Ephemeral (Dry) River Drive

In the dry Aba-Huab River valley, marvel at the lush vegetation and the possibility of encountering desert-adapted elephants. Our knowledgeable field guides will lead you on an exciting nature drive filled with fascinating facts about the area, its history, and wildlife. Keep an eye out for birds of prey, antelope, fairy circles, Welwitschia Mirabilis, and a variety of other fascinating geological formations.

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Our guides have a proven history of tracking down herds of free-roaming desert-adapted elephants and will do everything possible to meet these magnificent giants. There will be plenty of time to take photos and exchange information about the endemic fauna and flora.

The nature drive returns through savannah lowlands, little dunes, a dry riverbed, and intriguing geological structures. Guests can disembark the vehicle at Welwitschia Hill and enjoy a lovely sundowner in a natural setting. Take as many pictures of the sun setting across the desert-like savannah plains and distant mountains as you want. Enjoy the best of Africa.

After sundown, guests return to the lodge to freshen up and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner. They must meet their tour guide at the reception 15 minutes before departure time for a meet and greet session. The guide will provide a general overview of the tour and specific safety and environmental regulations that must be followed. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to inform their guide about specific areas of interest such as photography, birding, animal behavior, and so on. The tour will be structured by the guide to emphasize these points of interest.

Departure time: 15h00
Included: Mineral water, soft drinks, beers, and sparkling wine.
Duration: 3.5 – 4.0 hours

During the winter, guests must wear adequate sun protection and bring warm clothing. Reservations can be made in advance or at reception.


Rock Engravings & Petroglyphs

With a local guide, visit the rock engravings and paintings, The Burnt Mountain, and The Organ Pipes. Many of the rock formations were formed by prehistoric volcanic activity. Welwitschia Mirabilis, Moringa, and various Commiphora species are among the fascinating plants in the area.

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Rock engravings: There are very few depictions of humans in the engravings; the vast majority of the engravings at Twyfelfontein depict animals and their feces. The rock engravings at Twyfelfontein gave hunters and gatherers a deeper grasp of the world than they had before.

Organ Pipes: These masses of perpendicular dolerite pillars are located down the riverbed and formed by the intrusion of volcanic rock dolerite about 120 million years ago.

Burnt Mountain: Located a couple of kilometers from the Organ Pipes and visible from the road. The Karoo limestones which formed the mountain were deposited around 200 million years ago. The Organ Pipes were formed about 120 million years ago; in the same period, volcanic lava intruded the limestones, and metamorphism gave the mountain its distinctive color.

Departure time: 08h00 (after breakfast)

The Living Museum of the Damara

Traditional Life in the  Village
Experience a traditional museum’s daily routine, which includes traditional blacksmithing (the making of weapons and tools), tanning of leather (the production of traditional clothing), jewelry and crafts, dancing, singing, and traditional games, Holy Fire and fire making, and more.

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Follow us on a bushwalk as the women collect plants from the bush for food, perfume, and medicine, and the men demonstrate how to set traps, snares, and hunt as they did in the past.

Traditional Life & Bushwalk
Combines programs 1 & 2 for the complete traditional Damara experience.

Children’s Policy
0 – 2 yrs free of charge
3 – 12 yrs half price

Guided Hiking Trails

Guided morning and afternoon hiking trails are available. During these trails, you can encounter fascinating plants in the area, including the Welwitschia mirabilis, the Moringa, and various Commiphora species.

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The morning hikes will begin 30 minutes before sunrise. Afternoon trails begin about an hour before sunset to give guests enough time to return to the Lodge before it gets dark. The guide will determine the length of the walk based on the speed and abilities of each guest.

A minimum of 2 guests & a maximum of 10 guests per guide.

The Real Adam & Eve

Enjoy a ride to the Adam and Eve Rock, where you can see engravings and a small bushman painting before continuing to the Real Adam and Eve painting. The guide will explain the significance of the paintings and engravings.

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Departure time: Mornings only; please enquire at reception for the departure time.

Included: Mineral water & soft drinks

Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours

Distance: 20km & then a 10-minute walk to the site & again 10-minute walk to the parking

Elevation: 12 meters

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