Top 10 activities with Collection N/a’ankuse

Annelien Robberts

Since entering the conservation scene in 2007, N/a’ankuse has been building a rock solid reputation, not only among international conservationists but also among local and international travellers and animal-lovers alike. N/a’ankuse has become a household name, even more so with the publicity that came with Angelina Jolie’s support. The organisation has continued growing from strength to strength.

The N/a’ankuse  Wildlife Sanctuary started out as a single property east of Windhoek and only a few kilometres from the international airport. Since then it has expanded to include three other establishments, namely Utopia Boutique Hotel in Windhoek, Kanaan N/a’ankuse Desert Retreat close to Sossusvlei, and Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. What sets them apart from other conservation organisations is the range of activities available for visitors. Which is why we’ve compiled a short list of our top ten favourite ways to pass the time at N/a’ankuse :

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  1. Get to know the ancient culture of the San

Where? N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

The San represents one of the oldest cultures in the world. With an Ancient Skills Academy Tour, you can turn the bush into your school. Learn all about the veld, how to light a fire with traditional fire sticks, to make a bow and arrows, or create jewellery and crafts. Visitors can even take part in a traditional San hunting expedition. A whole new world opens up once you gain insight into the San’s world.

  1. Sail on a sea of sand in the desert

Where? Kanaan N/a’ankuse Desert Retreat

Only in Namibia! What is more, this is one activity that is exclusive to Kanaan. The vast spaces of the desert landscape penetrate the mind and soul with its unthinkable beauty. But this is also offers so much possibility for adventure. These carts are 100% powered by the wind. Set sail in the desert!

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  1. Let your taste buds do the travelling

Where? The Taste Academy at Utopia Boutique Hotel

The Taste Academy is a popular event caterer in the capital city. Situated on the Utopia Boutique Hotel premises, they serve delicious food to the public, while also offering cooking classes to interested foodies. The Taste Academy is famous for wine and chocolate tastings, coffee-making sessions, entertaining and informative evenings with masters of the trade, as well as cook-alongs. Let your taste buds do the travelling.

  1. Drink wine made in the desert

Where? Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate

The word has become clichéd in travel magazines and brochures, mainly because most destinations, no matter how breathtakingly beautiful, are no actual oases. But at Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate, you will find an oasis in the truest sense of the word. Right in the middle of the desert lays a geological fault that has resulted in freshwater springs. The combination of readily-available water and alkaline soil means that Neuras is also the only wine estate in the Namib desert. You have to sip it to believe it!

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  1. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour with Marlice van Vuuren

Where? N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

This activity is ideal for passionate animal lovers keen to get to know the workings of a wildlife reserve and sanctuary. Your guide will be Marlice herself. Enter the riveting world of N/a’ankuse, get to know the adorable animal orphans and bond with baby baboons.

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  1. Ride a horse through the desert

Where? Kanaan N/a’ankuse Desert Retreat

What could be better than discovering the world’s oldest desert on horseback? Freedom, for some people (like me), is the view from between the ears of a horse. Just you and your horse galloping into the neverending horizon.

  1. Meet the animal kingdom’s spotted sprinters

Where? Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate

The wild belongs in the wild. And therefore no one is allowed to pet the resident cheetahs of Neuras. But guests can still experience these animals up close. Take a drive to the huge enclosure where visitors are taken to the open-air platform for a wild encounter. Meet six rescued cheetahs that can no longer be released into the wild, as they are habituated, or used to humans. That makes them even more vulnerable to humans. Extra camera batteries required!

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8. Go on a Carnivore Feeding Tour

Where? N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary

A carnivore feeding is a great introduction to all that N/a’ankuse stands for. The activity starts with a scenic tour of the property and leads all the way to the baboons, caracals, lions, cheetahs, African wild dogs and leopards. Experienced guides share insights and stories while undertaking the task of a carnivore feeding. This is your chance to snap a few stunning photos from up close.

  1. Experience cheetahs in the desert

Where? Kanaan N/a’ankuse Desert Retreat

A desert cheetah walk is unique in many respects. First of all, cheetahs in the desert? Say what? The desert-adapted cheetahs of Kanaan are conserved in their natural habitat the desert. Guests get to experience a feeding on foot, a mind-blowing experience, though 100% safe in the capable hands of knowledgeable guides. And while the cheetahs dig into their lunch, the completely fenceless experience makes for the best pictures.

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  1. Become a volunteer

Where? N/a’ankuse Wildlife Sanctuary, Neuras Wine and Wildlife Estate, Kanaan N/a’ankuse Desert Retreat

Guests can become part of the N/a’ankuse conservation story! Activities vary from establishment to establishment. Some guests even opt to volunteer at all three of the above-mentioned wildlife establishments, to get the complete conservation experience in different parts of the country.