Long before it became the trend du jour in tourism to be responsible, eco-friendly and more, N/a’an ku sê was already setting the standard. As a company that is based on a mission to empower Namibia’s marginalised San communities, while at the same time protecting its endangered wildlife, N/a’an ku sê defines what responsible tourism should mean.
A new generation of travellers has proven that merely providing an exciting experience is no longer enough. Tourism establishments need to offer something out of the ordinary as well. And that, for many travellers, means giving back, giving their time and money to improve the environment, offset the damage caused by humankind, or at the very least, use tourism as a tool to improve the environment and uplift its inhabitants. Ahead of the trend, the N/a’an ku sê Foundation has been consciously involved in ecotourism from the outset, its mission being to conserve land, cultures and wildlife in Namibia. Tourism that supports conservation. That’s their mantra.
Established in 2006 by Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren, the main aim of the foundation was to protect not only Namibia’s vulnerable animal species but to empower its vulnerable people as well.
Marlice and Rudie’s story started in the east of Namibia, where they saw the extent to which the area’s San community was left without support. The plight of this community motivated the couple to set up an informal clinic. Later they purchased a farm outside Windhoek which they aptly named N/a’an ku sê, San for “God will protect us.”
The N/a’an ku sê Collection consists of four tourism establishments, scattered around Namibia’s centre and the region near Namib-Naukluft National Park in the south. One of the pillars of N/a’an ku sê tourism is the Utopia Boutique Guesthouse in Windhoek, the country’s capital. It is thanks to the income generated from tourism that the phenomenal and important conservation work of N/a’an ku sê can be done. The foundation is constantly involved in research, rehabilitation and conservation in the areas where its tourism operations are located.
Utopia Boutique is upmarket and modern, conveniently located in the tranquil suburb of Klein Windhoek, on the banks of the ephemeral Klein Windhoek River. The hotel offers eleven comfortable standard rooms and six luxurious suites situated amidst beautiful lush gardens. It is also perfect to combine business and relaxation. Utopia welcomes the traveller to sit back and relax.
The fashionable Taste Academy on the same premises, housed in a beautifully restored German house dating back to 1912, is the perfect venue for meetings with business acquaintances and get-togethers with friends. The excellent cuisine is always tempting the palate to try more. The academy serves delicious dishes created with dedication, detail and perfection that provide wine lovers, foodies and gourmets with an everlasting experience.
The Utopia Boutique Guesthouse is the N/a’an ku sê Collection’s urban solution to relaxation in the city. It is an inviting place for the weary traveller to rest, refresh and rejuvenate before the next adventure.