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Ghaub Nature Reserve and Farm

Lodges near Otavi - Namibia

Ghaub Nature Reserve and Farm is situated in the Otavi Mountains in the agricultural heartland of the Namibia's fertile northern region. It offers a picturesque and peaceful stopover on the way to Etosha National Park or further north to Rundu and the Zambezi Region. The main draw card here is caving in the Ghaub Cave, at 2.5 kilometers long and 38m deep it is Namibia's 3rd largest. The farm also offers a rhino drive and rhino tracking on foot.

Buildings were originally erected as a mission station in 1895. In 1999 they were converted into a guest farm. The old-style atmosphere has been retained despite the modern-day conversions. Both the original farmhouse and the homestead were renovated, with 2 further buildings being constructed as part of the improvements. The historic character of the complex has been maintained by the new owners complemented by stunning mountain views.

The central areas of the lodge are functional and homely. There is a cozy lounge/bar area, furnished with comfortable sofas and the slightly larger dining area is fitted out with pine chairs and square tables. There are a number of photo albums on the coffee table for guests to muse over and old milk jars have been converted into flower pots. An original 'mangle' stands as a reminder of an old-fashioned spin dryer!

The large swimming pool has a canopy of palm and acacia trees and the view of the Otavi Mountain from here is exceptional.

Some 80 meters from the accommodation is a small hide where guests can watch animals come to the waterhole to drink.

There are 10 large rooms with high ceilings, large French doors, wooden and cane furniture, old- style wall pictures and a private porch with magnificent views of the surrounding area. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan, tea/coffee station, dressing table with mirror and chair, wardrobe and electric shaver point.

Most meals are home cooked. For breakfast you can expect homemade bread, cold meat, cheese, juice, tea/coffee, fruit and yogurt. Guests can also order bacon and eggs. Lunch and dinner can be ordered from the chef's 'a la carte' menus.

A small nature reserve has been established at Ghaub (2,200ha). This ensures strict control concerning conservation procedures for white rhinos which were introduced in 2016. Your participation in rhino drives and walks helps in their preservation. Wildlife in and around the mountains and nature reserve viewed on one of the farm's 4x4 vehicles include kudu, eland, giraffe, zebra, oryx, ostrich, impala, warthog, Damara dik dik and klipspringer. There are also 2 walking trails where you can view a number of local historic sites and rock engravings.

An fun activity is to spend half a day exploring the nearby Ghaub Caves. The lodge offers guided tour to the cave and once inside, you will find that most sections are tall enough to stand up in, but other areas need a bit of breathing-in to squeeze into. Visitors are reminded that as are no handrails or hand-holds, holding on to the stalagmites or stalactites will only cause irreparable damage.

Ghaub Guest Farm is conveniently situated between Otavi and Tsumeb, and is an ideal stopover to and from Etosha National Park.

Accommodation in Namibia

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  • Ghaub: Dining Area
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  • Ghaub: Dinner Outside
  • Ghaub: Cave
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  • Ghaub: Double Room
  • Ghaub: Patio
  • Ghaub: Night Time Atmosphere
  • Ghaub: Alfresco Dining
  • Ghaub: Ghaub Pool Area
  • Ghaub: Caving
  • Ghaub: Ghaub Grounds
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Ghaub has a number of marked walking trails, along several of these trails a botanist has marked the more interesting flora. Hikes can either be guides or you can choose to explore on your own
Nature Drive
On the guided nature drive you can expect to see kudu, eland, warthog, several smaller antelope species and lots of birds
Farm tour
Spend time learning about the agricultural importance of Guestfarm Ghaub with a day in the life of a Namibian farmer.
Rhino Tracking
A more adventurous way to search for white rhino is on foot accompanied by trackers on the 'Rhino Patrol'. This offers the ideal opportunity to learn of the behavioural habits of the largest of the world's 5 species of rhino. A decent level of fitness is required for this activity. Sightings are not guaranteed. Timings: Summer and winter: 09h00. Duration: 2 to 3hrs.
Ghaub Caves
The discovery in 1913 of the Ghaub Caves is accredited to Dr. H. Vedder a 'well-known South West Africa missionary historian'. The caves are about 15mins drive from the guest farm. Armed with a torch your guide will lead you as you walk, crawl and generally get very dirty in the cave system.
Rhino Drive
White rhino can be observed on a drive into the mountainous area of the Ghaub Farm nature reserve. Other game species such as eland, blesbok, red hartebeest, impala and oryx can also be seen. Although wildlife are possible on all safaris, sightings are not guaranteed. A visit to unique rock engravings is also included in the rhino drive. Timings: Summer 16h00. Winter 15h00. Duration: 2 to 3hrs.
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Directions to the lodge

Ghaub is situated 410 km north of Windhoek, (25 km from B1 between Otavi and Tsumeb). Ghaub can also be reached via a very scenic route, the D2863 turning off from the B8 between Otavi and Grootfontein at Kombat

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