Dusternbrook guest farm

Dusternbrook Guest Farm offers a family run colonial style farmhouse around 50kms north-west of Windhoek. The elevated setting, high on a river bank, overlooks the unspoilt, breathtaking, surrounding scenery. A major draw-card here is the opportunity to experience leopard and cheetah sightings in their natural environment and on daily viewings and feedings. This is an ideal chance to observe these two rare and elusive creatures together in the wild, not always experienced on a safari in Namibia.

The 14,000ha farm has been in the Vaatz family since 1942 and is the oldest establishment of it's kind in Namibia. Owner Johann Vaatz has overseen the increase in plains game and is also very knowledgeable in the history of the area. The success of Dusternbrook also benefits local communities. Many of the farm's guests stay for longer to enjoy hiking in the nearby mountains as well. The farm is a popular overnight stop for those wanting a short break from Windhoek, and it's location close to the main B1 highway means it is suitable for those en-route to the coast and Swakopmund as well as locations in northern Namibia such as the Waterberg Plateau, Damaraland or Etosha National Park.

The guest farm prides itself on 'hearty home-grown hospitality, and a valuable Namibian encounter with dramatic scenery. It is a small, intimate guest house, that offers an insight into the country's people and natural heritage. There is a swimming pool, and thatched roof lapa. Life revolves around the restored farmhouse, from where meals are served and daily activities depart. Fare often includes local game and beef dishes, home-made bread and traditional braai's.

Double Rooms: All double rooms have en-suite facilities and mosquito nets. Some of the rooms have double, others have twin beds. They all have solar heated showers. The Felsenhaus has 2 luxurious rooms, both with a private terrace and overlooking the river bed. The rooms in the Kolonialhaus have extra single beds, ideal for families.

Single Room: For the individual traveller a room with a single bed and similar facilities to the Double Rooms.

Luxury Tents: 2 large stand-up tents set about 30m apart decorated in an African style. They have a fixed wall, en-suite bathroom built out of natural stone, an aluminium door entrance with private terrace. They are the size of a normal room, sleep on a double bed.

Hippo Chalet: A rustic cabin set on the banks of the dam in the middle of the reserve. Share a double bed, en-suite bathroom/shower with the resident hippos.

Activities through the private game reserve, Otjihorongo, (Place of the Kudu) include a visit to the 50ha cheetah and leopard enclosure, morning and afternoon game drives, game viewing on horse back, a mountain drive, walking trails, (from 1-4hrs in length) and a typical Namibian 4x4 self-drive mountain trail.

Apart from the big cats, Dusternbrook Guest Farm also has oryx, kudu, giraffe, zebra, klipspringer, warthog, eland, springbok, steenbok, wildebeest, hartebeest, ostrich, baboon, and a rich bird life. (Over 160 species have been recorded at Dusternbrook, including the South African shelduck, Cape vulture, ashy tit, ant-eating chat, and rockrunner.) Many guests enjoy the more adventurous game drives on horse back, as the game appear not to be too scared of the horses, allowing a closer view than imaginable.

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The main activity at Dusternbrook is the viewing of leopard and cheetah in their natural environment.

Through the private game reserve, Otjihorongo ("Place of the Kudu"), offers you a first-hand impression of Namibian wildlife. The following game can be seen: oryx, kudu, giraffe, Burchell's zebra, waterbuck, warthog, cape eland, steinbuck, wildebeest (gnu), hartebeest, baboon & jackal. Birdlife is also plentiful and diverse.

This drive into the Khomas Highlands is very scenic, and besides oryx and kudu you could also see the rarely seen Hartmann's mountain zebra, which is endemic to Namibia. This drive we offer mostly in the morning as there are other activities in the afternoon. If you book two nights this drive is free.

From horseback you can get very close to the game - making this a unique and interesting ride.

About 160 Namibian bird species have been recorded at Düsternbrook (many more are probably present, at least seasonally). Many of these can be found right around the farmhouse, guest rooms, and campground. They have documented five southern African endemics (South African Shelduck, Cape Vulture, Ashy Tit, Anteating Chat, and Rockrunner). The walking trails offer particularly good birding venues. Our guides have some training in bird identification and we have checklists, binoculars, and field guides available on request.

Choose between different marked hiking and walking trails from 1 to 4 hours in length.

Traveller Reviews

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


21 Aug 2014

Lovely dinner round the farmhouse dining table and nice atmosphere. Enjoyed meeting the cheetahs and leopard.


22 Oct 2016

Very nice familial guest farm, nice tented chalet, very good food. We regret not having time enough to enjoy the activities .

Courtney, Claire

3 Oct 2016

Absolutely wonderful! The accommodation was charming, the staff were lovely and the setting was beautiful and so close to the city.

Patterson, Jeanette

7 Mar 2017

Dusternbrook was not our favorite but it was a nice spot to stay close to the airport. The cats unlimited tour was very interesting!

Van Leeuwen, Leo

7 Apr 2017

Our room was simple and the airco didnot work but the gave us for free the deluxe room which was very good with a great view on the river.Dinner was fine.

Yeomans, Susan

18 Jun 2018

Good place to stay to break up trip to Etosha - good food and easy to find. Great photo opportunities on private photography expeerience particularly for cheetahs.

Summers, Dorothy

3 Nov 2013

Although a privilege to spend moments in time with these beautiful cats, the website description of `luxury` accommodation and the reality was poles apart. The reception area could be improved to welcome dusty weary travellers

Kratzsch, Karin

2 Nov 2013

we love it, simple, not for somebody who needs luxury rooms, but clean, very good homemade dinner, lots of animals, lots of wonderful talks during our stay, real farm life, possibility to do hiking trails on the farm, we`ll come back


Take the main road (B1) north out of Windhoek. After 30km turn left onto the D1499 and Dusternbrook is a further 18km along the road

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