near Mariental - Namibia
This resort is situated at the Hardap Dam, the biggest reservoir in Namibia, an ideal stopover for self-drive tourists and visitors to the south of the country. Self-catering facilities for families and small groups add to the attraction of staying here. Enjoy picturesque views of the dam, some light game viewing, exciting water sports and excellent birding. The gates to Hardap Resort are open from 06h00 to 23h00 and it is accessible all year-round.
Hardap is close to the small town of Mariental, an ideal place to refuel before an onward journey onto Fish River Canyon and Luderitz. The name Hardap derives from the Nama word meaning 'nipple' or 'wart' which is how the surrounding area of low conical-shaped hills appeared to the early inhabitants.
Wine and dine in the restaurant which overlooks the dam. Rock dassies can often be seen playing nearby. Other features include an aquarium and fresh water fishing farm. The corporate community can hold seminars and meetings using the resort's facilities. Head to the swimming pool to escape the hot Namibian sunshine or after a game drive. Browse around the shop for essential supplies for your stay or before you depart.
Accommodation choices at Hardap are:
- Bush Chalets: There are 30 Bush Chalets with en-suite facilities. Some of the chalets have air-conditioning and others a fan.
- Family Bush Chalets: The 15 x Family Chalets have self-catering facilities The amenities are similar to the Bush Chalets.
- VIP Rooms: The 5 x well-placed VIP bungalows have similar facilities to the chalets.
Hardap is home to black rhino, oryx, zebra, kudu, ostrich, springbok and steenbok. A large variety of bird species can be observed in and around the dam. Cormorant, darter and spoonbill can be seen on the lake itself, as well as African fish eagle and a small number of osprey. Great white pelican breeding colonies are a seasonal highlight for birders.
- Hardap is a well-known angler's paradise which holds healthy populations of freshwater fish. Fisherman of all standards are welcome to enter regular annual competitions held throughout the year. (Bring your own equipment). There are fishing spots at various points along the northern shore of the lake. Permits and a map of permitted fishing areas are available from the resort office or from the magistrate's office in Mariental.
- Game Drive
- There is a small game park on the southern side of Hardap Dam. Self-drivers can explore the area at their leisure.
- Water Sports
- Boating and canoing are among the activities permitted on the dam.
- As there are no dangerous predators here, visitors can walk freely around the park. There is a 15km hiking trail which can be shortened to a 9km loop.
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