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Hobatere Lodge is situated within the Hobatere concession area on the western border of the Etosha National Park. The area consists of rolling granite hills and kopjes interspersed with open valleys, plains and watercourses. The general vegetation type can be classified as Mopane savanna with areas of well-developed trees and open scrub. The dry river courses may have large Ana trees (Faidherbia albida) and Camelthorn (acacia erioloba). Including all migrants and vagrants, the species list stands at 281, which is good for a semi-arid environment. Of these, an average of 150 could be seen over a 3-day period during the summer months.

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Specials

The specials to the area include several near-endemics including Bare-cheeked Babbler, Monteiro's Hornbill, Hartlaub's Spurfowl, Carp's Tit, Rüppell's Parrot, Rockrunner and Violet Wood-Hoopoe. The area is also good for owls, as African Scops-Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Southern White-faced Scops-Owl, Barn Owl and Verreaux's Eagle-Owl are seen within the confines of the lodge. The latter is a resident in the large Ana Trees below the lodge.

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Birding

The lodge has guides who know the area well and specialize in ornithological tours. Game drives and nature walks are done on request and all the specials mentioned may be seen over a period of two days. The area has big game including lion and elephant, and the lodge prefers clients not to walk on their own away from the lodge environs. Within the lodge area there are birdbaths and a nearby waterhole. Here many species may be observed at ease – Black-backed Puffback, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Southern White-crowned Shrike, White-crested Helmet-Shrike. Bare-cheeked Babbler, Carp's Tit and several other species may be encountered in the trees around the camp. Lark-like Bunting, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting and Golden-breasted Bunting as well as Great Sparrow are common in the gardens.

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General

Access to the lodge is simple for any form of vehicle. From Windhoek take the B1 north to Otjiwarongo. From there the C38 to Outjo and just north of Outjo the C40 to Kamanjab. The lodge turnoff is 65km north of Kamanjab on the C35 to Opuwa and RuaCana. From the lodge turnoff one drives a further 16 km on an attractive track, which is accessible by all vehicles to the lodge.

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Hobatere Lodge

. The lodge offers guided walks, game drives and night drives. Accommodation includes twelve twin-bedded en-suite bungalows and rooms. Reservations may be done via; Exclusive Reservations; Tel.+264-61-237294, Fax.+264-67-237295, reservations@exclusive.com.na; or directly at the lodge; Tel.+264-67-687066, Fax.+264-67-687067, hobatere@mweb.com.na Tariffs: Per person sharing (DBB+tourism levy) N$447.86 (low season) to N$746.43 (high season) ; Single person (dbb+tourism levy) N$486.15 (low season) to N$812.00 (high season). (N$1 = R1)

Camping. There is also a campsite situated 1 km before the main lodge turnoff on the C35 with prior arrangement a bird guide can be arranged from the lodge. Campsites vary from N$60.00 (per person for a campsite with flush toilets and hot showers).

Steve Brain 2001. The Namibian Naturalist Tel: +264-(0)-61-227077 Fax: +264-(0)-61-227088 E-mail: rockrun@iafrica.com.na



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