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Why visit ≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy
In the Erongo-Kunene region of northwestern Namibia, 12.000 hectares have been set aside by the ≠Khoadi-//Hôas community for conservation and tourism. The area is characterised by the granite hills and flat-topped basalt ranges, remnant of volcanic activity during the final breakup of the Gondwana supercontinent 128 million years ago.
The area – the offers something for every traveller: an upmarket lodge, a full service camping site, and a side track route for explorers passing through. Visitors can discover this remote wilderness either by foot, bicycle, or car, experiencing the inhabitants of this arid biosphere as well as the surprising diversity of wildlife it holds.
≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy was selected in the 2020 Sustainable Destinations Top 100
≠Khoadi-//Hôas Conservancy - the first of four conservancies proclaimed in 1998 - is in northwestern Namibia and has developed tourism experiences in a way that enable a range of travellers to enjoy the area's vast landscapes, which is the traditional home of the Damara people and their ways of living, its cultural heritage, and the natural wonders found there. Grootberg Lodge is a landmark in Namibia for the tourism industry as it is the first middle-market establishment in the country that is 100% owned by the conservancy. Its 16 units - all off-grid and built out of natural rock and thatch - are perched on top of the Etendeka Plateau from where guests will be hosted by staff from the community. Visitors can explore this vast surrounding wilderness either by foot, by solar bicycle, or car and experience encounters with the inhabitants of this remote biosphere. Hoada Campsite is a fully staffed campsite nestled among the beautiful granite hills and mopani trees of the area. Each site was positioned to minimise disturbance to the existing vegetation and is equipped with kitchen and braai / BBQ facilities. To add an eco-friendly touch, the hot water system works in combination with the braai area where the same fire used for cooking your food heats up the water for your shower, minimising the use of wood! Both Grootberg and Hoada have had their responsible tourism commitments verified by the country's sustainable tourism certification scheme, Eco Awards Namibia, from whom both obtained the highest possible accolade of 5 Desert Flowers.