Named after the Uukwaluudhi ethnic group meaning -
small group of one clanRegion / Omusati / Owamboland
Area size 1 437 sqkm
Situated North of Etosha
Coordinates: S 1807 00E 1425 20
Road 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, don't 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 7 km until you reach the gate of Uukwaluudhi reserve. The gate is manned by a security guard who will give directions to the lodge.
Important Feature about the reserve - Core wildlife area with re-introduced high-value species ranging from Black Rhino, black-faced impala, kudu, duiker, hartebeest, eland, plains zebra, giraffe, springbok and elephant (elephant roam the Conservancy but, not within the reserve).
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
Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead, Culture & History Excursion (Half Day)
Uukwaluudhi Conservancy is in a Joint Venture agreement with Opuwo Country Lodge who also manages the wildlife assets and the Tourism side of the business. Below is a brief explanation of this symbiotic relationship:
Tourism concessions can empower rural communities
Tourism concessions not only empower rural communities but also increase the economic value of protected areas and other state land. Communities, through the Community Based Natural Resources Management program (CBNRM), must have direct control over the utilization of the land so that they too can benefit financially. Concessions to the communities are a mechanism that will bring about economic empowerment to the rural population of our country and will bring about a balanced sharing of our natural resources. Concessions also increase the economic value of proclaimed protected areas and other state land including communal areas and they also maintain and strengthen conservation of biodiversity as well as the maintenance of the ecological integrity.
In order to benefit from the concessions, communities have to mobilize and enter into agreements to gain capital investment. Therefore, by signing these concessions - Conservancies and communities can now enter into partnership with the private sector. These partnerships are subjected to government approval.Concessions are awarded for periods of 20 years and are expected to create permanent jobs and generate income from concession fees and taxes.
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 4h00 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 2 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.
To the west of Tsandi is the historic site where the first shots of the liberation struggle were fired. August 26, 1966, marked the start of nearly 30 years of violence in Namibia. On this day, the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) attacked a group of forces from the South African Colonial Apartheid regime at Ongulumbashe. For the next 24 years, the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) and the South African Colonial Apartheid regime were at war. On March 21, 1990, Namibia officially gained independence from South Africa.To honor those who lost their lives fighting for national freedom, Namibia has designated August 26 as Heroes' Day. On this day, thousands of Namibians gather at Ongulumbashe to celebrate with traditional praise songs and dances and the re-enactment of the battle of Ongulumbashe, which concludes with the raising of the Namibian flag in the same manner as the real fighters did after each triumph during the war.
Explore the core of the Omusati region
Culture groups consist of Owambo; Herero; Himba; Dhemba and San people.
Languages spoken are mainly Oshiwambo; Otjiherero and Himba.
Topographical features are typical flat landscape of savannah, woodland and small hills dotting the landscape.
Annual rain fall for the region is approximately 350 to 400 mm.
Departure time - after breakfast at 07h00
Duration of activity - 6 hours
Return to the lodge for lunch
Total distance - approximately 280km
Travel in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle - max 20 pax
Minimum - 2 persons on activity
Activity includes soft drinks and bottled water on board
Entry and guiding fees at the villages are included
Rise up to an early morning balloon flight over the Uukwaluudhi plains and savannah, Namibia's own little Serengeti.
The reserve is home to a healthy and established population of Black Rhino and large herds of plains-game that are easy to spot from the air.
Your flight is weather permitting between 40 minutes to an hour with a champagne breakfast at the landing spot and a leisurely game drive on your way back to the lodge.
Lift-off is between 06h30 - 07h00(weather permitting) and to coinciding with the sunrise for that special effect and perfect photo opportunity.
The pilot will brief you on the whole procedure of cold and hot inflation, safety, pre-flight check and landing.
Your safety is our primary concern. All measures will be taken to ensure procedures are followed by the book from the start to the end of the flight.
The balloon can comfortably take up to ten passengers so that each person has a front row position to enjoy the scenery.
The balloon will be followed by a back-up team in a vehicle to ensure a safe landing and swift recovery of passengers and balloon.
The price of a balloon flight is N$4000.00 per person (incl VAT), Champagne Breakfast & Game Drive.