Life at Barkhan

Life at Barkhan

The Meals

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We offer a hearty full English Breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 daily and an exceptional 3 course meal at supper around 19:00 in the Winter and 20:00 in the Summer.

Guests booked in at the self-catering Units KuanguKuangu and Okanti, may also if they so desire and at an additional cost, take their meals at the Main Building, which is a mere five minutes’ walk.

Please book in advance, your hosts Gerda and Niekie would gladly accommodate you.

The food and the warm welcome they offer are exceptional. You will be treated to such delicacies as excellent oryx steak, ginger spiced pumpkin soup, or delicious milk-tart (a Southern African specialty).

Farm Drive / Sundowner

Farm Drive / Sundowner

The farm has a rich fauna and flora. At the main Building we have a resident Meerkat (des suricate), which just loves to photographed by our guests.

On the drive you might encounter Mountain Zebra, Oryx, Gazelle, warthogs, horses, wild squirrels, and Bat-Eared Fox and Aardwolf ( Proteles cristata ) just to mention a few. As these are free roaming and migrating animals, we unfortunately cannot guarantee with absolute certainty which of these would be on the farm at the time of your drive, but you will definitely encounter some of them.

The drive ends at a beautiful secluded area where you can enjoy a glass of wine or an ice cold beer while the sky explodes into magnificent colours and the sun escapes across the horizon, a truly an unforgettable experience

Birding

african pygmy falcon

A Guest who recently visited Barkan Dune Retreat send us the following message to convey to our future Guests who loves our friends with feathers.

"Our two days at your lodge was one of the most memorable moments of our trips. The chalets (despite the cold water for our friends), the setting/views and the personal touch you and Nikkie give to this place were really outstanding.

As promised to your husband, here is the list of the birds I observed on the farm. There are certainly more as I only spent a few hours birdwatching! The most interesting species for visiting foreign birdwatchers are highlighted in bold. You can really advise on your website the presence of species such as Verreaux's Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Ludwig's and Ruppell's Korhaan’s, Tractrac Chat, Pale-winged Starling and Lark-like Bunting. These are Namibian specialties that, according to my experience, are not so easy to see.

  • Verreaux’s Eagle
  • Pygmy Falcon
  • Rock Kestrel
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Ludwig’s Korhaan
  • Ruppell’s Korhaan
  • Double-banded Sandgrouse
  • Speckled Pigeon
  • Cape Turtle Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Namaqua Dove
  • Rosy-faced Lovebird
  • Common Scimitarbill
  • Acacia Pied Barbet
  • Sabota Lark (Bradfield ssp)
  • Rock Martin
  • African Red-eyedBulbul
  • Tractrac Chat
  • Mountain Wheatear
  • Yellow-bellied Eremomela
  • Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler
  • Chat Flycatcher
  • Common Fiscal
  • Cape Glossy Starling
  • Pale-winged Starling
  • CapeSparrow
  • Sociable Weaver
  • White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
  • White-throated Canary
  • Lark-like Bunting
  • Cape Bunting

In addition, you can also boast about the numerous mammals you have. While leaving your lodge, we saw 5 Bat-eared Foxes, Warthogs and numerous Mountain Zebras, not to mention the Gemboks and the Springboks we had the day before on the Sunset drive. Really amazing for a non-officially protected area not stocked with purchased game!"

Hikes and Walking Trails

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Barkhan Dune Retreat is surrounded by the Rant mountain range, a veritable natural geological marvel (gigantic rocks shaped by the climactic changes), which you can explore on foot (the dry river bed passes just behind). These rocky formations will reveal stunning and eccentric surprises to the attentive observer.

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