Grootberg Lodge - Activities
Damara Cultural Village Excursion - ZAR 860pp
Guests will be guided through surrounding conservancy farms visiting a couple of authentic homesteads of the Damara people which allows them with the exclusive opportunity to spend time with their hosts understanding their origins, cultures, traditions and their approach to human wildlife conflict farming within the harsh desert conditions.
The tour includes a visit to the #Khoadi //Hoas Conservancy office to meet their staff and then on to the Erwee Primary School. This provides the guest with the unique experience of understanding and gaining insight into the positive impacts and benefits that the Conservancy enjoys directly as a result of its ownership of the Grootberg Lodge. The tour concludes with a cultural performance by the Erwee school pupils, followed by a lunch under the trees in a remote spot in the wilderness of Damaraland.
Departure time from the lodge: Departure 07h00 | Return around 13:00 | Minimum 2 guests per excursion - Max 9 per vehicle. | Children under 12 are discounted at 50% of adult rate. Only available from Monday - Friday.
Elephant Tracking - ZAR 1,660pp
Elephant tracking at Grootberg Lodge has become one of our most popular activities. Guests will set out in the early morning with a guide and tracker to the surrounding farms in search of elusive desert elephant. Since the elephants roam free in the conservancy, sightings cannot always be guaranteed but the experience also gives one the opportunity to learn and appreciate more about the lifestyle of the local people. Lunch takes place in the shade of a tree in the remote wilderness of Damaraland.
You can expect to return to the lodge during the early afternoon enriched by the unique beauty of Damaraland and a good chance of having spotted one of Namibia”s unique desert elephants.
Departure: Early Morning, varies according to sunrise time. Please enquire at reception for current departure time. | Duration: half day | Return around 15h00 | Minimum 2 guests per excursion – Max 9 per vehicle | Children under 12 are discounted at 50% of adult rate
Black Rhino Tracking on Foot - ZAR 1,985pp
Once classified as critically endangered, black rhino numbers have risen dramatically thanks to a conservation partnership between local communities and eco-tourism. Our dedicated guides and local trackers will take you on an unforgettable exploration on foot amidst the cliffs of the Klip River Valley and rising plateau of volcanic basalt ridges.
Your guide and game trackers will take you in an open 4x4 game vehicle into Black Rhino territory. Part of the tracking will take place on foot, with the possibility of between 1 to 3 hours walk at the most. At lunchtime there will be a stop near the springs where you can enjoy refreshments. It’s almost a full day activity going along bumpy roads and walking in rocky terrain, so not advisable for the faint-hearted. Sightings are not guaranteed.
Departure: Early Morning, varies according to sunrise time. Please enquire at reception for current departure time. | Duration: ¾ day | Minimum 2 guests per excursion - Max 8 per vehicle | Children under 16 years may not join this activity
AM Moringa Guided Walk - ZAR 220pp
After a scrumptious breakfast on the veranda of the restaurant, guests who prefer an early start to the day will depart at around 7.30am for a 3 hour walk on top of the plateau. Our knowledgeable guide will help to spot the various shy inhabitants of the plateau. Other highlights of the walk include local flora, the amazing rock formations of the Etendeka Mountains.
Morning departure time from the lodge: Between 07h30 – 08h00 | Afternoon departure 16h30 (summer) or 15h30 (winter) after coffee & tea
and home baked cake | Duration is +/- 2 hours | Minimum 2 guests – Max 9 Guests per guide | Children under 12 years my not join this activity
PM Scenic Drive - ZAR 690pp
The lodge offers scenic drives on top of the Etendeka Plateau with the possibility of seeing a variety of wildlife population of zebras, antelope, jackal and occasionally leopard and lion. Springbok, Kudu and Oryx are a permanent fixture and even the nervous and shy klipspringers are sometimes seen leaping from ledge to ledge on the steep cliffs of the mountain.
Afternoon departure 18h00 (summer) or 17h00 (winter) | Minimum 2 guests per excursion – Max 9 per vehicle | Children under 12 are discounted at 50% of adult rate