Setting up an incentive/congress
Setting up an incentive / a congress in Namibia
Often said to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Namibia nevertheless remains rather unknown. Namibia is a wonderful destination for the organization of MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Congress and Event) events.
Several airlines schedule flights to Windhoek International Airport but also to other airports such as those in Katima Mulilo, Rundu or Walvis Bay. Traveling from London will take approximately 10 to 12 hours; while from Johannesburg, it will only be 2 hours. Namibia can also be accessed through waterways, with ports in Walvis Bay and Lüderitz.
Windhoek, capital city of the country, will undoubtedly be the most adapted city for hosting conventions and congresses, on an international or national scale. Should you wish to organize a teambuilding, a conference or the launching of a product, the infrastructures will enable you to choose the best site to host your professional event. The Nampower Convention Centre and the Windhoek Country Club Casino will be perfect for your very large congresses, thanks to their great seating capacity, which can host respectively up to 600 and 900 people. Moreover, the Safari Conference Center also has wonderful and very large congress halls. Cresta Lodge and Dunsternbrook are very cozy places where small meeting rooms are available.
The Greiters Conference Center, located 14 kilometers from Windhoek, will offer you moments of quietness and serenity along with state-of-the-art conference halls. This exotic place is surrounded by mountainous landscapes, which will set a complete change of scenery and a truly relaxing atmosphere after a day of work.
Windhoek is a very dynamic capital and the economic and political center of Namibia. The city displays a mix of German architecture, heritage from the colonization, and highly modern buildings. Have a stroll in the city center and admire the Alte Feste Fort, Christurkirche and the gardens of Tintenpalast. Treat yourself with some shopping around Post Mall Street where you will find all kinds of souvenirs. Cultural events are frequently organized in galleries and museums: the National Museum and the Orwela Museum will enable you to discover the Namibian history.
The organization of incentives will undoubtedly be a success in a country like Namibia and numerous Destination Management Companies (DMCs) are at your disposal to help you find the best activity for your group.
The country gathers three different regions: the Namib desert, which is said to be the oldest one in the world, the central plateau which ends in the south with the Fish River Canyon, and the Caprivi area in the East.
The Namib Desert if of course a must-see in Namibia. The most favorite excursions are very often safaris, which can take very different aspects. One of the most interesting is probably the “fly-in safari”, which offers you the possibility to admire some parts of Namibia, like the Skeleton Coast Park and the Diamond Restricted Area. From Swakopmund, you will fly over Walvis Bay, the Sesriem Canyon, the stunning Eduard Bohlen shipwreck and finally the amazing sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
Safaris are also organized to admire the diversity of the Namibian fauna. The Etosha National Park hosts hundreds of different species of mammals and birds. This game reserve is an immense savannah where mopane trees are scattered around. The Etosha Pan, which used to be a lake fed by the Kunene River, is now dry most of the year. However, when it manages to temporarily hold rainwater, birds gather around it, and especially flamingos. Rest camps such as the Namutoni and Onkoshi Camps are available for tourists.
The Namibian cuisine bears the influence of the German colonization, but also involves African flavors. Meat is an essential staple, and can be as simple as sausages or more exotic with zebra and ostrich. Famous national dishes include springbok and kutu meat and potjiekos, a traditional stew. Seafood and fish are also common on the coast, especially oysters. Pastries are mostly inspired by the German cuisine.