Namibia has a definite place in list of absolutely amazing place to visit to see the African wildlife. But an iconic place for wildlife games and reserves goes to Gocheganas. This place is not only absolutely amazing but the place is an example of finest, luxurious and best combination of Wildlife and Wellness. The place definitely needs to be accolade and accredited for its spectacular landscape and as the best safari holidays.
GOCHEGANAS- a eloquent Damara name, meaning: “Place of Camel Thorns, abounding with Candle-Pod Acacias” and the people of Gocheganas believe “is more than just a place, it is an experience….” This actually is a fact for people who visit this place and felt so compel to come here again in their lifetime.
Located a mere 29km south east from Windhoek, lodge is situated on a hilltop which has the vast spread of spectacular view of the African landscape, this place shares its gift of nature for worldwide people visiting and also to the natives who love this place and famous for spending a day here.
The geology in Namibia is most interesting in the world for the vivid and vibrant forms. This place shows the history of the earth with the kind of rock formations from enduring weathering and erosion. Fascinating rocks and stunning landscapes are evidence of all imaginable climatic extremes that gives the evidence of the formation of land like previous mountain building processes, sea level changes, volcanic eruptions and theory of the collision of whole continents. Gocheganas is like a open wild field where you can see the impressions of time carved in the landscape. On GocheGanas, it has quartzite’s, weathering resistant, in mountains of GocheGanas and in its ridges. You can actually see the places with interesting folded structures that are fine example of forces of mountain building. This is actually an experience to see as the place stands as testament of old times.the place is rich with mica and quartz and how vibrant are the light and dark layers of rocks due to vary amount of different minerals.
Flourishing Flora and Copious Fauna
The Flora of Gocheganas is of Highland Savanna characterize of mountainous areas and typical desert vegetation. Admire 6000 hectare of Nature Reserve, which has totaling of approx. 1,600 Animals amongst which the large species are well seen in the drives are:
- Rhino (white, second largest land mammal)
- Bat-eared Fox
- Mountain- and Plains Zebra
- Blue- and Black Wildebeest
- Red Hartebeest
- An intriguing variety of birds is found over the Reserve and can be spotted at water places.
Try spotting the small species like small-spotted genet, , african wild cat, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, , rock dassie, aardvark (antbear), honey badger, pandolin (scaly anteater) (Protected), , banded mongoose, suricate (meerkat), ground squirrel, scrub hare, aardwolf, springhare, porcupine, cape fox, bushbaby (lesser night ape), yellow mongoose and chacma baboon.
Gocheganas Safari- Game Drives
The game drives are a very popular activity and you can choose from their range. Game drives undertaken early morning and also during late afternoon. They give a stop halfway to have snacks and drinks. They have qualified guide assistance that have the best knowledge about the place and share information on wildlife, their habitat, its flora and fascinating bird species. With the profusion of game on the farm, every game drive has its attractions; especially you will be lucky to view a rhino family! Sand dunes and vegetation at Sossusvlei in the Namib desert, Namibia, will be a fascinating and amazing sight.You can even go walking for enriching experience with the guide or on your own, especially to the water holes where you will be amazed to see the interesting bird sights. For hardy safari holiday admirer, night game drives gives the chance to visit the night-time inhabitants of the park, and have the best star gazing excursions out in the bush. The Gocheganas gives the best authentic safari experience in Namibia and make you feel the essence of wildness of Africa. The sightings here are wonderful and exciting; the wild life lover will ooze with the swell from this wonderful safari experience.
The Best of Best: Stone Age Caverns
In December 2002, the owners of GocheGanas Nature Reserve made an exciting discovery of ancient Stone Age caverns, which is located a few kilometers from the Lodge. They made the discovery of Stone tools and a mixture of pottery shards and these pieces are between 2000 and 9000 years old. This led to discovery of more and more caverns, which were near the natural hot water springs in Gocheganas. Taking a due care that damage is not done to this sensitive area, a guided visit to the Stone Age Caverns is offered by GocheGanas. This is the most fascinating and exciting about the Gocheganas. Seeing the ancient artifacts is a joy of past coming to you.
Its modern accommodation in the natural setting of wildlife
- The Elegant Chalets:
there are 15 spacious suites which has private terrace or better to say a private timber deck. The suites are well equipped with air-conditioner, television and Music and DVD system and have its own minibar and with telephone and WIFI internet connections. The en-suite bathroom is large and is equipped with bath, shower and done in some under a skylight, also attached is an outdoor shower. The place has indoor shower and separate toilet.
- The Crown Chalet:
its is basically for families coming with their children, it is a private suite which caters for a maximum of four guests only, suite consists of a master bedroom equipped with air-conditioner, television with DVD system, with a minibar, has telephone and WIFI internet connections, with an en-suite bathroom with shower and bath under skylight, also has an outdoor shower. A timber deck, connects the master bedroom and a munificent living area and suites dining area. There are couch-beds, an en suite bathroom and kitchenette in Crown Chalet.
The ambience and the setting of the chalets give the experience of living in close with nature and feel the natural environment up to the proximity and as if you are living in it. A wonderful experience of good amenities in this wild nature of lodge.
- Airport Shuttle Service
- DVD Player
- Front Desk
- Gift Shop
- Handicapped Facilities
- High Speed Internet
- Laundry Service
- Nanny/Babysitting Service
- Outdoor BBQ
- Room Service
- Turndown Service
The Gocheganas Restaurant
Set on top of the hill with proximity to the chalet, the Restaurant, it offers the dinning experience with spectacular views of the plains of GocheGanas Lodge Namibia. The Restaurant’s menu features are full assortment of cuisine from traditional Namibian cuisine, themed menus, gastronomic and also a special Wellness choice gourmet for people on special diet. The place has perfect setting for relaxing lunch and dinner .you can choose place at a grand fireplace outside or inside with air conditioning as depending on the weather. For a truly wild, open and natural experience visit the Outdoor Restaurant for dinners under the stars which is truly romantic style. The Barbeque is fantastic and definitely you must! The place can also be chosen for special occasion and you can give here memorable dinners. After dinner you can retreat to open- air bar to enjoy the beautiful and mesmerizing African night and have 360 degree view of nature reserve. In the relaxed and informal atmosphere seat around the fire circle and enjoy your best time and holidays in this exotic and refreshing lodge.
The Wellness Village
Complimenting and enhancing the GocheGanas Lodge, the Wellness Village. In the wild setting this place gives a holistic approach to health which is actually a combination of physical well being with mental and spiritual well being, where the realigning of body with its mind and soul. The serene and tranquility of place, away from the noise and busy lives you can come here to draw the strength for your healthy body and get introspection of your soul and calm the inner self. For rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit the place has best wellness facilities. With state of the art spa facilities, it has variety of wellness treatments packages and massages. It has special eleven treatment rooms with state of art equipment where you can opt for a crystal bath, a Vichy shower, hydrotherapy bath etc. it has selection of special packages for wellness treatments ranging from outdoor massages for de-stress and detoxification packages, and also indoor treatments, ThallassO treatments is also offered here and you can also take personal training and nutritional consultations. The services and amenities of well heated indoor pool and gym is offered.
You really should experience the special cave sauna which is placed in a cathedral masonry vault and gorge healthily in fruit and juice bar. It has facial and beauty treatments also. GocheGanas Wellness Village is truly a unique experience which will rejuvenate you.
The silence and tranquility of the place gives Gocheganas an idyllic game reserve. The exceptional luxury lodge has the best safari trail with eclectic wildlife, exotic birds and beautiful terrain of desert and mountainous stunning landscape. Its unique combination of Nature, Wildlife, Wellness, the place will be a lifetime experience to visit. The 6000 hectare of Nature reserve is filled with marvel and beauties and the place has no comparison for it bestows the guest with world class standards which will enthrall the guest with best of best experiences.