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Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge

Windhoek, Namibia
from £175 (1 night)

Ref: AL002

Experience African wildlife at its best while staying in real luxury at the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary lodge/villas which are situated just 42 km east of Windhoek - a truly unique and beautiful location. The lodge offers a wide range of optional activities where visitors can get to experience the incredible work done at the sanctuary for wildlife in need, including Big Cats, Rhino the African Wild Dog to mention just a few. 

Who can join: Everyone welcome
Accommodation: Lodges or Villas (all en-suite)
Transfer time: 45 mins
Pick up Point: Transfer not included
Meals: DBB or Full Board Basis
Volunteer numbers:

Duration & Fees

1 night£175

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast - Double Occupancy

1 night£189

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast - Single Occupancy

1 night£200

Full Board - Double Occupancy

1 night£220

Full Board - Single Occupancy

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Start Dates

Open year round


30% deposit is required to secure a booking - balance due 3 months prior to departure

What's Included

  • Full Board Rate includes Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch plus one activity per person per day to the value of 650 NAD
  • DBB Rate includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Optional Lodge Activities
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance to include repatriation
  • Telephone calls
  • Transfers to and from the lodge 
  • Gratuities

This beautiful lodge and villas are based at the Naankuse 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 about volunteering at the Sanctuary

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, Kudu warthog and Giraffe 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.

At an additional cost, there are a number of exciting optional activities available.  Clients can choose to stay on a full board basis which includes 650 NAD per day do and put towards activities.

These include activities such as: Carnivore Feeding Tours, Caracel or Cheetah Experience, Ancient San Skills Academy, Rhino Tracking and Bird Watching Walks, which provide unique and memorable wildlife experinces. 

Guests can also choose to partake in Stargazing evening - a great way to experience 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.

Bushmen community

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.

Extra Information

A little bit of luxury at this lodge would be perfect for adding to the start or end of all of the volunteer projects in Namibia that we offer:

  • Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Teaching Project
  • Bushman Rural Medical Clinic
  • Desert Elephant
  • Naankuse Big Cat Research and Conservation Project

Check in and Check Out 

Check in time is 14.00 and Check out is 10.00

Activities Offered

Carnivore Feeding Tour 
Behind the Scenes with Malice
Ancient San Skills Academy
Horese Riding through the Reserve
Bushman Stories under the stars 
Cheetah and Caracal Walk 
Meerkat Experience
Game Drive
Elephant Tracking
Leopard Tracking
Sunset and Night Drive

Please note: Please contact Amanzi Travel for the current price of the activities.  There may also be a minimum number of participants for some activities.

Getting There

The Lodge is easily accessible from Windhoek City and Windhoek International Airport, where we can arrange for you to be met on arrival and transferred to the Lodge (approximately 45 minutes).  

Transfers from Windhoek City or Windhoek Airport to the lodge can be arranged for £38 each way for 1 person or £25 per person each way for 2 or more persons.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can arrange flights for you.  Please contact for a flight quote.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.


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 ...

There are also a variety or two, three and four bedroomed villas.  These villas are spread across the property – you will need to drive to and from the villa’s, but it is also possible to take a frisk walk..   If you do not want to drive transfers can be arranged on request.

Click here to view the full interactive mapNamibia 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.


Summer/wet (October - April) 40 °C 20 °C
Winter/dry (May - September) 25 °C 0 °C
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.

Key Facts

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

Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge

I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for your great support. Thank you for answering all my questions. Thank you for planning my volunteer and my stay at the N/a'an ku se lodge with all personal wishes that I had. Thank you for booking my fathers stay at the N/a'an kuse lodge. Thank you for the best experience I had in my life until now! :)


Everything was perfect and just the way I hoped it would be. The staff was very caring and friendly (at the volunteer camp and at the lodge). We had two amazing cottages and great food at the lodge. And at the camp I learned a lot about African animals, endangered species, the bushmen culture and much more.


Someday I´ll return to the sanctuary and I would always book the trip with you again.

Viola, aged 34, Germany (Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge, Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary)

Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge

Then overall standard of service provided by Amanzi Travel was excellent.

The volunteer project was valuable, as it helps the animals and the people. It is also good for the economy in the way that people earn money and do not have to poach.

Katie, aged 47, Belgium (Namibia and Botswana Adventure - 14 Days (Southbound), Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge)

Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge

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 (Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary Lodge)

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