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N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Just finished a wonderful trip and conservation medicine course supported by all the staff at Naankuse. Beautiful lodge (if you're looking for the perfect honeymoon: find it here), fantastic food, great projects run by great people. Truly inspirational.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I volunteered at the wildlife sanctuary for two weeks. There were people from all over the world and a variety of ages, though the majority were under 25 years old. My accommodation was in a very adequate tent in the bush, sharing with another girl, we felt completely safe. There were hot showers each day after work and plenty to eat (lots of carbohydrates) and I put on weight despite the often physical work!
The big attraction is working with the animals. The baby baboons need body warmth and a parent at night. The 'babies' are cute in their nappies, falling asleep as they have their bottle but a good nights sleep cannot be guaranteed. The staff are very good both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Volunteers are put into small groups with one person as leader. The leader system is a weak point of an otherwise well run programme. Leaders are often youngsters who have been there a week longer than you and who sometimes lack the social skills and empathy towards older members of their group.
I loved the farm with all its orphans, I loved the variety of work from walking the enclosure fences to feeding carnivores to nursing baby baboons. The little school is a delight to assist in. All in all there were very memorable, wonderful experiences!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

If you are in Windhoek and want to get to the wild without having to travel a long distance, the Na'an Ku se Lodge is the perfect choice. Beautiful chalets with simple and modern decoration and very comfortable. Big windows make you feel integrated in the landscape and allow you to observe the ocasional hierax or baboon, and to be woken up by singing birds or the lodge's friendly cat. The lodge offers an interactive experience with live wild animals, such as the karacal, and you can see cheettah, lion, leopard, wild dog and baboon at close range, kept in their large enclosures. Many people (including me) find it depressing to keep these rescued animals within fences but when they have no conditions to be set free in the wild where their alternative would be to die of hunger because they never learnt how to hunt or be killed by humans because they invade their farmland, it becomes a lot easier to accept.
The food is absolutely great and the staff is very welcoming and efficient.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We stayed at the lodge for two days. It is a 30 minute drive from Windhoek of which 20 minutes are on a gravel road. The reception was very nice and always willing to help with questions or requests we had. The reception, bar and restaurant are in one building and big glass windows give you a view of the surroundings. Outside is the pool and next to it is a small canyon which was full of wildlife while we were there. Just go sit there in the afternoon when the sun goes down and watch the action.
Dinner was included and tasted good and breakfast was good as well although a bit limited.
The bungalow we had was nice and clean. At night just listen to the animal sounds coming from the bush and enjoy. There was only one chair though to sit outside, a table and more chairs would be nice. Overall it gives you a feeling of being in the bush with comfort.
I can definitely recommend the trip with Marlice which is about 5 hours. Marlice founded the reserve with her husband and she is full of energy and enthusiasm about the whole project. You get to walk with the caracal, cuddle with the baby baboons and have a photo taken with the cheetah and much more. If you don't mind getting up close and personal with animals then this is a highlight of your trip.
Overall a very nice experience and a big thanks to Marlice.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

I did stay at N/a'an ku se Lodge for 4 days and this was 3 days too many. The good parts: rooms were clean but no comfortable chair to sit on the terrace. (I had to carry one from the pool-area). The food was good at the beginning but average buffet-style at the end. The reception was polite but very impersonal. The absolute highlight was the house-cat who was visiting the rooms and was omni-present. But apart from this lovely animal, there is not much to see but a few baboons and wart-hogs if you are lucky. The "game-drives",( one has to pay extra for), turns out to be feeding of some lions and leopards in enclosures who come when called but this one can see in every zoo for much less money. The walk with the bushmen was not available due to lack of interest and I did this already in Erindi where it was offered without charge. (A tip was recommended but left to the visitor) while at N/a'an ku se there was a charge for it like for everything else like drinks or laundry. If the purpose of the visit is charity for rescue of some abandoned animals, it is a good thing to do, but my advice: take a good book with you to pass the time.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

so so so so pretty! Fantastic room, clean, posh & worth more than paid!
Stayed a night before volunteering & was great to rest off to the plane. The food was just brilliant!
Loads to explore. The massive blankets were amazing, missed if when moved on site!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

because it’s convenient for the airport, most people stay here only one night (like us). that's a mistake. this place is worth at ;eats two nights. both the walk with the bushman (they are the real deal, no Disneyland here) and the morning carnivore tour are very special. you will never get that close to a hungry lion and live. because we have a small child, they also gave us time with the baboons and the warthogs.
the rooms are great (but a bit open space). we loved it.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Farm Frauenstein 277, Windhoek, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Khomas Region > Windhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 86 Speciality Lodging in Windhoek
Price Range: £176 - £275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The N/a’an ku se Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary is near the Airport and central Windhoek, on a 3.200 hectare big reserve. We offer Carnivore Feeding Tours, Bushman stories and stargazing dinners, Cheetah experiences and a “Behind the Scenes with Marlice” tour. Choose to stay in one of our six individual chalets or one of our eight exclusive holiday homes. We offer a dining area with award-winning cuisine, stunning views, bar and swimming pool. A delightful blend of rich ethnicity and modern luxury. The N/a’an ku se Lodge is the only Charity Lodge in Namibia, all profits from our lodge are returned back to our charitable projects. N/a’an ku se supports the local San community and activities are led by the local San. Volunteers looking to help with conservation can join the Volunteer Program offered on the N/a’an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary. The program offers volunteers the rare and exciting opportunity to work closely with and actively participate in the conservation of African wildlife. Volunteers can stay from 2 weeks to 3 months and will have the unique experience to care for our wildlife including a number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals and baboons and many more, kept at the Sanctuary because they can unfortunately not be released into the wild again. Both experiences will leave you with great memories of Namibia while aiding in our conservation efforts which better the lives of the local San Bushmen and our animals. The N/a’an ku se Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary is the ideal place to stay at the beginning or the end of your journey through Namibia. ... more   less 
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