Rustig Toko Lodge
Kamanjab Area - Namibia
Rustig Toko Lodge is situated in northwest Namibia, some 22km north east of Kamanjab on the D2695. The lodge is situated on 6000ha of private farm land. It is an ideal base for tours to the Etosha National Park, the Epupa Falls on the Kunene River and to visit one of the indigenous peoples of Namibia, the Himba.
The wide variety of bird species found on the farm, give Rustig Toko Lodge its name. Not only is this an idyllic place for bird viewers, but its striking fauna & flora make Rustig Toko Lodge an attractive and popular holiday destination.
The restaurant and bar can be found in the main building. There is also a small lounge to relax in and have a drink. All meals are from a set menu, but larger groups will be served a buffet.
Toko Lodge has 14 individual rooms. All rooms, are en-suite with mosquito nets and and in-room safe. They all have a stunning view from the verandah, over the surrounding savanna and lush gardens.
After a long, hot day, indulge yourself with a refreshing swim in the pool. Observe the small variety of animals that visit the floodlit waterhole, or just enjoy the magical ambiance created by the vast natural backdrop of the landscape. Join a sundowner around the fire, followed by typical African cuisine for dinner accompanied, by some of the finest South-African wines.
The most popular activity from the lodge is the full day tour to a Himba village west of Opuwo. Jurgen has established a close contact with this particular group of Himba and has learnt to speak the Otjiherero language. The Himba are proud to explain their ancient traditions and beliefs to their guests. They show how they prepare the red ochre lotion used by their women, how they grind maize into meal and allow visitors to sit in their huts to look at the various Himba utensils and dresses. They will perform traditional dances not normally done for tourists elsewhere. The village have an amazing craft market, ideal for souvenirs or gifts. This exceptionally large Himba settlement also includes a chief's Onganda, complete with a kraal for the holy cattle, and the holy fire 'Okuruwo'.
There are morning, afternoon and night game drives. Giraffe, springbok, kudu, oryx, warthog, zebra, the bat eared-fox and the rare aardwolf can be sighted. Guided or unguided, early morning or late afternoon walking trails along the dolomite hills can be taken. The Damara Dik-Dik, rock dassies and over 200 bird species can be spotted around this area, including 3 types of hornbill, the endemic Monteiro's Hornbill and the rare Hartlaub's Francolin.
The rock engravings at the Peet Albert's Koppie are a magical sight. It offers you a wide spectrum of impressive rock engravings. 200 000 years ago the San documented daily occurrences with endemic wildlife onto one of the oldest and hardest rock formations, the Kamanjab Granite. This granite formation is the only one of its kind in the surroundings.
Adventure Ombonde Tour, is a 4x4 full day safari in search of the elusive desert elephant. The Ombonde is one of Namibia's most beautiful dry rivers, with white sand, amazing valleys, and huge Leadwood and Mopani trees! Follow the dry river bed in search of the elusive desert elephant in a Rustic Toko Lodge 4x4 vehicle.
Or try the Epupa Falls trip. A drive to the beautiful Epupa Falls.
- Rock engravings at the Peet Albert's Hilltop
- This magical site offers you a wide spectrum of impressive rock engravings. 200 000 years ago the San documented daily occurrences with endemic wildlife onto one of the oldest and hardest rock formations, the Kamanjab Granite. This granite formation is the only one of its kind in the surrounding 5000 ha.
- Traditional Himba excursion
- A thought-provoking and unforgettable experience is our full day tour of approximately 600 km to an 'Onganda' or HIMBA VILLAGE west of Opuwo. Over the years, we have established a close friendship with this particular group of Himba and have learned to speak their Otjiherero language fluently. They are now proud to explain their ancient traditions and beliefs to our guests; to show how they prepare the red ochre lotion used by their women; show how they grind the maize into meal; let you sit in their huts to look at the various Himba utensils and dresses, and to perform traditional dances not normally done for tourists elsewhere. They also have an amazing craft market we like to support. This exceptionally large Himba settlement also includes a chief's Onganda complete with a kraal for the holy cattle and the holy fire 'Okuruwo'.
- Adventure Ombonde Tour
- in search of the elusive desert elephant (only if weather conditions are agreeable) -The Ombonde is surely one of Namibia's most beautiful dry rivers not far from Rustig Toko Lodge. White sand, amazing valleys, huge leadwood trees and mopani trees! With our 4x4 vehicle we follow the dry river bed in search of the elusive desert elephant. We love and respect these amazing giants and we know how to approach them without disturbing or stressing them in their natural habitat. Here we have a good chance to share the peace and tranquility with the majestic desert elephant, as well as game such as eland, kudu, giraffe, oryx, springbok, warthog and ostrich. We follow the route until we enjoy a light lunch under shady trees and return to the lodge in the afternoon.
- Epupa falls with two overnights
- As the drive to the beautiful Epupa Falls takes about 8 hours, we need two nights at Epupa as well as one night before and after at Toko Lodge - a memorable trip worth its cost. Our route via Opuwo takes us to the banks of the Kunene River where we overnight in the comfort of the Omarunga Camp situated under tall Makalani palms next to the waterfall. The following day we visit a HIMBA VILLAGE and learn about their ancient customs and traditions. We also take long walks along the river and visit the spectacular Epupa Falls. If the water level permits, a boat trip upriver will give you further views of this beautiful valley threatened by a proposed dam. Enjoy the view from a hill at sunset before returning to the camp.
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