In an jovial mood at this year’s popular Coffee Shop: Kaylain Visser, Silke Ahrens and Monika Kalola at the Gondwana Collection Hall.
The Gondwana Collection Namibia took full advantage of the recently concluded Namibia Tourism Expo as hundreds flocked to the Gondwana Hall, eager to enjoy the warm atmosphere as the winter temperature dropped to historic figures. To the tune of live music, visitors consumed 5,500 freshly prepared delicious meals and quenched their thirst with 3,000 litres of beer. The Coffee Shop served almost 2,500 cups of coffee plus 1,700 bread rolls and pieces of cake for the odd sweet tooth. The information desk was delighted with the keen interest in the Gondwana Card which gives citizens a guaranteed discount on bed and breakfast at any of the Gondwana lodges through out the country. Close to 1,500 entry tickets were sold for the Wild Horses Competition and N$10,000 of the proceeds was donated to the Namibia Wild Horses Foundation. The driving forces behind this initiative are biologist Dr Telané Greyling and the Gondwana Collection with managing director Mannfred Goldbeck and its partners at Klein-Aus Vista. As an advisor to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the foundation is ready to take gentle anticipatory action, if need be, for the preservation of the wild horses. Apart from the horses gaining from the Wild Horses Competition at the expo, four participants stood a chance to each win prizes. Severiano Willimse, Herman Wessels, Barbara Celliers and Cathy Genis were the eventual winners and got the chance to enjoy 25 overnight stays with breakfast for two at any Gondwana Lodge of their choice. Gondwana thanked everyone for the overwhelming support on the back of winning the award for Best in Show at the Namibia Tourism Expo.