Three Self-Drive Tourism Routes focus on Lesser known Namibian Wonders

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Maps for the 3 new tourism routes.

Three new self‐drive travel routes in Namibia were officially launched last week, funneling attention across the lesser known areas of the country.

The three routes consist of:

1. Omulunga Palm Route (northern part of Namibia)

owambo

Traditional Owambo dancers – Northern Namibia. Photo ©Christiane Schulte

2. Arid Eden Route (stretches from Swakopmund ot the Angolan border, and includes the previously restricted western area of Etosha
National Park)

Marenica trees on grassy plain near Little Spitzkoppe

Marenica trees on grassy plain near Little Spitzkoppe

3. Four Rivers Route (named after the rivers it travels along, namely the Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers).

Sunset on the Zambezi Photo ©Natacha Faullimmel

Sunset on the Zambezi Photo ©Natacha Faullimmel

The launch took place in Windhoek, and was officiated by Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Honourable Pohamba Shifeta.

The development of the routes was funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA‐N) Tourism Project in support of the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) to diversify tourism products in the country, create sustainability and direct tourists to communal areas.

Pohamba Shifeta, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism

Pohamba Shifeta, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism

Officially launching the routes, Shifeta said, “this is a step forward in sustaining these routes and I want to encourage, in particular, the Car Rental Association, Tour Operators and Hospitality Association of Namibia to render their support and enter into partnership agreements in drawing more and more tourists to these routes.”

LAUNCHING THE TOURISM ROUTES (from left to right): Bornventure Mbidzo (NTB Acting CEO), Priscilla Hernandez (Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy), Hon. Pohamba Shifeta (Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism), Penny Akwenye (MCA Namibia CEO), Klemens /Awarab (NTB Head of Marketing) presenting brochures and maps on the 3 new tourism routes.

LAUNCHING THE TOURISM ROUTES (from left to right): Bornventure Mbidzo (NTB Acting CEO),
Priscilla Hernandez (Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy), Hon. Pohamba Shifeta (Deputy
Minister of Environment and Tourism), Penny Akwenye (MCA Namibia CEO), Klemens /Awarab (NTB
Head of Marketing) presenting brochures and maps on the 3 new tourism routes.

Handing over the maps and logos for the newly developed routes to NTB, MCA‐N Chief Executive Officer Penny Akwenye emphasised that, “tourists have been coming to Namibia, but had little chance to experience the rich cultural, historic and scenic attractions in the rural hinterland, but know they will be able to do so with clearly designed maps and various tour operators indicated.”

Tourists have mainly visited the more popular landmarks of Namibia and only a few adventurers have dared to leave the the beaten track to explore the hidden treasures along the dusty and long winding roads in the hinterland.

Since the conservancy concept caught on in Namibia, some conservancies were not fully integrated into well-known and marketed routes as an attractive package for tourists.

More than 100 people attented the launch event at Windhoek's Hilton Hotel.

More than 100 people attented the launch event at Windhoek’s Hilton Hotel.

This is why the NTB requested for the development of tourism routes under the MCA Namibia Compact that take these jewels of Namibia’s beauty into consideration. The aim is to tie‐up rural attractions,
especially the attractions in and around conservancies, into route packages to pull tourists to remote areas to boost the revenue of rural communities.

MCA‐N invested US$ 8 million (N$85 million)  into marketing Namibia as a viable tourism destination through various initiatives like the North American Destination Marketing Campaign (NADM), the Online Marketing Campaign (OMC), the development of an interactive NTB website and the development and marketing of these three new local and regional tourism routes.

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1 Comment

  1. Jan Archibald White says:

    Good Morning

    Maybe you can help, we are going to the Twyfelfontein area via Henties Bay and Torro Bay but cannot find a detailed map with minor roads and track for the region , specially the Gai-ais Fountain and what the conditions are there. We will be there 1st week in August on our way north to Ruacana.

    The new maps, will they be available in SA at the moment. we do have T4A and some map from Padkos but not much more

    Tks

    Jan

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