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GocheGanas

GocheGanas

GocheGanas Lodge perches on a hilltop about eighteen miles southeast of the Namibian capital of Windhoek. “Gocheganas” is a word in the local Damara language that means “place of Camelthorns,” a reference to the stately trees that are found in much of Namibia. The lodge sits on nature reserve of almost 15,000 acres.

The lodge restaurant serves a combination of healthy and nutritious dishes, and has the capability of catering for groups of up to fifteen personnel, whether a conference, wedding, or other private function.

The Wellness Village has eleven treatment rooms with state of the art equipment. These includes a heated indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, a cave sauna, Kneipp showers, facial and beauty treatments, gym and yoga facilities, and a juice bar. GocheGanas is a luxury lodge and spa, and the services offered here are world class.

Accommodation at Gocheganas Lodge is in one Crown suite, five Superior suites, and ten Elegant suites. Each suite has air-conditioning, television, mini-bar, and en-suite bathrooms. The Crown suite sleeps up to four guests and has an en-suite bathroom with skylight and an outdoor shower.

Activities include early morning and late afternoon game drives. Normally these are accompanied by refreshment stops. Qualified guides lead the way and share their knowledge on the local flora and fauna. The game is abundant and includes a family of rhino, many antelope species, cheetah, leopard, caracal, striped polecat, and black wildebeest. But it is the smaller species that are often the most enchanting, and they are well represented here too. Genet, Honey badger, African wild cat, Cape fox, aardwolf, aardvark, and pangolin are most interesting.

In December of 2002, the owners of the reserve discovered ancient stone-age caves only a few miles from the lodge. Stone tools and a variety of pottery shards were found, and it has been confirmed that the pieces are between 2,000 and 9,000 years old. As more caverns are being discovered, it is proposed that the natural hot water spring on Gocheganas might have drawn the early inhabitants to the area. Guided tours of the caves last between about three hours.

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