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Travelers familiar with Habitas Tulum—the chic, eco-friendly sanctuary that opened on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in 2017—will be pleased as punch to learn that Habitas has opened a Namibia lodge. Habitas champions wellness, rich communal programs and unique experiences to get guests back in touch with nature. As one of the least populated places in the world, and a rising star on the southern African safari scene, Namibia was a natural choice for the hospitality group. Indeed there’s been a flurry of new properties, like Natural Selection’s Kwessi Dune Lodge and Sonop by Zannier Hotels, plus renovated lodges like andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and Wilderness Safaris’ Little Kulala.
Located just 45 minutes from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport, Habitas Namibia is billed as a conservation project set on over 50,000 hectares of land that was formerly used as a hunting estate. Now, the property is a wildlife reserve and visitors can track animals on foot with local San tribesmen or on daily safari drives. Other activities include mountain biking, outings with the anti-poaching unit and stargazing. But Habitas Namibia aims to deliver more than the classic safari lodge, hence they’ve come up with an array of live music sessions, meditation sessions and programming, all starting with the welcome ceremony, a Habitas signature anchored in local cultural practices (here it involves burning Myrrh resin).
Habitas Namibia has 15 rooms, including Safari Suites, designed with sustainable materials and equipped with decks for taking in the sweeping panoramas. Traveling with friends or family? Consider the private villa. The lodge offers a pool, a spa, outdoor cinema and food by acclaimed chef David Thomas, showcasing local ingredients.