NWR’s Dolomite Camp opens 2011
18 Jun 2010
Windhoek-Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has started constructing a new lodge, Dolomite Camp in Etosha National Park, which will become the tourism company’s 5th lodge in the country’s largest and wildlife-rich national park.NWR, wholly owned by the government, said that the camp, which is a response to market demands, will be constructed along the same eco-friendly infrastructural design as other facilities which were constructed in pristine national parks like Sossus Dune Lodge and Onkoshi Camp.Dolomite Camp is situated in the western parts of Etosha National Park, Namibia’s tourism draw card. The camp will offer an intimate experience of one of the most scenic areas of the Etosha. Dolomite Camp, which is expected to be completed in 2011, is situated in an area which used to be the breeding ground of endangered species such as Black Rhino.“With Dolomite Camp – a facility nestled amongst the rocky dolomite outcrops, NWR aims to produce a profound and world class, first of its kind product inside the biodiversity-rich western part of Etosha and moreover present to its clients a wilderness experience that is unmatched in terms of privacy and landscape viewing,” NWR said.“This highly anticipated product, which is expected to increase tourism traffic in and around Western Etosha, Damaraland and the Great Kunene region, will be the third new tourism facility built by NWR since the implementation of the turnaround strategy,” NWR said.Minister of environment and tourism Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said that Dolomite Camp will benefit communities in the Kunene region through partnerships with local communities.“Areas for collaboration and empowerment are already being identified and nurtured. Preliminary discussions with the Ehirovipuka conservancy regarding the possible provision of meat products from their newly developed meat processing facility have already taken place.“These are the types of initiatives that will make our conservancy programme a success, and lead to empowerment and independence,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.The minister heaped praise on NWR, which she said is making significant contributions to ‘sustainable growth’ and has created 200 jobs since its turnaround strategy started in 2007.NWR has become a stepping stone for young Namibians into the private tourism sector and despite a barrage of negative media attention, the state owned tourism company has almost doubled its revenue from R87 million to R169 million between 2006 and 2009.“This revenue is ploughed back into the national economy through the purchase of goods and services. Herein lie the opportunities to engage with individuals, communities and SMEs as providers of such goods and services, and to develop these providers to a point where they become confident and competitive in the private arena,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.