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Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve

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Address: Windhoek, Namibia
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372 595 74885

Daan Viljoen Game Park.Just 24 km west of Windhoek lies a sanctuary for a...

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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This nature reserve offers two good hiking trails: one short (1.5 km) and another long (8-9 km). See lots of local wildlife and jump in the refreshing pool after your day in the... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
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Windhoek, Namibia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service, great food in the restaurant and wow, the accommodation is simply superior. We loved it so much, we didn't want to leave after the long weekend. So quiet, tranquil, simply amazing. The pool is very clean, the whole area is tidy and well looked after, even after the rainy season where it is fairly difficult to keep the... More 

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Hoevelhof, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for the last night of our 26 day camping trip in February. Although camping is also available, we stopped in a very nice room with terrace, so we could sort out our vehicle ready for its return the next day. The longer of the hiking trails takes you up into the hills with a commanding view of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my 2nd visit to the Daan Viljoen Nature reserve. The first time we camped and the 2nd time we rented a room. We had a group of 10 so we had some doing both. the people are so friendly, the place gives you a feel of being in Africa with it's glamour and luxury feel. The restaurant has... More 

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the park for an afternoon from Windhoek. No Big 5 in the park, but saw a few antelope, warthog, giraffe, etc. Clean facilities & friendly staff.

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Reviewed 26 March 2017

This nature reserve offers two good hiking trails: one short (1.5 km) and another long (8-9 km). See lots of local wildlife and jump in the refreshing pool after your day in the wild!

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London, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We have done a self-drive and hike a few times. I think we saw a few giraffe and a wildebeest in all the times we have gone. It is nice to be able to hike safely as petty crime has increased in Windhoek. The customer service at the check-in desk is terrible. I can actually say it is one of... More 

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Sayed here on the first 23 nights of a birdwatching tour. Lovely rooms with a/c, TV and free WiFi. Restaurant quite a long (but enjoyable) walk away with good food and a nice swimming pool. Even some mammals in the grounds, Widebeest and Mountain Zebra.

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Windhoek, Namibia
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Booked at the Luxury Campsite. Everything was super, clean, neat and very peaceful. We sat drinking coffee at our campsite and had the privilege of seeing a few wildlife go by. Great value for money. Would go back

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Windhoek, Namibia
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Situated just 20km west of Windhoek, the Daan Viljoen Game Park is a delightful getaway close to Namibia's capital. In addition to the chance of seeing a variety of game, there is also a short 4x4 trail (6.5km) and two hiking trails - one a mere 3km out and back ramble and a 9km circular trail. Visitors planning to overnight... More 

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Reviewed 31 December 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.

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