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Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve

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Windhoek, Namibia
372 595 74885
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Daan Viljoen Game Park.Just 24 km west of Windhoek lies a sanctuary for a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia's highlands. Proclaimed before Independence to preserve the ecosystem of the Khomas Hochland, the park was named after a former Administrator, Mr Daan Viljoen, who played a major part in establishing the park.The convenient location of the park makes Daan Viljoen an ideal venue for day visits and a perfect stopover for tourists seeking the tranquillity of the bush.FACT FILEPark size: 40 km2Year proclaimed: 1968Natural features: Khomas Hochland Plateau, scenic views of the Windhoek valleyVegetation: Highland shrubland, with various Acacia species, kudu bush (Combretum apiculatum) and buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata).Wildlife: Mammals are springbok, kudu, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, Hartmann's mountain zebra, leopard and klipspringer. Of 200 bird species, endemics include Ruppell's parrot, white-tailed shrike and Monteiro's hornbill.Tourism: The newly renovate Sun Karros Daan Viljoen opened its doors in October 2011. This privately run establishment entered into Public Private Partnership with Namibia Wildlife Resort and Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris now offers selection of services to the leisure, business and day visitor after three years of construction. The Main lodge comprises of 19 luxury contemporary chalets, 12 well-appointed campsites, three tech-fit conference rooms. The reception area holds a, lounge, kiosk and IT station for in house guests to connect. The Boma Restaurant and pool area is where leisure, business and day visitors can enjoy scrumptious daily meals and beverages.Conservation successesWith game drives and hiking trails, Daan Viljoen is easily accessible to residents of Windhoek and provides an ideal place for visiting school children to learn more about wildlife and conservation in Namibia.Key management issuesPoaching is problematic due to Daan Viljoen adjoining a high-density residential area. The Augeigas River, which runs through the park, is polluted.
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Windhoek, Namibia
372 595 74885
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Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

It's been very hot and dry the last few seasons. Therefore the reserve had very few animals and very little to see.

Thank Andre S
Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Not far from Windhoek and now with the some rain looking a bit better, plenty of wildlife, good birding, makes it a good outing and great meeting venue.

Thank Angus M
Reviewed December 7, 2016

We had a weekend here after a hectic 3 day driving tour. Clean accomodation, reasonably warm pool. Good view of the dry river bed from our terraces. We had bed and breakfast - confusing as the first morning was a la carte and we had...More

Thank car0T
Reviewed November 21, 2016

Run down and only exists as a swimming pool with attached restaurant as a wildlife experience it was the very worst!

Thank JohnL9168HU
Reviewed November 9, 2016

we came just for the day and hiked the long hike. It was oktober, it was hot, it was dry and we just saw one kudu (?) very far away.

Thank meacrea
Reviewed November 9, 2016

It took us an hour to drive around the park. We saw some giraffes, hartebeest, baboons, and birds. It's a good drive with a small car.

Thank Mamodise M
Reviewed October 21, 2016

this was a low.............yes, the drought has struck, but we saw 2 wildebeest and nothing else...............it was actually depressing.

1  Thank B8383MHmartinp
Reviewed October 18, 2016

This reserve is not far out of Windhoek and worth a visit. The staff have tried really hard to modernize the accommodation and we had a great salad meal there. we were impressed!

Thank jambesi
Reviewed September 30, 2016

My Gorgeous Wife and I had over-indulged and were missing the gym so decided we needed to stretch our legs, burn off some calories and hopefully see some wildlife on the way. We chose Daan Viljoen because it was just 20 minutes from town and...More

2  Thank jacksdad100
Reviewed September 26, 2016

Twice in a short period of time I had the pleasure to drop tourists at this popular and yet sometimes overlooked venue. Once you enter the gates of Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve you already have the option to get off the main road and drive...More

Thank Heila R
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Response from Beeth0veen | Reviewed this property |
You certainly can, requires the necessary arrangement, we have done a day conference there