Safarihoek

Exclusive modern comfort

In the middle of northern Namibia’s arid, captivating savannah, bordering the world-famous Etosha National Park, is Safarihoek Lodge. Perched on top of a hill, overlooking the plains below, Safarihoek is a stylish sort of place, and you’ll find cool, thatched chalets all with private decks, a double-storey photography hide, and a swimming pool with 180-degree vistas of the brilliant savannah.

But if there’s one thing about Safarihoek, it’s the location. Everywhere you turn, the rugged Namibian savannah stretches into the distance, with only a spangly tree here, and a spiky bush there. The wildlife roams freely across the never-ending space, unhindered and unobstructed. This is a place of silence and solitude, and a rare opportunity to be at one with nature and the animals that thrive here.

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NAD 4025

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Why Book this Camp?

  • Safarihoek is a serene and stylish lodge in an exclusive private reserve, close to the celebrated Etosha National Park, in Namibia’s most game-rich area .
  • The 11 chalets are elegant and well-equipped with 180-degress vistas of the landscape and waterhole. Eight have outdoor showers-with-a-view.
  • Wildlife-watch from the comfort and privacy of your room.
  • Spend time in the unique photography hide. Not just for photographers, it offers camera-busting close-ups of Namibia’s extraordinary wildlife.
  • Enjoy encounters with endangered black and white rhino.
  • Experience the silence and solitude of a truly remote corner of Namibia; Safarihoek is a place for escapism, in a vast swathe of perfectly-private wilderness.

At-a-Glance

 Accommodation & Amenities

  • 11 chalets: 1 family, 8 luxury, 2 classic
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers (outdoor showers in the 8 luxury chalets)
  • Air conditioning in each room
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: yes (in the Lapa & main areas)
  • Hairdryers: yes, in all rooms
  • Battery charging facilities: in the Lapa & in room
  • Credit card facilities available (Visa & MasterCard only)
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome children of all ages
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • Our fully inclusive rate includes all meals and local drinks, and most activities, but please note the different rate options available, and their inclusions and exclusions. Please enquire with us for details!

What’s not included?

  • Flights; premium brand beverages; tips & gratuities; insurance

Camp dates

Safarihoek is open all year round

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

Activities

  • Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Etosha Heights Private Reserve, and look for the elusive black and white rhino amongst large concentrations of plains game.
  • Wrap up warm and hop in the vehicle for a night-time game drive to explore the magic of the Namibian bush after dark.
  • Dust off your camera, charge those batteries, and spend the morning or afternoon in the unique, double-tiered photography hide. Even if you’re not a keen photographer, the hide will get you closer than ever to Namibia’s giants.
  • Bush meals and picnics can be arranged with a little advance notice.

Location

Safarihoek and Etosha Heights Private Reserve are active contributors to the ongoing projects in and around the reserve. Etosha Heights is an active participant in and host to the Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project, an organisation dedicated to the protection of lion from human-wildlife conflict. We often host and assist the researchers of the Namibia National Cheetah Survey whose aim is to provide data on the population size and distribution of cheetah across the country, and, closer to home, our Protective Wildlife Game Rangers closely monitor the populations of black and white rhino on the reserve itself. At the Safarihoek hide, we are also establishing a vulture feeding program to help prevent the poisoning of vultures by farmers.

As for the lodge, an impressively large bank of solar panels keeps things “green” and ticking along here and in fact, our solar plant is one of the largest privately-owned and operated plants in the country.

When To Go

The different seasons bring very different experiences to Etosha Heights, and each has its own charms and challenges. During the winter season (May to September), the land shrivels and dries, and the grass all but disappears. Waterholes slowly evaporate into the crisp, clear air, and animals congregate around them, searching for the little water that remains. The result? Fantastic game-viewing, that’s iconic, easy and prolific.

Then come the summer months of October to April. It’s officially the rainy season across most of sub-Saharan Africa, but actual rainfall is scarce in Etosha Heights. When it does rain, it’s brief and dramatic, and spectacular thunderstorms transform the landscape into bright shocks of green. Higher grass and fuller waterholes make game viewing a little harder during this time of year, but you can still expect to enjoy a diverse cast of the animal kingdom.

As temperatures go, winter highs peak around 30 degrees, but mostly hover in the mid 20s. It does get cold at night, and the mercury has been known to drop below zero – but nothing a cosy sweater and a roaring fire can’t handle. In summer, the average daily highs can sometimes go beyond a stonking 40 degrees.

Logistics

A number of international carriers offer direct flights to Windhoek from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Addis Ababa and Doha. When you arrive in Windhoek, you will switch to a light aircraft and fly to the airstrip for Safarihoek Lodge. We also offer flights between Safarihoek and our other camps and lodges in Namibia, Shipwreck Lodge and Hoanib Valley Camp – please contact us for more details.

Alternatively, you may drive to Safarihoek. The lodge is 470 km from Windhoek, 150km from Outjo, 97km from Kamanjab and 320km from Hoanib Valley Camp (Sesfontein). We offer road transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with a guide, or you may self-drive to camp in a 4×4 (please note that the roads are not suitable for sedan cars). Self-drive guests will be directed to the lodge by security when they enter the main concession gate. Please enquire for directions or download them here.

Camp Story

Namibia is raw, rugged, and real, and the desert landscape is full of challenges, both for the wildlife and the people that inhabit it. The dream for Safarihoek was to create a lodge that would convince people to explore the wild, even if they weren’t naturally intrepid. We wanted somewhere that would allow people to discover the wilderness, but without forgoing the comforts; to have an adventure, but one that wasn’t too far out of the comfort zone. We also thought about price. Safaris can often be expensive, and we wanted to keep the lodge within the realms of possibility. And when Safarihoek opened in 2016, we think we managed to tick quite a few of those boxes.

Why Book this Camp?

  • Safarihoek is a serene and stylish lodge in an exclusive private reserve, close to the celebrated Etosha National Park, in Namibia’s most game-rich area .
  • The 11 chalets are elegant and well-equipped with 180-degress vistas of the landscape and waterhole. Eight have outdoor showers-with-a-view.
  • Wildlife-watch from the comfort and privacy of your room.
  • Spend time in the unique photography hide. Not just for photographers, it offers camera-busting close-ups of Namibia’s extraordinary wildlife.
  • Enjoy encounters with endangered black and white rhino.
  • Experience the silence and solitude of a truly remote corner of Namibia; Safarihoek is a place for escapism, in a vast swathe of perfectly-private wilderness.

At-a-Glance

 Accommodation & Amenities

  • 11 chalets: 1 family, 8 luxury, 2 classic
  • Ensuite bathrooms with indoor showers (outdoor showers in the 8 luxury chalets)
  • Air conditioning in each room
  • Swimming pool
  • Wifi available: yes (in the Lapa & main areas)
  • Hairdryers: yes, in all rooms
  • Battery charging facilities: in the Lapa & in room
  • Credit card facilities available (Visa & MasterCard only)
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Child policy: we welcome children of all ages
  • Disabled access: please enquire with reservations

What’s included?

  • Our fully inclusive rate includes all meals and local drinks, and most activities, but please note the different rate options available, and their inclusions and exclusions. Please enquire with us for details!

What’s not included?

  • Flights; premium brand beverages; tips & gratuities; insurance

Camp dates

Safarihoek is open all year round

Green season: 10th January to 31st March

Shoulder season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January

High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st October

Peak season: 1st – 31st August

Activities

  • Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Etosha Heights Private Reserve, and look for the elusive black and white rhino amongst large concentrations of plains game.
  • Wrap up warm and hop in the vehicle for a night-time game drive to explore the magic of the Namibian bush after dark.
  • Dust off your camera, charge those batteries, and spend the morning or afternoon in the unique, double-tiered photography hide. Even if you’re not a keen photographer, the hide will get you closer than ever to Namibia’s giants.
  • Bush meals and picnics can be arranged with a little advance notice.

Conservation

Safarihoek and Etosha Heights Private Reserve are active contributors to the ongoing projects in and around the reserve. Etosha Heights is an active participant in and host to the Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project, an organisation dedicated to the protection of lion from human-wildlife conflict. We often host and assist the researchers of the Namibia National Cheetah Survey whose aim is to provide data on the population size and distribution of cheetah across the country, and, closer to home, our Protective Wildlife Game Rangers closely monitor the populations of black and white rhino on the reserve itself. At the Safarihoek hide, we are also establishing a vulture feeding program to help prevent the poisoning of vultures by farmers.

As for the lodge, an impressively large bank of solar panels keeps things “green” and ticking along here and in fact, our solar plant is one of the largest privately-owned and operated plants in the country.

When To Go

The different seasons bring very different experiences to Etosha Heights, and each has its own charms and challenges. During the winter season (May to September), the land shrivels and dries, and the grass all but disappears. Waterholes slowly evaporate into the crisp, clear air, and animals congregate around them, searching for the little water that remains. The result? Fantastic game-viewing, that’s iconic, easy and prolific.

Then come the summer months of October to April. It’s officially the rainy season across most of sub-Saharan Africa, but actual rainfall is scarce in Etosha Heights. When it does rain, it’s brief and dramatic, and spectacular thunderstorms transform the landscape into bright shocks of green. Higher grass and fuller waterholes make game viewing a little harder during this time of year, but you can still expect to enjoy a diverse cast of the animal kingdom.

As temperatures go, winter highs peak around 30 degrees, but mostly hover in the mid 20s. It does get cold at night, and the mercury has been known to drop below zero – but nothing a cosy sweater and a roaring fire can’t handle. In summer, the average daily highs can sometimes go beyond a stonking 40 degrees.

Logistics

A number of international carriers offer direct flights to Windhoek from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Addis Ababa and Doha. When you arrive in Windhoek, you will switch to a light aircraft and fly to the airstrip for Safarihoek Lodge. We also offer flights between Safarihoek and our other camps and lodges in Namibia, Shipwreck Lodge and Hoanib Valley Camp – please contact us for more details.

Alternatively, you may drive to Safarihoek. The lodge is 470 km from Windhoek, 150km from Outjo, 97km from Kamanjab and 320km from Hoanib Valley Camp (Sesfontein). We offer road transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with a guide, or you may self-drive to camp in a 4×4 (please note that the roads are not suitable for sedan cars). Self-drive guests will be directed to the lodge by security when they enter the main concession gate. Please enquire for directions or download them here.

Camp Story

Namibia is raw, rugged, and real, and the desert landscape is full of challenges, both for the wildlife and the people that inhabit it. The dream for Safarihoek was to create a lodge that would convince people to explore the wild, even if they weren’t naturally intrepid. We wanted somewhere that would allow people to discover the wilderness, but without forgoing the comforts; to have an adventure, but one that wasn’t too far out of the comfort zone. We also thought about price. Safaris can often be expensive, and we wanted to keep the lodge within the realms of possibility. And when Safarihoek opened in 2016, we think we managed to tick quite a few of those boxes.

Accommodations

We do like a view at Natural Selection, and the vistas at Safarihoek have to be some of the best in the business. Raised high above the savannah on wooden platforms, each of the 11 chalets look out over the ambling zebra and romping elephant on the plains below. Take a seat on your private deck and watch wild Africa wander by, or escape the heat inside; the view is just as spectacular wherever you choose to sit. Under the thatch roofs of the chalets, you’ll find large double or twin beds, and a small writing desk, minibar and coffee station. All bathrooms have air conditioning and are ensuite (with indoor showers), and if you can’t bear to tear your eyes away, some have outdoor showers with a view too.

In the centre of camp, you’ll find a large lounge area, wine cellar, dining area, and a small curio shop all under thatch. On the chilly evenings of the dry season you’ll probably eat inside, watching the wild through the large glass windows, then in the warmer months, it’s all about the alfresco dining on the outdoor deck. There’s also a cosy outdoor seating area complete with roaring fire, and a perfect spot for keeping an eye on passing four-legged creatures. Drinks are served from the outdoor bar and can also be taken to the swimming pool, a cooling space with the same infinite views of the plains below.

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Wildlife

The impressive 60,000 hectares of classic Etosha landscape around Safarihoek Lodge is dominated by vast, flat savannah interspersed with thickets of mopane woodland, riverine forest, and scattered salt pans. The dolomite hills offer cover for elusive mountain zebra, kudu and lion – make sure to have your cameras ready! – and the numerous waterholes attract large numbers of game and their feathered counterparts. The reserve is also home to numerous species of antelope including sable and black-faced impala, as well as giraffe and other plains game. In winter, aardvark and elephant sightings are not infrequent. The Etosha area is rated one of the best places on the continent to view rhino, and Etosha Heights is home to both white and black rhino. A morning spent tracking their footprints through the dust before eventually coming nose-to-horn with one of the endangered beasts is a memory not to be forgotten.

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The Landscape

Safarihoek is set amongst an epic wilderness of vast savannah dotted with scatterings of mopane woodland and dolomite hills. This beautiful piece of Namibia is Etosha Heights Private Reserve, situated close to Etosha National Park’s southwestern border in northern Namibia. It’s a dry and dusty yet totally captivating land, and the silence and solitude that pervades is poignant. Down here, the wildlife is as magnificent as it is in the national park, and there’s one key difference too. Access to the reserve is carefully restricted (to humans, not animals!), making for exclusive and totally private wildlife experiences, free from tourist crowds and bulging 4x4s. And that’s exactly the kind of experience we like.

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