Brandberg White Lady Lodge

You have travelled! You have seen places! Brandberg White Lady Lodge in Damaraland will add to your travel experience through Damaraland. This is our promise.

Since its opening in 2002, Brandberg White Lady Lodge has become a destination of choice for nature orientated touristslooking for an experienced guide to take them on a wildlife safari in Damaraland.

Our clients visit us from all over the globe not only for our experience and professionalism, but also for our hospitality in the Lodge, the friendliness of our staff and the tranquility of the Damaraland Camp. Brandberg White Lady Lodge in Damaraland is a place where you will feel at home and enjoy a true warm-hearted hospitality and friendship. Whether you camp or stay in a chalet - there will be nothing you'll miss.

Here, at the foot of Namibia's highest Mountain, nothing has changed since the earth's early days. Clocks, cellphones and watches are not part of this world. Here, you have got time.

Camp Aussicht is a unique restcamp in the Kaokoveld situated south of Opuwo. The camp offers four guest rooms and five campsites. Owner Marius Steiner keeps very personal contact to the guests and offers walks into the old Dioptase mine. To reach the camp, which is a bit off the beaten track, a 4x4 car is recommended.

Situated in the middle of lovely nowhere in the northwest of Namibia, Camp Aussicht ("Camp with a View") offers exactly what it’s name promises: spectacular views of Damara and Kaokoland.

Marius Steiner will gladly make your stay unforgettable. Whether you are camping and self catering or staying in the small lodge (with 4 double rooms). Camp Aussicht is also a wonderful stop over on your way to Epupa and/or Etosha.

Camp Aussicht sits on top of a hill overlooking Damaraland to the west. Originally practically single handedly built as a dioptase mine (a rare mineral found only here and in Russia) Marius Steiner started a small lodge and campsite. There are 4 double rooms and 2 ‘bucket showers’ which is both environmentally friendly and a lot of fun. Tap your bucket of hot water directly from the wood fired boiler and pour it into the bucket shower. You will find one bucket is enough! There are 2 toilets outside, simple but clean. Breakfast and dinner are served either on the terrace or in the dining room. Current (220V) is available for charging batteries etc.

Just above the lodge area you’ll find the perfect camp spot. There are 5 places with enough room for your car, tent and braai.

Huddled in the rocks, with sweeping views across the Aba Huab valley, Camp Kipwe is full of surprises, starting when guests first arrive. 

It appears as if rocks have tumbled down the hill to reveal this gem of a camp. The setting is one of intimacy and space. An inviting lounge area, where birds fly in to enjoy the water seeping from the rocks, a refreshing swimming pool nestled in the rocks and a scattering of bungalows complete this eco friendly camp. The surrounding space and endless views of Damaraland cannot be contained. They beckon you to explore – enjoy an early morning game drive in search of elusive desert dwelling elephants, hike in the ancient surroundings of the Aba Huab River or travel back in time at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Organic and understated, the rooms at Camp Kipwe are like extensions of the rocks themselves. Inside the dome shaped space, you feel like entering a secluded cave and becoming one with the landscape. Natural touches – rocks embedded in the floor, animals carved into the wood, mimicking the area’s famous engravings – add to the unique sense of place found at Camp Kipwe. Nestled against the boulders, the partially open, outdoor bathrooms provide a bit of whimsy in the bush, while a small deck extends the living space, connecting guests to the riverbed and the views beyond. There are nine rooms at Camp Kipwe and one sprawling, thatched roof suite full of unexpected luxuries, surprising pops of color and spectacular views.

Climb into an open-air vehicle and experience the rush of Africa. Kipwe’s local guides share with their guests an intimate knowledge and respect for the land that they have built up over a lifetime. With new insight into local traditions, you will come to fully appreciate the geology, botany and wildlife of the area. Local villagers are welcoming and keen to share their experiences.

Nestled on the banks of the Kwando river (Zambezi Region – Caprivi, Namibia), Camp Kwando invites you to come and explore the hidden treasures of an untamed land. Capture the spirit of the African bush while sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experience the thrill of the hauntingly beautiful call of the African fish eagle

A range of accommodation options are available. The island accommodates thirteen thatched tents on the bank of the river. Each one has two beds. Every bed is equipped with a mosquito net. Built on poles with a deck overlooking the river. 

Six larger luxury chalets on stilts are also available on higher ground, built on high poles, made of wood and canvas, along with thatched roofs. Conveniently placed in the middle of the trees, they allow for an incredible view of the Botswana plains. Each chalet on stilts has a large bedroom, stylishly furnished; a large en-suite bathroom as well as an expanding deck.

The camping is situated between the main building and the island. The surface is covered by grass and magnificent trees providing shade during the hotter hours of the day. Four private campsites provide a lot of space and have private ablutions as well as a braai place, hot/cold water and electricity during generator hours. Campers are more than welcome at our bar and of course to use our pool.

Several activities are available. Try our boat cruise: this is a very relaxing trip while enjoying the nature. It is a great way to see birds and if you are lucky you may encounter some hippos, elephants, buffaloes and more on the way. The boat cruise takes approximately 2 hours and departs twice a day: early morning and in the afternoon. 

Experience comfortable drives In neighbouring parks: our specially equipped cars will allow comfortable drives in the neighbouring parks, under the protection of its canvas roof. Game drives leave in the morning and in the afternoon, usually to Mudumu Game Park, and include a relaxing break where drinks shall be served. On request, we can organize a day trip to Bwabwata National Park. Bush lunch and drinks are provided. Our priority is for you to encounter wildlife!

Experience the local traditions: Just next door to Camp Kwando is the village where most of our staff comes from. The villagers have created a traditional village where they will present you various fishing and hunting techniques, as well as their traditions on their everyday life. Most of it has been protected for the last centuries. During this visit, the medicine Man of the village will show you how different dances were used against various illnesses or to cure other problems!

Enjoy being in a bird paradise: On demand, we offer aspecialised cruise focused on bird observation to make the best of the 450 species that can be seen on the bank of the Kwando river.

Challenge yourself to a trophy catch: Our fishing tackle allows for a group of four on request to go fishing on the Kwando River. For the more adventurous angler, Tiger Fish, with trophies weighing up to eight pounds, have been caught in our waters, no doubt a challenging catch.

The Kunene legend in the Marienfluss Valley!

Camp Syncro is located at the northern end of Marienfluss valley, right at the edge of the Kunene river, at the border to Angola. It is a remote paradise where you can find a place of recreation, far off civilisation-induced stress.

Camp Syncro comprises currently 4 campsites, each with an individual braai area. Hot/cold showers, flushing toilets can be found in the ablution block.

Cold beverages, ice and firewood are always ready to enhance your experience in the Marienfluss.

Stunning views of the wild plains of the Chobe River

An intimate refuge, guests can enjoy the privacy offered by our six campsites.

Wildlife in abundance, evenings at the campfire, a hearty barbecue - campers can experience it all in an authentic, natural environment. Just 4km from the Ngoma border post between Namibia and Botswana and close to the mesmerizing wonders of the Chobe National Park, Chobe River Campsite is every wildlife and bird enthusiast’s dream.

Just a stone’s throw away, Chobe River Camp awaits guests and offers the opportunity for guests to enjoy a dip in the pool or a tasty dinner. Experience the African dream within the comfort that is Namibian hospitality.

In 2017 Gondwana Collection Namibia took over the existing joint venture agreement with the Salambala Conservancy when it bought the Camp. The agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from Chobe River Camp are shared with the Salambala Conservancy. It also ensures that local employment and empowerment is nurtured.

Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats.

Situated in the Eastern Caprivi, Zambezi Province of Namibia, a narrow strip of country on the northern bank of the Chobe River, Chobe Savanna Lodge overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats.

The Chobe River is home to large herds of Elephant, Buffalo and Hippo, as well as dense concentrations of other wildlife – including the rare Puku antelope – which come down to the river’s edge to drink and graze.

Chobe Savanna Lodge is set in a classic African Savanna environment of sweeping vistas. The focal point of the lodge is a thatched, open-sided main building that features a 270 degree view over the Chobe River and beyond to the Chobe National Park.

Attractive gardens featuring a secluded swimming pool further enhance the lodge’s enviable location. In addition to the scheduled game-viewing activities, Chobe Savanna Lodge is also a perfect venue for guests to simply take time out to watch the natural world go by in one of the most spectacular settings imaginable.

In a wide valley sometimes flush with grass, Desert Rhino Camp lies in the enormous Palmwag Concession.

In what is known as a public-private-community partnership, Wilderness Safaris has partnered with the three communities that administer the Palmwag Concession, where a percentage of turnover from Desert Rhino Camp, as well as a minimum annual fee, is paid to the conservancies. The conservancies involved, known as the Big Three, are Torra, Anabeb and Sesfontein.

Desert Rhino Camp works closely with Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRTN), a highly-respected NGO almost single-handedly responsible for the preservation of Critically Endangered desert-adapted black rhino in the area. SRTN focuses on the protection, monitoring and understanding of the local black rhino population and is funded through donations and partnerships. Thanks to its work, rhino population numbers have quintupled over the past 30 years. The challenge they now face is increased poaching in the sub-region.

Here, guests set out in the morning by vehicle to follow the SRTN monitors as they track one of their charges. Long distances are covered in the expansive terrain, with sometimes unexpectedly rewarding wildlife to be seen along the way.

Doro Nawas rests on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area.

The vast Doro !Nawas Conservancy comprises over 400 000 hectares and is home to some 450 community members. In addition to acting as landlords in the conservancy, these community members hold a 40% share in Wilderness Safaris Doro Nawas Camp. All camp staff come from the community and receive skills training from Wilderness Safaris. Benefits flow directly to the conservancy and its members.

Doro Nawas rests on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River overlooking ancient plains with glorious views of the rugged Damaraland area. The camp provides an excellent base for exploring in game drive vehicles and on foot, as well as excursions to view fascinating geological phenomena, petroglyphs (prehistoric rock engravings) and San rock art at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first World Heritage Site.

Epupa Camp offers you a relaxing yet exhilarating few days of personalised service and excellent meals in the seclusion of a lush riverine wilderness of ana trees, wild figs, makalani palms and baobabs.

We are situated on the southern bank of the Kunene River, from which the Kunene Region in the northwest of Namibia, takes its name. Epupa Falls, acclaimed by many international travel writers as a must-see tourism destination, is about as far north as you can drive in Namibia.

Epupa Camp offers three kinds of accommodation, namely tented rooms, self-catering tented-campsites and traditional campsites, where you do the do-it-yourself-roughing-it, or the city-sleeker caravan or rooftop camping.

The ten comfortable safari-style tents consist of eight twin tented rooms, one honeymoon tented room with a queen-sized bed and a four-bed family tented room, all with en suite bathrooms. The tents have electrical lights and mosquito netting at the windows and doors. Shaded patios in front of the tents overlook the Kunene River on its flow to the Atlantic Ocean.

Apart from our private island and swimming pool with a river view, our facilities include an outdoor bar with free wifi, lounge with small library and dining room. Activities include guided cultural tours, sundowner drives, rafting on the Kunene River and several nature walks.

To experience Epupa Falls and the area in its full splendour, a minimum stay of two nights, ideally three, is recommended.

Guests booked on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis will be informed about meal times upon arrival. Lunches have to be booked in advance. Self catering camping guests and day visitors are welcome to book meals. Kindly note that this should be done about 24 hours in advance.

Conservancy Safaris co-owns, markets and manages the stunningly located self-catering Etaambura Camp – the name means the place from where you can see the rain.

Etaambura, Namibia’s first Himba co-owned camp is situated in Orupembe Conservancy on top of one of the highest hills above the holy plains of Onjuva where livestock and springbok peacefully graze together. It is small and exclusive, offering ten beds only.

The holy plains are steeped in mystery, with several different stories of why the area was consecrated by the semi-nomadic Himba herders who live here. But one thing is sure, hunting is strictly forbidden. Tradition has it that animals on the plains are protected by the ancestral spirits.

Etaambura is the ideal place to relax. You might see a klipspringer or at dusk, a Jameson’s rock rabbit. Tiny footprints are evidence of genets and African wildcats. The calls of a diversity of birds, the whispery rustle of paper-bark and other commiphora trees, bottle trees in bloom, the rich hues of purple-pod terminalia with 360 degree views make this camp unforgettable. After a game drive where you might be fortunate enough to see black rhino, enjoy a stroll and explore the hill, a botanical treasure trove with its many endemic species of plants and shrubs. Or just chill on one of the decks and enjoy the view with a sundowner.

Where man treads lightly and nature is respected.

Dramatically set in the foothills of the Grootberg massif, Etendeka Mountain Camp appeals to the traveller who is prepared to step outside of their comfort zone and experience this remote wilderness with its harsh beauty in an authentic way. Here one is reminded that we are all guests of Mother Nature.

Pathways lead to ten private shaded en-suite Meru tents with their stunning eco-friendly open-air “bucket” showers. It is simple comfort in a rugged and harsh landscape

A rich and diverse environment to be explored on foot or on a scenic drive. The Etendeka basalt lava flows and flat top mountains are nothing short of spectacular and although seemingly inhospitable are full of hidden life.

A highly successful Joint Venture Tourism agreement exists between The Omatendeka and Anabeb Communal Conservancies, Big Sky Lodges and Dennis Liebenberg for the management of the 400km² Etendeka Concession. All operations on this Concession directly benefit the people of these two Conservancies who live in remote and isolated areas bordering the concession in the north.

What started out as a micro-project 30 years ago, has evolved into a viable way of generating income for the, largely female, population of craft makers in Nyae Nyae Conservancy.

The truly artisanal craft makers of the Nyae Nyae Conservancy produce traditional jewellery using ostrich egg shells. This jewellery is of such an exceptional quality that it is being exported and sold in Europe.

The project now supports over 200 craft makers and their dependents.

Hidden among large grey granite boulders and mopane trees, Hoada Campsite has the trimmings of a serene home in the wilderness.

A well-maintained gravel road leads to the camp, located approximately 75 km west of Kamanjab. Pitch your tent in one of the spacious campsites or book one of our permanent tents. Each site has ample space for roof tents and is equipped with a kitchen area and braai facilities, a flush toilet and an open-air shower with warm water. On hot afternoons, take a dip in the pool nestled between the rocks and enjoy a drink on the wooden decks around it. 

Nestled on the banks of the Otjovasandu River in the north, Hobatere Lodge promises uniquely Namibian encounters. The lodge is situated in a concession area of 8 808 hectares, which is home to a rich diversity of game, including elephant and lion.

With conservation in mind, the lodge is actively involved in promoting the peaceful co-existence of man and nature. Thatched roofs keep the well-appointed chalets cool and offer shade against the heat of the African savannah. Hobatere offers a walk on the wild side and is a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers.

Thatched roofs keep the well-appointed chalets cool and shade guest areas against the heat of the African savannah.

A dip in the pool washes away the dust after a day of game viewing while friendly staff prepares homemade meals.

A private airstrip makes access even easier to accommodate guests who prefer to fly in.

Hobatere offers a walk on the wild side and is a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers.

Nestled  on  the  banks  of the  Otjovasandu River in the  north  of Namibia, Hobatere Lodge offers you a uniquely Namibian encounter.

The lodge is situated in a concession  area of 8,808 hectares on the western border of Etosha  and is home to a rich diversity of game, including elephant and lion.

With conservation in mind, the lodge is actively involved in promoting the peaceful co-existence of man and nature.

Access is made even easier with a private airstrip to accommodate guests who prefer to fly in.

Staying with us

Well-appointed chalets  and  guest  areas  are  shaded  by thatched roofs, cooling the air with fragrant scents of African savannah.

Six cozy bungalows as well as six luxurious, adjoining rooms provide comfortable living. The en-suite  bathrooms each  have  a shower, toilet and washbasin complimented with guest amenities. Complete with a writing desk, private deck and a small coffee and tea station, this will be like a second home in the wild.

A dip in the pool washes away the dust after a day of game viewing while friendly staff prepare homely meals for hungry explorers.

Experiences

Staying at Hobatare Lodge allows guests  to become  immersed  in the untamed wilds of Damaraland. The area is a paradise for nature lovers and the proximity of the waterhole ensures an exceptionally intimate experience with the wild creatures that frequent the area.

Sip on a cool drink while a breath away a variety of antelope and big cats like lion, leopard and cheetah quench their own thirsts.

This is tourism  with heart.  Your patronage will contribute to the overall  sustainability   of  the   conservancy   and   conservation  in the area. Monthly financial contributions to the ≠Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy, provides employment  and support to the local community.

Adventures

Embark on an early morning  game drive that  will take  you on an exploration through the bush and savannah. Trained guides will help you spot a rich variety of animals from elephant to Hartmann’s zebra. Night drives offer a unique opportunity to encounter nocturnal animals like bat-eared fox, aardwolf and genet.

The lodge is close to a number  of key attractions including Etosha National Park, Damaraland and Opuwo. Its strategic location makes it perfect as either a stop-over or base camp for your travels.

Guided excursions into Etosha are great for those who would prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Hobatere truly offers a walk on the wild side.

House on the Hill includes three self-catering stone cottages situated on the hill adjacent to the Marble Campsite of Orupembe Conservancy.

House on the Hill offers affordable bespoke self-catering accommodation for the weary traveller. It is situated in Onjuva village next to Marble Campsite and is about 25km north of Orupembe village on the road to Red Drum and the Marienfluss Valley. From the veranda and braai area you can enjoy the panoramic view of the valley. House on the Hill is also an ideal place for visitors to base themselves and then explore this remote part of Kaokoland and its stone men.

House on the Hill is well signposted when approaching from Opuwo, Puros or Marienfluss. Reservations need to be made at least two weeks in advance. Travellers passing by can also stop in without a reservation providing a cottage is available.

House on the Hill comprises three cottages with a total of 8 beds. These cottages have fully equipped kitchens with a gas cooker, cutlery, crockery, glassware and cooking utensils as well as 12V fridge but also with option for making a fire to braai outside. Bedding and towels are supplied. Lighting and water heating is done with solar.

House on the Hill is a joint venture with Orupembe Conservancy so part of your payment for staying goes towards this community’s conservation activities. You will be welcomed to House on the Hill by Sebalon and Menesia. The following services can be organised with them: laundry, firewood, car wash and fresh bread.

Nestled close to the junction of four countries – Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe – and near the meeting place of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, Kaza Safari Lodge is a water-bound wonderland perfect for Tiger Fishing.

Situated on the beautiful Impalila Island, Kaza Safari Lodge, formerly called Impalila Island Lodge, is right on the Zambezi, overlooking the Mambova Rapids. Kaza Safari Lodge is close to Chobe National Park making it an ideal place to experience both the Chobe National Park and the Namibian side. The lodge is built around an ancient baobab that can be seen a mile away as you approach the lodge by boat.

The lodge accommodates guests in eight en-suite thatched wooden chalets, accessed by sandy pathways leading from the main lodge. The thatched chalets are set in lush riverine forests. Each chalet has a private outside deck with spectacular views of the Zambezi River.

The main area is a large mukwa wood-and-thatch structure, built around a pair of ancient baobabs. The bar and lounge area house comfortable sofas and armchairs, and a small library. Meals are served in an outside deck overlooking the Zambezi. The public area also features a curio shop for your shopping.

Guests have easy access to explore an array of activities that include boat trips and island walk with great opportunities for game and bird viewing. The lodge is popular for fly fishing tours.

Few places in Africa are as wild as the Khaudum in north-eastern Kavango.  

Khaudum Camp is located in the north of Namibia in northern part of Khaudum National Park. The camp has been privatised and completely renovated and upgraded in 2015. Khaudum Park is an almost undeveloped wilderness area bordering Botswana that is accessed in 4WD vehicles only (minimum 2 vehicles in a group) and offers spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife, a place to see wild dogs and very rare roan antelopes.

Khaudum Camp offers six attractive, clean and convenient camping sites, all set under shady Camelthorn trees and overlooking the endless attractive omuramba. Each site has a barbecue area, wooden structured private ablutions and a shaded seating area. The Campsite is located close to the Xaudum Lodge.

Khaudum National Park is reachable in 4x4 vehicles. Khaudum must be entered by at least two 4x4 offroad vehicles per party.

Kunene River Camp is only accessible with the Schoeman's company, Skeleton Coast Safaris.

During the course of a safari with us, you will experience fascinating bird’s-eye views of shipwreck remains along the coast, diverse and ever-changing geological formations and the refuges of desert-dwelling animals such as the endangered black rhino and desert-adapted elephant. As our guest, you are taken on excursions by Land Rover to be introduced to the scenic and ecological aspects of the environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna.

Accommodation consists of three fully equipped tented desert camps, which nestle into the natural environment.

Vast landscapes, wildlife and historic culture abound in this wild, remote part of Africa where the Kunene River forms a natural boundary between Namibia and Angola.

Discover Kunene River Lodge - one of the country's most famous adventure centres, where adrenalin goes hand-in-hand with peace and tranquility, in the most beautiful setting you could imagine.

Sited 50km west of Ruacana Falls and 100km east of the spectacular Epupa Falls, Kunene River Lodge nestles beneath a beautiful canopy of indigenous trees stretching down to the river.

The Lodge offers accommodation ranging from spacious deluxe air-conditioned rooms to rustic chalets and attractive campsites, all laid out in the tranquil shade of the Jackalberry and Leadwood trees.

In addition to its idyllic setting, facilities and in-house activities, the Lodge also serves as an ideal gateway for those setting out to explore the rugged and beautiful Kaokoland region of Namibia to the north-west. Indeed we can even offer you a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore it by river - where few have ventured before!

The Living Hunters Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San close to Tsumkwe offers visitors the exclusive possibility within Namibia to experience an original hunt, apart from getting to know a very old hunter-gatherer culture.

Apart from getting to know the fascinating ancient culture of the Ju/’Hoansi, native to the Kalahari desert for thousands of years, experiencing a real hunt with hunters from the Living Museum is the focal point. Here the traditional bow hunt with poisoned arrows, the digging out of spring hares and porcupines, the snare catching of guinea fowls, khoraans and other birds for the daily hunt for food has never been terminated. The San living in this area, the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, are actually the only ones of their cultural group that are officially allowed to still hunt traditionally.  Thus they still master the art of reading tracks and are delighted if visitors show special interest in that. The opportunity for visitors to be able to take part in such a hunt is unique. An English speaking Ju/'Hoansi accompanies the guests and translates everything the hunters are showing and explaining.

The Living Hunters Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San was initiated by the San hunter !Amache and was built in cooperation with the LCFN and the family of his wife Beh. The museum was opened in March 2010 and is run and managed independently by the San. The San present their culture dressed in traditional clothes within the setting of a beautiful, reconstructed hunting village of old days. Great importance is attached to representing the old hunter-gather culture as authentically as possible. Nearly the whole village of //Xa/oba is part of the Museum, from infants to great grandmothers and thus they are able to paint an extraordinarily authentic picture of such an old hunter-gather community.

Elephant Song Campsite

Two camp sites are available, each with a dry toilet, bucket shower and braai facilities. Water and fire wood are available. 

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San is the first Living Museum of Namibia. It is a cultural highlight in Namibia as well as a good example for a sustainable development. Right next to the Living Museum there is a beautiful camp site.

Living Museum

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San gives visitors an interesting insight into the life of the friendly San. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San. The Ju/'Hoansi bushmen demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication and the guide translates into English. Almost every offered programme is interactive, because it is also great fun for the Ju/'Hoansi when the visitors try to shoot an arrow, experience the special Ju/'Hoansi rope skipping or try to sing a an original song.

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San was initiated by the Namibian tour guide Werner Pfeifer and the teacher Ghau N!aici from Grashoek. Since July 2004 the ju/'Hoansi have run their museum completely on their own. The Living Museum - the Ju/'Hoansi call it /Xao-o Ju/'Hoansi-Ga (the life of the Ju/'Hoansi) - consists of several huts, but actually this is only the surrounding of the open-air Museum: the San focus on showing their original lifestyle. They present the old, almost forgotten culture in traditional dress in the midst of their reconstructed "nomad-village" from the ancient days. The San of the Living Museum set a high value on presenting the hunter-gatherer culture as authentic as possible.

You won't forget a visit to the Living Museum.

Campsite

Under the shades of majestic Mangetti trees right next to the Living Museum you will find a beautiful camp site. Three sites are available, each with a dry toilet, bucket shower and braai facilities. Water and fire wood are available. 

Lizauli Traditional Village is a community tourism product that gives visitors a glimpse of life in a traditional village.

Amongst the things they show visitors are how to stamp a millet, how grain used to be stored, the chicken house (stantwe), and transportation that were used. You can also see how blacksmiths forge metal tools and knives while an assistant operates the handmade bellows. Visitors also have the opportunity to interact with a traditional healer (sangoma) and to experience traditional dancing. 

Apart from the activities, they also have various curios on sale in the village that are sourced from the surrounding villages.

Madisa Camp is situated in Damaraland. Ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in a vast and magnificent wilderness. Desert elephants, wildlife, culture, rock paintings and much more…

Madisa Camp is situated on the D2612 road to Twyfelfontein, a very popular route. The camp is hidden between amazing rock formations which are scattered with Bushman Paintings and is privy to an ancient desert elephant route that often gets visited by these beautiful giants.

Ideal for the traveler who wishes to camp comfortably without compromising the experience of exclusivity in this vast and magnificent area of Damaraland Namibia. Madisa is a good base camp to explore from as there are very interesting sites in the area such as Twyfelfontein, Brandberg, the Petrified Forest and much more. These are all an easy drive and after a day of exploring what better than to finish with a swim and enjoy your campsite under a blanket of stars.

Each spacious campsite has an exquisite view of the Gauntegab River bed and rock formations. The campsites have individual ablution facilities situated on stilts hidden in the tree tops. The braai facilities also double up as a heater (donkey system) for hot running water at each open air shower. The camp sites are shaded by large Mopane trees and have a low rock wall around each site.

The swimming pool and bar area are very welcoming after a long day and give you a chance to rejuvenate and enjoy your surroundings. It’s also nice to meet fellow travelers and share tales around a communal camp fire at night while the sky puts on a breath taking show of stars.

A few things to know:

1. Madisa does have wild animals around and is not fenced off so it is good to stay alert and responsible at all times.

Some advice when the desert elephants pass through…

Do not shine torches at elephants this makes them aggressive.

Do not run, stop and slowly walk away.

Do not scream or make loud noises.

Do not let your dog bark.

Stop and listen for branches breaking and ‘rumbling’ noises if moving around at night.

Do not take flash photographs, if they are close by just enjoy watching them. Keep your distance. The elephants know we are here, if the situation is calm they will remain calm. So please help us to give the elephants the respect they deserve.

2. We run on a generator at night from sun down to about 9pm this is mainly for lights in the campsites. It is advised to travel with all your necessary back up batteries etc. for keeping your fridge/deep freezers going for your stay.

3.  We do allow dogs to visit too but they need to be kept under control at all times as we do have baboons in camp most of the time and this can be hazardous for your pup. Our dogs are also normally in camp and are well behaved towards other dogs most of the time.

4. Our water is drinkable but does not taste nice as it has large amounts of Kalk in it. We do sell water at the bar but its always a good idea to travel this area with a decent drinkable water supply.

5. Ice is not always available.

6. 2×4 cars can reach Madisa but the road can get corrugated and quite bumpy at times.

7. We do sell wood at the camp for N$20 per bundle.

8. We do have cold drinks etc.

9. Please love and respect our area as much as we do.

10. Enjoy your stay at Madisa:)

The Living Museum of the Mafwe was opened in February 2008 and is cultural highlight in the region.

The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the Mafwe. It is located at Simgalamwe, about 17 km north of Kongola. The Living Museum consists of a traditional village and its surrounding fields on a beautiful hill with a view on the Kwando River. Huge Baobab trees spend shadow for the guests that are interested in the original Mafwe Culture. The Mafwe present their old, almost forgotten culture in traditional dress.

The actors of the Mafwe Living Museum demonstrate and describe everything with great dedication and the guide translates into English. Almost every offered program is interactive, because it is also great fun for them when the visitors try to weave a traditional net or taste some of the offered meals.

At the Living Museum there is a craft shop where you can buy crafts, jewellery and common tools of the Mafwe. You will support the whole community of Singalamwe, the village where most of the actors of the Living Museum live. Everyone from Singalamwe - not only the actors of the Living Museum - is encouraged to produce crafts for the craftshop to generate an extra income for the whole community.

A visit to the Living Museum is an unforgettable experience!

Campsite

For the adventurous there is a basic bushcamp which consists of a cleared area, where tents can be pitched – there is no water and electricity but a dry toilet. Fire wood is available to buy.

Marble Camp's overnight and stopover facilities are perfectly situated in the middle of nowhere in Namibia.

Orupembe Conservancy took over the old marble mine buildings at Onjuva and converted it to a camping for travellers heading to and from the Marienfluss and Hartman Valley.

Quiet, clean, potable water, flush toilets and hot showers. Situated on a dry riverbed. There are also chalets to rent. the campsites are private and secluded with food preparation areas, sinks, and braai areas; a stone-built reception area, and a large ablution block with separate male and female showers and flush toilets. Solar hot water is provided. Deep freeze facilities are available.

This is a community operated camp and it is not always possible to contact them to make bookings in advance.

Mashi Crafts Trading Post is an outlet for crafts and other natural resource products from the communities on the west and east of the Kwando river.

Mashi is the local name for the Kwando river. The thirteen conservancies in the Zambezi region and four additional groups that supply one central market at Kongola consist of Mafwe, Mayei, Mbukush, Masubia and Khoe people. In addition Mashi supports crafters from the neighbouring countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Mashi Crafts which started from a small beginning in 1995 is now run as an independent trading post having expanded beyond crafts. It serves tourists and visitors to the area, and exports products out of the region to outlets in Swakopmund and Windhoek. 

At the Trading Post you will find baskets, carvings, jewellery, chitenge cloth and the mokolo chitenge collection, Ecoso natural devil's claw remedies, honey in season, firewood and cool drinks.

Nestled under Jackalberry and Mopane tree canopies, Nambwa campsite, laid out beautifully on the banks of the Kwando River, offers you the tranquility of nature’s bounty.

The splendour of Nambwa and the iconic environment it is located in, stimulate the senses and offer adventurous “wild camping” since its official opening in 2004. It was an initiative run by the local communities within the Bwabwata National Park and operated by the Mayuni Conservancy. The management and marketing of this truly unique location was handed over to African Monarch Lodges to enhance the ever evolving experience of camping, yet, keep to the roots of this truly unspoilt and rustic hideaway that has earned Nambwa its reputation.

“If you’re nervous about hippos and elephants coming through the camp, you might want to sleep in a roof tent on your vehicle”

The location of Nambwa within the pristine and untouched Kwando Core area, has the local and migrant animal species wandering through the campsites. Elephants, hippos, hyena, and our very own resident leopard are common visitors to this idyllic woodland island. With spacious campsites right on the river banks and shaded by age-old trees, your vistas will leave you yearning for more. Nambwa is a gateway to the rest of the Bwabwata National park from where you can explore the winding dirt roads at your own leisure.

An enriching adventure into Nature

Namushasha River Lodge celebrates the wonders of the Zambezi region. With elephants, hippos, a myriad bird species, waterlilies and the African bush, Namushasha welcomes you to wonderland.

The lodge offers guests a variety of exciting activities: Stroll past the campsite to the traditional heritage center; hop aboard the boats for early morning or late afternoon river cruises to explore the channels and discover the diverse bird life; or take a trip to the Bwabwata National Park, first by boat along the waterways and later transferring to a game vehicle for an excursion into the African bush.

In December 2013 Namushasha River Lodge was voted Community Conservancy Lodge of the Year by NACSO in recognition of Gondwana’s close cooperation with the Mashi community in terms of employment, nature conservation and support for the Namushasha Cultural Village.

In 2012 Gondwana Collection Namibia entered into a Joint Venture agreement with the Mashi Conservancy. This agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the tourism operations within the conservancy are channelled through to the conservancy and the community. Apart from the bed levies obtained, the community also benefits through employment and sale of goods and services to the local lodge and visiting tourists. In 2017, Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Mashi Conservancy signed an Employment and Skills Development Plan to coordinate the empowerment and development of the local people.

Ngoma Craft Centre Voluntary Association promotes the marketing and development of products in communities primarily east of Katima Mulilo. It has over 100 members including potters, carvers and basket makers.

Ngoma Craft Centre is located 1km before the border with Botswana on the far eastern side of the Zambezi region on the B8. The Craft Shop and Café make an appealing place to stop to do the last minute souvenir shopping and buy a cool drink, iced tea or coffee before embarking on the rest of the journey. It’s unusual and unexpected displays make it striking and are certain to attract your attention. A series of posters on the people behind the products makes interesting reading and if you have time to book in advance you too can learn how to make a basket, reed mat, a clay pot or join the carvers fashioning something to take home with you.

Nkasa Lupala tented lodge is built on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando-Linyanti river system.

This unique Namibian wetland paradise in the eastern Caprivi region, is commonly known as Mamili and was recently renamed Nkasa Lupala National Park.

The lodge and the Wuparo conservancy are part of the successful and award winning Namibian conservancy program. At Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge be ready to experience a true Eco Friendly holiday.

An oasis of luxury in the middle of the oldest desert in the world.

Infinity pool, dining rooms, library, chill out lounges, sun deck, beautiful wildlife wandering around, stunning views, top quality service, fine food & cocktails: you won’t miss a thing.

The River Camp is an eco-friendly Lodge tucked in a pure wilderness on the Kunene river.

Long grass blows in the wind, lone green trees adorn the vast landscape and springboks roam through the spectacular vistas. These are our surroundings.

The Camp is 100% based on solar power and with traditional lightings we keep the place unspoiled and magical. 

Marienfluss is a remote region far into the north-western reaches of Namibia, bordered by the famous Skeleton Coast and the Kunene River, known to be rife with crocodiles, creating a natural boundary with Angola. Two sets of mountains embrace the lodge and protect its beauty. Cleverly built into the rocky terrain all the accommodation is constructed with wood and canvas and each has a magnificent view of their own. The interiors have been furnished with a minimalist African chic. Fall asleep to the sound of the rushing river below: the perfect african lullaby

Okarohombo Community Campsite is situated on the banks of the Kunene river at the head of the Marienfluss Valley.

Marienfluss Valley is a remote area of breathtaking natural beauty populated by the local Himba people.

Okarohombo Community Campsite has 5 large sandy campsites under Ana trees. There are two ablution blocks, with showers and toilets, fireplaces, tap water, braai areas and solar heated water. Guests can enjoy activities such as bird watching, walking and photographing.

As this is a community operated camp it is not always possible to get in contact and make advance bookings.

Photos: Trip Advisor.

Nestled under the waving Makalani Palms and situated 200 meters upstream from the spectacular Epupa Falls, along the Kunene River, lies the cosy Omarunga Lodge.

Omarunga Lodge and Campsite is scheduled to be added to the product range of the Gondwana Collection Namibia on 1 May 2019.

Our Lodge Nestled under the waving Makalani Palms and situated 200 meters upstream from the spectacular Epupa Falls, along the Kunene River, lies the cosy Omarunga Lodge. The Epupa area has much to offer such as stunning sunsets, perennially flowing waters, the thundering Epupa Falls, a vast variety of bird species with some being endemic to the Kunene River area, as well as the Himba tribes who still enjoy a traditional way of life.

Our Services include the following: sundowner drive, swimming pool, Himba excursion, guided crocodile walks. Well laid out hiking trails along the Kunene River can be enjoyed with spectacular views as well as bird watching.

Daily meals can be enjoyed at our river facing restaurant as well as drinks at the restaurant bar or at the pool bar overlooking the Kunene River.

Omarunga Lodge is the ideal get away destination from which the diverse Epupa area can be explored.

Where else on the planet can you drive across one of the most stunning deserts by day and be sung to sleep in one of the world's most ancient and unique languages by night under a star crammed sky without emails, phones or even a postal service? Omatako Valley Rest Camp is such a place.

On arrival it appears unassuming but don't pass by - take the time to stop here for a night or two and experience this unique community run campsite in the heart of the Kalahari wilderness where you can witness one of the oldest cultures on earth and see how the community are facing the challenges of the 21st Century. Their community has altered rapidly and now they are positioned in a liminal place between many conflicting issues and lifestyles. The community though the Rest Camp offer a very honest and poignant insight into their life and your stay benefits them directly. You will be warmly greeted by all and guided by a guide whose sensitive approach will enrich your trip.

You won't forget your visit no matter how short. It may transform you.

Facilities include a variety of spacious campsites on sand under shady trees, each with braai areas, table, taps and sinks. Wood is available for purchase. Ablution blocks with flush toilets, sinks and showers. Craft shop. Information and English speaking guides.

Activities offered include a village tour, bush walk and an evening of traditional songs and dances.

Otjipahuriro Community Campsite, also known as Hippo Pools Campsite, is situated next to the Ruacana Falls.

The campsite is surrounded by water and mountains and is located below Ruacana Waterfalls. Ten campsites under Mopane trees and Acacias are situated on the bank of the river.

Each site has a braai area and a communal ablution block offers hot showers and eco-toilets.

Overlooking the sweeping northern Damaraland landscape peppered with green euphorbias, Palmwag Lodge and Camp await their guests amid swaying makalani palms and robust mopane trees.

The spectacular surroundings harbour the famous desert elephant and the rare desert adapted black rhino. The Palmwag concession area is home to the largest predator population outside the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemic species occurring here. Join a guided rhino tracking activity, a wildlife excursion, a fascinating morning hike or enjoy our Under Canvas overnight safaris – at Palmwag you are simply spoilt for choice.

Join a guided hike, a day or morning of exploration, a sleep-out or a sundowner drive in the 582 000-hectare Palmwag Concession.

Palmwag collaborates with neighbouring conservancies, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism and Save the Rhino Trust to safeguard this rich wild heritage, offering guests extraordinary unrivalled African experiences.

Gondwana took over the existing joint venture agreement with the Sesfontein, Anabeb and Torra conservancies (also known as the Big-3 conservancies). The agreement ensures that financial benefit from the lodge operations is shared with the conservancies and the communities of the Big-3 conservancies.

Puros Bush Lodge is 100% conservancy-owned, only the second lodge in Namibia to be community owned (Grootberg being the first).

Puros Bush Lodge offers accommodation in chalets with hot water. Bedding and towels are provided. The chalets are not self-catering units but there is a braai area available at every chalet (bring your own cutlery). There are no communal kitchen or fridges available for clients, however from February 2020 the lodge will be able to provide breakfast and dinners (bookings essential).

Activities offered by local guides include Himba cultural tours or village walks.

Puros Community Campsite has six campsites - each with its own flushing toilet and warm shower. Braai facilities are available.

Puros Community Campsite has six campsites - each with its own flushing toilet and warm shower. Braai facilities are available.

The Puros Traditional Village, located approximately 10 kilometers from the village of Puros, is a very popular way for visitors to experience Himba culture.

The village is a conservancy-managed Himba demonstration settlement. Various Himba rituals and activities are demonstrated, including the grinding of red ochre and traditional craft making. A translator/guide is present to take visitors from hut to hut and give information on the different activities.

Photo: Carmen Begley

The newly renovated Rest Camp has 4 double and 2 single sites facing the Harubandi channel. There is a fire place and water tap at each site. The sites share 2 new ablution blocks with hot water provided by a wood-burning donkey. Fresh water and 12v lights are provided.

The self-catering units consist of 3 fully equipped double chalets, and 1 family chalet (sleeps 2+3) with private ablutions, fresh water and 12v lights.

The newly renovated Rest Camp has 4 double and 2 single sites facing the Harubandi channel. There is a fire place and water tap at each site. The sites share 2 new ablution blocks with hot water provided by a wood-burning donkey. Fresh water and 12v lights are provided.

The self-catering units consist of 3 fully equipped double chalets, and 1 family chalet (sleeps 2+3) with private ablutions, fresh water and 12v lights.

The campsite is located on the banks of one of the many channels of the Kwando-Linyanti river system on the southern boundary of the Wuparo Conservancy. It is 3km north of the Nkasa Rupara National Park entrance, 10km south of the village of Sangwali in the Zambezi region of Namibia.

Since June 2017 the rest camp has been managed on behalf of the community by a sister company of Nkasa Lupala Tented Lodge that is located 3km away.

The tranquility of the African bush in the woodlands of Eastern Zambezi.

Salambala campsite is a quiet campsite in the middle of the Salambala Conservancy with four individual private campsites which can take 3 or 4 tents each. One site can accommodate 5 or 6 tents. Each site has a tap, braai area, lapa kitchen with sink, shade from large trees and ablutions with a flush toilet and shower. The services of local guides can be requested.

Activities include walking trails and watching birds and other wildlife such as small game and the possibility of elephants and lions.

It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature before continuing your journey.

Photos: https://isafrica.wordpress.com and https://namibiatourism.com.na

Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa.

Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world.

Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience.

The land on which Serra Cafema is constructed is leased from the 300,000 hectare Marienfluss Conservancy which is owned primarily by the Himba people, who are amongst the last semi-nomadic peoples on the planet.

In a remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, lies Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast is a joint venture with the neighbouring conservancies of Anabeb, Torra and Sesfontein, and hosts researchers committed to conserving desert-adapted lion, brown hyaena and more.

In this remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating wildlife, game drives explore the river bed’s narrow ribbon of vegetation, where a surprising wealth of desert-adapted animals is found; in camp the research centre provides even more insights. The unforgiving Skeleton Coast, with its shipwreck remains and noisy colonies of Cape fur seals, is accessed either by a fascinating drive or scenic flight, depending on the weather.

Camping at Spitzkoppe is world famous. A mountain oasis in the Namib desert, with unique oversized boulders and secret caves, allows the visitor to camp in complete peace and tranquility.

    With the majestic Namibian "Matterhorn" as backdrop, and with the next camping site kilometers away, each visitor "owns" the mountain during his time with us.

    • Maximum 8 persons per site
    • Dry toilets at campsites
    • Hot showers are available near reception
    • Rubbish removal from campsites daily
    • 31 campsites available
    • Campsite numbers 2,3,4,5 are overlander only

    Forget lush forests with bird song, if you are a climber, geologist, rock hound, or star gazer, Spitzkoppe is Eden. The diverse and breath-taking landscapes will force your mind to think in vast stretches of time. The Sociable weaver birds build tenement style nests that are occupied for up to a century. The Welwitschia mirabilis plants of the Namib Desert can survive for two thousand years. The Spitzkoppe ("Matterhorn of Namibia") is nearly 700 million years old.

    It is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The highest outcrop rises about 1784 meters (5857 feet) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700m above the floor of the desert below. A minor peak – the Little Spitzkoppe – lies nearby at an elevation of 1584 metres above sea level. Other prominences stretch out into a range known as the Pontok Mountains.

    The Damara Living Museum close to Twyfelfontein is the first traditional Damara project in Namibia and the only one of its kind.

    The possibility to experience the traditional Damara culture in this form exists nowhere else in Namibia or in the world.

    Together with the Bushmen the Damara belong to the oldest nations in Namibia. Their original culture was a mixture of an archaic hunter-gatherer culture and herders of cattle, goats and sheep. Due to their loose social structures the Damara were not able to defend themselves against aggressors during the colonisation of Namibia. This is one of the reasons why their culture has to a great extent fallen into oblivion.

    Within the framework of the Damara Living Museum an attempt was made to reconstruct the "lost culture" of the Damara. Here, visitors have the unique opportunity to get to know the fascinating traditional culture of the Damara, thus contributing to the preservation of the culture as well as to a regular income for the Damara community that built the museum.
     
    Don't miss this chance of a lifetime!

    The Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is located in the Huab valley in Namibia’s Kunene region (formerly known as Damaraland). The area, known as the Twyfelfontein Uibasen Conservancy, boasts various rock engravings and paintings.

    These are a silent testimony to the first hunter-gatherer and subsequent Khoi-San inhabitants of 6 000 years ago, who used the area as a place of worship and shaman rituals. There are 17 different sites of rock paintings, totalling 212 stone slabs.

    The developers of the lodge used natural stone and thatch and chose paint hues to match that of the surrounding rocks and plains. Recently a visitor centre was erected and was also built and designed to blend into the red sandstone of the environment. Twyfelfontein welcomes as many as 40 000 visitors per year. For those puzzled by the name: a farmer that settled on the land in 1946 named it Twyfelfontein (Afrikaans for uncertain or doubtful spring) as he was unsure whether the spring called /Ui-//aes on the farm would provide enough water.

    Twyfelfontein was proclaimed a national monument in 1952. It first came to the attention of the wider world when Reinhard Maack included the site in a report in 1921. He is thought to have been informed of the engravings in the area by a land surveyor. The imagery suggests it was part of the Khoi-San belief system, who lived in the area up to about 1 000 years ago when they were displaced by the Damara. No Khoi-San currently inhabit the area, but the beliefs of San 800 km away give insight to the meaning of the paintings and engravings. To preserve this unique history, Twyfelfontein became Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

    Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is approximately 100 km west of Khorixas and 430 km northwest of the Namibian capital, Windhoek. It can be reached by air or by road (travel along the C39, turn off at D2612, join D3254).

    Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is famous for its excellent meals.  Where most hotels are busy during dinner time only, Twyfelfontein is a just as busy during lunch.  Visitors from other lodges and those on route through Koakoland love there famous food and visit Twyfelfontein Lodge in large numbers.  If you plan to stop over for dinner, please book well in advance. Dinner can be à la carte, but it is our buffet and carvery that has made Twyfelfontein Lodge famous. There is always a wide selection of local and international meals, deserts and salads. Breakfast is as good as it gets.  Visitors are often surprised to experience the wide selection of fresh produce and excellent cheeses on offer.

    The public spaces at Twyfelfontein Lodge are just magnificent.  The lounge and bar is the best place from which to enjoy the beautiful sunsets of Namibia.  Just down the steps from the lounge and bar and you can enjoy one of Twyfelfontein’s famous cocktails at the poolside.   Twyfelfontein is much more than just a hotel.  It is a destination where you can get back in touch with your roots and reload your batteries for the future.

    Guest accommodation at Twyfelfontein Country lodge comprises 56 en-suite rooms.  These rooms are all spacious and with all the amenities that you might require.  All rooms have magnificent views of the surrounding planes or mountains.  It is not unusual to be treated to the sight of the famous desert elephants from your veranda. There is a choice of twin rooms, triple rooms and double rooms. For honeymooners, or perhaps for royalty, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge offers a luxury suite placed a discrete distance from the other buildings.  The suite has its own private bar and private splash pool.  This pool is nestled between the natural rocks and not visible to the paparazzi.  A very romantic and private experience.

    The lodge caters for a host of activities, ranging from swimming facilities, and safaris. The many Namibian plant species, among which the unique Welwitschia, will delight plant lovers. Elephants and giraffe are some of the wildlife that adapted to the desert climate of the Namib that can be seen roaming the area. Those interested in geology will also be in for a treat: volcanic activity of eons ago led to spectacular rock formations that can be viewed at the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountains, Doros Crater and Petrified Forest. They are all in the vicinity of the lodge.

    The Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead is situated in Tsandi Village where the local King Josia Shikongo Taapopi lives. The King now lives in a modern house, but the old residence complex has been kept and it is possible to visit the homestead and learn more about the people's culture, traditions and history. 

    Making up one of the seven Owambo-speaking groups in Namibia, Uukwaluudi is one of four that still has royal representation. King tatekulu (father), Josia Shikongo Taapopi, is the twelfth king of the Uukwaluudhi and the only one who didn’t have to fight for his throne. He was appointed by his uncle King Mwaala, who reigned for 50 years, the royal lineage extending through the matrilineal line. When a homestead with modern brick-buildings was constructed next to the traditional homestead in 1978, the king and his family moved over, allowing visitors to access the former royal home.

    Guided tours take approximately 1.5 hours and begin with the large front yard of the homestead, used as a reception area for people visiting the kingdom. The mopane-pole palisade surrounding the homestead is an impressive wooden barrier and each of the 36 sections of the homestead is encircled by the same wooden fence. Each section has a specific function and passages connect the various parts in a labyrinth of pathways, their original purpose meant to deter enemies and wild animals.

    The main entrance is an unassuming ‘Y’ fork in the palisade, with a branch acting as a step. The various areas include a section for the boys of the kingdom with a storage hut, a place for warriors to gather before battle or cattle-raids, various ooshoto (reception areas) with tree trunks to sit on surrounding a central fire, areas for junior and senior headmen and for the king and queen. A section called king’s shade has bird-plum trees with the small sweet eembe fruit and mustard or salvadora bushes providing a retreat from the hot sun. The royal sleeping quarters has an alternate sleeping hut with gaps in the wood for air circulation on warmer nights. The homestead also includes a traditional clinic, a granary with large grain baskets called eshisha, a milk section consisting of a large calabash held in a stand to churn the milk, a kitchen with old clay pots used to balance a cooking pot over the fire and a pounding area where mortars are embedded in a clay floor, the grain pounded using heavy wooden pestles.

    The main reception area where the king and queen would receive guests was also used for important occasions such as hosting the official beginning of the marula season. The guests to this area were shown how to greet the king by moving forward on their knees, and shaking hands, holding the right elbow with the left hand and greeting the king with the respectful name ‘tate kulu’. If not possible to kneel, a head nod with the handshake and greeting would suffice, and for the woman, a knee-bend curtsy.

    Walking back through the maze of fences and huts, you are quite relieved to be accompanied by a guide. Eventually you find yourself back at the ‘Y’ fork in the palisade for the short walk back to the entrance and reception area where the cattle enclosure (or kraal) is visible at the edge of the homestead, with bright sunflowers growing against the coarse wood.

    The royal homestead offers a unique cultural experience, incorporating the customs, beliefs and accommodation style of the Owambo-speaking people into the royal residence.

    Text and Photos by Ron Swilling.

    Van Zyl's Pass Campsite is located 20km from the top of Van Zyl's Pass, making it the perfect stopover for travellers before heading down the pass.

    Three large sites are available with private ablution blocks (flush toilet, hot shower, wash basin and mirror), kitchen area with sink, and braai areas. Built in an absolutely stunning spot, the sites are built next to a sandy river bed and offer privacy and seclusion in a beautiful natural setting.

    The camp is owned and managed by Otjitanda Conservancy.

    The Uis Information Centre is aimed at tourists visiting the environs of Uis. Travellers will find all the information they need about the area. Arts and crafts are for sale through Daureb Crafts.

    Kuidas Camp is visited as part of a Schoeman's Skeleton Coast fly-in safari.

    During the course of a safari with us, you will experience fascinating bird’s-eye views of shipwreck remains along the coast, diverse and ever-changing geological formations and the refuges of desert-dwelling animals such as the endangered black rhino and desert-adapted elephant. As our guest, you are taken on excursions by Land Rover to be introduced to the scenic and ecological aspects of the environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna.

    Accommodation consists of three fully equipped tented desert camps, which nestle into the natural environment.

    This campsite is a convenient stopover for people driving between Opuwo and Twyfelfontein. It is situated on the banks of the Hoanib River and offers a spectacular view of the desert mountains of the Khowarib Schlucht (gorge).

    The Hoanib river that runs through the camp is one of Namibia's few flowing rivers and attracts many bird species. The campsite is ideally situated to explore the spectacular Kunene Region and is a perfect place to relax, take short walks, photograph landscapes, enjoy the varied flora and fauna and soak up the atmosphere of rural Namibia. Birdwatching here is great as many birds are attracted by the perennial spring in the Hoanib River.

    Facilities include four well maintained campsites overlooking the river with braai areas and some shade, basic ablution facilities (new facilities under development). Two very private campsites next to the stream, shaded by palm trees. There are some basic traditional Damara and Himba huts as well as a bar with cold drinks & snacks. There is no electricity. Local guides are available.

    This is a community operated camp and it is not always possible to contact them in advance to make bookings. Arrange your campsite on arrival.

    Photo: www.campingafrica.co

    Ongongo means “magical” in the Herero language. It is indeed a truly magical if not spectacular place. Set in a small canyon in the far northwest of Namibia, a completely barren landscape with some villages close by – you will find permanent water simply oozing out of the mountain. The water is relatively warm which allows for swimming year round.

    We offer 10 luxury campsites including private ablution facilities, hot showers and shaded area with wash basin. Each site may have a maximum of 8 people and 2 vehicles.

    The Ongongo Waterfall Campsite is situated 6km from Warmquelle. Warmquelle is about 90km north of Palmwag on the C43. The nearest fuel station is at Sesfontein, alternatively Palmwag. 

    Access is by 2 x 4 vehicle, but with caution as the road is rocky and takes some time to navigate through. 2 x 4 drivers are not advised to take their vehicles into the gorge, which is 4x4 access only. Vehicles can be left in a parking area at the top and equipment carried down. We highly recommend travelling with 4x4 vehicles!

    What facilities are available?

    • Waterfall and crystal clear water all year round
    • 10 luxury campsites including
      • Private ablution facilities
      • Hot showers
      • Shaded area with wash basin

    Epupa Falls Lodge: it has been here forever, since before the arrival of tour buses and self-drive adventurers from every nation across the globe. Back in the day, it was only a campsite with a fantastic view, now it is both lodge and campsite at one of the most marvelous places in Namibia.

    Crawling along dusty roads through dry riverbeds, dodging a goat or cow, the route reminds one of a scene from Dirty Harry. Except that here you find the Himba and your destination is so much more scenic than any town in a Western-movie. The last 40 kilometers is dotted with rock marvels, stunning Baobabs and then finally… a green oasis of Makalani Palms hiding the very essence of this place, Epupa Falls.

    Right here, on the edge of this small desert wonder, is the very heart of Epupa, Epupa Falls Lodge. All 5 en-suite chalets have the same spectacular view onto the falls. The limited number of chalets ensures that you receive personal attention and are treated as a special guest. You also have a the luxury of a sitting area to enjoy the view during the heat of the day. All the chalets are equipped with mosquito nets. Epupa Falls Lodge & Campsite has become famous for its deck and restaurant. Christa's Kitchen serves the best food in the area while you either enjoy the spray of the falls or a chat around the bar. Epupa Falls Lodge runs on solar power and tries to be as green as possible while we still provide our guests with wireless internet as well as the option to charge camera equipment etc.

    The Kunene region is already a very popular destination for cultural enthusiasts that want to meet the Ovahimba up close and personal. Add to this the mighty Kunene and its even more spectacular falls, and we have a top destination. The Epupa Falls remain the main attraction while the Himba people come a close second. For the returning traveller, it is the isolation of the Epupa area that appeals.

    With its beautiful surroundings, Epupa Constituency is one of Namibia’s prime tourist destinations.

    Kapika Waterfall Lodge offers access to this region with 10 luxury chalets, pool, and restaurant. Visit one of the last Nomadic tribes on our earth the Himba or Ochre people who live in Kaokoland. They are very a friendly, loving and caring tribe. We offer our guests the opportunity to visit a Himba village with a guided tour with one of tour guides who know the people and the area.

    The Epupa Falls are a series of cascades where the Kunene River drops a total of 60m over a distance of about 1.5 km, dividing into a multitude of channels and forming a myriad of rock pools.

    It is possible to swim in these pools, but keep a lookout for crocodiles. With its richly-coloured rock walls, variety of trees including wild fig, baobab and waving Makalani palms, spectacular sunsets and perennially flowing waters, the Epupa area offers much to see, do and experience. There is an abundance of birdlife in the area, about 311 species. Come and enjoy the wonders of just relaxing in pure nature and feel the freedom that life can offer.

    Feel the freedom of living in nature amongst the Himba people and experience the amazing Epupa Falls.

    In line with our commitment to help preserve wild places, the //Huab Conservancy was the first of our exclusive use areas from which we operate Under Canvas Camps.

    Our exclusive area is situated in a core area for desert adapted black rhino in the //Huab Conservancy in Damaraland, approximately 90 km north west of Khorixas. As we were, again, pioneering both community development and conservation, we entered into an agreement with the local conservancy which secured an area for the exclusive use of Under Canvas. This agreement is new-age and forward thinking, providing a model that we are hoping to replicate in other areas of Namibia in time to come, and one from which we also hope other safari operators and conservancies in Namibia will benefit. It has already been hailed as a remarkable achievement and one that has highlighted that small scale tourism can have big conservation impact.

    Our first and foremost involvement and investment was in conservation, employing two Rhino Ranger teams to safeguard the local rhino population and to assist us with tracking them. We equipped some of the Rangers with solar powered mountain e-bikes bikes to traverse this area in an environmentally conscious way and installed VHF radio communication for patrols to use, as well as investing in the supply of open water for wildlife. The area is home to Hartmann’s mountain zebra, oryx, springbok, steenbok, klipspringer, elephant, rhino, spotted and brown hyena, jackal, leopard, cape fox and African wild cat in addition to several others, and our presence in the area has already seen a change in the frequency of wildlife sightings.

    This camp is nestled in a grove of Mopane trees on the banks of a tributary of the //Huab River. Protected from all the prevailing winds and sun, the camp is virtually invisible from anywhere around and it carries arguably the lowest environmental footprint of any camp in Namibia. Tents are raised on mobile platforms and have basic infrastructure that allows for important comforts such as en suite flush toilets and bucket showers, but the essence of the camp remains Under Canvas, semi-permanent, seasonal and experiential. With provision for up to eight tents, two of which are family units, this camp is only booked on an exclusive basis (tiered pricing for varying pax numbers) for each group we take there, and it can currently only be used as part of one of our privately guided or fly-in safaris. The camp is open seasonally between April and November.

    A minimum of a two night stay is required to get a true feel of what is on offer, although we believe that a three night stay would be even better in order to do real justice to the area. The camp is a fantastic alternative to any traditional lodge stay in Damaraland, and it offers exclusivity in terms of access which is beyond compare.

    Activities include tracking desert adapted rhino, noting that this is completely private and in an area that has the highest tracking success rate in north western Namibia; exploring the upper and less crowded //Huab River in search of desert adapted elephants; nature walks and drives; as well as the possibility to visit some nearby prehistoric rock engravings. //Huab Under Canvas was also the pioneer of our STELLAR ESCAPE, our very own sleep out product, as well as our TRAILS CAMP, a multi-day walking safari.

    Access to the camp is either from the north (Etosha) via a Himba village near Erwee (where a visit is already included in many of our safaris), or from the south via Khorixas and along the //Huab River. The last stretch into the camp involves travelling on tracks which are well off the beaten path tracks, and many of these are completely unknown to most travelers.

    Quick facts:

    • 8 x medium-sized furnished rectangular Meru tents (4m x 3m and 2.5m high) customised to our specifications, suited to Namibian conditions.
    • En suite bathrooms with hot bucket showers and flush toilet.
    • Located in Damaraland, just north of Twyfelfontein.
    • Exclusive use area.
    • Activities include private desert adapted rhino tracking, exploration of the upper //Huab River, home to the desert adapted elephant, visits to Twyfelfontein and a remote Himba village.
    • Fully-catered – inclusive of three meals a day (including hot breakfast, freshly prepared lunches and three course dinner), all local drinks and limited laundry service.

    Perched on the rim of the Etendeka Plateau, the Grootberg Lodge stands sentinel over the Klip River Valley.

    12,000 hectares have been set aside by the #Khoadi//Hoas community for conservation and tourism and it is through this pristine wilderness that you meander either on foot or by car to encounter 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 conservancy. For travellers making the journey between Etosha and Swakopmund, this lodge provides the ideal midway stopover, whilst allowing guests to experience the true wilderness that is Damaraland.

    The staff are all employed from the community and well trained in their various duties. Guests are hosted in genuine local hospitality complimented by excellent food prepared by the well trained kitchen staff. The waitresses and barman are at the beckon-call of each guest, always ready to serve and assist where needed.

    Located on the confluence of seasonal river valleys, Leylandsdrift Camp has outstanding views over the Hoarusib Valley. It is visited as part of a Schoeman's Skeleton Coast fly-in safari.

    This camp replaces Purros Camp on the fly in safari itineraries, as the owners thought the location was getting too busy. Being a new camp, it offers a newer style of accommodation to the fly-in itineraries, with large, en-suite and very comfortable cabins. Used on Skeleton Coast fly in safaris, this camp puts you in the right place at the right time for a true Namibia adventure.

     

    Located in the famous Skeleton Coast concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib rivers in the Skeleton Coast National Park, Shipwreck Lodge is only 45 km from Möwe Bay. The shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean where the cold Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze.

    Our exclusive clients can look forward to appreciating the harshness of the desert and the beauty of these solitary landscapes filled with geological history. Learn about the fauna and flora adapted to survive in these harsh conditions – all from the comfort of the restaurant deck. There are 8 twin/double chalets and 2 family chalets.

    Our 10, ’shipwreck-style' cabins are spread out along the sand dunes. Wake up to spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and fall asleep to the crackling of the wood-burning stove.  The design was inspired by the famous shipwrecks that can be found along the Skeleton Coast.  Emphasising a light footprint in the area by operating eco-friendly and using solar-power. All 10, ensuite cabins are complemented with the necessary guest amenities like a writing desk, bedside lamp, safe and a wood-burning stove.  The 8 twin/double cabins and 2 family cabins all have their own deck to view to enjoy the peaceful landscape.   Hairdryers can be requested at the reception.

    The restaurant and dining area is the heart of the lodge. Enjoy morning coffee or an evening sundowner on the outdoor deck, or retreat inside and enjoy the views of the starkly beautiful landscape.

    Since opening in 1996, Damaraland Camp has been owned and largely run by the local community from the Torra Conservancy, in partnership with Wilderness Safaris.

    Since opening in 1996, Damaraland Camp has been owned and largely run by the local community from the Torra Conservancy, in partnership with Wilderness Safaris. This successful joint venture created the foundation for Namibia’s revolutionary community-conservancy model, where rural people benefit from living with wildlife. As a result, the area has seen dramatic increases in populations of elephant, black rhino, lion and other endangered species within the protected area.

    Besides outings to view the impressive local rock art, and nature drives and walks, guests have the opportunity to visit local communities and learn about the unique heritage of the Nama-Damara, Herero and Ovambo people. This activity also includes a visit to a local farm at either Fonteine Pos or De Riet.

    Located on the northern boundary of Etosha National Park, Sheya Shuushona Lodge grants visitors exclusive access to a 600 square km private concession inside the park.

    Fronting the lodge, a satellite pan stretches to the horizon, presenting a remarkably photogenic vista.  A lounge, dining area, swimming pool and outside deck with a fire pit make up the main building. By night, savour fine cuisine al fresco under the southern constellations.  By day track charismatic savannah species, or the opportunity to take part in an Owambo cultural experience.

    Accommodation comprises 9 individual units consisting of:

    • 4 with double beds
    • 5 with twin beds 
    • 2 separate twin bedded units for Guides/Pilots/Tour Leaders are also available. 

    A setting of total tranquillity awaits the visitor, the main building and each of the 12 rooms that is strategically positioned on the hillside offer uninterrupted panoramic views over the large savannah plains, periodically dotted by antelope, zebra and giraffe that graze along the fringes of the surrounding Mopani and Terminalia woodland.

    The lodge offers 12 luxury en-suite twin rooms. The thatched main building, with a modern African-chic interior offers a lounge, bar, restaurant and boast a large wooden deck and swimming pool with breath-taking views.

    Named, after the Uukwaluudhi ethnic group meaning "small group of one clan" the lodge is situated on a small 6,000ha reserve in the Omusati region that forms part of the core wildlife area of the conservancy and is fenced in to protect its valuable endemic wildlife

    Instead of walls around the main area the large thatch roof rests on sturdy timber pillars that allow for the open veranda-like atmosphere that accentuates the impressive panoramic vista from the hill it is built on. The view from the top of this outpost stretches across dense combretum or “Leadwood” and terminalia trees to the foot of the hill where the view continues across flats of semi-savannah and dry flood plains, occasionally dotted by grazing antelope and plains-zebra. The tranquility of the surrounding bush blends in perfectly with the ambience at dinner or while lingering around the bar in the company of other safari enthusiasts sharing their stories and travel experiences through Africa.

    Intricate floating walkways, surrounded by wild and powerful waterways, link an untouched Namibian cluster of islands in the heart of the Mambova Rapids. It’s ideal for intimate honeymoons, exclusive corporate getaways or adventure seekers looking for ultra-luxury accommodation.

    Situated 70km upriver from the Victoria Falls – where white sand beaches and palm trees add to the romance – Cascade Island Lodge is a wonderfully secluded Chobe destination.

    Accommodation comprises 8 luxury styled suites overlooking the waters of the Zambezi River, which can be either double or twin bedded.

    Experience the magic of Africa on board our luxury floating hotel, Zambezi Queen.

     

    Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance.

    Each of the 14 suites on Zambezi Queen features air-conditioning and your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight – all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed.

    A paradise 50,000 elephants call home and where two mighty African rivers meet.

    In a special corner of the African wilderness, where two mighty rivers meet, a wetland paradise is a haven for nature and wildlife. Discover the wonders of this magical destination at Chobe Water Villas. At the very tip of Namibia’s Zambezi Region, previously known as Caprivi Strip, Chobe Water Villas is nestled in the beautiful lap of nature on the bank of the Chobe River. The exclusivity and style of this boutique lodge is unparalleled.

    The open plan luxury suites feature lounge and bedroom areas, as well as a beautifully appointed bathroom with double vanity, bath, shower and separate toilet. Choose from our selection of activities, each of which is guaranteed to enrich your Namibian experience. Two activities per day are included in your room rate. The restaurant, cocktail bar and various lounge area options will leave you spoiled for choice. We offer an exclusive full-day drive to Victoria Falls which includes all transfers, a tour of the falls, lunch at the Falls Restaurant, and a visit to a local craft market. Excludes drinks at lunch and visa fees (minimum 4 participants). 

    Kazile Island Lodge is situated on a private island on the banks of the Kwando River, within the heart of KAZA.

    Kazile together with its sister lodge Nambwa are the only lodges to be uniquely situated within the Bwabwata National Park. The Lodge offers ten Meru tents nestled within a Mangostene forest. The tents overlook the Kwando River as well as the expansive floodplains between the Island and the famous Horseshoe Bend.

    Kazile Island is a special paradise that can only be reached by boat. Here, herds of buffalo and elephant traverse the wet Zambezi landscape. Sitatunga, an elusive aquatic antelope, are often spotted along the floodplains and marshes. Fall in love with this enigmatic corner of Namibia as the sun rises over the tree canopies. Enjoy the sounds of birds chirping from your tent, explore the waterways and absorb the ambiance of this beautiful wilderness.

    Mashi river safaris was established in 2010 to provide the ever more adventurous tourist a means to explore the beautiful Kwando/Mashi river system.

    Our base camp for operations is Mavunje which is open as a campsite to the general public.

    The operation focuses on a river based camping safari overnighting at carefully chosen island campsites along the course of the river providing the guest with a superb wilderness experience combined with an opportunity to learn more not only about the region and its wildlife but to discover its history and culture. The Kwando forms the eastern boundary of the newly proclaimed Bwabwata National Park which is home to ever increasing numbers of game and over 350 species of birds providing for stunning game viewing, birding and excellent fishing as well as tremendous photographic opportunities.

    Located on the elephant migratory routes perched high amongst majestic tree canopies.

    Honouring the elephants’ right of way, a timber walkway, towering above these giants, meanders through the trees and joins the ten luxurious tented suites of exquisite comfort. Tastefully decorated with natural colors and evoking a gentle balance of serenity, the decadently spacious tented suites open completely and emanate a feeling of vastness and opulence.

    As dawn breaks your morning tea or coffee, together with homemade biscuits, are personally delivered to your tent by our Chef. From the privacy of your tree house deck, watch the sky illuminate with hues of purple and amber and re-energize for the days adventure ahead.

    The main feature, and the heart of the lodge, is the majestic viewing deck, from where your “open to sky” dining, with rewarding views of the floodplains below, are more than often the playground for large herds of elephants, buffalo and plains game that later seek refuge and security under your tented suite for the night.

    The elegant Safari Lounge creates a perfect fusion of energy and relaxation, which emphasises a sense of place. A library with a mixture of vintage artifacts and books, as well as small relics found on site while building the lodge on this historical military area, all encourage a touch and exploration.

    Often, a game drive away from the lodge becomes so unnecessary as the elephants and wildlife meander through the camp. Sundowners are then enjoyed from the safety of the decks or lengthy walkways, only meters above these animals as they traverse below you and go about their feeding.

    Enjoy luxurious solitude on the banks of the Chobe River

    Chobe River Camp is a wildlife and birder’s dream and is the ideal place to break away, just across the river from the world renowned Chobe Nature Reserve, home to one of the largest number of elephants on the African continent.

    Assuring extraordinary experiences, we offer 20 tented chalets. The lodge was inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape and offers not only a stunning sight, but also an environmentally conscious design.

    Activities may be seasonal, but will always amaze and intrigue our guests. Hop aboard the river boats for early morning or late afternoon cruises and discover the diverse bird life. Join a nature drive or a guided canoe tour and see the African world from a new perspective.

    In 2017 Gondwana Collection Namibia took over the existing joint venture agreement with the Salambala Conservancy when it bought the Camp. The agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the Chobe River Camp is shared with the Salambala Conservancy. It also ensures that local employment and empowerment is nurtured.

    Your wild Chobe experience.

    Situated on the Namibian banks of the Chobe river, Serondela Lodge is facing the world renewed Chobe National Park. This will ensure all year round close encounters with free roaming wildlife to our guest. The 8 rooms situated facing the river will be enjoying spectacular views with endless photographic opportunities.

    The Lodge is a JV between the Kabulabula conservancy and the Micheletti family already operating with 2 other lodges on the Linyanti river area of Namibia.

    Just 17km from Kasane but far enough to ensure exclusivity the guest will be part and experience the positive impact of sustainable tourism to this incredibly beautiful area and dynamic conservancy.

    Where is exactly the lodge?

    Serondela Lodge is located in the Namibian side of the Chobe river. Precisely in front of the famous sighting spot in the Chobe NP called Serondela. This is 17km by road from Kasane and 25km by boat.

    The lodge is built in Kabulabula conservancy and seasonally it becomes an island.

    Is the lodge only accessible by boat for guests?

    Yes. The road from Ngoma to Serondela Lodge is flooded or inaccessible from January to August. The complementary transfer from Kasane is in itself a unique game viewing experience.

    How long does it takes from Kasane to the Lodge?

    The duration of a transfer differs from Pick-up and Drop-off. On arrival to the lodge the Pick-up transfer will be a sighting boat cruise and it could take from 2 to 3 hours. On departure it will be a direct transfer to Kasane which takes 1 hour.

    Do guests need to go via immigration control?

    Yes, guests need to pass via the Botswana immigration office in Kasane town and also in Namibia at the Kasika Immigration office.

    How many guests can Serondela accommodate?

    The Lodge consists of 7 double rooms and 1 family room (2 adults + 2 children).

    All the rooms are well-spaced to ensure privacy and each have a balcony facing the river.

    The buildings are made out of sand eco-bags plastered walls: a very ecological technique that also ensures very high thermal insulation. We also have 2 double guide rooms.

    What activities does the lodge offer?

    Full Board Plus includes for the 2 night stay the following: 2h Boat transfer, 1h30 morning Safari walk or Village visit, 2h30 afternoon Sundowner cruise, 3h Game drive in the Chobe NP on departure day (starting at 9:30). 1h Drop off Boat transfer cruise to Kasane. (9:00). Departure at 8:00 from the lodge.

    Dinner, Bed and Breakfast includes the Boat transfer cruise on arrival and departure from/to Kasane. The daily lodge scheduled activities, are available at additional cost.

    Sustainable Tourism Practice

    We are very conscious of our impact on the environment and of our role in Socio-Cultural sustainability, which means minimising negative impacts and focusing more on positive impacts, such as promoting cultural exchange and promoting local tradition. Serondela Lodge is in partnership with Kabulabula Conservancy and is part of the WWF and IRDNC Joint-venture program.

    Wild Waters group of Lodges

    Through an exceptional safari experience with 3 award-winning lodges and camps in Namibia, Wild Waters is able to offer special deals for guest travelling trough the Caprivi-Chobe area.

    Travellers choose to stay at our lodges because of the exclusive and wild locations, limited guest and vehicle numbers, extraordinary game viewing and exceptional care that is give to each guest during their stay. Guests staying at Serondela Lodge, Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp or Jackalberry Camp are transformed for a lifetime and have contributed to the legacy of Africa.

    Reconnect with nature and let your senses be captured by untamed wilderness.

    Jackalberry Tented Camp is a sister lodge to Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp. The Lodge is part of an exclusive activity concession from MET and is built inside the Nkasa Rupara National Park formerly known as Mamili National Park.

    Jackalberry Tented Camp welcomes its guest to a unique area in Zambezi region, the wetland paradise for ultimate adventure. The lodge offers four double room and one double Guide room, Restaurant, Bar, Lounge area, Visa and Mastercard Credit cards welcome, Transfers, Specials & Activities, and Birding.

    The main building is built around a huge Jackalberry tree and has first and second floors that houses the reception area, dinning area, lounge and bar area. The second floor has a spacious and comfortable lounge providing guests with an exceptional view of the surrounding while the ground floor hosts communal fire place for evening catch up.

    3 Twin Room and 1 Honeymoon Double Room; with side lamps, camping fridge, in room bathroom, coffee/tea station, hot water generated by a solar power, offering a superb eco-friendly personalised safari experience. All rooms are made of customized large tents with average of 32.4 m2, and have a breathtaking views across the lagoons. Maximum of 2 pax allowed.

    Jackalberry Camp enjoys its prime location which make a perfect base for Park experience and exploration. The Camp is located on the Linyanti river lagoons where a large population of the park's wildlife roams freely and could be spotted from the lodge decks through the floodplains of Namibia and woodlands of Botswana just across the river.

    Wild Waters group of Lodges

    Through an exceptional safari experience with 3 award-winning lodges and camps in Namibia, Wild Waters is able to offer special deals for guests travelling trough the Caprivi-Chobe area

    Travellers choose to stay at our lodges because of the exclusive and wild locations, limited guest and vehicle numbers, extraordinarily game viewing and exceptional care that is give to each guest during their stay.

    Guests staying at Serondela Lodge, Nkasa Lupala Tented Camp or Jackalberry Camp are transformed for a lifetime and have contributed to the legacy of Africa.

    Revel in the riches of the Zambezi River

    In the heart of southern Africa lies Namibia’s best-kept secret, the Zambezi Region. Zambezi Mubala Lodge is a secret river hideaway where water laps the shores of the expansive Zambezi, hippos laugh and the calls of fish eagles pierce through the air.

    The Lodge pays tribute to the colours of the water, the surrounding riverine vegetation and the crystal skies, adopting the local Silozi name for colour - ‘Mubala’. A bird-lover’s dream, Zambezi Mubala Lodge is home to over 450 species of birds – a delight for bird lovers and photographers who can indulge in either a birding and photography tour or spend the last hours of the day on a sunset boat cruise. Those who are fishermen at heart might go on a fishing excursion on the Zambezi River where the catch-and-release of Tiger Fish is a popular activity.

    In 2018 Gondwana Collection Namibia signed a joint venture agreement with the Sikunga Conservancy. The agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Zambezi Mubala Camp is shared between the Traditional Authority, the local community and the Sikunga Conservancy. It also ensures that local employment and empowerment is nurtured.

    In the Zambezi Region, near the Nkasa Lupala National Park, a small museum commemorates David Livingstone - the great explorer and advocate for the abolishment of slavery.

    The small building museum tells the stories and travels of David Livingstone, from Kuruman in South Africa to Sangwali where he stayed before travelling into central Africa. It houses large wall maps showing the missionary’s travels as well as artefacts like pictures and maps painted on canvas and photos of significant characters from his life. There are also posters on local customs and crafts, such as basketry.

    The museum was built in 2000 as a thatched clay hut and was renovated in 2017.

    Photo: Mannfred Goldbeck

    Scents of Namibia brings to the world unique fragrances from the arid north-western region of Namibia. It is a wholly community owned enterprise specialising in sourcing plant products and producing essential oils. Designed in a traditional Himba homestead style building, our Visitors Centre offers daily tours which describe and demonstrate the production of essential oils at the Opuwo Processing Facility.

    The Visitors Centre is open daily Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00, however, the best time to visit the processing is from 09h00 – 16h00 when the distillation process is underway. At the centre you can learn about the community development initiatives associated with indigenous natural plant products in the Kunene region of Namibia with the highlight being "Namibian Myrrh", the Ovahimba traditional perfume. Various finished cosmetic products are also available to purchase.

    Savour an intimate river experience

    Gondwana’s luxurious floating River Villa is the ultimate destination for celebration, rest and appreciation of the magnificence of the river. And above all, you have it all to yourselves.

    Anchored in a channel on the Kwando River, opposite the Bwabwata National Park, the River Villa is the ultimate on-the-water accommodation. Double-storied and glassed for spectacular scenery, the 5-star villa has an upstairs bedroom - and en-suite bathroom - with views over the floodplains, and a lounge and fully-equipped kitchen and bar below. Decks look out onto the river surrounds.

    This is where waterlilies bob on the water, wildlife ambles along the bank and birdsong fills the air. Wake up to the sounds of fish eagles and go to sleep with the chortling of hippo and the singing of frogs. And, in between enjoy a game drive, or kick off shoes, fill glasses from the well-stocked bar, choose a book from the shelf and lounge back on your private deck.

    In 2012 Gondwana Collection Namibia entered into a Joint Venture agreement with the Mashi Conservancy. This agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the tourism operations within the conservancy are channelled through to the conservancy and community. Apart from the bed levies obtained, the community also benefits through employment and sale of goods and services to the local lodge and visiting tourists. In 2017, Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Mashi Conservancy signed an Employment and Skills Development Plan to coordinate the empowerment and development of the local people.

    Breathe in the spirit of the Kwando River

    Set up your tent on the grassy bank under old trees and feel at home close to nature.

    Join a guided tour into the Bwabwata National Park, starting from the nearby Namushasha River Lodge. Gather your bundle of firewood and return to your campsite home. Enjoy a cosy evening with friends at the campfire next to the reed-lined river.

    Campers are welcome to enjoy the swimming pool or dine at the Namushasha River Lodge Restaurant. Or take a walk to the Namushasha Heritage Centre, a private sector-conservancy collaboration between the Gondwana Collection and the Mashi Conservancy, celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the eastern Zambezi Region.

    In 2012 Gondwana Collection Namibia entered into a Joint Venture agreement with the Mashi Conservancy. This agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the tourism operations within the conservancy are channelled through to the conservancy and community. Apart from the bed levies obtained, the community also benefits through employment and sale of goods and services to the local lodge and visiting tourists. In 2017, Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Mashi Conservancy signed an Employment and Skills Development Plan to coordinate the empowerment and development of the local people.

    Breathe in Life and relax to the tune of nature

    Where Fish Eagle calls resound throughout the day and the water splashes softly against the riverbank, Zambezi Mubala Camp takes camping to an entirely new level.

    Eight safari tents with four beds each and en-suite bathrooms provide comfortable Zambezi homes. Guests have the option to cook for themselves in their fully-equipped kitchens, order a meal at the camp’s restaurant or taking a braai pack along for a hearty barbeque.

    Hop aboard a boat trip and explore the water world of the Zambezi River. Sit back in the open-sided bar or while away the hours fishing on the river.

    In 2018 Gondwana Collection Namibia signed a joint venture agreement with the Sikunga Conservancy. The agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Zambezi Mubala Camp is shared between the Traditional Authority, the local community and the Sikunga Conservancy. It also ensures that local employment and empowerment is nurtured.

    “A sense of place in an archaeological landscape”. The Barnard Family is honoured to welcome you at Spitzkoppen Lodge. The same owners and developers of Kalahari Bush Breaks Lodge, have the privilege to share their dream come true of an exclusive destination on the edge of the Namib Desert, which started some 14 years ago.

    You are invited to indulge in the pleasure and passion of a friendly service in a relaxed ambiance.

    The lodge is situated on the northern periphery of the Spitzkoppe inselberg, between huge granite boulders, which were created more than 150 million years ago, with breath-taking views onto the Brandberg and Erongo Mountains. The stylish, private accommodation consists of 15 spacious, tastefully furnished chalets, each with private bathroom and outside viewing deck, which connects the guest with the vast stretches of untouched sand and boulders beyond.

    The buildings are linked with elevated walkways all constructed to be wheel chair friendly. Limited use of concrete with elevated floors and decks and composite materials for walls, which can be dismantled easily, will enable nature to restore itself in just a few months after deconstruction. The tented roof shapes simulate the surrounding rock formations and soften the square building plan form.

    Situated on the inland edge of the Namib Desert, the climate of the Spitzkoppe Conservation Area is arid, with a mean annual rainfall of 50mm and a high evaporation rate of 3200mm per annum. Most rainfall occurs between January and April, and with the granite outcrops being impermeable, rainfall runoff collects at the foot of the outcrops creating unique micro-habitats for woody plants to grow in an otherwise arid area.

    In a country jam-packed with vast, spectacularly beautiful landscapes, Kaokoland may just be the most incredible of them all. Deep in north-western Namibia, the area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements.

    It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime. And that’s exactly why we’ve decided to build Hoanib Valley Camp. A joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation, the camp is an elegant, intimate affair that immerses you into the wilds of the desert. The six rooms blend seamlessly with the environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape down to a tee. Days are spent tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings (G&T in hand).

    Dramatic piles of mesmerisingly balanced granite boulders in a rugged desert landscape set the perfect backdrop for Sorris Sorris Lodge. The lodge encapsulates a modern expression of African architecture, with an outdoor pool offering panoramic views over the Ugab River and the Brandberg Massif. 

    Dramatic piles of mesmerisingly balanced granite boulders in a rugged desert landscape set the perfect backdrop for Sorris Sorris Lodge. The lodge encapsulates a modern expression of African architecture, with an outdoor pool offering panoramic views over the Ugab River and the Brandberg Massif.

    Dining, pool, guest lounge and bar area on an elevated deck with panoramic views over the Ugab River and the Brandberg massif. Rooms and public areas connected by raised wooden walkways. 

    Rooms

    9 Individual units consisting of: 

    • 4 with double beds
    • 5 with twin beds
    • 2 separate twin bedded units for Guides/Pilots/Tour Leaders are also available

    Activities

    • Guided walks and scenic nature drives in the Brandberg area, including searching for desert adapted elephants in the Ugab River.
    • Cultural experience of the Sorris Sorris community.
    • Guided tours to the Brandberg massif, extraordinary geological information and famous for ancient rock art (optional and subject to prior booking).
    • Hot Air Ballooning (optional at additional cost and weather permitting).

    Enjoy a hassle free camping experience close to nature

    Do you love the thought of being close to nature and spending a quiet evening around the campfire? Then make sure not to miss our Camping2Go offer for the independent traveler. Enjoy a rustic camping experience with many amenities - and without the hassle of packing and unpacking your camping equipment.

    Do you love the thought of being close to nature and spending a quiet evening around the campfire? Then make sure not to miss our Camping2Go offer for the independent traveler. Enjoy a rustic camping experience with many amenities - and without the hassle of packing and unpacking your camping equipment.

    Our Namushasha River Camping2Go tents are equipped with four beds each and an en suite bathroom with a shower. Guests find a fully-equipped kitchen on the outside terrace with a fridge, stove, sink and all the necessary cooking utensils and cutlery. There is an outside braai, as well as a firepit.

    Camping2Go guests are welcome to make use of the facilities at the nearby Namushasha River Lodge, take a dip in the pool or book an activity or a meal at the restaurant.

    In 2012 Gondwana Collection Namibia entered into a Joint Venture agreement with the Mashi Conservancy. This agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from the tourism operations within the conservancy are channelled through to the conservancy and community. Apart from the bed levies obtained, the community also benefits through employment and sale of goods and services to the local lodge and visiting tourists. In 2017, Gondwana Collection Namibia and the Mashi Conservancy signed an Employment and Skills Development Plan to coordinate the empowerment and development of the local people.

    Listen to the rhythm of a wild Africa

    Set on the water’s edge in a grove of tall, shady trees, campers at Zambezi Mubala Campsite can enjoy the riches of the river and life in the slow lane. The peaceful campsite comprises of ten sites, each with its own private facilities.

    Join a boat trip to explore the Zambezi, try your luck at luring the elusive Tiger Fish and savour the colours of a rich red sunset over the calm surface of the water. When night falls, be mesmerised by the stars as they put on one of the finest shows on the planet.

    Zambezi Mubala Campsite is the perfect base from which to explore Namibia’s lush north-eastern corner and also a convenient and attractive stopover en-route to Chobe National Park and Vic Falls.

    In 2018 Gondwana Collection Namibia signed a joint venture agreement with the Sikunga Conservancy. The agreement ensures that a fair share of the financial benefits derived from Zambezi Mubala Lodge and Zambezi Mubala Camp is shared between the Traditional Authority, the local community and the Sikunga Conservancy. It also ensures that local employment and empowerment is nurtured.

    This lodge with its unique royal ambience is your gateway to the little known tourist attractions in central northern Namibia. Etosha King Nehale hosts 40 rooms, which pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of the area.

    Enjoy a guided visit to our exclusive viewing platform that is located within the Etosha National Park and only accessible to in-house guests. The well-disguised hide-out allows a maximum of 27 visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature and observe the rich diversity of the animal world in this corner of paradise.

    The lodge is the ideal starting point for guests who not only want to enjoy the Etosha National Park to the fullest, but also want to explore the cultural richness of Namibia's central north.

    In 2018 Gondwana concluded a joint venture agreement with the King Nehale Conservancy to construct a lodge on the North Eastern boundary of Etosha.

    The joint venture agreement between Gondwana and the King Nehale Conservancy ensures that financial benefit from the lodge operations is shared with the Conservancy and the communities of the King Nehale Conservancy area. A community development fund is also set up to fund community empowerment projects.

    Content in the generous arms of a wild Namibia.

    A paradise on the Uniab River in northwest Damaraland, Palmwag Camping2Go offers a unique opportunity for a vacation, in which you delve into a tranquil haven nestled within the rough landscape of the Etendeka Mountains. As the lush leaves of the makalani palms sway in the wind and the sunlight highlights the wondrous scenery, there is an atmosphere of quietude and restfulness that settles in every traveller.

    The eight Camping2Go tents are equipped with four beds each and an en suite bathroom with a shower. Self-catering guests find a fully-equipped kitchen on the outside terrace with a fridge, stove, sink and all the necessary cooking utensils and cutlery. In addition to this, there is an outside braai as well as a firepit.

    Campers are welcome to make use of the facilities at the nearby Palmwag Lodge and Camp and book an activity or a meal at the restaurant, or just take a dip in the pool and visit the very cozy pool bar.

    Gondwana took over the existing joint venture agreement with the Sesfontein, Anabeb and Torra conservancies (also known as the Big-3 conservancies). The agreement ensures that financial benefit from the lodge operations is shared with the conservancies and the communities of the Big-3 conservancies.

    Feel the freedom of northern Damaraland.

    Palmwag Campsite offers campers the unique opportunity of being in touch with nature, while having all the luxuries of civilisation at their fingertips. Partake in the many activities in the wildlife-rich Palmwag Concession, take a refreshing dip in the pool and have a bite to eat at the cozy pool bar.

    Delight in the rugged Damaraland beauty with its authentic Namibian loveliness.

    Whether Palmwag is a destination on its own or a stop en route from the coast and Etosha to Epupa Falls and Kaokoland, it’s an ideal place to pop up the rooftop tent, sit around the campfire and explore the concession area.

    Gondwana took over the existing joint venture agreement with the Sesfontein, Anabeb and Torra conservancies (Also known as the Big-3 conservancies). The agreement ensures that financial benefit from the lodge operations is shared with the conservancies and the communities of the Big-3 conservancies.

    The perfect place from which to experience Epupa enchantment.

    Nestled under the swaying makalani palms and situated 200 metres upstream from the spectacular Epupa Falls, along the Kunene River, lies the Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp. This cosy lodge is the perfect place to lull you into a peaceful reverie.

    Dine with a river view and wake to the music of the falls and the sound of palm thrushes singing in the trees. The Epupa area has much to offer including stunning sunsets, perennially flowing waters, the thundering Epupa Falls, a vast variety of bird species with some being endemic to the Kunene River area, as well as the Himba tribes who still enjoy a traditional way of life.

    Omarunga Epupa-Falls Camp is the ideal get away destination from which the diverse Epupa area can be explored.

    A new joint venture agreement between Gondwana and the Epupa Conservancy ensures that financial benefit from the lodge operations is shared with the conservancy and the communities of the Epupa Conservancy. A community development fund is also set up to fund community empowerment projects.

    An unexpected treat in the northern reaches of Kaokoland.

    The relaxed and rustic Omarunga Epupa-Falls Campsite on the banks of the Kunene River with its unique location just 200 metres upstream from the spectacle of Epupa Falls is a rare find. The campsites are shaded by swaying makalani palm trees and barbecue facilities invite you to a relaxed evening with friends at the campfire. You can also enjoy a meal on the restaurant terrace with a magnificent view of the Kunene River.

    Spend time absorbing the jubilant energy at Epupa Falls or join one of the activities providing variety and fun. Go hiking on well-maintained trails along the Kunene River, participate in a guided visit to a Himba village or join nature drives and seasonal rafting tours.

    A new joint venture agreement between Gondwana and the Epupa Conservancy ensures that financial benefit from the lodge operations is shared with the conservancy and the communities of the Epupa Conservancy. A community development fund is also set up to fund community empowerment projects.