Tsumkwe Country Lodge
Bushmanland - Namibia
Tsumkwe Lodge is situated in the town of Tsumkwe, which is the administrative centre of Bushmanland. It is on the road to the border post with Botswana.
The lodge is accessible by car, via a good dirt road. A 4x4 vehicle would be required though to explore the surrounding area of Bushmanland. The lodge is co-operating with the community run Nyae Nyae Conservancy, set up in 1998 to give the San people, the right to benefit from the wildlife and tourist activities in the area.
The main lodge/Lapa area houses the restaurant, bar, kitchen and braai. Breakfast is either a cooked English/Farmers or a selection of cereals. There is a light lunch and set dinner menu, with a tea/coffee facility available throughout the day.
Accommodation is in 25 twin & 1 double room. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with a shower, flush toilet, mosquito net, fan and front lying verandah.
There is a swimming pool and a laundry service.
Take the opportunity to visit the Ju/'hoan (Bushmen) community on one of the lodge's half or full day guided tours. Here you will learn about their extraordinary hunting skills, and plants used in traditional medicines at these authentic, Bushmen villages.
Alternatively, you could join a trip to the Khaudum National Park or Nyae Nyae Conservancy. Although it is possible to visit Khaudum in your own vehicle, entry is only allowed when two or more vehicles are travelling together.
Another feature of the area are the many Baobab trees, some more than 2000 years old. The largest is known as 'Holboom', which means 'Hollow Tree' in Afrikaans. .
Please note that activities need to be booked in advance.
- Full day excursion
- This is a full day guided visit to Ju/'hoansi Village and Nyae Nyae Pan in an open 4x4 vehicle.
- Hike: Walk with the bushmen and with the aid of an interpreter witness them gathering food, moisture and nutrition, grass trap construction (to catch guinea fowl, korhaan and red-billed francolin) and fire lighting using baobab sticks. Other traditional activities include making poison arrows to hunt oryx, kudu and giraffe.
- Game drive: This exploration to the Nyae Nyae Pan follows the morning's activities at the Bushmen village. Many bird species such as wattled crane, flamingo, pelican and ostrich can be observed. Blue wildebeest, oryx and springbok can be be seen on the pan's edge. A picnic lunch is served under a shady acacia tree.
- Traditional healing dance: Return to the village to enjoy a number of dances and games performed by the women and children of the village.
- Half day tour
- This is a 4hr Cultural Experience at Ju/'hoansi Village concentrating mainly on around the Bushmen village and their activities and traditions.
- Kaudom National Park
- This is a full day guided excursion in an open 4x4 safari vehicle to Kaudom NP. There are 12 artificial watering holes and 2 natural fountains in the park with a decent number of hides available for safe game-viewing. Sightings throughout the day could include (but not guaranteed) elephant, roan antelope, giraffe, tsessebe, oryx, ostrich, blue wildebeest, warthog, African wild dog, leopard, spotted hyena and side-striped jackal. With over 320 species of bird recorded in the park eagles and hornbills, this is ideal for birders as well.
- Hol Boom trip
- There is an optional morning or afternoon excursion to one of the regions most famous landmarks 'Hol boom' or 'Hollow tree'. This gigantic Baobab tree is estimated to be between 2,000 and 5,000 years old. The view from the top of the tree is outstanding.
Tsumkwe Lodge is in Tsumkwe, in the north east of Namibia. To get to Tsumkwe, drive northwards from Grootfontein on the B8. After 55km, you will find the turn-off to Tsumkwe, the C44. This is a gravel road in good condition and you will enter Tsumkwe after about 225km and 3 hours. The road can be travelled with any kind of vehicle, but to explore the area, a 4x4 vehicle will be needed. At the moment, fuel is not available in Tsumkwe. There is a very good gravel airfield 5km outside Tsumkwe.
A partially community owned camp - allows guest to gain an insight into the lives of the local Bushman community
In the town of Tsumkwe this lodge offers an opportunity to visit the local San communities
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