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NamibRand Nature Reserve

The NamibRand Nature Reserve, located in southern Namibia, is a private nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert. Conserving the pro-Namib, the area along the eastern edge of the Namib Desert, is critically important in order to facilitate seasonal migratory wildlife routes and to protect biodiversity. It is probably the largest private nature reserve in southern Africa, extending over an area of more than 200,000 ha. The Reserve shares a 100km border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park in the west and is bordered in the east by the imposing Nubib Mountains. Virtually all facets of the Namib Desert are represented on the Reserve – sand and gravel plains and stretches of savanna alternate with mountain ranges, inselbergs and vegetated dune belts.

The NamibRand Nature Reserve is a model for private conservation in southern Africa as it demonstrates holistic biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability. Low-impact ecotourism is a means towards sustaining our conservation efforts through park fees. Five tourism concessions have been awarded, that each pay a daily, per-bed fee to the Reserve. The funds generated through these park fees enable the Reserve to be financially self-sustaining.

Nils Odendaal, CEO

Nils Odendaal has been part of the NRNR team since 2004. After many years in conservation with Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation as well as the Namibia Nature Nature Foundation, he started as Control Warden, based at Keerweder and was promoted to CEO in 2009. His passion and stellar leadership have been integral in allowing NRNR to grow and reach new heights. His hands-on field experience allows for a great working relationship thanks to an understanding of what it entails and how it works! A lot of admin and ground-laying work is done by him in Windhoek, which is pivotal to the success of NRNR. His strong, calm and open-minded leadership hand in hand with an open door policy for all allow the NRNR team to flourish.