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The Central Highlands, Namibia

Running down Namibia's spine the Central Highlands separate the Kalahari from the dunes of the Namib. The rolling hills and wide valleys are covered in farms, many of which have turned from cattle to game, and are known as game farms.

There are a few small towns with wide streets lined with trees, friendly people and little shops. Just north of Windhoek, the small pleasant town of Okahandja has a superb wood carving community and several markets — it's a good place for buying curios and gifts.

In this area you will also find a number of large game farms. The most famous of these is Okonjima, home to the AfriCat Foundation and known for its work in cheetah and leopard rehabilitation.

There is the little farm of Frans Indongo, perfect for an overnight stop and finally a large ranch known as Mundulea. Mundulea is little known, very wild and a superb place for walking safaris.

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Suggested itineraries featuring the Central Highlands

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Central Highlands, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Central Highlands

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    Places in and around the Central Highlands

    Accommodation choices for the Central Highlands

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Central Highlands. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Central Highlands

      Erongo Wilderness Lodge

      First Class

      Set in a secluded valley surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Erongo Mountains, this characterful lodge has a traditional African style and provides accommodation in stilted chalets hidden amongst the rocks. The area is a haven for a diverse range of flora and fauna.

    • Waterberg Wilderness Lodge, Waterberg Plateau

      Waterberg Wilderness Lodge

      Simple

      The lodge itself is fairly simple and service not as good as some other properties, however the staff are friendly and the lodge is a good value option in a beautiful area.

    • Waterberg Plateau Lodge,  Waterberg Plateau

      Waterberg Plateau Lodge

      Medium

      Waterberg Plateau Lodge stands on a high terrace directly below the enormous, vividly red sandstone rocks of the Waterberg Plateau.

    • The Suite, Okonjima Bush Suite, Central Highlands

      Okonjima Bush Suite

      Opulent

      Okonjima is set up in the Omboroko Mountains. It is owned by the Hanseen family and is now the centre of the Africat Foundation, which aims to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate cheetah and leopard.

    • Okonjima Bush Camp, Central Highlands

      Okonjima Bushcamp

      Deluxe

      Okonjima is located in the Omboroko Mountains, owned by the Hanssen family and the home of the Africat Foundation, which aims to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate cheetah and leopard.

    • Mountain View Room Veranda, Okonjima Main Camp

      Okonjima Plains Camp

      First Class

      Okonjima is located in the Omboroko Mountains. It is owned by the Hanseen family and is the centre of the Africat Foundation, which aims to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate cheetah and leopard.