Namibia Hunting Safari – Lake Lodge
This highly acclaimed hunting safari company was founded in 1984, and has an international reputation as Namibia’s premier safari company. A few years ago, the owner of this company decided to allow guests to enjoy their families’ lake lodge for select clients. Here, the lodge will be yours exclusively which means that each day’s schedule is yours to choose. The environment here is luxurious, yet casual with a private staff. A perfect home away from home for any family that loves to spend time together in the bush and wants a first class hunting safari.
The 50,000+ acre hunting area is privately owned by the family and covers a large area of pristine wilderness area populated only by free ranging game. 24 species of huntable game as well as an impressive variety of game birds (depending on the season) are available for trophy hunters and wing shooting enthusiasts. Many additional species can be viewed and photographed.
This Namibia hunting safari is the ideal hunting destination for first time African hunters and those experienced hunters that want to enjoy the privacy and intimacy of a boutique lodge. Your hunting professional will be your host along with a small private staff.
The protein from your hunt is critical to the 260+ vulnerable children at the local school nearby. You will have the privilege of delivering the meat to the school!
For those that do not wish to accompany hunters into the field, the staff will attend to your needs at the lodge. Hundreds of game congregate around the lake throughout the day making for an exciting photo safari sitting on the dock at the lodge. A day or two of non-hunting activities during your safari may be scheduled as well.
The family’s dedication to the wildlife, environment, local communities and their country is evident in every aspect of their operation. They are actively involved in the Namibian Professional Hunting Association- NAPHA, and personally involved with the Namibian government at every level. The family are twelfth-generation Africans, who are passionate about their country and continent.
Accommodations & Meals
The lake lodge is run in the classic, elegant style of traditional safari camps. The lodge is made of natural stone with thatched roofs, designed by the owner to blend in with the surrounding rocky kopjes and vast savannahs.
The lodge offers guest suites with en-suite bathrooms with basins, flushing toilets and large showers with high pressured hot and cold running water. The extra length beds are solid wood with thick, firm mattresses, down duvets and pillows. Bedside tables, reading lamps, a luggage rack, rifle cabinet, large wardrobe, comfortable chairs, a desk, ceiling fan, balcony furniture complete the elegant, distinctly safari style rooms. The lodge has three bedrooms.
Relax by the lake in deck chairs overlooking the lake water hole filled with game. Evening sundowners are served by the fire pit next to the lake.
The hunting day usually starts just before sunrise with a choice of beverages served in your suite by a friendly camp attendant, followed by a hearty breakfast.
They offer delicious local cuisine inspired by the owner, and expertly prepared by a Gourmet Chef and the small, dedicated kitchen team. Venison from the hunt is always served accompanied by a wide variety of organically grown salads, fruit, vegetables and herbs from the gardens. Fresh baked bread, biscuits and treats are baked daily in the old fashioned wood-burning oven. Non-venison as well as vegetarian meals are prepared, with pleasure, on request.
Guests return to camp during the heat of midday for a buffet-style lunch, which is served on the porch overlooking the lake. A short siesta is followed by coffee at 15h00 before returning to the wild open veld.
Sundowners are served in the evening around the open fire pit. This is historically the time of day when the best memories of wilderness experiences, as well as hunting and fishing tales, are exchanged in the romantic flow of the Acacia wood flames. A traditional drumbeat announces dinner, which is always a candle-lit three-course gourmet feast.
Top quality South African Wines, international brands of whiskey, gin, vodka and world-class Namibian beer as well as a variety of soft drinks and pure fruit juices are available in camp. Clients are encouraged to notify the team of any specific wishes, which will gladly be catered for.
The area you will be hunting is situated about a 45 minute drive from Windhoek International Airport.
The land covers an area of approx. 80 square miles and is populated by an abundance of game. The terrain consists of small rocky hills with huge savannas and patches of bushy areas. The entire hunting area is natural, with open water holes and very few man-made improvements and is still the real Africa. Additional concession areas are available when required, most bordering on their own property. This increases the hunting area to an unlimited movement area in excess of 40,000 hectare (over 150 square miles).
All hunts are spot and stalk in the classic safari hunting style. Your day might begin stalking from the lodge on foot or searching via safari vehicle until your trophy is spotted and then planning your stalk from the vehicle. Absolutely no hunting is from the vehicle. Your hunting professional will carry shooting sticks and when your trophy is spotted and the stalk is complete, he will set the sticks up for your shooting rest. From there, your preparation before the trip is key! It is up to you to make the shot. An amazing tracker will be with you. It is a treat to watch them at work. If you are looking for a classic hunting safari, this is it. Their reputation is the finest in Namibia.
Your group may visit the local school of 330 children. Your hunting meat is the sole source of protein for the school children.
Trophy quality is consistently outstanding due to the decision to go for exclusivity rather than to commercialize. Records show that 92% of trophies taken over the past 27 years qualify for the top half of the SCI Record Book. On average, hunting clients take one trophy per day, but no limit is placed on the number of species that you may take during a specific safari period. Short safaris are, however, not recommended as much of the pleasure of hunting, as well as appreciation of the environment, is lost during a high pressure safari.
No need to travel with your guns as they have a wonderful assortment of high end rifles and shotguns. If you prefer your own guns, then of course, you may travel with them.
Should you wish to bow hunt, you will have your own specialized bow hunting PH. This is an exceptional opportunity. All hunts are spot and stalk only. This is a target rich environment! Your days will be filled with adventure on this gorgeous 50,000 acre property. You will not spend your trip sitting at a watering hole. You will experience all that Africa has to offer on the ground.
On our recent bow hunting trip to this lodge, we were able to take four trophy animals in three days of spot and stalk hunting. We had an opportunity at another six trophies during those same hunting days but chose not to take the shots because we already had exceptional trophies in our trophy room. So in a four day hunt, one hunter had ten opportunities within 50 yards to harvest trophies. A number were within 30-40 yards as well.
A spot and stalk hunt in Africa is authentic and exciting! There are few properties in Africa where this is a realistic possibility…this is one of them. We recommend this type of bow hunt to experienced bow hunters that have enjoyed success with spot and stalk bow hunts at other venues.
If your spouse or other companions prefer shooting with a camera, Hunters Namibia offers splendid game drives to show them the landscape, animals, birds. They take great pride in the fauna and flora of Namibia. The fact that Hunters Namibia Safaris does not hunt from vehicles allows close encounters with the game. This is an experience not to be missed by you, your spouse or your children.
Non-Hunter Activity Options near the safari property that can be planned before or while on safari:
- If your spouse or companion prefers shooting with a camera, they offer splendid game drives to show them Africa. Landscapes, animals, birds, they take pride in the fauna and flora. The fact that they do not hunt from vehicles allows close encounters with the game. This is an experience not to be missed by you, your spouse or your children.
- Erindi Game Park (3 hours): spend a night or two away from camp and see the lions, leopards, elephant and Rhino and enjoy the watering hole filled with hippos, crocs and other animals.
- Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary (1 ½ hours): tour this world renowned sanctuary supported by Angelina Jolie.
- Tour Windhoek with Marina and visit unique artists galleries
- Enjoy a spa day in Windhoek or bring in a masseuse on the property.
- Visit the local school that is supported solely through this family operation and the protein provided by hunters. If you like, purchase books and other supplies in town and take them to the school. Your hunting meat is the sole source of protein for the school.
- Tour the Lamprecht shotgun shell factory just across the road. This is the only shell factory in the southern portion of Africa. Fiocchi ammunition is also manufactured here.
- Walk with a baby Cheetah
- Horseback riding
- Swakopmund (4 hours): non-hunters/ observers might enjoy touring for a couple of days during the hunt to enjoy overnight stays in this historical sea-side village as well as the Namib Desert, desert creature tours, horseback riding, dune surfing, dolphin cruises and more. Since you will have the lodge to yourselves at HNS, the schedule and the staff are at your disposal to make a trip to the coast at the last minute. We can plan this ahead of trip time or make plans on the property!
Pre-planned touring around Namibia before or after your safari:
We specialize in exclusive customized photographic, sightseeing safaris throughout Namibia to suit your personal interests. Destinations include, among others:
- Etosha National Park
- The historical sea-side village of Swakopmund, the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert
- Numerous other destinations around Nambia via light aircraft.
- Hot air balloon rides, Desert creatures tours, dolphin cruises
These excursions can be undertaken in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles or by chartered flights as requested.
Touring other areas of Southern Africa before or after your safari:
- Cape Town and the wine country
- Victoria Falls with elephant interactions, Tiger fishing, touring the falls, shopping, Livingston Island, Chobe Game Park, bungee jumping, water rafting and more
- Kruger Park – big five game viewing safari while staying in luxury at lodges adjoining Kruger Park
- Okavango Delta – remote luxury tented lodges with water and land safaris
- Numerous photo safari options
Video your trip:
Videographer services are available for this trip for an additional fee. Please let us know if you are interested in this service.
Length of Stay / Itinerary
10 day safari’s are encouraged in order to take in the full beauty of this country. However, seven day safari’s are accepted. All itineraries are customized for your group.
This outfitter is the sole source of protein for extremely impoverished school nearby with about 330 children! The protein from your hunt provides the meat for the children. The school is extremely well run and provides an excellent education for the children under the careful eye of an experienced educator.
Should you wish to visit the school, the principal is happy to accommodate visitors as long as the visit does not interrupt the school day. Supplies are always in need at the school. For ease and travel simplicity, the safari owner recommends that supplies be purchased in the Windhoek on arrival and then delivered by guests directly to the school. Many guests list this as a highlight of their safari.
If you would like to interact with the children in an even deeper way, the school welcomes any activities that you would like to initiate.
If you would like to make a difference while on your hunting vacation, this outfitter is grateful for any help that you would like to offer to the school but there is absolutely no pressure to do so.
In 2018, the conservationist hunting community is joining together to further provide nurture, housing and sustenance for these vulnerable children in this community. A boarding school has been built with excellent clean facilities and now only needs the support of the hunting community to provide the funding for children to fill these homes.
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2020 Rates: Inclusive of professional hunter, luxury lodging, licenses and concession fees, tracker, skinner, vehicle, meals, daily laundry and more
One Hunter/One PH Plains game: $470 per day
Two Hunters/One PH Plains game: $390 per day per person
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Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info
Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.
Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:
If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!