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“Take a walk on the wild(ish) side”

Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve
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Small-Group Tour: Morning Hike at Daan Viljoen Reserve from Windhoek
Ranked #8 of 51 things to do in Windhoek
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Owner description: Daan Viljoen Game Park.Just 24 km west of Windhoek lies a sanctuary for a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia's highlands. Proclaimed before Independence to preserve the ecosystem of the Khomas Hochland, the park was named after a former Administrator, Mr Daan Viljoen, who played a major part in establishing the park.The convenient location of the park makes Daan Viljoen an ideal venue for day visits and a perfect stopover for tourists seeking the tranquillity of the bush.FACT FILEPark size: 40 km2Year proclaimed: 1968Natural features: Khomas Hochland Plateau, scenic views of the Windhoek valleyVegetation: Highland shrubland, with various Acacia species, kudu bush (Combretum apiculatum) and buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata).Wildlife: Mammals are springbok, kudu, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, Hartmann's mountain zebra, leopard and klipspringer. Of 200 bird species, endemics include Ruppell's parrot, white-tailed shrike and Monteiro's hornbill.Tourism: The newly renovate Sun Karros Daan Viljoen opened its doors in October 2011. This privately run establishment entered into Public Private Partnership with Namibia Wildlife Resort and Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris now offers selection of services to the leisure, business and day visitor after three years of construction. The Main lodge comprises of 19 luxury contemporary chalets, 12 well-appointed campsites, three tech-fit conference rooms. The reception area holds a, lounge, kiosk and IT station for in house guests to connect. The Boma Restaurant and pool area is where leisure, business and day visitors can enjoy scrumptious daily meals and beverages.Conservation successesWith game drives and hiking trails, Daan Viljoen is easily accessible to residents of Windhoek and provides an ideal place for visiting school children to learn more about wildlife and conservation in Namibia.Key management issuesPoaching is problematic due to Daan Viljoen adjoining a high-density residential area. The Augeigas River, which runs through the park, is polluted.
Reviewed 11 April 2013

A game park you can walk in. Escape the confines of your car and take a walk through this scenic reserve clsoe to Windhoek. As you may guess, no serious predators to threaten you, but some great views and the chance of seeing zebra, giraffe and antelope (tread softly!). All on Windhoek's doorstep. And take your swimmers to cool off in the pool. I didn't, and regretted it ;)

Thank nigemate
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

scenery and park are great! I love the herds of giraffes roaming free for all to see. The roads are good and it is not too crowded. Near to the city and easy to access.

Thank Siamac m
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

Very close to Windhoek. Great place to find birding specials. Accommodation is quite expensive but close enough to nature and town.

Thank Nick B
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

We did not stay at the Reserve, so have no comment to make on the accomodation etc. We were there to see the wildlife and for this the Reserve is great. There were several large mammal species and, more importantly, a large number of bird species, including the delightful Cape Penduline-Tit and the uncommon Orange River Francolin. A great place to visit.

Thank Diomedia
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

10 out of 10 for decor, finishings and character of the lodge. Being newly renovated it is absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately the service does not match the expecations. Staff poorly trained and limited experience in restaurant / conference management. The chef had some wonderful moments, and then other times missed the boat a little. Not sure I would go back unless the service is drastically improved, which is a pity considering the luxurious finishings and decor. View is also to die for!

Thank Charmaine S
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