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New book describes rare plants in the Sperrgebiet

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

The intriguing tale of Cape Cross

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.

Namibian economics to the point – October 2020

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

Chasing rainbows with Gondwana Collection 

After refreshing summer thunderstorms in Namibia, the heavens are often adorned with a beautiful natural phenomenon.

Namibia is a paradise for cave enthusiasts

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.

Bogenfels: the rock arch of the Sperrgebiet

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.

The spinach myth

Because chemist Erich von Wolf misplaced the decimal in his research in 1870, the health benefits of spinach were vastly exaggerated.

Road trip from Etosha King Nehale to Namushasha River Lodge

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.

Namibian economics to the point - September 2020

Warmer spring weather prevailed during September with a few cool days in southern Namibia at month-end.

Padlangs: Living at the edge

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.

Journey into the soul of the Namib  

– 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. 

Legacy of legendary Oukwanyama king still vivid

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.

Padlangs - The baobab toilet of Katima Mulilo

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.

The Cardboard Box Travel Shop offers Safe Travels in Namibia with Gondwana and OSH-Med International

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.

Rinderpest: Death, Destruction and Opportunity

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?

Swakopmund’s steam ox

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.

Namibian economics to the point – August 2020

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.

De Pass: A story of pioneering and missed opportunity

in 1854, when much of Namibia remained unexplored and unknown to the western world, a man named Aaron de Pass arrived in Walvis Bay

Namibian tourism on the edge

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.

Namibia's lighthouses - still showing the way for seafarers

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.

Padlangs: The first 4x4 in the world

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.

Namibian economics to the point – July 2020

Cold winter weather prevailed in the Namibian interior throughout July, while the coastal areas experienced warm east wind weather.

Old Prison building in Swakopmund popular among tourists

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.

Gondwana’s Etosha Collection: Meet me at the waterhole 

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 – a dignified resting place

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.

Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp - an arid land of milk and honey

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.

Namibian economics to the point – June 2020

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.

Twyfelfontein – an ancient art gallery of rock engravings

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.

Southern Namibia has interesting museums

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.

A gateway to the animal kingdom and the culture of the Aawambo

The newest addition to the Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha King Nehale, has opened its doors on 10 June 2020.

The Zambezi floodplains: A bird’s paradise

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.

Breeding ‘hotspot’ for seabirds supports guano production

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 delicacies next to the road

Kalahari truffles can be found in sandy areas of the east of the country after good rains have fallen and preceding winter.

Namibian economics to the point - May 2020

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.

An all-round colourful spectacle along the Zambezi

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

Fish patrols during lockdown

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.

Theodor Rehbock, the father of the Neckartal dam

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

Padlangs: Spanish flu and lessons in time

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

Museums in central Namibia offer diverse attractions

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.

Current Life Along the Okavango River

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.

A Namibian Tale of Mixed Fortunes

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.

Namibia´s Father of Integrated Conservation: Garth Owen-Smith

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.

Namibian economics to the point - April 2020

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

Museums in northern Namibia –definitely worth a visit

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.

Stargazing in Namibia –a growing tourist attraction

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.

Padlangs - The flower lady of the North

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

Padlangs – Garub in the spotlight

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.

European Roller: From Serbia to Namibia

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).

Namibian economics to the point -March 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.

150 years of Namibia-Finland relations started in Ondonga territory

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?

When the lilies appear, so does the red-spotted lily weevil

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.

Namibia builds resilience to climate change

Climate change adaptation and mitigation is very costly and requires mobilisation of funds and a good oversight during implementation.

The one that digs with its teeth

After rainfall, when the land is wet, they start digging. The soil is loosened with the teeth and pushed backwards with the front legs.

Von Bach Dam sluices opened for the 5th time in 50 years

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.

A visit to Namibia’s central north

Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto: the regions of central northern Namibia.

Namibian economics to the point – February 2020

Namibia has received widespread good rains in the second half of February, which also improved water levels of several dams.

Not a scorpion and no real spider

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.

Padlangs – Rooftop camping: the way to a camper’s heart

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.

Leucistic springbok ewe with normal coloured fawn

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.

Nocturnal boat trip to see Fishing Owl, Night Heron and company

It is an exceptional experience to see Namibia's largest owl – the Fishing Owl, also known as Pel's Fishing Owl.

Marvel at celestial bodies - meteorites in Namibia

The clear night sky over Namibia is always fascinating for tourists and locals. One can also see some shooting stars.

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

Like the rest of Namibia, Etosha National Park starts to blossom again when the long-awaited rains finally arrive after several years of drought.

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

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.

Padlangs: Meeting Isak !Aochamub & the tale of the vice grip

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.

The Marbled Emperor

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.

Namibian economics to the point - January 2020

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.

Lions, leopards & other cats

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.

The only rider to complete all 15 Desert Dash races

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

Jojoba oil: liquid ‘gold’ from the Namib Desert

A new project has recently been launched in the Erongo Region. Valuable organic oil is obtained from the nuts of the evergreen jojoba plant

The Wild Horses of the Namib

‘There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ (Winston Churchill)

Fluffy little balls hovering above fresh green

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.

Padlangs - Upcycling in rural Namibia

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.

Rhino custodians named Conservationists of the Year

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.

In a nutshell: Update on Namibian tourism

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.

Namibian artist at the Abidjan Green Art Biennale

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.

Namibian economics to the point - December 2019

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.

Fishing in Goanikontes: relaxation with a thrill

The coastal anglers set off for their recreational sport at Goanikontes Oasis immediately after work on Friday afternoon.

Brötchen- well-known and popular to eat in between

Elongated, with an indent and various colours defined by dough type and flour dusting, filled with cheese, cold cuts or even meatloaf – the ‘brötchen’.

"Coffee is like sex on the palate."

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.

Drought affects return of the Blue Cranes

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.

Invasive Prosopis trees a threat for nature and agriculture

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.

Aerobatics, clownery and an amazing family tree

The Bateleur Eagle is one of the most colourful raptors in Namibia. Unfortunately, its numbers have dropped sharply.

This colourful Bateleur Eagle determinedly walks along a waterhole to drink some more at another spot.

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.

Namibian economics to the point - November 2019

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.

Caution – Animals on the road

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 plans future water supply

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.

Khaudum: In the stranglehold of drought

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.

Fish stocks at risk – nets need to be banned

Legal and illegal networks are threatening the fish stocks in Namibia’s rivers and reservoirs. There are regulatory laws, but control is lacking.

Namibian economics to the point – October 2019

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.

Africa’s largest and rarest crane

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.

A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO THE SOUTHERN KALAHARI AND ITS LEOPARDS

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.

Meeting the Okahandja woodcarvers . . .

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.

A small bird as a symbol of love and forgiveness

He is nimble, clever, cheeky. A feisty little guy who nevertheless tries to keep safe as far as possible.

Meeting Namibians on the journey from Swakop to Palmwag and Epupa . . .

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.

Water for hippos, other wild animals and cattle

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

Termites – doing earthworm work in arid areas

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.

On the road again - Into Kaokoland

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 in the north – where the Chobe and the Zambezi meet

A passionate rendezvous unfolds in the north of Namibia where the Chobe River and the Zambezi River come face to face.

Cold Benguela Current provides abundant fish resources

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.

Echoes in the dunes - An exhibition based on ancient African tales

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.

Botswana descendants of Nama hero Simon Kooper revive their culture

The small village of Lokgwabe in Botswana held its annual Nama cultural festival in late August 2019 which was a great success.

Namibian economics to the point – August 2019

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.

H.E.S.S. Telescope in Namibia explores universe

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 engineer, full-time royalty: The new Ondonga king

Part-time aircraft engineer. Full-time royalty. This is not the kind of job description one sees on a CV every day.

Celebrating the Ûiba-Ôas crystal market

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.

Meeting the Riemvasmakers of Namibia

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.

A special ‘house in a house’

Namibia, the driest country south of the Sahara, is struggling with water shortages at regular intervals.

Namibia’s surf fish species from up-close

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.

Swakop vellies – handmade shoes from the Namibian coast

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.

Snakes abandoned at the front door – Snake Park has new owner

The Swakopmund snake park currently houses some 60 snakes as well as chameleons, geckos, agamas and scorpions.

A rhino rubs itself against brand new Namibia2Go car

A grazing white rhino chose “to cuddle” with their rental cars and damaged the bodywork in the process.

Kaross production – a traditional craft

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.

New book supports the conservation of Carmine Bee-eaters

The bird lover and hobby photographer Pompie Burger launched his latest book tonight (20 June) in Windhoek.

Café Anton – More than Black Forest gateau

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.

The E-powering 7-Rivers Journey of Discovery reaches the Kunene!

Having ridden 2120km on his e-bike, Steve Galloway has reached Epupa Falls on the Kunene River, the halfway point of his journey.

Namibian economics to the point – September 2019

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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