Study Tours

Two post-Conference study tours are being organized, and full details can be found below. Tours may be subject to change, but participants will be notified at the earliest opportunity. Study tour places can be booked during the registration process, and we advise you to book in good time as places are limited.

Tour A: South to Neckartal, Naute, Oanab and Hardap / Five days

Day 1: The group will set off after breakfast to travel by luxury coach to the south of the country. The first stop will be at the 50 m-high double curvature Oanab arch dam, completed in 1990. It has a reservoir capacity of 34 x 106m3. After the visit the group will continue, stopping en route for lunch, to the Maritz Country Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: The highlight of the tour will be a site visit to the recently completed 76 m-high Neckartal RCC dam, is now impounding. The purpose of the dam is irrigation water supply; the reservoir will have a full gross capacity of 857 x 106m3. The concrete volume of the dam, being built by Salini-Impregilo for the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, is about 1 x 106m3. The project is designed to support the development of the area by irrigating 5000 ha of land for cultivation, generating employment for hundreds of local people. There should be time for sightseeing in the Fish River Canyon area.

The second night will also be spent at the Maritz Country Lodge.

Day 3: There will be a short morning visit to the Naute dam. Naute, completed in 1972, is a 37 m-high concrete arch dam. It impounds water from the Löwen river, a tributary of the Fish river. The tour will then travel north The overnight stay will be at the Hardap resort, overlooking the reservoir. There will be a chance to see black rhino, mountain zebras, elands and white pelicans

Day 4: The final technical visit, in the morning, will be to the Hardap dam, a 34 m-high CFRD with an asphaltic concrete facing. It has a central concrete spillway equipped with four radial gates. After the visit, the group will continue the journey north back to Windhoek, arriving in time to relax before a farewell dinner and overnight stay at the Hilton Hotel.

Day 5: The tour will end after breakfast, and transfers will be available to the airport.

Price: US$ 830 per person sharing a double room; US$ 1005 per person in a single room

Neckartal RCC dam

Tour B: North, to Etosha and Ruacana / Five days

Day 1: The group will travel by coach north from Windhoek to Tsumeb, passing through Okahandja and Otjiwarogo, stopping for a visit to Otjikoto lake. The overnight stay will be at Tsumeb.

Day 2: After an early breakfast, the tour will head on to the Ruacana hydro station, via Ondangwa and Oshakati. Originally commissioned in 1978, the underground Ruacana plant was equipped with three Francis turbines with a total installed capacity of 240 MW. A fourth unit was added, by Andritz Hydro, in 2009. After more than 33 years of operation, NamPower decided in 2013 to refurbish the original three turbines to improve the hydraulic performance of the runners in terms of efficiency and maximum power output. A new control system has also been provided. The overnight stay will be at the Ruacana Eha Lodge.

Day 3: The tour will visit the world-famous Etosha National Park, where there will be a full day game drive, before an overnight stay at Okaukuejo Camp (chalet accommodation).

Day 4: The group will travel back to Windhoek, for a farewell supper and overnight stay at the Hilton hotel.

Day 5: The tour will end after breakfast, and transfers will be available to the airport.

Price: US$ 795 per person sharing a double room; US$ 1100 per person in a single room


Ruacana hydro station

Conference Programme

AFRICA 2019 will be the third international conference focusing on water storage and renewable energy development in Africa, co-hosted by Aqua~Media International and the International Commission on Large Dams.

The two main utilities, NamWater and NamPower, welcome international experts to come and exchange experience on key topics relating to water storage and renewable energy. Namibia has experienced a period of exceptional growth and economic stability (IMF Annual Report 2017), making it a prime destination for investments in the hydro sector.


Monday 1 April

Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons’ & Speakers meetings and reception.


Tuesday 2 April

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Wednesday 3 April

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Thursday 4 April

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors


  • 2 - 4 April 2019
  • Windhoek - Namibia
Gilkes - water-to-wire solutions
Gilkes - Water-to-wire solutions