Situated on the banks of a sidearm of the Aba Huab River, just 16km east of the Twyfelfontein turnoff on the D2612, the camp has 10 en-suite guest tents and one main tented area. The tents are located well apart to ensure privacy, however, are still within comfortable walking distance to the main facilities. The all new custom-made spacious tented accommodation provides the ideal overnight facility for guests seeking the adventure of a tented camp without sacrificing luxury.
Further facts about the camp:
10 twin tents, each with a 43 sqm fully enclosed living environment, en-suite bathroom with shower, wash basin and flush toilet, a free standing fan and limited 220V electricity is available.
WiFi coverage in main area.
The 106 sqm main area consists of a large modern stylish mess tent with lounge and small bar area, the dining area leads out to an outside shaded patio. A pool is also available.
A fire pit in front of the main unit is the perfect spot to enjoy the spectacular Namibian night sky.
A full English breakfast will be served at the start of the day.
Dinner consists of a three-course meal and/or a barbecue/braai.
Breakfast and picnic packs will be on offer for guests wanting to depart early for Twyfelfontein or other destinations.
The camp is accessible by all kinds of vehicles. Shaded parking is provided at the camp.
Guided trips to Twyfelfontein and surrounding areas are on offer, as well as a half day elephant drive or a combination of both.
The rate includes accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, as well as one lunch / lunch pack and selected local beverages.
A well-stocked honesty bar is available in the main dining room tent.
Child policy: 0 – 6 years - FOC, 7 – 12 years - 50 % off the pp sharing rate, 13 years plus - full rate.
The closest airfield lies at Twyfelfontein Lodge (approx. 16km away), or Doro Nawas (approx. 25km away).
At Malansrus Tented Camp we offer AM game drives, which start at 06:30, as well as PM game drives, starting at 15:00. We depart the camp and drive towards the De Riet Village, where the elephant tracking will start. The drive takes about 1.30 hours and our guides make sure to keep guests entertained, explaining and pointing out the different bird and plant species that can be spotted while in the car.
Once we reach the De Riet Village, the real fun begins – we make our way to the Hoanib River and keep our eyes and ears peeled to the surroundings. Our guides know the area extremely well and will do their best to find a few elephants toiling around.
During the AM game drive, we will have a tea / coffee break around 10:30. The guide will stop as often as the guests request for toilet breaks (the guides will chose the safest locations). Around 12:00 we will leave the riverbed to head back to the lodge, where a delicious lunch awaits everyone.
The PM game drive on the other hand is structured very flexible and depends completely on the guests arrival (preferred departure for the game drive is 15:00, however, this is not a must). If the guests arrive later, the guide will not be able to have as many stop-overs and will not be able to do the full elephant tracking as per the AM game drive; as such, elephants are not necessarily guaranteed. As the guides also have to take the setting sun / daylight conditions into consideration at a later departure, he will discuss the best possible options with the guests directly. One thing is guaranteed though: an amazing pit-stop for a few sundowner drinks and snacks. The view on the chosen sundowner hilltop is simply breathtaking and something not to be missed!
We offer guests guided Twyfelfontein excursions in the morning (departure from the lodge at 07:00) as well as in the afternoons (departure from the lodge at 16:00). Sites that will be visited include the Twyfelfontein Heritage Centre, the Organ Pipes as well as the Burnt Mountain. On top of this, we offer guests the options of visiting one of the two available Petrograph sites:
Either we view the Dancing Kudu or the Lionman. Both require a bit of climbing, so guests must wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes with good grip.
Sterculia Africana Trail – is a 2 hour walking trail during which your local guide will explain and show different species of trees to you. On this path, one particular tree dominates the area: the Mopane tree. You will also see this tree in the camp itself and it can be recognized easily due to its butterfly shaped leaves. The Sterculia Africana trail is our longest and highest climbing trail and will take you over the rough stannic granite rocks – as such, we recommend that hikers wear comfortable hiking clothes and hiking shoes with grabs to make the climb on the slippery mountain easier.
Boscia Albitrumca Trail – is approximately a gentle 1 and a half hour walking trail which will take you along a more flat terrain and will end with a steep mountain climb. Your local guide introduces you to trees such as the so-called terminalia prunioides and commiphora. Terminalia Prunioides, also called the Purple-pod cluster-leaf tree, is often multi-stemmed with long drooping branches and known for its plum-colored to purple-colored fruits. The commiphora is better known for its various purposes: depending on the region, this tree species is used as lumber or for its aromatic resins. "Myrrh", the common name of these dried resins, is used both as a fragrance and for medical purposes.
Maerua Schinzii Trail – this trail is about 45 minutes to 1 hour long and here you will learn more about the so-called acacia senegalia montis-usti tree – a species of tree which can only be found in Namibia. On the same path you will also find the combretun imberbe - also called the leadwood tree. The white brown weaver birds love to build their giant nests in these trees and the trees also have a special meaning in the Ovambo and Herero cultures: to them the leadwood tree is the great ancestor of all animals and people and must be passed with respect.
The walking trail is gentle and leads through small granite hills and open valleys - you may even see the hyrax curiously staring back at you (also called rock dassie) in the early morning or late afternoon.
For all these different walking trails, guests need to be well prepared for the hot sun. We recommend sunscreen with a high protection factor, comfortable clothes, closed hiking shoes with grabs, water, sun hats as well as insect repellents. Additionally do not forget your cameras and binoculars.
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