Cape Town to Windhoek One Day at a Time – Part 17

Lake Oanob to our final destination at Arebbusch Travel Lodge in Windhoek

Lake Oanob Resort spans 6 200 hectares and is popular with the Windhoek locals as a weekend retreat, just an hour’s drive from the capital. 

The resort has a welcoming family vibe, with all the accommodation named along the lines of ‘The Lion King’ characters, and our 8-sleeper chalet, Timon, is luxurious, lake-facing and fully equipped. After a restful nights’ sleep, we take full advantage of our surroundings and luxury of time to enjoy a royal fry up while discussing our plans for the day. The lakeside birdlife is amazing and we are even spoiled with a fleeting glance of a nyala who spotted us first.

Our last day of a memorable journey

Being so close to our final destination, there is no rush and we plan to make the most of the hours before departing for our last stop on the way to the capital. We decide to take a drive and try out whatever takes our fancy along the way.

The first thing to attract our attention is a short trail to a lookout point overlooking the dam. We can’t resist the opportunity to walk along demarcated paths among the scrubby terrain and ever-present birdlife, with the chance of spotting zebra, giraffe and perhaps even some more nyala. After our morning exertions, we return to our vehicle refreshed and ready for some waterborne action.

Water activities and heated bar pools

A speedboat ride provides a gentle introduction to our watery playground and is a great way to check out what this resort has to offer. We pass an organised party cruise on-board the Fish Eagle pontoon, many fishermen trying their luck on the shore, and white knuckled tubers skimming across the water apparently in hot pursuit of their tow-boat. 

Being less adventurous types, we settle for taking a peddle across the waters on the aqua-cycles but this turns out more like a bumper car event and hysteria all around, thanks to our unskilled steering efforts. 

Afterwards, we head to the pool area for a dip and an ice cold drink at the Giraffe Bar, which is a charming heated swim-up-bar complete with partially submerged chairs and cocktail tables.

A quick lunch of roast chicken and vegetables at the onsite restaurant completes a pleasant and relaxing experience at Lake Oanob.

With a sense of sadness we pack up for the last time in preparation for the final leg of our trip via Gocheganas, about an hour away. A 30-minute outdoor massage overlooking the gorgeous landscapes of this 6 000 hectare Nature Reserve serves to iron out all the knots from our time on the road, and gets us geared up for re-emergence into the bustle of city life.

On the road for one last drive

It seems like we have been out of touch with reality for so long, immersed in the ethereal landscapes of the Land-of-Sand, and we vow to continue our journey of discovery into the mystery that is Namibia at the very first opportunity. 

Fortunately, our final destination, Arebbusch Travel Lodge, continues the laid-back theme of our trip, easing the culture shock with tranquil gardens and natural bush surrounding the property. Our luxury self-catering villa is a treat and we enjoy a sundowner on our private patio before heading for dinner at the onsite restaurant.

A variety of delicacies, including perfectly crisped eisbein, tender beef fillet and succulent ribs, combined with warm Namibian hospitality and way too many Windhoek lagers, turn into a long night of celebration for us.

We have arrived.