The Wolwedans Foundation – Shaping Lives for Over 10 Years

The most rewarding element of community outreach is its longevity. Being able to educate young Namibians and leave them with a tangible - a nationally accredited and internationally recognized qualification is priceless both for our facilitators and trainees. 

One may wonder why it is that not every single tourism product across the globe doesn’t invest in the 4C’s – a Global Ecosphere Retreats, Long Run Destinations initiative – however, the commitment, by in large, is a big one and it takes a dedicated team to engage the four areas of focus: commerce, community, conservation and culture

Perhaps one day, all businesses will adopt the vision of balancing people, planet and profit; so as to embrace sustainability in all we do, whether commercial or personal. At Wolwedans, we exist to inspire a new way – it’s our Wolwedans vision. We believe that there is one and we’ve chosen to call it the Wolwedans Way. One of the things we choose to do differently is empower young Namibians through education whilst affecting the countries communities in a positive way. Over 10 years ago, we established the Wolwedans Foundation (Trust) and it’s certainly been an investment that we are proud to support year in and year out. After all, it’s responsible for educating over 300 young Namibians in hospitality and culinary art - through its Desert Academy at Wolwedans and Windhoek-based Nice academy (Namibian Institute of Culinary Education) both supported by the Namibian Training Authority.


So when you visit with Wolwedans Collection of Camps & Lodges, you won’t be surprised to see our Foundation levy on your invoice, payable along with park fees to sustain our efforts in vocational training, community upliftment and the improving of livelihoods in our organisation and communities for the long run.



Desert Academy

Located in the heart of the Namibrand Nature Reserve, the Desert Academy offers young Namibians a great opportunity to start a meaningful career in hospitality and the culinary arts.


Located in the heart of Windhoek, the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education prepares young Namibians to become masters of kitchens and restaurants all over Namibia and the World.