The central highlands of Namibia are the backbone of mountains that divide the coastal desert regions and the higher, more temperate interior. These rolling hills are the home to many of Namibia’s sheep farms and ranches, some of which offer a ‘guest farm’ experience where you stay on the farm and experience first-hand what it is like to farm in such a vast terrain. Others such as Okonjima and Erongo have turned to wildlife conservation many years ago. The Africat project on Okonjima is a pioneer in the world of wildlife research & conservation, focusing on rehabilitating cheetah and other predators into the wild.
The distance between Windhoek and Etosha is a solid 5-6 hour drive so we often recommend breaking the journey for a night or two here. Some of our recommendations are Okonjima Lodge, home to the Africat project, which lies half way between Windhoek and Etosha, and Erongo Wilderness Lodge in the lovely Erongo highlands. Frans Indongo Lodge and Otjibamba Country Lodge are also convenient resting places.
Waterberg Plateau National Park
To the east of the main highway lies the Waterberg, a flat-topped sandstone plateau rising 150 metres above the surrounding plains. The park is home to a number of endangered species including eland, sable and roan antelope and both white and black rhino. You may also see wild dogs, tsessebe antelope, buffaloes and cheetah – indeed it is one of the best places in Africa to see cheetah and leopards. It is known for its hiking trips on the top of the plateau.