Where the Namib Desert stretches languidly from the Atlantic Ocean and wild land extends into infinity, dreams become real. At this place where fantasy meets reality, you'll find the Gondwana Collection safely positioned.
Take our outstretched hand and let us introduce you to our extraordinary country, Namibia. From the massive chasms of the Fish River Canyon, the fossilised dunes of the Namib Desert and the red sands of the Kalahari Desert to the waterways of the Kavango and Zambezi, there are countless marvels to behold.
This is the Gondwana feeling: Namibia with heart and soul.
This unique tented camp offers the experience of a lifetime. Each chalet is built on elevated stilts to accommodate the seasonal flooding of the great Chobe River, the natural border between the Camp and the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Home to a seasonal large animal migration, this is the wildlife enthusiast’s dream. Take a boating opportunity to glide through the waters, entering the wonderland that is the Zambezi. Guests have the opportunity to float along the river on a boat cruise and see the wildlife in the Chobe National Park. And evenings are spent in laughter and good spirits around a warm boma fire.
The Zambezi Region – Namibia’s Best Kept Secret Along the banks of the majestic Kwando River lies a thatched kingdom. Views stretch across the marshlands of the Bwabwata National Park, as a xylophone of sounds lead the sun to the western horizon and dancing hippos welcome it at dawn. Namushasha River Lodge is home to abundance. The thatch-roofed chalets peak out from between the thick trees, with the slow flow of the Kwando below. Game drives in the Bwabwata National Park where elephant, hippo, and buffalo reside. Or view the wild wonders from the river with a scenic cruise. Discover the wealth the river holds.
The abundance of the Kwando River flows into this intimate setting. Anchored in its own channel along the river, this floating Villa offers an escape like no other. Guests are ferried to the location from Namushasha River Lodge, via a private game drive through the Bwabwata National Park. The entire Villa is equipped to cater to every need. With a selection of snacks, pastries, condiments and more, as well as a wide range of wine, whiskeys and gins – guests will have everything they need. As the sun sets, a crackling fire dances in the fire pit on the terrace. Every evening is spent in blissful peace as your only company is the abundant wildlife moving along the banks of the river.
A blissfully rugged escape, this is the place for adventure on the Zambezi River. Whether guests are in search of the bright Carmine Bee Eaters, the ultimate Tiger fish catch-and-release, or a relaxing outdoor moment – Zambezi Mubala Camp is the place to be. Offering full lodge facilities, as well as self-catering options, this property truly tickles every kind of fancy. Each tented chalet has a fully equipped kitchen, private braai-facility and can sleep four people. Spend your evening at the lodge bar with a cold G&T and watch the sun set the Zambezi alight.
Criss-crossed with riverine lifelines, the expansive Zambezi grasslands and floodplains are as unexpected as they are bountiful. This is a place of natural splendour. Home to one of the largest colonies of Carmine Bee Eaters, there is no shortage of colour here. The lodge can only be reached by boat, via the Zambezi Mubala Camp, and offers pristine views of the Zambezi River and Zambia beyond. Guests can enjoy sitting by the poolside or joining a sunset boat cruise to end the day in style. Between August and March each year the bee-eaters arrive in full flourish. This is the ideal location for a peaceful zen-breakaway
At Hakusembe River Lodge, visitors are introduced to the fascinating Kavango culture. This self-reliant community has turned their intimate connection to the land and river into remarkable displays of craftsmanship. With lush river-side gardens, and a beautifully translucent pool, guests can spend afternoons lounging and listening to the passing river. By late afternoon, they hop onboard a boat for a sunset cruise along the Okavango River with sparkling wine and the sound of the river way of life to guide them along the banks. This is the ideal location for a halfway stop between central Namibia and the farther Zambezi Region.
Damaraland is home to a community of people who have survived and thrived through a remarkable adaptation and deep connection to the land and to one another. Here lies their history, inscribed in the crumbling rock and stone. This is the community spirit that we offer to our visitors: warm, unexpected, village-esque, and always memorable. Delve into the community setting in the unique cottages, each with its own small vegetable garden. Enjoy the view of unique landscapes from the sunset deck, where the glow of light reflects off the majestic mopane trees. Or select one of three walking trails, to experience the woodland in a more personal setting.
Taking on a legendary place and adding a whimsical-local flare – the Etosha Safari Camp embraces Shebeen Culture in everything it offers. Bright colours and humour form part of the language here. Indulge in the local music on offer every evening and embrace the shebeen-way of life. The whimsical character of the property extends into the chalets, with bright colours and quirky details. Located just ten kilometres from the Etosha National Park, guests can have close access to the wildlife within, as well as an authentically Namibian Cultural experience.
They say an elephant never forgets, neither will you Etosha is an experience of the heart and the soul as much as it is a unique natural wilderness. There is a rich depth to the region, and it can be experienced when seen through the eyes of the local people. Located just ten kilometres from the Anderrson Gate into the Etosha National Park, this lodge is the ideal location for a base. Along the crest of a Mopane Woodland Valley, the lodge and its viewing deck offer unparallel views of the area. Each room offers a private terrace for a personal experience. And guests can select one of three pools to cool off in after a long day of exploration in the National Park.
Just north of the King Nehale Gate into Etosha, this new property offers guests full access to the national park, as well as the opportunity to explore the north-central reaches of Namibia. The Etosha King Nehale serves as the gateway into a unique cultural adventure. Every detail of this property was refined and delicately implemented to reflect the essence of royalty and the charm of the OshiWambo culture. Each room stands as its own unit, with private plunge pool and unmatched views of the Andoni Plains. Beyond the plains, the property also offers access to a private waterhole in the National Park. Guests are invited to embrace their inner royalty.
Palmwag is a series of table-topped mountains and rocky land tinged a deep basalt red is dotted with green from the rod-like euphorbias and the robust mopane and shepherd trees. The lodges is positioned in a small oasis of makalani palm trees, which mark the underground watercourse of the Uniab River. This is home to the Palmwag Concession, where desert elephant, rhino and lion call this red, rugged terrain home. This lodge offers access to unique under-canvas sleepout experiences within the concession area, as well are various scenic drive opportunities. In conjunction with the Save The Rhino Trust, Palmwag also offers guests access to partake in rhino-tracking to visit the mighty mammals in their natural habitats. There is no lack in comfort though, as the property hosts a series of chalets with different views and vistas, and an occasional visit from the resident Elephant, Jimbo.
Welcome to Kaokoland, a true wilderness that is home to the Himba, one of the world’s last semi-nomadic cultures. Despite the harshness of the arid surrounds and the isolation of the area, this truly is the land of milk and honey. An off-the-beaten track experience! Beyond a gorgeous campsite overlooking the Kunene River, this camp offers guests comfortable tented chalets, all en suite. Each chalet is equipped with a watercooler to keep the heat at bay, as well as a terrace for relaxing while the river waters meander past. Omarunga offers a sunset excursion to a lovely look out point, where the Epupa-Falls can be appreciated in their full majesty. As well as visits of local Himba villages, and for he more adventurous, a river rafting trip.
Unique in every way, this property offers a new insight into the rhythms of the mighty Namib. The Desert Grace is the result of a daring architectural feat, with each building constructed entirely from sandbags instead of bricks. Facing the west, this lodge offers unparallel views of the sunset from the comfort of a private plunge pool. Pink Gin and Tonic’s and indulgence is the language in this iconic location. A place where the pulse of the desert comes alive as the setting sun dips into the western horizon. Guests have the opportunity to join a Sossusvlei Excursion, guided and inclusive of a champagne brunch. Or hop on board a Dune Drive in the Gondwana Namib Park, where sunset are celebrated on true Namibian fashion.
Have you ever seen the vast horizons of the Namib Desert from a point of pure solitude? A place where the whisper of the wind is the only sound that stirs the desert silence? The Desert Whisper is the ideal opportunity to embrace silence and solitude, to break away from the rush. Located on a small outcrop within the Gondwana Namib Park, this is an intimate experience where guests can enjoy solitude without compromising on luxury. Guests park their car at the base of the outcrop and are transported to the Desert Whisper by their Host. The kitchen is fully stocked with thought-through culinary delights, and access to a selection of wines, gins, whiskeys and rums to tickly any fancy. The afternoon can be spent lounging by the private plunge pool, with its own stocked pool-bar; are swinging in the floating chairs on the Desert Whisper’s terrace. A moment here offers serenity unparalleled, as the sun sinks into the western horizon.
Face the horizon head on, from the crest of a dune where the stars are so clear they seem just beyond reach. A place where imagination becomes tangible. The Namib Dune Star Camp. A short drive from Namib Desert Lodge, guests are chauffeured to the camp. Dinner is served on a beautiful wooden deck with the horizon stretches into forever and delicious aromas float through the evening air. Each of the freestanding cabins are positioned along the crest of a dune to offer undisturbed views. What takes this experience into a class of its own, is that the bed in each chalet is on wheels. This offers guests the opportunity to wheel their bed onto the cabin’s private terrace where incomparable night-sky views await. Fall asleep to the silent sound of shooting starts and the whisper of the desert air.
The Namib Desert is an immense chronicle of time, offering a direct link to the ancient past, yet very much a living entity. Housed at the foot of 20-million-year-old petrified dunes, Namib Desert Lodge is one of Gondwana’s flagship properties. This property is a true oasis in the desert, with lush gardens offering shade over the lodge. Two glorious pools coax guests to enjoy the warm desert afternoon lounging and sipping icy cocktails. But fret not, adventure is close, with Sossusvlei just a short drive from the lodge. Join a Sossusvlei Excursion or travel at your own pace. Evenings are celebrated with Dune Drives to appreciate the sunset and view from atop the petrified dunes. Namib Desert Lodge provides a clear and uncluttered insight into the region’s past and present.
A place where comfort and freedom meet. The Eagle’s Nest consists of various self-catering chalets nestled along the Aus mountain landscapes. Each en-suite unit offers private kitchen facilities and its own spectacular view. However, the Desert Kitchen, just a short drive or walk away at Desert Horse Inn, welcomes guests for a hearty meal. It also hosts a small shop for access to fresh meat, preserves and the like. Guests are also invited to enjoy the various activities on offer on the property, including visiting the Wild Horses, mountain biking or enjoying the various walking trails in the area.
This is the adventurer’s dream. Just as the wild horses roam free and travers the magnificent terrain, so too can visitors lose themselves in this spectacular landscape. Inspired by Western horse ranches, the Desert Horse Inn brings traditional and authentic into balance. This property offers free standing chalets with rustic finishes and no lack of comfort. With the main guest areas consisting of luxurious wood and leather, overlooking a horse-shoe-shaped pool. A short drive from the property, lies a view point where the iconic wild horse of southern Namibia can be visited. Beyond that, the Desert Horse Inn offers access to countless activities, including horse-back riding and mountain biking.
Few moments are as breath-taking and inspiring as gazing into the depths of the majestic Fish River Canyon. Nestled into the rugged boulders of the Fish River landscape, a short twenty kilometres from the iconic Fish River Canyon viewpoint, lies the Canyon Lodge. With the main guest areas housed in a century-old farmhouse and each cabin embracing the raw rock formations as part of their architecture, this is a place to feel the ancestral heartbeat and be transformed. Enjoy guided excursions into the breath-taking Gondwana Canyon Park, or embark on a self-guided trail by foot. The Canyon Lodge offers an opportunity for an authentic Fish River Canyon Experience.
Travel can be exciting, adventurous, introspective, and even stressful. But we believe that there should always be time to slow down and have fun. To celebrate the lighter moments. Canyon Roadhouse is a creative and playful base from which to explore the Fish River area. From our quirky collections of car-inspired memorabilia to great value lodging and light-hearted hospitality – we aim to refresh, revitalise and re-fuel our guests with smiles. Beyond accommodation, this is also a great pit-stop for guests to check in for lunch or refreshments en route to their destinations. Discover the moments awaiting at this property. And guests should be sure not to miss out on our famous Amarula Cheesecake.
The heart of a village, in the heart of the Canyon Quiver trees, Nama culture, rugged landscape and an impressive sweeping rock formation characterise Canyon Village. This property serves as a doorway into the insights and traditions of the Nama. With a unique mode of luggage transfers in the form of donkey-cart and the folk tales of the indigenous people muraled on the walls of the various interiors; guests will experience the homely hospitality own to this culture. Chalets are scattered along the landscape in a village-like array, offering privacy and whimsy to all who overnight in this lodge. Canyon land. Nama charm. And a wealth of rich storytelling.
When visiting the Kalahari, we want guests to immerse themselves in the experience. Our aim is to offer the opportunity to feel closer to the multi-faceted richness of the Kalahari – much as its indigenous people once did. This lodge offers a new meaning to indoor-outdoor experiences. Here the architecture of the various guest areas provides direct access to the Kalahari Desert, even while sipping night caps at the indoor fireplace. Nature drives along the Kalahari dunes, as well as walking trials and e-bikes offer the opportunity to connect with the natural landscape. Words alone cannot describe the rhythm of the Kalahari.
This is our hidden gem, inspired by farmhouse goodness. A place that always feels like home. The abundant gardens of the Farmhouse are home to Gondwana’s Self-Sufficiency Centre, where our green houses, butchery and smokehouse cater to many of our various properties’ needs. Kalahari Farmhouse offers guests wholesome tranquillity. Each quaint cabin offers a slice of bliss with fireplace and rustic farmhouse character. Guests can spend afternoons on their own terrace with rocking chair and the view of their own secret garden. Beyond that the property’s pool offers a cool retreat from the Kalahari heat, and Kalahari Anib Lodge’s activities are fully available to guests of the Farmhouse.
Contradicting the stylistic traditional norm of the coastal town, Swakopmund, The Delight is a breath of fresh ocean air. Bright colours and friendly faces are standard in our very first city hotel. A place where champagne and oyster breakfasts are a daily ritual. Where the town’s best Mojito is served by a smiling barkeep and where style and a chic atmosphere do not take away from the welcoming environment that is The Delight. Rooms are adorned with contemporary colours and finishes, maintaining spacious comfort. Every room has its own terrace or balcony to allow access to the fresh coastal breeze. The Delight also offers conferencing facilities and access to breakfast events.
Nature-lovers' cup of tea, this peaceful campground comprises eight spacious tents, each fully equipped with bedding, towels and kitchen utensils. Having nature right on your doorstep, while having all the luxuries of civilisation at your fingertips is one of the most sought-after experiences in our modern day. Enjoy the peace of camping, without the hassle of setting up camp. And an added benefit of full access to the lodge facilities, including restaurant, pool and activities.
Take on the great outdoors, without the hassle of setting up a campsite. This is our version of glamorous camping. Show up and relax in style with this new self-catering experience. Tents are fully equipped with kitchen and en suite bathroom, and there is no need to bring any sleeping bags. Spend your evening looking out into the Namib Desert landscape, with the crackling fire to keep you company. For guests who wish to enjoy the best of camping and lodging – full lodge facilities are also available at this camping experience. Enjoy the activities on offer in the oldest Desert in the world.
As your toes sink deeper into the ochre velvet, you will fall even deeper in love with this ancient desert formed over 65 million years ago. Kalahari Anib Camping2Go ranks high on the list of those who yearn to feel closer to nature. Only a stone’s throw from Kalahari Anib Lodge, it still offers the luxuries of a lodge, while providing the absolute embrace of Mother Nature. Each tented unit is fully equipped for self-catering leisure. The en-suite bathroom, four plush beds and water-cooler ensure that comfort won’t be lacking. And the kitchenette with fridge, gas plate and all possible cooking wear make for an effortless outdoor experience.
Combine an adventurous safari into Etosha National Park with a quiet barbeque evening at the campfire. Set atop a hill, the camping spots offer sweeping views over mopane forests. Each of the units is equipped to host four guests in comfortable beds, are en suite, and have fully functional kitchen ready for use. Exchange tranquillity for African beats when you go down to Oshebeena Bar offering live music in the evenings or lounge by the cool pool and sip a cocktail after a long day in the Etosha National Park. Combine the best of both worlds.
Settled along the banks of the Kwando River, each tented unit can sleep four people in comfortable beds. With en suite bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen, this is an iconic way to experience the Zambezi Region. Elephants, hippos and a myriad of bird species will keep you company amongst waterlilies and the African bush. Spend your evenings around a campfire with the sounds of the Kwando to keep you company. Or visit the lodge a short walk away to enjoy a dining experience of plunge in the pool. In addition, game drives and boat cruises are also available to guests – unless they wish to experience the mighty Bwabwata as a self-drive experience.
This authentic stone cabin offers a great self-catering experience for the adventurers at heart. Secluded in the Aus landscapes, this cabin offers privacy and its own thrilling history. An old car-wreck welcomes guests, shot up and rusted in a police chase that occurred in the 1940’s – guests should be sure to explore the histories during their stay. The cabin does have electricity, but guests should note, no additional outlets. The reception at Desert Horse Inn offers charging facilities. Guests are also welcomed to visit the main lodge to dine at the Desert Kitchen or partake in any of the activities on offer.
Desert Horse Camp sparkles with its own special magic. The campsite, a 1.5km drive from the reception area, is set in an amphitheatre of rock.
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