Kalahari Anib Lodge
accommodation in the Kalahari Desert - near Mariental - Namibia
Kalahari Anib Lodge is located about 30 km north-east of Mariental, and is an ideal stopover on the way to Southern Namibia. The lodge is nestled in a lush green oasis under high palm trees, set amidst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. This area is notable for the green acacias and yellow grasses that grow in the red sand.
Anib means 'male bird' in the local Nama language, a people who are predominantly found in the southern regions of Namibia. Birds play an important role in their mythology.
Kalahari Anib Lodge's main building houses the reception area, which also doubles up as a curio shop. It is well-stocked with an array of Namibian arts and crafts, locally produced cosmetics, toiletries, jewelry, clothing and ornaments.
There is also a restaurant, bar, verandah and the lodge has two swimming pools. 1 is situated close to the group rooms, and the other pool is nearer to the individual rooms. Guests can make use of either. There is both indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Breakfast is served in a buffet style with a variety of fruits, cereals, toast and preserves as well as fresh-baked bread and a cooked breakfast. Fruit juices, tea and coffee are also available.
Lunch is usually a light meal such as a salad or sandwiches, which can be chosen from the 'a la carte' menu. Dinner is usually a 3-course meal, served between 19h30-20h00.
Accommodation is in 28 rooms set aside for tour groups, and 9 rooms for individual travellers.
There are no special activities specifically for children, however the lodge is flexible. Families with with young children can request shorter activities. Special kids meals are also available on request.
Animals including springbok, gemsbok and ostrich can be found around the lodge. Jackal, hare and porcupine inhabit the dunes and dune valleys of the Kalahari Desert as well. The area is also home to the Kori Bustard, the largest flying bird of all, and huge colonies of weaver birds are resident in the lodge's grounds.
Activities include sunrise and sunset scenic drives the through Gondwana Kalahari Park. Bird watchers can view vultures and marabou storks at the feeding place for carrion birds. Hiking trails into the Kalahari can also be organized here.
- Guided Morning Drive or Sundowner Drive (about 3 hours)
- This is the perfect way of getting acquainted with the Kalahari Desert. The colourful display of dunes, grass and sky unfolds in its most glorious splendour just after sunrise and before sunset
- Hiking Trails (2 to 4 hours)
- Explore the Kalahari on foot and on your own initiative. A trail map is available at the lodge reception
- Visit the village of Stampriet
- A 40 minute drive away this village is situated on the seasonal Auob River and has artesian springs at its disposal. At the sight of the large irrigated fields you might feel transported to South Africa's Cape region. Visit the old church and have coffee at the 'Stampriet Historical Guest House'
- Hardap Dam
- The upper Fish River is dammed up by Hardap Dam north of Mariental (a 40-minute drive). The dam affords magnificent views across the fields and the little town of Mariental right up to the 'Weißrand' escarpment in the east. Visitors who arrive in their own car can watch game and many types of birds in the nature reserve south of the dam
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