Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, is set in the Okonjati Wildlife Sanctuary, 225kms north of Windhoek. It was founded by the world-renowned conservationist, Jan Oelofse. Etjo means 'A place of refuge.' The camp is a perfect destination for small groups and managerial gatherings, and for self-drive tourists travelling to Etosha National Park, and further north on to the Caprivi. The new independent republic of Namibia was born at Mount Etjo Lodge, where the historic 1989 Mount Etjo Declaration was signed under the supervision of the United Nations.
The swimming pool and garden at the main lodge overlook a waterhole, where hippo, nyala and porcupine visit on a regular basis. It is an ideal opportunity for guests to observe animals quenching their thirst, whilst enjoying a drink at the bar themselves. It goes without saying that the closeness of the animals here, offer an excellent opportunity for nature lover and photographer alike. Ornithologists should head to the dam at the lodge, a bird watchers paradise. Dinners are served in a rustic African-furnished Lapa, around a campfire. Guests can also choose to share a drink around the inviting campfire, under the open sky, whilst a braai is being prepared.
There is a variety of accommodation available at Mount Etjo, guests can choose from the following:
The Villa - Partially located on an island, with an extraordinary 180 degree view of the lake where animals come to quench their thirst. The Villa is the pearl of Mount Etjo Safari Lodge - offering privacy, exclusivity and luxury, with a private swimming pool and garden, a jacuzzi, a mini-bar, DSTV, a large lounge with a fire-place, two king-size beds, private dining facilities and a personal butler (only by request). The Villa offers an exceptional opportunity for all-day game viewing from the comfort of your accommodation.
Suites - Accommodation is spacious and contain a large lounge, an exquisite bedroom and a fire-place or jacuzzi, a mini-fridge, safe, ceiling fan, air-conditioner and a tea/coffee station. The suites are not suitable for children.
Luxury Rooms - either a king-size bed or two double beds, suitable for accommodating families with children. All luxury rooms are equipped with a tea/coffee station, an air-conditioner and heater, a ceiling fan, a safe and a small fridge. Some rooms offer the use of a jacuzzi.
Wheelchair-friendly Rooms - Mount Etjo Safari Lodge is built to be wheelchair-friendly, and two rooms are furnished to accommodate the needs of those in wheel-chairs
Game drives in open vehicles, are all under the guidance of experienced game rangers. It is an ideal chance to enjoy the sanctuary’s fauna and flora, as well as elephant, black and white rhino, zebra, hippo, and the many different species of antelope that can be viewed on these trips. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also at home in the reserve.
Lion feeds after sunset, is an exciting attraction, where visitors will have the opportunity to observe these big cats feeding from a close distance. Due to their black rhino breeding program, the lions are kept on a large, but separate region of the sanctuary, mainly by luring them to a specific spot for feeding. This minimizes predation on black rhino calves, and other rare species roaming the Sanctuary.
Other activities include game walks to see the famous Dinosaur Footprints, dating back to 230 million years, described as Saurichnians. 4 different tracks have been found, but with too little evidence to to confirm the exact species. Shorter guided walks, concentrate on the fossilized buffalo tracks, which give the sanctuary it’s name 'Okonjati'.
Another guided game drive, is to visit the Rare Species Game Sanctuary, in an area of 4,000ha, which offers a protected refuge for the indigenous black-faced impala, the roan and sable antelope, red lechwe and bushbuck.
Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. A place of refuge for their wildlife, with comfortable and homely accommodation for their guests.
In open vehicles, where you will enjoy the sanctuary's fauna and flora. Animals, which may be observed range from Elephant, Black and White Rhino, Zebra, Hippo, and many different species of antelope We offer lion feeds after sunset, where you will have the opportunity to observe the cats feeding from a close distance. Due to our black Rhino Breeding Program in conjunction with the Namibian Government, the lions are kept on a large separate portion of the game sanctuary, mainly by feeding them at a specific spot. This minimizes predation on black rhino calves and other rare species roaming the Sanctuary.
There are also walks to the famous Dinosaur Footprints, dating back to 230 Million years, described as Saurichnians. Four different tracks have been found, however too little evidence has as yet been found to confirm the exact species. For shorter walks, participate on the guided walks to the fossilised Buffalo Tracks, which give the sanctuary it's name "Okonjati".
Rare Species Game Sanctuary: Specially guided game drives will take you to visit this area of 4000 hectares, which offers a protected refuge for the indigenous Black-faced Impala, the Roan and Sable Antelope, Red Lechwe and Bushbuck and others.
Every second day Cheetah feeds are undertaken in open vehicles. A mother and her two youngsters may be watched at a safe distance of about 30 metres, providing excellent opportunities for photography.
Both the Black Rhino and the White Rhino reside in the Okonjati Game Reserve at Etjo Lodge, their numbers are steadily increasing. The Black Rhino was once close to becoming extinct and the Namibian government has given Okonjati Game Reserve custodianship for several Black Rhinos so that these strong and majestic animals may once again strive in their natural environment. Participants follow an experienced guide through the bush on foot, with the aim being to locate and view these magnificent creatures.
A small, private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo.
Lodging located on the property used by the Heetah Conservation Fund, this is an excellent option if you want to learn about cheetah conservation.
A friendly well run guest house in the town of Otjiwarongo.
Mid-sized hotel in Otjiwarongo offering both lodge & hotel style accommodation. All the usual facilities including a pool, air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant.
Self catering units on a large, well stocked, private game reserve.
A large, well stocked, privately owned game reserve. Excellent for sightings of wild dogs and other endangered species.
Situated to the north of the Waterberg Plateau (which is unusual as most lodges are toward the south) this highly recommenced lodge offers spacious comfortable rooms and plenty of activities.
A private two bed room suite, comes complete with own swimming pool, lounge and kitchen. Private chef and meals can be arranged or guests can visit Bush Camp.
Without a doubt one of the best lodges in Namibia, add leopard and cheetah viewing to stunning accommodation and well prepared meals and this place is a complete winner.
The 'entry level' camp at Okonjima offers all the same great cats experiences as the other lodges in the portfolio. A one of a type not to be missed Namibian experience.
Large private complex, includes all modern luxuries. Enjoyed by international movie stars and corporate moguls - but available to any group wanting to stay!
A variety of accommodation options - ranging from large self-catering villas to double rooms. Just a few kilometers south of Otjiwarongo.
Small 8 room guest farm with an emphasis on conserving the natural eco-systems
The NWR run camp situated on the slopes of the plateau. Fairly standard and slightly overpriced accommodation, the old police station which has been converted to a restaurant is a scenic (if not taste) highlight.
Excellent choice for walking and visiting the highlights of the area
On the same property aw the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge but situated higher up the mountain offering excellent views.
These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
Great place to finish off - very diffferent - the lion feeding was a highlight although probably not for everyone - kids thought it was fantastic!
Older lodge (like a time warp to the 70s/80s) but in perfect condition and with excellent staff. Lion and cheetah feed are fascinating. Lovely view on local wildlife including hippos, from the property.
We couldn't understand what the manageer Fiola told us when she said she had upgraded us. Till we got inside "The Villa". We were speechless for many days. The animal world is beyond expectations and a pleasure and a surprise. Excellent food!
Mount Etjo is situated between the towns of Okahandja and Otjiwarongo. From the B1, take the D2483 west for about 38kms. The lodge is situated on your right. From the C33, take the D2414 at Kalkfeld. After 17kms turn on to the D2483. The lodge is about 15kms along this road on your left.Download Map
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