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Kanaan Naankuse Desert Retreat
, also known as Kanaan N/a’an ku sê Desert Retreat
, is located in the Helmeringhausen
area in the Southern
region of Namibia
Set in a very scenic 330 square kilometre private reserve between the Namib Desert National Park and the Tiras Mountains, this lodge is very much focused on the rehabilitation and rewildlification of the surrounding area, which is home to animals including kudus, springboks, ostriches, oryx, caracals, hyenas, bat-eared foxes and jackals.
The lodge itself is centred on a simple main building up on stilts above a rocky slope, containing intimate lounge and dining areas. Guest accommodation is in eight very comfortable tented rooms, all with sweeping views out over the surrounding desert.
Activities include modest vehicle safari, walking and hiking both in the immediate area and further afield into the dunes and mountains, as well as night time scorpion walks. The camp is part of a carnivore conservation project and guests are usually able to view and photograph semi-habituated cheetahs and sometimes caracals.
The main potential downsides are that the lodge is on a relatively lesser used self-drive route and that one might question the integrity of the carnivore project when the cats are not being regularly and successfully released into the wild.
A stay of 2 nights would be good, but keen walkers and naturalists could easily spend longer.