Northern Damaraland, Namibia
Omatendeka was due to open in 2016 but has not yet opened and it is now uncertain that it will. Please speak to our Namibia specialists for alternatives.
At a Glance
Fantastic cultural experience with the Himba tribes
Luxurious lodge with just nine rooms
Contrasting landscapes with arid deserts and lush natural springs
Swimming pool offers an ideal spot to cool off during the hotter months
Sister property to Sorris Sorris in southern Damaraland
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Namibia is a year-round destination, but the most popular months are between April and September, when daytime temperatures are between mid 20s and early 30s, with cold night time temperatures (it's not uncommon to find frost on the ground in June and July). October - March sees hotter temperatures, up to 40 degrees some days, and are the main months of rainfall.
To start planning your holiday to Omatendeka
Omatendeka is a stylish safari lodge in northern Damaraland in Namibia. Activities include cultural visits to the Himba and Damara people, as well as game drives in search of desert-adapted wildlife.
Northern Damaraland is remote and truly wild, extending into Kaokoland to the north and the Skeleton Coast to the west. Here you will find an enticing mix of desert-adapted wildlife including rhino, elephant and giraffe, the nomadic Himba tribe and a backdrop of rugged and truly stunning landscapes.
Omatendeka is a luxurious lodge opening in spring 2017 in this remote region, offering an exciting new base to explore from. Located at the headwaters of the Hoanib river, which is one of the main life sources of this area, you'll have a wonderful contrast of the harsh arid deserts and the lush natural springs. There are just nine guest rooms here, ensuring a private and peaceful atmosphere, and superb attention to detail from the wonderful staff.
There is a beautifully designed main area, with lounge, bar and dining space, set on an elevated deck overlooking natural springs. A swimming pool nearby offers a respite during the hotter months in between activities.
You will spend your days going on guided game-drives and nature walks, in search of the resident wildlife as well as taking in the ever-changing landscapes. Cultural visits to the Damara villages and to spend time with the iconic Himba tribe are also arranged, offering something really different and for many guests, a real highlight to their trip.
Location & directions
Northern Damaraland, Namibia
Omatendeka is located in northern Damaraland in Namibia, at the head of the Hoanib River, one of the key water sources for the region. It is located between the wild deserts to the west and the chalky pan of Etosha national park to the east.
How to get there
The best route in to Omatendeka is by air, flying into the Palmwag airstrip and enjoying a scenic transfer to the lodge (approx 1-hour). The camp cannot be accessed by road; self-drivers need to drop their car off at Hoada Campsite (25kms from Grootberg Lodge) and will be picked up from here.
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