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“value for money! Had fun enjoying the wide open spaces out in nature!”

Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve
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Small-Group Morning Hike at Daan Viljoen Reserve from Windhoek
Ranked #7 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 30 July 2013

Reat service at Sun Karros restaurant! kids loved the domestic horses! We saw lots of giraffe and wild buck! :-)

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a nature reserve with newly-added conference and dining facilities, as well as a campground. This review only speaks to the nature reserve.

You can spend a few hundred Namibian dollars per person and go to game reserves 45 minutes to an hour from Windhoek, or you can take a 20 minute drive to Daan Viljoen and see lots of animals (and hike around a bit) for 30-50 Namibian dollars total, depending on the size of your group. The park features a 9 km self-drive trail which only has a few tricky sections that would require a 4x4. To see as many animals as possible, recommend arriving at the gate near sunrise, filling out the entry form with the guard at the gate, doing the game drive immediately (it starts just inside the gate) and paying at the office after you've done the drive (the office is near the end of the game drive and you will need to show you've paid to get out of the park). The animals are near the roads early in the day and late in the day, and tend to disappear between 11ish and 3:30ish, making them hard to spot in the hilly terrain during the middle of the day.

In this park, you can see a group of 8-10 giraffes, singles and pairs of wildebeest, small groups of zebras, oryx, springboks, eland, and assorted other antelopes. There are also many birds. During the game drive, recommend occasionally stopping at the top of ridges, turn off the car, walk a bit into the bush, and just listen. You will smell the animals first, then hear them, and hopefully then see them.

Stay away from the semi-tame warthog and ostriches, especially if you have small children!! Seems cute but people have been hurt.

After you finish the game drive, if you still have a taste for more, take the 3 km walk from the park office aling the creek bed to the two dams - if you don't talk loudly and you pay attention to what is ahead, you are very likely to see baboons, warthogs, birds, and many other small animals coming for a drink.

You can get a coffee at the restaurant by the campground but for a meal you must book in advance.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Daan Viljeon Nature Reserve is just a twenty minute drive outside of Windhoek making a great quick get away spot.
The staff are very friendly and if you ask nice Oscar the Warthog will share his couch in reception with you if you give him a good scratch it will help to sweeten the deal.
The rooms are well appointed with built in BBQs and views. If you don’t feel like cooking the food in the restaurant was great with a good selection.
We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Drury P
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Visited this nature reserve today, and did the 9km hike. Good hiking, don't need to be experienced tracks are well maintained and marked, need reasonable shoes, running trainers suitable. Take plenty of water as it is very exposed to the sun, not a lot of shade until you get down into the river bed, which was totally dry. Saw a few animals, Kudu, Wildebeeste, ostrich, warthogs. Really enjoyed the views back to Windhoek and the rocky landscape. Only 18kms drive from city centre, well signposted. An excellent afternoons outing that gets you out of the car.
Was Namib$40 per person for park entry fee and $10 for vehicle

1  Thank Lou M
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

It was like visiting a typical security estate. quite fancy modern architecture (the hotel group who have taken it over must be spending a lot and sadly not well) We were the only guests for lunch in a vast, really huge thatch room/hall. A couple of baboons lurked near some domestic horses which were wandering about.
On a previous visit in 1986 the birding was wonderful and the thatched chalets and small restaurant were charming.
In a word - avoid.

1  Thank John R
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