Good rains at the beginning of the year in central Namibia and the central north have given rise to optimism in the agricultural sector. But the good rain also brought flooding to the north-central regions, due to heavy rains across the border in southern
There is much more to this remote outpost along the northern Skeleton Coast. With his well-known dogged determination to track down sources to interview and spending countless hours poring over archival material, well-known conservationist and author Pete
Among several local words tourists quickly pick up when they visit Namibia is ‘oshana’. It is the Oshiwambo word for low-lying areas or depressions in the white sands among omulunga palm trees so characteristic for the north-central regions. During a
Although it officially opened in early December, the new exhibition "Stolen Moments" at the Independence Museum in Windhoek is not yet open to visitors. Some elements are still being worked on, co-curator Olivia Nakale told Namibian.org News. Unfortunate
The month of December brought welcome rains to several parts of Namibia and Windhoek experienced flash floods during a cloudburst. Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate action Robert Habeck officially visited Namibia before proceeding t
Outrage on social media: A so-called influencer poses on one of the dead camel thorn trees in Dead Vlei near Sossusvlei. And proudly posts it on Instagram. Not for long, though. The "shitstorm" of comments is so intense that he first deletes the photo and
It looks like a phantom and there is a whole forest of them in the Etosha National Park; when their seeds ripen and the pods burst open, it makes quite a loud pop: but the Moringa tree can do even more, for its medicinal benefits are immense. It is not fo
"The former German colony, Namibia wants to help Germany in its energy crisis". This is how an article in the online edition of the BILD newspaper last Saturday began about Namibia's new "Digital Nomad" visa. The six-month visa is ideal for long-term holi
November was a very hot month with little rainfall as relief, except in the southern parts. The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings has started flights from Frankfurt via Windhoek to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Namibia has secured huge loans an
The statue of the German Schutztruppen commander Curt von Francois was removed yesterday morning from its place in front of the Windhoek municipality. The city council had voted at the end of October to move the statue to the Windhoek City Museum.
Namibia has secured huge sums in loans and grants at the start of the international climate summit (Conference of Parties 27 – COP 27) in Egypt, to develop its green hydrogen industry. At the same time Namibia launched a new financing platform and signe
A new study by researcher Getzin claims to have solved the mystery of the fairy circles in the Namib. But the "solution" is well-known and questionable.
October started with rains countrywide mixed with hailstorms as a surprise, which resulted in large areas covered in white. The container terminal at the port of Walvis Bay will be outsourced to the Swiss company TIL, which is the major shareholder in
Namibia, with its clear skies, is a popular spot for stargazers, amateur astronomers and scientists. The country hosts the largest array of telescopes, to explore cosmic gamma rays, worldwide since 2002. The scientific fraternity celebrated the array’s
The fight against poaching also suffers repeated setbacks in Namibia. Only a week ago, Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta announced the current number of discovered poached rhinos: 55. That is already eleven more than in the entire year 2021. Four days
There are no lions in the dunes in southwestern Namib of Namibia. But there is the number two big cat, its smaller cousin, also spotted, and other predators. They all cause excitement, time and again for fans of the NamibiaCam, which is installed at a wat
September was a month with two seasons, sudden cold spell between warmer spring weather and a few drops of rain. The Namibian Competition Commission has approved the takeover of Namibian Breweries by the Dutch beer giant Heineken, but with several cond
Holidaymakers who want to fly with Eurowings Discover to the land of unlimited horizons in the (European) winter can breathe a sigh of relief: flights to Windhoek are not affected by the announced flight cancellations.
The Namibia Roadshow of the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) with stops in Germany, the Netherlands and England was very well received by the tour operators there. "The interest was huge," Acting Area Manager Europe & Manager Marketing and PR Europe of the NTB
The remote Skeleton Coast in northwestern Namibia, where mountains and sand dunes meet, and the rough seas. of the Atlantic Ocean swirls around the rusty frames of many shipwrecks. However, the Skeleton Coast offers other unusual experiences as well – l
Cheetahs are back in India. Seven decades after this cat species was declared extinct there. Two days ago, eight cheetahs from Namibia arrived in Kuno National Park in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. According to reports, the three males and five fema
"It felt like it was uphill the whole time," explains one trail runner as she catches her breath after crossing the finish line. All participants agree: the Gondwana Moonraker Ridge Trail Run through the African bush savannah at the foot of the Auas Mount
Tragic incident in Africa's largest canyon. A 67-year-old hiker from South Africa died shortly before reaching the finish point of the Fish River Canyon Trail. This was reported by the online newspaper Informanté with reference to the police.
Climate change is real and is not only noticeable in Africa. Europe has also experienced it in recent months, with very low rainfalls, rivers drying up and an increase in forest fires.
The opera "Chief Hijangua" by Namibian composer Eslon Vakomboka Hindundu was performed with great success in Windhoek. "Both evenings were sold out," says project manager Anja Panitz. "What we are most pleased about is that the audience was very mixed in
"On 9 September the Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop will be officially opened by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water Affairs, J. P. Kriel. The Mayor of Keetmanshoop, W. K. Steyn, will on this occasion commission the filtration plant and the pumpi
The company Gondwana Collection Namibia, is establishing another foothold in the greater Windhoek area. According to this morning's press release, Gondwana is taking over the management of Okapuka Game Ranch. The lodge is situated about 30 minutes by car
The Namibian government has dropped all regulations with regard to Covid-19 in mid-August. No negative PCR tests are required anymore when entering Namibia. Similarly, no vaccination certificates are required at entry points and border posts anymore. Covi
Anyone travelling to Namibia does not need to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test on arrival. This was stated yesterday by Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula in his weekly briefing on the Corona situation in Namibia.
Premiere for an extraordinary run through nature east of Windhoek: The first Gondwana Moonraker Ridge Trail will take place on the Moonraker farm at the foot of the Auas Mountains in mid-September. The organisers are Gondwana Collection Namibia and Moonra
Namibia is represented at the "La Biennale di Venezia" for the first time in 2022 with the stone sculptures of the anonymous Namibian artist RENN.
She already took up her postition on 1 July. But now all communication channels have been set up so that she can be reached directly: The Lufthansa Group's Account Manager in Namibia, Renette Scholtz. She is the contact person not only for the travel indu
What a cheerful fluttering in the breeding colonies of Carmine Bee-eaters near Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Camp! Every year in August the small bright red and blue migratory birds return from their winter sojourn in Equatorial Africa to the far north-east of
All Gondwana Collection Namibia accommodations have signed the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge. The initiative, launched by UNESCO and the Expedia Group, strives to promote sustainable travel.
Namibia now presents a fresh new face on the internet for travellers and the travel industry. The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) launched its new official English-language website in Windhoek on 10 August 2022.
Already a few days ago, a first photo caused a stir on social media. It showed Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton at the Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek. From behind, hardly recognisable.
The South of the Khaudum National Park is once again available for overnight stays. This was confirmed by the co-operator of Sikereti Camp, Henry Fernandes, when asked by NamibiaFocus. According to the report, the camp was reopened to guests at the beginn
The Swakopmund municipality has officially launched the festivities for the commemoration of the town’s 130th anniversary on 4 August.
A fierce cold front has hit the south and centre of Namibia and temperatures have dropped below freezing point in some areas. A low pressure area has caused freezing rain or hail in some areas. On the farm Orion on the D 804 about 90 km southeast of Malt
Namibia's forests are under threat. This was one of the key messages at a conference in Windhoek. Under the motto "The Future of Namibia's Forests", representatives of the Namibian government and experts from home and abroad discussed the problems and sol
The month of July brought rather mild winter weather, which was a relief after a very cold June. The Namibian government has lifted all Covid-19 restrictions on 15 July and wearing of masks is not compulsory anymore. Daily updates on Covid infections w
For the next three days, Windhoek will be the mecca for youth and innovative ideas around tourism and the travel industry in Africa. From today to Friday, the Safari Conference Centre will host the fourth Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit (AYTIS)
The Gondwana Care Trust, of the Namibian tourism company Gondwana Collection Namibia, runs a school bag project every year in which school children throughout Namibia receive sponsored stationery, food and hygiene products in a reusable bag.
70 years after it was declared extinct there, the cheetah returns to India. Namibia will provide the first cheetahs for the reintroduction. This is provided for in an agreement between India and Namibia, which was signed yesterday in India by government r
Fishing in Namibia? Really? Oh yes, apart from the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia's inland waters also have a lot to offer fishing enthusiasts - especially the rivers in the water-rich north-east of Namibia. With a little luck and skill, you can catch some real
Namibia’s coastal town Swakopmund will be 130 years old on 4 August 2022 and it will celebrate this landmark in style. The official event will be held on the historic day of 4 August to mark 130 years of growth from strength to strength through German
"In the morning hours, even before sunrise, you hear nothing - except maybe your own breath." This is how a travel expert describes one of her highlights on her trip to Namibia, which led to the Namib Desert. The trip was part of the seven-day "Travel
The Gondwana Kalahari Park is recovering well from the last drought. According to the latest game census, the total number of game animals in the private nature reserve has increased by almost 50% within one year.
Eurowings Discover has recently started flying three days a week with two aircraft from Frankfurt to Windhoek. This weekend, the Lufthansa subsidiary increased the number of its weekly direct flights from seven to ten.
June has brought unusually cold winter conditions for the Namibian interior while the Namib Desert and the coast endured warm to hot east wind weather. A new solar plant of 20 megawatt (MW) was inaugurated in the Erongo Region, while the South will soo
The town of Grootfontein in north-central Namibia has regained a tourist attraction. The Old Fort Museum is now open to visitors again - as long as they inform the museum of their attended visit beforehand. It had been closed since the lockdown in April,
Wildlife crime is a global problem, with criminal networks reaching across international borders and continents. Namibia has made remarkable progress in combating wildlife crime. The number of animals poached has decreased, and the number of successful ar
Summary of the most important economic developments and events in Namibia in May 2022.
We set off from The Delight Swakopmund on a hazy day at the end of March, northwards towards Damaraland. Our destination is Palmwag Lodge & Camp, and we want to take our time along the notorious Skeleton Coast.
While growing one’s own vegetables in the garden with some fruit trees adding to a more balanced diet was quite common until half a century ago, this good habit has disappeared to a large extend. Recently local authorities and Namibia’s development
The Namibian coast, where the hostile Namib Desert meets the roaring Atlantic Ocean, is fascinating in its own way. Shipwrecks and lonely dilapidated buildings bear witness to failed dreams; at the same time, the coast is a paradise for nature lovers, pas
With 200 000 subscribers and over 1000 viewers from around the world at any one time, Gondwana’s webcam, positioned at the waterhole at Namib Desert Lodge, is outperforming many other webcams on the continent.
Several areas of Namibia still received rainfall despite autumn approaching. The Kunene Region fortunately is one of the areas. The Namibian government has announced in mid-April that the existing Covid-19 regulations will remain in place until 15 May 20
One of the best known and most beautiful antelope species in Namibia is the kudu with the characteristic screwed antlers worn by the majestic bulls. The dainty female animals do not have antlers and this is why the large ears are particularly noticeable.
A summary of the economic developments in Namibia in March 2022.
After many years, the BaTswana cultural group of Namibia finally has a new leader. Chief Andrew Kgosiemang, was recently inaugurated as the new head of the BaTswana community.
Daily from Frankfurt directly to Windhoek - that's what the German airline, Eurowings Discover is offering from next week Monday.
Are you planning a self-drive trip through Namibia? Namibia2Go is the first car rental in the country to offer hybrid vehicles as from 1 April 2022. The demand for the off-road, eco-friendly Toyota Cross 1.8XS CVT HV is high.
With its stark white walls, towers and arched gateways, Fort Namutoni is the focal point of the eponymous rest camp which is just 12 km from Von Lindequist Gate, the eastern gateway to the Etosha National Park.
In the past two years travels have become quite restricted worldwide due to Covid-19. But there are digital alternatives to at least partly satisfy that travel bug for Namibia fans: webcams to watch wild animals at water holes in Namibia.
Owambo in north-central Namibia might not be on the travel itinerary of most Namibians or visitors to Namibia, but it is a fascinating part of the country. As soon as you cross into Owambo at the Oshivelo checkpoint you get the feeling that you have enter
Good rains continued in the first half of February across most parts of Namibia, replenishing underground water aquifers and raising optimism for higher agricultural output. President Hage Geingob travelled to Europe to attend an ocean summit in France
The death of Ondonga King Iitana yaNekwiyu on 16 September 1884 plunged the kingdom into a succession struggle which saw Prince Kambonde kaMpingana ascend to the throne on 27 September 1884. Tensions reached near-breaking point when his younger brother, P
Namibian President Hage Geingob attended the first ever "One Ocean" summit, in Brest, France in early February. Climate change, pollution, overfishing as well as plastic waste endanger the oceans.
The anticipated trip to Namibia is almost underway, clothes are packed, shoes and hat are ready, a sleeping bag for cold nights, the rental car is booked, the flight tickets are paid for...But is my mobile phone enough for the photos or should I buy a lar
Most parts of Namibia received good rains in the second half of January, caused by effects of the tropical storm Ana, which had earlier hit Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique. The Hardap and the Neckartal dams in southern Namibia are now full. The firs
Something very special is an insider tip for everyone who loves breakneck top speeds at the coast - the "Speed Challenge" near Lüderitzbucht for windsurfers and kite surfers. Amateurs and international professionals sail away in a stiff breeze at over
“We are excited to announce that the Am Weinberg Hotel will join the Gondwana Collection portfolio on 01 February 2022 in a management capacity,” says Gys Joubert, the CEO of Gondwana Collection Namibia. “We are honoured that there is so much trust
In Namibia, the large, cone-shaped sand towers in the landscape are among the most popular objects for tourists to take souvenir photos with. Tiny creatures - small, beige-white termites that are only two centimetres long – with the exception of the que
Many areas in Namibia are still waiting for rains after the northern and north-eastern parts received good showers in mid-December. Most industrial countries, that banned entry from Namibia and other countries in southern Africa end of November due to
The warm summer weather prevailed throughout November with sporadic rainfalls across the country. The Namibian government announced at the climate summit in Glasgow in Scotland, that the ‘Hyphen’ consortium was the successful bidder to develop the cou
Black Fridays at Gondwana are back! This year, local, regional and international travellers can take part in our Black Friday Sale from wherever you are. You will be able to purchase vouchers for your next dream holiday in Namibia via PayToday.
The tallest land animal in the world is the giraffe and the home range of this majestic species is the African continent. One cannot imagine that the long-necked giraffes moving gracefully across the plains of northwestern Namibia, browsing leaves from tr
The global search for green and renewable energy sources is intensifying and green hydrogen is regarded as a promising solution. As northern countries scramble to secure hydrogen supplies from the southern hemisphere, Namibia has joined the race. The Nami
The first notable rainfalls were recorded end of October. President Hage Geingob travelled to Scotland on 30 October to lead the Namibian delegation attending the climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow.
As guests explore the Canyon Village, a lodge situated in Gondwana Canyon Park in southern Namibia, they will come across clusters of curiously beautiful quiver trees along the way, thanks to a project launched by the Gondwana Collection that aims to pres
The world expo starts on 1 October 2021 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Namibia will be among the 190 countries that will have an exhibition pavilion. Some 25 million visitors from all over the world are expected to come to the six month l
September brought warm spring weather and the first few modest rainfalls. President Hage Geingob held several talks with investors in the USA, while he attended the United Nations’ general assembly.
Fascinating landscapes, sporting challenges, excellent organisation, warm Namibian hosts. All this is offered by the Gondwana 7, which takes place from 14 – 22 March 2022 in Namibia, tailor-made for running enthusiasts from all over the world: seven mar
Gondwana Collection Namibia's Fishing Packages are tailor-made for the avid fishermen - spend the whole day on the river with an experienced guide and the prospect of a tigerfish, nembwe, or different species of tilapia (humpback, three-spot and redbreast
A new subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, Eurowings Discover now connects Frankfurt with Windhoek five times a week. A local company, Fly Westair now flies to Rundu from Windhoek.
After 25 years, Namibia has finally won a medal again at the Olympic Games and the whole nation is happy about the 200m run by Christine Mboma, who is only 18 years old. Her teammate Beatrice Masilingi, also 18, ran her personal best time in the 200m fina
The new fly-in safari packages offered by Gondwana Collection Namibia in partnership with the airline FlyWestair make a trip to northern Namibia easier and more uncomplicated than ever before! Your oases of relaxation are the Zambezi Mubala Lodge or the O
July brought very cold temperatures in the inland and several spells of hot east wind weather along the coast. Covid-19 infections have significantly dropped in the second half of this month.
There are some bucket-list experiences in life - and if you are a hiker yet enjoy some creature comforts along the way - Gondwana’s Fish River Canyon trails may just top your list.
A splash of water suddenly rises, followed by loud snorting. As if out of nowhere, a large grey body rises out of the waves, turns in the air and hits the water surface.
During the cold weather in June, winter has firmly established itself in Namibia. After twenty years of absence, a Lufthansa passenger aeroplane has again landed at Hosea Kutako International Airport this month. Lufthansa has now resumed regular flights t
At Physically Active Youth Namibia (P.A.Y), the hope is to instill purpose and discipline through a model resting on three overarching pillars: to provide quality education, equip learners with life skills and encourage physically active lifestyles.
In addition to the fauna and flora which is supported by the Zambezi River, there are in excess of a 100 different species of fish.
A beautiful new guide-book “Namibia Nature Parks” by local nature expert Helge Denker, provides the latest information on 22 state-protected parks, communal conservancies and some private nature parks in Namibia.
The Desert Grace has reached the final round of the 2021 Sustainable Development Awards in the category ‘Private Sector Champions for Sustainable Development '. The award recognises sustainable approaches to management of energy, water and waste, and pa
Winter in Namibia typically begins in May and the daytime temperatures have been quite pleasant this month, despite some chilly nights and cold early morning temperatures.
It seems too long ago to be able to spontaneously reawaken the feeling of Namibia. An ache so strong that it seems unattainable at the moment.
Two new developments Namibia’s Zambezi Region will promote tourism: a brand new bridge over the Zambezi River near the Kasane border post, where four countries have a joint border and a multi-million funding project for the region’s wildlife; and the
At every moment in this incredible adventure of life we have a choice. We are never stuck. In the upheaval of Covid-19 we have the choice to tune in to the fear and negativity that abounds on the planet at this time or to tune in to the immense natural be
Gondwana Collection Namibia hosted a 40-member film crew for the German TV series ‘Das Traumschiff’ (The Dream Ship) at Etosha Safari Lodge & Camp for two days in April.
Especially in drought years, many species of birds still find food in towns and settlements. The green oases provide shelter, food and water.
The big bird stands in the shallows motionless. It intently watches the water at its feet and waits patiently. Then, within a split-second, the long pointed beak lunges forward, water splashes and a large African sharptooth catfish is speared.
COVID-19 has significantly impacted our daily lives, including the new custom everyone is still trying to get used to: wearing a mask in public.
Many people perceive the Marabou Stork as ugly or describe it as an old man wearing a tailcoat. Some call it the “undertaker bird”. The Marabou is a large member of the stork family, just under 1.5 metres tall, with a wingspan of more than 2.5 metres.
Caged birds, such as budgerigars, are often given cuttlebone (the internal buoyant shell found in cuttlefish) for grooming their beaks. By using these ‘whetstones’, so to speak, birds can keep their beaks in shape and prevent that they become too long
One doesn’t expect to find much fish in Namibia – after all it’s the driest country south of the Sahara. And yet a large number of Namibians make a living from catching fish.
Passionate angler Henry Loubser has conducted angling safaris for 30 years. Fish, especially Namibia’s surf species, are near and dear to the former electrician who worked at the Rössing Uranium Mine.
In 2019, the rivers were low and fish species had difficulty to find appropriate and secure breeding grounds. There were no shallow waters in the flood plains to offer opportunities to hide and young fish had to stay in the mainstream where they became pr
The summer is ending, bringing less rain, although the northwestern areas welcomed late, strong rains, which helped break the long drought of the Kunene- and northern parts of the Erongo Regions.
He is nimble, clever, cheeky. A feisty little guy who nevertheless tries to keep safe as far as possible.
The Bateleur Eagle is probably the most colourful raptor in Namibia. Unfortunately, like everywhere in Africa, its numbers have dropped sharply – according to experts by 50 percent during the past three generations. In southern Africa the Bateleur is cl
Wattled Cranes are not often seen and they are not easy to spot. They are found on the vast flood plains of the Okavango and Chobe, on the countless islands in the Kwando River and on the wetlands of the Linyanti.
The Blacksmith Lapwing owes its name to the call it makes which sounds similar to a blacksmith shaping a glowing piece of metal on his anvil with a hammer.
Heavy gusts of wind are relentlessly battering the landscape. Trees and shrubs are blown back and forth for hours. Masses of camel thorn and white-thorn acacia pods clatter to the ground.
Less than a metre from the bottom of dried-up Avis Dam on the outskirts of Windhoek, chirping little red and black balls of fluff seem to hover above the fresh greenery.
If they don’t hear the loud cackling of a Red-billed Francolin in the morning, many nature lovers feel that something is missing.
Mark Boorman from Swakopmund and I ringed a total of 530 Carmine Bee-eaters of the breeding colony between Zambezi Mubala Camp (previously Island View Lodge) and Zambezi Mubala Lodge (former Kalizo Lodge) in September this year.
Starting in September, countless visitors from the northern hemisphere arrive at the Namibian coast each year. Some of them cover more than 10,000 kilometers to swap freezing temperatures in the north for the southern summer.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
Damara Mopane Lodge, twenty kilometres east of Khorixas and a smooth and easy drive from Etosha Safari Camp, is out-of-the-ordinary extraordinary.
Today I let go of worry, cellphones, deadlines, social media and the rush of our daily lives and thoroughly immerse myself in the journey. I have a whole day to enjoy it and to travel down the infamous Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund. What more can anyone as
According to the latest statistics no less than 680 different bird species are found in Namibia.
On the way from the inland to the coast, the B2 is the most traveled road. What the highway service stations are for a stopover in Europe, the farm stall, padstal or the coffee shop along fulfills that role in Namibia and South Africa.
Canyon Roadhouse must be one of the very best reminders of the importance of humour and being light-hearted.
Some parts of the country received fairly good rainfall in March, but the north-west is still plagued by the drought.
EKIPA Jewellery & Art supplies both the local and international fashion industry with handcrafted jewellery that illustrate Namibia in a modern and fascinating way.
As you float higher and higher into the sky on the desert breeze, the sun peeks out and illuminates the landscape below.
"All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.” – Ernest Hemingway
It is such a joy to stay in touch with your loved ones in this way and share your day’s adventures with them in pictures; after having encountered a herd of elephants or capturing that rare bird species you hoped to find in Namibia.
Sold along the roadside during the first few months of the year, the gigantic mushrooms provide an income for many in areas where there is little opportunity for work.
In February it rained relatively well in Namibia and the sluices of some dams had to be reopened in between, some areas are still waiting for rain.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO) has recently inscribed traditional music and dance of the Nama-speaking community in Namibia on the ‘List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding’.
The accommodation facilities of the well-known Namibian tourism company, Gondwana Collection Namibia have adapted perfectly to the new reality. This was confirmed by Eco Awards Namibia, whose independent inspectors visited most Gondwana lodges and the Del
Growing up in Namibia, and from a young age getting to explore and learn to appreciate its different landscapes and impressive vastness, it always seemed to me that no other place could ever match the marvel and wonder found here.
The arbitrary farm names made more sense after reading it - that is if sense even comes into it. Rather than there being any heartfelt emotion involved in the name-giving, it was more a matter of assigning a myriad of names in a short time, as a formality
Do you fancy an unparalleled adventure, such as a hike in the world's second largest canyon in Africa?
Although today Outjo is considered the gateway to Etosha National Park, it was once considered the gateway to the North and to Kaokoland.
Exceptionally good rainfalls have covered most parts of Namibia in January, especially the southern parts, where even the famous Sossusvlei and the Sesriem Canyon received water.
The Narrative Online Shop is incredibly excited to launch a campaign in support of several Namibian community projects. Our aim is to bring Katutura artisan projects to the entire world!
Many local travellers and those from abroad are often itching to travel further northwards than the King-Nehale-Gate at the north-eastern corner of Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park but did not dare to conquer the unknown so far off the beaten track
A prominent feature in the Fish River Canyon surrounds, the Spiegelberg pinnacle dominates the landscape. Towering above the peaks and plateaus that surround the Fish River valley between the Konkiep and Fish rivers, it is no wonder that it has fascinated
Step into the more remote north-western corner of Namibia and experience the wild and exhilarating Kaokoland spirit . . .
The rain urgently needed in Namibia only came at the end of the month, with showers falling in many parts of the country.
Namibia's sparsely populated south with the wide plains, where the travellers' eyes can wander almost to the horizon, inspire again and again on the way to Sesriem, Sossusvlei or the Fish River Canyon, and other sights.
Nestling at the base of a rocky mountain, Canyon Village brings to life the local Nama culture through the paintings on the walls, the donkey cart that takes guests’ luggage to their rooms and of course the staff.
Moon Landscape & Welwitschia Plains An easy 30km drive from Swakopmund takes you to one of the most spectacular desert vistas - the Moon Landscape. Here, a series of small hills, gullies and ridges create an intriguing desert-scape in a medley of eart
Have you ever thought about celebrating Christmas in the Kalahari? In the sunshine, on warm, red dunes under a crystal clear sky?
The Narrative is Gondwana’s newest venture – our very own Online Store for authentically Namibian products curated by local artisans and craftsmen.
Hot summer weather prevailed during November with only little rainfall recorded. Weather experts however predict a good rainy season over the coming months.
Tales of adventure and lost treasure are woven around the desolate coastline of Namibia, which early sailors avoided in favour of more promising shores.
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The Namib Desert, with its endless expanses and majestic sand dunes, is the oldest desert in the world. Although the extreme climate with intense heat during the day and cold nights as well as strong winds near the coast, suggests that very few living thi
It was first visited by Europeans centuries ago when Portuguese explorers left their homeland for years at a time, braving the vast oceans in their small wooden vessels searching for resources and new trade routes to the East.
In October 2020, the Namibian government announced the removal of some Covid-19 restrictions. Namibia’s state-owned Agricultural Bank has introduced a loan scheme, which is specifically tailored for women and youth to empower them. Diamond production dr
After refreshing summer thunderstorms in Namibia, the heavens are often adorned with a beautiful natural phenomenon.
Namibia has a large variety of activities to offer tourists and a special adventure is definitely a visit to the various underground caves. It is hardly known that the largest underground lake in the world is situated in Namibia.
When I was growing up on a farm east of Windhoek in the late 60s, collecting post felt like collecting treasure because of the attractive stamps that were attached to the envelopes.
Because chemist Erich von Wolf misplaced the decimal in his research in 1870, the health benefits of spinach were vastly exaggerated.
As we raised our glasses to a silent toast at the bar overlooking a waterhole in Etosha National Park, an elephant cow seemed to join in.
Warmer spring weather prevailed during September with a few cool days in southern Namibia at month-end.
When Gondwana Gondwana Collection Namibia bought its first pieces of land in the area bordering the Fish River Canyon in the late 90s, the area was bone dry after a severe drought.
– unearth treasures, starting at The Desert Grace After entering Gondwana Namib Park, a trail of pink-rimmed road signs leads to The Desert Grace, like a map leading to treasure.
One of the major streets in Windhoek bears the name of a young, brave son of the soil, the legendary King Mandume ya Ndemufayo. His leadership, courage and tragic death are still very vivid in the oral and written history in Namibia and Angola.
Dear partners and friends, we are well-prepared for the return of international guests to Namibia and offer preferential services for a carefree Namibian experience.
Who cannot be awed by the king of trees, the mighty baobab? The hollow centres of some of these majestic trees have been used for various purposes in the past.
Dear partners and friends, we are well-prepared for the return of international guests to Namibia and offer preferential services for a carefree Namibian experience.
When I recently visited a friend who had moved into a new home in Windhoek, I found myself looking at the name Robert Koch Street and wondered, who was Robert Koch, and why did his name sound so familiar?
Most visitors to Namibia’s popular coastal town are familiar with the old steam locomotive named ‘Martin Luther’ that is enclosed in a glass structure on its outskirts.
The cold winter weather prevailed during August with a short stint of slightly warmer temperatures in the third week and a few rain showers brushing over the southern parts of Namibia.
in 1854, when much of Namibia remained unexplored and unknown to the western world, a man named Aaron de Pass arrived in Walvis Bay
Travel in Namibia goes back a long way. In the early days it was simply an essential survival activity. The nomadic hunters and gatherers of old followed the rain.
Beach, surf waves from the Atlantic, howling seagulls and the view over the endless sea, the silhouette of a ship disappearing on the horizon - for many visitors to the Namibian coast this is the epitome of vacation.
Did you know that Namibia pioneered the use of 4x4 vehicles more than a century ago? In 1908 one of the first ‘all-wheel-drive’ vehicles was sent to German South West Africa for the German colonial secretary.
Cold winter weather prevailed in the Namibian interior throughout July, while the coastal areas experienced warm east wind weather.
Among the historic buildings in the coastal town of Swakopmund, a well preserved, stately double-story building is very popular among tourists coming to Swakopmund for photos.
As the scorching sun gradually turned into a gentle, skin-kissing touch, it was time to unwind at Okaukuejo’s waterhole – a peaceful, enriching favourite place ever since my childhood.
The "Heroes Acre" is the official war memorial of Namibia and is open to visitors of the public. It is under the administration of the National Heritage Council.
A swarm of bees is on its way to its nest, which is a really amazing sight, since we are in the very dry Kaokoland in Namibia.
Due to the difficult economic situation, companies started retrenching employees. The Bank of Namibia lowered its repo rate. Inflation at the end of May was 2.1 percent. The Fitch Ratings agency changed Namibia’s outlook from stable to negative.
Ancient rock paintings in Europe and Africa are popular tourist hotspots. In Namibia, a whole valley of astonishing rock engravings can be viewed at Twyfelfontein, UNESCO world heritage site.
Travelling through Namibia often leads to discoveries of unexpected hidden treasures such as small private museums that are certainly worthwhile a visit. In our third article on museums in Namibia, we journey south.
The newest addition to the Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha King Nehale, has opened its doors on 10 June 2020.
In the water and on trees, pink-backed pelicans can be seen in company of egrets and Yellow-billed Storks. In Namibia Pink-backed Pelicans occur in the Zambezi region.
Sunsets along the Namibian coast are quite spectacular, especially on sunny days, and are a lovely way to wrap up a relaxing afternoon at the beach.
Kalahari truffles can be found in sandy areas of the east of the country after good rains have fallen and preceding winter.
Some parts of Namibia received their final rain showers in the first few days of May as winter slowly approached towards month end. The news Finance Minister Ipumbu Shiimi tabled the budget for the financial year 2020-21 in Parliament.
Thousands of colourful Carmine Bee-eaters commenced their annual breeding season between Zambezi Mubala Lodge and the Zambezi Mubala Camp on the bank of the Zambezi
The Zambians were not only charged for illegally entering the country but also for violating the lockdown rules of the country, illegal fishing and illegal fishing with mosquito nets.
If one were to build a solid concrete wall one meter high and one metre wide from Cape Town past Keetmanshoop in the south of Namibia, one would need the same amount of concrete that was used to build the recently-inaugurated Neckartal dam west of Keetman
Often when I’m traveling in southern Namibia on my way to Klein-Aus Vista lodge, I make a turn at the Commonwealth War Graves on the outskirts of Aus. Rows and rows of WW1 soldiers are buried there, many of whom died not from confrontation with the enem
Namibia is thinly populated with few towns relative to its vastness and natural landscapes. It is interesting that several towns have museums, often privately run and a visit is definitely worthwhile.
Come rain or shine, whenever you venture to the Kavango region in the north-eastern part of Namibia, you are greeted with big, friendly smiles.
In his life, Hermann Dietz had never achieved any great fame in Namibia. As a young teenager, aged 14 or 15, he left school and went to the Cologne area to learn the trade of bricklayer.
Garth Owen-Smith passed away this morning, 11th April 2020 at the age of 76. He is seen as the Father of Integrated Conservation in Namibia.
Good and widespread rains fell in April, even in some areas of southern Namibia. Most dam levels increased, with dams around Windhoek now being filled to over 80 percent capacity. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Namibia has also been under lockdown since 28
Namibia is not only known for its vast open spaces, abundant wildlife, scenic tourism hot spots but also the remarkable talent of its population to speak several local languages and easily switching between them.
Tourism in Namibia is very diverse and in addition to photo safaris, hiking, ballooning, mountaineering or playing golf, many tourists can fuel their passion for geology, botany, insect science or stargazing, in our multifaceted country.
Driving along the C41 from Okahao to Oshakati on Valentine’s Day, a bright roadside stall caught my eye. A selection of flower arrangements, gift baskets and red roses filled a table and a sign on the roadside wished passers-by a ‘Happy Valentine’s
Four young visitors to the country, now identified as French and Canadian citizens, spray-painted graffiti on the walls of the old Garub railway station, afterwards posting the photographs on their social media site.
It took Farmer Volker Dickhoff by surprise, when together with one of his employees; he was able to catch a European Roller on his farm near Otjiwarongo on February 28th of this year (2020).
Good rains fell in many parts of Namibia in March, increasing the water levels of the dams, especially in the central parts of the country.
When travelling to Namibia’s famous Etosha National Park,why not also explore the northern areas beyond the King Nehale conservancy and another 100 kms or so to Ondangwa?
The black weevil with the 2 mm spots in bright red or orange climbs up the stem of a Sandhof lily (Crinum paludosum) without haste and starts to feed on the pedicel.
Climate change adaptation and mitigation is very costly and requires mobilisation of funds and a good oversight during implementation.
After rainfall, when the land is wet, they start digging. The soil is loosened with the teeth and pushed backwards with the front legs.
For only the fifth time ever, the sluices of the Von Bach Dam near Okahandja had been opened at 21.00 hours on Sunday 1st March 2020 to release water after the water level reach the 100 percent full capacity mark.
Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto: the regions of central northern Namibia.
Namibia has received widespread good rains in the second half of February, which also improved water levels of several dams.
At the first glance they look scary. Because they represent two animal species that many people are unnecessarily afraid of and loathe: spiders and scorpions.
These days, while travelling through our beautiful country, there is hardly a route where you will not see hired or private vehicles with rooftop tents, as well as the more sophisticated alu-cabs. Adventure travelling has come a long way.
It is unusual to see a white springbok in the wild. It is even more unusual to see an adult leucistic animal because they cannot blend into the environment as the normal coloured ones.
It is an exceptional experience to see Namibia's largest owl – the Fishing Owl, also known as Pel's Fishing Owl.
The clear night sky over Namibia is always fascinating for tourists and locals. One can also see some shooting stars.
Like the rest of Namibia, Etosha National Park starts to blossom again when the long-awaited rains finally arrive after several years of drought.
A single head-sized rock is like a colourful miniature garden. Measuring just a few millimetres, the fragile orange-red fingers of the Namib Sun (Caloplaca elegantissima) seem to cling to the stone.
I met 80-year-old Isak !Aochamub at a service station in Outjo. With his dignified bearing and his advanced age, I guessed that he probably had a name from the Old Testament that he bore proudly like a badge.
After the first good rains from December to February they suddenly appear – in their hundreds. They are seen especially in places where strong sources of light remain switched on all night.
Many parts of Namibia received good rains in the first half of January, including the northwestern Kunene Region and southern Namibia, with seasonal flows of several rivers.
The preparations for a trip to Africa are in full swing – poring over books and watching videos. Evenings are filled with nature documentaries and friends recount exciting safari experiences they had the previous year.
Initially there were no solo races in the Desert Dash. The 350 kilometre mountain bike race from Windhoek across the Khomas Hochland and the Namib Desert to Swakopmund has turned into an internationally known annual event since it was first introduced in
A new project has recently been launched in the Erongo Region. Valuable organic oil is obtained from the nuts of the evergreen jojoba plant
‘There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ (Winston Churchill)
Less than a meter from the bottom of dried-up Avis Dam on the outskirts of Windhoek, chirping little red and black balls of fluff seem to hover above the fresh greenery.
I’m always inspired when driving around Namibia, a country that holds such an important place in my heart. Something that I always notice on my journeys is how innovative Namibians are.
25 years ago Namibia’s Black Rhino Custodianship programme was launched with the intention to increase the number of black rhinos by ensuring better protection against diseases, natural disasters and poachers.
If you’re in the tourism industry, you are often asked how Namibian tourism is doing in the present economic climate, with factors like our three-year drought and current financial woes.
The first Abidjan Green Arts Biennale, an art event in the Banco National Park in the capital of Côte d'Ivoire, focused on transient works of art by international artists in the midst of a rainforest.
Widespread rains covering most parts of Namibia started in early December 2019 and continued over Christmas, causing several rivers to flow and replenishing low dam levels.
The coastal anglers set off for their recreational sport at Goanikontes Oasis immediately after work on Friday afternoon.
Elongated, with an indent and various colours defined by dough type and flour dusting, filled with cheese, cold cuts or even meatloaf – the ‘brötchen’.
Pour water into the coffee machine, open the bag, spoon coffee into the filter and switch on the machine – it’s that simple. Even simpler: pour boiling water onto instant coffee.
The only green seen in Etosha National Park in northern Namibia is that of the mopane trees at present (end of November 2019). Not a single blade of grass is left, not even a dry one.
Prosopis was introduced to Namibia more than a century ago. According to local tree expert Luise Hoffmann Prosopis chilensis was imported to then South West Africa in 1912 by the German botanist Kurt Dinter.
The Bateleur Eagle is one of the most colourful raptors in Namibia. Unfortunately, its numbers have dropped sharply.
The elements are unpredictable, but that does not matter because all cyclists are in the same boat. (Or saddle in this case? Let’s make that a peloton…) The team simply focuses on what they know.
After a five-year pause, Namibia will start exporting game meat in due course targeting the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom as markets.
Animals are unable to judge the speed of an approaching vehicle and often take flight too late – with fatal consequences. And they do not know traffic rules.
Namibia has experienced an increase in natural disasters in recent years with northern areas having to cope with floodwaters in 2008-09; and the drought since 2016 is proof of the opposite extreme.
No water for the animals, a lack of fuel for pumps and vehicles, a lack of finances, a lack of staff and difficult terrain – these are the challenges that nature conservation officials have to cope with in Khaudum National Park.
Legal and illegal networks are threatening the fish stocks in Namibia’s rivers and reservoirs. There are regulatory laws, but control is lacking.
The first measurable rains in the new rainy season fell in the first half of October with several thundershowers in the northeast later in the month.
Wattled Cranes are not often seen and they are not easy to spot. They are found on the vast flood plains of the Okavango and Chobe, on the countless islands in the Kwando River and on the wetlands of the Linyanti.
Seeing a leopard in the wilds tops the list of most people heading into the wilderness. It is a secretive, solitary and mainly nocturnal cat – factors which make it extremely difficult to see.
All travellers en route from Windhoek to Swakopmund or to the north via Otjiwarongo pass the town of Okahandja, and the first turnoff takes you to the well-known Okahandja woodcarvers’ market.
He is nimble, clever, cheeky. A feisty little guy who nevertheless tries to keep safe as far as possible.
The journey from Gondwana’s Delight hotel in Swakop up the famed Skeleton Coast to Palmwag and then northwards to Omarunga-Epupa Falls Lodge provided a wealth of spectacular landscapes and fascinating stops.
At the end of August, after returning from the CITES conference in Geneva, Namibia's Minister of the Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, visited a waterhole in the dried up Chobe River
Worker termites industriously carry dry plant material to a small hole in the ground. Others climb onto the few blades of grass and cut them into pieces of two to three centimetres long, ready to be taken into the subterranean nest of the colony.
Travelling via the Skeleton Coast from Swakopmund to Palmwag and Epupa Falls elicits a thrill of excitement. It ticks all the boxes for the adventurous at heart and adds a couple more . . .
A passionate rendezvous unfolds in the north of Namibia where the Chobe River and the Zambezi River come face to face.
The Namibian coast is known for its abundance of fish and this is due to a cold ocean current running from south to north near the mainland.
The Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund will host an entrancing exhibition called Echoes in the Dunes, comprised of three contemporary artists’ work from 6 September to 6 October 2019.
The small village of Lokgwabe in Botswana held its annual Nama cultural festival in late August 2019 which was a great success.
The winter month of August was unusually mild and also provided long spells of hot east wind weather for the coastal areas, including sand storms.
Namibia's clear night skies away from the larger cities are internationally known among hobby astronomers and certain guest farms often have a telescope ready for them.
Part-time aircraft engineer. Full-time royalty. This is not the kind of job description one sees on a CV every day.
A hundred kilometres east of Swakopmund on the B2, at the turnoff to Spitzkoppe and Henties Bay, is a gemstone market of note. An array of sparkling stones - fluorite, tourmaline, aquamarine, crystal quartz, garnets and topaz - fill the tables.
On the way to Palmwag from Damara Mopane Lodge near Khorixas, I stopped in at the small settlement of Vrede. Vrede looks like any other settlement along the route, but its residents have a very interesting history.
Namibia, the driest country south of the Sahara, is struggling with water shortages at regular intervals.
Surf fish must be handled with the utmost care, Van Niekerk emphasizes, and not only so that they survive in captivity. Sport and recreational anglers also need to treat the fish gently.
Two pieces of leather and a rubber strip made into a comfortable shoe - this handcraft has become an international trademark of the Swakopmund family business of Herbert Schier.
The Swakopmund snake park currently houses some 60 snakes as well as chameleons, geckos, agamas and scorpions.
A grazing white rhino chose “to cuddle” with their rental cars and damaged the bodywork in the process.
Tourists travelling to southern Namibia by road often wonder about some beautifully crafted animal-hide products hanging on a farm fence next to the road just 20 km before the small village of Kalkrand, south of Rehoboth.
The bird lover and hobby photographer Pompie Burger launched his latest book tonight (20 June) in Windhoek.
Many travel writers rave about the Black Forest gateau at Café Anton in Swakopmund and about the amazing fact that the most German of all cakes is available in Africa.
Having ridden 2120km on his e-bike, Steve Galloway has reached Epupa Falls on the Kunene River, the halfway point of his journey.
September saw the departure of winter weather except for a short cold spell at month-end. The first few rain clouds appeared, raising hopes for the rainy season to start soon.
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