Gondwana’s flagship lodge, Etosha King Nehale, still scheduled to open 01 May 2020
The conglomeration of 16 tourism properties, The Gondwana Collection, announced this week that all its lodges will remain open during the containment phase of the Corona virus, however with much reduced visitor numbers, the group will focus on training, social projects and maintenance.
The Gondwana Collection employs 1050 people making it the biggest employer in the tourism industry. Gondwana said it is confident that all jobs are secure during the time when it is still uncertain what the course of Corona will be. The group’s lodges in community areas or conservancies, will continue to honour its obligations to these communities. Similarly, all monthly commitments under the Gondwana Care Trust will be serviced.
On a very positive and confident note, Gondwana confirmed that its newest lodge, Etosha King Nehale near the only gate in Etosha’s northern boundary, the King Nehale gate, will still open its doors on 01 May as planned.
“During this time, all of the Gondwana properties remain open for guests and will use this quiet period to concentrate on social and environmental upliftment programmes, and general maintenance. Our training academy, focusing on leadership and hospitality training, will be busy upgrading skills and empowering our staff contingent – with all the precautionary protocols securely in place,” stated the group’s Public Relations Officer, Inke Stoldt, in a statement released on Thursday.
Although the group had to postpone its Independence fundraiser for the Namibian paralympian team, Stoldt invited all their followers to celebrate Independence online with them by visiting www.gondwana-collection.com.
Contingency measures implemented at all the lodges are also published on the website.