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Namibia - Kambaku Safari Lodge
Kambaku Safari Lodge is located in the heart of Namibia about two hours’ drive south of Etosha National Park.
The lodge is set in 8,000 hectares of bush savannah, home to antelope species like impala, kudu, eland, red hartebeest and oryx, as well as giraffe, zebra, warthog, wildebeest, ostrich, porcupine, caracal and aardvark. The bird-life is also varied and you may see secretary birds, martial eagles, tawny eagles, pale chanting-goshawks and lappet-faced vultures. Leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal are around, but are rarely seen from horseback. There are no elephant or lion on the reserve, so all levels of rider can be safely taken out on horseback.
Kambaku’s staff are experienced in guiding bush walks and game drives as well as riding, so this is an ideal destination for riders and non-riders alike.
Kambaku Lodge is suitable for all levels of rider and the pace is tailored to suit your ability and preferences.
The stables house a herd of 24 well-schooled horses. There are a range of breeds including Warmbloods, Trakehners, Holsteiners and Hanoverians as well as smaller Basotho ponies. There are spirited horses for those who enjoy a forward-going ride, as well as steadier mounts for those who are less confident in the saddle.
The horses are ridden in English tack but there are a couple of horses who go in trail saddles due to their size and shape. As well as sandy tracks and bush paths to explore, Kambaku also has a riding arena and lunge pen. Many guests stick to safari rides but if you wish, you can swap a safari ride for a lesson in the arena.
Children are very welcome at Kambaku and the minimum age for riding is four years old.
Hard hats are mandatory.
With just ten guest rooms Kambaku has an exclusive yet welcoming feel. Each en-suite room looks out towards pretty gardens with the swimming pool beyond. Inside the main lodge is a reception area with curio shop and a central lounge with fireplace and hunting trophies adorning the walls. Upstairs is a cosy bar leading out to a terrace where you sit down each evening to dine under the stars.
In between guided activities you might choose to take a swim in the pool, read a book on the terrace or watch wildlife at the waterhole from the shade of a tree. Alternatively there is plenty to do if you wish to be more active; archery, mountain biking, volleyball, table tennis and badminton. For younger guests there is a children's play area with swings, jungle gym, and sand pit.
Kambaku has five standard rooms, three family rooms and two luxury rooms, all with private bathroom facilities. There are no twin rooms, but the double beds have separate mattresses and so can be made up with two duvets to effectively make a twin.
The family rooms are very similar to the standard rooms, except they are a little larger in order to accommodate two additional beds. In the bathrooms as well as the full height version, there is a sink and a shower set at a child's height for ease of use.
The two luxury rooms have a terrace and a fireplace.
Kambaku is open all year and there are no set dates, so you can arrive and depart on any day. We recommend a stay of at least seven nights.
Sample Itinerary for Kambaku Safari Lodge
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The prices below are on the basis of a seven night stay with eight riding sessions, but the amount of riding is flexible. Shorter or longer stays are; please enquire for details.
|2019||Riding Package||Non-Riding Package|
|Teenager (13-16 years)||£1,103.64||£821.11|
|Child (4-12 years)
Sharing room with parents
INCLUDES Accommodation; meals; eight riding sessions (including a bush breakfast) or non-riding activities for non-riders (including a bush breakfast); day trip to Etosha National Park.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There is no single supplement for individual travellers.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; additional activities; tips; laundry; child-minding.
NEAREST AIRPORT Windhoek.
TRANSFERS Private road transfers are £123.61 each way per adult (transfers for children aged 16 or under are free of charge).
Kambaku Safari Lodge is about four hours' drive north of Windhoek.
Spring and Autumn are mild. Mid-summer is hot, around 35 °C or more. Winter will be around the mid-20's °C during the day, but much cooler overnight.
Friendly staff, nice horses, lovely food and in my case a great place to meet my husband to relax a little… as I headed straight here after doing the Namib Desert Ride!
Jacqui ,SurreyOverall rating: 4/5
Cantering alongside a herd of zebra, watching giraffe drinking at the dam and spotting shy kudu hiding in dense bush were all brilliant experiences. The horses are a delight, the service is excellent and the food - wow! I really did have a wonderful time at Kambaku.
Our seven night package includes a full day vehicle safari at Etosha National Park for the chance to see big game including black rhino, elephant and lion.