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Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

At just shy of 4000 hectares the Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve in the Khomas Hochland is probably one of Namibia's smallest game parks. But, its location 25km from the countries capital, Windhoek has made it a popular stop for travellers as well as local residents. The park provides a bush experience and an abundance of highland wildlife all within easy reach of the city.

During a severe drought in 1932, various wells were constructed and a few dams were planned. This also saw the construction of the Augeigas Dam in 1933 with a wall measuring 21.5m in height. However, after further droughts over the years, 1956 saw the last people leave and the area was divided into farms in 1961. A small section which measured approximately 1 200ha was set aside to recover from overgrazing and over utilizing and development into a game park. In 1962, a further 2 700ha was donated by the South West African government to be added to the planned game reserve. During 1966, the park was proclaimed as it is today, with a total area of 3 946 hectares.

The Augeigas Dam, and various other pools of water around the Park, are a major attraction for birds, making the park very popular with birdwatchers. Over 200 various species have been sighted. Endemics species include Ruppell's parrot, White-tailed shrike and Monteiro's Hornbill, and there is also the possibility of adding a Damara Hornbill to a bird list. The vegetation in the park includes plants such as the mountain thorn acacia, the Camelthorn tree, buffalo thorn acacia, karee, trumpet thorn and camphor bush.

The Park has no large predators, but it is home to baboons, blue wildebeest, springbok, kudu, oryx, Hartmann mountain zebra, giraffe, eland and black-backed jackal, and smaller species include dassies, porcupines and yellow mongooses. The fact that there are no large predator's means that Daan Viljoen is one of the few game parks in Namibia that can be explored on foot, with 2 well marked hiking trails in the park. The 3 km Wag n Bietjie Trail, leading down to The Stengel Dam, is an easy walk for adults. The more energetic Rooibos Trail takes hikers along The Augeigas Dam to the eastern highlands. Mountain biking is also allowed and the park is a popular spot for the capitals mountain biking fraternity. For those who prefer to keep their boots off the ground, there is also a short drivable route for those wishing to do some game viewing from the comfort of their vehicles. This 6.5 km game route does require a 4 x 4 vehicle.

Unlike some of the other game parks in Namibia, the Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve does have a good tourist infrastructure. The parks kiosk, which resembles on old farmhouse, offers guests the opportunity to stock up for their visit or for their further travels through Namibia. Beer, wine, ice, fire wood, meat and groceries can all be purchased here. There is also the Boma Restaurant and pool area is where visitors can enjoy delicious daily meals and beverages as well as just soaking up the sun.

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The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Windhoek

12.2km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

The Olive Exclusive All-Suite Hotel offers hotel accommodation in Windhoek, Central Region, Namibia.

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Sleeps: 4
From R 1 485,00
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Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Windhoek

12.3km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

The apartment is situated in the heart of Windhoek's, Namibia in a complex and contains two bedrooms both covered in luxurious linen.

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Sleeps: 14 in 2 units/rooms

Spinoza Self Catering Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Windhoek

12.9km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Spinoza Self Catering Accommodation in Windhoek is ideal for business travelers, overnight stays and holidaymakers.

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Uzuri Guesthouse CC

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Windhoek

13.0km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Uzuri Guesthouse moved to a new premises and is now situated at 154 Jan Jonker Road, opposite the Windhoek Show Grounds and 5 minutes walking distance from Maerua Mall. The Mall houses a variety of Clothing Shops, Coffee Shops/Restaurants, Food...

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Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms
From R 700,00
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Hartmann Suites

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Windhoek

13.2km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Our five serviced, self catering apartments are perfectly located in the heart of Windhoek within walking distance to Windhoek's business and shopping precinct. Every apartment offers a fully equipped kitchenette, an elegant bathroom...

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Mountain View Corporate Apartments

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Windhoek

13.3km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

These spacious, fully equipped self contained apartments are located in Klein Windhoek, a quiet residential suburb of Windhoek, yet within walking distance of shops, restaurants and other amenities, and only 3 km from the CBD.

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Arebbusch Travel Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Windhoek

14.3km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Experience Namibia from the start of your trip at Arebbusch Travel Lodge with wide open spaces, beautiful gardens, birdlife and wildlife. The lodge offers high quality, affordable accommodation in luxury rooms, standard rooms, 2 - 6 bed self-catering unit

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Eden Self Catering Chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Windhoek

28.3km East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

At present our accommodation consists of five self-catering chalets plus three new separate rooms each with it's own shower, toilet and wash basin. The chalets have a lovely view of the awesome Auas mountainwell as a game camp populated with var

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Na'an ku se Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Windhoek

43.8km North East of center of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Experience spectacular African Wildlife and pure nature at Na'an ku sê Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary, situated only 40km east of Windhoek

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