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.
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.
DISCOVER WHAT DRIVES YOU
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.
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.
A CULINARY CULTURAL EXCHANGE
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.
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!
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).
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.
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 MCA‐N 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
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.
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.
Should you wish to make a booking, please feel free to contact our reservations team. The details are as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think beyond the realm of the obvious. Join Heike Kolles for an interactive VisionRetreat at Wolwedans this season.
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!
If you are interested see more info here…
or contact email@example.com
Last Thursday 3rd April saw the launch of the brand new Tonetic music video ‘Undefended’ at Nice Restaurant and Bar. The beautiful courtyard at Windhoek’s most contemporary social hub was packed to the brim with members of Windhoek’s Art Scene and Film Industry. The event started off with a few acoustic songs performed by Tonetic & Shishani, a captivating duo that is known for their harmonic voices.
Don Stevenson, Poet, prolific graphic designer and lecturer, then officially opened the event pointing out the importance of art offering different perspectives on reality. He took an excursion into the meaning of love highlighting the similarities of both love and art being of a transcendent quality and thus in an ever changing state of flux.
The song “Undefended”, which is essentially about love and loss, is a real humdinger and has already been getting a lot of local airplay. Jana Eleanor Brückner, Director and Producer for “Undefended” further delivered a short introduction to the video, in which she relayed the most important ingredient behind making it happen: “I have decided from the beginning that this video is a ‘no money production’- not to be mistaken with a ‘low budget production’, she said with a smile.
The magic captured in the video comes from the love that has been put into this – from all sides. It was all about the resources and expertise everyone could bring to the party. Talking about money would have taken something away from this….” Nonetheless ‘Undefended’ would not have been possible without the generous contribution by the NamibRand Nature Reserve and the Wolwedans Foundation, whose ‘in kind’ support of the logistics and access to one of the most visually spectacular places on this planet have made the project possible. The Wolwedans Foundation has previously been instrumental in the promotional of local musicians in the past years by co-sponsoring a number of Namibian Music Festivals.
As the background to the ‘Undefended’ Music Video Tonetic has published this statement on his Fan page: “A few years back I started an acoustic affair with Shishani, we’ve made quite a number of hemi-semi-demi-quavered babies since… (and) I’m super happy that she features as my musical mistress in the upcoming video for ‘Undefended’.
Of the Cinematography and editing of the ‘Undefended’ video he says: “The technical side was down to two ridiculously passionate and intelligent people, Liberty & Laurent from Endemic Productions. What I think of them is a bit beyond my vocabulary… it would be sinful of me not to work with them again… and again!” ’Undefended’ was recorded by Christian Poloni and Antonio Vilas at NBC Studios in Windhoek.
The video has already made ripples across the internet…enjoying over 3000 views on Vimeo in the first two days and close to 1500 views on Youtube….!
WATCH ‘UNDEFENDED’ HERE
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.’