Tsumkwe lodge

Tsumkwe TUCSIN Lodge is situated in the town of Tsumkwe, which is the administrative centre of Bushmanland. It is on the road to the border post with Botswana. While the lodge is accessible by sedan car, via a good dirt road a 4x4 vehicle is required to explore the surrounding area of Bushmanland. The lodge is co-operating with the community run Nyae Nyae Conservancy, set up in 1998 to give the San people, the right to benefit from the wildlife and tourist activities in the area.

In addition to these benefits, the Hospitality and Training Centre is becoming a multi-functional organization focusing amongst other things on education and training. The lodge still operates as any other in Namibia, catering for local and international visitors to the area is still of the utmost importance.

The main lodge and lapa area houses the restaurant, bar, kitchen and braai. Breakfast is either a cooked English/Farmers or a selection of cereals. There is also a light lunch and set dinner menu. Other amenities include a tea/coffee facility available throughout the day and a laundry service. The swimming pool offers a welcome respite from the hot Namibian sunshine, especially after a long dusty drive or an enjoyable day trip to visit the San Bushmen.

Accommodation at Tsumkwe Lodge is in:

Twin Rooms: The 19 x twin rooms are equipped with 2 x twin beds an en-suite shower and flush toilet, mosquito net and fan. Enjoy the surroundings from your front lying veranda.

Family Room: The Family Room is ideal for a family of 2 adults and 2 small children. The facilities are similar to the twin rooms.

Take the opportunity to visit the Ju/'hoan (Bushmen) community on one of the lodge's half or full day guided tours. Here you will learn about their extraordinary hunting skills, and plants used in traditional medicines at these authentic, Bushmen villages. Alternatively, you could join a trip to the Khaudum National Park or Nyae Nyae Conservancy. Although it is possible to visit Khaudum in your own vehicle, entry is only allowed when two or more vehicles are travelling together.

Another feature of the area are the many Baobab trees, some more than 2000 years old. The largest is known as 'Holboom', which means 'Hollow Tree' in Afrikaans. .

Please note that activities need to be booked in advance.

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Full day excursion: This is a full day guided visit to Ju/'hoansi Village and Nyae Nyae Pan in an open 4x4 vehicle.

Hike: Walk with the bushmen and with the aid of an interpreter witness them gathering food, moisture and nutrition, grass trap construction (to catch guinea fowl, korhaan and red-billed francolin) and fire lighting using baobab sticks. Other traditional activities include making poison arrows to hunt oryx, kudu and giraffe.

Game drive: This exploration to the Nyae Nyae Pan follows the morning's activities at the Bushmen village. Many bird species such as wattled crane, flamingo, pelican and ostrich can be observed. Blue wildebeest, oryx and springbok can be be seen on the pan's edge. A picnic lunch is served under a shady acacia tree.

Traditional healing dance: Return to the village to enjoy a number of dances and games performed by the women and children of the village.

Half day tour:  This is a 4hr Cultural Experience at Ju/'hoansi Village concentrating mainly on around the Bushmen village and their activities and traditions.

Kaudom National Park: This is a full day guided excursion in an open 4x4 safari vehicle to Kaudom NP. There are 12 artificial watering holes and 2 natural fountains in the park with a decent number of hides available for safe game-viewing. Sightings throughout the day could include (but not guaranteed) elephant, roan antelope, giraffe, tsessebe, oryx, ostrich, blue wildebeest, warthog, African wild dog, leopard, spotted hyena and side-striped jackal. With over 320 species of bird recorded in the park eagles and hornbills, this is ideal for birders as well.

Hol Boom trip: There is an optional morning or afternoon excursion to one of the regions most famous landmarks 'Hol boom' or 'Hollow tree'. This gigantic Baobab tree is estimated to be between 2,000 and 5,000 years old. The view from the top of the tree is outstanding.

Traveller Reviews

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

Lybeck, Stig Olof

12 Apr 2016

Nice location, not in the village. Tent cottages in need of maintenance. Little Boy best guide for the San village. No fan in the cottage, we got one from the reception.

Diehl,anke

25 Aug 2016

Only lodge around - rooms would need renovation. No fridge. Restaurant was ok, though. They run their own SAN village, which is not obvious at first glance. We preferred to Go to the Little Hunters Village, which was so authentic, great experience and a fifth of the price for a Full-day experience.

Directions

Tsumkwe Lodge is in Tsumkwe, in the north east of Namibia. To get to Tsumkwe, drive northwards from Grootfontein on the B8. After 55km, you will find the turn-off to Tsumkwe, the C44. This is a gravel road in good condition and you will enter Tsumkwe after about 225km and 3 hours. The road can be travelled with any kind of vehicle, but to explore the area, a 4x4 vehicle will be needed. At the moment, fuel is not available in Tsumkwe. There is a very good gravel airfield 5km outside Tsumkwe.

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