The game park covers over 40 square kilometres and is only 24 kilometres away from Windhoek making it perfect for an add-on to a journey around Namibia or as the last stop being flying out, adding on a few more memories.
It is situated in the hill area of Khomas Hochland giving it incredible views. The park has many walking paths, allowing and encouraging tourists to travel around by themselves.
The park is a good example of the wildlife of Namibia. Proclaimed before Independence to preserve the ecosystem of the Khomas Hochland, the park was named after a former Administrator of South West Africa (1953 to 1963), Mr Daan Viljoen, who played a major part in establishing the park.
In addition to the tarred access road, there is a 6,4 km gravel-surface circular game drive which facilitates game-viewing. The good thing about Daan Viljoen Park is that it allows visitors to explore on foot if they want a closer look at the plants and animals of the park. As there are no large predators in Daan Viljoen, visitors are encouraged to make use of the walking trails.
One of the main features of Daan Viljoen Park is the beautiful dam around which the bungalows and picnic sites are situated. As a permanent source of water, it attracts bountiful birdlife as well as a good selection of wildlife.
1) by road - it is just 24km from Windhoek, Getting to this park is extremely easy as compared to the other National parks that are located in the country and this is due to the fact that it is located at a highway just a few kilometers away from Windhoek which means that it is extremely easy to spot and very hard for someone to get lost.
Trekking through the National Park
The Daan Viljoen National park can be explored almost all throughout the whole year and you can also go for trekking alone without a tour guide for as long as you have a map with you and this is all because there are several trails that have been cleared within the game Park so that tourists can easily go about their hiking business without a problem. There are two trials that can be used for trekking and hiking through the Daan Viljoen and these are the Rooibos trail and the wag ‘n Bietjie trail.
The Rooibos trail
This trails runs for about nine kilometers and is considered to be one of the longest trails within the Park. The rooibos trail passes through the game Park into the Mountains and once you get to the top of the Mountain, you will have a clear view of the whole park and the Windhoek city which is located not far away from the game park. It will take you past a River Bed, a dam wall and a restaurant and even though the hike is a bit hard, the reward of all that you will see while at the top is worth it.
The wag ‘n Bietjie trail
This trails runs for only three kilometers and it is the shortest route in the game Park. The trail starts from the gate where you pay and your fees from to gain access to the Park and goes up to the dam and then back to the gate. It is not an exciting route and the only thing that you will see while on this route are a few baboons which keep a good distance away from the trekkers, a few birds and other wild animals which are rarely seen.
The third trail is the longest and hardest and it runs for about 32 kilometers. When it comes to the other two trails it is very easy to access them without getting permission from the office of the authorities, the third trail is a bit different that is you have to first report to the office so that you are given permission and camping is also provided to all trekkers who take on the third trail.
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