Namibian Institute of Culinary Education (NICE) graduate chefs cook up a storm in Berlin

International Green Week - Berlin 2016

International Green Week – Berlin 2016

Two graduate chefs from the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education (NICE), Uerihepura Mbuende and Mighty-Power Mwashekele, cooked up a storm with their dish when they participated in a live cooking show at the International Green Week in Berlin in Germany.

The live cooking show at the world’s leading consumer trade fair and exhibition for agriculture, food and horticulture from January 15-24 was part of an entertaining and informative programme of events on the topic of agriculture and food supplies in developing countries. It was organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) under the slogan “A world without hunger is possible”. The two chefs were very excited to showcase their cooking skills and introduce contemporary Namibian cuisine to the German audience. Their mouthwatering dish – “Namibian style” beef fillet with traditional pap and sweet potato fries – was prepared in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative audience which consisted of trade fair visitors, students, journalists, and members of the Namibian Embassy in Berlin.

Anyone who had a chance to taste the food confirmed that it was delicious and worth the wait. Mwashekele said: “It was a great privilege to be part of the International Green Week. We met friendly people with open hearts and arms and healthy appetites who enjoyed our meals. The feedback we received was very positive and we learned a lot.” Mbuende and Mwashekele’s participation at the Green Week and their stay in Berlin was sponsored and facilitated by the German Investment and Development Company (DEG) and the BMZ, both of which have supported the training programme at the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education NICE in the past. The Namibian chef finishing and hospitality training school has attracted global attention by being featured, for example, on CNN’s famous-African Voices programme and Germany’s ARD, one of the world’s biggest public broadcasters.

Founded in 2006 by the local business personality, Stephan Brückner, NICE has helped many young Namibians to achieve their goals and live their dreams in the booming hospitality industry. According to Mwasheke, “all graduates who pass through the NICE training programme have a good chance to secure employment, both locally and internationally”.

The International Green Week is an annual event which was initiated in 1926 and today hosts about 1,660 exhibitors from around the globe. In its 90th year and attracting around 400,000 visitors, it showcases the global food industry and highlights innovations in the fields of agriculture and horticulture. During their stay in Germany, the Namibian chefs also had the opportunity to experience the exciting Berlin restaurant and food scene which includes esoteric food halls, street food markets, numerous food-related start-ups and gourmet Michelin-starred establishments.

“Berlin was amazing and what’s left of it is just good memories. I will take those good memories and use it to equip myself with strength and motivation to work hard, because the people in Germany are very hard working. I will learn to be more caring and polite. Things that we normally take for granted.” – Uerihepura Mbuende

Asian food was a highlight for Mbuende, as he “never imagined it could be that tasty”. Inspired, he is already considering integrating Asian flavours into his own recipes back home, something that visitors to the NICE restaurant surely can look forward to.

Experience the Wonder of Boulders Safari Camp

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Take a moment to imagine your next vacation. Resist the temptation to mentally list a myriad of reasons as to why  “right now is not the best time” to be thinking of such frivolous notions. You’re a person. You’re alive and while you’re still able to breathe, to feel and to dream, you owe it to yourself to take a moment to just relax.  And believe or not, we’re here to offer you a glimpse into one of many possible futures for you. Comfort, relaxation and elegance could be yours in the form of Wolwedans Boulders Safari Camp. Wide open landscapes, mesmerizing sunsets, attentive staff, professional service and gourmet desert cuisine are just part and parcel of the incredible tented facility in the southern part of Namibia.


Located within the NamibRand Nature Reserve, and part of the Wolwedans Collection, Boulders is the perfect culmination of an environmentally-conscience ethos combined with impeccable style and charm. The striking facility is surrounded by the endless plains of the world’s oldest desert. Uniquely positioned between towering granite rocks, it exudes a certain magical quality. The seemingly paradoxical contrast of vast open spaces and closely woven rock structures is simply breathtaking.

As a guest at Boulders, you’ll be waited on by a dedicated and friendly team. After an informative desert drive, you can while away the hours in a cooled salt-based plunge pool. The delicious aromas of dinner will lure you to the dining area as night time approaches. Later, you can unwind in the lounge and take your pick of books from our distinguished private library or simply enjoy the pampering that awaits you in your spacious bed.

Wolwedans is beckoning, hear the call.



Nature Photographer Shoots at Wolwedans

A peek into the life of ANTONIO VIZCAINO


Wolwedans was honoured with the presence of world famous photographer and conservationist, Antonio Vizcaino. With more than 30 published books and innumerable projects to his name, the photographer has an impressive repertoire. The celebrated Mexican spent time at NamibRand Nature Reserve as part of the “Global Wild Lands Philanthropy” project. The initiative will see Vizcaino traveling the world in search of conservation areas, reserves and parks, which incorporate nature conservation and sustainable practices into the core of their operations. It goes without saying, the destinations are in pristine environmental condition; adding to their visual appeal as locations of exquisite beauty. Wolwedans was named one of the few choice locations to be included in the project.

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The keen-eyed photographer hails from Mexico and honed his natural skill behind the lens at the International Centre of Photography in New York City, where he acquired his formal training. His hobbies include a love of traveling. When pressed to reveal his favourite destination in the world, he smiles and takes a moment to ponder. Clearly having seen so many noteworthy locations has left him with several options to consider. At length, after pointing out that the Namib Desert is quite unique in its vistas, the Latin American drew attention to three locations within South America. In no particular order, he named Baja California, Mexicana; Atacama Desert, Chile and Petagonia, Brazil among the places worth visiting for any serious nature photographer.


Drive into the New Year In Style



Each year brings with it new opportunities for growth, reflection and recreation.


Porsche visited Wolwedans recently on a tour through Namibia. While in the Namib, the vehicles moved in a coordinated pattern, leaving a visible trail in their wake. Try as one might, it would be impossible to overlook Porsche at Wolwedans.

The German manufactured vehicles cruised across the desert plains with agility, elegance and grace. The group of cars was driven in sequence, exhibiting teamwork and precision that left observers in awe of the spectacle. Fine workmanship and attractive bodywork are the hallmarks of the brand. No detail is left to chance, rather much care, time and effort is invested into creating a product superior quality.  Numerous international awards for “Highest Ranked Brand” bear testament to the fact.

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After seeing this amazing feat unfold, one can but draw parallels to reality.

Often life equips us with the very tools we need to exist, achieve and be fulfilled in our lives. It takes single-minded purpose of thought, a plan and a willingness to take action, for tangible results to be obtained. With the New Year already upon us, let’s take stock of the past 365 days and determine to make 2015 a year worth remembering.

Wishing you all a productive and prosperous year ahead.

Namibian Chefs Head To Germany


In partnership with the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N), four students from the Namibia Institute of Culinary Education (NICE) were able to participate in a cultural exchange programme at the Robert Wetzlar Berufskolleg (RWB) der Stadt Bonn.

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After several weeks of anticipation, the girls were finally ready to begin their journey on 30 September 2014. They were whisked off to the Hosea Kutako International Airport by private shuttle and were heartily welcomed with garlands upon arrival in Frankfurt. None of the trainees had ever visited Germany before and all but one, had never traveled by air.  Even the high-speed train trip to Cologne proved rather exhilarating. The entire experience was to be quite an adventure for our culinary ambassadors!

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Representing the chefs department were Beauranzia Louw-Sauls (left), Hirodina Sangunji (second left) and Yvette Naris (far right). The Food and Beverage Services Department was represented by Nelao Ngondji (third from right). The four ladies were selected by their instructors based on demonstrated competence in their chosen field, passion for the trade and an ability to adapt to different environments. They are seen in the image above with the principal of the RWB college (second from right).

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While in Germany, the girls attended classes at the Robert Wetzlar Breufskolleg (vocational training college); conducted a week of work observation at the KSI Hotel and had the privilege of visiting several sites of historical and/ or cultural significance. Floating on the river Rhine, strolling through Pützschens Markt and beholding the renowned “Kölner Dom” (Cologne Cathedral) are among the activities, which stand out as highlights for the culinary quartet. The ladies also showcased their own culture by dressing up in traditional attire to perform the “Nama Stap” and an Oshiwambo song for the benefit of their German counterparts.

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Our girls had this to say:

It was very interesting to see how a college abroad trains it students to become qualified professionals”.  Hirodina

We realised that having the right equipment makes a big difference to the efficiency of a kitchen and it might even affect the taste of the food. In Germany, the ovens and other kitchen implements seemed to work so much more efficiently”. Yvette

We also learnt that no matter where one works, it is very important to cooperate with others in your working environment”. Nelao

Thank you MCAN for making our trip possible! None of us had ever been to Germany before and the trip really opened our eyes to ‘the real world’ ”. Beauranzia

Wolwedans Private Camp Re-Launched!

The waiting period is finally over- the newly constructed suite at Wolwedans Private Camp is fully operational!

With a refreshing plunge pool, a spacious deck and a brand new luxury suite, visitors to the site can now enjoy a heightened experience of the camp.

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The location comes complete with a personal chef and is perfect for couples seeking some seclusion. The camp can now host a maximum of 3 couples. For exclusive use of the camp, a minimal occupation fee will be requested.

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Should you wish to make a booking, please feel free to contact our reservations team. The details are as follows:

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Food for the Soul – VisionRetreat @Wolwedans

Think beyond the realm of the obvious. Join Heike Kolles for an interactive VisionRetreat at Wolwedans this season.


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The VisionRetreat has been handcrafted for women with a burning desire to change their lives. Women who dream of living a life of fulfillment and meaning; who despite making several efforts to attain their goals, find themselves feeling tired, empty and disconnected.


If you are in a similar situation, the VisionRetreat is for you!

When:  Saturday, 15th November – Friday, 21 November 2014

Where: Wolwedans Private Camp, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Why: Embark on a transformational journey: re-think, re-feel and redesign your life!

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If you are interested see more info here…

or contact



Indigenous Desert Trackers Return To Historical Homeland

For the first time in the history of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, visitors to Wolwedans are now able to experience a guided track through the world’s oldest desert with descendants of the prehistoric natives of the area. The excursion is of particular interest because the guides who conduct the activity are of Khwe heritage, an ethnic group which forms part of a nation of people who may sometimes be collectively referred to as “Bushmen” or “San”.



Known historically for their aptitude as skilled hunter-gatherers, the San have mastered the art of interpreting patterns in nature. Such patterns may include animal prints or tracks, elements of weather and changes in vegetation. As a consequence of their nomadic lifestyles, San people in Namibia have often fallen subject to ridicule, mistreatment, marginalization and in some cases ethnocide. Throughout the annals of history, their way of life, cultural heritage and even their language has come under threat. Encouraging cultural diversity and promoting the upliftment of all human beings regardless of their creed or race are values which Wolwedans holds dear.

The use of Khwe guides at Wolwedans is certainly a feat that the Team is very proud of. The initiative would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Traditional Environmental Knowledge and Outreach Academy (TEKOA), which strives to preserve indigenous knowledge about: traditional culture; the art of tracking and the medicinal value of selected flora or fauna.


By providing employment to the Khwe, entire families from a disadvantaged community are given an opportunity to become financially self-sufficient. The new activity is a testament to Wolwedans’ commitment to the upliftment of local communities whilst simultaneously adding value to each guest experience. Ultimately the development of community, culture, conservation and commerce is central to the Wolwedans Way.


Wolwedans Attracts International Fashion House

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We’ve always known that Wolwedans is one of the most visually striking locations on the planet for fashion shoots, but once again, the world has shown that it agrees with our view!


With the latest issue of “The Look” magazine, readers can admire the distinct beauty of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The pages are a collage of vivid colours, crafty layout, gorgeous models and an outstanding portrayal of the location. The magazine published images secured by Paul Kehl Zurich, the PKZ fashion house.


The fashion house visited Wolwedans in 2014 to take some exquisite shots of their fashion line. Identified by their production team as a scenic location of note, Wolwedans did not disappoint. With vast open spaces, piercing blue skies and mesmerizing multi-coloured dunes, the photographers had the perfect backdrop for an array of photographic exploits.  The combination of skilled artists behind the camera, attractive personalities beyond the camera and magnificent landscapes surrounding the camera, resulted in an exceptional photo shoot  with a uniquely Namibian flavour. watch the behind the scenes video


To view the eye-catching ensembles for yourself simply visit the PKZ webpage:

Let “The Look” inspire you this spring.

New Suite at Wolwedans Private Camp

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Wolwedans is pleased to announce the inauguration of the newly enhanced Private Camp. The improved facilities now offer guests an opportunity to bask in the exquisite surroundings whilst relaxing on an enlarged deck; or take a refreshing dip into the newly installed plunge pool on site. By far the most noteworthy addition to the Camp is the construction of an additional suite. The sprawling new chamber will serve as the master bedroom; spacious, tastefully decorated and conveniently located near both the pool and the deck.

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Not only is the new suite visually appealing, but the structure complies with the Wolwedans blue print for building designs that have a low impact on the environment. In line with the Wolwedans way, the additions to Private Camp were constructed using poles, elevated wooden decks and roll-up canvas walls. The facility is entirely powered by solar energy. This combination of characteristics enable Private Camp to be fully functional, whilst causing little or no harm to the delicate Namib desert.

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With the new chalet in place, Private Camp can now comfortably accommodate up to six individuals. Couples or groups wishing to secure the location exclusively will be requested to cover the minimal occupation fee. Guests are encouraged to contact our reservations desk for more information.

If you are interested in finding out more about Wolwedans Private Camp please click here