Activities . . .

 

Uukwaluudhi Reserve is a sanctuary for a variety of antelope species such as eland, red-hartebees, wildebeest, springbok, oryx, kudu, black-faced impala and larger herbivores such as the giraffe. 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.   (Click to download in PDF Format)

 

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 ½ 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.


Activities conducted on foot are safe due to no resident predators but, we do however practice caution due to the presence of Rhino on the reserve.

 

Half Day Culture & History Excursion  
Visit Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead, and the impressive Ombalantu Baobab Tree and learn how Namibia gained its Independence.
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The Uukwaluudhi Royal Homestead situated in the Tsandi Village where the local King Josia Shikongo Taapopi 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 army occupation 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 Tree’ which 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.

Activity specifications
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

Total Nett Price: N$713.00 per person (Inclusive of VAT).  Rates are subject to change without prior notice

 


Other Attractions in one day proximity of the lodge . . .

  Epupa Falls

  Ruacana Falls

  Fort Sesfontein

  Warmquelle

 

 
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