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Ondudu Safari Lodge

Resting atop the granite boulders, the lodge is constructed using the natural stone of the area, creating a rustic and charming atmosphere. The sprawling thatch roof adds to the lodge's allure, providing shade and blending harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Raised wooden walkways and stone steps, crafted from the ancient volcano's granite, seamlessly connect the main lodge to the luxurious tented chalets, which are nestled between the formidable boulders. 

The inviting lounge area beckons with cosy sofas and a well-stocked bookshelf, providing the perfect setting to relax and immerse yourself in a good read. Alternatively, you can choose to spend time on one of the lodge's two decks, allowing you to take in the breath-taking views of the arid paradise as the sunlight casts its enchanting glow on the ancient boulders. For a refreshing break from the heat, a small sparkling pool awaits, offering a tranquil spot to cool off while observing the diverse birdlife that frequents the area.

The lodge staff are attentive to your dietary preferences and requests, ensuring that your dining experience is tailored to your satisfaction.

In addition to comfortable lodgings within the permanent tents, there is the wondrous Treehouse available for bookings. This enchanting space set in the boughs of a large Ana tree is for those looking for tranquillity and to appreciate the silence of the bushveld as the sun paints the sky with the evening’s hue. 

Amidst the serene and captivating setting of the Erongo region, the lodge offers a unique and charming retreat, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature while enjoying the comforts and delights it has to offer.


Just 14 kilometres west of the small town of Omaruru you will find The Ondudu Safari Lodge, nestled amongst the rugged granite koppies (hills) of the lower Erongo Mountains. The lodge is the founding member of the 2,000 square kilometre Erongo Mountain Nature Conservancy, which brings together 30 private landowners in an effort to conserve this diverse Eden.
These awe-inspiring mountains that are home to the lodge give you the impression that giants once played here, tossing the boulders across the landscape. At 1245 meters above sea level, they are a geological wonder, the ruin of a volcano formed over 130 million years ago.

History is captured in the ancient Bushmen rock paintings amongst the boulders, that will make you think about an era long past. The first inhabitants of this area, the San, still maintain their old ways, and allow us a peek into their world with arranged tours.

The area is also well-known for its excellent hiking trails, where you can take a relaxing stroll or go on a guided walk, suitable for the more experienced hiker.
This bushveld Eden is also home to bounteous birdlife, with over 260 local species. Namibia has approximately 900 species in total - truly a birders paradise.

Many different constellations can be easily seen once the sun has set, allowing stargazers to view the Milky Way as they’ve never seen it. The lack of artificial light in the vast expanse ensures the stars are at their brightest and most visible.
So kick off your shoes and relax by the pool, or lace them up and take a long walk through this harsh landscape. Either way, here, you will have the ability to relax and dream, or take on an adventure.
Please ask at reception, check the website or the information booklet found in your chalet for more details on all our activities.

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This expansive region, known as Erongo, is a true Eden, encompassing a diverse range of landscapes, wildlife, and cultural heritage. It is a sanctuary where the traditional lifestyle and knowledge of the San people, one of the oldest indigenous communities in Namibia, are respected and preserved. Their ancient ways of living in harmony with nature add a unique cultural dimension to the lodge and the surrounding area.

The region is renowned for its abundant birdlife, making it a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts. The diverse habitats, including the mountains and surrounding areas, provide an ideal environment for a wide variety of bird species to thrive. Birdwatchers can delight in observing the colourful plumage and unique behaviours of both resident and migratory birds in this picturesque landscape.

One of the main attractions of the area is its extensive network of hiking trails that traverse the rugged mountains.


The lodge offers a diverse selection of hiking trails, catering to all levels of fitness and preferences. Guests can opt for leisurely walks through the bush, immersing themselves in the natural surroundings, or challenge themselves with demanding treks across the mountain range. All guided, there are ample opportunities to explore the area on foot and discover its unique beauty.

Immersing yourself in the beauty of the early morning, our sunrise or sunset drives offer a memorable experience. A light breakfast or afternoon drinks are served as you absorb the beauty of the African bush and its inhabitants. 

Scenic drives to view game are also available, with the addition of a spectacular visit to the Ju/’Hoansi San, a local Bushmen tribe, and witness their way of life that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. You can participate in a walk or hunt, or remain in the village to join in on the making of bows and arrows or jewellery. Laughter-filled games and cultural immersion await!

A special adventure not to be missed, is a tour to the world-famous Paula’s Cave, home to a variety of ancient rock paintings that are believed to have had significant spiritual meaning to the San. These paintings depict a variety of humans and animals, and we can only guess at their meaning and age. Although the art has weathered significantly, it remains a glimpse into the past of the incredible people that wandered this harsh environment. 

Embark on a guided tour to the artsy town of Omaruru, where history and creativity intertwine. The first stop is the Franke Tower, a designated monument that commemorates Captain Victor Franke's efforts in defending the town during wartime. Explore local craft shops, witness the skilled creations of artisans, and support their livelihoods through tourism. Indulge in a tasting experience at a local winery, showcasing the impressive winemaking in this arid region. The tour concludes with a visit to the renowned root carving manufacturers.

Whatever your preference, there is much to see and do in the area.


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