Tours & Walking Trails
Africa Safari Lodge
Africa Safari Lodge Tours & Walking Trails
There is no better way to explore Namibia than on foot and the unique hiking trails available on Africa Safari Lodge will bring you closer to the real-Namibia than ever before.
Our hiking trails cater to a range of needs, for the experienced hikers, there are more difficult terrains to cover while the couch potatoes can also enjoy a more relaxed easier trail.
Surrounded by a range of 19 different game species, each step will be an unforgettable one. We urge our guests to take great care on any hiking trail – as we are dealing with wildlife ranging in size and the danger it is always advised to not tackle the trails alone.
Here are a couple of basic hiking tips
Avoid hiking alone. The “Buddy System” is safer during any type of activity. If traveling with a group never stray from the group.
Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Don’t forget to check in with them when you get back.
Stay on marked trails. Making shortcuts and “bushwhacking” causes erosion and greatly increases your chance of becoming lost. As you hike, pay attention to tail blazes (pain marks on trees) and landmarks.
Never climb on waterfalls.
Always carry quality rain gear and turn back in bad weather. If you become wet or cold, it is important to get dry and warm as quickly as possible.
All hikers should carry a whistle, which can be heard far away and takes less energy than yelling.
Carry plenty of drinking water and never assume stream water is safe to drink.
Remember to pack-in proper sun protection, such as sunblock, sun hat, etc.
Customized excursions may be arranged with management at your request, and may include day trips to nearby attractions such as Keetmanshoop, Maltahohe, Sossusvlei, or Sesriem. Below are a couple of nearby locations that could be included in such a customized excursion.
Sossusvlei is home to perhaps the highest sand dunes in the world, some of these dunes standing 300 meters high.
Sossusvlei covers approximately 500 square kilometers of the mighty Namib Desert, which is considered to be one of the oldest deserts by many geologists.
Sossusvlei is a clay pan which holds rainwater that eventually forms a lake (or pan); this pan can retain water for long periods due to the high clay content. Sossusvlei is situated approximately 265 KM from Mariental.
Maltahöhe is a village in southern Namibia approximately 110 KM west of Mariental. There might not be any “city life” in this small village; however, there is still a lot to see and experience.
Ôa hera & Craft Traditional Center
The Ôa hera center is a must see when you are driving through or staying at Maltahöhe. This center promotes the traditions of the local Nama community and allows tourists from around the world to take a bit of Namibia home with them. For more information about Ôa hera, simply visit www.oaheraart.com.
NamibRand Nature Reserve
The NamibRand Nature Reserve is another great destination to add to your wish-list, whilst visiting Namibia. NamibRand Nature Reserve is a private nature reserve established to help protect and conserve the unique ecology and wildlife of the south-west Namib Desert. For more information about the NamibRand Nature Reserve, simply visit www.namibrand.com.
Gibeon a small village, situated approximately 75KM from Mariental, is known for the Gibeon Meteorite that crashed over a 275 km long and 100 km wide area in prehistoric times.
Keetmanshoop, situated approximately 240KM from Mariental, offers a range of sights and activities and is perfect for a day-trip. Here are a couple of well-known sights to include in your trip to Namibia:
The Keetmanshoop Museum
The museum of the old Mission of the Church, displays exhibits of natural history, historical documents of the city and the Nama culture. The museum is open Monday to Friday (08:00 to 12:30 and then again from 14:00 to 17:00).
The Quivertree Forest & Playground