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Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

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Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

I received this e mail this evening. Such a shame as it is a wonderful place. I sometimes wonder what goes through the people in powers heads when it comes to these things. First Sossus on Foot can no longer run their fantastic, informative trips, now Steve and Louise have trouble. So sad.

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We regret to inform you that the likelihood of Hobatere Lodge being able to continue in the future as before is not clear. We are doing all we can to ascertain Hobatere’s future in the tourism industry but it is less than clear at the present time to know what the future decision will be. You have our assurance that as soon as the authorities indicate their intentions in this regard all operators and our loyal supporters will be informed immediately.

As our contract to manage and run the concession has not yet been renewed, we hope you will understand that it is impossible for us to guarantee any future reservations. We tender our sincere apologies for any inconvenience which our state of uncertainty may be causing, but we are afraid we cannot hold to our declared expectation of being able to re-open the lodge on 1 May. As a result, we have to suggest that anyone holding reservations at Hobatere after that date should consider making a contingency plan to move them somewhere else. All prepaid reservations will be refunded. We will let you know as soon as we have any further clarity regarding the future of Hobatere and have this information relayed on to you.

Regarding the Hobatere campsite, please note that the campsite now falls within the “roadside concession” which went out on public tender. Hobatere Lodge will no longer be responsible for any further campsite reservations. For future reservations please contact the Ehirovipuka Conservancy, Chairman: Asser Cell: +264 813523091.

STEVE & LOUISE BRAINE

Hobatere Lodge

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If you have bookings with Hobatere then it would be a good idea to contact Erika at Islands in Africa who handle their bookings to make alternative arrangements, as from my knowledge these things can take a lot of time to sort out.

All the best Steve and Louise!!!

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1. Re: Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

A great shame. Two of the nicest folk you would wish to meet. I have stayed there each time I have visited Namibia. In fact you could say that I visit Hobatere rather than Namibia.

Namibia without Louise and Steve at Hobatere will not be the same for me and I may well not return.

Somebody should tell those folks in Windhoek that tourism is about people and not about silly power games! I thought those days were over.

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2. Re: Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

Sorry in my previous message It should have said contact Michaela at Islands in Africa.

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3. Re: Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

Sad news indeed, Steve and Louise really have been an asset too the Namibian tourism industry for a very long time. I hope they are not totally lost to the hospitality/tourism/conservation industries.

The unfortunate thing is, there are a number of other great lodges and legends in the industry who could have the same happening to them. Lets hope sanity and not greed prevails.

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Then it is up to you folks in the Industry to protest loud and hard to the Ostriches who are messing with peoples livlihoods. It will irrevocably damage the industry and in these straightened times you/Namibia cannot afford that.

People will simply go else where. South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Botswana are not that far away.

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5. Re: Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

As with most things, Mfuwe has said it better and sooner than I. Sad indeed,

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6. Re: Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

How devastating to hear of your disasterous fire! I have stayed with you twice, the first time was in 2007 with the Green Tours trip when you were our guide, Steve, and then in 2008 with the November Naturetrek trip.

I had toyed with the idea of returning for a much longer stay as it is such an amazing place.

I have told your sad news to Rob and Chris Lorch who were with me in '07. We send you our best wishes for the future.

Jean Kreiseler

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7. Re: Sad News - Hobatere Lodge

Does anyone know why the governement has not agreed to renew their contract?

We are planning to go to Namibia in May/June of next year and based on all the wonderful reccomendations on this site were looking forward to staying at Hobatere. Sad news indeed :(

--Eban

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