The International Green Week -Berlin in my own Words by Mighty Mwashekele

 

“What an experience to cook for a different audience in The Namibian way!!!”

It was something totally different and way beyond our expectations, friendly and beautiful people with open hearts, arms and appetites welcomed and enjoyed our meals and got a lot of positive feedback. Germany had a lot to offer. We went on different excursions were we got too see its rich historic background from the famous Berlin Wall to the 368 meters tall TV tower.

I loved the rotating restaurant and the view it has over Berlin. Simply Stunning!!!

We got the chance to try out different mouth-watering cuisines ranging from Togo to Asian then back to Kenya. If we could turn back the hand of time would be a most obvious thing to do.

Public transports are way different and kind of tricky compared to our everyday lives. Everyone seems to be in a rush and everything was quite fast and big. I love the fact that everyone is very friendly and actually hard working, it motivated me more that in order to achieve ones dreams hardwork is a must.

I now believe that one doesn’t necessarily have to go look for greener pastures elsewhere but rather water your own grass and it will eventually also become green.

Thank you a million times to the DEG, BMZ and everyone that contributed to this lifetime opportunity.

Kind regards,

Mighty Mwashekele

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My take on Berlin and the International Green Week 2016 by Uerihepura Mbuende

I would like to start by saying Berlin is a welcoming mega city, nothing I have ever experienced before.

It is safe to say that I had a lot of fun and learned a lot at the same time. I love the fact that Berlin is a multicultural city with many nations from all over the world. The people are welcoming, loving, respectful and polite.

We were fortunate enough to be under the care of the Namibian embassy in Berlin and they were helpful and made sure we were taken care of, I felt welcomed by them, thank you to them.

We went on so many different excursions where we got to see most, but not all part of the city since Berlin is such a big city. My favourite places were the Berlin wall, because I heard so much about this place and it was a privilege to see and touch it, the TV tower was breath-taking, highest point in Berlin which is 368m tall with a rotating restaurant (what else could you ask for?).

The food was amazing, rich in flavour and simply just beautiful. I had the best ever ceaser salad at the restaurant called Rosa and the best home-made cheese cake at Miss Sabine Huth place.

As for the International Green Week fair,  I learned so much at this fair; saw a lot of food items from different nations, for example,  donkey sausage and different types of olives.

Berlin was simply amazing and and I have nothing but good memories of my time spent there. I will take those good memories and use it to equip myself with strength and use them as a motivation to work hard, because the people in Germany are very hard working, I certainly will learn to be more caring and polite.

Things that we normally take for granted. I will start using the words thank you and please all the times. Because they say “Bitteschun” which means thank you, every time they speak.

Yours,

Uerihepura “Uerii” Mbuende

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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

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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

 

Wolwedans scoops up multiple 2014 Safari Awards

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Thanks to the huge leaps made by Wolwedans Collection of Camps in implementing sustainability goal posts, Namibia once again gains international acclaim as a forerunner in sustainability in Southern Africa.

 

Winner:  Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property in Africa - Dunes Lodge

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Wolwedans Dunes Lodge  has been awarded the prize of Best Ecologically Responsible Property in Africa by the Safari Awards. The award catapults Namibia to the forefront of eco-tourist ventures in Africa.Wolwedans has already contributed majorly to putting Namibia on the ‘sustainability map’  in when it has been nominated as one of three finalists under the conservation banner for the 2012 Tourism for Tomorrow awards. Every year the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognizes the very best in sustainable tourism. This Award is one of the highest accolades in the global Travel & Tourism industry. This achievement speaks volumes about the sustainability efforts the Wolwedans operation has been pursuing since its inception.

Winner: Best value property - Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

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The accolades are particularly noteworthy given the fact that more than 4000 vetted tour operators, travel agents and travel journalist were involved in the voting process.

In addition, nominees were selected from more than 1000 luxury travel professionals. The readers of notable publications such as that of Conde Nast Traveller, Tatler, Brides and Travel Africa Magazine all contributed towards the final result.

Runner up: Most romantic honeymoon room – Wolwedans Private Camp

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The awards recognize an establishment’s efforts to operate an environmentally friendly business, without compromising on excellent service delivery to clients. Wolwedans, which is situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, has been proven to adopt practices which benefit both nature and society, Through its use of solar energy, sustainable waste management and the promotion of conservation, Wolwedans was able to place first in the eco-tourism category.  For 2014, no other Namibian establishment was accorded a placement with the Safari Awards.

Vision Retreat open for registration now!

What?   Desert Coaching Retreat for Women

When?  Friday, 20th June – Saturday, 28th June 2014

Where? Wolwedans, NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

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Why?

Do you sometimes feel empty and disconnected from yourself?

Do you feel a burning desire to change your life, but you can’t see your visions clearly?

Or do you have amazing ideas, but you feel mentally blocked?

Who?

Heike 2VISION COACH Heike Kolles of Visionsmanufaktur invites adventurous women who long for a meaningful and fulfilled life to an extraordinary VisionRetreat experience in one of the most marvelous and breathtaking places in the world: the Wolwedans Collection in the private NamibRand Nature Reserve, being part of the oldest desert in the world. In a reign of silence and beauty she leads you on an unforgettable transformational journey to the depths of your soul connecting you with your deepest visions and dreams and helping you to turn them into reality. In the heart of the Namibian desert you will explore your heart’s desire, your soul’s purpose and discover ways to realize your dreams. 

How?

if you are interested see more info here…

or contact magdalena@wolwedans.com

 

Exploring Wolwedans from Horseback

You love the wide open spaces, dunes and vistas of NamibRand – and Wolwedans in particular? This month a long awaited dream has become reality: Wolwedans launches its Horseback Safaris – in association with Namibia Horse Safari Company.

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Now imagine the sensation of freedom when experiencing this magnificent landscape and it’s wild inhabitants from horseback. Other than walking, there can hardly be a better way to get up close and personal with nature. A brand new activity launched at Wolwedans Collection of Camps from September 2013, the Wolwedans Village is now complete with horse stables and a resident  professional horse guide. 

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The horseback safaris offered at Wolwedans can be tailored to suit each guests riding ability. Different options (always on a first come first serve basis) include a two hour mid-morning ride around the village, three to four hour morning or sunset rides with breakfast, or respectively, sundowners in the dunes, as well as day-rides (5 – 6 hours on horse back) with a picnic lunch served in the field (normally at Jagkop mountain).

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The horses range from gentle souls to more lively rides, once again dependant on each guests level of experience. For more information, please have a look at the different options for rides and feel free to enquire with your guide or our camp management.

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Introducing Megan – your resident Wolwedans Horse Guide

‘I did all my guiding training with Andrew Gilles as well as doing a lot of self study – I believe there is always more to know when you are a guide and I learn new things every day.

I have been working in the Namib for two years now, managing the horses as well as guiding all the safaris, including Sossusvlei and the Naukluft mountains.  I was also involved on camping trips, where I guided as well as cooked dinners and breakfasts on the fire.

I enjoy guiding as it gives me the opportunity to work with people from all over the world.  I get to learn about their cultures and I get to share my knowledge of the area I work in with them.  There are few things that make me happier than having a satisfied customer at the end of their safari with me.  I feel that the combination of horse and nature gives guests a different perspective and feel of our country and I thoroughly enjoy seeing them experience it first hand and at the same time falling in love with the horses.’

Wolwedans chosen to feature among Africa’s Top 50 Truly Sustainable Safari Camps

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Wolwedans Collection of Camps has been handpicked to feature in ‘Africa’s Finest‘, a brand-new coffee table book celebrating the most sustainable safari lodges and camps in Africa. Taking a deeper look at what it really means to run a sustainable and eco- friendly safari operation in Africa, the authors aim to simultaneously celebrate both the beauty of those camps that are run right and thereby add value to the preservation of their environment and its people, but to also expose the beast of the safari industry: ’the safari eco-pirates, cowboys, money launderers, green-washers and fence-sitters’.

Colin Bell, the cofounder and former CEO of the pioneering African travel company Wilderness Safaris, and now Great Plains’ CEO, along with environmental scientist David Bristow have teamed up and launched a revolutionary new book: Africa’s Finest. The book is the result of over two years of field work and writing. Illustrated with photographs taken by over 50 of Africa’s top photographers and in collaboration with a group of independent environmental scientists it is part reference, part coffee-table book.

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What this means in effect is that with Africa’s Finest’ a critical study of tourism in African has been undertaken resulting in an eye-opening book – which educates and delights at the same time. The book includes a check-list of sustainable practice, alerting the novice to look out for environmentally unfriendly practices – literally the other side of the coin often found hiding behind the shiny facades of glamorous lodges praising themselves as being premiere ecotourism destinations.

Bell & Bristow on what they hope Africa’s Finest will achieve:

‘We hope it will become a game changer in the safari tourism industry in helping to reverse many of the negative trends and declines in Africa’s wildlife. We believe Africa’s Finest will become a valuable tool for travel consultants who sell Africa and for potential travellers to Africa to help them decide where they should stay’

17699-TechHouse Through the book’s outstanding photography & field work it tells remarkable stories about Africa’s remaining untouched wilderness, but among these is a more sombre tale;  the book’s foreward by Morne Du Plessis, WWF South Africa’s CEO, points to the cover photo of a giant tusker: ‘this very elephant is dead (probably from a poacher’s bullet), and possibly all large-tusked elephants in the wild will be shot out in the not-too-distant future along with all wild dogs and possibly most free-roaming lions and cheetahs’.

The book’s intention is to give hope and solutions for conservation, ways in which we can all contribute to the changing world to conserve what’s left of Africa’s wilderness.

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‘If Africa’s wild places, and the people associated with them, are to be there to greet our children, their survival can be positively affected by business, specifically a transformed, nurturing, all-inclusive safari and wildlife industry. The operations that follow sustainable and renewable tourism models and partnerships, will be the ones that secure a future for the wildlife, the extraordinary cultures and people living in or around game reserves, as well as the very land on which all this depends.

 

Family Friendly Private Camp

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Wolwedans Private Camp is located in a quiet and idyllic valley. This splendid suite caters for four guests exclusively. It is the perfect getaway for families, honeymooners or individuals seeking uncompromising privacy and solitude. 

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Private Camp is a safe, private retreat in the desert and makes for a perfect family getaway. Menus and special requirements for the children can be discussed with the designated staff, including a private guide and private chef. The villa has its very own waterhole, allowing for exclusive game watching all day long…

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Guided activities such as scenic drives, scenic flights, hot-air ballooning and nature walks can be arranged either exclusively for you (at an extra charge) or to be shared with other lodge or camp guests.

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Private Camp is your special home at Wolwedans. It demands nothing much of you, but to relax and enjoy the ever-changing colours of the desert.

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Private Camp offers two spacious en-suite bedrooms, a ‘Sala’ where one can laze away siestas, various decks and the central lounge, combining a study, living room, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. Its open-plan design allows uninterrupted views of the surrounding nature.

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Family Hux: ‘My family of four (two boy ages 2 and 4) stayed at Private Camp which was perfect. We didn’t have to worry about disturbing other guests and our daily activities were planned around our needs. We had a chef (who cooked child-appropriate food on request), maid and guide. The guide, Felix, was the best we have experienced to date: extremely knowledgable, very friendly and fantastically patient with the children. The camp was situated in front of a waterhole set in stunning wilderness. I felt it was a safe environment for the children and we didn’t come across any big bugs in the camp. Sand-dune walks with the kids highly recommended. They also came on drives for 3 hours and were fine. If you are at all worried that the ‘children are too young’ – don’t be. We all had a trip-of-a-lifetime which will be remembered one-way-or-another buy all of us.’