Etambura Lodge Orupembe
Etambura Lodge, Namibia’s first Himba co-owned camp is situated in Orupembe
Conservancy on top of one of the highest hills above the holy plains of Onjuva
livestock and springbok peacefully graze together.
The holy plains are steeped in mystery, with several different stories of why the area was consecrated by the semi-nomadic Himba herders who live here.
one thing is sure, hunting is strictly forbidden. Tradition has it that animals
on the plains are protected by the ancestral spirits.
Etambura is the ideal place to relax. You might see a klipspringer or at dusk, a Jameson’s rock rabbit.
Tiny footprints are evidence of genets and African wildcats.
The calls of a diversity of birds, the whispery rustle of paper-bark and other commiphora trees, bottle trees in bloom, the rich hues of purple-pod terminalia with unimpeded 360 degree views make this unique spot unforgettable.
After a game drive where you might be fortunate enough to see black rhino, enjoy a stroll and explore the hill, a botanical treasure trove with its many endemic species of plants and shrubs.
YouTube video: Swakopmund - Epupa Falls flight to Himba village:
Etambura has five canvas and thatch chalets (one of which is wheelchair
friendly), each with its own private deck extending from the hill and into
the beyond, conjuring illusions of “stepping into air”.
The twin bedded rooms are comfortably furnished and provide a wonderful retreat. Each bathroom, built either into the surrounding marble outcrops, or artfully created so as not to encroach on the endemic flora, has its own charm. Bed linen and towels are provided.
YouTube video: Himba Village:
Built on a wooden platform and, in some cases, on stilts, each unit is
positioned to optimize the view. Lie in bed and be dazzled by an incredible
sunrise. At night follow the path of the stars across a cobalt sky. Observe the
skittish rock hyraxes sunning themselves on jagged rocks, listen to the calls
and discover a world of birds that thrive in this environment.
MAIN LAPA AND LOOK-OUT DECKS
The horseshoe-shape of our recreational area, built from natural materials,
fully blends in with the contours of a hill-top skyline. Enjoy your meals on
Etambura’s circular decks with spectacular views over the hills, valleys and
plains, or in the spacious dining room. Should you just want to relax, settle
down in the cool comfort of our lounge and unwind in the tranquility of this
Enjoy a drink as the sun sets and, when the last oranges, purples and pinks have faded, watch as one by one distant fires from surrounding Himba villages light up and flicker in the darkness, allowing you to feel that you are indeed in Africa. Let the cooling breeze carry up to you, high on the top of this magical hill, the lowing of cattle, an owl’s haunting hoot, the call of someone lingering round a cooking fire down below. Immerse yourself in the sounds and scents of life out here while above you stars ignite the night sky.
Solar lights running on 12 volt batteries (facility to charge batteries, e.g. camera)
Hot water in en suite bathrooms, fuelled by a “donkey”
Comfortable beds with reading lamps
Lounge/library, private and communal look-out decks
Crockery, cutlery, glassware, cooking pots and utensils available
Braai area/ kitchen area
Landing strip 10 minutes from camp
Walking trails and drives – endemics plants, marble mine, Himba villages, rhino tracking, a day’s excursion to Marienfluss and Kunene River
Conservancy Safaris staff available to welcome, brief and assist guests and ensure their stay is comfortable. For example: helping with preparation and clearing up after meals, laundry, taking guided walks and arranging activities within the area and facilitating/translating meeting with community people.
Etambura, 25 km north of Orupembe, is on the main route to the Marienfluss and Kunene River.
Rates per person per night, accommodation only: on request
|Single or double chalet||-|
Notes: Rates are subject to change without prior notice should tax be increased or Government levies introduced. Rates include Value Added Tax.
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Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Terms & conditions, Payment options and Cancellation policy
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