Bitterwasser lodge & flying center

South of Uhlenhorst, on the C15, about 59km from the B1, is a specialist lodge that caters for glider pilots up to world-class level. This is not a school for gliding - it is a place for those who already know how to glide. A number of world records have been achieved at Bitterwasser, and each one has been marked with a king palm. In addition to this, a new palm tree is planted for every flight over 1000km. There's an avenue of palm trees lining the way to the airfield, where each palm was planted to commemorate a record. Every year, the avenue grows.

Bitterwasser Lodge is the ideal place for those interested in gliding, especially if you can bring your own glider. The fantastic thermals of the Kalahari desert provide the opportunity for not only incredibly fast, but also exceptionally long glider flights. The large 3km diameter Bitterwasser salt pan, provides the runway system and is the perfect airfield to initiate glider flights.

The Bitterwasser farm area consists of a total of 5,500ha of land including a game park. There is a wonderful variety of Namibian flora and fauna, and a garden with beautiful old trees, all in a peaceful and relaxing environment.

The previous farm infrastructure has been replaced by a new modern Lodge. There is a main building with restaurant, lounge, curio shop and a 'computer corner'.

The luxurious pool is located in the shady garden. Comfortable chairs, canvas beds and towels are provided, and drinks or snacks can be ordered here.

The restaurant team of Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Centre pride themselves on their Namibian and International cuisine. It has a terrace and is right in the middle of the resort, the perfect meeting place for pilots and guests alike.

Accommodation at Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Centre is in either one of 22 air-conditioned bungalows, or a country house located in the dunes. They all have en-suite facilities and 24hr electricity supply. Some have air conditioning and CD-radios. The 13 rondavels (African style huts), are more basic, with simple furniture and a central ablution block.

Gliding is not the only activity at Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Centre. There are flights with gliders and motorized gliders, round trips with Ultralight and motor planes, biking trails, walks, game drives, and of course spectacular sundowner walks or drives.

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Bitterwasser is world famous for gliding - numerous world records have been set on the property. Bring your own glider and enjoy the views!

Trips with Ultralight and motor planes.

Experience an arial view of the area.

For the more energetic.

There are several walking trails on the property.

Daily trips around the property in search of game.

Sundowner walks or drives.

Africa Safari Lodge

Africa Safari Lodge

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Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge

Bagatelle Kalahari Lodge

Excellent lodge in the Kalahari Desert, offers accommodation in units made of straw bales or wood. Bagatelle proves to be consistently popular with guests.

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Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

On the private Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve.

Kalahari Anib Camping2Go

Kalahari Anib Camping2Go

As your toes sink deeper into the ochre velvet, you will fall even deeper in love with this ancient desert formed over 65 million years ago. Kalahari Anib Camping2Go ranks high on the list of those who yearn to feel closer to nature. Only a stone’s throw from Kalahari Anib Lodge, it still offers the luxuries of a lodge, while providing the absolute embrace of Mother Nature. Each tented unit is fully equipped for self-catering leisure. The en-suite bathroom, four plush beds and water-cooler ensure that comfort won’t be lacking. And the kitchenette with fridge, gas plate and all possible cooking wear make for an effortless outdoor experience.

Kalahari Anib Lodge

Kalahari Anib Lodge

When visiting the Kalahari, we want guests to immerse themselves in the experience. Our aim is to offer the opportunity to feel closer to the multi-faceted richness of the Kalahari – much as its indigenous people once did. This lodge offers a new meaning to indoor-outdoor experiences. Here the architecture of the various guest areas provides direct access to the Kalahari Desert, even while sipping night caps at the indoor fireplace. Nature drives along the Kalahari dunes, as well as walking trials and e-bikes offer the opportunity to connect with the natural landscape. Words alone cannot describe the rhythm of the Kalahari.

Kalahari Farmhouse

Kalahari Farmhouse

This is our hidden gem, inspired by farmhouse goodness. A place that always feels like home. The abundant gardens of the Farmhouse are home to Gondwana’s Self-Sufficiency Centre, where our green houses, butchery and smokehouse cater to many of our various properties’ needs. Kalahari Farmhouse offers guests wholesome tranquillity. Each quaint cabin offers a slice of bliss with fireplace and rustic farmhouse character. Guests can spend afternoons on their own terrace with rocking chair and the view of their own secret garden. Beyond that the property’s pool offers a cool retreat from the Kalahari heat, and Kalahari Anib Lodge’s activities are fully available to guests of the Farmhouse.

Stampriet Historical Guest House

Stampriet Historical Guest House

A wonderful owner managed guest house in the village of Stampriet. An eclectic mix of local antiques & warm hospitality enhance your stay.

Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp

Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal which inhabits the Kalahari - we do not know why this lodge is named after them. Perhaps if you stay here and find out you can tell us and then we can make this slightly more descriptive.

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

The third lodge on the Intu Afrika Kalahari Game Reserve (along with Suricate & Camethorn Lodges). The Kalahari is absolutely magnificent and really should be a part of any visit to Namibia.

Traveller Reviews

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

Blazer, Benoit

5 Nov 2009

Very nice and quiet lodge. We had the possibility to visit Hoachanas and meet people there. Very interesting to see how people live there.

Directions

From Windhoek take the B1 south, and the C21 to the left at Kalkrand (north of Mariental).

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