Employees' Ladder of Success
Nature reserves, accommodation facilities, activities and the Self-Sufficiency Centre provide both jobs and opportunities for Namibians to improve their lives – this cannot be taken for granted at all in Namibia where unemployment is estimated at 30 to 40 percent. The Gondwana Collection boasts a staff of 400 today. Gondwana's salaries enable employees to feed their families and to send their children to school, too.
Gondwana has many faces – employees represent the many different population groups and regions of Namibia. Their friendliness and helpfulness makes them natural hosts. But even today, after many years of independence, few Namibians have benefited from a sound education and fewer still have had professional training.
Therefore Gondwana invests heavily into training. Our training department, established in 2001, offers a comprehensive programme, from computer and language courses (English, German, Italian) to service training and HIV prevention, family planning and old age provision. Any employee can take part, hundreds have benefited. For specialised training in areas such as vegetable cultivation, cheese-making and butchery we invite experts from Europe. Several of our leading staffers have completed internships in European hotels and restaurants - and thereby have been able for the first time to experience their guests' way of life.
Take Nico Angula, for example: he is from the Oshikoto Region in northern Namibia and worked as a petrol pump attendant in Keetmanshoop. In 1998 he became a waiter at the Cañon Lodge, made good use of the training programme and worked his way up to the position Head of Guest Relations.
'Help others to be successful and you will be successful yourself' - with this principle in mind we support employees and neighbouring communities in their quest to become self-sustainable. One example is Mule Trails Namibia, a company which offers hiking tours at the Fish River Canyon.
Guest Information & How to find us
Details about all lodges, campsites and activities, with rates and maps, for printing (valid as from 1 December 2012 until 31 December 2013 as well as from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2014):
Attractions & Accommodation
View interactive map of the Gondwana Collection and main tourist attractions of Namibia here.