Tsumkwe Country Lodge

Tsumkwe Country Lodge: Our full report

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Tsumkwe Country Lodge is situated on the edge of the tiny settlement of Tsumkwe, about 226km from the tarred road north of Grootfontein. It is a new lodge, which is being built on the site of the old Tsumkwe Lodge.

As many of our regular travellers will know, the old Tsumkwe Lodge was owned and run for years by Arno and Estelle Oosthuysen. Using Tsumkwe Lodge as a base, they offered the chance to visit with and learn about the Ju/'hoansi Bushmen in a sensitive and enlightening way. For the past several years Arno and Estelle have been working closely with //Nhoq'ma Village and their small camp there – Nhoma – north of Tsumkwe.

In early 2008 they sold Tsumkwe Lodge to the 'Namibia Country Lodges' group and moved their base to Nhoma Camp permanently.

Development of the new “Tsumkwe Country Lodge" was completed in 2009. The lodge has 25 twin units and one double bed unit, all with en-suite shower, flush toilet and veranda in front of each unit. It is a useful base camp for a safari to outlying bush camps in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy.

It is recommended that you spend a minimum two-days at Tsumkwe Country Lodge where we understand that invariably your first day is spent exploring the wildlife areas of the conservancy, whilst the second day will be spent interacting with the Bushmen.

New camps in Khaudom are expected in 2011 - watch this space.

However … until we have chance to see for ourselves the experience that the new Tsumkwe Country Lodge is offering, and how they're working with Bushmen in the area – we recommend quite strongly that our visitors consider heading for Nhoma Camp.


Location: Bushmanland, Namibia

Accessible by: Self-drive

Key personnel

Owner: Namibia Country Lodges


Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

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