Kanaan Desert Retreat
Kanaan Desert Retreat is situated on a large unspoilt reserve with contrasting landscapes which borders the Namib Desert to the west and the Tiras Mountains to the east. It provides the perfect stopover when travelling between 2 of Namibia's most popular and fascinating tourist attractions: the dunes of Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon. The dedicated team of the retreat focus on the 'rehabilitation of the land' to conserve and protect wildlife and the environment. There are 3 major ecosystems surrounding the Kanaan Retreat; sand dunes, open grasslands and mountains. Many desert-adapted species survive here.
A major drawcard of Kanaan is the opportunity to use the retreat as a film location. There are no permit restrictions here which enables production company's, directors and crews to film wildlife, cheetah and other species of flora and fauna in their natural habitats. All filming activity takes place under the watchful eye of Marlice van Vuuren, one of the country's most well-know nature conservationists.
Homely meals at the desert retreat are served in the refurbished farmhouse complemented with refreshing wines and cool drinks. The small lounge is ideal for meeting other guests and sharing in their wildlife stories and experiences. An inviting fire-place awaits on those cold Namibian nights. The shady verandah offers an alternative dining area as well as a scenic venue for after dinner drinks and sundowners.
Accommodation at Kanaan Desert Retreat is in:
- Rooms: 4 x comfortable, rustic en-suite rooms have twin beds, bedside tables and lamps.
Luxury canvas tents
all overlook a stunning and diverse landscape which captures the beauty and tranquillity of the desert. Individual shower and toilets are standard.
The property is home to free-roaming kudu, ostrich, oryx, caracal, hyena, mountain zebra, springbok and jackal. Fences between Kanaan and the Namib Naukluft park are being removed to allow wildlife to freely roam between the property and the massive adjoining park
All activities will be conducted under the supervision of experienced and knowledgeable guides and where applicable in open-sided safari vehicles.
- Whether it is at sunset or sunrise there are a number of scenic drives to see dead tree landscapes and quiver trees. Game viewing and sightings of big cats such as cheetah or leopard are possible. All drives are of a 3hr duration.
- Scorpion Night Walk:
- Heads down as you look for creepy-crawlies scurrying around the desert. Scorpions, spiders and gecko come under the spotlight of your guides UV lamp. Duration: 2hrs
- Ancient Skills Academy:
- Spend up to 4hrs in the company of authentic San Bushmen who can show you their hunter/gatherer skills such as signs and tracks of the veldt, making fires with traditional San fire sticks and hunting and setting traps. Plants will be pointed out and their medicinal uses. The evening is rounded up with some traditional dances and songs. (please confirm availability)
- Ancient San Stories under the Stars:
- Spend a night out with a San Bushman in his village. Eat, learn and listen to their stories and tales of derrring do! (please confirm availability)
- Cheetah Feeding Tour:
- Great for photographing cheetah fairly close up on a specialised feeding tour morning and afternoon. Duration: Approxiamately 2hr.
- Photographic Safari:
- Take advantage of the early morning and afternoon desert light on a photographic safari. Duration: 2hrs each.
- Carnivore Ecology Research:
- Photographic and film crews can gain an insight into carnivore ecology research.
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