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Tourists escape unhurt from burning rolling hotel

Tourists escape unhurt from burning rolling hotel

Niël Terblanché

FIRE destroyed the iconic red overland hotel and bus combination that is regularly seen all over Namibia at the spots most visited by tourists earlier on Friday.


All of the tourists travelling in the bus were able to escape the inferno unhurt but had to stand and watch as their belongings were destroyed along with the rolling hotel.


A fire fighting team was dispatched from one of the nearby farms but by the time the volunteers arrived on the scene nothing more could be done to save the red rolling hotel.

The tour bus with its hotel in a trailer operated by Rotel Tours caught fire on the C14 Road between Walvis Bay and Solitaire about 15 kilometres away from the Kuiseb Pass.


The actual cause of the fire is unknown and would have to be determined by an investigation.


The rolling hotel features in many countries allover the world and is custom built buses in which guests can also sleep. The buses can sleep 24 – 34 guests, a driver and a tour guide. Guests ride in front during the day and then move to a triple deck of berths in the rear of the bus or as is the case in Namibia in the trailer at night.

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