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DAAN VILJOEN GAME RESERVE

Self-catering (self-contained) Lodge

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Daan Viljoen - General

 

In addition to the tarred access road, there is a 6,4 km gravel-surface circular game drive which facilitates game-viewing. The good thing about Daan Viljoen Park is that it allows visitors to explore on foot if they want a closer look at the plants and animals of the park. As there are no large predators in Daan Viljoen, visitors are encouraged to make use of the walking trails.

The Location

Situated among the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, the Daan Viljoen Game Park is a sanctuary for game. Due to its proximity to Windhoek and its tranquil setting, it is a popular overnight stop for visitors who wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the capital. Although small, the park supports a healthy population of Namibian game and is also a great spot for bird-watching. One of the main features of the Daan Viljoen Park is the beautiful dam around which the bungalows and picnic sites are situated. As a permanent source of water, it attracts bountiful birdlife as well as a good selection of wildlife.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation consists of two-bedded bungalows equipped with a fridge, kettle, hot plate and wash basin, as well as an outside fireplace. Field kitchens with gas cookers and a scullery, and ablution facilities, are shared.

Camp sites with communal ablutions are available. Daan Viljoen is a popular overnight stay for people starting out on a self-driven trip around Namibia.

 

 

Activities

The park has healthy populations of Hartmann’s mountain zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, impala, eland as well as klipspringer (as you would expect from the hilly terrain). Baboons and rock hyrax ("dassies") are often spotted.

Over 200 bird species have been recorded here, and Daan Viljoen is a good place for several species endemic to the north and central areas of Namibia. These include the lively rockrunner, or Damara rockjumper, which warbles a distinctive song in the morning and evening and is often seen bounding over the rocky outcrops with its tail up. The white-tailed shrike is black, white and grey and tends to bounce along the ground in groups while making lots of noise. Montiero’s hornbill is quieter and more difficult to spot, while Rüppel’s parrot and the rosy-faced lovebird are some of attractive species regularly spotted here.

Along with several short day hikes there is also the 34 km Daan Viljoen Hiking Trail for groups of between 3 and 12 people. The trail can be completed in one or two days.