Uukwaluudhi Safari Lodge
Uukwaluudhi Safari Lodge is situated on a small 6 000ha reserve that forms part of the core wildlife area of the conservancy. The reserve is fenced to protect its valuable endemic wildlife and small Black rhino population. The open veranda-like main area is thatched and situated on top of a small knoll, overlooking a large savannah plain, periodically dotted by antelope, zebra and giraffe that brows along the fringes of the surrounding Mopani and Terminalia woodland. There are eight well-appointed Meru tented units, all en-suite with a view over the Uukwaluudhi planes. Accommodation includes breakfast and dinner; lunch is optional and can be ordered from the a-la-carte menu.
- Hot Air Ballooning over the Uukwaluudhi Reserve;
- Morning or afternoon game drives on the reserve;
- Rhino tracking; and
- Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead, Culture & History Excursion (Half Day)
Uukwaluudhi Reserve is a sanctuary for a variety of antelope species such as Eland, Red-hartebeest, Wildebeest, Springbok, Oryx, Kudu, Black-faced impala and larger herbivores such as Giraffe and Black Rhino. Smaller species are made up of the array of different birds that live on the ground and high up in trees and between shrubs throughout the reserve. The wildlife is endemic to Namibia and can also be found in other unprotected wilderness areas where there are no fences and where they roam free. Uukwaluudhi reserve however is fenced, to keep its valuable wildlife within a buffer zone. It is the Conservancies responsibility, together with the Ministry of Wildlife and Conservation to manage this valuable natural resource for the benefit of the community. Conservancies often utilise the wildlife through hunting quotas that earn them revenue. Uukwaluudhi Conservancy however chose to go into a joint venture with a private entity that specialises in Tourism.
Our game drives on the reserve generate income for the Conservancy while affording our guest the unique opportunity to see the wildlife from close-by in their natural environment.
Your designated guide will do an introduction of the route to be taken on the reserve and explain what kind of animals you might encounter on the way. Information on the animal will be shared and discussed as well as the birdlife and surrounding flora.
Summer time we will change our afternoon drive to 16h00 departure.
Two Game Drives are conducted per day:
- Morning departure at 07h00
- Guests have the option of breakfast before or after the excursion. Duration of excursion is approximately 2 hours.
- Afternoon departure in winter is at 15h30 and in summer at 16h00.
- Our game drive vehicle can take up to 20 guests.
- The minimum amount of guests per activity is two persons.
- A soft drink and bottled water is included in the price, extra beverages may be requested on own account. The afternoon beverages include soft drinks and beer.
- Sundowners may be requested if guests prefer not to return to the lodge for sundowners on the main deck while the sun sets.
Half Day Culture & History Excursion:
- Visit Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead, and the impressive OmbalantuBaobab Tree and learn how Namibia gained its Independence.
- The Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead situated in the TsandiVillage where the local King JosiaShikongoTaapopi lives. The King now lives in a modern house, but the old residence complex has been kept and it is possible to visit the homestead and learn more about the people's culture, traditions and history.
- Uutapi (also Outapi) village was part of an old military base during the former South African armyoccupation in Namibia. The village is very close to Angolan and was strategic in the years while the bush-war was raged against PLAN (Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia).
- The town is well-known for the Ombalantu Baobab Treewhich has had a very important role as Post Office, Chapel and even prison in earlier years.
- The Baobab itself is interesting for the many uses it has had. We learned that it was carved in the inside (it still is) and had a hole at the top. As a kind of static Troy horse, it could keep groups of warriors hidden inside, ready to surprise the enemy.
- Currently it is under the management of the Ombalantu Baobab Tree Heritage Centre.
- Oral story telling by the village guides shed more light on the history of the tree and struggle for independence.A wide range of handcraft, baskets and clay pots can be found at the open village market.
Directions to Uukwaluudhi Safari Lodge:
From Kamanjab drive on the C35 north for 186km until you reach the turnoff to the right hand side on the MR122 Road to Litananga.
This road also leads to Omakange and Oshakati.
Once you have turned right on the MR122, continue for 6km until you reach a sign board for Omakange on your left, do not turn off, continue for another 10km until you see a sign board on your right indicating Uukwaluudhi Safari Lodge.
Follow the gravel road for another 7km until you reach the gate of Uukwaluudhi reserve. The gate is manned by a security guard who will give directions to the lodge.