Issue 3 (November 2008) 1 New camp at Etosha’s Andersson’s Gate
Safari & Adventure Co has opened its first Namibian camp. It is called Andersson’s Camp and is situated less than five kilometres from Andersson’s Gate to Etosha. It has its own popular waterhole and looks out onto a low range of hills named the Ondundozonanadana Range.
In keeping with Safari & Adventure Co’s mandate, care has been
taken at this camp to make it as environmentally friendly as possible,
using a variety of methods to reduce the footprint on the area.
This eco-sensitive lodge provides a safe and down-to-earth experience
for small groups, families and independent travellers to Etosha. Safari
& Adventure Co is an independent division operating within the
Wilderness Safaris Group.
2 Desert Rhino Camp
Desert Rhino Camp in the Palmwag Concession reopened in June following
a major upgrade. The Wilderness Safaris’ classic-style camp now has
more comfortable safari-era tents. The camp continues to offer desert
rhino tracking in partnership with the Save the Rhino Trust.
3 New rooms at Okonjima
The home of the AfriCat Foundation, Okonjima, has added a luxurious
honeymoon suite to its bush camp. The bush camp is situated on the edge
of a wilderness area and enjoys complete privacy. Okonjima has also
recently opened ten new rooms in its main camp, which used to be a
guest farm. These rooms offer affordable comfort with individual
verandahs from where you can look out onto the reserve. Okonjima is 50
kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in North Central Namibia.
4 Olive grove opulence
The Olive Grove Guesthouse has opened a garden suite which it claims is
the most stylish room in Windhoek. It is perfect for couples wanting a
romantic and luxurious start or end to their holiday. It has a private
garden, double queen beds and an infinity pool which allows guests to
enjoy tranquil sunsets with views over a private olive grove and the
mountains of Windhoek. Guests can dine al fresco on their private deck
or inside the suite next to an open fire. There is a private computer
for internet access and an iPod docking station.
5 Refurbishment for Protea Namibia
The United Africa Group (UAG), which held the majority shares in Protea
Hotels Namibia, has bought shares from Protea Hotels South Africa to
turn the company into a one hundred per cent Namibian-owned venture.
Haddis Tilahun, Managing Director of UAG, said that this latest
business venture was another UAG strategy to enhance Namibia’s status
as a tourism hub and help showcase the excellent hospitality industry
in the country.
Currently Protea Hotels Namibia owns Hotel Fürstenhof, Pelican Bay
Hotel, Sea-View Hotel Zum Sperrgebiet, Pandu Ondangwa Lodge, Zambezi
Lodge, African Pride Burning Shore, and the latest addition to the
portfolio, the Thüringerhof. Three of these top hotels have received
multi-million dollar refurbishments which are nearing completion and
will enhance their looks, comfort and service value.