Pepe Olivotto

Namibia’s most well-known lodge builder, Pepe Olivotto, grew up with a passion for timber and ran a carpentry business in Italy, before relocating to Morocco, Libya, Niger, Chad and Sudan as a Sahara Guide. From 1998 in Namibia, he worked for Wilderness Safaris in management and construction, building the Skeleton Coast Camp, Damaraland Camps, Little Kulala and Serra Cafema.

 Pepe Construction to built Onkoshi Camp, Etosha for NWR and numerous lodges since, among them the SORRI SORRI COMMUNITY LODGE

 

RAMMED EARTH CONSTRUCTION AT SORRI SORRI COMMUNITY LODGE

This presentation takes a look at building with rammed earth, an ancient technique for building walls, foundations, and floors using natural raw materials such as earth, chalk, lime or gravel compacted between formwork panels. The discussion will deal with its appearance, structural capability, thermal mass, insulation value, durability and moisture resistance, environmental impact, buildability, availability and cost