Wolwedans Foundation Namibia

Wolwedans Foundation Namibia

Did you know?

The Wolwedans Collection employs over 100 employees?

Did you know?

Our borehole at the Wolwedans Village has, over 10 years, managed to inject a staggering NAD 261 million back into the Namibian economy.

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.


It Certainly Takes a Village – Our Experience is No Different

Uncontrolled, commerce has had negative impacts. Conducted in a holistic and sustainable way commerce can be a positive contributor for The Long Run. Trading and the accumulation of wealth have been central to the development of civilizations over thousands of years and are likely to remain so. This dimension addresses the sustainability of commercial operations recognising the intricate link between profit, natural and social assets. Viable businesses offer the capacity to provide a source of income for people that depend on it, as well as long-term investment back into the initiatives in each of the 4Cs.

The Wolwedans Foundation relies on funds donated by the Wolwedans Collection of Camps & Lodges, up to 10% of its net profit, to support its work and initiatives. It also relies on funding and donations to grow these initiatives and reach even more people and communities with its impact. Economic viability is key to sustainability and enables us to achieve our purpose. To create genuine, long lasting wealth for the Foundation, its people and of course for Namibia as a whole, we have to display financial prudence and resiliance in order to stay secured for the long run.

Contact The Wolwedans Foundation

Meet the Wolwedans Foundation Team & Contact Us

We are entrusted to carry out the culture and community objectives of the Wolwedans organisation. As part of our community objectives, we run the two vocational training institutions, Wolwedans Desert Academy and the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education, NICE. The Wolwedans Foundation is also responsible to leverage sustainability at Wolwedans and NICE.

Philip Reyher – Head of Training

Philip Reyher is the Head of Training in Windhoek. He has facilitated trainees lectures, practical training and assessment at both campuses of the Wolwedans Foundation. Trained in Germany, Philip comes with a formidable experience set in hospitality, having been a lodge manager and food and beverage manager in the field. Philip also lectures German for the trainees and has been with the Wolwedans Foundation since 2016. His immediate successes were evident in the Foundations average pass rate of over 85% in the past 2 years.

Contact: +264 61 300 710

E-mail: philip@wolwedans.com 

Jason Nengola – Sustainability Coordinator

Jason is the sustainability coordinator at the Wolwedans Foundation. He comes from a conservation centric role as an assessor for the Namibian Eco-Awards of Namibia. he displays passion for conservation and sustainable planning and is based at the Wolwedans Village in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. His key focus areas involve enhancing our awareness campaigns and strategies to reveal the story behind our desert-based economy through tours of the base village (back-of-house) and internal training mechanisms designed to enhance the teams knowledge of our environment and how best to preserve it. Jason is a firm believer in ‘working today for a better tomorrow.’ Jason manages the Conservation C.

Contact: +264 81686 4379

E-mail: sustainability@wolwedans.org 


E-mail us: recruitment@wolwedans.org 

Call us: +264 61 230 616

Box is 5048, Windhoek, Namibia.