwana supported their cause and invited them to stay at their lodges.

Gondwana lodges host team of mobile vet clinic

The journey of young vulture J121 so far

18. June 2018, inke - Environment

A White-backed Vulture was fitted with the yellow plastic tags J121 on the wings on 16 October 2016 as a nestling together with 13 conspecifics at farm Aris south of Windhoek. In 2017, J121 was spotted at Okonjima Lodge, 221 km north of where he had hatched. Roughly one month later he appeared at the vulture restaurant maintained by NARREC in Brakwater near Windhoek. This just goes to show that vultures travel considerable distances in search of food. Vultures in Namibia, in southern Africa and on the African continent as a whole are threatened by extinction.

The journey of young vulture J121 so far

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

Own less, waste less, live more

14. June 2018, inke - Environment

Can you imagine producing only one jar of waste per year? Whether you believe it or not, it’s possible, even with a stylish lifestyle. Bea Johnson is the shining example for a Zero Waste lifestyle. “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” as The New York Times puts it, will visit Namibia next week and host inspirational talks in Windhoek and Swakopmund. Gondwana Collection is one of the proud sponsors supporting her stay in Namibia. 

Own less, waste less, live more

Taking stock of wildlife at Gondwana Kalahari Park

06. June 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

It is not only photographers who go into raptures: Gondwana Kalahari Park is characterised by a uniquely picturesque landscape of elongated dunes and valleys of red sand, yellow grass and green acacias. This private nature reserve (98 km²), owned by the Gondwana Collection, is home to animals which are typical for the Kalahari. A scientifically sound game management programme is monitored by qualified park management staff. An annual game count provides valuable data to the park management in terms of game numbers and diversity. The 2018 game count in Gondwana Kalahari Park took place on 2 and 3 June.

Taking stock of wildlife at Gondwana Kalahari Park

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

Namibian to fly a helicopter on Mars

04. June 2018, inke - Discover Namibia

Namibian-born Dr Jakob van Zyl is the Director for Solar System Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the United States of America. He is currently in Namibia and has given inspirational presentations to learners of more than 40 schools about his career and highlighting NASA’s plans to send a helicopter to Mars in 2020. Dr van Zyl arrived in Namibia on 29 May, and spent almost a week in the country, before making his way back to the USA. 

Namibian to fly a helicopter on Mars

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