Erindi is Namibia’s biggest Private Game Reserve and the place to be if you want to see a lot of animals on a shorter visit, including most of the Big 5 if you are lucky.
You can stay at The Old Traders Lodge or Camp Elephant, but we decided to visit the nearby town, Omaruru, where we stayed at Omaruru Guest Lodge.
If you are traveling from Windhoek, Erindi is about 180km Northwest. Make sure you have enough time to make a stop in Okahandja on your way to buy a souvenir at the locals selling handmade African crafts.
A day trip Game drive in Erindi cost NAD700 per person. Book beforehand to make sure you are on time and have a seat on the Cruser. The Game drive through the beautiful savannah fields takes about 3hours with a snack stop halfway. *They provide snacks and beverages.
Bring your camera!! There are a lot of different (and some dangerous) wild life on the Reserve and you most probably won’t see all of them, but the guides do their best to take you near the animals you prefer to see.
We were lucky to see a Black Rhino and her baby on our way to The Old Traders Lodge for the take off of the Game Drive, but don’t stop when you see animals near the road, they are wild…!
The Crusers are open so make sure you know what the weather will be on your trip to Namibia and if you plan to visit Erindi, bring sunblock, a hat, an umbrella and/or a jacket.
On your way:
*Omaruru – Take a walk through this pretty little town, you might be able to find some home made chocolate! Relax at Bambu Wellness Boutique right next to Omaruru Guest house. Omaruru is the gateway to Damaraland, if you drive with a car, I’ll say take the road to Karibib, but if you drive with a “Bakkie” (Pickup truck) then take the road further Northwest to White Lady Lodge in Damaraland, home of the desert Elephant!
*Karibib – On your way back to Windhoek from Omaruru you will have a choice to take a tar or a gravel road. The gravel road is shorter but the tar is much safer. With the tar road, you will drive past Karibib, a small mining town. Stop at Wilhelmstall, a road stall on your way to Okahandja, to taste homemade pies or Biltong!
*Okahandja – Eat/stay at Okahandja Country Hotel… I love their food.
Keep a look out for further posts about where to stay and what to do on your trip in Namibia!