Safarihoek Lodge - Etosha (Namibia)

 

Safarihoek Lodge, Etosha, Namibia - www.photo-safaris.com

 

Location:

Where the savanna touches the hills.

Founded in 1999, Etosha Heights’ Safarihoek Lodge is located on one of the largest private reserves in Namibia, sharing an approximately 70km boundary with Etosha National Park and offers a robust 60 000 hectares of unspoiled wildlife and tranquility. Just four hours from Windhoek, this is a sanctuary where busy people can find themselves again by connecting with nature, rendered breathless by the dramatic skies, vast plains, rich animal diversity and scattered salt pans dotting the landscape.
Experience this untamed and untainted wilderness from our brand new Safarihoek Lodge.  Allow us to share it with you!

Nestled on a hillside amongst Mopani trees overlooking a large waterhole and the vast expanse of Etosha, Safarihoek is a spacious and elegant lodge with the main building on an elevated deck to catch the breeze and positioned under vaulted thatch, allowing for infinite 180º views over the plains below.

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Accommdation:

Each well appointed room offers panoramic vistas of the African savannah. Rooms are privately situated and are furnished with, minibar, coffee station and mosquito nets. Air-conditioning, electronic safe, hair dryer, two 3/4 beds that are convertible to king beds, en-suite bathroom and a small desk work area. Safarihoek Lodge is entirely powered by a solar system.

Safarihoek Lodge, Etosha, Namibia - www.photo-safaris.com

Facilities:

Whether you prefer your own company or that of new-found friends, there are a number of spots from which to soak up the view of the vast horizon – pool lounger, grassy patch or air conditioned wine lounge. Or simply get cosy at the fireplace with a good read, or watch the game visiting the camp’s waterhole. If the world beyond needs you, for just a moment, mind you, you are welcome to use the wifi in the public area, with our compliments. Below the lounge area, bar and dining room, is a wine cellar and lounge with large glass windows allowing you to feel connected to nature.

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From the impressive vantage point of the dining, lounge and boma areas, this magnificent setting lends itself to relaxed, stylish dining under the African skies.

1 Luxury Family Unit
8 Luxury Rooms
2 Standard Rooms
2 Guide Rooms
Dining room
Inside & Outside Bar
Lounge
Wine Lounge
Swimming pool
Viewing Deck
Boma & Braai area
Curio
Photographic Hide
Floodlit Waterhole
Solar Power with backup generator

Safarihoek Lodge, Etosha, Namibia - www.photo-safaris.com

Amenities:

Wifi and Cellphone reception available in main area
Credit Cards accepted (Visa & Mastercard)
Coffee/Tea Station
Fridge
Safe
Hair Dryer
Laundry Services
Eco-friendly bath Amenities (also available to buy in curio shop)

Safarihoek Lodge, Etosha, Namibia - www.photo-safaris.com

Photographic Hide:

Accessible from the lodge and at no additional cost, the Safarihoek hide is unique in Namibia. Built on two levels, with wheelchair access to the upper level and toilet, and looking on to a large, natural waterhole. The lower, ground level is set up for serious photographers with a charging station with international adaptors, areas for gear storage and an eye level view of the action. The spacious upper level is under thatch, also with a charging station, day beds, refrigerator, a ledge for bean bag use and camera support, and offers a completely different view of the waterhole.

Safarihoek's fabulous new secure hide affords a great opportunity to quietly sit and experience nature unobserved. Amateur and professional photographers alike love the various vantage points from this well appointed hide.

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The Experience:

The impressive 60 000 hectares of classic Etosha landscape around Safarihoek Lodge is dominated by vast flat savannah, interspersed by Mopani woodland, riverine forest and scattered salt pans. Dolomite hills offer a habitat to the elusive mountain zebra, kudu and lion. The numerous waterholes attract large numbers of game and birds. Etosha Heights is home to numerous species of antelope including sable, black-faced impala, giraffe, and other plains game. In winter, aardvark and elephant sightings are not infrequent. The Etosha area is rated one of the best places in Africa to view rhino, and Etosha Heights offers unique encounters with both black and white rhino.

Join us on one of the following activities where our experienced guides share with their guests their intimate knowledge of the wildlife and the land that is part of their natural heritage.

Safarihoek Lodge, Etosha, Namibia - www.photo-safaris.com

Morning Game Drive
Afternoon Sundowner Drive
Night Drive
Interpretive Bush Walk
Private Game Drive per activity (bookable in advance)
Photography Hide

This is the magic of the African bush, where you experience the unexpected.

Conservation and Research:

Etosha Heights is an active participant in and host to the Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project. In recent years, habitat loss and direct persecution have resulted in a dramatic decline in the numbers of African lions. Today, conflict with humans, particularly along the borders of protected / non-protected areas is one of the main threats to the species. In Namibia alone, more than 1000 lions have been killed over the last 20 years, mainly by livestock farmers and wildlife reserve managers. Culling, often indiscriminate, is regularly carried out in response to local overpopulation resulting from the use of fences to contain lions within reserve boundaries. The aim of the project is to provide a scientific basis for a more sustainable approach to lion management, whereby lions can move more freely, over-population is avoided and unnecessary killing reduced.

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We also host and assist the researchers of the Namibia National Cheetah Survey. The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of the Republic of Namibia started a national cheetah survey in September 2015. The study aims to provide data on the population size and distribution of the cheetah throughout Namibia. Among the African large carnivores, the cheetah has exceptional vast home ranges. In addition, this species typically occurs in low densities and is notoriously shy which makes any scientific estimate of the population very challenging. This is why the IZW team developed a study design which combines spatial data (provided by GPS collars), behavioural data and camera trap data to obtain robust statistical figures.

Several study areas have been defined where cheetahs are being captured and fitted with GPS collars. One of these study sites is located on the farms bordering with Etosha National Park. The researchers from the IZW contacted Etosha Heights Game Safaris looking for information on cheetahs and the possibility to establish a project in the area. The collaboration between EHGS and the researchers has been successful and a coalition of cheetah males have been captured and traps are set at field to capture more cheetahs. With the information provided from the GPS collars, several marking sites have been identified. The aim is to estimate the size of the cheetah population using camera trap data.

We are also establishing a vulture feeding program at the Safarihoek hide to help prevent the poisoning of vultures by farmers.

 

  From USD285 per person per night sharing accommodation. Please contact us for a suggested itinerary and quote