Founded in the most northern parts of Namibia, is Exotic Travel & Safari, We specialize in offering tailor made tours focusing mainly in the Northern regions. Historically known as “ Owamboland”. Our passion is centred around offering a holiday experience with a difference that will linger long beyond the actual time spent in Namibia. Exotic Travel & Safari offers you a traditional homestead and culinary touring experience that provide our visitors with authentic Namibian memories
Our flagship products are ideally suited for travelers exiting Etosha National Park through the Northern gate en-route to other tourism destinations Our special tours provides opportunities to discover the diverse and rich culture on the Ovambos and the same time connecting the four northern regions to other tourism destinations such as Caprivi, Kavango or Western region. The highlight activities offered as part of Exotic Travel & Safari experience include authentic homestead real life experience, attending traditional weddings, Omaongo “ Marula” festival, cattle shows, trying out fine-specialty Namibian dishes and village walking experience.
Our tours are flexible, can be offered as part of the classic Namibia tour or modular adding value and diversity to other operators classic Namibia tours.
Exotic Travel & Safari is a one-stop service offering unique experience that combines nature, culture and wildlife experience in one tour.
After many years in the government sector, Hilya Taetutila Nghiwete
decided to contribute what she calls “my bit of national development”, through cultural tourism.
Not something that was born out of thin air, Hilya’s interest in tourism
originated way back, during her years in exile on the Island of Youth in Cuba. “Here I was both a tourist, and a scholar. Before my time in Cuba, I had no idea what tourism was all about. But during holidays, the Cuban government took us to many different holiday places, where we were entertained by cultural dancers, tried out traditional foods and took part in sightseeing.”
After independence she returned to Namibia to finish grade 12, and then started out as a clerk at Price Waterhouse Coopers. A year later, she started working at Gatheman’s Restaurant as waitress and says, “Ironically, now and me and Urs Gamma are working together as partners in tourism (cuisine tours).”
A whole range of different positions came after: secretary at the Venezuelan Embassy, audit clerk at the Office of the Auditor General, chartered company secretary, and undersecretary of finance, planning and administration at the Ministry of Education.
In between she finished her Diploma in Commerce and finally a MBA at the Cass Business School in London (UK) with a focus on Research Opportunities and Challenges for Namibia to become a Business Tourism Destination.
“As part of my research for my MBA, I realized that there’s a gap for cultural (authentic) tourism.”
Since then, she has also taken part in SME programmes organised by the NTB that has included mini-road shows to countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and most recently Belgium.
Hilya speaks English, her home language of Oshiwambo, and Spanish fluently.