Tucked away in the rugged, burned mountains at the edge of the desert, another kind of paradise awaits you: Ilala Private Game Reserve. Situated 170 km from Windhoek, taking the scenic road, en route to Walvis Bay crossing the breathtaking Gamsberg Pass, or coming from Swakopmund, traveling through the world’s oldest desert, lies the reserve with its 45 000 acres of untouched, awe-inspiring landscape full of game and wilderness.
Although the homestead is only a few miles off the main road, it will seem as though it is the gateway to a different world. One travels through dry river beds and rocky hills to a haven nestled up against a mountain backdrop surrounded by palm trees with valleys lying at its feet. Seated on the white-washed verandah, enjoying a thirst quenching sundowner, you can bear witness to an unsurpassed African sunset as it paints the slopes of the Gamsberg Mountain in hues of pink and mauve.
The old colonial style ranch house was built by the legendary Johann Vivier. A man who made his fortune with diamonds in the days when Africa abounded with adventure and wildlife. It seems as though that at Ilala Private Game Reserve this rings true till this day.
While the mountain slopes are home to the scarce and agile Klipspringer, the Hartmann’s (Mountain) zebra as well as Leopard. Kudu can be seen observed in the dappled riverbeds and on the slopes of the mountains while Gemsbuck (Oryx), and Springbuck graze the grassy plains. Hunting at Ilala will always be an exclusive and an exceptional experience because we only allow one hunter or hunting group in this sensitive semi-arid landscape at a time. Hunting in Ilala’s wild and grand environment will be a magnificent adventure.
For your non-hunting companions – and for your time off from hunting- there is a large variety of entertainment and recreation activities at Ilala. The wildlife and landscape can be explored either on guided walks, by four-by-four vehicles, on horseback or from the sanctuary of the verandah. An inviting pool as well as many shady spots bid you to linger.
Bushman paintings can be admired at two separate locations on Ilala. Who knows, you might even discover others!
Enjoy the hospitality and the personal style that the ranch house offers you. Whether you are reading in the old family library or just allowing your eyes to linger on Africa’s sublime beauty, either way, Ilala Private Game Reserve will be a cherished experience.