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BON Hotels grows their Namibian footprint

BON taking over Namibian hotels in Rundu and Walvis Bay

A South African-based hotel chain is expanding its footprint into one of our favourite neighbours - Namibia.

BON Hotels will be taking over the management of two hotels in Rundu and Walvis Bay from the well-known Theart family. The group already has its own wholly-owned BON hotel in Swakopmund since 2014, and these two new properties are a great addition to their Namibian network.

“Namibia has experienced significant growth in its tourist numbers in recent times," says Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels.

"In fact, statistics provided by Trading Economics reflect an increase from about 80 000 tourists in 2006 to over 1,4 million a decade later. The country is attracting many new visitors from Europe, as well as South African travellers.

"With the tough economic times in South Africa currently, some South Africans are opting to travel closer to home, rather than to go overseas, and a road trip through Namibia is a popular choice for a family break.”

The handover will be launched from 1 July, but what should you know about these two hotels?

BON Hotel Ngandu Rundu

On the banks of the Kavango River in the north-eastern parts of Namibia, Hotel Ngandu Rundu is built on the ruins of a military base. Today, it has a strong environmental focus enhanced by its beautiful natural surroundings, including a large collection of aloe plants.

One of the popular activities in the area include game-viewing and taking a cruise down the Kunene River.

If you're not looking for a hotel experience, the hotel also has campsites and family units for the more budget-minded traveller.

Ngandu at Sea

This hotel is more geared towards business travellers visiting Walvis Bay for the fishing industry or other harbour activities. BON will be refurbishing it, and leisure travellers will enjoy its close proximity to the lagoon.

The lagoon is home to a variety of bird life while dolphins and seals swim about next to boat excursions.

You can also organise a 4x4 trip to Sandwich Harbour - a spectacular coastal route where the sea and giant dunes meet.

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