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Feel closer – Facelift for Kalahari Anib Lodge

05. April 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

With the completion of all renovations, Kalahari Anib Lodge has reopened to the public on 1 April 2016. The remodel was successfully completed within the three-month time frame. With the rebranding slogan implemented in 2014, the 'feel closer' theme has been applied to the design of the lodge. The Gondwana Collection wanted to enhance the experiences offered to guests and maintain and improve on the quality of their product. This was successfully achieved with the use of warm colours unique to the Kalahari Desert.

Feel closer – Facelift for Kalahari Anib Lodge

Hermann Deckert - Grootfontein’s famous cartwright

01. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Older residents of Grootfontein still hold fond memories of the carpentry and blacksmith workshop of Hermann and August Deckert, which closed its doors for business thirty years ago. It was situated in the heart of the town and was the place to visit when a sturdy wagon or any spare part for the farm was needed or when a broken wagon wheel had to be mended. The workshop was also a popular meeting place for farmers where they could sit in cozy corners and catch up on the latest news events.

Hermann Deckert - Grootfontein’s famous cartwright

Fit & healthy – Joint venture with the Cancer Association

28. March 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Gondwana promotes healthy lifestyles among its staff and as part of that supports the work of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN)A professional CAN team will tour the country this year and visit our lodges to provide health education and valuable advice on healthy lifestyles. It will also offer cancer screening including pap smear, breast examination and prostate cancer examinations at the lodges as well as nearby villages and settlements. The CAN team will be assisted by local volunteers.

Fit & healthy – Joint venture with the Cancer Association

Gondwana´s new clean and green glass crushing machine

22. March 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Gondwana Collection has acquired five glass crushing machines in order to address the environmental threat that discarded glass bottles are posing to the country. Gondwana is the leading brand in Namibian eco-tourism and widely respected for its environmental entrepreneurship and green technologies employed at its establishments all over the country. With the introduction of six brand-new glass crushers, Gondwana is doing its part in cleaning up the environment and clearing it of glass litter as well as managing waste glass that originates from the Gondwana Lodges.

Gondwana´s new clean and green glass crushing machine

Honouring the man who gave Namibia its name

18. March 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

One of the greatest wonders and geological treasures in the world is the Namib Desert, which stretches for 2000km from the Olifants River in South Africa to the Carunjamba River in Angola through the entire western flank of Namibia. It is no wonder that the country is named after such a vast and ancient desert. Very few people know, however, that the person who was instrumental in coining the name ‘Namibia’ is still alive. Even less know that he had never visited the iconic desert, until recently at the age of 83.

Honouring the man who gave Namibia its name

EES and Simon Desue on #RoadTripNamibia

16. March 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Some YouTube channels will run hot later this month when well-known German comedian and web video producer Simon Desue is visiting Namibia at the invitation of EES (Eric Sell). Accompanied by a camera team they will travel around Namibia from 20 to 28 March and afford people all over the world an opportunity to see Namibia’s grand landscapes, its flora, fauna, its cultures and peoples through the artist duo’s eyes.

EES and Simon Desue on #RoadTripNamibia

The end of the “Tickey Box”

11. March 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Those were the days when people stood in a one-metre-square steel cabin during winter, coin ready in one hand, telephone receiver in the other, waiting for the lady at the telephone exchange to say when to drop the tickey coin into the slot. Only then would the call go through. For generations of people in South Africa and Namibia, especially school children, students and young men doing their military service, the phone booth, also called Tickey Box, was the only connection to home, the farm or their sweethearts.

The end of the “Tickey Box”

From Windhoek to Lima for the World Congress on Biosphere Reserves

11. March 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Gondwana boasts a new coordinator for matters regarding nature conservation. Quintin Hartung started on 1 March – and he is already packing his bags! For the unique opportunity, that is, to attend the 4th World Congress on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves from 14 to 17 March in Lima, Peru. Windhoek-born Quintin Hartung is 27 years old and deeply committed to environmental protection. 

From Windhoek to Lima for the World Congress on Biosphere Reserves

Namibia’s President applauds Rain Dance Initiative

08. March 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

They joined in many shapes and places: Spiderman on a mission to make it rain in Windhoek, young women on the chilly North Sea coast in the Netherlands, farmers of the Maltahöhe Resettlement Community in front of their farmstead, or half of Swakopmund at the Mole beach... 31 rain dances were recorded for the #RainDanceNamibia Competition arranged by the Gondwana Collection, Bank Windhoek and EES. The dances can be viewed here. It has already registered more than 275,000 views. A phenomenal success!

Namibia’s President applauds Rain Dance Initiative

Masses of Water take Farmers by Surprise at Night

25. February 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

“I was on my way from Ovamboland by plane that day. Flying high over the cloud cover I noticed a massive tower of clouds to the southwest, which rose to a tremendous height above the ceiling. The pilot, experienced in the country’s weather conditions, said that something extraordinary was about to happen with the weather – and how right he was.” The thunderstorm which Hans Stengel and his pilot saw as a mass of clouds made history as the Uhlenhorst floods. The downpour occurred during the night of 24 February 1960. 

Masses of Water take Farmers by Surprise at Night

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