All hikes may also be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who is able to provide detailed information with regards to the Fauna and Flora and lead the way to the small miners on the Boulder Forest Hike. Take along your binoculars and camera! Our game is not “tied down”, the diverse landscape offers many different feeding areas, enabling the game to move freely across the vast area. Our 1 – 2 hours or longer hiking trails take you through sandy riverbeds, to ancient camel thorn trees, past bizarre granite structures, over mountainous areas or to old Damara dwellings in the surrounding of the lodge. On the trails you are likely to spot Springbok, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Baboon and many other, whilst enjoying the spectacular landscape.
The shortest trail is the Damara Trail, commencing from the terrace of the main building. Follow the sign posted route along the dry riverbed to the rocky outcrop. The trail turns right and then offers two options. One option takes you up to the two granite boulders, offering rock climbing possibilities as well as a fantastic panoramic view. The view across the valley at the foot of the Hohenstein is as spectacular as towards the west across the plains with the Spitzkoppe outcrop in the background. The second option takes you into the valley past the old Damara dwellings.
After approx. 300m the two paths meet again and the route takes you in a northerly direction. You walk across a rocky outcrop along the Kainachab across the farmland. On the mineral miners route you walk behind the small mountain range opposite the lodge to the pump station at the dry riverbed. From here the main road takes you back to the lodge. Duration approx. 1 – 2 hours.
The Kudu Trail takes you further along the foothills of the Kainachab, far north across the farm area offering lovely views across to the lodge and the Hohenstein. The walk takes you to the farm border, up the hills of the Kainachab, then down into the valley crossing interesting dry riverbeds. It then again takes you up gigantic granite plates. Take a break under a shady tree, before this trail joins up with the Panorama Trail.
The slightly longer Panorama Trail offers you views across the most beautiful areas of the surrounding. From the lodge terrace the route leads along the broad dry riverbed in a northerly direction to the granite boulders. Follow the route further north. Spectacular vistas vary from views across to the Hohenstein and over past plains, where you may spot Springbok or other antelope. The diverse landscape is evident from big trees growing in the riverbeds to rocky plains with thorny bushes growing amongst soft flowers. Duration approx. 2 – 3 hours.
By combining the different walking trails you are offered an insight into the diverse facets of this spectacular landscape. Our knowledgeable guides will gladly accompany you offering interesting information on the Fauna and Flora.
You are either taken by Land rover to the foot of the mountain or take a walk there. We walk up the gorge to the Boulder Forest. Here you encounter lush vegetation, where tree roots are plaited across the gigantic boulders. You ascend to the base camp of the ’small miners‘ and are offered an insight into the authentic life of the ’small miners‘. Semi-precious stones like tourmaline and aquamarine are mined here. On the decent the spectacular views offer amazing photographic opportunities. Duration approx. 3 – 4 hours.
The half day walk to the small miners is offered in the afternoon, unless required otherwise. The accompanying guide speaks English and German and the walk is adjusted to interest and fitness of the guests. We give along enough water and a lunch box (min. 2 Guests).