Natural Selection will open Safari House, a new Namibian farmhouse in the heart of the Etosha Heights Private Reserve, on April 15.
Safari House is an ideal base for families or groups of friends looking to explore the 60 000 hectares of wilderness that is the reserve.
The house sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms, and welcomes children of all ages.
Dave van Smeerdijk, Co-Founder and Director of Sales and Marketing at Natural Selection, comments: “As a father with a young family I love the flexibility Safari House offers. The property gives us the freedom to run a safari on our own schedule, which is what you need with little ones. Safari House is not about glamorous interiors, it’s about genuine Namibian hospitality and personally that’s what I choose for a holiday.’’
There is a swimming pool for guests to cool off after enjoying a game drive and a water hole in front of the house, making the veranda a pleasant place to spend an afternoon watching the wildlife that come down to drink.
Meals at Safari House are home cooked, with hearty traditional Namibian braais (barbecues), cooked in front of guests and enjoyed under the stars.
The solar powered Safari House provides guests with a private guide and game vehicle, with game drives entirely tailored to guests’ needs, allowing for flexibility.
Founded in 1999, Etosha Heights Private Reserve is one of the largest private game reserves in Namibia, sharing a 65-kilometre border with Etosha National Park. The reserve offers 600 square kilometres of unspoiled wildlife and landscapes. The savannah is punctuated by pods of mopane woodland, riverine forest and waterholes, attracting a variety of wildlife.
The guiding principle at Natural Selection is how to conserve the eco-system for future generations. At Etosha Heights, Natural Selection helped the reserve transition from hunting to photographic safaris two years ago. Today, the reserve offers game viewing and is home to lion, cheetah, eland, hartebeest, springbok as well Namibia’s unique desert species such as blackfaced impala, oryx and the Hartmann’s zebra. There is also a strong population of both White and Black rhino.
Natural Selection’s commitment is conservation before profit, therefore 1.5% of all turnover goes straight back to conservation projects. Funds generated at Etosha Heights go directly to anti-poaching patrols to protect rhino, a conservation battle that is a priority across Africa. WiFi is available but at a cost of N$50 (€3.12) donation to the anti-poaching operation.