Real leisure in Namibia

Windhoek – The motherland of Africa is blessed with some of the world’s best natural beauty, making it an obvious tourist destination.
And in between the plethora of beauty that makes up Africa is a country known as the Land of the Brave – Namibia.
It’s easy to run out of adjectives to describe Namibia, from its austere desert beauty to its world famous coastline, the Land of the Brave offers much by way of tourist attractions.
And Namibia’s tourism is great value for money for both locals and foreigners.
“We truly want all Namibians to enjoy what our many visitors from overseas do and believe that these exclusive offers will help them do so,” says Bruce Hutchison, the MD of O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges in an interview at Midgard Country Estate in Windhoek.
Midgard means “the Empire for the People”, and O&L take people very seriously.
“O&L Lodges wish to represent a fully Namibian culture especially to foreigners.  Namibians are usually warm, sincere and down to earth people and that is the hospitality we wish to give here at Midgard,” says Hutchison.
O&L Leisure Hotels and Lodges runs several world class facilities and services in Naimibia, with their operations premised at Mokuti Lodge in Etosha and the superlative Midgard Country Estate.
In an industry where some players believe world class tourism means the same thing as expensive services, O&L break the mould. Consider this: rates range from R390 per adult in a double room including a full breakfast buffet at Midgard, while R 490 is what Mokuti Lodge will ask  if you are an adult wishing to stay at that facility in Etosha, home of one of the world’s finest national parks.
Additionally, families can enjoy major savings, with children aged zero to four-years-old who are sharing a room with their parents not paying a cent.
Children who are between five and 12-years-old pay 50 percent of the adult rate per night.
Thomas Mueller, who is the GM for Marketing & IT at O&L Leisure, says to make things easier for potential guests, the group has revamped its online operations.
Travelers now have access to new state-of-the-art websites that are highly interactive and offer quick and easy access to essential information about the destinations they wish to visit.
In an endeavor to enhance the quality of information to travelers the websites boasts a modern interface that is easy on the eye and is compatible with PC web browsers, smartphones and tablet devices.
Most importantly these websites feature real-time availability, online booking and secure payment possibilities as well as a direct live chat and a smart enquiry system entirely integrated in the central sales and reservations platform for instant quality replies.
 “The new websites are very user friendly; providing video footage, photographs and reviews of the lodges by other visitors.
“The revamp was done as part of the ongoing effort of O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges to inform and interact with travelers from across the world,” Mueller said.


May 2013
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