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NamibRand Family Hideout

“Exclusive use farmhouse or campsites in a remote part of the NamibRand Reserve"

Budget level: Budget
Country
Namibia
When to Go
All year
Property Type
Camping, House/Villa, Self Catering
Location
Namib-Naukluft, Southern Namibia

This deserted and converted home of Karakul sheep farmers on the farm Stellarine is today known as the NamibRand Family Hideout. It is remotely situated in south-western Namibia, on the NamibRand Nature Reserve one of Southern Africa’s largest private nature reserves.

At NamibRand Family Hideout you will be the sole occupier of this rustic and historic farmhouse, allowing you to appreciate quality time spent alone with your family and friends.

The Hideout is simply yet comfortably equipped for your essential needs (wheelchair-friendly), a solid and safe haven from the sometimes-harsh desert conditions. Evidence of bygone farming days still remains in the old walls, fences and outbuildings, almost buried by ever-shifting sand dunes. Accommodation is mostly on a self-catering basis, but meals can also be provided if booked well in advance.

Rustic self-catering 3-bedroomed fully furnished and equipped renovated farmhouse sleeping 10 people, comprising of 2 double rooms and 1 large family room sleeping 6. Newly renovated and enlarged fully equipped kitchen with solar-powered electric fridge, gas stove and gas chest freezer. Spacious lounge and dining-room, reference books on the Namib Desert, flora, fauna, astronomy and archaeology. Energy sources are solar lighting and candles which are provided.

Full board and dinner, bed & breakfast options now also available. Unless you’ve booked full board, bring along all your own food and drink, as there is no shop or restaurant nearby, the tap water is drinkable.

In 2010 and again in 2015 the owners added an exclusive campsite to their accommodation offerings. Campsite Orion and Campsite Venus are each nestled into the dunes, out of sight and earshot of each other, with a waterhole for animals and birds. Here guests are truly alone with nature but have modern camping facilities such as flush toilets and solar-heated hot showers. The views are stunning. Ample shade is provided for protection from the Namibian sun, and canvas roller blinds for wind protection. Campsite Jupiter, opened in March 2019, located in its own private dune valley, has the same facilities as the other two campsites, but in addition has an enlarged wooden deck with a roof and wind protection, charging station for all your devices, and has a drinking waterhole for animals.

Enjoy the spectacular views over the vast plains and ancient blue mountain ranges, or one of the activities on offer (e.g. 4×4 dune drives or educational walks with the qualified guide) into the glowing red dunes for a close encounter with the fascinating variety of Namib Desert fauna and flora. The kids will love the dune-boarding and endless open spaces or chasing after beetles and lizards scuttling over the sand dunes. A small waterhole just 50m from the veranda attracts a myriad of birdlife as well as oryx, springbok, zebra, bat-eared fox, porcupines and other wildlife. Giraffe may also be seen, if you’re lucky! The exceptional surroundings and clarity of the air provide endless opportunities for photography by day and stargazing by night.

So, slow down, leave the stress and pace of our high-tech world behind you for a while and relax around an open fire in the silence of the multi-coloured sunset, punctuated only by the click of barking geckos. Here in the vast and ancient Namib Desert, nature still reigns supreme. You may be comforted to know that a portion of your overnight costs goes towards the conservation of this unique and fragile environment.

Why we like it

  • Experience the vastness and silence of the Namib desert at this remote private property.
  • Self-catering or fully catered making it super flexible, ideal for self-drivers.
  • Great desert activities and waterhole right in front of the house.
  • Nostalgia of farming days gone by in this historic farmhouse.

Want to experience real space and solitude? Enquire now!

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