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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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.

Drive into the New Year In Style

DISCOVER WHAT DRIVES YOU

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

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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

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.

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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: info@wolwedans.com

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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.

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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 magdalena@wolwedans.com

 

 

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.

Magical Destination Weddings at Wolwedans Collection of Camps

Imagine standing on top of a dune next to your loved one, your toes caressed by the warm and soft dune sand and your eyes set on endless plains covered in a shimmer of silver grass. For this special moment this kingdom is yours. At Wolwedans you can realize what many couples dream of: A small and intimate wedding, set in one of the most visually spectacular places on earth.

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I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all that you did for Paul and I in the run up to the wedding. Our stay with you at Wolwedans Dune Camp could not have been more perfect. Everything was absolutely magical from the second we entered the gates to the second we left. We both really appreciate everything you did and all the many questions you answered over the months. Again, such a big thank you. Our expectations were high but Wolwedans exceeded them :)  

Marianne & Paul Craik

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You can celebrate your special moment along with your family and friends. At Wolwedans we can accommodate wedding parties from two to forty in numbers. Guests can be booked into the sophisticated Dunes Lodge or the slightly more rustic but equally charming Dune Camp.

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The Wolwedans team will glady go the extra mile to make your wedding extra special by adding those personal touches. Be it the three tiered wedding cake, your choice of flowers, personalized decorations or any other wish that would make your wedding even more memorable!

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We have a number of qualified marriage officers that we can call upon who will marry you according to your wishes. This could be by means of a spiritual ceremony, a religious service or by civil ceremony. The ceremony could be in the early morning (recommended during summer) or in the late afternoon. We can arrange everything from air charters to the bridal bouquet and a lovely four-course wedding dinner or champagne breakfast in the dunes.

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For a designer ceremony contact Dr. Willem Moore – a Namibian registered Officiant of Rites of Passage Ceremonies who provides clients with the opportunity of completely individualised and tailor made religious, inter-religious, non-religious or gay/same-sex marriage/civil union ceremonies. He has been conducting weddings in the almost spiritual environs and breathtaking landscapes of Namibrand since 1995 and is the initiator of a unique approach to relationships and love that also provides couples that once married, or entered into civil unions at Wolwedans, with the opportunity of successive rites of passage ceremonies such as initiations (baptisms) and confirmations.

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The NamibRand Nature Reserve in the Namib Desert is one of the most unique venues in the world for a wedding, and certainly the most remote. After almost a decade of facilitating such dreams for a privileged number of fortunate couples from all over the world, we would be delighted if the next wedding at Wolwedans was yours.

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“Wolwedans is an amazing wedding venue. The breathtaking location and beautiful camp was complemented by a friendly, welcoming and caring team, not to mention the charming priest. It was the perfect start for our life together.” 

Paul & Helen Jackman

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Destination weddings at Wolwedans have become a regular feature at our lodges and camps and the Wolwedans team has grown well accustomed to treat wedding couples to an extra warm welcome.

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To speak the words ‘I do’ out into the colours of the wild, to truly experience a magical union with both your loved one and nature itself, is a unique and utterly romantic idea.

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As the bride and groom however, we suggest that you spend your wedding night at the idyllic and remote Wolwedans Private Camp, romantically set in an enchanting valley and probably one of the most private places you will ever discover.

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Alternatively, your special night could be in the elegant and stylish Mountain View Suite, a private chalet adjoining the Wolwedans Dunes Lodge with magnificent views over the Chateaux Plains.

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Wolwedans Boulders Camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans portfolio of camps and lends itself to intimate wedding parties of up to eight people.

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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.’