The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Highlighting the Uniqueness of the Dorob National Park

THE December 2012 holiday season has started, and the focus will quickly shift to the various holiday destinations, especially to the central Namibian coast and the Dorob National Park.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism, with the assistance of the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management Project (Nacoma) has set in motion additional awareness-raising for holidaymakers and coastal residents to learn more about the peculiarities of the Dorob National Park.

The Dorob National Park, situated between the Kuiseb Delta, south of Walvis Bay, and the Ugab Delta, north of Henties Bay, provides alongside conservation measures and ‘red exclusionary zones’ for ample space to enjoy leisure, tourism and adventure sports.

The public are invited to attend four information meetings on the rationale for the proclamation of the park and its specific rules and regulations. Colgar Sikopo, director of the ministry’s regional services and park management, will be the main speaker after which the public can ask questions.

The first meeting will take place in Windhoek tomorrow from 17h30 to 19h30 at the Polytechnic Hotel and Tourism School.

The three meetings at the coast are on December 11 at Henties Bay from 09h00 to 11h00 in the De Duine Hotel; Swakopmund from 14h00 to 16h00 in the Swakopmund Town Hall in Tamariskia; and Walvis Bay from 17h30 to 19h30 in the Walvis Bay Town Hall at the Civic Centre.

The uniqueness of the park will be showcased in a film that was commissioned by Nacoma. The 40-minute documentary highlights the splendour of the park’s sights, the various activities it accommodates and the importance of protecting its biodiversity with captivating footage and sound.

A premiere of the film for invited guests and the media will take place at Swakopmund in the Atlanta Cinema (Arcade Cinema in centre of town) on December 12 from 19h00 to 20h00. Further free screenings for the public are on December 13 and 14, also in the Atlanta Cinema in town, from 19h00 to 20h00.

The Walvis Bay Municipality will show the film at its public library from December 12 to 14, free of charge and each day from 09h00 to 10h00, 10h30 to11h30 and 15h00 to 16h00.

Screenings at Henties Bay, with the assistance of the Henties Bay Tourism Information Centre, will be at De Duine Hotel on December 12 to 14, free of charge, each day from 12h00 to 13h00 and 17h00 to 18h00.

One Africa TV will show the film on Sundays, December 16, 23 and 30, each day from 18h00 to 19h00. An announcement is also expected from the NBC TV shortly regarding the screening of the film during December.

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