November 2016 – Wilderness Safaris Namibia was honoured to receive a Gold Award from the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) at its annual Tourism Awards Gala held in Windhoek on Friday, 18 November. “Wilderness Safaris Namibia, the Group” was awarded gold status in the Lodge, Tented Lodges and Tented Camps category – the first time a collection of camps has been granted this prestigious recognition.
“We are extremely proud that each of our seven camps situated across the country’s remote wilderness regions garnered enough votes from our guests to receive individual Gold Awards in this year’s HAN Tourism Awards. HAN’s vision to advance Namibia as a global destination of choice is closely aligned to our efforts to offer life-changing journeys to Namibia’s incredible wilderness areas – in a way that not only promotes the richness of our unique tourism offering, but truly makes a difference to conservation and community empowerment at the same time”, said Louis Nortje, Wilderness Safaris Operations Manager.
With almost 400 members, HAN plays an important role in bringing the local tourism and hospitality community together in a collective effort to market Namibia as a world-leading destination. The annual HAN Tourism Awards Gala honours and celebrates the top performers in the industry, recognising service excellence and promoting best practice. This year’s event took place at the Sun Karros just outside Windhoek, and in addition to demonstrating the commitment, passion and teamwork of all its members, HAN also helped to raise funds for the Namibian Chefs Association and Save the Rhino Trust Namibia.
Since 1987, when Wilderness Safaris was first established in Namibia, the company has focused on creating a circuit of unique safari camps that use high-end ecotourism to create sustainable conservation-based economies. Today, Wilderness Safaris, along with its Namibian partners in conservancies, local communities, government, NGOs and the private sector, contributes to the sustainable conservation of nearly 20 000km² (two million hectares) of wild Namibia in and around key conservation areas that include the Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland and Kunene.
“Our environmentally-sensitive camps are situated in what we regard as the best, and some of the most remote, wilderness areas in the country. We are incredibly proud that our guests have recognised this and voted for us in the year’s HAN Awards. We are also proud that our model has been replicated by others in the industry and that together we have helped make Namibia a shining light in community-based ecotourism and conservation”, added Nortje. “We look forward to continuing offering life-changing journeys in our remarkable country and making an even bigger difference to the ongoing biodiversity of our wilderness areas”.