Spending time at the soul-soothing game lodge is addictive, but tear yourself away and you’ll start to uncover some spectacular wildlife.

It’s not easy to leave behind the soft cotton bed sheets and crisp white gowns that make the bungalows at Sanfontein so cool, natural and inviting. But as soon as the morning sun throws light over the rippling Namibian mountains, birds begin to sing, butterflies flutter into life, and the reserve’s big game animals gradually start to awaken – giving you a very good reason to get up and go exploring.

At Sandfontein, animals outnumber visitors by more than 400 to oneWillie Agenbach
Previous General Manager & Game Keeper

Of all the animals at Sandfontein, most impressive are the elusive leopards, which stalk the land in search of prey. Antelope species seen on the reserve include eland and kudu, a solitary creature that spends much of its time in the mountains (the male, with its helter-skelter-shaped horns, is easy to recognise).

Sandfontein’s natural diversity is given a boost by a 25km-long section of the Orange River, which flows lazily along the border with South Africa. That means you’ll find rare semi-desert shrubs, a healthy population of wetland birds (bring binoculars if you like bird watching) plus plenty of freshwater fish. Sandfontein can supply fishing equipment on request. Fortunately, there aren’t any crocodiles or hippos in the area, and the reserve is completely free from malaria. So whatever the time of year, you can bring your children to Sandfontein without any of the usual safari holiday concerns.