News & Events from June 2019

Responsible Tourism Awards 2019 winners announced at the Namibia Tourism Expo

Lara Potma of Pack Safaris, and Jason Nangolo representing Wolwedans

Photo: Lara Potma of Pack Safari, and Jason Nangolo representing Wolwedans.

The winners of the 2019 Responsible Tourism Awards (RTA) were announced at the Namibia Tourism Expo yesterday.

In the category for accommodation establishments Wolwedans Collection (Dune Camp) walked away as the winner while the runners-up were Wilderness Safaris Desert Rhino Camp and Gondwana Kalahari Anib Lodge.

Wolwedans Dune Camp provides the perfect base from which to explore vast stretches of pristine nature where guests can encounter small and large desert dwellers, intriguing flora and fascinating geology. The charm of the camp lies in its tranquil, intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era. During its most recent sustainability assessment by Eco Awards Namibia, Wolwedans Dune Camp scored very well – achieving full marks in the sections for Management, Conservation, Energy and Guiding – over 90% overall.

In the category for tour operators the winner was Pack Safari while the runners-up were Sense of Africa (Tourvest) and Wild Dog Safaris. Pack Safari is an established, reputable Namibian inbound tour operator with extensive experience and broad knowledge of Southern Africa. Pack Safari designs superior tours, incorporating the most inspirational places, nature and cultures that Southern Africa has to offer. Although Namibia is the heart of their operation, their expertise and passion extends past Namibia’s borders, into South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The combination of their love for places and people, and their keen dedication to unsurpassed service, ensures that each tour is unique and extraordinary. During the recent sustainability assessment by Eco Awards Namibia, Pack Safari achieved an excellent score against internationally benchmarked criteria.

The Responsible Tourism Awards, initiated by Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), aim to acknowledge and reward tourism operators in accommodation establishments who practise ecotourism in their operations as well as those who invest in the communities where they operate. The awards are linked to the Namibia Tourism Expo, an annual event which brings together tourism operators from Namibia and neighbouring countries to network and market their products and services.

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