From South to North through Namibia

Namibia, a big country on the south-western shores of Africa, is a tourist paradise! A surprizing diversity awaits the traveller in this sparsely inhabited country: a long coastline and one of the oldest and largest deserts in the world; rugged mountains and vast open spaces, beautiful trees and savannah plains, and some of the most outstanding wildlife game reserves on the continent. The distances are long, and when you travel through Namibia there are lovely luxury lodges that will comfortably accommodate you on your journey through this special African country.

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Norotshama River Resort – on the banks of the Orange River

In southern Namibia, only 50 km from the village of Noordoewer, the border post between South Africa and Namibia, lies Norotshama River Resort. It is situated on Aussenkehr, a huge and flourishing farm with acres of vineyards, producing export table grapes in the middle of a barren desert landscape. This agricultural miracle is made possible by the waters of the Orange River.

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The malaria-free resort offers a variety of activities for the open-minded traveller. Relax on a long sun-filled day next to the pool with a view on the ever-changing beauty of the river, while enjoying a cool drink from the bar or bite to eat from the recently renovated restaurant.

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Canoeing on the Orange River can be a challenging experience, but great fun!

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Grunau Country Hotel – in the big heart of Namibia

The miniscule town of Grunau appears as an oasis on the wide Namibian horizon. Grunau Country Hotel, with its distinct tower, has been a popular stop-over for almost fifty years.

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One of the reasons is that it is conveniently situated on all the major routes to and from South Africa. Another reason is that the hotel is so well looked after: recently renovated, it has a fresh layer of paint in a modern colour, and it is spotlessly clean. The double rooms are well furnished and comfortable. To tell the truth, even the zebras stripes have been washed and are currently drying on the washing line!

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In the attractive dining room, the service is friendly and personal. The A la Carte Restaurant serves only the highest quality of meat which ranges from beef to locally supplied game, lamb and pork. A favourite on the menu is traditional lamb shank with putu pap. And do not bypass the well-equipped ladies bar.

Goba Lodge – the gem of Gobabis

More or less halfway form south to north through Namibia, lies the bustling town of Gobabis. Goba Lodge is a family friendly sleep-over venue with beautiful rooms, excellent service and lush gardens. Take a dip in the swimming pool on a hot afternoon and enjoy sundowners on the deck with a view over the Black Nossob River -special moments!

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The restaurant is famous for its homely atmosphere and its experienced chef. On the excellent menu, you will find only the best quality local steak and the freshest seafood from Swakopmund, a Namibian coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean. A large camp with game such as ostrich, oryx, blesbuck and springbuck gives tourists, en route to the bigger game reserves, a wonderful taste of African wildlife. Guinea fowl roam around freely and owls call in the trees at night.

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Xaudum Lodge – lavish living in the wild

Khaudum, in the isolated corner of North East Namibia, is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in Africa. Discerning travelers treasure Khaudum National Park because it offers a unique blend of solitude and pristine natural beauty, rich bird life and free roaming wild life, a sense of complete isolation and tranquility.

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A super luxurious lodge, opening its doors towards the end of 2017, is situated on a prehistoric sand dune overlooking the Xaudum Omuramba (dry river bed). The main area consists of a spacious lounge with panoramic views over the omuramba, a dining room, bar, lounge and a glorious wooden deck with a firepit. The deck is the perfect spot for viewing game and watching the African sun going down a blaze of red and gold, sundowner in the hand…

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Accommodation consists of nine individual luxury chalets for two, built in traditional African ‘rondawel’ style, enhanced with top quality contemporary amenities. Each chalet has an en suite bathroom, where you shower under the stars! Raised wooden walkways connect the main area and the rooms.

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Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in a 4×4 vehicle through thick sand on single track roads – an exciting experience!

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The lodge can be accessed by road, from the north or the south, but because of the challenging 4×4 driving, travelers are advised to contact the lodge staff to arrange a meet and greet. Flying in and out is highly recommend – the 1.8km runway is close to completion.

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Safe journey! You will love Namibia!

Celine Renaud is Head of Sales for Leo Trippi.

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