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Vingerklip Lodge

Vingerklip Lodge

Vingerklip Lodge is set in a picturesque valley known as the Ugab Terraces. It is on the main route between Etosha National Park in Namibia’s interior and Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast, about halfway between Khorixas and Outjo. This is pristine and dramatic countryside. Vingerklip is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions of Damaraland, the vast beautiful wilderness of northwestern Namibia.

Literally translated as “finger of stone,” Vingerklip is so named for a nearby rock pillar that towers 115 feet above the desert floor. The lodge is situated on a 4,000-acre private reserve. Three waterholes surround the lodge, the main one being floodlit at night.

Vingerklip Lodge has 24 thatched bungalows constructed using stone and timber. The units are spread out in pairs along a very pretty hillside. Each offers en-suite bathrooms, twin or double beds, a private terrace, a fan, mosquito nets, and a safe. Five of the bungalows are designed for family groups with loft accommodation for two children. In addition, there are two luxury units with a small kitchen. The premiere bungalow is called “Heaven’s Gate,” possibly as an allusion to the eighty-foot-high metal staircase climb to get there!

In the lodge’s main building guests will find reception, a restaurant, a bar, a small curio shop, a lounge, and a dining room with an open fireplace. There are also two swimming pools with sunloungers, a jacuzzi, and a deck. From the expansive deck, guests are afforded spectacular views of the surrounding terrain.

The region’s wildlife is reasonably varied given that the lodge is not in a game park. Guests are likely to see giraffe, eland, zebra, kudu, oryx, springbok, impala, warthog, baboon, and steenbok, whether at the waterholes or along the walking trails.

Vingerklip has blazed a number of trails and offers both guided and self-guided walks. A couple of the trails stay within the lodge grounds, while a third explores the unique geology of the land and its “terraces.” The guided Ugab Hike takes non-acrophobic guests to the top of the Ugab Terraces. The Hanko Hike ventures even deeper into remote areas and ancient limestone mountains.

Other attractions in Damaraland include the Petrified Forest, where the antediluvian flood deposited giant tree trunks, and Twyfelfontein, with its extraordinary San art engravings.

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