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If absolute solitude in the desert is your cup of tea, then take a look at the Desert Whisper

If absolute solitude in the desert is your cup of tea, then take a look at the Desert Whisper

Gondwana Collection has just expanded their exclusivity offering with the opening of the Desert Whisper near the group’s Namib Desert lodge in the Gondwana Namib Park near Solitaire.

The concept mirrors the exclusive riverboat lodging Gondwana floated last September on the Kwando river near its Namushasha lodge.

Gondwana said this week that the Desert Whisper is the latest addition to the Collection, forming part of the so-called Secret Collection, i.e. exclusive spots reserved for one couple only like the riverboat.

Describing the Desert Whisper in rather floral language, Gondwana said “This luxurious hideout is inspired by nature and has been designed for peace, relaxation and privacy. The spacious single storey suite features soothing colours, conveying elegance, charm and style. The bedroom, with en-suite bathroom and balcony, offers magnificent views of the Namib Desert and the distant Naukluft Mountains. An attractive open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area, as well as a fully-stocked bar leave nothing to be desired. The plunge pool invites refreshing dips. Relax under a sunshade in a comfortable deckchair and enjoy the splendour of Namibia.”

The Desert Whisper can only be booked for two people and is fully inclusive of all meals and drinks. Meals are pre-arranged according to guests’ preference and served from the Namib Desert lodge.

Contact is maintained with the main lodge via two-way radio but the Desert Whisper has its own WiFi and USB ports for charging.

Apart from the amazing desert views and the solitude, the Desert Whisper guarantees complete exclusivity and privacy. It is located inside the Gondwana Namib Park on the C19 gravel road between Sesriem and Solitaire. Excursion into the surroundings can be arranged with the main lodge.

First time visitors to Namibia need to be aware of the country’s vastness. For example, the Desert Whisper and the Namushasha riverboat are located further apart than the distance between Windhoek and Johannesburg, although both establishments are operated by the same company.


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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.