After a grueling few weeks of voting, the judges have made their selection from the top 5 entrants. Thanks to everyone who participated, the competition was tight! But we’re pleased to announce that Kevin Read from Canada is going on a landscape escape to Namibia.
Ruth & Kevin
Here’s what Kevin had to say:
“I’m going to take my wife, Ruth. We're now 51 years old, with two adult children, one grandchild and another on the way. We sold our house back in the fall of 2007 (so the kids couldn't come back!) and bought a motorhome. We figured that since we still had the family dog, it was a great way to explore and be able to do it with a pet. And it was. We spent five years traveling in the motorhome, including many of the winter months exploring all of Mexico.
But in the fall of 2011, our dog Whiskey passed away at age 15 1/2. As much as we missed her, this left us more free to travel the rest of the world. That's what we did and that’s what we intend to keep on doing.
It was so exciting just to get a phone call from Africa, let alone one that tells you you've won a free trip to visit Namibia and go on safari! We're thrilled to have been chosen, because this is one of those bucket list items that people dream about crossing off!"
Kevin and Ruth are going to be writing about their adventures in Namibia - follow them here:
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If you love your VW and Namibia, then this is just the competition for you...
In Namibia, we love our driving - probably because we have to do so much of it in a country that's as big and empty as ours! So what better way to win a holiday in Namibia than to remember our trusty cars that take us to all four corners of this beautiful land.
Celebrate 75 years of Volkswagen and win 75 Gondwana nights by entering the Gondwana Volkswagen Jubilee Competition.
The Gondwana Collection includes a host of top accommodation spots in Namibia from the river world of the Okavango to the highest dunes in Sossusvlei. Picking 75 nights will be easy!
All you have to do is post your favourite Volkswagen photo on Facebook or via email to email@example.com, add a short description and your email address. Upload as many photos as you like! But make sure each photo is less than 2MB.
Photo: Holger Grüttemeyer and his trusty VW
The top 3 photos with the most votes will each win a prize of 25 nights with breakfast at the Canyon Roadhouse or any other Gondwana lodge. Winners will be notified by email and receive a voucher for their respective share of the prize. Vouchers are valid until 31 December 2014. Vouchers are transferrable but cannot be exchanged for cash.
Please note: By participating in the Gondwana VW competition you are releasing your photos for publication on Facebook and other social media. We recommend that you keep the files rather small (200–400 KB) in order to guard against abuse.
The competition started on 10 June and closes on 31 August 2013. So hurry… Enter here and good luck!
Last year, we ran the Share My Namibia contest, where Facebook users could pick a dream itinerary. The winner, Vivienne Simon from Boston, was picked randomly from several thousand entries. She chose her sister, Jane, to take along - and after quickly mastering left hand side driving, the sisters were off on an epic road trip of Namibia. This is what the winner, Vivienne, had to say about her experience:
I love contests. I believe that the odds are against me winning. But I enter lots of contests anyway, because if you want to win, you have to play, right? So, when I saw that the Tourism Board of Namibia was hosting a contest to win a trip to Namibia, I filled out my name and email on Facebook, sent it in and forgot about it. And it was only weeks later that I was on the phone with my sister, asking if she would like to accompany me on my all expenses-paid trip to Africa... "No, this isn't a scam. Yes, it is for 2 people. Well, wanna go?!"
It had been about 15 years since my sister and I did any real traveling together. We visited Guatemala and Ecuador and traveled well together. This would be a chance not only to visit Africa, and see the big animals but to do this together. We had talked about taking a trip together in 2013 and here it was! We had also talked about our "bucket list" - Africa and the big five were at the top of our list.
It was as if our plans were overheard and magically manifested. The trip stretched beyond our expectations. The lodges were spectacular, the art, design, animals, landscapes...all fantastic. The trip was so well organized by Margo Bishop at ATI. We really just showed up and all the work was done.
We had a great time driving through Namibia, listening to music, catching up, reading out loud, taking in the landscape, sunsets, climbing the sand dunes, meeting with the Bushmen and new people, buying crafts and giving thanks for our great, good fortune.
All photos by our competition winners Jane and Viv on their Namibian adventure
Thanks, Jane and Viv for coming out to Namibia and we are thrilled you had such a good time!