Government doing its best to alleviate poverty in local communities whilst extending the country’s tourism offer.
Article from South African Tourism Update
To alleviate poverty in the local communities, Namibia‘s Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) recently awarded tourism concessions on state land and in national parks to several conservancies and communities. The concessions are for 20 year periods, allowing the establishment of priate sector and community partnerships to assist in the development and operation of the proposed tourism activities. At the official signing of the concession agreements between the communities and the Ministry earlier this year, MET Minister Netumbo NandiNdaitwah said ‘once implemented the concessions will generate more than N$7 million annually in concession fees and taxes.’
Ed Humphrey, African Safari Lodge Foundation representative in Namabia explains that these concessions stand to benefit communities in several important ways. ‘Firstly they bestow the rights of high-value tourism assets to local people who live on a daily basis with the negative impacts of being inside or adjacent to protected areas. Such negative impacts include destruction of crops, loss of life, death of livestock and lost livelihood options due to park status. By granting high value concessions, the MET is enabling a benefit stream that can help mitigate some of these costs and build a more supportive environment for conservation inside and around parks’.
There could be up to 250 full time permanent tourism jobs created for local Namibians and the opportunity to attract new investment to these remote rural areas. Humphrey says ‘the lion’s share of these concession fees will be retained by the communities with a portion being paid to the state.’ – article by Dorine Reinstein
Namibia’s landscape is as old as time, spectacular deserts, rocky mountains, endless sand dunes, icy seas thundering onto desolate beaches, abundant wildlife areas such as Etosha National Park and two perennial rivers situated either end of the enormous country. This is a country that evokes a sense of excitement – from hiking Fish River Canyon, or trekking the desert-adapted elephants to watching the kaleidoscope of earth colours fade in and out of the horizon.
We recommend an African Safari to Namibia that combines flying into remote areas with driving your own 4×4 so you can get out on the open road immersing yourself in the country and experience its vastness from above. We recently sent clients to Namibia who had an outstanding time – read their feedback here.