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Geo raves about tent chalets at the Waterberg
  • Geo Special

    Geo Special - 1/2017

  • Tented chalet of the Waterberg Valley Lodge

    Tented chalet of the Waterberg Valley Lodge. Photo: Alexander Heinrichs Photographie

The Waterberg Valley Lodge is one of the six most beautiful lodges in Namibia. This is the opinion of travel journalists published by German magazine Geo Special in January. They were especially enthusiastic about staying in the lap of nature, but also raved about other characteristics of the lodge...

Under the heading "Living in the wilderness", Geo Special recommends six lodges in Namibia, where you can get close to Africa's animals. One of them is the Waterberg Valley Lodge:

"Five comfortable cabins with canvas walls and a brick bathroom group around the restaurant, a viewing platform with large windows. Birds of more than 200 species flutter in front of the red rocks of the Waterberg. The food is great, the atmosphere is familiar, and also the prices invite you to stay for several days."

Geo Special is one of the leading travel magazines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The issue, published in January, revolves around Namibia and Botswana.

Waterberg-Rhino for the living room
  • Photographer Alexander Heinrichs in action

    Photographer Alexander Heinrichs in action. Photo: Alexander Heinrichs Photographie

The tracks are fresh, but the bush is dense and time is short. Can the tracker detect the rhinoceroses in time before Alexander Heinrichs has to leave for the next location on his trip? Even in Etosha the professional photographer was unlucky to spot (and "shoot") very few animals...

After half an hour of searching suddenly the the tracker is giving a signal. As quietly as possible, Heinrichs and his team follow him around two or three bushes. And there they are, cow and bull, just ten meters away, listening and checking the wind. Then they lower the heavy heads, go to the next clump of grass and continue their breakfast. The proximity of humans and the quiet click of the camera do not disturb them, because they experience this almost every day.

For photographer Heinrichs, however, the encounter was anything but ordinary. So close, so intense. The rhino photos are one of the best during his twelve days long safari, which led him to the most beautiful and most photogenic locations in Namibia – organized by the Namibia Tourism Board's office in Namibia. Heinrichs' photos and blog ("Roadtrip Namibia") aim for enthusing hobby photographers with Namibia. In addition, Heinrichs is planning a photo workshop in Namibia for November 2017.

One of his rhino photos Alexander Heinrichs selected for a collection of artistic big-screen prints, which were exhibited in the Gallery "Wallstyle" in Düsseldorf. The screens are mounted on aluminum frames and they are illuminated evenly from behind by LED strips with stray light lenses.

In fact, two photos taken at the Waterberg made it into the collection of 24 motifs. The second one is a shot of a model, posing in a designer dress on the edge of the Waterberg plateau. The autographed prints are for sale in limited edition at Wallstyle. Thus guests of Waterberg Wilderness who rave about their Rhino drive, Rhino tracking and Plateau hike can take home their experience forever and hang it up on the wall in their living room.

  • White rhino of Waterberg Wilderness as motif for art photography

    White rhino of Waterberg Wilderness as motif for art photography. Photo: Alexander Heinrichs Photographie

Bloggers in the house
  • Bloggers Katrin Lehr (l.) and Madlen Brückner at Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

    Bloggers Katrin Lehr (l.) and Madlen Brückner at Waterberg Wilderness Lodge. Photo: Waterberg Wilderness

Katrin Lehr and Madlen Brückner. The names on the room list for 25 and 26 September gave no indication that the two ladies were not alone: They had brought thousands of their fans along to our Waterberg Wilderness nature reserve.

Katrin Lehr and Madlen Brückner are in fact two very successful bloggers: Thousands of travel lovers follow their blogs, www.viel-unterwegs.de and www.puriy.de, to get an almost live experience of every travel destination on social media like facebook or Instagram.

Waterberg Wilderness was the first stop on their three-week tour through the Zambezi-Region, to Botswana and Victoria Falls. The well-travelled bloggers were both very impressed with the close encounters they had with white rhinos on the Rhino Drive. Katrin’s encounter might actually qualify as almost too close for comfort...

"Botanical Garden" in the Waterberg valley
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue is one of the plants typical of the Waterberg flora found in our botanical garden

    Mother-in-law’s tongue is one of the plants typical of the Waterberg flora found in our "botanical garden". Photo: Waterberg Wilderness

Which tree is Namibia’s favourite Christmas tree? Are the tears of the Weeping wattle for real? And what exactly is “mother-in-law’s tongue”? The information boards at the wayside of the hiking trails at Waterberg Wilderness tell short stories about some of the remarkable trees and shrubs found here.

The flora of the Waterberg is said to be one of the most diverse in Southern Africa; Botanists rave about a “hotspot” with over 500 plant species. We want our guests to partake in this variety and beauty – in a sort of botanical garden in the valley of Waterberg Wilderness. Small info boards give the Latin names of plants as well as the common English, German, Afrikaans and Otjiherero names. The boards also provide interesting and entertaining facts.

You will get to know the Namibian Christmas tree, the Sweet Thorn, which gets its common name from the sweet scent of its flowers. You will learn that the tears of the Weeping wattle are actually water droplets secreted by cicadas. And you will smile every time you pass one of those plants who's name actually carries the bad reputation of the mothers a little bit too far...

Honeymoon Sundowner
  • Photo (honeymoon sundowner) – Perfect setting for an unforgettable sundowner

    Photo (honeymoon sundowner) – Perfect setting for an unforgettable sundowner. Photo: Waterberg Wilderness

"The setting sun in your back, the endless plain at your feet and a glass of bubbly in your hand – these are moments we will never forget.” This is how guests of Waterberg Wilderness describe their impressions of the new "Honeymoon Sundowner", which is not only meant for newly weds.

The “Honeymoon Sundowner” took place for the first time this month: Instead of climbing the Waterberg Plateau with other guests of the lodge, you climb it in the company of your spouse or your travel group. Your guide does not only show you interesting plants and animal tracks, but also tells you about the life and culture of the Herero, who live in the area. Snacks and a glass of sparkling wine are served just in time for sundown.

We got the idea for the Honeymoon Sundowner when we were asked for an exclusive, romantic activity for couples on honeymoon. We knew from the start that we could not possibly keep this experience from our “normal” guests and tourists, to whom the tour is open as well. For real honeymooners, however, we have included the one or other little surprise.