The Etusis Marble Mountains
Throughout the farm extends a line of marble mountains – unfortunately, the mining rights are with the Namibian state, so in some places marble is being mined.
Regardless, the Marble Mountains are a special attraction of Etusis in their unique beauty.
The Otjpatera Mountain Range
Otji – big, Patera – closure. As the Damara drove their herds across the plain, the mountain range got its name. Because the high mountains, which rise up to almost 2000m, blocked the way.
Spectacular rises the massif, which is one of the oldest mountains in the world, with its gorges and steep slopes directly behind the Etusis Lodge.
For experienced climbers an exciting day trip is the ascent of the highest peak – for beginners climbing one of the smaller hills is also a unique experience.
The Etusis Waterfall
In good rainy seasons, the masses of water thunder from the gorge over the Etusis waterfall and a wide river winds through the valley until it is dammed in front of the lodge to a lake.
However, most of the year it is a dry river bed, a so-called Rivier – with one exception that Etusis gave its name: Etusis is “the place to dive” because at the foot of the waterfall is a permanent pond with a depth of up to 12 meters. A blessing in this arid land, which is why the Etusis Waterhole is already mentioned in ancient records and was fiercely fought for.
Etusis Lodge,Â South of Karibib, is situated in the Etusis Nature Reserve in west-central Namibia.Â The Reserve covers more than 21,000 hectares, at an altitude of roughly 1,200 metres, and embraces a stretch of the Otjipatera Mountain range.
Drive to Etusis Lodge from Windhoek or Swakopmund in about 2.5 hours, or use the mainliner bus from Windhoek to Karibib, where we can arrange to meet you.Â Or fly direct to our own airstrip.
Gisi Eimbeck, Renate Henseler and Sigi von LÃ¼ttwitzÂ invites you to sample the Lodge's excellent accommodation, a wide range of outdoor activities, superb opportunities for spotting a wide variety of resident mammals, birds and insects or, if you prefer, just to relax in idyllic surroundings.
Our accommodation ranges from comfortable bungalows, luxury tents and campsites to a four-bedroomed farmhouse sleeping 2 - 7 people.
Activities include guided or un-guided Walking and Hiking, Nature and Scenic Drives, Sundowner Drives, Rock-climbing and Horse-riding - including lessons.
Facilities: Swimming Pool, Library, Restaurant.
The Lodge is also home to the Etusis Foundation founded by Volker, Susanne and Per Ledermann. The foundation is a non-profit making organisation established to conserve the endangered Hartmann's Mountain Zebra.
Swimming Pool - Relax and keep cool
Library - a wide variety of books available.
Bird / game viewing - at the waterhole close to the Lodge.
Restaurant - set dinner menu / buffet style.
TV Room - great entertainment for the younger ones.
The Etusis Zebra Foundation - find out all there is to know about conserving the endangered Hartmann's Mountain Zebra.
Etusis Conference Centre and Museum - ideal for seminars and other small gatherings for up to thirty delegates.
Guided or un-guided Nature Walk
Whether you want to take a leisurely stroll or climb a mountain, there is a route to suit you at Etusis Lodge - and there's plenty of wildlife to see wherever you go.
Nature and Scenic Drives
Etusis Lodge offers drives through the Nature Reserve using both 4x4 vehicles and eco-friendly horse-drawn carriages!
One of the best times to spot wildlife - and what better than swapping the day's stories over a cool drink.
Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the Reserve on a horse specially selected to suit you.
An ideal way to get children interested in riding and leave them with unforgettable memories to treasure.
The unique geology of the Otjipatera Mountains offers exciting possibilities for experienced and qualified climbers.
Even More Opportunities
Mountain-biking, kite-flying, collecting mineral samples, star-gazing with telescope, discovering the world of the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra . . . so much, you'll have to return to Etusis Lodge to do it all!
Location and How to Get to Etusis Lodge
From Windhoek or Swakopmund
Drive on the B2 until you reach the town of Karibib. Between the Henkert Souvenirs Shop and the Police Station turn south (road sign posted C32 Namib Naukluft). At the first intersection turn right. You will pass the Erongoblick on the left hand side at the first road turn left (sign posted as the C32) after 19Km the turn off to Etusis lodge is on the right hand side of the road. Turn right and continue on the farm road for another 16Km until you reach the lodge.
From the C28 / Namib Naukluft Park
From the C28 turn north onto the C32. Drive for 77 Km until you see the road sign indicating Etusis Lodge to the left. Turn left and continue for 16Km on the farm road.
During the Rainy Season (January to April)
Please contact us during the rainy season for an update on road conditions.
Arriving by Mainliner Bus? - or need transport to or from the Lodge?
Transfers available on request, but please pre-arrange them.
Travelling by Light Aircraft?
Etusis Lodge Airstrip Co-ordinates:
S 22Â° 11' .131 E 15Â° 45' .229 Altitude: 3,561 ft.
Have a Safe Journey!
Comfortably spaced for privacy
Sleeps four - ideal for a family - twin beds downstairs plus upstairs loft with two single beds
Private en-suite bathroom
Coffee / tea station, mini-bar
Each bungalow is given the name of a
native animal and individually decorated
in the style of that animal.
The campsites are situated 30 to 40 minutes drive from the Lodge
Each campsite is shaded by trees and bushes
Each campsite has its own barbecue (braai) area
Communal ablution facilities
Farmhouse (for extended visits)
Accommodates up to 8 people, minimum 2
4 bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and 2 bathrooms
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Comfortably spaced for privacy
3 with private bathroom (shower only)
2 with communal bathroom (ideal for families)
Each tent has a power point