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.
There are morning, afternoon and night game drives. Giraffe, springbok, kudu, eland, oryx, warthog, ground squirrels and zebra can be observed. Night drives are a very popular excursion in the hours of darkness. Sightings are never guaranteed but chances abound to sight the 'shy 5'. Aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, African wild cat and the bat-eared fox. 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 people 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.
Toko have established the Katenda Himba Village tour nearby to the lodge. This short Himba excursion gives you a basic insight to the cultures and lifestyles of the Himba Tribe.
- 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.
- Game and Nature Drives
- Take a 2.5hr drive in an open-sided safari vehicle around the 6,000ha farm. Apart from an abundance of game and birds you can learn about their cattle farming operation, borehole systems and water reservoirs. Maximum 2 pax. Dolomite Walks: The early morning or late afternoon offer the best times to enjoy a guided or unguided walk along the trails of dolomite hills. This is great for birders as there is over 200 species that have been observed and recorded in the region. Your guide will add to the interesting information notably the different animal tracks he will spot along the way. Duration 2.5hrs Maximum 2 pax.
- Night drives
- This popular trip searches for the 'shy 5', aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, African wild cat and the bat-eared fox. Sightings can never be guaranteed in the hours of darkness but your experienced and knowledgeable guides give you the best chances to sight these elusive creatures. On the way round you might be fortunate enough to add to your adventure as brown hyena, honey badger, pangolin, serval, small-spotted genet, owls, springhare and a selection of snakes might be seen as well. Duration: 1.5hrs Maximum 2 pax.
- Short Himba Excursion
- A 1hr tour to the Katenda Himba Village nearby gives a basic insight into the ways and lifestyles of the Himba Tribe. Meet a traditional group of nomadic cattle herders who will show you round their village, a collection of huts made from mud, cow dung and branches. Men and women wear goatskin loin cloths and mini-skirts respectively. Learn what they smear on their skin to protect them from the harsh climate, what they make their jewellery from and how they have held on to their traditions and adapted to outside influences on their way of life.
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