Thursday, 27 August 2015

Botswana: Mokolodi Nature Reserve Full Moon Night Ride


Mokolodi Nature Reserve Full Moon Night Ride

Full Moon Night Social Ride at Mokolodi Nature Reserve - 29 August 2015.
Join us for our first social full moon night ride in the Reserve and finish off with a tasty bush braai/bbq. Choose to do an interesting 15 km loop once or twice, your choice. Riders will be in a group of maximum 15 people led by an experienced rider at the groups pace.
Advance booking required. Event is limited to 100 riders - on a first come first serve basis.
Friends of Mokolodi Members P300 including bush braai/bbq and non-members P350, including bush braai. Non cyclists wishing to join in for the bush braai/bbq (advance booking also needed) P200 per adult, P95 for children between 5-12 years. Children under 5 years eat for free. Cash bar on site.
Please note:  No Helmet, No Ride and No Light - No Ride.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

News from Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel | Бест Вестерн Лусака Гранд Отель


BEST WESTERN PLUS Lusaka Grand Hotel continues to be the best hotel in Lusaka, Zambia! At the Luxury Travel Guide 2015 Global Awards, BEST  WESTERN PLUS Lusaka Grand Hotel won Best Luxury Hotel in Zambia. Life is Grand at the hotel that offers the best rates that come with quality services, great faclities and rooms that have comforts of home combined with the culture of an international hotel. If you would like to find out for yourself come and stay with us. At our very special rates starting at USD 95 per room single occupancy. For more information and bookings:

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

News from Rossmund Golf Resort & Lodge Namibia | Россмунд Намибия


Greetings from Rossmund Golf Resort & Lodge!

Lodge News
Rossmund Lodge is proud to announce that we have joined the Nights-bridge system, which allows you to check our own website for live availability and bookings!   For greater visibility we have also listed ourselves on some booking platforms like  We are going more and more digital but will keep our personal hands-on touch which our guests love so much!
We also want to remind you of our now regular Friday night Curry!
What to do while staying at the coast!

Phase 2 of the Rossmund Development is well under way and construction will soon begin on the first properties. If you have been considering a property, now is a very good time to invest.  For a limited time, on select properties only, we are offering:
Only 682.50 Per Square Metre

Golf and Lodge Combination Specials

PACKAGE 1:  “Stay & Play” - if you are overnighting at the Rossmund Lodge, why not play a relaxing round of golf?  Book via the lodge and receive discounted green fee rates!

PACKAGE 2:  “Golfer’s Special” - coming down to Swakop for a golf tournament, or just to play golf at Rossmund and need accommodation?  Book at the lodge via the golf course and receive discounted accommodation rates.  Applies to Namibians and SADC members only.

PACKAGE 3:  “Weekend Getaway” - looking for an escape to the sun and tranquility found at Rossmund?  Book one or two nights on dinner, bed and breakfast at special package rates.  Ideal for anniversaries, birthdays & other special treats for your significant other or even as a family escape with very little travel.  Applies to Namibians and SADC members only.

For all above packages, terms & conditions apply and the offers are subject to availability.

The Rossmund Lodge hosts guests visiting from all over the world as well as business guests. We thought that we would showcase some of the activities available at the coast—fun for locals and visitors alike.

We have a lot of exciting news from the golf course this month. In the world of golf, Jordan Spieth has won two of four majors this year, and has claimed the number one ranking in the world. Tiger seems to have found his mojo, and Gert has been very busy! 

In other news, Nancy, Hendrik and Dawie have finished the new menu; the lodge has expanded its on line reach; new monthly events are happening in the clubhouse every month, and lots more!

As a reminder, both the Golf Course Clubhouse Restaurant and Lodge Dining Room offer light lunches and dinners daily with chef specials every now and then.  And all meals as well as platters can be ordered as takeaways, either just for your lunch or dinner or for a party at your own house! Even safari companies looking for ready prepared meals to take along on camping safaris or as light lunches en route, can contact Hendrik.

Maintenance  Report
St. Andrews has nothing on us! We are in the process of refurbishing our greens. We have just finished work on the ninth hole and our work continues. 
We are carrying on with general maintenance, replacing dead spots and freshening up the grass.
We have also  finished work on the 4th  tee box.

The Rossmund Golf Course happily announces that we have set-tled in with our management team in the restaurant. Nancy has decided to stay on with us and will serve as our Executive Chef, while Dawie will take the helm in the kitchen as Head Chef. Hendrik fills the role of Food and Beverage Manager, co-ordinating conferences and events, thus allowing Dana to focus on marketing going forward.

We have also finalized our menus with a variety that should suit every palate from fun food to fine food. The new menu includes a soup of the day and a Goat’s Cheese Tartlet for starters. A gar-den salad,  Caesar Salad and Cabrese Salad will be on offer with some other goodies available to add. There are a ton of burgers and paninis on offer, which are great for a bite at the turn or a fun lunch for kids of all ages.

Main dishes include some more sophisticated Panini’s like the Panini Monaco with sliced English cucumber, wasabi cream and smoked salmon on a bed of crispy lettuce, and the Panini Godfa-ther. Then there is your basic fish and chips, chicken skewers, chicken schnitzel, beef ribs and a juicy rib-eye steak with roast vegetables and chips.  Several creative pasta dishes are on the menu as well as four desserts including tipsy tart and Creme Brulee! And the kitchen is always ready for a special event!
The restaurant is up, running and approaching cruising speed!

Namibia: new lodge is opened: The Jackalberry Tented Lodge | ДжаккалБерри Лодж Намибия


Newly built Lodge Inside The Nkasa Lupala National Park Now Open: The Jackalberry Tented Lodge

We are proud to announce our latest addition to the ResDest portfolio, The Jackalberry Tented Lodge, a sister lodge to Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge. The Lodge is part of an exclusive activity concession from MET and is built inside the Nkasa Lupala National Park formerly known as Mamili National Park and will Open its doors as from 1st of September 2015, fully operational.

Jackalberry Tented Lodge welcomes its guest to one of the most unique areas in Zambezi region, the wet land paradise for ultimate adventure. The lodge offers four  double room and one double Guide room,  Restaurant, Bar, Lounge area, Visa and Master Credit cards welcome, Transfers, Specials & Activities, and Birding

The main building is build around a huge Jackalberry tree and has first and second floors that houses the reception area, dinning area, lounge and bar area. The second floor has spacious and comfortable lounge providing guests with an exceptional view of the surrounding while the ground floor hosts communal fire place for evening catch up.

3 Twin Room and 1 Honeymoon Double Room; with side lamps, camping fridge, in room bathroom, coffee/tea station, hot water generated by a solar power, offering a superb eco-friendly personalized safari experience. All rooms are made of customized large tents with average of 32.4 m, and has a raised dec offering breathtaking views across the lagoons. Maximum of 2 pax allowed.

Jackalberry Lodge enjoys its prime location which make a perfect base for Park experience and exploration. The lodge is located on the Linyanti river lagoons where a large population of the park’s wildlife roams freely and could be spotted from the lodge decks through the floodplains of Namibia and woodlands of Botswana just across the river.

Reconnect with the nature and let your senses be captured by untamed wilderness

How to book Jackalbery Tented Lodge:

°    Maximum 2 pax per room tent
°    Only 2 nights and more allowed
°    Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (DBB)
°    Self-Catering rates - Only applicable when booking the entire lodge
°    No children under the age of 16 years old permitted

Namibia: Save the Rhino Trust and Wilderness Safaris Renew Partnership until 2020


Save the Rhino Trust and Wilderness Safaris Renew Partnership until 2020

Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRT) and Wilderness Safaris Namibia have strengthened their shared commitment to securing a future for Namibia’s black rhinos by extending their Memorandum of Understanding for a further five years.

In 2003, SRT and Wilderness Safaris began pioneering responsible rhino tourism through a unique partnership whereby SRT would provide a tracking experience for guests at Wilderness Safaris’ Desert Rhino Camp (DRC).

Tourism income supports the SRT team based at DRC and includes a bed-levy donation. Effectively, tourism provides sustainable funding to ensure all the rhino within the DRC area are consistently monitored; 12 years on, this relationship is more critical than ever. The latest MoU also includes support and cooperation at Wilderness Safaris’ Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and the Mudorib Gate.

“With poaching intensifying in Namibia, SRT’s relationship with Wilderness Safaris is critical on many levels,” stressed Simson Uri-Khob, CEO of SRT. “Funding from Wilderness allows us to keep another full team of trackers in the field. These trackers monitor rhinos in an important conservation area, raising awareness of the urgent conservation issues facing rhinos with Wilderness Safaris’ international guests; and, critically acting as a deterrent against poaching in these difficult times.” 

DRC is situated within the Palmwag Concession in the middle of one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. SRT has operated in this area since it was founded in 1982 and with the support from local communities, the rhino population has grown and expanded. Wilderness Safaris maintains an exclusive concession area here, with agreements in place with the Big Three conservancies, Torra, Anabeb and Sesfontein, and with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

“There is an important element of security in this exclusive concession agreement,” said Uri-Khob. “We know who should be in the area and who shouldn’t. This helps us protect the rhino.”

“Wilderness Safaris is committed to conservation,” added Mike Wassung, CEO of Wilderness Safaris Namibia. “Our track record of supporting local communities through joint-venture partnerships and providing jobs and training to people who live in the remote areas where we operate helps us to work collectively to uplift communities and that in turn helps to protect Namibia’s natural resources. We are proud of this record and to be a long-term supporter of SRT’s efforts to conserve the world’s last truly wild population of black rhino.” 

The partnership between SRT and Wilderness Safaris is a strong example of the importance of Namibia’s private sector and conservation groups working together to protect the country’s natural resources. “We are confident that by working together and strengthening our partnership for at least another five years, we will continue to make a positive contribution to ensure the ongoing survival of our black rhino”, concluded Wassung and Uri-Khob.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

South Africa: news from Absolute Getaways


A Warm Welcome to On the Rocks!
Eersterivier, Tsitsikamma

At Absolute Getaways we aspire to bring you beautiful properties in unique locations, On the Rocks truly ticks all the boxes! This awesome home IS right next to the Ocean – you couldn’t get closer if you tried!
When you gaze out from On the Rocks, you’d not be blamed for thinking you’d reached the end of the world.

All that greets you is vertical rocks and crashing waves. Okay, maybe not the end of the world, but definitely the end of the road. Now it’s time to relax. This is holiday paradise for a group of friends or family. Perfectly situated in Eersterivier, Tsitsikamma, this self-catering home accommodates up to 12 guests.

The spacious living area opens onto a large deck overlooking the watery horizon – the perfect place to relax and enjoy a few sundowners. The dining area is separated from the lounge by only a peek-a-boo open fireplace, for those chilly evenings. The separate kitchen is fully equipped with everything you’ll need and plenty space to cook up a storm if you can drag yourself away from that deck!

Recently, a very creative Interior Decorator, Ilze Mostert paid a visit to the River Shack and very successfully transformed the entire house!

She avoided the frills and kept it perfectly down-to-earth and super-quirky which resonates with the vibe of this beautifully secluded shack in Dana Bay. The brilliant use of bold colours and rustic wooden accessories adds an unique charm to an already brilliant setting.

Bad service from Zwilling - missing item & no response to requests


Bought a knife sharpener from Berlin Kurfurstendamm shop in June 2015. The manager supposed to send it to my address in another city. No item received three month later and my e-mail messages sent directly to the shop and to Zwilling are ignored. Do not recommend this shop and company.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Namibia: thanks for help - message from France to Ugab River Rhino Camp


Letter to Ugab River Rhino Camp

Dear Ms or M,

I am Quentin PUGNAIRE, a french guy who just came back from Namibia, where a past a such beautiful trip. In our journey, we were stucked in middle of nowhere and some people helped us to go looking for help. Our car were blocked in the mud so it was a really difficult situation. We came in your camp and your employees and yourself helped us. You sent someone from Henti's Bay to take us from the mud and for that, we own you very much ! Litteraly, you saved our life, we didn't have enough water for one more day.
By this mail, i hope you will receive all my heartfel gratitude and i want to thanks your employees on the Ugab Camp for the help. They were so great to us, in this very difficult moment.

Thanks again for your help, best regards


Namibia: inauguration of the Omakange-Ruacana unlocks tourism potential

Namibia: inauguration of the Omakange-Ruacana unlocks tourism potential

Namibian President Hage Geingob said the inauguration of the Omakange-Ruacana road would unlock tourism potential of Omusati and Kunene and makes it more accessible to tourists.

The Omakange-Ruacana road was initiated by former president Hifikepunye Pohamba and has been under construction for the past two years.

Other projects expected to take off in the near future are tarring of the Swakopmund-Henties Bay-Kamanjab road, connecting Erongo and Kunene regions of Namibia.

The tarring of the Opuwo-Epupa road has been included in budget. Opuwo-Sesfontein in Kunene Region and Oshakati-Ruacana roads, connecting Omusati and Oshana will also be resurfaced.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Botswana: &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp 2016 refurbishment update



&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp Half Closure in 2016

From 01 January 2016 to 30 April 2016, the camp will receive a full refurbishment, including the replacement of all decks and tents. This will be done in phases, which means half the suites will be closed during this period. Noise levels will be well managed to ensure that there is a very low impact on the guest experience. &Beyond will be sending further updates as soon as additional information comes to the fore.

South Africa: &Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge news


&Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge to Receive a Full Refurbishment in 2016

Renovations will commence on 15 January to 15 June 2016. The lodge suites and pool area will receive a refurbishment, the pathways will be reconfigured and a new spa and fitness sala will be installed. Guests can still book the Ngala Family Suite at a reduced rate of R20 000 per night. The Family Suite is situated separately from the rest of the lodge with its own private view, enclosed swimming pool and private safari vehicle, which means the renovations will have minimal impact on guests staying here.

Namibia: Fish River Lodge scenic photo gallery


Namibia: Fish River Lodge scenic photo gallery
Fish River Lodge Namibia

Fish River Lodge Namibia

Fish River Lodge Namibia

Fish River Lodge Namibia

Fish River Lodge Namibia

Fish River Lodge Namibia

Fish River Lodge Namibia

Fish River Lodge Namibia
Photos: Fish River Lodge

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Important notice from Air Namibia: three flights on 22 August 2015


Kindly note that Air Namibia will operate THREE FLIGHTS this Saturday 22 August.

- SW  101 /Y3 P3 S3   SA22AUG ERSOND 0900   1005   ER3 0 S    E

  SW  103 /YA PA SA   SA22AUG ERSOND 1210   1315   ER3 0 S    E

+ SW  107 /Y7 P6 S6   SA22AUG ERSOND 1555   1700   ER3 0 S    E

South Africa: The Last Word Long Beach news


The Last Word Long Beach - transformed

In keeping with its promise of an authentic, five-star experience The Last Word Intimate Hotels conducts regular ‘facelifts’ and The Last Word Long Beach is the latest property in the portfolio to undergo a transformation.

Consistent with the relaxed beachside ambience here, the new American Kravet fabrics from St Leger & Viney achieve the desired modern, luxurious feel in the communal areas, while a palette of sea blues and jades enhances the elegance of the suites.  With the unusual patterns and textures of Jim Thompson’s textiles from Lula Fabrics, the two collections merge to create eclectic, laid-back glamour.

Uninterrupted, panoramic views of the ocean confirm that you are as close as you can get to the water’s edge in Kommetjie – and you’ll understand the reason this six-room, intimate hotel has been the judges’ favourite in the World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel for seven consecutive years. All six luxury en-suite bedrooms are sea facing, while discreet touches such as sun hats – and towels in a beach bag – are assurance that there’s pride and pleasure in charming guests with exclusive experiences. Warm smiles, personal attention and the tranquil setting allow for total relaxation. There’s a certain magic in this hidden gem on the southern tip of Africa. It’s for travellers who enjoy leisurely walks or horse riding along the beach, and nature trails in the mountains; it’s a place where memories are made.

The Last Word Long Beach South Africa

The Last Word Long Beach South Africa

The Last Word Long Beach South Africa

The Last Word Long Beach South Africa
Photos: Mantis

South Africa: Karkloof Safari Spa joins Mantis Hotels | Карклуф Спа Южная Африка


Magnificent Karkloof Safari Spa to join exclusive Mantis Hotels, Eco-Escapes and Lifestyle resorts family

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”

Henry Ford

When good things come together, even greater things happen! It is with great pleasure that the management of the Mantis Group and the owner of Karkloof Safari Spa announce the coming together of these two international, award-winning brands.

From 01 August 2015, Karkloof Safari Spa will commence trade under the Mantis Hotels, Eco-Escapes and Lifestyle resorts brand. Mantis is a family run collection of award-winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the World- across all seven continents. Its specialist areas include Boutique Hotels, Game Reserves, Eco Lodges, Ski Lodges, Chalets and Boutique Cruises and offer in-the-know travellers the most exceptional properties and authentic experiences imaginable.
Officially founded by entrepreneur and hotelier Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community. The entrepreneurial spirit of the family underpins that of the group allowing them to be dynamic in the growth of the portfolio, responding quickly to consumer demand. It was with all of this in mind that Karkloof Safari Spa was an obvious choice to fly the prestigious Mantis banner.

“We are excited about partnering with Mantis Collection and becoming part of the Mantis family. With our loyal and dedicated team and Mantis’ experience and global presence, we are confident that Karkloof Safari Spa will go from strength to strength, and that our guests will continue to enjoy the Karkloof Safari Experience.” Fred Wörner owner of Karkloof Safari Spa.

It is with the utmost delight that Mantis welcomes Karkloof Safari Spa into their hand-picked portfolio. “We’re so proud to be associated with this exciting venture as Mantis is all about unearthing the exceptional, and we’ve undoubtable achieved this here. Adding this award winning reserve, with a strong conservation ethic, to Mantis compliments our growing brand and re-enforces our commitment to Man and Nature Together is Sustainable”. Commented Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis and the Wilderness Foundation.

Karkloof Safari Spa is a sanctuary where colonial charm keeps company with African sensibility. 16 luxuriously appointed villas with a luxurious 17 treatment room Spa, surrounded by trickling streams, stylishly decorated and tastefully furnished. Everything about this unique property embodies the authenticity and luxuriousness’s with which Mantis Group have become synonymous.

Discover Karkloof Safari Spa

Set in a verdant bowl, surrounded by towering cliffs, with the shimmering waters of the Albert Falls Dam in view, the Spa and its luxurious boutique hotel provide levels of intimate exclusivity and personalised service unparalleled in this part of Africa.

Karkloof Safari Spa

Karkloof Safari Spa, located just 24 kilometers from Pietermaritzburg, in Kwazulu Natal’s magnificent Midlands, is a tranquil but uplifting haven for those setting out on a journey to wellness and restoration.

It also offers guests an opportunity to absorb the sights and sounds of Africa in a private enclave, which provides one of the continent’s most exhilarating ecological experiences.

Karkloof Safari Spa South Africa

Karkloof Safari Spa South Africa

Karkloof Safari Spa South Africa

Karkloof Safari Spa South Africa
Photos: Mantis

South Africa: news from Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve | Бушманс Клуф Южная Африка


Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa

Book your memorable springtime retreat
Embrace the colour frenzy that spring brings while enjoying the fine food and wine of the Cederberg

At the foothills of the Cederberg, spring brings with it a rich display of colour and vibrancy as thousands of flowers compete for pollinators. Draping the veld with the picturesque blooms of a great variety of flora, spring marks an ideal time to visit Bushmans Kloof.
Adding to the appeal is a 3-Night Summer Getaway package that offers great value, combining luxury with adventure and exhilarating outdoor excursions such as hiking, canoeing, nature drives and mountain biking. And then of course there is the Spa…
If your preference leans toward exclusivity and unique, personal experiences, spoil a loved one with a romantic dinner by candle light at Kadoro, in the heart of the reserve. Translated, Kadoro means ‘tinderbox of stories’, a befitting name for the picture-perfect, rustic cottage as back drop to a really special, intimate dining experience for small private groups.
Taste some of South Africa’s best wines when going on our Wilderness Wine Tour to Cederberg Private Cellar. Perfectly situated at a high altitude within the Cederberg mountains, the drive takes guests to the winery through magnificent scenery and staggering rock formations for a unique taste excursion.
The ultimate family retreat is guaranteed when staying at Koro Lodge. Perfect for a group of friends or family travelling together, Koro Lodge offers luxury, privacy and exclusivity away from city lights. Do as much as you wish when you want to, or relax and simply enjoy the serenity – the choice is yours.

Escape to a Summer Getaway
Make the most of summer with a getaway to the Cederberg. Spend three nights in one of our elegant guest rooms or suites and explore all the outdoor adventures Bushmans Kloof Reserve has to offer, from nature drives to hiking trails. In the evenings, enjoy leisurely dinners and the surroundings of this special wilderness location.
From R 3 120 pps pn

An Extraordinary Dining Experience Awaits at Kadoro
When staying with us, experience a dining venue that is without equal. Kadoro is an old shepherd’s cottage located 20 minutes from the lodge. Here you’ll enjoy a traditional barbeque, or in winter, wholesome soups, curries and stews – by lantern and candlelight. Ideal for small groups of up to 16 people or romantic, private dinners all year round.
R 1 000 per person

Taste the Cederberg
Our Wilderness Wine Excursion takes guests on a tour of Cederberg Private Cellar. Known as South Africa’s ‘highest winery’, Cederberg Private Cellar is located within the pristine environs of the Cederberg Wilderness Area. Enjoy a private tour of the winery followed by a tasting and a delicious picnic lunch prepared by the Bushmans Kloof chefs.
R 1 500 per vehicle (max 4 guests)

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
 Photos: Bushmans Kloof

Namibia: Rossmund Lodge news - Friday curry special


Rossmund Lodge news - Friday curry special
Contact: Rossmund

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Namibia: Corona Guest Farm news & photo gallery | Корона Намибия


Corona Guest Farm

Land Scape At Corona
Located at the foothills of the Gamsberg Mountains is Corona Guest Farm, the jewel in the Khomas Hochland offering breathtaking vistas and a perfect base from where to climb the Gamsberg Mountains. The Lodge is situated half-way between Windhoek and Walvis Bay on the D1438 road to Sossusvlei area, a unique destination with range of activities suited for a perfect holiday break.

Corona Guest Farm boasts 9 rooms, Lounge area, Restaurant, Bar, WiFi access, Swimming Pool, Activities, Visa & Master Credit cards welcome, Laundry Service, and landing strip. 
3 Deluxe Family-sized and 6 Double rooms each with roof fan, small fridge, and  privately decorated bathroom. Rooms are open to various terraces where guest can relax and can accommodate Max of 2 adults sharing.

**Luxury Tents are currently closed till further notice **

The lush garden with a sparkling pool create an ideal ambience for those in need of getting away from it all and relaxing in the true sense of the word in the Namibian sunshine.

Corona Guest Farm restaurant with its renowned cuisine caters for all and treating each one as one of us.


Scenic Drives taking in the beauty of the landscape and the wonders of nature. View game such as Kudu, Oryx, Springbok, Warthog, Steenbok, Klipspringer and the rare Mountain Zebra.
Our marked hiking trails allows you to explore and discover the rich variety of flora and fauna unique to this area.

Bird life is plentiful and spectacular - excellent opportunities to sight many interesting species.
Book a tour to the Gamsberg Plateau. A spectacular full day excursion; requires an early start; packed lunch provided.
Visit Kuiseb Canyon - spectacular but largely unexplored, where two Germans hid during World War II to avoid incarceration.  Permit must be obtained from a Nature Conservation Office in Sossusvlei, Windhoek or Swakopmund before visit.
After dark, take time to contemplate the eternal splendour of the starlit African sky far above Corona
Corona Guest Farm is truly the jewel of the Gamsberg, visit, savour the tranquil surroundings and give your soul a break.

Corona Guest Farm Namibia

Corona Guest Farm Namibia

Corona Guest Farm Namibia

Corona Guest Farm Namibia

Corona Guest Farm Namibia
Photos: Corona

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Botswana: night ride at Mokolodi Nature Reserve


Full Moon Night Ride

Join us on 29 August 2015 for a full moon night ride at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. The ride starts at 18h30, be at reception at 18h00. P300 for Friends of Mokolodi Members, including a bush braai/bbq and P350 for non members inclusive of a bush braai. Maximum 100 riders. Book your space in advance to avoid disappointment. Helmets and lights are compulsory. Terms and Conditions apply.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Voightsgrund Farm ruins, southern Namibia


Ruins of Voightsgrund farm, southern Namibia

Remains of once beautiful buildings of Voightsgrund farm, a gem of Karakul pelts production in southern Namibia in the beginning of 20th century. The farm was the first producer of pelts but now is in neglected state being government property. Situation got worse in the past eight years, 108 year old farm was stripped of all valuables and vandalized. There are plans to resurrect karakul production but future of initiative is uncertain as it will cost millions just to bring infrastructure back to normal.

Namibia: camping discontinued at Wüstenquel Guest Farm


Dear guests and partners,
We would like to inform you that camping will be discontinued at
Wüstenquel due to internal reasons as from 1.1.2016.
But of course all camping bookings already made for 2016 will still be hosted as booked.
The guestfarm itself is operating as always and we are looking forward to welcome you at Wüstenquell in one of our rooms or mountain chalets.
Best regards
Verena and Oliver Rust

Wüstenquel Guest Farm Namibia

Wüstenquel Guest Farm Namibia
Photos: Wustenquel

Latest techno news: Cape to Cairo expedition: new long-range fuel tank


Namibia: Bush Craft Course at Omashona Bush Craft Centre


Challenge Time at Etosha Village!
Our Etosha Village Team recently hosted their first Bush Craft Course at our Omashona Bush Craft Centre. Omashona means “to be challenged” and the kids of the local school that participated had hours of fun turning the challenges into true success and friendship!

Namibia: opening of Taleni's Desert Quiver Camp | Дезерт Кивер Кемп Намибия


Warm Greetings from Taleni!

We are very excited to share the great news that our long awaited Desert Quiver Camp officially opened as planned on 01 August 2015!

To thank our Building Contractors and staff for all the hard work, we invited them as our first guests and held a lovely celebration dinner 13 days before official opening.

Our Managing Director, Mr. du Toit and his wife, joined the opening celebration, did the honours of cutting the ribbon and received a special gift from the Lodge Teams.

Our Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. It is conveniently located just 5km from the entrance to Sossusvlei, and the inspiring scenery characterised by granite outcrops, spectacular views and roaming wildlife will captivate your senses.

Namibia: Tracking lessons at the Etosha Village Delta Hide | Талени Этоша Виладж Намибия


Tracking lessons at the Etosha Village Delta Hide

We feel there is a definite demand these days to take youngsters back to the basics and remind them how to play in and learn from nature.

Etosha Village Namibia

Our courses are tailor-made to suit the individual needs of the schools and can last between a few hours to 3 days.

Courses involve basic survival concepts like Bush “GPS” Skills, Fire Making Skills, Bush Cooking Skills, Plant Identification & Uses, Tracking and very importantly Team Work. “Apart from these basics we focus on what nature offers us at that exact time to work with and it keeps the course inter-active” says our Primary Instructor and General Manager of Etosha Village, Hein Vosloo.

Etosha Village Namibia

Etosha Village Namibia

Etosha Village Namibia

Etosha Village Namibia

Etosha Village Namibia

Etosha Village Namibia

Etosha Village Namibia

Etosha Village Namibia
 Photos: Taleni Etosha Village

Namibia: The Delight Swakopmund - new hotel at the Atlantic coast


The Delight Swakopmund: newest Gondwana portfolio addition

The Delight Swakopmund has been presented on 10 June this year to 200 invited guests at the Namibia Tourism Expo reception.
Gondwana sees new hotel as an opportunity to complete the traditional Gondwana route: guests will travel from Namib Desert Lodge in Namib-Naukluft Park and continue to Damaraland and further to Etosha Park.


Swakopmund is a town of contrasts offering a number of very special experiences. Town is surrounded by the unspoilt Namib Desert, a number of exhilirating activities from skydiving to dune boarding are offered while having the flair of historic German architecture and rich history.
The Delight Swakopmund is located in the historic centre of Swakopmund. Historical landmarks, shops and town beach are all within walking distance. The hotel offers 44 double rooms with modern furnishings and 10 loft rooms for travelling families.
The Delight Swakopmund will offer breakfasts but no dinner as there are many restaurants near by.


The Delight Swakopmund is Gondwana’s first accommodation establishment in an urban environment. Gondwana expects that not only tourists but also business travellers will become regular guests of teh new hotel. At present Namibian coastal economy is boosted by new mining operations in the vicinity of Swakopmund and the expansion of the port of Walvis Bay and new hotel will become one of main attractions.
The Delight Swakopmund will open on 01 November 2015. More information is here.

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Namibia: Dornhügel Guest Farm information & photo gallery


Dornhügel Guest Farm

At Dornhügel Guestfarm we offer a unique familial atmosphere and a tasteful ambience to our guests, experiencing the fascinating life on a Namibian farm. We boasts 8 Guest rooms, a Bar, Restaurant, a Swimming Pools, and WiFi at reception area. Visa and Master Credit cards are welcome.

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

We are situated on the D2844, 48 km easterly from Grootfontein and approximately 500 Km from Windhoek. Most visitors utilize our facilities as an overnight access point to or from Caprivi,  Etosha and or, the untouched bushmanland.

Eight Rooms (2 Family unit with an upper floor each with its own door), remaining six arespacious and individually arranged, furnished comfortably and radiate a friendly atmosphere. All rooms offer a fridge with fully stocked mini-bar, two three-quarter size beds with an area to write, side tables, lamps, roof fan, large and high quality en-suite bathroom with shower, basin, make-up mirror and hair-dryer.

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

All guest rooms are appointed with ornamental furs of the N’Guni cattle, which give them a unique African style and let you feel the Namibian way of farm life.

All Meals are served in a familial atmosphere. Depending on the weather, meals are served outside on the terrace or next to a cosy open fire.

Farm ride: a trip over the farm on an open cross-country vehicle. Guests get interesting insights in farm life and cattle and horse breeding on Dornhügel. On all trips, a lot of wild game can be seen!
Day Excursions: * Visit a traditional village in Bushmanland; Experience ancient traditions of the San Bushmen. Learn to create jewellery or how to handle a bow and arrow. This project is managed by the local community to generate funds. * Hoba Meteorite: the world’s largest metallic meteorite Fell to earth about 80,000 years ago. Weighs over 60 tons! Now declared a Namibian National Monument.
Hiking trails on the farm. There are also a tennis court and some bikes. Enjoy a cool sundowner watching the wild game at the waterholes in the evening!
Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Our guests can relax in canvas chairs at the open-air swimming pool and in the entire garden, where you can find different native trees in flower. Stay a while to experience Life on a Traditional Namibian Farm!
Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia

Dornhügel Guest Farm Namibia
Photos: Dornhügel Namibia