AFRICAN SAFARI LODGE FOUNDATION
The African Safari Lodge Foundation (ASLF) is a not-for-profit company with an independent board of directors. It isincorporated under Section 21 of the South African Companies Act, registered as a Public Benefit Organization, and enjoys tax-exempt status from the South African Revenue Service. The ASLF is in good standing and fully compliant with all the requirements governing its operations. The ASLF works mainly in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique, and participates in various African and global networks to implement a development program designed to enhance the positive contribution of safari lodges and other forms of tourism to rural livelihoods. Click here for more information.
BOUNDLESS SOUTHERN AFRICA
In 2005, the tourism and environment ministers of nine SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) endorsed a TFCA development strategy for 2010 and beyond. Its main objective is to increase the tourism potential of southern Africa by consolidating the marketing and investment promotion efforts of existing transfrontier initiatives. South Africa was given a mandate to coordinate the implementation of the strategy.
Boundless Southern Africa is the marketing brand for transfrontier conservation areas developed under the auspices of this strategy. Seven TFCAs that straddle the nine stakeholders’ borders are being marketed as preferred tourist and investment destinations.
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ECO AWARDS NAMIBIA ALLIANCE
Eco Awards Namibia Alliance is a mark used by accommodation establishments that are managed according to eco-friendly principles. The programme promotes the selective and careful use of resources, promoting recycling. Awarding of an Eco Awards desert flower certificate is a sign that a tourism establishment keeps to a standard of environmental care and implements sustainable practices for the future of the immediate environment, the company and the people. Click here for more information.
THE HERITAGE ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY (Heritage)
The Heritage Environment Management Company (Heritage) developed the “Heritage Environmental Certification Programme” in order to provide tourism businesses with an effective environmental management system designed to reduce and limit the environmental impact of the businesses. Heritage offers a hands-on environmental approach for businesses on resource management that delivers financial returns and at the same time enables businesses to position themselves as environmentally responsible. Click here for more information.
REGIONAL TOURISM ORGANISATION AFRICA (RETOSA)
The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the promotion and marketing of tourism in the region. RETOSA aims to create a concrete destination identity in the market in order for the region to compete effectively. RETOSA is managed by a board drawn from national tourism authorities/boards and national tourism private sector umbrella bodies in the SADC countries. Click here for more information.
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek. Namibia is a member state of the United Nations (UN), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the Commonwealth of Nations.
Namibia extends from 17S to 25S: climatically the range of the sub-Tropical High Pressure Belt, arid is the overall climate description descending from the Sub-Humid (mean rain above 500mm) through Semi-Arid between 300 and 500mm (embracing most of the waterless Kalahari) and Arid from 150mm to 300mm (these three regions are inland from the western escarpment) to the Hyper-Arid coastal plain with less than a 100mm mean. An intermediate: Severely Arid, embracing the pre-Namib, covers the 100 to 150mm range. Variability is the Arid climate hallmark for both rainfall and temperature.
The official language is English. Until 1990, German and Afrikaans were also official languages. Long before Namibia’s independence from South Africa, SWAPO had decided that the country should become officially monolingual, consciously choosing this approach in contrast to that of its neighbour, which was regarded as “a deliberate policy of ethnolinguistic fragmentation. Consequently, English became the sole official language of Namibia. Some other languages have received semi-official recognition by being allowed as medium of instruction in primary schools.