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Oct 7, 2011

Etusis Lodge

At a glance

Etusis Game Reserve covers an area of 21,000 hectares in west-central Namibia, encompassing part of the Otjipatera Mountain range. The terrain is varied, including gently
undulating savannah, rocky outcrops and mountain.

The impressive two storey main Lodge building houses the Bar and Restaurant with plenty of space to eat inside or out, along with other facilities such as the DVD/Video room and Library.

Paved footpaths wind their way from the Lodge to the individual bungalows dotted around nearby. Each self contained en-suite bungalow has its own identity and d├ęcor,
containing everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Accommodation also includes luxury tents, a farmhouse sleeping 2-7, and camp-sites about 20 km from the Lodge.

A multitude of activities are available

What is unique at Etusis Lodge

The Etusis Game Reserve covers more than 21,000 hectares, at an altitude of roughly 1,200 metres, and embraces a stretch of the Otjipatera Mountain range.

Monika and Herbert Lauenroth welcome Guests to the Lodge’s excellent accommodation, and to take part in an unequalled range of outdoor activities including Nature and
Game Drives in 4×4 or horse-drawn carriage, Sundowner Drives, Rock-Climbing, and Horse-Riding, also with Lessons for children.
There are many options for walking with or without a guide offering unique opportunities of sighting a variety of mammals, birds and insects. If you prefer, you can just relax in
the idyllic surroundings.

The accommodation ranges from homely, comfortable bungalows, to luxury tents and a farmhouse. About 20 km from the Lodge, there are five pleasant camp-sites.

The Lodge is also home to the Etusis Foundation which is a non-profit making organisation established to conserve the endangered Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and your
hosts are always delighted to explain it and to answer your questions.

Hospitality is at its very best here and everyone feels at home the instant they arrive. Hardly surprising, therefore that Etusis Lodge has received a Gold Award from the
Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) almost every year since 2000.

Accommodation & Facilities

Seven Luxury Bungalows, all well spaced for privacy. Each has a private en-suite bathroom and sleeps four, in twin beds downstairs and two single beds in the upstairs loft which is
ideal for children. A coffee / tea station, mini-bar and cooling fan are installed.

Five Luxury Tents are also well spaced and each include a power point. Three have private shower facilities while the other two share a communal bathroom, which is ideal for families.

The Farmhouse sleeps 2-7 people with self-catering facilities. It has four bedrooms, (3 double with en-suite bathrooms and 1 single sharing a bathroom) a kitchen and a lounge.

Five Campsites are situated 20 km from the Lodge and shaded by trees and bushes. Each has its own braai area (barbecue). Communal ablution facilities serve all five camp-sites.

Foremost amongst the Lodge facilities must be the magnificent Lodge building which is at the heart of Etusis. The Lodge is unusual in being very substantial, including a
two storey central section – although you might miss it when you first arrive! Only the entrance doors give it away.

Inside it is very spacious with a comfortable lounge area, a well-stocked bar, and a large space for dining
inside, as well as an outdoor patio where meals are usually served. It also houses a library and DVD/video
room for children’s entertainment..

Not far away, the splendid swimming pool sparkles in the sun where guests can take in the mountain panorama
while cooling off.

Dining is a joy, with Guests and Hosts all sharing one table, excellent food and wine, and discussing at length
the day’s events or the many questions raised about this fascinating place called Etusis.

Activities & Attractions

Guided or un-guided Nature Walk
Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll or climb a mountain, there is a route to suit you at Etusis Lodge, and there’s plenty of wildlife to see wherever you go.
We also offer full day walking excursion in the cooler months (between May-August) with a picnic lunch on route.

Nature and Scenic Drives
Etusis Lodge offers drives through the Game Reserve using both 4×4 vehicles and eco-friendly horse-drawn carriages! Amazingly varied scenery and hopefully good sightings of the wildlife.

Sundowner Drives
One of the best times of day to spot wildlife – and what better than swapping the day’s stories over a cold drink.

Horse-riding
Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the Reserve on one of our Basotho horses specially selected to suit you – indemnity required. We also offer riding lessons for children,
this is an ideal way to get children interested in riding and leave them with treasured memories.

Rock-climbing
The unique geology of the Otjipatera Mountains offers exciting possibilities for experienced and qualified climbers.

Even More Opportunities
Mountain-biking, collecting mineral samples, star-gazing with telescope, discovering the world of the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra . . . so much, you’ll have to return
to Etusis Lodge to do it all ! And don’t forget the fascinating little on-site museum where you can see artefacts from a earlier times.

Directions

From Windhoek or Swakopmund
Drive on the B2 until you reach the town of Karibib. Between the Henkert Souvenirs Shop and the Police Station turn south along the road sign-posted C32 Namib Naukluft.
At the first intersection turn right. You will pass the Erongoblick on the left hand side, then at the first junction turn left, again the C32. After 19 km take the sign-posted right turn
to Etusis lodge. Continue on the farm road for another 16 km until you reach the lodge.

From the C28 / Namib Naukluft Park
From the C28 turn north onto the C32. Drive for 77 km until you see the left turn sign-posted Etusis Lodge. Take it and continue for 16 km on the farm road until you reach the lodge.

During the Rainy Season (January to April) please contact us for an update on road conditions.

Arriving by Mainliner Bus? – or need transport to or from the Lodge? Transfers available on request, but please pre-arrange them.

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