Today one of Southern Africa’s largest private nature reserves, NamibRand Nature Reserve is a role model demonstrating holistic biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability.
NamibRand Nature Reserve, a vast privately owned reserve covering almost 200 000 hectares bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, is situated south of Sossusvlei in southwestern Namibia. Synonymous with some of Africa’s most breathtaking locations, the Reserve originated in 1992 as the dream of the late J.A. (Albi) Brückner – to extend desert frontiers by integrating a large number of former livestock farms. To date, thirteen former livestock farms have been rehabilitated into a single continuous natural habitat. The result is a sanctuary free of fences allowing the wildlife to once again roam their habitat unhindered.
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a non-profit private nature reserve. All landowners belonging to the Reserve have signed agreements and adopted a constitution that sets aside the land for conservation – now and in the future. The Reserve is financially self-sustaining mainly through high quality, low- impact tourism. The Nature Reserve has an independent webpage, have a look at www.namibrand.org.
The main objective of NamibRand Nature Reserve is the conservation of this beautiful land on a self-sustainable basis. Each lodge or operation on the Reserve is limited to 20 beds each. This strict code of ethics assures that this wilderness paradise accommodates only a limited number of guests at a time. In fact at NamibRand we care so much for the land that we commit to a 1 bed to 1000 hectares of nature ratio. This means that as a guest at Wolwedans you have about two million square meters of wilderness to yourself… a refuge free of tour buses and overland trucks. This luxury of space makes the reserve the pristine destination it is today.
Over 6 years ago, NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of Africa’s largest private nature reserves, expanded its conservation role to include the preservation of the star-filled nighttime skies that shine above its dunes and mountains. These efforts in night sky conservation have earned the reserve high honors with the International Dark-Sky Association, which acknowledges the NamibRand Nature Reserve as an International Dark Sky Reserve.
NamibRand invites true nature lovers to share its dream. As a visitor you help sustain the land by paying a fixed daily park fee, which is channeled directly into the conservation of the Nature Reserve.