This month’s Africa Adventure Travel GeoDirectory Project features six of Namibia’s finest safari properties. Tourism Tattler is offering South African travelers a chance to win a weekend breakaway voucher for two people sharing at any one of these lodges by placing a bid on auction at BidorBuy.co.za Note that these vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and the auction is only open for a limited period.
#1 Grootberg Lodge
Grootberg Lodge is perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau in Namibia and stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley, where 12 000 hectares have been set aside by the #Khoadi//Hoas community for conservation and tourism. Visitors can explore this pristine wilderness either by foot or car and experience encounters with the inhabitants of this remote biosphere.
Grootberg Lodge is a landmark in Namibia for the tourism industry as it is the first middle-market establishment in the country that is 100% owned by the community conservancy. For travellers making the journey between Etosha and Swakopmund, this lodge provides an ideal midway stopover, whilst allowing guests to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland.
Read more: View the Grootberg Lodge GeoDirectory listing here.
#2 Hoada Campsite
Hoada Campsite is hidden among large grey granite boulders and mopani trees, in the Khoadi /Hoas conservancy 25km east of Grootberg Lodge or 75km on the C40 west from Kamanjab in Namibia.
Hoada (pronounced Waada – meaning “everybody”) offers travellers a serene home in the wilderness. Hoada Campsite is under the same management as the Grootberg Lodge, the historic, initiative funded by the European Union and wholly owned by the people of the conservancy.
There are currently three exclusive campsites, each of which can accommodate eight people, with ample designated areas for four tents or vehicles with roof-top tents. The Group campsite can take up to 14 guests and the site has male and female ablution facilities.
Read more: View the Hoada Campsite GeoDirectory listing here.
#3 Hobatere Lodge
Hobatere Lodge is located 65 km north of Kamanjab on the western border of Etosha National Park. The lodge has an airstrip and is situated in a concession area of 8,808 hectares in the region of Damaraland, which is home to a wide selection of game, including elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, eland, and Hartmann’s zebra.
The lodge can accommodate 16 guests in 6 twins, 6 doubles, and 2 single rooms. Each room has a shower, toilet and washbasin complimented with the necessary guest amenities. Each room also has a deck in front of the unit. A coffee and tea station with hot water flask (refillable at reception) is included for your convenience. The lodge has a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge, bar area, and outside veranda with views over the waterhole. A small curio shop is available.
Read more: View the Hobatere Lodge GeoDirectory listing here.
#4 Auas Safari Lodge
Auas Safari Lodge is nestled in an expanse of African savannah in the shadow of the Auasberge Mountains – the highest mountain range in Namibia that extends for 56 kilometers, and is rich in flora and fauna. Moltkeblick (2,479 m) is the highest peak in the range, and the second highest in the country. ThisLodge is a perfect choice for your first night in Namibia as the lodge it is located less than an hour away from the Hosea Kutako international airport near Windhoek.
The Lodge offers 16 comfortably furnished, en-suite rooms, with a terrace for guests to get in touch with the unique natural surroundings. Coffee and tea is available in each room as well as WiFi. The Lodge has a swimming pool where guests can enjoy a truly fascinating view of the sunset, game and landscape combined. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the lodge dining area as well as on the patio. Bar and Lapa facilities are also available.
Read more: View the Auas Safari Lodge GeoDirectory listing here.
#5 Fish River Lodge
If it’s wide open spaces, amazing views, and an exhilarating 4×4 Namibian adventure that you’re after, then Fish River Lodge is definitely for you. Just getting to Fish River Lodge is an adventure in itself, as the 19km access road passes through river beds and across open plains edged with ragged mountains, where you may glimpse Kudu and Ostrich in the dry river beds.
Making the most of the beautiful vistas, the Fish River Lodge has been built in harmony with its stark, striking surroundings. Completed in 2009, all the buildings that make up the lodge pay tribute to the amazing landscape, offering spectacular views of the Fish River Canyon from sunrise to sunset.
Read more: View the Fish River Lodge GeoDirectory listing here.
#6 Shipwreck Lodge
Launching in February 2017, Shipwreck Lodge will grace the famous Skeleton Coast Central Concession of Namibia, an area covering approximately 146,600 hectares between the Hoarusib and Hoanib Rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, only 45 km from Möwe Bay in the Kunene Region of North-western Namibia.
This concession area is a vulnerable and irreplaceable wildlife habitat for rare and endangered species, including black rhinoceros, desert elephant, black faced impala and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Importantly it hosts the only other viable lion population in Namibia outside of the Etosha National Park. Visitors value the area for its landscapes, unique desert dwelling large mammals, traditional cultures, quality of its remoteness, sense of isolation and perception of uncrowded ‘exclusivity’.
Guests can look forward to sundowners on the expansive restaurant deck or cooling off in the swimming pool, whilst appreciating the harshness of the desert.
Read more: View the Shipwreck Lodge GeoDirectory listing here.
All of these Namibian Safari Lodges are proudly managed by Journeys Namibia – a hospitality and property management company of choice for both private and community owned lodges that support sustainable eco tourism, and want their guests to have a personalised and authentic experience, which stems from service excellence by community employed personnel.
For more information visit www.journeysnamibia.com
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