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Bitterwasser Lodge

Accommodation and flying centre

South of Uhlenhorst, on the C15, about 59km from the B1, is a specialist lodge that caters for glider pilots up to world-class level. This is not a school for gliding - it is a place for those who already know how to glide. A number of world records have been achieved at Bitterwasser, and each one has been marked with a king palm. In addition to this, a new palm tree is planted for every flight over 1000km. There's an avenue of palm trees lining the way to the airfield, where each palm was planted to commemorate a record. Every year, the avenue grows.

Bitterwasser Lodge is the ideal place for those interested in gliding, especially if you can bring your own glider. The fantastic thermals of the Kalahari desert provide the opportunity for not only incredibly fast, but also exceptionally long glider flights. The large 3km diameter Bitterwasser salt pan, provides the runway system and is the perfect airfield to initiate glider flights.

The Bitterwasser farm area consists of a total of 5,500ha of land including a game park. There is a wonderful variety of Namibian flora and fauna, and a garden with beautiful old trees, all in a peaceful and relaxing environment.

The previous farm infrastructure has been replaced by a new modern Lodge. There is a main building with restaurant, lounge, curio shop and a 'computer corner'.

The luxurious pool is located in the shady garden. Comfortable chairs, canvas beds and towels are provided, and drinks or snacks can be ordered here.

The restaurant team of Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Centre pride themselves on their Namibian and International cuisine. It has a terrace and is right in the middle of the resort, the perfect meeting place for pilots and guests alike.

Accommodation at Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Centre is in either one of 22 air-conditioned bungalows, or a country house located in the dunes. They all have en-suite facilities and 24hr electricity supply. Some have air conditioning and CD-radios. The 13 rondavels (African style huts), are more basic, with simple furniture and a central ablution block.

Gliding is not the only activity at Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Centre. There are flights with gliders and motorized gliders, round trips with Ultralight and motor planes, biking trails, walks, game drives, and of course spectacular sundowner walks or drives.

Accommodation in Namibia

  • Bitterwasser: Lodge Buildings
  • Bitterwasser: Chalet Setting
  • Bitterwasser: Gliders
  • Bitterwasser: Kalahari Scenery
  • Bitterwasser: Lounge Area
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Gliding
Bitterwasser is world famous for gliding - numerous world records have been set on the property. Bring your own glider and enjoy the views!
trips with Ultralight and motor planes
Experience an arial view of the area
Biking trails
For the more energetic
Walks
There are several walking trails on the property
Game drives
Daily trips around the property in search of game
sundowner walks or drives
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Directions to the lodge

From Windhoek take the B1 south, and the C21 to the left at Kalkrand (north of Mariental).

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