Issue 3 (November 2008) A number of Namibia Wildlife Resorts properties are to be given a facelift following a deal with private business.
Daan Viljoen, Von Bach, Reho Spa and the four camp sites in the West Coast Recreation Area will all be upgraded together with each of the petrol stations at NWR camps.
The Managing Director of NWR, Tobie Aupindi, said: “With so many facilities in its portfolio, it was not possible for NWR to address the investment and intervention needs of all facilities at one go. Public Private Partnerships provided a mechanism for attracting investment and bringing the standards of the infrastructure and service to levels consistent with the current market demands”.
Tobie Aupindi was appointed in 2006 with the brief to turn NWR from a loss-making enterprise into a profit-making one. Since then NWR has upgraded its key facilities at Okaukuejo, Halali, Namutoni, Waterberg and Terrace Bay. It has also developed two new camps – Sossus Dune Lodge in the Namib Naukluft and the eco-friendly Onkoshi Camp in Etosha National Park.
Under the company Prosperity Africa, N$40 million will be invested in Daan Viljoen turning it into a wellness and lifestyle centre with accommodation, conference facilities and a spa. Von Bach is destined for a much bigger development, with an investment of N$450 million from Tungeni Investments.
The remaining upgrades include plans for a new lodge at Mile 14 and N$6.6 million improvements at Mile 72, 108 & Jakkalsputz camping grounds.