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The perfect inspirational package
Located in the heart of Namibia just two hours from Windhoek, accessible from the B2 between Wilhelmstal and Karibib, Kansimba offers plenty, both for nature enthusiasts and for hunters.
by Marita van Rooyen
Wherever you are on the property, you’ll be looking at either the Geiste, Kudu or Red Mountains, which make for amazing sunset views, with the co-lours changing to the dreamy blues and pinks of late afternoon.
Spread over 16 000 hectares, the surroundings are home to kudu, gemsbok, impala, blesbok, warthog, waterbuck, blue and black wildebeest, mountain and Burchell’s zebra, springbok, eland, hartebeest, giraffe, duiker, klipspringer, steenbok, Damara dik-dik, ostrich, baboon, jackal, cheetah, leopard and a large number of birds, enough to keep the wildlife devotee busy for days. Most of these animal species are available for hunting. Hunts are usually conducted on foot, although four-wheel drive vehicles are used for accessing distant areas and selected hides.
Kansimba is not only for stalking game. It’s also a place to enjoy nature and take in the scenic beauty. All eight rooms are en suite, and have balconies leading into the garden, which features indigenous vegetation from the surroundings. The three luxury- suites have balconies overlooking the river and waterhole, with further views over the mountains beyond. Waterbuck frequent the waterhole, where you can watch them lazing around for hours while sipping a glass of wine from the bar. The home-cooked meals and bread, prepared to Kansimba’s ‘secret’ recipes, are further temptations to keep you indoors and glued to the lapa area. If it wasn’t the prospect of good food that brought you to the country, you can keep yourself busy with game drives, aerial game viewing, hiking, bird-watching, viewing Bushman paintings or cooling off in the swimming pool. For those wanting to observe Namibian fauna from close by, there are hides at selected waterholes.
The owners of Kansimba take pride in their ‘personalised, secluded accommodation in a family atmosphere conducive to enjoyment and relaxation’. The lodge is a place where the wildlife, bush and magical mountains form the perfect inspirational package. It has its own airfield, which is a 30-minute flight from Windhoek. Transport from Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport can be arranged on request.
This article appeared in the Feb/March 2011 edition of Travel News Namibia.