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Gondwana celebrates 20 Years at the Tourism Expo

10. May 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

This year the Gondwana Collection is celebrating 20 years at the Namibia Tourism Expo and heartily invites anyone who would like to celebrate with us. Join us from 18 to 21 May at the Gondwana Shebeen and grab one of our jubilee newspapers, or click here for the English edition Celebrate or the German edition Wir feiern. Participate in our Sundowner Competition and stand a chance to win your share of 101 nights at any Gondwana Lodge. Live music will be available in the evenings.

Gondwana celebrates 20 Years at the Tourism Expo

From Angra Pequena to Bethanien

06. May 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Heinrich Vogelsang was instructed by Adolf Lüderitz, a merchant from Bremen in Germany, to acquire Angra Pequena and the surrounding land from Nama Kaptein Joseph Frederiks.The Nama Kaptein was prepared to sell Angra Pequena and the surrounding land, “five miles in all directions”, for the price of 100 pounds sterling in gold and 200 rifles plus accessories. Frederiks assumed that British miles, the customary scale of length at the time, applied while Adolf Lüderitz later insisted on the much longer German mile. The deliberate misguidance became known as the “deception with miles”.

From Angra Pequena to Bethanien

Hakusembe River Lodge scores big

03. May 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

What a success! Eco Awards Namibia assessed Hakusembe River Lodge for the first time and instantly honoured it with four desert flowers. The lodge of the Gondwana Collection on the banks of the Okavango River scored high marks for staff and health, social responsibility, management and legal compliance, building and landscaping, guiding as well as waste, pollution and sewer. Similar to the star-rating system for tourist accommodation, the environmental initiative awards up to five flowers for sustainability.

Hakusembe River Lodge scores big

The White Lady - Some legends never die

29. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Some 2000 years ago Phoenician seafarers sailed down the coast of Africa, ended up in Namibia, crossed the Namib and painted a picture of their princess on rock. You don’t have to be a scientist to figure out that this story belongs in the realm of fairy tales and legends. Nevertheless, experts seriously discussed this as a theory for years. Even the name of the main figure is a reminder of it: the White Lady, one of the most famous rock paintings in southern Africa. It draws hundreds of tourists into the Tsisab Valley of the Brandberg Mountain west of Uis every year.

The White Lady - Some legends never die

Persistent drought continues to threaten wild horses

25. April 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

The Namibia Wild Horses Foundation would like to express their gratitude for all the generous contributions for the wild horses during the past six months. This has provided supplementary feed – a quarter to a third of the horses’ nutritional requirements – in the form of grass/lucerne and a protein lick, and will sustain the population until the beginning of June when the next phase will need to be implemented to ensure their survival. The Foundation is appealing for funds or good quality grass for this more severe period and urges the public to continue with their support for the wild horses to see them through the winter.

Persistent drought continues to threaten wild horses

Rinderpest paralyses the Transport System

15. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

In 1896, rinderpest broke out in the Zambezi River region and spread through southern Africa like wildfire. According to estimates some 2.5 million head of cattle died in South Africa alone. Game died in similar numbers. The cattle plague spread to Namibia, then the German colony of South West Africa, in early April 1897. The cattle plagueeclipsed all livestock losses through animal diseases thus far. The transport network relied on ox wagons and was paralysed. Wagons with freight got stuck en route from Swakopmund to Windhoek because whole teams of oxen fell sick. 

Rinderpest paralyses the Transport System

Emil Kreplin, Father of the Namib Wild Horses

08. April 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Wild horses have lived in the vast stretches of the Namib Desert in the southwestern corner of Namibia for close to a century, in what was once the Sperrgebiet, forbidden diamond mining territory, and is now the Namib-Naukluft Park. They have captured our imaginations and our hearts, and have come to represent fierce survival, the strong and rugged spirit of Namibia, and – freedom.

Emil Kreplin, Father of the Namib Wild Horses

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

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