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Quo vadis Namibia?

26. September 2018, inke - Economics, Gondwana Collection

Namibia gained independence in 1990 and has since become a politically and economically stable country. However, the country currently faces challenges including a high unemployment rate and the unresolved land issue. Where will Namibia be in 30 years? The German freelance journalist Fabian von Poser asked Gys Joubert this question. He is the Managing Director of Gondwana Collection Namibia, one of the leading tourism companies in the country.

Quo vadis Namibia?

Dropping water levels support breeding

25. September 2018, inke - Environment, Gondwana Collection

When the mighty Zambezi River overflows its banks, additional habitats with an abundant food supply are created for many bird species. Young fish thrive in the shallow warm water and countless insect larvae are also found there. For African Skimmers, however, an important habitat is lost: the white sandbanks disappear under the masses of water and with them the sleeping and resting places as well as the nesting sites.

Dropping water levels support breeding

A boat trip on the mighty Zambezi in winter

20. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Even though it is a very cold morning by Zambezi standards, scores of birds are out and about at a tributary, on a large island and along the mighty Zambezi River’s mainstream. During a morning boat trip from Zambezi Mubala Camp via the large island to the mainstream up to Zambezi Mubala Lodge and back, 38 wetland bird species were counted at the end of July this year. Another 83 bird species were registered around Zambezi Mubala Camp in two days. 

A boat trip on the mighty Zambezi in winter

The Gondwana card enjoys great popularity

19. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

Surprise, surprise for the 70,000th Gondwana Card holder! A bottle of bubbly and a voucher (2 nights for 2 persons with breakfast) was waiting for Mr Verukisa Kahorongo when he came to collect his Gondwana Card. The Gondwana Card is issued to Namibians and citizens of the SADC region and has proved to be a huge success. Small wonder, because Gondwana was the first tourism company to offer Namibians the opportunity to take a holiday with a 50% discount on bed and breakfast (40% for SADC citizens).

The Gondwana card enjoys great popularity

On the Road: From the wild horses into the arms of the spectacular Namib Desert

18. September 2018, inke - Tourism, Gondwana Collection

Follow the Namib Desert Route through some of the most scenic roads on the continent... It’s a good feeling to hit the road again after a restful stop at Klein Aus Vista, nestled snugly in the Aus mountains. The vast limitless landscapes call to your soul – and old man Namib whispers to you from the ancient alleyways of time. I hear him whispering my name and calling to me as I veer north from the B4 on to the gravel. I am on my way to Sossusvlei and the Namib Sand Sea. 

On the Road: From the wild horses into the arms of the spectacular Namib Desert

The Carmine Bee-eaters are back!

17. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

Their numbers are increasing daily – the Carmine Bee-eaters are back at the breeding colony between Zambezi Mubala Camp and Zambezi Mubala Lodge (formerly Kalizo Lodge). They have safely made the long trip from their winter habitats in East Africa to Namibia. This year a group of several hundred birds has chosen a nesting site between the lodge and the usual colony. 

The Carmine Bee-eaters are back!

Nature is geared for spring and the calendar says it’s time

14. September 2018, inke - Environment, Weather

In the southern hemisphere September 1st is seen as the beginning of spring. According to the calendar, winter is over by then but nature does not stick to prescribed dates. The first Black thorns (Acacia mellifera) were already in bloom at the end of August, for example east of Rehoboth, and heralded spring in some areas while in other places the thorny branches did not even show any buds.

Nature is geared for spring and the calendar says it’s time

A boat trip on the Chobe River on a winter morning

13. September 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection, Environment

In the vicinity of the Chobe River Camp the reeds and papyrus as well as the tall trees which characterise the banks of the other rivers on Namibia’s north-eastern border are absent. At the end of July, during a boat trip in the morning, a total of 31 wetland bird species were counted along the Chobe River and within two days altogether 97 bird species in and around Chobe River Camp. 

A boat trip on the Chobe River on a winter morning

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