To ensure the long-term sustainable existence of the Reserve, funds are needed. Since 1994, exclusive safaris are being offered to nature lovers from different parts of the world, placing as little impact as possible on the environment. Guests are encouraged to admire the uniqueness of the Reserve, accompanied by trained rangers and field-guides, on foot, by cross-country vehicle or from the sky in a hot-air balloon.
The rules of the Reserve prescribe that the total number of guest-beds in the Reserve is restricted to one bed per 1000 hectare and a limit of 20 guest-beds in any one location. Presently there are five concessionaires conducting tourism operations in the Reserve. These tourism operators collect a daily park fee from guests on behalf of the Reserve.
All of these concessionaires make every effort to co-operate with one another so as not to interfere with each other's activities, such as drives, hikes, utilisation of tracks and care of the environment. They are also bound by their concession agreements to respect and maintain the natural resources of this pristine area, in terms of game viewing, driving rules, type of structures erected, water utilisation, volumes of tourists allowed, planting of trees and refuse removal, amongst many other factors.
Tourism concessions on the NamibRand Nature Reserve contributing park fees include exclusive accommodation establishments and activity orientated products such as hot-air ballooning and walking trails. We believe that each concessionaire has a unique product to offer, suiting the needs, wishes and pocket of every kind of tourist:
The NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia has been proclaimed as Africa's first International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), which means that it is one of the best places on earth to star-gaze.
andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge offers unrivalled stargazing from its observatory in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The Lodge boasts a state of the art observatory, complete with a Meade LX200R 12 inch telescope. Guests are invited to join the resident astronomers either before or after dinner to unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies.
Guides from the Wolwedans Collection and Tok-Tokkie Trails are trained in aspects of astronomy and spend time with guests sharing stories about the constellations, as well as unbelievable views of the moon and planets such as Jupiter or Saturn.
Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) is the educational core for the NamibRand Nature Reserve International Dark Sky Reserve. They impart the importance of preserving the dark sky to close to 1000 visiting Namibian schoolchildren per year.
View images of the dark sky at NamibRand here.