Namibia Wildlife Resorts presents Annual Report with Clean Audit


Windhoek, 10 May 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Board and Management presented its annual report to the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises, Minister Iipumbu Shiimi, on the 9th of May 2023. The company announced that it had achieved a clean audit for the first time, indicating its commitment to effective governance and accountability.


During the year under review, NWR managed to cut its operating loss by 66%, from N$97 million in 2021 to N$33 million in 2022. Revenue improved by 74%, from N$167 million in 2021 to N$290 million. This remarkable effort reflects NWR’s dedication to sustainability and innovation, as well as its ongoing efforts to streamline operations and enhance customer experience. While NWR is still in a loss-making situation, the company’s management is confident that if the same improvement trend continues, a profit is certain in the near future. NWR remains committed to delivering exceptional service to its guests and exploring new ways of enhancing its service offerings.


In addition to financial performance, NWR is proud to report that it is in compliance with statutory requirements and governance regulations. The Governance Agreement and board members’ Performance Agreements with the Shareholder, as envisaged by the Public Enterprises Governance Act, 2019 (Act No.1 of 2019) are being finalised, ensuring that NWR continues to uphold the highest standards of corporate responsibility.


The Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise, Mr Iipumbu Shiimi congratulated NWR for once again setting a great example in presenting its audit report on time. “Allow me to thank the NWR team for setting a great example in finalising its audit on time. This is not something that is common in the State Owned Enterprise sector. This achievement reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire NWR team, and it underscores the company’s commitment to transparency and accountability” he said.


The Chairman of the board, Ambassodor Haroldt /Urib highlighted NWR’s commitment to ensuring Namibians get an opportunity to experience leisure travel. “As in previous years, NWR is dedicated to introducing specials and discounts to its domestic market, aimed at encouraging domestic travellers to sign up for, and use, the Namleisure card. The Namleisure card entitles Namibians to a 50% discount on accommodation and is aimed at promoting tourism within the country. The company is pleased to note that new cardholders for the domestic market continue to grow, providing an opportunity for Namibians to visit and know their own country” the Chairperson said.


Overall, NWR’s Annual Report reflects a commitment to excellence in all areas of its operations. The company remains dedicated to providing exceptional service to its guests, while also upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and accountability.

Helalia Johannes to Attempt Record Break at NWR Annual Half Marathon


Windhoek, 9 May 2023 –Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is excited to announce that Helalia Johannes, an accomplished Namibian long-distance runner, will attempt to break her own national half-marathon record at the NWR Annual Half Marathon on May 27, 2023.


Helalia Johannes is a four-time Olympian and has participated in three World Championships. She has won a Commonwealth Games title and a World Championships bronze medal. Johannes holds national records for the 10,000 meters, half-marathon, and marathon distances.


During the race, Helalia will be joined by pacers to help her maintain the necessary speed for her record-breaking attempt. She will also have a constant supply of water throughout the race. The current Namibian half-marathon record, held by Johannes, stands at 1:07:49.


The NWR Annual Half Marathon takes place at the picturesque Gross Barmen Resort in Okahandja. It offers race distances of 5, 10, and 21 kilometers, welcoming both seasoned runners and beginners. The event aims to promote wellness, healthy lifestyles, and conservation efforts. The marathon will generate funds to support anti-poaching initiatives and rhino conservation programs.


“We are thrilled to have Helalia Johannes attempt to break the Namibian half-marathon record at our event. We believe this will inspire other runners to challenge themselves and join our cause,” said Dr. Matthias Ngwangwama, Managing Director of NWR.


To register for the NWR Annual Half Marathon and support this fantastic cause, visit the official website at


About Namibia Wildlife Resorts:

Namibia Wildlife Resorts is a government-owned hospitality company that manages the tourism facilities within Namibia’s national parks. NWR is committed to promoting sustainable tourism practices and contributing to wildlife conservation efforts.

Update on Fish River Canyon Hike


Windhoek, 26 April 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) would like to inform all hikers that an assessment of Fish River Canyon was recently conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The assessment found that the water levels in the canyon are lower than expected due to the low rainfall season in the south of Namibia.


In light of this, NWR has decided to deploy water marshals in the canyon to assist hikers during the hiking season, which starts on 1 May 2023. These water marshals will ensure that hikers have access to safe drinking water and will monitor water usage to conserve this valuable resource.


Furthermore, hikers are advised to carry water purifying tablets during their hike to ensure that they have access to clean water at all times. This precautionary measure is essential, especially in light of the low water levels in the canyon.”


NWR remains committed to ensuring that all hikers have a safe and enjoyable experience at Fish River Canyon. We encourage hikers to adhere to all safety protocols and to respect the environment during their hike.


For further information, please contact our reservations team at or visit our website at

Namibia Wildlife Resorts Congratulates 31 Employees on the Successful Completion of their Management Development Program


Windhoek, 25 April 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is pleased to announce that 31 Middle Management employees have successfully completed the Management Development Program (MDP). The program ran over 12 months and was tailored to ensure staff members keep themselves abreast with the latest management and leadership skills needed for the industry.


The Management Development Program was designed inhouse and was tailored to enhance the management skills of resort and head office managers and to equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge to succeed in their roles. The program covered various topics, including leadership, strategy, finance, and human resources management.


Dr. Matthias Ngwangwama, Managing Director of Namibia Wildlife Resorts, congratulated the employees on their successful completion of the program. He said, ” NWR commits itself to provide training, development and capacity building opportunities to all its employees. I am proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our employees during this program. Their commitment to self-improvement is a testament to their professionalism and their desire to contribute to the growth and success of our country and organisation.”


The certificates were handed over by Dr. Matthias Ngwangwama on April 25, 2023, in a ceremony attended by head office management.


Namibia Wildlife Resorts is committed to providing its employees with the necessary training and development opportunities to enhance their skills and grow in their careers. The Management Development Program is just one example of this commitment, and NWR will continue to invest in its employees to ensure the organisation’s success.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts Launches NWR Annual Half Marathon


Windhoek, 18 April 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts is excited to announce the launch of its Annual Half Marathon, scheduled to take place on May 27 2023, at Gross Barmen Resort in Okahandja.


This year’s race will be particularly special as it will feature a guided run with special assistance for the runner attempting to break the Namibian record of 21 kilometres. While we cannot reveal the identity of this special runner at this time, we are thrilled to offer an opportunity for them to make history on our course.


The event will offer three distance options, including 5, 10, and 21 kilometres, with a registration fee of 100 Namibian dollars. We invite participants from across Namibia and beyond to join us for this exciting event, which promises to be an unforgettable experience.


Namibia Wildlife Resorts is committed to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles through events like the Annual Half Marathon, and we look forward to welcoming participants and spectators alike to Gross Barmen on May 27 May 2023.


Click here to register for the NWR Annual Half Marathon.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts and Namibia University of Science and Technology Sign MoU to Collaborate on Customer Service Training


Windhoek, March 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) on 3 March 2023, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate and offer training in customer service, research and on the job training.


The partnership aims to enhance the quality of service delivery in the hospitality industry and provide opportunities for professional development and research.


The MoU outlines a cooperation programme between NUST and NWR, which includes professional development for staff of both organizations, curriculum development, hosting of NUST students for work-integrated learning, research, secondment of staff, and sharing of research facilities and professional training.


Under the agreement, NWR will provide opportunities for NUST students to do in-service training, research projects and other activities, subject to the need for such service and conditions agreed upon between NWR and NUST. The collaboration will also encourage and promote research at both institutions to provide opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to promote the generation and application of knowledge relating to business activities.


“The collaboration between NWR and NUST is an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and competencies in the field of customer service,” said NWR Managing Director, Dr Matthias Ngwangwama. “We are confident that this partnership will help to improve service delivery in the hospitality industry and contribute to the development of human capital in Namibia.”


NUST Vice Chancellor Dr. Erold Naomab stated that the collaboration with NWR is part of the university’s commitment to developing partnerships that will provide students with practical experience and exposure to industry.


“We are excited about this collaboration and look forward to working with NWR to provide our students with opportunities to gain practical experience in the hospitality industry,” said Naomab.


The MoU between NWR and NUST will serve as a framework for collaboration and is expected to contribute to the development of human capital in Namibia’s hospitality industry.

NWR Welcomes New Board


Windhoek, 23 March 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Board of Directors, which was announced on March 20th, 2023, by the Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise, Mr. Ipumbu Shiimi.


The new board will be chaired by Ambassador. Haroldt /Urib, with Dr. Bianca Tjizumaue serving as the Deputy Chairperson. Other members of the board include Mr. Coenraad Coetzee, Dr. Erling Kavita, Mr. Sam Januarie, Ms. Nadrie Lahner, and Ms. Yvette Nambahu.


Dr. Matthias Ngwangwama, the Managing Director of NWR, expressed his happiness with the recruitment of the new board and wished the outgoing board members well. He also highlighted some of the achievements of the previous board, including NWR realising a profit for the first time in 2019 and steering the company out of the Covid storm, amongst others.


The new board members brings with them a wealth of experience and expertise, and NWR is confident that they will provide excellent leadership and guidance to the company. With their guidance, NWR will continue to grow and expand, offering world-class services and experiences to its customers.


On his part, the new Board Chairperson, Mr. Haroldt /Urib, is excited about his appointment. “I do look forward to working together with the NWR team to help grow the organisation’s business, an important player in the tourism industry of Namibia” he said.


NWR is a proud member of the Namibian tourism industry and is committed to promoting sustainable tourism practices that benefit both the local community and the environment. The company operates a wide range of properties throughout Namibia, from luxury lodges to camping sites, and offers a variety of activities, including game drives, bird watching, and cultural experiences.


NWR looks forward to working closely with the new board to continue providing exceptional service to its customers while promoting Namibia as a premier tourism destination.

Namibia Wildlife Resorts Wins Prestigious PMR Award for Conservation and Tourism


Windhoek, 3 March 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is proud to announce that it has been named a winner of the PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award for Companies Doing the Most for Conservation and Tourism in Namibia. The award was presented at the PMR Africa Awards ceremony, which took place on 2 March 2023.


The PMR Africa Awards recognise excellence in various industries in Namibia, and winners are selected through a rigorous process of surveys and research conducted by PMR Africa. This year’s awards saw a record number of entries, making the achievement even more significant for NWR.


The Diamond Arrow Award is the highest level of recognition that can be awarded by PMR Africa and is a testament to NWR’s commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism. NWR operates several campsites, lodges, and resorts across Namibia, all of which are situated in or near protected areas, including national parks and reserves.


“Despite the difficulty in identifying a winner, It is always fulfilling to be recognised as doing something good. Therefore, we are thrilled to receive this award and to be recognised for our efforts in promoting conservation and sustainable tourism in Namibia,” said Dr Matthias Ngwangwama, Managing Director of Namibia Wildlife Resorts. “We dedicate this award to all our diligent and hardworking employees who, despite various constraints, are ever committed to meaningfully contribute to hospitality and tourism service as well as sustainable tourism”, he said.


NWR’s commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism is evident in several company initiatives. These include the implementation of eco-friendly practices, such as solar power and waste management systems, and the promotion of responsible tourism practices to guests.

Employs steps up tourism safety efforts


Windhoek, 13 February 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts, through its efforts to enhance tourism safety, has teamed up with a local online film program, COPPS 94.1, to promote tourism safety in and around Windhoek, starting 16 February 2023.


Recent reports of robberies, targeting primarily tourists, have become a grave concern to tourism industry players. NWR, a leading industry player, saw it fit to come on board a platform that will allow for awareness to be spread. The recent spike in robberies has created a particular fear amongst Namibians and tourists that, if not addressed, will make a significant dent in tourism numbers for our country. Current online reviews show how Namibian tourism has become a concern for international tourists. It is further a concern that no one is tackling this civic problem.


NWRs activities on the program will include addressing tips and ideas on how one can stay safe but, most importantly, creating assurance that Namibia is also one of the safest countries in Africa.


Partnering up with COPSS, where we can educate but, most importantly, create awareness about safety, is something that we see as a positive contribution to the sustainability of the tourism industry. This program gets good views from the public and is very succesfull and we saw it as an important tool to promote our message” Dr Matthias Ngwangwama, Managing Director of NWR, said.


NWR will also allow Namibians to experience and enjoy the show by giving away a voucher every month for the next 12 months to the value of N$ 3 000.00 on the COPPS program. The COPPS program is online and is run by Kosmos Radio.

Temporary extension of NWR board members’ terms


Windhoek, 27 December 2022 – The Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises, Honourable Ipumbu Shiimi, announced the extension of the Namibia Wildlife Resorts Board Members’ term of office on a temporary basis from 15 December to 14 March 2023.


In the letter of appointment, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr Shiimi, announced that the new board’s recruitment is still to be finalised, hence the extension of the current team. “I hereby extend your term as temporary Board Members for a period of 3 months pending the finalisation of the recruitment of a new board in line with section (9) of the Public Enterprises Governance Act (PEGA) No.1 of 2019,” he said.


The 7 Board members are Chairperson Ambassador Leonard lipumbu, Janet Wilson Moore (Deputy Chairperson), Elize Petersen, Ruddie Putter, Bernd Schneider, Eva Shifotoka and Carol Williams.

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