Wolwedans Desert Academy

Wolwedans Desert Academy

‘The living classroom’

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.

The Foundation started vocational training to address the lack of a skilled workforce in the hospitality sector.  This provided previously unskilled Namibians with the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, national certification and employment opportunities, thereby improving their livelihood.


The Foundation ensures that all trainees enrolled in its programs are ‘work-ready’ by the time they complete the program due to the strong focus on practical exposure in a real world working environment (the ‘living classroom’). This ‘hands on’ approach, and the guarantee of ongoing practical experience and exposure during entire training cycle is what sets our program apart from other training institutions.

Entry Requirements

Vocational Training in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve is your perfect springboard to a career in the hospitality sector.  The academy , along with NICE(Namibia Institute of Culninary Education), is a vocational training provider governed and managed by the Wolwedans Foundation Trust. The Desert Academy and NICE, focus on the Namibia Training Authority(NTA) curriculum level 1-3 qualifications in Hospitality & Tourism, with specialisation in accommodation services, food & beverage service operations and commercial cookery skills.

The Desert Academy(DA) is a lodge based training academy and teaches young Namibians all aspects of the lodge-based operations and hospitality, including courses on food and beverage service, kitchen operations, housekeeping and laundry opera†ions,maintenance,guiding, and front office and administration.

Trainees are exposed to a variety of departments in the lodge based operation and learn the importance of working together and the essence of teamwork. Multi-skilling is an important aspect in lodges and this is done with the trainees to ensure well rounded individuals that can slot into a variety of positions in any organisation.


Under the Wolwedans Foundation umbrella the vocational training is split between the Desert Academy and NICE. Both centres offer a 10 month Level1 & 2 National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism(Accommodation Services,Food and Beverages Services Qualification and 20 month Level 3-National Vocational Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism level 3, specialising in either Food/Beverage Operations or Commercial Cookery Skills Qualification.

Click on the Link to download the enrollment Application Form for WOLWEDANS DESERT ACADEMY.