3 of the best... incentive options in Namibia

C&IT looks at three unique incentive options in Namibia that are pushing the destination in southern Africa to the top of event planners' wish lists.

3 reasons to consider Namibia
3 reasons to consider Namibia

Sea incentives

Namibia’s 975-mile coastline is full of possibilities for groups, whether it’s along the beach or out in the ocean. The South Atlantic is home to two dolphin species, meaning sightings are 99% successful, while Cape fur seals and, depending on the season, humpback whales and orcas can also be spotted.

Mola Mola Safaris and Levo Tours offer detailed and immersive excursions for groups, where wild seals can be fed by hand on ski-boats and fresh oysters and Champagne are served back on board. Alternatively, catamaran charters can be arranged for a smoother sail along the coastline.

Collosal countryside

Thanks to its vast open spaces, Namibia is a haven for camping. As well as being an inexpensive alternative to luxury hotels, it is a great way to allow delegates to experience the unexplored parts of the country, particularly in the north-west and north-east regions. Campsites are built using local resources and can be found in a number of locations, including the plains, mountains, boulder alcoves and riverbanks.

Tsondab Valley offers luxury camping at one of its three sites, which also include flights over the Namibian dessert, a half-day hiking trip through the Hidden Canyon and dune drives.

Thanks to its cloudless night sky, Namibia is regarded as one of the top-three destinations on the planet for stargazing, alongside Chile and Hawaii. The best spot for this is near the Gamsburg Mountains in the south. Groups can hire lodges that come with their own medium-sized telescopes and a guide for novice stargazers. The International Amateur Observatory is located nearby, on top of the Gamsberg Pass, and its ‘farm’ of telescopes are free for groups to explore and use.

Erindi Private Game Reserve is located only a few hours drive from Windhoek and, with more than 40 rooms and suites on site, offers the ideal base camp for groups taking adventures into the wild. Groups can book private vehicles for their very own exlclusive game tours of the Erindi reserve and, accompanied with an expert tour guide, can peacefully and responsibly observe the wildlife in their natural habitat.

In the evening, a three-hour summer nights drive will showcase the reserve's nocturnal species, including aardvarks, hyenas and pangolins.

Desert day trips

The Namib and Kalahari deserts have some of the tallest sand dunes in the world and there are plenty of activities and pursuits for delegates to get stuck into out in the wild. One of the most popular desert-themed activities in Namibia is quadbiking.

Groups are encouraged to head to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay for the best access to the sand dunes that even the 4x4s can’t reach. Guided tours combine sightseeing with dune bashing over the course of two hours, with much deserved refreshments served before the journey home, courtesy of Outback Orange. For an added element of fun, combine the trip with sand boarding – just make sure the delegates can make their way back to the top!

Hotel roundup

The Olive Exclusive is located in a peaceful and upmarket district of capital city Windhoek. Ideally suited for smaller groups, the all-suite boutique hotel includes seven luxury rooms, four of which have their own private plunge pools.

The 34,000-hectare Etosha National Park is home to five luxury lodges and two private campsites, which provide a perfect base for delegates wanting to take day trips into the wild. The Sultan suite, one of 11 suites within The Fort complex, overlooks the waterhole, which is rife with thirsty wildlife, while the Tree Top Camp consists of four rustic treehouses built on wooden stilts.

The more business-focused Hilton Windhoek is a 150-room property located in the city’s central business district. The hotel opened in 2011 and includes five meeting rooms, the largest of which can host up to 26 delegates, and a ballroom capable of hosting up to 250 guests.

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