Bullsport Guest Farm is situated near the Namib Naukluft National Park…
Bullsport Guest Farm: Our full report
Bullsport Guest Farm (also known as BuellsPort, or more correctly BüllsPort) stands approximately 250km southwest of Windhoek, and about 50km south of Solitaire, in its own section of the majestic Naukluft Mountains. Also offering hiking and horseriding, Bullsport is one of Namibia's oldest farms.
The guest farm is owned and run by Johanna and Ernst Sauber who have always offered a very warm welcome and great hospitality.
Accommodation in the original Bullsport farmhouse has been augmented over the years by the addition of some well-designed luxury rooms, and there’s also a campsite. Both styles of room have en-suite bathrooms and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
- Bullsport’s eight 'standard' rooms (the farm's original rooms) comprise six twin rooms, one triple and one family room with four beds; additional beds are available on request. These rooms are fairly basic, but all are en suite – the family room with a bath, the others with a shower – and all have mobile gas heaters and fans.
- Six 'luxury' rooms, which we'd always recommend, are larger and come with private verandas, en-suite bathrooms and separate toilets. These rooms have hairdryers, fans, mobile gas heaters for cold nights, and the water is solar heated.
- BüllsPort's camping facilities are set about 3km from the main guest farm, and divided into one exclusive camping site for the use of a single group, and a second shared site. Both are tucked away in the Naukluft Mountains, so ideal for nature enthusiasts. Each site comes with two flush toilets, two showers (with water heated by wood-fired donkey-boilers), two sinks and a shaded lapa area, although there's no electricity.
The central facilities at Bullsport Guest Farm include a sparkling swimming pool set in palm-dotted gardens. There's also a big shady veranda, which is popular for sundowners. This is where hearty Namibian dinners are served when the weather's good. Indoors, there's a spacious dining room with a large glass sliding door that opens onto the patio and garden, a self-serve honesty bar and a small library. A WiFi connection is available here, and the farm has a laptop available for guests to check their emails. The atmosphere is homely and we've always found it welcoming.
Activities focus on hiking and horseriding. There are superb hiking opportunities on Bullsport Farm and in the surrounding Naukluft Mountains. On one of our visits we hiked the Quiver Tree Gorge Trail, which takes on average around 6-hours, and was great – stunning scenery through a dry, rugged gorge. We found a leopard print and took far too many pictures! There are a few shorter trails, like the Kudu trail that we did on our most recent visit, in June 2014. Just over 3km, it is an easy walk over flat terrain – the perfect way to walk off our hearty breakfast, with the added bonus of seeing kudu and springbok in these peaceful surroundings. The walks are self-guided but all trails are well marked and easy to follow, and the flora and fauna is rich and beautiful, which makes walking here a real pleasure.
The horseriding is also excellent. Bullsport is a working farm, breeding Namibian horses, and one of the few registered studs in the country. Riding lessons for beginners are available, and there are several short horseriding trails around the farm, lasting between one and three hours. Sometimes zebra and kudu are seen on these rides. For more experienced riders, Bullsport's owner, Johanna, runs guided horseriding trips into the mountains and through neighbouring farms, which take between one and three days. Horseriding should be pre-booked prior to arrival.
Other activities at Buellsport include birdwatching (there are over 200 bird species here) and game-viewing, guided tours to Sesriem and Sossusvlei, and guided 4x4 excursions up the Naukluft Plateau, including some scenic hiking.
It is worth noting that some of the money paid for accommodation (N$5 per person per night) goes to a community trust that has been set up to provide members of the local community with guide training programmes, and to help other projects come together. So far, eight members of the community have been trained as 'level 1' tour guides.
Our viewBullsport Guest Farm is a great place to stay near the Naukluft Mountains, and appeals to those who love to walk or ride. It's a real Namibian farm, with very welcoming owners, so staying here is quite a personal experience: down to earth and friendly. It's a far cry from the regimented atmosphere of some of the purpose-built lodges – and great value compared with many of the lodges nearer Sesriem.
Ideal length of stay: Although Bullsport is quite often booked as an overnight stop to break the drive between Windhoek and Sossusvlei, two or even three nights would be ideal for keen hikers and horseriders.
Directions: Bullsport Guest Farm lies about 250km southwest of Windhoek, a drive of about 3,5hours. Take the B1 towards Rehoboth, south of Windhoek, and 4km past the town, turn right onto the C24 towards Klein Aub. Take the MR47 past Klein Aub, turn right onto the D1206 at the end, and you'll reach Bullsport after about 28km. There is shaded parking for self-drivers.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Owned and run by Ernst and Johanna Sauber.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Half Board
Food quality: Most guests will have dinner and breakfast included in their stay at Buellsport, and can expert hearty, home-cooked dishes. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but should be advised well in advance.
Dinner is a three-course set menu served around a family-style table at 7.00pm (May–Sept) and 8.00pm (Oct–Apr). On our last visit in June 2014 we started with a warming tomato soup, followed by meatloaf served with creamy mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots. Although not traditional in terms of presentation or shape, dessert was a delicious crustless cheesecake with fresh fruit and grated chocolate.
Breakfast is normally served a 6.30am (May–Sept) or 7.00am (Oct–Apr), although it's possible to arrange to eat a little later if you prefer. Eggs are cooked to order and there is a selection of cereals (including delicious homemade muesli), yoghurt, cold meats, cheeses and homemade bread.
A packed breakfast can be prepared for anyone who would like to head out early.
We didn't have lunch here on our last visit, but a light lunch can be arranged. Lunch packs are available, but need to be requested the day before.
Afternoon tea, including a freshly baked cake, is also available on request.
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £5-10
Drinks included: Drinks are not included. We are told that the water is safe for drinking, but bottled water (extra cost) is available in the bar for those who prefer it.
Further dining info: There is no room service available at Bullsport Guest Farm.
Riding holidays: Bullsport is a working farm which also breeds and schools Namibian horses, and is one of the few registered studs in Namibia. Riding lessons are available in the lounging circle or the dressage arena, as are guided horse trails of up to three days into the Naukluft Mountains.See more ideas for Riding holidays in Namibia
Walking: Bullsport Guest Farm, in the Naukluft Mountains, offers fantastic variety for those interested in walking in Namibia. Eight well-marked trails (Quivertree is our favourite) lead through the farm and surrounding area, with stunning scenery.See more ideas for Walking in Namibia
Attitude towards children: Well-behaved children are very welcome at Bullsport Guest Farm, but there are no special activities for them.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services: Babysitting is available if requested in advance (additional cost), although this would be done by a member of staff and not a trained childminder. There are lots of board games available and when we visited in June 2014 there were three dogs who loved to play: a gentle Great Dane and two cheeky but adorable Jack Russells.
Equipment: Cots and highchairs can be provided.
Generally recommended for children: Yes
Notes: The pool is unfenced. Children should be supervised by their parents at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There are plug points in all the rooms and adaptors are usually available on request, although we recommend that you bring your own in case there are none available. In the event of a power failure, a generator is run between 7.00am and 10.00pm to provide lights and electricity. A candle and matches are provided in each room.
Communications: WiFi is available to guests free of charge in the lounge and dining room area. There is intermittent cellphone reception on most areas of the farm; we found the signal to be best around the main building.
TV & radio: None.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: All the rooms have flushing toilets and showers, which are plumbed in. Only the family room has a bathtub.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There is a basic first-aid kit on site. The closest hospital is in Rehoboth, about two hours' drive from the farm. In a serious emergency, Bullsport has links to a medical rescue company.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There is no security guard, but Johanna and Ernst live on site and the rooms can be locked.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers outside the rooms and in the main area.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Laundry can be done for an extra charge of N$60 per load (correct in June 2014).
Money: Currency exchange is not possible. The rooms do not have individual safes, but valuables can be handed in to Johanna or Ernst to be stored in their central safe.
Accepted payment on location: Bullsport Guest Farm accepts payments in cash (Namibian dollars or South African rands only), as well as Visa and Mastercard credit cards.