Kambaku Wildlife Reserve Horse Safari in Namibia

7 nights: From EUR €1880 pp sharing

EXPLORE BREATHTAKING NAMIBIA AT KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE

Experience tranquil wildlife encounters from horseback. Kambaku Wildlife Reserve gives a warm ambience infused with a touch of luxury in picturesque wilderness

Set in the heart of Namibia, you’ll find the Kambaku Wildlife Reserve, an 8000-hectare wildlife reserve which is just a stone’s throw from Etosha National Park and the Waterberg.  This is the perfect escape for solo travellers, couples, friends and families, and it offers riding for all levels. For those who are new to riding, the team offers lessons in the school and slow and steady rides out in the bush. And for those who are more comfortable in the saddle, there is nothing more magical than riding alongside the herds of impala, seeing wildebeest up close and standing just a few meters away from towering giraffes. And the highlight for any equestrian, is the long canters on soft sandy tracks, often accompanied by the herds of cheeky zebra.

Kambaku offers plenty of wildlife and a variety of ways to discover it. You’ll find antelope species like impala, kudu, eland, red hartebeest and oryx here. There are also giraffe, zebra, warthog, wildebeest, ostrich, porcupine, caracal and aardvark. Occasionally, leopards or cheetahs are spotted, but these elusive creatures keep to themselves. Your stay is completely tailor-made, and there are 2 daily activities to choose from, including riding, guided walks and game drives. In your downtime, adventurous travellers can either walk or cycle along the many routes that wind through the reserve. And for those just looking to relax, enjoy spending time in the gardens, splash in the pool or indulge in a spa treatment.

The lodge is an old farmhouse set in sprawling gardens overlooking the waterhole, where you’ll see plenty of wildlife coming to drink. Many rooms can accommodate groups of friends or families, and there are a couple of luxury rooms tucked away to the side. Meals are served out in the garden, in the cosy dining area or upstairs in the boma area, and are always a highlight. Many of the vegetables, herbs and fruits are grown on the farm, and guests are treated to a real farm-to-table experience. Kambaku’s ethos is to live closely with nature and keep the balance. As such most of the meat on the menu is ethically hunted on the property in keeping with strict wildlife management principles. It is possible that there may be plains game hunters staying at Kambaku when you visit. Your activities are kept completely separate and all hunting is incredibly closely controlled and is only done for management purposes. All meat is then used either at the lodge or within the community. No trophy hunting or any predator hunting happens or is endorsed.

DATES AND RATES

Open all year round. We do not have set departure dates so you are welcome to choose the dates that would best suit your itinerary. There is a minimum stay policy of 3 nights but we recommend 5-10 nights or longer. We can also create tailor-made itineraries that include other destinations in Namibia such as Etosha, Damarland, Sossusvlei and the Skeleton Coast. 

2024 RATES

Lodge Stay: Standard Room

5 Nights: EUR €1450 per person sharing

  • 1 x bush breakfast
  • 5 x horse safaris (2.5 hours per ride)
  • 5 x game drives or guided bush walks

Lodge Stay: Luxury Room

5 Nights: EUR €1725 per person sharing

  • 1 x bush breakfast
  • 5 x horse safaris (2.5 hours per ride)
  • 5 x game drives or guided bush walks

Wild Week Horse Safari Package + Etosha Day Trip:

7 Nights: EUR €1880 per person sharing

  • 1 day excursion to Etosha
  • 1 x bush breakfast
  • 7 x horse safaris (2.5 hours per ride)
  • 7 x game drives or guided bush walks


EXTRAS – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

EXTRA SAFARI RIDES:

Instead of wildlife activities: EUR €65 per person (2.5 hours per ride)


TRANSFERS

Return vehicle transfers from Windhoek International Airport to Kambaku Safari Lodge: EUR €300 per person


SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

7 Nights: EUR €385 per person for Wild Weeks

No Single Supplement for normal lodge stays

ADD-ON EXCURSIONS

2 Days Etosha National Park: 1 Person: EUR €1270, 2 People: €780, 3 People: €620

3 Days Etosha National Park: 1 Person: EUR €1990, 2 People: €1290, 3 People: €1080 

3 Days Kalahari Bushmen – Etosha National Park: 1 Person: EUR €2130, 2 People: €1340, 3 People: €1080 

4 Days Damaraland – Swakopmund: 1 Person: EUR €2980, 2 People: €2000, 3 People: €1680 

5 Days Namib Desert 1 Person: EUR €4180, 2 People: €2830, 3 People: €2380 

5 Days Etosha – Damaraland – Swakopmund: 1 Person: EUR €3860, 2 People: €2680, 3 People: €2290

6 Days Caprivi – Etosha Big 5 Adventure Safari: 1 Person: EUR €4140, 2 People: €2730, 3 People: €2250

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INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Tea, coffee, water & some refreshments
  • 1 x Horse Safari per day (2.5 hours per ride)
  • 1 x Bush breakfast
  • 1 x Game activity per day – Game Drive / Guided Walk
  • 1 x Etosha Day Trip (Only on the Wild Week Packages)
  • Activities such as Hiking and Walking, Mountain Biking, Visiting the Hide, Archery

Price Excludes:

  • International flights to Windhoek Airport
  • Comprehensive Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visas
  • Vehicle Transfers
  • Drinks at the lodge
  • Any additional activities – Yoga and Spa Treatments
  • Gratuities for camp staff and guides
  • Items of a personal nature

QUICK FACTS

Location: Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Airport: Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport
Month: All Year Around

Duration: From 3 – 7 Nights

Tailor-made

Group Size: Max 8
Skill Level: All Riding Abilities
Weight Limit: 90kg / 200lbs
Accommodation: Farm-style Lodge
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7 nights: From EUR €1880 pp sharing

SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS

  • Beginner
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate Plus
  • Advanced
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the magic of Nambia from horseback, whether you’re a novice or experienced rider
  • Ride alongside many different antelopes, zebras, and giraffes and if you’re lucky, glimpse the elusive predators like jackals and servals
  • Relax in a cosy family-run lodge, where you can forget about the outside world for a few days and fully immerse yourself in the wilderness
  • Stunning viewpoints and a wide range of activities – Including a bush spa!
  • Enhance your adventure with optional excursions to Etosha National Park, where guided vehicle safaris offer a chance to witness abundant wildlife around the expansive salt pans, providing unforgettable game sightings.
  • Kambaku Reserve is dedicated to sustainable game management, actively preserving the ecosystem’s health and maintaining a balance between flora and fauna

TOUR REVIEWS

At the end of our road trip, we arrived at Kambaku and found a dream of hospitality….a paradise, lovely hosts and super friendly staff member and a delicious variation of high-class food. We met people who shared the same mindsets like we do, had deep conversations around the fireplace and wonderful family-like dinners, horse trips and game drives. The spa treatment was so relaxing….Kambaku is such an inspirational place, full of joy and soothing our souls, a place where we forgot the time….

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

** Please be aware this is a sample itinerary – it is an example and not an exact timetable. This is to give you an idea of a 7 NIGHT WILD WEEK, but shorter 3, 4 and 5 night stays can be arranged. 

Each day is flexible and will be decided once at the lodge This flexible itinerary caters to individual preferences, offering wildlife activities like guided walks and game drives, along with customisable riding sessions, providing choices between safari rides and instructive arena lessons (optional). There are two wildlife activities offered a day, including game drives and guided bush walks. We’ve also included one horse ride per day, plus a very popular bush breakfast to enhance your experience. Between rides, guests are welcome to head out to explore the reserve on their own, either on foot or bicycle.

For non-riders, opt for guided wildlife activities, including birdwatching, nature lessons, game drives, guided walks, archery and conservation sessions. In the evenings there will be the chance to discuss with your guide or the lodge manager which activities you will take part in the following day. 

Kids are welcome at Kambaku and tailor-made activities can be arranged for families. Riding lessons are available, and families can head out on the trail together to experience the magic of a horse safari. Guided walks and Archery lessons are always a highlight. There is a large play area for children, while parents can relax in the gardens.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL & LODGE WELCOME

Arrive at Windhoek Airport and embark on a scenic 4-hour journey to Kambaku Safari Lodge. Upon arrival, receive a warm welcome, and your guide will escort you to a comfortable room and give you a tour of the lodge.  

Spend the afternoon settling in, having a nap or diving into the pool. Then it’s time for afternoon tea, which is always a highlight on safari. You’ll meet your guides and fellow adventurers. In the evening, head out for a game drive to explore the reserve and enjoy your sundowner drinks!

There is time to relax before dinner is served. You can freshen up in your room, or head to the firepit and enjoy a drink. The firepit overlooks the waterhole; you never know what wildlife you might spot. Weather permitting, enjoy a delightful supper on the lodge’s scenic roof terrace, or dine in the cozy indoor dining room with the roaring fire.

DAY 2 - MORNING RIDE & AFTERNOON EXPLORATION

Welcome the dawn with a cup of coffee on the veranda before embarking on a horseback adventure through the bush and open savannah. You’ll head out in different directions each day, following the sandy tracks in search of wildlife. Your guides will tell you all about the incredible animals found in this reserve, and you’ll get to fully embrace the wilderness on horseback. 

You’ll return to the stables with plenty of time to freshen up. Breakfast is served on the veranda, offering gorgeous views. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing in the garden or enjoying a refreshing swim in the pool. Spa treatments can be booked, or you are welcome to go for a walk or cycle on your own. 

Lunch in the lodge gardens precedes a siesta to beat the afternoon heat. Afternoon tea is served on the terrace, setting the stage for another exciting ride, game drive or guided walk.  Return to the lodge for a relaxing shower before meeting fellow guests in the bar for drinks. Share the day’s adventures over a delicious three-course supper under the inky African sky.

DAY 3 - BUSH BREAKFAST & AFTERNOON LEISURE

Embark on a morning ride or game drive, followed by a bush breakfast under a shady tree. Return to the lodge for lunch and a leisurely afternoon, offering various activities like mountain biking or walking. Afternoon tea precedes another wildlife activity, ensuring you end your day sharing highlights around the fire pit with newfound friends.

DAY 4 & 5: MORNING RIDE & MOUNTAIN BIKING

Opt for a morning ride through active game areas or drive to a scenic reserve viewpoint. Explore the reserve further on a mountain bike before lunch and a relaxing afternoon. Afternoon tea leads to another safari ride or wildlife activity – There is one ride a day included within your package, but you are welcome to add more. Savor a three-course supper and unwind around the fire pit, exchanging stories and enjoying the ‘bushman’s TV’.

DAY 6 - SUNRISE SAFARI & SPECIAL EVENING RIDE

Start the day with an early morning horseback safari, tailoring the ride’s length and speed based on your experience and preferences. Return for breakfast and a leisurely morning, followed by additional activities. Afternoon tea precedes your final safari ride, often featuring giraffes and a spectacular sundowner experience.

DAY 7: ESTOSHA NATIONAL PARK DAY EXPEDITION

For those who pre-booked Etosha visits, gather early for coffee before embarking on a 2-hour journey. Explore Etosha’s abundant wildlife and expansive salt pan, with almost guaranteed game sightings, you are in for an exciting day. This is the perfect opportunity to look out for bigger wildlife such as elephants, rhinos, and event lions. It also offers some incredible photographic moments! Return to Kambaku for supper.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Depart or explore optional activities like additional wildlife programmes and rides. Customise your final day based on preferences – Either heading back to Windhoek or your next adventure. We can happily tailor-made longer packages for you.

HORSE RIDING & LESSONS

Kambaku’s horses are well-trained for adventurous cross-country rides for experienced riders, but also help less confident riders experience the magic of a horse safari.  For those who wish, you can book riding lessons with trainers in order to progress in dressage work or jumping gymnastics. Lessons also offer occasional riders a good opportunity to gain confidence again by “getting back in the saddle” before setting off on long safari rides.

GAME DRIVES

Game drives in specially designed 4x4s is offered in the morning and evening. This is a tour of discovery to track and observe wild animals. You’ll have a dedicated field guide who will teach you about the different vegetation and wildlife.

GUIDED WALKS

Experience the savannah from a different perspective on our bush walks. Your experienced field guide will teach you to discern the differences between different animal tracks and their characteristics, teaching you the art of tracking. They’ll alos tell you more about the vegetation, the naturopathy of the locals and the cultural history of Namibia.

DISCOVER KAMBAKU ON YOUR OWN

There is a 60km network of walking and cycling trails for those who want to explore on their own. On various routes, winding paths lead you through the bush and you’ll even find some hidden little benches where you can rest and get your mind wander. You can stay in the reserve for hours or just take a little evening stroll.

FAMILY SAFARIS

We can tailor-make your stay to include great activities for the entire family. There are riding lessons and trail rides (with their parents) for children of all ages. Kids can also join on game drives and guided walks. Parents are welcome to take their children on non-guided walks on cycles on the reserve. Kambaku also offers archery lessons, and a large play area keeps young ones entertained. Full-day nanny for children of all ages is offered and gives parents time for activities and day trips on their own.

BUSH SLEEP OUT

For those wanting something a little different, you can have a bush sleep out. It’s great to do on horseback, as you’ll ride there in the evening light, and then just let your horses lose to wander back to the stables on their own. The little camp, consists of just 3 tents on raised platforms, with an outdoor dining area and a private, yet open-air bathroom. While your guide prepares a braai (BBQ), feel free to explore the camp and get settled. Tuck into roasted meats and fresh salads prepared by the team. Then get lost in the glow of the fire and the starry sky of Africa above you – a perfect night…

As you snuggle up in your sleeping bag and heed the night wind and strange sounds, your guide will watch over you. In the morning, you wake up to the smell of coffee before you start the day with breakfast bread baked on the fire, boiled eggs and orange juice. On a nature hike, read the tracks of the animals that roamed around your tents at night and spot wildlife during a walk to the waterhole. Then hop into a jeep to take you back to the lodge.

THE ACCOMMODATION

KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE

Discover a home away from home at Kambaku. The lodge has ten individually furnished rooms, expansive outdoor spaces, and delicious three-course dinners beneath the starlit canvas of the Waterberg Plateau. The Kambaku Safari Lodge promises a unique blend of personalised attention, a dedicated team, and a charming small safari resort with a rejuvenating bush spa. The lodge offers comfort and indulgence, where tranquil wildlife encounters harmonise with the lush garden and pampering spa experiences. Their team’s culinary excellence is evident, featuring outstanding wines from southern Africa that complement the excellent cuisine.

STANDARD ROOMS

There are 5 standard rooms for 2 people, with an extra bed for a child on request. These rooms have a King size bed with mosquito nets, Egyptian Linen, a small wardrobe, seating area with desk and a bathroom with natural stone shower. There is direct access to the gardens with a view.

FAMILY ROOMS

There are 3 family rooms for up to 4 people, with a cot available on request. These rooms have a King size bed with mosquito nets, a separate sleeping area for kids (either a loft or extra room) Egyptian Linen, a small wardrobe, seating area with desk and a bathroom with a natural stone shower. There is direct access to the gardens with a view.

LUXURY ROOMS

There are 2 luxury rooms for 2 people, with an extra bed for a child on request. These rooms are set aside from the main lodge and offer a bit more privacy. They also have a private terrace where you can chose to dine or relax in a hammock. Inside you’ll also find a, fireplace for winter evenings and can indulge in the wine selection.  These rooms have a King size bed with mosquito nets, Egyptian Linen, a small wardrobe, seating area with desk and a bathroom with a natural stone shower. You’ll have a your own private tea/coffee station, a selection of wines and a daily fruit basket.

BUSH SLEEP OUT

For those wanting something a little different, you can have a bush sleep out. It’s great to do on horseback, as you’ll ride there in the evening light, and then just let your horses lose to wander back to the stables on their own. The little camp, consists of just 3 tents on raised platforms, with an outdoor dining area and a private, yet open-air bathroom. Spend a night dining around the camp fire and wake up to coffee and fresh bread baked on the coals. 

THE DESTINATION

KAMBAKU WILDLIFE RESERVE

Kambaku Reserve is committed to preserving its ecosystem, with a dedicated team of gamekeepers, biologists, and guides working daily to ensure the health and vitality of the reserve’s wildlife. Sustainability is at the core of their game management practices, involving animal counts, habitat monitoring, and maintaining ecological balance. The diverse wildlife includes antelopes, zebras, giraffes, predators like leopards, small mammals, and a rich bird world with over 300 species. The reserve’s commitment to sustainability has resulted in a thriving natural idyll, offering guests an authentic encounter with Namibia’s captivating and diverse ecosystem.

HOW WE CARE FOR OUR HORSES

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at Kambaku  are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:

  • Our horses live out in a herd environment, allowing them to live as naturally as possible.
  • During the day, they have large enclosures where they can graze freely, often nose to nose with curious antelope, wildebeest, warthog and the occasional giraffe. 
  • They come in 2 to 3 times a day to be fed and groomed by the team, ensuring they are happy and healthy
  • Every six weeks a farrier visits our horses for a proper hoof treatment and once per year an equine dentist checks their teeth. 
  • Vaccinations and deworming take place regularly
  • All horses regularly meet an equine physiotherapist for treatment and massages.
  • To keep them healthy and in shape but also motivated and easy to ride, the team focuses on varied training with lungeing and groundwork next to riding sessions in the arena, and of course long trail rides out in the bush. They use a special app to monitor the training sessions. 
  • Breaks also are part of the training plan, as time to recover is essential for physical and mental health.
  • There is a professional horse trainer onsite and a FN licensed instructor for riding lessons for our trainees, guides and of course motivated riding guests
  • Horses are carefully selected for their breeds, ages, personalities and heights to suit various riding levels and rider preferences

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