Duration & Fees
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30% deposit is required to secure a booking - balance due 3 months prior to departure
- Full Board includes Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch plus one activitey per person per day to the value of 500 NAD
What's not included
- International flights
- Travel Insurance to include repatriation
- Telephone calls
- Transfers to and from the lodge (transfers from Windhoek City or Airport can be arranged for £29 per person one way)
This beautiful lodge is based at the Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary that offers a safe haven for wildlife in trouble from all over Namibia, particularly big cats. An ongoing volunteer project is in place where people from all over the world visit and help look after the animals. This guest lodge is unique in that the profits go directly into funding the Bushman Medical Clinic and the Wildlife Sanctuary (both of which have ongoing volunteer projects which you can join) - click here for more information
The guest lodge opened in September 2007 and is conveniently located only 42 km east of the Namibian capital city, Windhoek, and about 20km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport, perfectly situated to start of finish your trip to Namibia. Although the farm is only 35 minutes’ drive from Windhoek there is a sense of remoteness. The lodge has been built in a 1500 ha game camp near the Otjihase River that cuts through the farm in summer months. The area is a natural savannah paradise with riverine vegetation, lush grass plains and magnificent mountain views. "Hartebees", Oryx, and Kudu roam freely on the lush vegetation and the lodge provides a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of today's busy world. Every possible precaution has been taken to minimize environmental impact and a distinctive architectural style infusing a bit of luxury with Namibian sensibility creates an aesthetic in harmony with nature. Only indigenous planting is permitted and sensitively positioned suites ensure privacy and the best possible views.
Each of the six luxurious en-suite chalets is a delightful blend of rich ethnicity and modern luxury and offers a secluded retreat from the ruggedness of Africa.
All rooms are lavishly appointed and have been designed to offer total privacy and comfort in harmony with their surroundings. Rooms boast large twin beds, air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and each has its own private veranda with views overlooking the beautiful bush veldt.
Each villa has been designed with immaculate attention to detail to create a feeling of natural luxury and comfort. The lodge design incorporates the ethnic and rustic atmosphere of Africa, whilst offering the ultimate in luxury accommodation. Each villa is under a thatch roof that exudes embracing warmth in winter and coolness in summer. Grass, wooden logs, stones, mohair together with extravagant linen and bedding are a unique combination that compliments the lodge.
The location of the lodges offers malaria free sightings of a wide variety of animal species and thrilling adventure options and impressive carnivore viewings are offered. It is possible to enjoy a sundowner while pausing on the escarpment to absorb the golden beauty as the sun sinks below the horizon, painting the whole area in an unbelievable mixture of colour.
Guests can enjoy Nature Drives and Nature walks, which are an excellent means to spot different bird species, meercats or small antelope.
Photographic tours give great opportunities to capture fantastic shots of animal life and memorable encounters in this unique ecological and wildlife system of this part of Namibia.
At an additional cost, there are a number of exciting optional activities available.
These include activities such as: carnivore feeding tous and bird watching walks, which provide unique and memorable wildlife experinces.
Optional activities also include great photo opportunties involving spending a blissful hour with tame Cheetahs or partaking on a Caracel walk, where guests get the chance to see how these beautiful animals behave in the wild.
Guests can also choose to partake in a Stargazing evening- a great way to experince the breathtaking Namiban bush at night.
All efforts are made to direct the local communities to preserve the endangered wildlife population and even local farmers have joined in the effort. The aim is twofold: to provide the guests with luxury but such that integrates with the environment and enables conservation and the rescue of species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat. Threatened animals are rescued, given a range of complete health check ups, cared for and/or relocated to other conservation friendly farms with proper habitat and food chain. The emphasis is for guests to gain an ecological understanding of the savannah and bush-veldt, and the surrounding area that will leave them with a sense of fulfilment and achievement. In order to preserve the soul of this farmland, a landscape garden of only indigenous plants and trees has been incorporated and a management conservation plan has been developed to work closely together with landowners, traditional communities, Ministry of Wildlife and Environment and affected government departments.
Wildlife and Rehabilitation Centre
The Centre was developed to care for orphaned and injured animals. It currently provides a safe sanctuary for lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs within large purpose built enclosures which are surrounded by electric fencing powered by solar panels. The smaller animals such as baboons, meerkats, mongoose and African wild cats are cared for by volunteers from across the world who pay to stay as working guests in order to gain hands on experience with African wildlife and who play an important role in maintaining and building new enclosures, feeding and grooming the animals and partaking in the rescue and release (when possible) of animals that come to the Sanctuary.
A successful community development and outreach programme has been established, the focus of which is to educate the local San-Bushmen to work in the tourist industry, finding employment in and around the lodge.
Profit from the Lodge is ploughed into the conservation projects, and to support a medical outreach project for the Bushmen community. Guests who gain an understanding of the ways of the Bushmen community, with their humble and friendly way of living, feel as though they have experienced a different part of Africa – essential to an understanding of the complexity of this wonderful continent.
The six luxurious en-suite lodges, which are set on the slopes of a dolomite hill offering expansive views over bushveldt, riverbed, hills and plans, are a delightful blend of rich ethnic and modern luxury, decorated in soft earthy tones - a quiet retreat from the ruggedness of Africa.
Each en-suite unit is positioned so that it has a broad vista and total privacy. Secluded and individual, each lodge is designed with the same attention to detail and the design incorporates the ethnic and rustic atmosphere of Africa, but offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation. All are under thatch that exudes embracing warmth in winter and coolness in summer.
Grass, wooden logs, stone and mohair together with extravagant linen and bedding are a unique combination that compliments each lodge which compromises a bar, dining room, lounge and kitchen with uninterrupted views and scenery of colour and contour.
Sumptuous meals are provided at the restaurant, unforgettable carnivore feeding tours, impressive game viewing, or sun downer excursions to witness the magnificent African Sunset ...
Namibia - Work At a Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
Why visit Namibia?
Namibia is one of those dreamlike places that makes one question whether something so visually fabulous could actually exist. It is characterised by vast open spaces, with breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. A predominantly arid country, Namibia can be divided into four main regions. The Namib Desert and vast plains of the Skeleton Coast in the west; the eastward-sloping Central Plateau; the Kalahari desert along the borders with South Africa and Botswana; and the densely wooded bushveld of the Kavango and Caprivi regions – a magical undeveloped oasis of waterways and wildlife, providing abundant game and birdlife viewing opportunities. Despite its harsh climate, Namibia has some of the world’s grandest national parks, ranging from the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, to the dune fields and desert plains of the Namib-Naukluft Park. The Namib-Naukluft Park is superb for hiking, with a number of spectacular trails. It is also home to the renowned dunes of Sossusvlei - said to be the highest in the world - and the fascinating Sesriem Canyon. Windhoek is the country’s geographical heart and commercial nerve centre, with an ethnic mix of people, while surfers, anglers and beach-lovers won’t want to miss Swakopmund, with its lively entertainment and sporting activities.
- Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s finest parks, both in size and diversity of wildlife.
- The Namib-Naukluft Park is the largest conservation area in Namibia and one of the largest in the world.
- Two spectacular deserts - the Kalahari and Namib - each with distinctive wildlife and scenery.
- The Namib, at 80 million years, is the world's oldest desert. Namib means “open space”.
- The Namib and Damaraland offer remarkably clear skies for astronomers and keen star gazers.
- Stunning Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon – it is 161km long, up to 27km wide and 550m deep.
- Sossusvlei are said to be the highest sand-dunes in the world.
- Superb birding and good fishing is available from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the northern border.
- Popular self-drive destination with excellent infrastructure.
- Largely malaria-free.
- More than 300 days of sunshine per year.
| Seasons ||Max ||Min
|Summer/wet (October - April)
|Winter/dry (May - September)
|Rainfall: October – December “little rains”, January to April more stormy period
The winter months (May - September) range from 25 to 30°C during the day but night temperatures may drop to below freezing. June to August is the dry season with very little rain. This can be a good time for game viewing as wildlife converge at the waterholes.
The summer months (October - April) can reach highs of over 40°C and nights in the 20°C range (in the arid central Namib Desert temperatures can fall to below freezing during the night). This is a summer rainfall area, but overcast and rainy days are few and far between. Welcome thundershowers may occur in the late afternoon, bringing relief to flora and fauna. In October and November, large herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, springbok and oryx migrate from the Namutoni area to Okaukuejo, where they remain until May.
Rainfall is heaviest in the northeast, which enjoys a sub-tropical climate, and reaches over 600mm annually along the Okavango River. The northern and interior regions experience ‘little rains’ between October and December, while the main stormy period occurs from January to April.
Population – 2.1 million
Capital - Windhoek
Currency - Namibian dollar
Language – official language English; most widely spoken is Afrikaans; half of all Namibians speak Oshiwambo as their first language. German is also widely spoken, plus some Portuguese.
Namib – means “open space”
Etosha – means “great white place”
Time difference – GMT +2 hours
Telephone – country code 264, international access code 00
I was a guest at the luxury lodge and I cannot rate this place highly enough. I absolutely loved it and if I ever go back to Africa, I will definitely be going back to this lodge
Karyn, Australia aged 26 (Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary Luxury Lodge)