Rustig toko lodge

Rustig Toko Lodge is situated in northwest Namibia, some 22km north east of Kamanjab on the D2695. The lodge is situated on 6000ha of private farm land. It is an ideal base for tours to the Etosha National Park, the Epupa Falls on the Kunene River and to visit one of the indigenous peoples of Namibia, the Himba.

The wide variety of bird species found on the farm, give Rustig Toko Lodge its name. Not only is this an idyllic place for bird viewers, but its striking fauna & flora make Rustig Toko Lodge an attractive and popular holiday destination.

The restaurant and bar can be found in the main lodge building at Rustig Toko. There is also a small lounge to relax in and have a drink. All meals are from a set menu, but larger groups will be served a buffet.

Toko Lodge has 14 individual rooms. All rooms, are en-suite with mosquito nets and and in-room safe. They all have a stunning view from the verandah, over the surrounding savanna and lush gardens.

After a long, hot day, indulge yourself with a refreshing swim in the pool. Observe the small variety of animals that visit the floodlit waterhole, or just enjoy the magical ambiance created by the vast natural backdrop of the landscape. Join a sundowner around the fire, followed by typical African cuisine for dinner accompanied, by some of the finest South-African wines.

There are morning, afternoon and night game drives. Giraffe, springbok, kudu, eland, oryx, warthog, ground squirrels and zebra can be observed. Night drives are a very popular excursion in the hours of darkness. Sightings are never guaranteed but chances abound to sight the 'shy 5'. Aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, African wild cat and the bat-eared fox. Guided or unguided, early morning or late afternoon walking trails along the dolomite hills can be taken. The Damara dik-dik, rock dassies and over 200 bird species can be spotted around this area, including 3 types of hornbill, the endemic Monteiro's Hornbill and the rare Hartlaub's Francolin.

The rock engravings at the Peet Albert's Koppie are a magical sight. It offers you a wide spectrum of impressive rock engravings. 200 000 years ago the San people documented daily occurrences with endemic wildlife onto one of the oldest and hardest rock formations, the Kamanjab Granite. This granite formation is the only one of its kind in the surroundings.

Rustig Toko Lodge have established the Katenda Himba Village tour nearby to the lodge. This short Himba excursion gives you a basic insight to the cultures and lifestyles of the Himba Tribe.

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Rock engravings at the Peet Albert's Hilltop: This magical site offers you a wide spectrum of impressive rock engravings. 200 000 years ago the San documented daily occurrences with endemic wildlife onto one of the oldest and hardest rock formations, the Kamanjab Granite. This granite formation is the only one of its kind in the surrounding 5000 h.

Game and Nature Drives: Take a 2.5hr drive in an open-sided safari vehicle around the 6,000ha farm. Apart from an abundance of game and birds you can learn about their cattle farming operation, borehole systems and water reservoirs. Maximum 2 pax. Dolomite Walks: The early morning or late afternoon offer the best times to enjoy a guided or unguided walk along the trails of dolomite hills. This is great for birders as there is over 200 species that have been observed and recorded in the region. Your guide will add to the interesting information notably the different animal tracks he will spot along the way. Duration 2.5 hours. Maximum 2 pax.

Night drives: This popular trip searches for the 'shy 5', aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, African wild cat and the bat-eared fox. Sightings can never be guaranteed in the hours of darkness but your experienced and knowledgeable guides give you the best chances to sight these elusive creatures. On the way round you might be fortunate enough to add to your adventure as brown hyena, honey badger, pangolin, serval, small-spotted genet, owls, springhare and a selection of snakes might be seen as well. Duration: 1.5 hours. Maximum 2 pax.

Short Himba Excursion: A 1hr tour to the Katenda Himba Village nearby gives a basic insight into the ways and lifestyles of the Himba Tribe. Meet a traditional group of nomadic cattle herders who will show you round their village, a collection of huts made from mud, cow dung and branches. Men and women wear goatskin loin cloths and mini-skirts respectively. Learn what they smear on their skin to protect them from the harsh climate, what they make their jewellery from and how they have held on to their traditions and adapted to outside influences on their way of life.

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Sidwell, Martyn

17 Oct 2016

Superb Night Drives (main reason for staying here) with Aardvark and Aardwolf seen. Did not offer lunches

Buck, Matthew

19 Nov 2015

Nice lodge, food and facilities although the owner did try and push several products and tours he was offering too much

Heintz, Daniel

14 Nov 2012

Fantastic night drives. A lot of attention paid to clients` needs. Beautiful room. Very good food for breakfast and dinner.

Edwards, Steven

15 Nov 2010

A wonderful lodge who gave us their nicest room and looked after us well. The view from the room and the pool is wonderful.

Verheij,olaf

14 Aug 2017

Helpfull people (our daugter fell ill there, they went to great lenght to help us out). The night drive was already fully booked when we arrived.

Peters, Sven

9 Sep 2009

the lodge is so nice and the service of Michael is so perfect that it is worth to go 10 km more to reach it.. In the rustig Lodge we felt at home. Excellent!!!!!

Gibbons, Natalie

20 May 2018

This place needs some work. Pool not working, no internet (even though it says it has) couldn't pay by card as the machine had broken. Friendly place though and good food.

Fowler,diane

24 Sep 2017

1 star rating. Zero customer service no ambiance and very basic accom, food also not so good. If the Himba village was not there you could wipe it off your books. Will not return.

Jackson, Stanley

9 Sep 2009

This is a nice lodge to serve as a transit point between Etosha and Opuwo. The rooms are nice and the food is quite good. A bit more basic than perhaps Frans Indongo or Naua Naua, but nice.

Etzi, Andrea

3 Aug 2017

Although there is no much to see and do overthere, the Rusting Toko Lodge has been a beautiful stop to understand their sustainable management and how they carry the farm. It is a place to visit

Vermeulen, Jean-paul

21 Aug 2014

The family bungalow was very spacious. We did the visit to the Himba village next to the camp in the late afternoon when the light is better for pictures. Imanuel, our guide, was very knowledgeable.

Bernard, Vincent

9 Sep 2009

It seems the lodge and the farm around don't have the same owner. The game drive in the cow farm is not very exciting. Interesting to see the new Himba village nearby (it saved us 10 hours driving to the north)

Proffit,katie

25 Aug 2014

This is a pleasant place to stay. Our rooms were large and comfortable with spacious terraces and lovely views. The pool looked lovely, though was too cold for a dip in July. The food was good and the owners were hospitable and very helpful.

Pina I Estany, Carles

24 Apr 2016

This one somehow was the least favourite one. Not many activities there (or the activities short) and probably we found that wasn't so well managed as other lodges. As a good thing: we did the best night safaris there and the swimming pool was very clean.

Grassi, Gabriele

12 Sep 2015

Very nice reception and service. A very big clean and nicely decorated room. The swimming pool was a bit neglected. The owner provided useful information on Etosha. Perfect place to reach the Galton Gate early in the morning and enjoy a full day in Etosha.

Directions

Rustig Toko Lodge is situated 22km north east of Kamanjab on the D2695. Take the C35 north of Kamanjab to Ruacana, after 8km turn right onto D2763, after 13km take the D2695 to the farm.

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