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Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve
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Ranked #8 of 33 things to do in Windhoek
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Visited this nature reserve today, and did the 9km hike. Good hiking, don't need to be experienced tracks are well maintained and marked, need reasonable shoes, running trainers suitable. Take plenty of water as it is very exposed to the sun, not a lot of shade until you get down into the river bed, which was totally dry. Saw a few animals, Kudu, Wildebeeste, ostrich, warthogs. Really enjoyed the views back to Windhoek and the rocky landscape. Only 18kms drive from city centre, well signposted. An excellent afternoons outing that gets you out of the car.
Was Namib$40 per person for park entry fee and $10 for vehicle

1  Thank Lou M
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

It was like visiting a typical security estate. quite fancy modern architecture (the hotel group who have taken it over must be spending a lot and sadly not well) We were the only guests for lunch in a vast, really huge thatch room/hall. A couple of baboons lurked near some domestic horses which were wandering about.
On a previous visit in 1986 the birding was wonderful and the thatched chalets and small restaurant were charming.
In a word - avoid.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Our family booked the Sunday buffet. It was the worst buffet that we ever had. There was no variety in the food. The meat was overcooked. There was only one type of vegetable and the desert was stale. It appeared as if the staff were hiding the food at the back of the kitchen as to allow them to take it home. The meal was further way overpriced. The service was pathetic, we had to walk up to the waiter in order to get drinks. When the bill came, an additional park fee was levied to the bill. To top of a horrible meal the waiter disappeared with our change. DO NOT GO HERE

3  Thank NamCronje
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SunKarros D, Marketing Manager at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Dear Apaties,
Regrettably the name of the account (Viljoen was spelt Viljeon by whom ever set this up initially) was spelled incorrectly and we never received your review which was posted in June for a visit to our restaurant in January of this year. We hope that our response even at this late stage show how serious we take service and quality related comments.

We truly regret your experience at our restaurant and although it is quite sometime back we wish to advise that should you consider giving us a second chance we will most definitely like to show you what we have done in the last few months with regards to training, new menu items and reviewed pricing! Please contact Rica Blaauw Marketing and Sales Manager on info@sunkarros.com.na and she will arrange a voucher for your entrance.

With regards to the levies perhaps we can explain the relation between Sun Karros Daan Viljoen and Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR). We are one of the few private companies that have been awarded a public private partnership agreement and manage the lodge as a private business inside a national park managed by Ministry of Environment and Tourism. For this privilege we are levied a fee by NWR and this has to reflect separate on our billing although this is included in the rate that are charged in the menu. This levy like VAT has to be reflected separate on a tax invoice and I apologize that this confused you.

We hope that you will give us a second chance and or have visited us again since.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

I stayed for 2 nights on business trip. Very nice upgraded accommodation including stunning camp sites. Problems re gate been addressed by management as you can only exit at 18:00 which was previously opened by Game Rangers. Hotel now have key to ensure gate is opened for guests who need to leave early. If you only sleep over you don't need permit to drive around - as long as you stay on tar road to hotel. Restaurant was disappointing. Nice conference venues

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

This small nature reserve is right on Windhoek's door step! It is a lovely place to go and get some bush time without having to drive for hours! It has a good variety of birdlife that you can see around the dam area as well as in the bush. There are two hiking trails - one 9km and one 1.5 km. There is also game here but do not expect an Etosha experience! However Giraffe, oryx and wildebeest can normally be seen.
The new upgraded accommodation looks great - did not stay in it so cannot comment on the service related to the accommodation, but the staff we met were very friendly.

Thank JennieNamibia
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