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The hunt for golden Easter eggs is on at Cymot and Gondwana

15. March 2018, inke - Gondwana Collection

How about joining an egg hunt this Easter? The Gondwana Collection and Cymot as project partners invite you to find the golden Easter eggs hidden on their corporate websites. The grand prize is a family voucher (4 people) for three nights with full board at a Gondwana lodge of the winner’s choice plus a Cymot voucher worth N$ 5000.

The hunt for golden Easter eggs is on at Cymot and Gondwana

African Vocals delight guests on Tour of Lodges

13. March 2018, bernd - Culture, Gondwana Collection

Imagine a scrumptious dinner at a picturesque lodge, enveloped in African warmth and surrounded by nature - plus powerful voices singing a cappella. That is sure to get right under your skin. African Vocals, a band from Swakopmund, performed at Etosha Safari Camp, Hakusembe River Lodge and Damara Mopane Lodge during the week from 4 to 11 March and delighted our guests with well-known African songs like The lion sleeps tonight and local compositions.

African Vocals delight guests on Tour of Lodges

Namibian Economics to the Point – February 2018

02. March 2018, bernd - Economics

February 2018, similar to January, was another month of little rainfall in most parts of Namibia. Government announced austerity measures for the next three years, while a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle took place. Inflation in January dropped to 3.6%, compared to 5.2% in December 2017 and 8.2% January 2017 according to the National Statistics Agency (NSA).

Namibian Economics to the Point – February 2018

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?

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