!Uris Safari Lodge
near Tsumeb - Namibia
!Uris Safari Lodge is located 20kms west of the town of Tsumeb, between the ancient Lake Otjikoto and Etosha National Park. This lodge would suit self-drive tourists & families on the way to the park. Overnight here on the route to the Kunene, Kaokoland and Southern Angola as well.
For visitors with an interest in gemstones and minerals, the lodge borders a number of historic German mines such as Alt Bobos, Karavatu, Omeg II and Uris. They resemble trails 'in the footsteps of the diggers', who spent days in the relentless Namibian sunshine, exploring the possibilities of mining precious minerals. Uris is a Heikom/Bushmen word meaning 'head lice' and the addition of the '!' refers to a small white hill containing metal.
The thatched dining, lounge and bar areas open onto spacious wooden decks. The lodge boasts delicious Pan African meals including a full breakfast, lunch and dinner. The evening meal can be served in the lounge area or for guests who would prefer the 'bush experience', the BOMA is always a favourite. Wine and dine by candlelight as the sun slowly disappears over the horizon.
The eight (existing) houses originally accommodated mineworkers in the early 1900's. They are known locally as a 'kompong.' These cozy houses are now !Uris Safari Lodge's comfortably furnished brick and thatch-chalets. All room names refer to current and previous existing mines.Accommodation is in semi-detached chalets and family bedrooms:
- Chalets: The 7 semi-detached chalets have queen-sized beds fitted with mosquito nets. En-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, a hair-dryer, kettle, digital in-room safe and telephone are standard. Re-charge and run your appliances on 220/240v mains supply.
- Family Units: 7 family bedrooms are furnished with four ¾ beds. Climb a step-ladder into the loft to sleep on 2 of the beds. The facilities are similar to the Chalets.
There is a fireplace in the lounge area and a small scale (mining history) library. Interesting mineral artifacts are displayed in the foyer. Guests can 'dig' for their wine deep down in the cellar, (a reminder of the mining era) and complete their day with a cigar from !Uris Safari Lodge's distinctive collection.
!Uris Safari Lodge is disabled-traveller friendly with wheelchair accessibility. There is a an excellent swimming pool, and the lodge masseuse can offer a relaxation package at her small scale salon on request.
Take a nature drive through the bush and observe eland, kudu, duikers, steenbok and a variety of nocturnal animals. Mountain biking, donkey carting, quad bike tours, bird-watching, guided walks and geological tours can also be organized.
Sight-seeing activities in the area include the Tsumeb Museum, Tsumeb Cultural Village, Tsumeb Arts and Crafts Centre, De Wet Shaft and the Tsumeb Upper Levels, Smelter and Mine. Otjikoto Lake, Guinas Lake, Hoba Meteorite, Grootfontein Museum, African Baobab Trees (Tsintsabis area) and not forgetting Namibia's famous Etosha National Park.
A short distance from Tsumeb is a well-established shooting range operated by the German shooting club, Schützenverein. Skydiving at the Tsumeb Flying Club can also be arranged by appointment.
- Guided walks
- enable you to view warthog, jackal, baboon and getting closer to wonderful examples of Namibia's exquisite trees: Acacia Fleckii, Acacia Tortilis, Albizia Anthelmintica, Berchemia Discolor, Combretum Apiculatum, Combretum Erythrophyllum, Combretum Imberbe, Commiphora Africana, Commiphora Tenuipetiolata, Dicrostachys Cinerea, Grewia Flava, Kirkia Acuminate, Lonchocarpus Nelsii, Moringa Ovalifolia, Mundulea Sericea, Peltophorum Africanum, Sclerocarya Birrea, Spirostachys Africana, Terminalia Prunioides.
- Sight-seeing activities in the vicinity
- Tsumeb Museum, Tsumeb Cultural Village, Tsumeb Arts and Crafts Centre, De Wet Shaft and the Tsumeb Upper Levels, Smelter and Mine. Otjikoto Lake, Guinas Lake, Hoba Meteorite, Grootfontein Museum, African Baobab Trees (Tsintsabis area) the famous Etosha National Park.
- Mountain bikes, Donkey cart or Quad bike tours
- are available to visit historic mining sites and Lake Otjikoto.
!Uris Safari Lodge is situated about 20km outside of Tsumeb. From Windhoek follow the B1 North towards Tsumeb passing through Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Otavi, at the four way crossing 3km before you reach Tsumeb turn left still following the B1 to Ondangwa. Keep to the road for about 14km towards Etosha, past the turn-of at Punyu Crushers, turn left then onto a dirt road another 14.4km straight would lead you to the lodge.
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