Okapuka lodge

Okapuka lodge is situated only 30kms north of Windhoek, and is an ideal overnight stop for those arriving or departing from the Windhoek International Airport. It is also a great place to relax for a few days after a gruelling safari with the opportunity to view the many species of mammal and birds in their natural environment.

The restaurant, (separated from the bar by a water and rock cascade) offers a variety of unusual starters, local game dishes, and sumptuous desserts, all prepared with recipes handed down from generation to generation. The cozy, candle-lit atmosphere, centred around an open fire place, has wonderful views over the green-grass park. There is something very special about wining and dining in such ambiance, whilst grazing herds of antelope quietly move onto the floodlit lawns.

The 'Hyena bar' is a favourite spot at Okapuka, for a wide range of liqueurs, sherries, brandies and a fine selection of South African wines. There are some fantastic views of the mountains and is the perfect setting for pre or after dinner drink. The bar is carved from wood of the Camelthorn tree , covered by a huge thatched, dome roof.

The wine cellar features top estate blends and single cultivars, as well as excellent table wines to complement a meal. The award-winning cellar's wine list, includes some of the world's finest, with a special section of top, accolade winning ports of outstanding quality and age. Tours of the cellar can be arranged in advanced, and is available for groups of between 12-50 people.

Okapuka offers a number of venues to suit a variety of celebrations and private events. This includes the Conference Room, which forms part of the Mountain Lodge, and is equipped with air-conditioning, and all the standard presentation equipment associated with these corporate events, (Screen, overhead projector, flip chart, TV, VCR) for groups of up to 30 people.

The Lounge, The Lion Bar, and The Restaurant Lounge are also available for a number of smaller meetings, seminars and breakaways, as is the Pool Lapa, an informal outside venue, for groups up to 15 people

Accommodation is 16 thatched rooms, built to blend in with the surrounding bush. They are all equipped with an en-suite bathroom and toilet, telephone, tea & coffee station, mini-bar and fridge and an open terrace. Von Aschenborn paintings adorn the walls and the floors are decorated with carpets from the wool of the Karakul sheep.

There are also a further 4 rooms, (with a balcony) that form part of the lodge. These are furnished with cane and wall-to-wall carpets. They too have an en-suite bathroom with toilet & shower, satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee station, mini-bar and fridge. The extra bonus here is of the spectacular African landscape below.

Game drives often yield sightings of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, a rich bird life and perhaps most impressive of all - rhino. The more adventurous might prefer a horseback safari.

There are a number of hiking trails of varying degrees of distance and difficulty.

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Game drives: Game drives around the large Okapuka property which is well stocked with a wide variety of species.

Game viewing on horse back Walking trails: 2 hiking trails of 2 hours and 6 hours respectively invite the visitor to experience the bush on foot.

4x4 Mountain trail: A total of 120 km marked bushland trails. The tour is attempted in your own vehicle on a self catering basis, with overnightsin your own tent.

Game viewing from horse back: Riding in search of game is a thrilling and relaxing activity. Not only do you see antelope from a different perspective than by vehicle or foot, but you can rely on your trusty steed not to scare the animals away. Early morning and late afternoon safaris can be organised, both of 2 hours duration. A full day's ride of 4hrs is possible with a picnic lunch sandwiched in between the morning and afternoon session. Leopard and cheetah do roam freely around the area and sightings are possible but not guaranteed.

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Traveller Reviews

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

Pipitone, Raffaella

12 Sep 2011

It was really the best start to get into Namibia world! Great choice and wonderfull staff and accomodation

Lohneiss, Susanne

20 May 2011

Nice large bungalows, some game on the lodge and obviously the lion enclosure. Good for a night to get acclimatized after the long flight. The food was nothing special.

Porretta, Alessio

21 Sep 2014

If you look for a stop on the road to the north, this is a very nice place. Nice rooms, good food and very pleasant atmosphere. We did not try their game drive for lack of time.

Broster, Linda

8 Aug 2015

A beautiful, very scenic lodge. Great accommodation, and our guide on the game drive, Fritz, was extremely knowledgeable. A wonderful place, close to Windhoek, to spend our last night in Africa. Great value!

Dezember, Robin

9 Apr 2016

Again this was just an over night, but the dinner and breakfast were very good, as were the accommodations. The surroundings are beautiful and at least 2-3 of the staff were excellent in their manner and services.

Hope, Greg

29 Nov 2011

Poorest accommodation on our trip. one slow fan too high above the bed, expensive and relatively primative. The other half of our cabin had air con for what they said was a standard room. great interactive wildlife around the accommodation

Freeman, Kim

7 Sep 2016

Of all the places booked for me, the staff and services here were the most disappointing. No tea/coffee service offered during the day, many of the women staff were not particularly helpful and a lot of loud chatting of the women behind the bar and not very helpful.

Ratchelous, David

30 Sep 2013

A lovely place for the final night. A reasonable drive from Etosha got us there mid afternoon for a relaxing walk around, then a drink watching the animals on the lawn. A superb dinner, watching the animals & owl on the floodlit lawn, followed by a comfortable room & bed then a good breakfast.

Directions

Okapuka Lodge is 30km north of Windhoek - situated on the eastern side of the B1 road to Okahandja

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