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One rock at a time: How one of Namibia’s steepest Passes was built

07. October 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Like everything in Life, things start out small and usually out of pure practicality. Journeys begin step by step, massive trees grow from small seeds and big endeavours start from basics; but occasionally there are those folk that leap and always those that dream. Nicolaas Andries Rymert Spreeth had two dreams. The one was that he would have easier access to collecting his provisions from the top of the mountain, and the second that he make the best view of the Namib available to the public. Both of these he achieved.

One rock at a time: How one of Namibia’s steepest Passes was built

Excellent! HolidayCheck praises Gondwana Lodges

07. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Three of the Gondwana Lodges are enjoying particular popularity on HolidayCheck. With reviews like “Pure Romance” for Klein-Aus Vista Eagle’s Nest Chalets, “Beautiful grounds – highly recommended” for Damara Mopane Lodge and “Ideal starting point for photo safari” for Etosha Safari Lodge, these are among the highest ranking lodges of the year. The seal of approval “Recommended on HolidayCheck” shows that the lodges enjoy many globetrotters’ great respect and is considered an important indicator when individuals are planning their holidays. 

Excellent! HolidayCheck praises Gondwana Lodges

Namibia – the Land of stunning sunsets

04. October 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

“Celebrate our 20th anniversary with us and win 101 sunsets with Gondwana”. During the Namibia Tourism Expo in May of this year, we called on you to send us your best sundowner moments. And that’s what you did! By the end of August we had received 875 great photographs on Facebook and via email. The evaluation of the five categories, Natural, Crazy, Social, Wildlife and Professional, took a full month but we have finally managed to choose our winners. 

Namibia – the Land of stunning sunsets

Oranges for sale

30. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Gondwana started construction on Canyon Lodge, their first, east of the Fish River Canyon. Bank funding had been secured in principle, with personal homes put up as collateral. The founders were on site day and night, leaving no time to travel to Windhoek to see their families, or the bank manager. When the anticipated phone call came from the bank, requesting a meeting with the new MD Manni Goldbeck to confirm funding, pressure instantly mounted. Having already paid his labourers for the week’s work, Manni found himself alone on site with his Kombi and not a penny in his pocket and only a few drops in the petrol tank.

Oranges for sale

Astucious strategist – the “Black Napoleon”

23. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

It happened only once in the history of the German Empire that British security forces were decorated with a German military medal, the South West Africa Commemorative Medal with the bar “Kalahari 1907”. This medal was awarded during the Herero and Nama uprising from 1904 to 1908. The “Kalahari 1907” clasp refers to one particular event which triggered cooperation between the authorities in German South West Africa and British police and soldiers stationed in the Cape Colony. 

Astucious strategist – the “Black Napoleon”

Burchell’s zebra - When the stripes become blurred

16. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Many years ago a tourist from South Africa told nature conservation officials in the Etosha National Park that instead of Blacky he had spotted “die ander merrie” (the other mare). Blacky was almost completely black and at that stage probably the best known plains zebra in the park. But there was another zebra whose black stripes were blurred, except for the usual white underbelly and parts of the legs. After the excited visitor from the Transvaal had reported his sighting of the “ander merrie”, this second mare was named Annemarie because the English-speaking nature conservation official was a little lost with Afrikaans.

Burchell’s zebra - When the stripes become blurred

Tribute to Koos van Ellinckhuijzen (1942 to 2016)

16. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

Enduring Imagination. Koos van Ellinckhuijzen, artist, sculptor, musician, poet, skydiver, amateur astronomer, writer, philosopher, visionary, outsider, invested with a free spirit fired by genius, died on September 5th, aged 73. He explained his approach to his work as interweaving art with science, and making the abstract real: “Art is in essence the artificial. You must paint with something in mind that does not yet exist.” His art was marvelous work of the imagination that grew out of the vast expanse of his boiling mind.

Tribute to Koos van Ellinckhuijzen (1942 to 2016)

New record for guest occupancy at Gondwana

14. September 2016, gunnar - Gondwana Collection

Tourism in Namibia is booming. In August the Gondwana Collection experienced their best monthly occupancy since its inception 20 years ago. More and more overseas tourists are travelling to Namibia to enjoy the luxury of space and guaranteed sunshine. “The bed occupancy for August reached a surprising 78.56%. This is a number we have never reached before,” says the Reservations Manager, Leez Hövelmann. “The numbers have increased with nearly 10% when comparing it to the August statistics of the past five years, and the coming months are looking very promising.”

New record for guest occupancy at Gondwana

Sausage tree - A bit of African magic

09. September 2016, inke - Discover Namibia

If you have ever seen a sausage tree you probably will not forget it. This robust medium to large tree with a rounded crown has striking pendulous burgundy coloured flowers, growing in sprays that hang downward, reminiscent of orchids. The large opulent blooms have velvet inners and long pollen-bearing stamens, thought to be pollinated by fruit bats. If the tree is not in bloom to dazzle you, then the enormous brown-grey gourd-like fruit hanging from the branches definitely will.

Sausage tree - A bit of African magic

Facelift for Damara Mopane Lodge

09. September 2016, inke - Gondwana Collection

Damara Mopane Lodge is currently undergoing a soft revamp. Fresh wall paint in all the lodge buildings as well as renovated, newly equipped and decorated rooms will enhance the Damaraland experience of our guests. As the lodge complex is spaciously designed current guests can enjoy their visit completely undisturbed. The hospitality operations are not affected by the renovation works which will be completed at the end of February 2017. 

Facelift for Damara Mopane Lodge

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