Friday, May 30, 2014

Welcome to Wolwedans

Wolwedans is more than a collection of camps – it’s ethos lies in setting an example in ecotourism, sustainability and its commitment to the conservation of NamibRand Nature Reserve…

Wolwedans Collection of Camps nestles into the dunes and is set against a backdrop of diverse and breathtaking desert scenery. Located in the heart of NamibRand Nature Reserve in southern Namibia, our portfolio of timeless and elegant safari camps provides the perfect base from which to embark on exciting and interpretative safari activities or simply relax and enjoy the grandeur of the pro-Namib landscape.

Wowedans Dunes Lodge

 The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a most memorable way. 
 The building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond. The lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Each of the nine spacious chalets with en-suite bathrooms has a private verandah, which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with your canvas blinds open is just like sleeping under the stars.
The main complex - which has been completely rebuilt during 2003 - consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a fireplace, a tea deck, a library, the wine cellar and two dining rooms.
The lodge also has a swimming pool, which is suspended above the sand. All communal areas of the lodge open out onto decks with superb views. The variety of recreational space makes a visit both exciting and relaxing. To make the most of your visit we recommend you stay for three nights…

Scenic Drives , Walkind Safaris, Ballooning, Scenic Flights, Village Tour, Dine and Wine, Weddings

Photography, Horseriding

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Coastal Accommodation in Namibia

 ......Swakopmund, Henties Bay, Luderitz, Walvis Bay and the Skeleton Coast.....

There is a large varity of Namibian Accommodation Establishments in Namibia. They range from the formal Hotel to the more personal Guesthouses & Guestfarms.

Namibia Reservations offers a number of selected Namibia Accommodation Establishments on its website, but does not limit itself to the ones displayed.

Would you like to spend your Holiday at the coast? Here we have listed some of the establishments you can find at the coast. This list is not complete, so if you would like to book an establishment that does not appear all you have to do is email us.

If you can not decide which accommodation establishments suite you, we are more than happy to make recommendations.

Cape Cross Lodge  

Beach Lodge

Zum Anker Appartments
Namibia Reservations is just a mouse click away.
For more information please do visit our website @

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Breathtaking - Twyfelfontein Country Lodge Namibia

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.

Guest accommodation comprises 56 en-suite double rooms, a lounge, open dining room and a bar where you can swop stories with fellow visitors. The lodge caters for a host of activities, ranging from swimming facilities, cycling the area or on guided nature walks and safaris. The many Namibian plant species, among which the unique Welwitschia, will delight plant lovers. Elephants, rhinoceros 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.

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).

Friday, May 23, 2014

Duwisib Guest Farm - Namibia

 Castle  History

 It was built by ‘Baron’ Captain Hans Heinrich von Wolf (born in Dresden in 1873). Later von Wolf went home to Dresden and married the step daughter of the US consul, Miss Jayta Humphrey, on the 8th of April 1907. They decided to settle in the South-West Africa and bought 55 000 ha of farm land in total. Eminent architect Wilhelm Sander was commissioned to design a building and construction commenced in 1908. The stand stones used for construction were carried approximately 2 km from the castle. Furniture was imported from Germany and stone masons were hired from Italy, Sweden and Ireland. While they were travelling to Europe in 1914 to acquire more horse for their stud, the first world war broke out and the ship carrying von Wolf and his wife was diverted to Rio de Jeneiro. Jayta Humphrey had retained her American citizenship and found passage to Europe on a Dutch ship; legend has it that the baron was hiding in his wife’s cabin. To the amazement of the cabin crew the lady appeared to have a healthy apatite as she was secretly ordering for both of them. On arrival in Europe the baron rejoined the German army, and was killed at the battle of Somme in 1916 and thus their African dream was short lived and Jayta never returned to Africa.
This national monument consist of 900 m2 with a large courtyard and is today open to the public as a museum.
The farm offer affordable self-catering units and double rooms with dinner, bed & breakfast. All of our facilities are within walking distance of Duwisib Castle.
Castle View Rooms
These are the latest additions to the guest rooms. They can be booked as single, double or triple rooms with dinner bed & breakfast. Each with en-suite bathroom and veranda.

Family House 
This self-catering unit is ideal for families or small groups of 4 to 8 people.It provides:
 2 to 4 double rooms
3 en-suite & 1 private bathroom
lounge & dining room
small kitchen with crockery,cutlery & gas cooker
outside BBQ facilities
220 V power supply
bar fridge
bedding & towels provided
Meals can be booked seperately

Springbok Bungalow
This cosy unit is equipped for self-catering.It provides:
twin beds
en-suite bathroom
small kitchen with crockery,cutlery & gas cooker veranda
outside BBQ facilities
220 V power supply
bar fridge
bedding & towels provided
Meals can be booked seperately

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Namibia Highlights

Explore the Nature on a seemingly different planet. Travel from the south to the northern border of Namibia, it is fascinating how the scenery changes and the climate for that matter....


Namibia is full of fun things to do and the list of activities could just go on and on. But to mention a few....

Quad biking in Swakopmund 
 Canoeing down the Orange river
Despite the smell a visit to Cape Cross Seal colony should also be on the agenda.
Climbing the sand dunes in Sossusvlei
a visit to the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park to see tame and wild cheetahs
Ballooning at Sunset over the Namib Desert
 Hiking in the Namib Naukluft Park 
See the impressive Landscape of the Ugab Terraces and Vingerklip  

Namibia has allot of accommodation. Hotels, Lodges, Guest houses, B & B's you name it!!!! To name a few....


Monday, May 19, 2014

Okonjima Namibia

Welcome to Okonjima, home of The AfriCat Foundation – the perfect African safari destination.

 Situated halfway between the capital Windhoek and the Etosha National Park, the 55,000 acre Okonjima Game Reserve has some of the best accommodation in Namibia, but the highlight has to be the cheetah and leopard safar

Namibian safaris are truly wonderful and as The AfriCat Foundation rehabilitates cheetahs, wild dogs hyaenas and leopards, there are opportunities to see these beautiful carnivores in their natural environment.


The Grand, African Villa

2 luxury rooms in the main complex and 2 luxury Suites. 
The Villa overlooks a natural waterhole and is situated in a secluded wilderness area, approximately 10 km from the Base.
 The Villa has 2 separate, private, luxury Suites, and 2 select, chic, en-suite Bedrooms in the 'Main House' which, together, can accommodate groups of up to 8 adults and 4 children.
The Select, Private Bush Suite: 2 luxury rooms.  

    The Bush Suite

overlooking a waterhole situated in a secluded Wilderness Area, is nestled in the open Acacia thorn-veld with the sandstone Omboroko Mountains in the background and is approximately 3,5km from Base and 500m from Bush Camp.
 Bush Suite has 2 separate, luxury, en-suite bedrooms under a magnificent thatched roof which, together, can accommodate a family or small group of 4.

The Luxury Bush Camp: 

 8 unique, thatched, African-style chalets & 1 honeymoon, junior suite.  
The Bush Camp is situated at the edge of a Wilderness Area, 3km from Base.
Each exclusive Chalet enjoys complete privacy, (80m – 100m apart) and is a unique combination of earthy ochre walls and khaki-green canvas, under a thatched roof.
Each chalet is equipped with a queen and a ¾ bed, a mini-bar, a safe for valuables, a coffee/tea station and a telephone to contact reception.
The honeymoon (junior) suite has 2 double beds, a mini-bar, a safe for valuables, a coffee/tea station, a telephone to contact reception, a bathtub, an out-side (open-air) shower, a fireplace and is wheel-chair friendly.
The Bush Camp also has 3 luxury, en-suite Twin Tents for the guides & pilots accompanying their guests. (6 pax)

The Plains Camp

6 budget, Garden double Rooms; 14 Standard rooms and 10 spacious, upmarket/exclusive, View Rooms. Plains Camp hosts a 3-tier accommodation facility. Plains Camp is family & wheel-chair friendly!
6 Garden Rooms, within the original homestead garden (no wilderness view). Each room is en-suite and has a double and a single bed, a roof-fan and a safe for valuables.
14 Standard Rooms, with a view across the Okonjima plains.
 Each room has a small verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 15m - 20m apart.
The rooms each have 2 double beds, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.
10 View Rooms, upmarket, exclusive and spacious, with a view across the Okonjima plains.
Each room has a large verandah, a wheel-chair friendly ramp and the rooms are set 25m - 75m apart.
The rooms each have 2 double beds, a desk and comfortable reading chair, a large verandah, a mini-fridge for own use, a coffee/tea station, 2 roof-fans, twin basins and a large, twin shower, a safe for valuables and a telephone to contact reception.

The new, exclusive View Rooms are more spacious than the Standard Rooms and are set further apart, providing more privacy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Beautiful Birds in Namibia

There are some 620 bird species native to Namibia. The national bird of Namibia used to be the Crimson breasted shrike (now known as the Crimson breasted boubou) as it's colours matched those of the Imperial German flag. However, as that is no longer politically correct the African fish eagle has now been named Namibia's national bird.

Crimson breasted shrike

Birds are the only animals with feathers. All birds have feathers and wings. As the fastest of birds can reach speeds of up to 160km/hr they can travel faster than any other animal. However, not all birds can fly, ostriches and penguins are both flightless. Instead of flying ostriches walk or run and only use their wings for balance. Penguins swim and use their wings like flippers.

All birds hatch from eggs with most types of birds laying eggs in nests made by the female and her mate. The majority of birds have one mate at a time and some species keep the same partner for life. Birds belong to a large group of animals called vertebrates who have backbones. Woodland birds get their food from plants whilst others feed from small animals such as insects. Birds and their eggs in turn serve as food to rodents, foxes and snakes. Fruit-eating birds help spread seeds by eating the pulp of berries and other fruits and pass the seeds in their droppings, a feature common with some species of bats.

Every species has its own characteristic geographical range, which vary from local to worldwide. The distribution patterns can be established by mainly habitat extremes, as well as the ability to transit across unsuitable territory. Boundaries and habitats particular to Namibia include pans (Etosha), grassland, Nama Karoo, Namib Desert, succulent Karoo, Kalahari savannah and Kaokoland savannah. The Kavango (Okavango) River is a typical Okavango Delta swamp habitat.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Schwerinsburg Castle Namibia

  • During the time of the construction of Alte Feste in 1890 the tower of Schwerinsburg was built by Curt von François, commissioner of German South-West Africa

  • In 1904 Schutztruppe (the German colonial forces) sold it to architect Wilhelm Sander who converted it into a beer garden and named it Sperlingslust.

  • In 1913 Hans Bogislav Graf von Schwerin bought Sperlingslust from Sander and engaged him to convert it into a castle. It was later named Schwerinsburg after the new owner.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Breathtaking Landscapes, Beautiful Rock Formations & Meteorites

Namibia has some of the world’s most spectacular desert ecosystems and wildlife and contains a wide range of landscapes, creatures and peoples. Its stark, magical beauty and diversity of culture make it an arid, spacious paradise. Richly coloured sand dunes, vast plains, savannahs teeming with African game and rugged mountains make up the serene landscape between the inhospitable Namib Desert and the escarpment of the interior plateau.

The Namibian landscape varies from vast expanses of desert and sand dunes to rugged rock formations in the south and west, to the starkly contrasting savannah and woodlands of the central regions and the lush forested scenery of the north-east.

The Hoba Meteorite is the largest known single meteorite of its kind lying on the surface of the earth. It's mass is estimated at around 60 metric tonnes and measures 2.95m x 2.84m. The thickness varies between 75-122cm. As it consists of mainly iron and nickel, it can safely be described as an iron meteorite, although scientifically it is termed an ataxite; a meteorite with a high nickel content.
The Hoba Meteorite's age has been reasonably accurately estimated from the presence of a rare radioactive nickel isotope, with a half-life of less than 80,000 years. Armed with this information, scientists have been able to determine that the Hoba Meteorite fell to earth less than 80,000 years ago. The age of the meteorite has been estimated rather loosely to be between 190 million and 410 million years.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dramatic Vistas, open spaces, unique desert wildlife .......

Damaraland Camp.......

..... A rare venture which integrates communities, the environment and sustainable wildlife and has been rated as the most successful eco - tourism venture in Namibia.
 Nestled in the Huab River valley, and surrounded by low hills, Damaraland Camp was one of the earliest camps in this
area, having first opened around 1996. Although it has undergone a number of renovations since then, with the chalets almost doubled in size, it retains its strong community feel, and is now part owned by the local people. The camp’s secluded location makes it a great base from which to explore the many attractions of this stark but richly diverse region.  
9 large, comfortable walk-inn tents with doors. All tents have valley views and each has en suite facilities and a covered veranda. 

Nature drives
A trip to the famous Twyfelfontein rock engravings can be arranged.
A full day fexcursion

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Getting Around Namibia

Getting to Namibia is easy as it is so well connected. Air Namibia is the National Carrier and receives flights from London Gatwick and Frankfurt. With daily flights from neighbouring South Africa and Botswana, it incorporates easily into any Southern African itinerary. You may even consider combining it with time in Victoria Falls. Namibia also has a fantastic Charter Flight network connecting the various lodges and areas, enabling us to provide luxury fly in safaris throughout the country.

  Fly or  Drive?
When it comes to planning your trip to Namibia the first thing that you need to discuss with your Namibia Reservations consultant is whether you plan to utilize the Charter Flights around Namibia or whether you plan to self drive. In this section we address the advantages and disadvantages of both of these options. 

 The advantages of Flights around Namibia
The network of charter flights in Namibia as well as our fly-in safaris provide a quick and easy way to explore the country. They allow you to discover great distances in a relatively short period of time. Flying over Namibia gives one a true understanding and appreciation of its size.
The disadvantages of Flights around Namibia
The first and most obvious disadvantage of flights in and around Namibia is the cost. The great distances involved and the exclusivity of the lodges mean that the planes are small and therefore only take a few guests at a time. The other distinct disadvantage of air flights is that you miss the opportunity to actually explore the country by road and to get a true understanding of the distances and the enormity that is Namibia.
The advantages of road travel around Namibia
The most obvious advantage of road travel around Namibia is the affordability, compared to flights, road travel allows you to explore Namibia at a fraction of the cost. Traveling by road allows you to completely immerse yourselves into the scenery, discover and stop at little places.
The disadvantages of road travel around Namibia
 Picking up a car, driving into the desert, miles from anywhere, with no cell phone contact and only yourselves for company can take a bit of nerve.  The roads are often poorly maintained and travelling between the popular tourist destinations can often require you to travel huge distances in one day which eats into your precious time enjoying the places you came to see.
For more information follow the links below:
 For car rental:
For accommodation: 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Namibia - A land of wonders

With well graded roads leading to uncrowded, magical landscapes from spectacular vast desert and the world’s highest sand dunes to national parks teeming with wildlife – Namibia is an adventure waiting to be explored.

 Although the entire coastline of Namibia was formerly called The Skeleton Coast, more commonly today it refers only to the Skeleton Coast National Park. The park stretches from the Kunene River in the north for approximately 500km to the Ugab River in the south, and protects about one-third of Namibia's coastline

 The Fish River Canyon in Namibia is (allegedly) the 2nd largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon. The immensity of this magnificent landscape is truly breathtaking. The towering rock faces and deep ravines were formed by water erosion and the collapse of the valley due to movements in the earth's crust over 500 million years ago. Today the canyon measures 160km long up to 27km wide and almost 550m at its deepest. It is fair to say that when you arrive at the canyon though, its exact location is a bit of a mystery as the 500m vertical drop from the flat dry plateau is completely out of view.

 Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

 The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia. Located in the Namib Naukluft park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world - the sand dunes at Sossusvlei are just one excellent reason to visit Namibia. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colours are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.

The Spitzkoppe (from German for "pointed dome"; also referred to as Spitzkop, Groot Spitzkop, or the "Matterhorn of Namibia"), is a group of bald granite peaks or bornhardts located between Usakos and Swakopmund in the Namib desert of Namibia. The granite is more than 700 million years old and the highest outcrop rises about 1,784 metres (5,853 ft) above sea level. The peaks stand out dramatically from the flat surrounding plains. The highest peak is about 700 m (2,300 ft) above the floor of the desert below.

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is a national park of Namibia encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world's oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49,768 km2 (19,216 sq mi), the Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. The most well-known area of the park is Sossusvlei, which is the main visitor attraction in Namibia. A surprising collection of creatures survives in the hyper-arid region, including snakes, geckos, unusual insects, hyenas, gemsboks and jackals. More moisture comes in as a fog off the Atlantic Ocean than falls as rain, with the average 106 millimeters of rainfall per year concentrated in the months of February and April.

Twyfelfontein (Afrikaans: uncertain spring), officially known as ǀUi-ǁAis (Damara/Nama: jumping waterhole), is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of diurnal temperatures.The site has been inhabited for 6,000 years, first by hunter-gatherers and later by Khoikhoi herders. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals at least 2,500 items of rock carvings have been created, as well as a few rock paintings.