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Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve

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Address: Windhoek, Namibia
Phone Number:
372 595 74885

Daan Viljoen Game Park.Just 24 km west of Windhoek lies a sanctuary for a...

Daan Viljoen Game Park.Just 24 km west of Windhoek lies a sanctuary for a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia's highlands. Proclaimed before Independence to preserve the ecosystem of the Khomas Hochland, the park was named after a former Administrator, Mr Daan Viljoen, who played a major part in establishing the park.The convenient location of the park makes Daan Viljoen an ideal venue for day visits and a perfect stopover for tourists seeking the tranquillity of the bush.FACT FILEPark size: 40 km2Year proclaimed: 1968Natural features: Khomas Hochland Plateau, scenic views of the Windhoek valleyVegetation: Highland shrubland, with various Acacia species, kudu bush (Combretum apiculatum) and buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata).Wildlife: Mammals are springbok, kudu, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, Hartmann's mountain zebra, leopard and klipspringer. Of 200 bird species, endemics include Ruppell's parrot, white-tailed shrike and Monteiro's hornbill.Tourism: The newly renovate Sun Karros Daan Viljoen opened its doors in October 2011. This privately run establishment entered into Public Private Partnership with Namibia Wildlife Resort and Sun Karros Lifestyle Safaris now offers selection of services to the leisure, business and day visitor after three years of construction. The Main lodge comprises of 19 luxury contemporary chalets, 12 well-appointed campsites, three tech-fit conference rooms. The reception area holds a, lounge, kiosk and IT station for in house guests to connect. The Boma Restaurant and pool area is where leisure, business and day visitors can enjoy scrumptious daily meals and beverages.Conservation successesWith game drives and hiking trails, Daan Viljoen is easily accessible to residents of Windhoek and provides an ideal place for visiting school children to learn more about wildlife and conservation in Namibia.Key management issuesPoaching is problematic due to Daan Viljoen adjoining a high-density residential area. The Augeigas River, which runs through the park, is polluted.

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Quick game drive outside the city

It took us an hour to drive around the park. We saw some giraffes, hartebeest, baboons, and birds. It's a good drive with a small car.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 November 2016
Mamodise M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

It took us an hour to drive around the park. We saw some giraffes, hartebeest, baboons, and birds. It's a good drive with a small car.

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Durbanville, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

this was a low.............yes, the drought has struck, but we saw 2 wildebeest and nothing else...............it was actually depressing.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This reserve is not far out of Windhoek and worth a visit. The staff have tried really hard to modernize the accommodation and we had a great salad meal there. we were impressed!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

My Gorgeous Wife and I had over-indulged and were missing the gym so decided we needed to stretch our legs, burn off some calories and hopefully see some wildlife on the way. We chose Daan Viljoen because it was just 20 minutes from town and the brochure said there was a good 9km walk with the promise of seeing some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Twice in a short period of time I had the pleasure to drop tourists at this popular and yet sometimes overlooked venue. Once you enter the gates of Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve you already have the option to get off the main road and drive around on gravel having a sighseingg tour even before booking in at this wonderful Reserve.... More 

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Windhoek, Namibia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

What a relaxing experience! Great food and beautiful chalets! The most popular wedding venue in Windhoek of course! They also have hiking trails for those who would like to work up a sweat! Beautiful and not that far from the capital!

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Windhoek, Namibia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

In less than 20 minutes from the capital we were walking in and amongst wildlife, lovely scenery and followed by a great burger.

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Windhoek, Namibia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Their hiking trails are very nice, challenging and scenery. Great pool and Bar area. The restaurant is a bit too expensive compared to the quality of their food. Great camping sites, and caters to all types of campers. Great family day outing spot and also a nice place to have a romantic date. They have a driving trail where you... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We always visit Daan Viljoen when we have family/friends visiting from overseas. It's conveniently located a mere 20 km out of town and offers a short game viewing route and a hiking trail. You won't find the big five, but you are likely to see a good variety of game. We usually take a picknick lunch and stop at one... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Visited Daan Viljoen nature reserve in July with my wife. Situated about 20km to the West of Windhoek, clearly sign posted from the City centre and one straight road through. Upon arrival you are met at the gates by a member of staff who takes your details and hands you a letter with the park rules and regulations. You then... More 

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