Kambaku Safari Lodge
Waterberg - Namibia
The award winning Kambaku Safari Lodge offers exclusive yet affordable accommodation on the 7600ha Okariuputa Game Farm. Families are especially welcome and many guests comment on the hospitable and kind staff employed here. They are only 25kms north of the Waterberg Nature Reserve an area known for large thorn bushes and Omborumbonga trees.
Kambaku is set amongst beautiful shady trees and green grass. The lodge was built from natural materials linking it to its natural surroundings. Relax and unwind in a large grassed terrace, ideal for a spot of sunbathing or a thirst-quenching sundowner. As the pool is heated by solar power swimming is available to guests all year round.
Fresh and wholesome meals will be served by the lodge's kitchen staff. Omelette a la Engel, a Kambaku's Potjie (a delicious game casserole) and an open-fire game stir fry, are just some of the meals that will be served on the lodge's veranda. For those cold winter evenings, there is a fireplace inside the main building, not to mention a bar and a small library for your convenience. Enjoy a cocktail around the pool and bush story around the campfire, on a starry, moonlit Namibian night.
Kambaku's small cellar has a limited, but fine selection of South African red, rosé and white wines.
Overnight in 8 Double and 2 Luxury rooms:
- Double Rooms: Each en-suite room is fitted out in luxurious African style with mosquito nets and a tea/coffee station.
- Luxury Rooms: Larger rooms with similar facilities and a private verandah with bedroll.
Eight different species of antelope, zebras, ostriches, and 4 of the big 5, (less buffalo) all pass through Kambaku Safari Lodge. A variety of eagle and vulture, falcons, jackals, warthogs and hyena, provide excellent photographic opportunities at the lookout points and ground-level hides near the waterholes.
Horse riding and Land-Cruiser morning and afternoon game drives can be arranged, as well as guided or unguided nature and game walks.
Day trips to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the Waterberg Plateau & Etosha National Park can be organized. For your entertainment, beach volleyball, archery, mountain biking and clay pigeon shooting facilities are at the guests disposal.
Younger guests are most welcome at Kambaku Safari Lodge. They can join in most of the adult activities and an adventure playground, children's bicycles, bows, a safari by donkey cart plus a variety of games and toys are at hand.
- Game drives
- Early morning and afternoon/evening game drives are conducted in a customized open 4x4 game viewing vehicle. The excellent view on board enhances your enjoyment and allows you to look as well as listen for wildlife.
- Game walks
- A hike through the bush takes you closer to nature. Knowledgeable guides know where to look and what to expect.
- Wildlife viewing
- Several lookout points and ground level hides allow you to game watch without disturbing the animals. The waterhole attracts creatures large and small and provides unlimited openings for photographers of all standards.
- Mountain biking
- If you've had enough of game viewing by vehicle or on foot then tour the farm on one of the lodge's mountain bikes. Apart from the fitness angle, you might bump into a couple of elephants on a tandem coming the other way!
- An easy to organize sport ideal for working up a bit of sweat before your sundowner.
- A selection of sports bows in various sizes and weights are available for adults and children alike - practice makes perfect.
- Clay pigeon shooting
- A complete skeet stand awaits you. The lodge will be only to happy to let you try something new, under instruction.
- Horse riding
- A journey through the bush on horseback has its advantages over those by vehicle or on foot. A horse will keep its own senses finely tuned for any game around and if you look in the direction of its ears, many well-camouflaged animals could be seen. Another benefit is being seated at a higher level. This makes game viewing easier and you can still cover a decent distance through a number of habitats each day in search of those elusive mammals and birds.
- Cheetah Conservation Fund
- The natural habitat of Cheetah in the wild has shrunk dramatically all over the world. Thus the fastest terrestrial animal on the planet has become a highly endangered species. With about 2,500 animals, Namibia boasts the largest Cheetah population on earth. In order to protect Cheetah in Namibia, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) was founded in 1990.
The CCF information centre is as entertaining as instructive and definitely worthwhile. Cheetah which no longer can be released into the wilds for various reasons, are kept in large enclosures next to the centre. You will be able to take stunning pictures of the big cats. On certain days visitors are also welcome to watch Cheetah at full speed during their sprint-training.
- Vulture Restaurant
- The Rare and Endangered Species Trust (REST), established in 2000, is mainly concerned with protecting the Cape vulture which is an endangered species in Namibia. Once there were seven colonies of about 2,000 birds in the country. Now, only one colony of eleven Cape vultures remains in the cliffs of Waterberg. For observing and studying the birds, REST set up a vulture restaurant with an observation screen. Carrion is regularly laid out at the restaurant, which does attract Cape vultures and hundreds of White-backed and Lappet-faced vultures.
The screen is very suitable for taking good pictures. Visitors can also get acquainted with Nelson, a flightless vulture which is kept in a large aviary. A host of interesting facts about these useful scavengers can be learnt at REST's research and study centre.
- Waterberg Plateau
- Thanks to rich springs, the eastern cliffs of 'Water Mountain' are characterised by an almost subtropical abundance of flora. The plateau of this table mountain was proclaimed a nature reserve in 1972. Animal species in need of protection - such as Sable Antelope, Buffalo and Rhino - were resettled there. Furthermore, Rüppell's parrot and other rare types of birds can be spotted. From the semi-state rest camp a path leads up to the rocks at the edge of the plateau where Rock Hyrax and Klipspringer are found. The historic police station now houses a restaurant with numerous pictures from the olden days.
- OvaHerero cultural centre
- Farm Hamakari is situated east of Waterberg, close to the little town of Okakarara. At Hamakari OvaHerero fighters suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of German troops in 1904. At the historic site a cultural and tourism centre is now being established, which will house an exhibition on the history and culture of the Ovaherero people; local arts and crafts will also be sold there.
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