Set in the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland, the Daan Viljoen Game Park has served as a popular retreat for Windhoek residents and tourists since the 1960s. Although comparatively small (just under 15 miles), the park gives sanctuary to a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia’s highlands. Animals likely to be seen at Daan Viljoen are kudu, springbok, gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, blue wildebeest, baboon, klipspringer, steenbok and rock dassie. Approximately 200 bird species have been recorded in the park. Interesting endemic species to look out for are Rüppell’s parrot, Monteiro’s hornbill, Carp’s tit, rockrunner and white-tailed shrike.
As has been the case with Daan Viljoen in the past, the main tourism thrust is the wildlife of the park, and visitors are encouraged to experience the flora and fauna of Daan Viljoen on foot.
Several hiking trails that wind through the hilly scenery provide ample opportunities to explore. Because of its proximity to Windhoek and its tranquil setting, it is a popular overnight stop for visitors who wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the capital.