Ephemeral River Drive : This full day activity starts with a quick 7am coffee before departure.
From the lodge, you depart in the direction of the ephemeral Huab River, passing Khorixas, towards the petrified forest where large tree trunks have, over millions of years, "turned to stone". A packed breakfast is enjoyed en route under a huge sandstone mountain, from where the journey continues towards the Huab River.
After turning into the Huab we will stop for a mid-morning snack along one of its tributaries and discuss the plans for the day. 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/mid day 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
Scenic and/or Sundowner Drive
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 sundowner
Walking and hiking in Namibia's Damaraland
Early morning walk 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. Hiking trails for the adventurous can be done with a over night wild camping in the Huab river. For more info on this please send an email to email@example.com for a tailer made hiking experience.
Damaraland and its unique rock art
At Huab Lodge there are several more activities to do. Nowhere else in Namibia will you find more rock paintings than in the Damaraland Region. Some shards and old tools can be found that were used by the San people hundreds of years ago.
Stargazing at Namibia's night sky
If you are interested in stargazing just before the sun comes up is often a good time. Because of the remote location of the lodge there is no light pollution at night which gives you the opportunity to have a better view of the stars than anywhere else in the world. There is a telescope available so you can take a look at Saturn's rings or Jupiter's moons or wonder at the bright colours of the Jewel Box in the Southern Cross.
Namibia for photographers
So many photographers come to Namibia to experience and photograph its vast landscapes and pristine scenery. And it is the same for the birds. Not only bird watchers but bird photographers come to Huab Lodge to take pictures of some birds you won't find as easily anywhere else.
Birdwatching in Namibia
Huab Lodge has become a Mecca for bird watchers and photographers. When you sit back in your favourite armchair and start day-dreaming of a relaxing, tranquil place where you could get away from the stresses of your life, you invariably imagine a sparkling, sunny day with bird song and the sound of running water, rustling grass and wind in the trees … birds are the choir of the wilderness announcing every dawn and singing till evening, filling the world with music, life, colour, magic and the freedom of flight ... filling our imagination. Huab Lodge is ideally situated in granite hills on the banks of the ephemeral Huab River in habitats where several endemic or near endemic Namibian bird species occur, which makes them easy to see.
Amongst 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, and many mammals and reptiles that are of particular interest in the semi-desert environment at Huab Lodge.
Late September the Olive bee-eater arrives to breed in Namibia and delight us with his call and brilliance, staying until mid April. The violet-backed starling, the rosy-faced love bird and the boisterous bare-cheeked babbler can be seen from camp. There is a hide just below the main house for bird watching and photography.