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Gondwana floats the ultimate in river luxury on the Kwando near Namushasha

Gondwana floats the ultimate in river luxury on the Kwando near Namushasha

The Gondwana Collection of upmarket lodges, rest camps and a hotel, has raised the bar for luxury, exclusive travel. This week the group announced the inauguration of its new single chamber floating villa, anchored in one of the Kwando river’s deep channels, not far from the group’s Namushasha River Lodge.

Namushasha River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Kwando River overlooking an extensive floodplain with the so-called Golden Triangle of the Bwabwata National Park on the other side. Through this floodplain runs a maze of deep, fast-flowing channels of clear water frequented by hippopotami and crocodiles. The floodplains are a birding and fishing hotspot with hundreds of waterbird species and an untold number of fish and other aquatic animals. On the plain’s drier areas, elephants can be found, sometimes in their hundreds, entering the wet zone from the adjacent Bwabwata.

The Namushasha River Villa, aptly named Masheli after the siLodzi for water lily, offers one fortunate couple the exclusive opportunity of enjoying the floodplain in all its splendour up close.

Upstairs is the en-suite bedroom with a small, comfortable porch to sit down and relax while having a drink and marvelling at all the floodplain wonders. Below is a bar, kitchen and a deck close to the water.

Upon request, the Namushasha guides will only be too happy to take Masheli’s couple through the channels in one of the lodge’s river boats to Bwabwata, where they can join a game drive through the unfenced park’s eastern section.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.