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Onduli Ridge, in Namibia’s Dramatic Damaraland.

Onduli Ridge

Thought of among the many finest in Namibia, the luxurious Onduli Ridge, named after the resident giraffe of the world, is discovered on the base of two south-facing granite outcrops which might be linked by a ridge. Inside a non-public concession that varieties a part of the Doro !Nawas Conservancy and within the coronary heart of Damaraland’s semi-desert wilderness, the situation permits for magnificent views of Namibia’s Brandberg Mountain – the nation’s highest, and the strewn cathedral-like granite inselbergs for which the area is thought.

As written for AMADI and seems in Hamaji Journal.

Anchoring an Historic Land

Considered one of Namibia’s most dramatic wilderness areas, Damaraland is a spot of stark plains and rugged mountains that flip from rust to purple with the setting solar. Plains and wooded river valleys kind a part of a land crammed with geological wonders and interesting desert-adapted wildlife. Onduli Ridge is inside putting distance of all this, with key points of interest being the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and Twyfelfontein. A UNESCO World Heritage Website, Twyfelfontein options plentiful petroglyphs carved into the rocks that date again 1,000 – 6,000 years, the very best recognized being the White Woman – a 40 cm frieze depicting a woman in white holding a bow and arrow in a single hand and a flower within the different.

Named after the Doros Crater, Doro !Nawas means ‘the place the place rhinos roam’ within the Khoekhoegowab language, and the world is dwelling to desert-adapted black rhinos, elephants and predators, and an underworld of fascinating vegetation, bugs, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Additionally, you will discover the critically endangered desert lion on this area in addition to varied endemic desert vegetation such because the photogenic (however toxic) Euphorbia virosa and the traditional Welwitshia mirabilis.

Sleep amongst Granite Boulders

Onduli Ridge was all the time deliberate with the intention of permitting nature and its boundaries to find out the camp’s design and end result. Constructed with the extraordinary panorama in thoughts, and with simply six luxurious suites, the posh safari camp does seamlessly blur the strains between indoors and nature. Hidden amongst granite boulders, it optimises the views from the king-size mattress, partially open-air rest room and desk which all double up as remark decks. The beds are the proper place for afternoon siestas and might be rolled out onto your non-public deck for an evening underneath a billion stars.

The camp exudes character with meticulous consideration to element within the libraries and reception areas, a big pool and loads of locations to calm down between actions all interconnected by elevated picket walkways. All visitors have use of state-of-the-art Swarovski binoculars throughout their keep. Meals relies on native elements and meat, contemporary greens and fruits, with do-it-yourself pizzas, freshly baked bread, and large parts – as is the Namibian method. Dedicated to treading flippantly on the environment, the camp is 100% solar-powered and all through each effort is made to protect the environment.

Desert Tailored Actions

Enterprise out throughout rocky plains and dry riverbeds to trace one of many world’s solely two teams of elephants which have tailored to surviving within the desert. With elongated limbs and broad soles, they can face up to the intense setting, rock and sand, travelling large distances via the dry river beds in the hunt for water. Additionally to be discovered right here is the world’s solely naturally occurring inhabitants of black rhinos that co-exists with the Damara communities, and the giraffe after which the lodge is called. You’ll be accompanied by a grasp tracker who will educate you about these exceptional and the efforts in place to guard them.

Onduli Ridge’s specially-designed safari automobiles function extra rooftop seats, supreme for pictures fanatics on the lookout for uninterrupted views to seize the proper safari photos. You is perhaps fortunate sufficient to come across different wildlife together with steenbok, kudu, and mountain zebra in addition to lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas lounging within the solar after a profitable evening of searching. Nature walks gradual the tempo as you discover the distinctive panorama and comply with clues left by animals. Head out on e-bikes, totally powered by photo voltaic, and traverse the huge plains and rocky outcrops that present enjoyable terrain to experience alongside. Drive into the mountains and look at the rock artwork at Brandberg which gives perception into the lives of our ancestors, in addition to the points of interest past.

Inexperienced is the Coronary heart, Conservation Initiatives

A constructive affect is felt via the professional bono philanthropic work that Onduli Ridge and Final Safaris are concerned in via their Conservation Journey Basis. Funded by visitor bookings, they help tasks within the space corresponding to rhino and predator conservation and the advance of college buildings in rural and distant areas. Onduli Ridge companions with the Giraffe Conservation Basis in securing desert-dwelling Angolan giraffe populations and with Save the Rhino Belief (SRT) and Pack for Conservation, established to supply discipline uniforms and anti-poaching gear. Sustainability varieties the muse of the property and all energy is produced by photo voltaic, water is run via a complicated reclamation plant and different waste is sorted based on recycling pointers.

The extraordinary camp was constructed that ought to it at some point be eliminated, the positioning can be returned to its authentic pristine situation. Though we positively hope it’s going to stand for years to return and welcome many visitors to remain on this scenically wealthy pure wonderland.

What we love about Onduli Ridge

  • Onduli Ridge’s dramatic setting and exclusivity. That it hosts solely a fortunate few, in rigorously positioned suites that merge so utterly into the environment, at a time. The workforce, devoted guides, and scrumptious meals.
  • The vary of actions within the space from desert elephant and rhino trekking to nature drives, guided walks and visits to the exceptional Twyfelfontein and different geological points of interest such because the Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes and Doros Crater.
  • The far-reaching work by Final Safaris’ non-profit basis, their constructive affect on conserving this stunning a part of Namibia, and the sensible help and efforts within the area. One thing supported simply by staying there.
  • We agree with the minimal two-night keep, though would recommend three to do the place justice.
  • Onduli Ridge welcomes households and gives quite a few child-focused actions. The intimate measurement of the camp makes it supreme for a takeover by a gaggle of buddies or household.


Getting there

Onduli Ridge is positioned in Northern Namibia on a non-public concession within the Doro !Nawas Conservancy within the coronary heart of Damaraland. Entry is by gentle plane from both Windhoek, Swakopmund or an alternate a part of Namibia. The lodge has its personal airstrip, which is the place you’re met by your information and transferred the 20 minutes to camp. For self-drive travellers, the assembly level stays the airstrip, with a camp switch from there.

Reserving Particulars

As advisable by AMADI, a aware luxurious journey model that designs conservation focussed journeys for like-minded travellers throughout Africa. AMADI helps the ongoing work by Onduli Ridge to protect the delicate Damaraland area. A go to ought to kind a part of an prolonged Namibian itinerary that features at the least Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast and Etosha Nationwide Park. Given the huge distances, a 10-12 day tour is advisable. Join with AMADI for extra info and for help with reserving your travels.

Contact me for extra particulars or to e-book your keep.

** Learn my different articles for AMADI as featured in Hamaji Journal.




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