Rejoicing in Namibia's travel industry: Matthias Lemcke has returned to the Frankfurt office of the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB). Having worked for years as Acting Area Manager Europe & Manager Marketing and PR Europe, he had resigned with effect from 1 No
The number of air travellers in Namibia will probably only return to levels from the time before corona restrictions in the course of this year. This was announced by the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) at its annual general meeting last week. The company
Great excitement on Thursday last week. Two tourists from Germany, who were travelling in Namibia in their own off-road vehicle, went missing. "I got a call from someone from their family who was worried because they hadn't heard from them for many days,"
Travellers to Namibia now have two new ways to stay in touch with their loved ones back home during their journey through the land of endless horizons. The Namibian Mobile Telecommunication Company (MTC) offers two connectivity packages specially tailore
Reassuring news for travellers to Namibia: Travelling in the land of endless horizons is as safe as in many European countries. This is according to the Travel Risk Map published by the organisation International SOS.
Travel destination Namibia still on the upswing, winter rains of the century, festivals of three ethnic groups, 100-year commemoration in Okahandja and green light for green hydrogen. As 2023 draws to a close, Namibian.org looks back at a few outstanding
From the beginning of April 2024, travellers will also be able to fly to the Victoria Falls from Windhoek with FlyNamibia. This was announced by the private Namibian airline in a press release. It will offer three flights a week from Hosea Kutako Internat
Namibian holidaymakers were the first Discover Airlines passengers to fly in an Airbus A330 with the new livery and logo. They boarded the aircraft in Frankfurt on Friday evening and disembarked at Hosea Kutako International Airport near Windhoek on Satur
He has introduced Namibia to hundreds of thousands of people in Europe and put it on their hearts. And yet, unbelievable as it may sound, hardly any of these hundreds of thousands know him: Matthias Lemcke, an employee of the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) i
Windhoek is one of 53 new destinations Turkish Airlines plans to add to its network by the end of this year. This is reported by the South African travel news portal TravelNews, citing a roadshow presentation by the airline. The report does not say how ma
The private Namibian airline FlyNamibia continues to expand its flight network. From 29 October, it will again connect Windhoek and the port city of Walvis Bay.
Not only Namibia's travel industry, but all Namibians should welcome visitors, assist them when needed and ensure their safety. Representatives of Namibia's government, parliament and travel companies called for this - at the official launch of the 'Touri
Namibia holidaymakers will be the first Discover Airlines passengers to board an A330 with a new livery and logo. This was announced by the Lufthansa subsidiary at the celebration of its new brand identity at Midgard, northeast of Windhoek. It was the fir
After several robberies of holidaymakers, the travel industry has called for increased vigilance and tightened its precautionary measures against crime. Tourists were robbed of valuables such as laptops, mobile phones and cameras, especially in Windhoek a
With the help of its WhatsApp group, the Namibian travel industry reacted quickly to the misbehaviour of tourists. In one case, motorcyclists paid a fine, in the other case, self-drivers apologised for their reckless driving.
The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings Discover is parting with the brand name of its older sister Eurowings and is now officially called discover airlines.
Good news for holidaymakers who want to experience the |Ai |Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in Namibia and South Africa: The border crossing at Sendelingsdrif is now open again. This was announced by the South African park authority SANParks.
Hundreds of Namibia holidaymakers were unable to land in or depart from Windhoek over the weekend. Eurowings Discover diverted two flights to Johannesburg and cancelled eight connections. Qatar Airways postponed one flight from Saturday to Sunday.
Qatar Airways will not fly to Windhoek during the low season. This was announced by the airline to the travel industry at the end of last week. According to the announcement, all flights between Doha and Windhoek will be cancelled from and including 23 No
Yes, e-bikes are also very trendy in Namibia. But no: there is no e-bike tour with a solar generator through the land of endless horizons. Even the two adventurers Roman Königshofer and Christian Riefenberg from Austria had a non-solar-powered back-up fo
Namibia holidaymakers who booked their flights with Eurowings Discover no longer need to brace themselves for extended flight times. "Since Saturday, the flight route is again via Niger," the press office of the holiday airline replied yesterday in respon
Hundreds of Namibia holidaymakers waited in vain to board their flights in Frankfurt and Windhoek yesterday. The press office of Eurowings Discover (discover airlines) informed Namibian.org that two flights had to be postponed due to the closed airspace o
You can now book a FlyNamibia flight not only directly, but also through a travel agent from anywhere in the world. The connections and additional services of the private Namibian airline are listed in the Global Distribution System (GDS) with immediate e
Namibia fans in Switzerland and Holland may soon be able to reach their dream holiday destination even more comfortably. The Swiss airline Edelweiss Air and the Dutch airline KLM are planning connections to Windhoek. This was reported by the online news p
In future, Namibian tourists are to be guided through the country even better and more competently than before. The Namibian Academy for Tourism and Training (NATH) wants to contribute to this with many new training modules for tour guides.
Water points filled with sand and cars sandblasted: Extremely strong east wind phenomenon causes sandstorm in Namib Desert for days.
N7 trunk road and Vioolsdrif/Noordoewer border post are open again, there is a temporary detour at the damaged section of the N7 road.
The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings Discover wants to be called discover airlines in future and thus part with the brand name of its older sister Eurowings.
After the off-road orgy of reckless drivers in Sossusvlei, the park authority of the Namib Naukluft National Park is under criticism. Namibia's main attraction in the middle of the Namib Dune Sea World Heritage Site should be more strictly controlled and
Train even more and better. These are the main goals that hospitality companies and training institutions in Namibia want to strive for in closer cooperation in the future. At the congress of the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN), a joint roadmap f
Holidaymakers can now also take long-distance trips with even more peace of mind than before. The World Health Organisation (WHO) lifted the international health emergency it had declared more than a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sense of freedom that holidaymakers feel in the vastness of Namibia's landscapes can also be sensed - albeit to a lesser extent - in the country's news coverage. In terms of press freedom, the land of endless horizons has regained its top position wit
Water supply points for hikers will be set up on the Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail. This was announced yesterday by the state-owned accommodation operator Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR). Within the river section in the Canyon there is hardly any drinkabl
Tsumeb is a household name for mineral fans worldwide. Nowhere else on earth have so many minerals been discovered as in this mining town in northern Namibia. A considerable part of these minerals is now accessible to Namibian holidaymakers directly in th
"Beautiful!" - "Open terraces, beautiful facilities." - "I like the colour scheme." - "Every room looks a little different." - "The lodge invites you to stay." Many of the approximately 250 invited guests from Namibia's travel industry were impressed by t
The land of endless horizons is richer by 16 enthusiastic fans who belong to the German travel industry. That was the conclusion of an eight-day info tour of the German B2B portal expipoint. The airline Eurowings Discover and the Namibian tourism company
Namibia travellers can once again use the direct route from Noordoewer to Rosh Pinah and Oranjemund. The closure of the DR 212 and MR 118 gravel roads has been lifted with immediate effect, according to Namibia's Roads Authority
European representatives from the "Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events" (MICE) sector took part in the MICE Trophy 2023 in February. Stops of the adventure tour In Namibia were Sossusvlei, Moon Landscape, Swakopmund and the Khomas Hochland.
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
"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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
“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
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.
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.
Do you fancy an unparalleled adventure, such as a hike in the world's second largest canyon in Africa?
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
Step into the more remote north-western corner of Namibia and experience the wild and exhilarating Kaokoland spirit . . .
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.
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.
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After refreshing summer thunderstorms in Namibia, the heavens are often adorned with a beautiful natural phenomenon.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The newest addition to the Gondwana Collection Namibia, Etosha King Nehale, has opened its doors on 10 June 2020.
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.
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.
Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto: the regions of central northern Namibia.
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.
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.
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.
Namibia, the driest country south of the Sahara, is struggling with water shortages at regular intervals.
A grazing white rhino chose “to cuddle” with their rental cars and damaged the bodywork in the process.
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