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Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary

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Farm Frauenstein 277, Windhoek Namibia
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/07/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/07/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#3 of 123 Specialty lodging in Windhoek
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The Naankuse 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 16 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 Naankuse Lodge is the only Charity Lodge in Namibia, all profits from our lodge are returned back to our charitable projects. Naankuse 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 Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary. The program offers volunteers the rare and exciting opportunity to work closely with and actively participate in the conservation of African wildlife.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Horseback riding
Patio
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Walking tours
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Oven
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, German

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Farm Frauenstein 277, Windhoek Namibia
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Hendrik001 wrote a review Apr 2022
The Hague, The Netherlands167 contributions62 helpful votes
This fairly new lodge is up to standards and well situated in a beautiful area, close to Windhoek (50 min. drive). Easy to reach and not much more than a 30 minute drive from the airport (fairly priced transfers available). Restaurant, lodges and villas are beautiful and comfortable. Quality of the food is good (the breakfast buffet is one of the best I had in Namibia). Bar prices are reasonable and they sell their self produced red wines that definitely can compete with the better South African wines. Note: their (also self produced) Brandy is just world class. Childfriendly and as well the lodges as the available villas have a stunning view with a large group of baboons to be seen daily roaming around the lodge for a wildlife experience. Just don’t feed them!! The area is safe and ideal for (guided) hiking or biking. Gamedrives and walks available. Sustainability and ecofriendliness are valued. Part of the revenues go to wildlifeprotection, also to be visited at the ‘farm’ close by. Staff is friendly and helpful. Suitable to visit for couples, families as well as groups
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 09 Jun 2022
Dear Hendrik, thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and positive review for us, this is greatly appreciated. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed accommodation, food and our Neuras wine and brandy so much. We would be most happy to welcome you back. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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Bonnie B wrote a review Apr 2022
Atlanta, Georgia67 contributions33 helpful votes
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I visited almost five years ago (May 2017), so please understand the caveat that some aspects of this review may refer to facilities and/or activities that are no longer available. (I thought I’d left a contemporaneous review here, but cannot see that I did…?) I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled far and wide, and honestly can say that my visit to Na’an ku se was a highlight of my travels. Whilst I have a love of all animals in the wild, I have a particular affinity for elephants, apes and monkeys. My three baboon walks during my stay were wonderful, and have led me to considering a stint as a residential volunteer. My villa (shared with many other friends), the food, and the small-but-beautiful pool were all delightful. Even more importantly, the staff were exceptionally friendly and accommodating. If you have the chance to, I encourage you to visit!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Responded 09 Jun 2022
Dear Bonnie, thank you very much for taking the time to write such a great review for us. It doesn’t matter if it is a little late, it is still much appreciated. We are pleased to hear that your stay with us has been such a highlight despite all your other travel experience. Thanks for sharing how much you enjoyed the animal experiences and for recommending our lodge. We would be most happy to welcome you back. Since it has been a couple of years already, maybe it’s time to plan a new trip? 😉 Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sancatuary Team
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jason d wrote a review Feb 2022
3 contributions2 helpful votes
I was volunteering with Naankuse and chose a couple of nights at the Lodge at the end of my placement. It was an absolute treat and highly recommended if you want an upgrade from the volunteer centre.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 09 Jun 2022
Dear Jason, thank you very much for taking the time to write such a nice review for us. We are glad to understand that you enjoyed the comfort after your volunteering stay. Thanks for recommending it to our other volunteers. We would be happy to welcome you back. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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Gideon N wrote a review Dec 2021
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My wife and i liked the tranquility and quietness around the place - just what we needed at that time. The villa (AIKO) was so clean and because the villas are far from each other, it just makes it extra special for some of us who are older. The distance from Windhoek is only 1 hour and that is what we needed so that we did not have to drive long hours after the end of our holiday. We would certainly recommend this destination.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded 09 Jun 2022
Dear Gideon, thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us. We are glad to understand that you enjoyed the tranquility and your peaceful stay in Villa Aiko so much. Thank you for your recommendation, we would be most happy to welcome you back. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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sixweeksoff wrote a review Nov 2021
Hudson River Valley, New York61 contributions98 helpful votes
Naankuse does such amazing work to care for animals in need. They have their own reserve where animals who can be released back into wild will live and be protected and monitored. For those animals who cannot, they live at the sanctuary and are well cared for. Naankuse offers some amazing lifetime experiences to see how the animals are d for and to directly interact with them. We cannot recommend more highly the behind the scenes tour, cheetah walk, baboon walk, and caracal walk. The caracal walk is especially overlooked. What an amazing experience that was. We were told most people choose the cheetah walk over it, but if you really want to interact with an animal, this is it. Misty the caracal would rub against your leg and purr. They have a volunteer program which I wish we had time for. You do pay to volunteer, but it’s not much, and they give you room and board. It is a way to really help and interact with the animals under their care as well as with local people in their life clinic program. Naankuse was one of the most memorable parts and highlights of our tour in Namibia, South Africa, and Tanzania — more so than the game drives we went on. I am so glad we went here. Stay at least 2-3 days. We would definitely would like to return and volunteer.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 09 Jun 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and positive review about your stay with us. How beautiful to see your appreciation for our work and to read that it was one of the most memorable parts and highlights of your tour. Thank you for your great recommendation. We would certainly love to see you back – either as a lodge guest or as one of our valued volunteers. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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Simona M wrote a review Aug 2021
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The best conclusion of a trip in a wonderful country with family and friends. Everything was perfect: the style, the hospitality, the food, the activities proposed (we choosen animals feeding) and the the philosophy behind the project.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 10 Jun 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and positive review about your stay with us. We are pleased to understand that you seemed to have enjoyed on all levels and do appreciate the philosophy behind our conservation work. We would be pleased to welcome you back. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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Nelly D wrote a review Jul 2021
Nairobi, Kenya36 contributions43 helpful votes
Our last stop on our Namibian tour! Lodge is off the road to Hosea airport, nicely isolated to give you all the rest and peace needed. Villa was nicely put together, clean, spacious …shower in the middle of it is quite an interesting design concept! My kid enjoyed it a lot! Beds were comfy. Villa had all amenities (coffee/tea etc…). There was a nice pool on site but too cold for us to try! Food was good. Staff were friendly and well trained. Plenty of activities, at very affordable prices, available for booking with the lodge. My kid tried horse riding for the 1st time and the joy & excitement was immense! Finally, and not the least, pre-travel Covid tests can be booked with the lodge, the doc comes to you (such convenience does have a high price though!😉), nonetheless very handy! Results are very fast too (next day). All in all, I enjoyed our stay and do highly recommend the place!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 10 Jun 2022
Dear Nelly, thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and positive review about your stay with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the accommodation, the service and the activities and that we were able to put a smile on your kids face. Thanks for your kind recommendation, we would certainly love to welcome you back. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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Efrat M wrote a review Jul 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa34 contributions33 helpful votes
We love this place! It is our second time there, it is a small village with self catering homes, close by to Windhoek and airport. Lodge offers lovely activities and interaction with animals, peaceful and endless ...We will go back there again.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 10 Jun 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such an enthusiastic review for us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stays and the activities with us so much. We would certainly love to welcome you back a third time – and many times more. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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lwainwright19 wrote a review Jun 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia60 contributions75 helpful votes
My husband and I visited Naankuse as day visitors and partook in both the carnivore feeding tour one afternoon, and the cheetah walk the next morning. We had a great time on both! We ended up as the only people on the carnivore feeding tour, during which you are driven to the enclosures of five species that unfortunately are unable to be released back into the wild for one reason or another. We found the guide to be very informative, and seeing the animals so up close was incredible. You visit cheetahs, a caracal, baboons, leopards, and lions. The leopards and lions in particular were amazing, as you can feel their incredible presence and power, and the fact that they could take you out in an instant. As for the cheetah walk, we also enjoyed this, though highly recommend wearing good hiking (non-mesh) shoes and pants that don't attract little stickers and prickers from plants. Our shoes, socks, and pants, were full of little spiky prickers by the end of the walk, during which you basically just follow the cheetah wherever he wants to go, and therefore are tromping through the bush. But overall we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of these activities at Naankuse.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you much for taking the time to write such a detailed review and for recommending our activities. We are glad to hear that you found our carnivore feeding tour informative and enjoyed the experience with the animals. Your recommendation to wear long pants and sturdy shoes during the Cheetah Experience does make sense indeed but from what we understand you nevertheless had a good time during the cheetah walk. We would be pleased to welcome you back. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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copycat64 wrote a review May 2021
zurich, switzerland11 contributions3 helpful votes
Naankuse Lodge and its foundation have a surprising and convincing concept aiming at co-existence of wildlife and farming, thus researching and resolving conflicts between wild animals and human. In addition the foundation supports local communities. Tourism is part of enabling all of this. Staff at Naankuse Lodge were very helpful and friendly. E. g., we could do our Covid-tests directly at the lodge and did'nt have to drive to town and queue up. The villa we got for our family of four was very spacious and just a few steps away from the main building. Food was excellent too. The rates for activities are quite high compared to other places in Namibia. But we considered this as part of our support to the foundation. Overall a very pleasant stay we definitely recommend and which we did'nt want to miss.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Responded 10 Jun 2022
Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and wonderful review about your stay with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the villa you stayed in, our food and the service. Thanks for sharing how Naankuse works in human-wildlife mitigation. Naankuse Lodge is indeed a charity lodge that is supporting the work of Naankuse Foundation. Thank you for supporting this important conservation work. We would be pleased to welcome you back. Warm regards, Your Naankuse Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary Team
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US$193 - US$334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NamibiaKhomas RegionWindhoek
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What are some of the property amenities at Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary have airport transportation?
Yes, Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Afrikaans.