Gondwana has a green heart
During the past years our sustainability efforts at the lodges have been repeatedly acknowledged with the highest seal of quality awarded by the environmental initiative, Eco Awards Namibia. Similar to the star-rating system used for tourist accommodation, Eco Awards Namibia awards up to five flowers for environmental sustainability. It is a voluntary programme. Currently, ten of the Gondwana lodges have a five-flower rating. Categories include conservation and guiding, energy, water, legal compliance as well as staff management and health, amongst others. All the above-mentioned lodges received an excellent score. In 2019, The Delight Swakopmund was awarded the newly introduced “Green 5 Flowers” for outstanding environmental compatibility at its first evaluation followed by The Desert Grace in 2020. Other lodges that had previously received a three or four flower rating are due for a new review.
2020 was the fifth consecutive year that a Gondwana Collection Namibia property has reached the final round of the Responsible Tourism Awards (RTA) and the second time to win the award. Canyon Village scooped the prestigious award in the Accommodation Establishment category. In 2018, Namib Desert Lodge was the winner and set new standards by achieving the maximum score (100%) in terms of conservation and guiding, energy, water, staff and health, legal and NTB compliance. The Responsible Tourism Awards, initiated by Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), aim to acknowledge tourism companies that practice eco-tourism and invest in the local communities where they operate.