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With just six rooms, you’ll be lucky to get a booking at Villa Violet – one of the top rated B&B guesthouses in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital.
Ben and Heidi, with years of hospitality industry experience between them and speaking English, German, French and Flemish/Afrikaans, are the consummate hosts. With contagious enthusiasm, they have made Villa Violet into the very definition of a bed and breakfast guesthouse where you get a personal welcome from the owners, friendly and intimate service and exceptional value for money.
Villa Violet is a smart and attractive guesthouse tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of northern Windhoek and is a great place to start or end your safari or self-drive holiday in Namibia. You will easily find Villa Violet coming from the airport; it is close to the central areas of Windhoek; and you are within stumbling distance from the legendary eisbein and stein of Joe’s Beerhouse.
The rooms at Villa Violet open onto small patios making an ideal spot to relax and read a book or have a cup of tea while you chat with Ben and Heidi. Rinse your travel-weary bones in the swimming pool or retreat to your air conditioned room with a book from the small library.
The décor as simple, elegant and modern with hotel-like amenities including wireless internet, flat-screen cable TV, climate control, tea/coffee, personal safe, honesty bar and hair dryers.
6 ensuite double rooms; air conditioning/heating; fans; mini safe; minibar; hair dryer; satellite/cable TV; wi-fi; free coffee/tea; library; swimming pool; garden; airport transfers; secure parking; laundry service; healthy continental buffet breakfast included
Optional extra activities
Villa Violet is a close working partner with The Potjie Verein and Agriculture Training Centre community-programmes; Windhoek city day tours; Katutura township tour and market visit; craft market; museums; African art galleries; curio shops; golf and other many other sports; surrounding farms; restaurants and shops
Büllsport Guestfarm offers a laid-back atmosphere not far from the Naukluft Mountains. Horse-riders and hikers always enjoy a couple nights here on what is a real Namibian farm.
The welcoming owners pride themselves on a down-to-earth and friendly approach. As it is some 50kms from the well-known village of Solitaire, self-drivers often opt to break their journey here en-route to the stunning dunes at Sossusvlei.
Büllsport is one of the oldest farms in Namibia and is rich in history, wildlife, fauna and bird life. They have their own game, cattle and sheep and also breed Namibian horses, one of only a few registered studs in the country.
Dinner is served at beautifully laid out table in the spacious dining room, which features a large glass sliding door which opens onto the patio and into the garden. You will be treated with a 3 course dinner, accompanied by selected wines. Experience peace and tranquility in the garden under big palm trees and enjoy the sparkling pool.
14 comfortable rooms, toilets are separate from bathroom/shower; restaurant; swimming pool; Wi-Fi connection.
Optional Extra Activities
Sossusvlei day trip, Archaeologist Trail, Bulls Head Trail, Scenic Farm/Game Drive, Kudu Trail, Ridge Trail, Zebra Trail, Rock Arch Trail
Brandberg White Lady Lodge
At the end of a long, dusty, bumpy road is an oasis called the Brandberg White Lady Lodge: a pool, a cool drink and a secluded shady campsite with the Brandberg Mountain – Namibia’s highest point – in full view.
Accommodation options vary at the Brandberg White Lady Lodge but we mostly use the campsite for its secluded spots, sheltered by evergreen dollar bushes and shaded by beautiful acacia and mopane trees. Permanent tents with private ablutions are a great semi-camping option and the lodge does also have basic en suite chalets. But Damaraland is all about the scenery, the sky, the tranquility and what better way to experience this wonderful setting than under the stars around a campfire.
The lodge offers guided tours to the Brandberg’s famous ancient rock art and engravings – of which the “White Lady” is one – as well as guided desert elephant tracking expeditions. These “ellies” cover great distances every day in search of water and food so it’s real luck-of-the-draw stuff if you get to see them. But the scenery alone more than makes up for it with a palette saturated with every conceivable iteration of brown from the light tan grasslands to burnt red rocky hills (Brandberg translates to Fire Mountain as it changes to a dusky red at sunset).
The campsites share rustic open-air ablutions with flushing toilets and wood-fired boilers ensuring a piping hot shower. A short walk from the campsite, the main lodge offers its amenities to all guests including a swimming pool and garden complete with resident meerkats, a restaurant, lounge, bar and battery-charging facilities. A rocky hill rises up behind the lodge providing a wonderful scenic view of the area – especially at sunset with a gin and tonic or other such celebratory drink.
Camping, permanent tents and chalet accommodation; shared ablutions with hot water and flushing toilets; swimming pool; restaurant; bar; battery-charging facility
Optional Extra Activities
Guided desert elephant drives; guided walks to the Brandberg Mountain rock art; self-guided hiking; birding; cultural activities include traditional singing and dancing at dinner
Offering exceptional value, the refurbished Etosha Village is a comfortable, welcoming safari lodge near the southern entrance to Etosha National Park. Retaining its eco-conscious credentials – the bricks were salvaged from mining debris, grey water is filtered and re-used in the vegetable garden, water is solar heated, and the kitchen produces a fair amount of high-quality composting material – Etosha Village had a major refurbishment in mid-2016 and what an upgrade.
Brick has replaced canvas, sleek tiles have replaced creaky wood decking and the en suite bathrooms are smart, shiny and functional. From the outside, the chalets are full of life and texture with gabion foundations, balustrades filled with pebbles, a graveled forecourt and woven latte poles covering the roof. Inside, while a tad on the austere side, the rooms are spacious, practical and well-appointed with air conditioning, en suite bathroom, sofa bed good for two under-12s (the Village is one of a few child-friendly safari lodges in Etosha), fridge, tea/coffee, safe, balcony and a large gazebo to the side. Comfortable twin beds with soft cotton are a given.
The living areas have also retained their charm and casual comfort with a large swimming pool surrounded by loungers and parasols and a smaller pool adjacent to a third toddler-friendly pool. The food at Etosha Village is fresh and the staff here, recruited from the nearby village and trained in-house, are famous for their friendly and enthusiastic service.
Breakfast and dinner are sizeable buffet spreads and lunch is a small a la carte menu with local venison specialities. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice are on the house all day and the open-air bar is a convivial spot to share a drink and a tale or just gaze into the night sky.
Being just minutes from the southern gate is ideal for daily access to Etosha National Park for guided game morning and evening drives in an open-sided safari vehicle. The vehicles accommodate up to 10 people and if that’s a bit crowded or constrained, Etosha is one of the easiest self-drive game reserves in Africa: arm yourself with a prepared breakfast and lunch or a picnic hamper from the well-stocked supply store and spend the day at any number of quiet waterholes. A good reference book, binoculars and of course your camera should be required equipment.
Full board or dinner and breakfast accommodation in 45 chalets; en suite bathrooms with solar heated showers; air conditioning; fridge; tea/coffee; personal safe; balcony and gazebo; restaurant; bar with big-screen TV; three pools including a toddler paddling pool; curio and supply store; landing strip; campsite
Optional Extra Activities
Morning, afternoon and evening game drives into Etosha National Park in an open air vehicle with an experienced nature guide; self-drive into the park; bush dinners
Located on the eastern edge of the vast Etosha Pan and south of Fisher’s Pan, Namutoni is a basic, no-frills lodge that overlooks a floodlit waterhole. The German fort around which it is built makes for a bizarre first encounter and the morning and evening bugle calls add to the surreality.
Accommodation is in bungalows of varying size or self-catering camping. The rooms are all air-conditioned and have en suite bathrooms. The large and popular pool is shaded by some grand Makalani palm trees and the lodge has a buffet restaurant and a well-stocked bar.
En suite bungalows; air conditioning; camp site; swimming pool; restaurant; bar; kiosk; museum; filling station
Optional extra activities
Game viewing at the floodlit waterhole in front of the lodge; bird watching; game drives through Etosha
The floodlit waterhole has a thatched game-viewing hut and a low stone wall to hide behind. Game viewing here is allegedly not as amazing as the other four lodges in Etosha – namely Dolomite Camp , Onkoshi Camp , Okaukuejo and Halali – probably on account of those bugle calls – but you’re certain to have some excellent sightings; and the sunset over the pan is quite astounding.