Just 24 km west of Windhoek lies a sanctuary for a relatively large population of game species typical of Namibia’s highlands. Proclaimed in 1968 before Independence to preserve the ecosystem of the Khomas Hochland, the park was named after a former Administrator, Mr Daan Viljoen, who played a major part in establishing the park.
The convenient location of the Daan Viljoen makes the park an ideal venue for day visits and a perfect stopover for tourists seeking the tranquillity of the bush.
Covering an area of 40 km2 the park offers scenic views of the Windhoek valley and is dominated by Highland shrubland, with various Acacia species, kudu bush (Combretum apiculatum) and buffalo-thorn (Ziziphus mucronata). Notable wildlife in the park include mammals like springbok, kudu, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, leopard and klipspringer. Of 200 bird species, endemics include Ruppell’s Parrot, White-tailed Shrike and Monteiro’s Hornbill.
Other activities include Game drives, three- and nine-kilometre hiking trails among others.