Elephant encounters up close
Safarihoek Lodge perches on top of a hill in the middle of northern Namibia’s arid, captivating savannah, bordering the world-famous Etosha National Park. The rugged Namibian savannah stretches into the distance, dotted with just a couple of sparse trees and bushes here and there and the wildlife roams freely across the never-ending space, unhindered and unobstructed.
Raised high above the savannah on wooden platforms, each of the 11 thatched chalets look out over the vast plains below, complete with zebra and elephant ambling by. Each chalet offers high ceilings, large beds and en suite bathrooms and some also enjoy outdoor showers. The central camp consists of a large lounge area, wine cellar, dining area, and a small curio shop all under thatch and a swimming pool provides cool refreshment under the Nambian sun. On chilly evenings during the dry season meals are served inside from where you can watch the wild through the large glass windows while in warmer months, meals are enjoyed alfresco on the outdoor deck. A cosy outdoor area with roaring fire is an inviting spot for socialising with sundowners or a nightcap after dinner.
Early morning and afternoon game drives take place in the Etosha Heights Private Reserve where you will look for the elusive black and white rhino amongst large concentrations of plains game and night drives are also highly recommended to see the area’s nocturnal creatures. Those keen on photography, or those simply wanting to observe Namibia's elephants from a new perspective, can visit the camp’s unique, double-tiered photography hide for fantastic encounters at close range.
The Namibian Savannah is a place of silence and solitude and Safarihoek lodge provides a rare opportunity to be at one with nature in comfort and style.
Safarihoek is actively involved in Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project, an organisation dedicated to the protection of lion from human-wildlife conflict, and hosts and assists the researchers of the Namibia National Cheetah Survey. The lodge’s own Protective Wildlife Game Rangers closely monitor the populations of black and white rhino on the reserve itself and a vulture feeding program is being established to help prevent the poisoning of vultures by farmers. The lodge is run almost entirely on solar power and the solar plant is one of the largest privately-owned and operated plants in the country.
Why we like it
Astonishing elephant encounters from the hide
Black and white rhinos
Strong conservation ethos
Luxurious chalets with stunning views