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.


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

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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.

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…

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4C’s: Culture – Wolwedans Launches Namibian Music Video

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.Image 4

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….!


Wolwedans scoops up multiple 2014 Safari Awards


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.