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“Beautiful and easy to get to”

Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve
Ranked #6 of 47 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 4 June 2013

This small nature reserve is right on Windhoek's door step! It is a lovely place to go and get some bush time without having to drive for hours! It has a good variety of birdlife that you can see around the dam area as well as in the bush. There are two hiking trails - one 9km and one 1.5 km. There is also game here but do not expect an Etosha experience! However Giraffe, oryx and wildebeest can normally be seen.
The new upgraded accommodation looks great - did not stay in it so cannot comment on the service related to the accommodation, but the staff we met were very friendly.

Thank JennieNamibia
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Could not see any animals . The drive is not suited for cars , must have 4 -wheel drive vehicle . The reception at the office informed that we can go in car for game viewing .

The office is far from gate for park fees payment . From office ,one has to return back almost to the agte and then begin game viewing . Office could have been located at gate , avoiding all the hassle . presnt office can be coverted to another restaurent / resting place

Thank DOSIMAN
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SunKarros D, Marketing Manager at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

Dear DOSIMANN,
Regrettably due to the incorrect spelling of Daan Viljoen on this Account we did not receive your review neither were we alerted as the Resorts new name is called Sun Karros Daan Viljoen.

Allow me to thank you for your comments and very relevant notes. Although the nature park is the smallest in size in comparison to others National Parks/Reserves in Namibia. I does hold a reasonable concentration of wildlife in accordance with its density and responsible conservation capacity only being 4000ha in size. Species include giraffe, eland, zebra, kudu, oryx, hartbeest, blue wildebeest, warthog, jackal to name a few plus over 200 bird spesies have been recorded. Due to the incredible and worst drought in 30 years the behavioral patterns of the wildlife differ almost daily. This year in particular we had no rain in the central area of the park but more on the outer boarders and the grass in that area was more consistent meaning that most animals have preferred to rather explore those areas. These areas are even less assessable due to scaling cliffs and mountain terrain. Generally game species are seen more often seen just before and with sunrise and just before and at sunset.
Valid point on the route - although not a 4x4 is specified or needed a vehicle of more than normal ground clearens for sure - Directorate of parks have also done some much needed road works on the routes.
Thank you too a valid point on the reception area. You will be delighted that we are at the moment at the drawing board to design a reception at the gate for more convenience and easier access. Sun Karros Daan Viljoen is in a private public partnership and manage the lodge with in the national park as a private enterprize.

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

Daan Viljeon offers an attractive, close-to-town, outdoor escape! It's located just 15 km from the center of Windhoek. At the nature reserve I went for hikes, nature walks, off-road drives, bush picnics, photographic sessions and bird-watching excursions - all self-organized. For my nature walks, I simply took south African wildlife guide book, which helped to identify most of the species at the reserve. Newly build restaurant is stylishly decorated and serves appetizing buffet lunches and a la Carte meals, wines and beers. With group of friends, we enjoyed the ambiance and outdoor-feel of the "new" Daan Viljoen's facilities. Personally , I feel, it's becoming one of my favorite "Sunday family escape" places. I didn't mention a huge swimming pool, sand play-pan and garden gym for small kiddies, an outside "boma", closeness to nature and service with a smile!

Thank MaSmaNa
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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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