Epako Safari Lodge Omaruru
AccommodationEpako offers ten rooms and accommodates a maximum of 20 guests. Set within a breathtaking 11,000 hectare private reserve which is only accessible to Epako guests, your stay at Epako will be a very private experience. The lodge was built directly on the bank of the dry riverbed of the Epako and has a slightly elevated position with a view of the riverbed and the waterhole opposite.
Epako is an elegant lodge with attentive and friendly service and we enjoyed excellent food on several visits. The ten very stylish rooms are spread over two buildings and include six deluxe rooms, two junior suites and two suites. The two buildings are based on the design of traditional farmhouses and have a large balcony leading around the house.
All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and a terrace with deck chairs. The Junior Suites also have a bathtub, outdoor shower and lounge. The Waterhole Suite and the River Suite (150m2 each) are about twice the size and have a private dining table for those guests who like to stay among themselves. The Waterhole Suite offers views and direct access to the pool and is ideal for families in combination with a Deluxe Room. The River Suite offers the greatest privacy and views of the river bend. Most of the rooms can be connected to larger units via double soundproof doors.
Wifi is available in all rooms and in the main building.
The restaurant offers local and international dishes and a good selection of wines. In the evening guests often prefer to sit outside on the large terrace and watch the illuminated waterhole while eating. If you wish, you may start the evening by the open fire with a drink. Epako also has a very impressive large pool with deckchairs and a separate spa.
LocationEpako is located north west of Windhoek, close to Omaruru. The international airport of Windhoek is just about a 3.5 hour drive away. Epako can also be reached by private charter. Omaruru is a small, friendly village about 30 km from Epako. There is - you won't believe it - a chocolate factory and even an art gallery.
The private reserve has a size of 11,000 hectares, an area larger than Paris. The dry riverbed and the large ana trees remind us of Mana Pools or the Lower Zambezi National Park. The forests are still intact and beautiful thanks to the absence of elephants.
WildlifeEpako has its own wildlife reserve which is home to many mammals. The animal species include rhino (White Rhino & Black Rhino), brown hyena, cheetah, eland, wildebeest, zebra, springbok, impala, oryx, ostriche and around 200 giraffes. Leopards are present but very shy. Elephants and lions are missing, but this can be complemented with a vist to Etosha NP or a trip to nearby Erindi.
A speciality is a giraffe, which was raised by the former farmer and therefore loves people. If you meet him on the game drive, he runs to the vehicle and greets the guests.
ActivitiesGame drives in open 4x4 vehicles, bush walks and scenic sundowners at view points. The guides will teach you interesting facts about the wildlife, the local geological formations and plants and trees of the area.
In old days San bushmen lived in this area and some old bushman paintings and rock engravings can still be found. The drive to the paintings takes about two hours.
Good to knowEpako is a sanctuary for Namibia’s Cheetah population. Cheetah that are captured by live stock farmers are handed over to Epako for rehabilitation back into the wild. They will spend some time in the boma before they are released. Visiting the cheetah is possible on request.