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Dusternbrook Guest Farm

Cheetah and leopard close to Windhoek

Dusternbrook Guest Farm offers a family run colonial style farmhouse around 50kms north-west of Windhoek. The elevated setting, high on a river bank, overlooks the unspoilt, breathtaking, surrounding scenery. A major draw-card here is the opportunity to experience leopard and cheetah sightings in their natural environment and on daily viewings and feedings. This is an ideal chance to observe these two rare and elusive creatures together in the wild, not always experienced on a safari in Namibia.

The 14,000ha farm has been in the Vaatz family since 1942 and is the oldest establishment of it's kind in Namibia. Owner Johann Vaatz has overseen the increase in plains game and is also very knowledgeable in the history of the area. The success of Dusternbrook also benefits local communities. Many of the farm's guests stay for longer to enjoy hiking in the nearby mountains as well. The farm is a popular overnight stop for those wanting a short break from Windhoek, and it's location close to the main B1 highway means it is suitable for those en-route to the coast and Swakopmund as well as locations in northern Namibia such as the Waterberg Plateau, Damaraland or Etosha National Park.

The guest farm prides itself on 'hearty home-grown hospitality, and a valuable Namibian encounter with dramatic scenery. It is a small, intimate guest house, that offers an insight into the country's people and natural heritage. There is a swimming pool, and thatched roof lapa. Life revolves around the restored farmhouse, from where meals are served and daily activities depart. Fare often includes local game and beef dishes, home-made bread and traditional braai's.

Accommodation is in separate and individually furnished guest rooms. There are 4 Double Rooms, 1 in the Felsenhaus and 3 in the Kolonialhaus
  • Double Rooms: All double rooms have en-suite facilities and mosquito nets. Some of the rooms have double, others have twin beds. They all have solar heated showers. The Felsenhaus has 2 luxurious rooms, both with a private terrace and overlooking the river bed. The rooms in the Kolonialhaus have extra single beds, ideal for families.
  • Single Room: For the individual traveller a room with a single bed and similar facilities to the Double Rooms.
  • Luxury Tents: 2 large stand-up tents set about 30m apart decorated in an African style. They have a fixed wall, en-suite bathroom built out of natural stone, an aluminium door entrance with private terrace. They are the size of a normal room, sleep on a double bed.
  • Hippo Chalet: A rustic cabin set on the banks of the dam in the middle of the reserve. Share a double bed, en-suite bathroom/shower with the resident hippos.

Activities through the private game reserve, Otjihorongo, (Place of the Kudu) include a visit to the 50ha cheetah and leopard enclosure, morning and afternoon game drives, game viewing on horse back, a mountain drive, walking trails, (from 1-4hrs in length) and a typical Namibian 4x4 self-drive mountain trail.

Apart from the big cats, Dusternbrook Guest Farm also has oryx, kudu, giraffe, zebra, klipspringer, warthog, eland, springbok, steenbok, wildebeest, hartebeest, ostrich, baboon, and a rich bird life. (Over 160 species have been recorded at Dusternbrook, including the South African shelduck, Cape vulture, ashy tit, ant-eating chat, and rockrunner.) Many guests enjoy the more adventurous game drives on horse back, as the game appear not to be too scared of the horses, allowing a closer view than imaginable.

Accommodation in Namibia

  • Duesternbrook: Main Building Overlooking River
  • Duesternbrook: Felsenhaus Accommodation
  • Duesternbrook: Leopard
  • Duesternbrook: Breakfast Spread
  • Duesternbrook: Main Building
  • Duesternbrook: Exterior Of Felsenhaus
  • Duesternbrook: Felsenhaus Room
  • Duesternbrook: Pool
  • Duesternbrook: Kolonialhaus Accommodation
  • Duesternbrook: Views
  • Duesternbrook: Hippo Chalet Exterior
  • Duesternbrook: Hippo Chalet Interior
  • Duesternbrook: On The Prowl
  • Duesternbrook: Dinner
  • Duesternbrook: To Reception
  • Duesternbrook: Kolonialhaus Room
  • Duesternbrook: Safari Tent
  • Duesternbrook: African Lawnmower
  • Duesternbrook: Safari Tents Interior
  • Duesternbrook: Africa Room Exterior
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Cats Unlimited
the main activity at Dusternbrook is the viewing of leopard and cheetah in their natural environment.
Game drive
through the private game reserve, Otjihorongo ("Place of the Kudu"), offers you a first-hand impression of Namibian wildlife. The following game can be seen: oryx, kudu, giraffe, Burchell's zebra, waterbuck, warthog, cape eland, steinbuck, wildebeest (gnu), hartebeest, baboon & jackal. Birdlife is also plentiful and diverse
Mountain Drive
This drive into the Khomas Highlands is very scenic, and besides oryx and kudu you could also see the rarely seen Hartmann's mountain zebra, which is endemic to Namibia. This drive we offer mostly in the morning as there are other activities in the afternoon. If you book two nights this drive is free
Horseback riding
from horse back you can get very close to the game - making this a unique and interesting ride
about 160 Namibian bird species have been recorded at Düsternbrook (many more are probably present, at least seasonally). Many of these can be found right around the farmhouse, guest rooms, and campground. They have documented five southern African endemics (South African Shelduck, Cape Vulture, Ashy Tit, Anteating Chat, and Rockrunner). The walking trails offer particularly good birding venues. Our guides have some training in bird identification and we have checklists, binoculars, and field guides available on request
Choose between different marked hiking and walking trails from 1 to 4 hours in length
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Directions to the lodge

Take the main road (B1) north out of Windhoek. After 30km turn left onto the D1499 and Dusternbrook is a further 18km along the road

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