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Huab Lodge
Huab Lodge
Huab Lodge
Huab Lodge
Huab Lodge

Huab Lodge: Information from the owner

General information

Type
Lodge
No. of rooms
8
Check-in time
14:00
Check-out time
10:00

About this information

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.

For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Huab Lodge, which contains our own observations and views.


Last updated by Owner
13 Mar 2024
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Facilities at Huab Lodge

Property facilities
Activity Desk, Bar, Eco Friendly, Laundry Service (Available), Malaria Free, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Room facilities
Balcony / Deck, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee
Activities on site
Bird Watching, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Sleep Outs, Walks (Guided)
Nearby activities
Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, General Sightseeing, Hiking, Historical Tours
Languages
Afrikaans, English, German

Room types at Huab Lodge

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Bungalow

Huab Lodge’s eight spacious, extensively refurbished, stone and thatch bungalows - accommodating a maximum of 16 guests – are spread along the elevated north bank of the river ensuring a magnificent and private view of the Huab River Valley, even from the shower!

Each bungalow has a large private patio and is tastefully furnished with two extra-long double beds. Large windows and sliding doors allow in both light and a view across the Huab. There is in fact no need to even close the curtains – rather watch the stars and listen to the calls of owls and barking geckos as you drift off to sleep.

The Lodge provides 24-hour 220-volt power thanks to a silent solar energy plant concealed on the hill, and the chemically untreated water has a neutral pH value.

Each chalet is equipped with mosquito nets and a ceiling fan, and while there are no coffee and tea facilities inside the rooms, an early morning beverage can easily be arranged should guests request such.

Huab Lodge also has a bungalow with limited facilities for physically challenged guests.

Activities at Huab Lodge

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Birding and Photography

Over the years, Huab Lodge, which is situated in habitats where several endemic or near endemic Namibian bird species occur, has become a ‘Mecca’ for bird watchers and photographers alike.

Among its 210 bird species, the area boasts 9 of the endemic desert bird species including; Hartlaub spurfowl, Rüppel’s parrot, Southern Violet wood hoopoe, Monteiro’s hornbill, Carp’s tit, Barecheeked babbler, Damara rockrunner, and White-tailed shrike.

In late September the Madagascar Bee-eater arrives to breed in Namibia, staying until mid-April, while the Violet-backed starling, Rosy-faced lovebirds, and the boisterous Bare-cheeked babbler can be seen from lodge itself all year round. At sunset, visitors enjoying a sundowner in the main building are also in for a very special surprise!

There are also many mammal and reptile species that are of particular interest in the semi-desert environment at Huab Lodge.

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Full Day Ephemeral River Drive

This full day activity starts with a quick 7am coffee before departure. With fences having, for the most part, been removed in the Damaraland area, the desert-adapted elephant are free to roam the entire area and the morning will be spent exploring both the Huab and Aba-Huab rivers, in search of these magnificent behemoths.

At lunchtime, we will find a shady spot to stop and have a bite, before starting the slow meander back to the lodge, stopping off at some unusual and unique sites along the way, aiming to return to the lodge before sunset.

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Guided Morning Walks

Offered either before or after breakfast, the best time to do these walks is before the sun reaches its zenith as, even in winter, temperatures can rise to 30 degrees during the day and most animals prefer to find shelter during that time of the day. Longer walking routes for the fitter, or more adventurous guest, can be offered though.

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Half Day Bushman Paintings and German war graves

Heading to the East, away from the Huab River valley, onto the neighbouring farm where there are examples of San art and rock engravings. Damaraland has been inhabited by indigenous tribes for more than 2,000 years and this excursion offers an interesting look at both the ancient and modern history of Namibia.

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Half Day Ephemeral River Drive

Departing from the Lodge, at a pre-arranged time, we will head into the dry Huab riverbed. We will take a leisurely journey, meandering along the ephemeral river, looking for the near-endemic bird species as well as flora and fauna. Perhaps we will even spot the illusive desert-adapted elephants for which the Damaraland area is world-renowned.

We will have ample opportunities to enjoy the amazing scenery, stretch our legs and explore, before returning to the lodge at about 12:30.

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Scenic Drive, either AM or PM

A drive is offered in a game viewer vehicle, departing the lodge after breakfast to explore the nature reserve and the beauty of the morning.

Another drive is offered in the late afternoon, taking in the magnificent Namibian sunset, along, of course, with the obligatory sun-downer!

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Star Gazing

Stargazing doesn’t have to be only after dinner: sometimes you can best view Saturn, Venus, or Jupiter and his moons, before sunrise . . .

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