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Namibia Highlight:   Sossusvlei

     
     

 

Namib Naukluft Park

Wonders of the Namib Desert

   

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Weltevrede

Guest Farm

"Nature conservation and community support are the responsibilities also of individuals and private businesses. We take ours seriously."

Weltevrede Guestfarm, sunset over the Namib Desert

 

Weltevrede Guest Farm, Namib Dunes & Mountains

For 55 million years, the Namib Desert has crept slowly from the Western coastal line towards the centre of Namibia, transforming almost 100 000 square kilometres of arid land into one of the most spectacular works of art Mother Nature has ever produced.


To the uninformed observer, this landmass of sand must seem impenetrable, eerie and dangerous. Early explorers often perished after food and water supplies ran out, or were threatened by extreme temperatures and fearsome animals. The few that persevered were not only amply rewarded, but paved the way for the modern traveller.

Camping at Weltevrede Guest Farm

Weltevrede Guest Farm, family room
Today, a visit to the Namib Desert still offers the visitor a snapshot of the past but infused with modern technology. Luxury lodges, guest farms and a significant infrastructure have opened the doors of this magnificent area to visitors from all over the world. However, the influx of travellers and modern amenities poses a threat to the delicate balance found in the desert.


An awareness of these threats to the local fauna and flora, should be a priority for all parties involved. If this responsibility is ignored, it may result in grave consequences. Many tourist driven activities are currently actively involved in conserving the desert for our children, a policy that should be supported not only by Namibians, but also by visitors.

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Weltevrede Guest Farm, logo & contact details 

On gravel road C19, between Solitaire
and Sesriem Gate,

Namib Naukluft Park


double & family rooms
incl. dinner &breakfast
self-catering / camping

Weltevrede is the closest guest farm to Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, and situated only a half day's drive from Swakopmund or Windhoek. Our affordable haven for individual travellers, families and small parties in search of tranquility and personalised services is surrounded by the Namib-Naukluft-Park on three sides and shares its magnificent landscapes with those of the Namib Desert.

Namib Desert hiking on Weltevrede Guest FarmOur guests enjoy dune and mountain views from their rooms, camp sites and on hiking trails, with wildlife and pre-historic rock paintings as an added bonus. Activity operators based near Weltevrede provide opportunities for cheetah tracking, petrified dune drives, quad biking and scenic flights in a hot-air balloon, helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. The Sesriem Gate is only 47 km from us.

Our small family team, gladly share experiences made over 20 years in nature conservation and supporting the local community with guests interested in learning about life in the desert of Namibia.

Weltevrede Guest Farm comprises of 15 double and family rooms en-suite for accommodation including dinner and breakfast or self-catering, camp sites, a swimming pool, a lapa serving as lounge and for dining, and a boma with a view for sundowners and cosy chats around an open fire, under Namibia’s bright star-studded night skies.
Meals at Weltevrede are representative of the traditional Namibian/South African farm-style cuisine, a welcome diversion from the 'international standard' for the majority of our guests. Our bar is fully licensed and well stocked.
We have got internet access and cellular network coverage. Fuel is available nearby, at Solitaire and Sesriem.

Contact us directly via telephone/fax/email as stipulated in our logo above or at Mobile: +264 (0)81 685 34 33


  Namib Desert landscape at Weltevrede Guest Farm


Farms neighbouring the Namib-Naukluft National Park which features the world renowned Sossusvlei dunes, share many of its wonderful features. Weltevrede Guest Farm for example, borders the park on three sides. These boundaries, which are often obliterated by shifting sand dunes, may allow wild animals to cross freely. Prohibiting hunting in this area and providing a water supply for these animals during the frequent desert droughts, illustrates the contribution the tourist industry can make in ensuring the survival of wild animals such as oryx, kudu, springbok, cheetah, leopard and many more.

 Giraffes at Weltevrede Guest Farm

A symbiosis between the Department of Nature Conservation and commercial concerns is crucial for the survival of the desert, while the involvement of the indigenous Nama people, is essential for the survival of this extraordinary population of desert dwellers.

 

The conservation of natural resources currently practiced by many tourist-orientated farms, is encouraging. This, in addition to active recycling activities offers the eco-friendly traveller a value-for-money ‘off-the-beaten-track’ experience of a lifetime.

 

Weltevrede Guest Farm is one of these places to rest while visiting the highest dunes in the world. Here you can end a perfect day while watching the sunset from your own porch overlooking the dunes.

 


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1 December 2011