After months of renovations by an internal team, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) officially re-introduced Duwisib Castle back onto the market on 1 August 2014 with the purpose of giving individuals the opportunity to be accommodated in a 19th century Castle.
In her first statement as NWR Managing Director, Ms. Zelna Hengari could not conceal her delight at the work her team had done in restoring Duwisib Castle to its original country.
In an audience that comprised of the German Ambassador to Namibia, Onno Hückmann, NWR Managing Director said, “The rich history of the castle along with its strategic location in the South, Duwisib has the potential to become a major attraction to both local and international tourists who have a keen interest in history and unique artefacts”.
Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) CEO, Mr. Digu /Naobeb further demonstrated the important role tourism plays when he said “In 2003 when Namibia started calculating tourist arrivals, the figure stood at around 300,000 though as we speak, arrivals are now over 1 million”. He therefore applauded NWR for being in the forefront of providing unique propositions for tourists with the various facilities they own and in creating employment opportunities for locals.
In a speech read on her behalf by her Special Advisor Hansina Christian, Hardap Regional Governor, Honourable Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said “I wish to call upon Namibia Wildlife Resorts to continue working hard and reposition itself as a provider of high quality services. The re-introduction of this facility reflects our Government’s commitment to the growth and development of Tourism for economic empowerment of our people”.
Duwisib Castle is a historical site and a national monument, which is a convenient stopover when traveling from Sesriem and Sossusvlei. German Baron Von Wolf built the castle for his American bride Ms. Jayta Humphreys in the early 1900s.
Apart from being a gift of love, the castle was a dream turned into reality for Baron Von Wolf, who planned on breeding racing horses in this semi-Desert environment. Unfortunately, his dream was short-lived as he was killed during World War I in Germany. His wife returned to America, leaving the castle with most of its contents behind.
Attractions and Activities
The museum houses a collection of 18th and 19th century antiques, armor and paintings.
Facilities and Amenities
• Picnic sites
• Underground wine bar
• Curio shop