This half-day excursion consists of a late afternoon game drive, to give you an opportunity to see everything from giraffe, antelope, and hippo (a rarity in the Windhoek area) ending with a sundowner drink on a mountaintop overlooking the whole area of Windhoek and surroundings
We are collected from our accommodation establishment, within the city limits, and embark on this half-day excursion which is an excellent way to spend an afternoon.
We head out of the city on the main A1 highway and drive for around 30 minutes before turning off the main road and on to the farm tracks. From here it is another 30 minute drive to our destination at Dusternbrook Guest Farm. Along the way there are good chances for a first sighting of game, giraffe, kudu, springbok and oryx are all often seen here together with some smaller mammal species including mongoose, baboons, steenbok and warthog. The birdlife also abounds.
Dusternbrook, (named after a part of the port town of Keil in Germany), is big, 30,000 acres of prime bushveldt and is located in a beautiful valley in the Khomas Hochland Mountains. It is hard to believe that we have arrived is such a wild and lovely place after just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Otjiseru River cuts through the property and the usually dry river-bed is home to some spectacular, ancient trees. We will be crossing the river many times during our visit and in the rainy season this can make our adventure a little more adventurous.
There is a short check-in process when we arrive at the reception area, where we will also have time for a leg stretch, bathroom visits and, if you like, refreshments, (at a small extra charge). We meet our Dusternbrook guide, and transfer to an open-game viewing vehicle.
Our game drive takes us across the property where natural wildlife abounds. We expect to see giraffe, oryx, common impala, wildebeest and springbok but there are also good chances to see eland, sable antelope, waterbuck and surprisingly hippo. The Otjiseru River is quite a large stream when it flows and produces enough water every year to maintain some large, deep natural pools of water on a year round basis. Hippopotamus are not natural to this semi-desert environment and have been introduced to the farm from their usual habitats in the very far north of Namibia. They are curious and interesting creatures to see and they look very contented and just as eager to look at us from their watery home as we are to look at them. The open water of course attracts many other species and there is usually always a flurry of birdlife on and at the water’s edge.
The scenery across Dusternbrook is lovely and supports several habitats, from well wooded areas, the river course, deep water pools, thorn scrub and open grassland savannah. The high mountains of the Khomas Hochland tower above us in this protected valley and you are likely to take as many photographs of the scenery as you do of the plentiful animal and bird life that Dusternbrook supports and protects.
We end the game drive with an adventurous drive up a mountain for a sundowner drink and snack and the best veiw before heading back to the reception area. A short stop here where we say good bye to our experienced and informative guides before re-joining our driver for the approximately 60 minute drive back to Windhoek.
Word Of Mouth
Well organised, great customer service and value for money – and had a blast leaving town for a day and seeing so much in a short amount of time. Our driver was both welcoming and helpful, and would recommend this if you have little time but want to see something outside of Windhoek