Executive Summary

The prestigious Ejova Lodge and farmland (including Wildlife Ranch) is a tourist accommodation and wildlife development right on the edge of Damaraland with spectacular views over the famous Vingerklip in the Ugab valley.  The Lodge and Wildlife Ranch on the 6 704-ha farmland is perfectly located as halfway stop between the Namibian coast and the world-famous Etosha National Park.  It is the ideal safari and exploration base to explore Damaraland, but also experience the beauty and serenity of the unique landscapes and abundant wildlife in the game fenced wildlife sanctuary.

One of the outstanding features unique to this farmland is large open grassland plains with isolated islands of giant flat-top umbrella thorn trees.  While herds of blue wildebeest, zebra, oryx and springbuck grazes peacefully on the savannah plains, giraffe stretches majestically to reach the seed pods of the large umbrella thorn trees.  This idyllic picture reminds one of the most famous safari destinations in Africa: The Serengeti Plains of Tanzania.  The reception, lounge and restaurant of Ejova Lodge will be situated on a dolomite ridge with a panoramic view over the vast Serengeti-like plains.  Visitors can appreciate the breath-taking panorama from the surrounding decks while enjoying a drink or cool off in the rim-flow swimming pool.  The 16-safari tent-like chalets will be set under the shades of large umbrella thorn trees, with an unrestricted view of herds of game roaming on the savannah plains from their own private deck.

Unique or special features of the farmland:

Truly unique large open grasslands plains with giant flat-top umbrella thorn trees resembling the most famous safari destination in Africa: The Serengeti Plains of Tanzania. 

· Unspoiled view of the renowned Vingerklip (unique south westerly viewpoint)

· Exclusive view on the unexploited Ugab rock pinnacle.  The rock formation is just next to the Vingerklip terraces but is hidden from view from all angles except from the farm.

· At least six different types of landscape habitats with high diversity in animal and plant species enabling many photography opportunities.

· At least ten of the list of ‘mega ticks’ of Namibia’s endemic and near-endemic bird species occurs in the area.

· More than 25 mammal species in a 2 200-ha wildlife ranch (as part of the 6 704 ha farmland and in process to be enlarged to 4 800 ha)

· At least 350 genuine Damaraland springboks with trophy grade horns (of 10 horns collected in the veld 2 measured over 16 inches, and 2 over 17 inches – Rowland Ward 16 inches).

· Frequent visits from Ugab desert elephants.

· Unused light plane landing strip for fly-in safaris (to be restored if required).

Tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification over the past eight years, to become one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world.  Namibia was also favourably affected and international and regional arrivals have increased by 43,3% from 2010 to 2017 (Namibia Statistics Agency).  According to the World Travel & Tourism Council 2018 report, Namibia’s projected long-term growth in travel and tourism’s direct contribution to GDP, is projected at 6,6% per annum for the next ten years.  This growth rate ranks Namibia sixth highest of all countries in the world with only Tanzania in Sub Sahara Africa above Namibia. 

Damaraland is a popular destination by self-drive tourists and tour operators for that “wilderness” experience created by remote and unspoiled semi-desert landscapes and up-close encounters with free roaming game.  The area is famous for the ancient Twyfelfontein rock engravings, the majestic Brandberg, desert adapted rhinos and elephants, the Vingerklip rock formation in the panoramic Ugab valley, and the mysterious Petrified Forest.  The popularity of the area and rapid growth in tourism, have resulted in a shortage of accommodation for visitors.  This scenario combined with the optimistic outlook for long-term growth in tourism in Namibia creates an excellent opportunity to invest in tourism in the region and have a vested interest in the unique farmland and (to be developed) Ejova Safari Lodge.