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Hiking At Monte Christo

Part Of The Kmomas Hochland Hiking Trail

The Khomas Hochland Hiking Trail

The Windhoek Green Belt landscape offers a range of attractions, activities and accommodation all within easy reach of Windhoek.

Monte Christo offers a range of attractions and activities as

well as accommodation, all close to Windhoek.

The Khomas Hiking Trail Namibia

Monte Christo Farm

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Monte Christo Farm

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Opened in June 2015, the new Khomas Hochland Hiking Trail covers a total distance of 91km over 6 days. It winds through the most alluring and rugged part of the Khomos Hochland crossing 5 farms - Duesternbrook, Otjiseva, Onduno, Godeis and Monte Christo. There is also an option to do a 4 day (53 km) hike.

 

We are certain it will attract hikers interested in geology, bird-watching, trees and other plants, wildlife especially reptiles, archaeology and those who just love a hike through mostly unspoiled nature, walking in dry river beds and over the rolling hills of the Khomas Hochland.

 

The route is well marked and should cause no problems to hiking groups. Fences are crossed with ingenious steps using old car tyres. The overnight places are well designed - catering for all hikers' needs. This includes hot showers (solar heated or using a 'donkey'), clean toilets, braai facilities and a covered sleeping area with optional mattresses.

 

Lots of big trees provide ample resting spots along the route. The scenery is special. All kinds of game - Oryx, Kudu, Warthogs, Zebra, Waterbuck, Baboons, Klippspringer and more are plentiful. You might even see a Leopard or two. Birdlife along the Aretaragas and Otjiseva rivers and at the dams can be enjoyed in abundance. Eagles, Waterbirds, Lovebirds and lots of others will accompany you along your way.

 

However there are also shorter day hiking trails on the some of these farms. Duesternbrook, Godeis and Monte Cristo offer day hiking trails vaying from 5 - 18km. These can be combined with a weekend getaway of camping with family and friends. These Farms are all a stone throw away from Windhoek and also accessible with a sedan.

 

 

 

Trail Information

 

WHAT IS A GREEN FLAG TRAIL?

 

Green Flag Trails is a voluntary quality and sustainability eco-label for trails.

 

Trails with Green Flag status ensures the best possible hiking experiences to hikers. Trails are however not graded subjectively from good to bad. Instead the system centres on the concept of allowing hikers, by supplying detailed information, to make their own informed decisions of the trails they’d like to walk. Green Flag Trails is thus an accreditation programme that seeks to offer hikers all the information needed to ensure the hike meets their expectations.

 

Contrary to other systems that make use of someone’s opinion of how a “good trail” should look like, Green Flag allows the hiker to make his/her very own assessment of what type of trail is preferred, and thus ensures a good experience.

 

By assessing the environmental conditions as well as safety along the trail, Green Flag ensures sustainable trails in terms of conservation of the environmental resources as well as the quality of experience had by hikers.

 

Green Flag accredits trails through its unique audit procedure and identifies, acknowledges and rewards those trails that demonstrate and practice responsible management.

 

 

Fauna Birds

 

Bird diversity in the landscape is high and the species present include many of Namibia's endemic bird species such as Rüppell's parrot, Monteiro's hornbill, rockrunner and white-tailed shrike. Other species include blackfaced waxbill, short-toed rockthrush, whitebacked mousebird, Cape penduline tit, ashy tit, shaft-tailed whydah, and cinnamon breasted bunting. Over 300 bird species have been recorded within the landscape. One of the main features of the Daan Viljoen Game Park is the reservoir around which the bungalows and picnic sites are situated. As this is a permanent source of water, it attracts bountiful birdlife and other wildlife.

 

» Species list of birds

Mammals*

 

At least 75 species of mammals are expected to occur in the landscape. Of the mammals, 6 species (8%) are endemic to Namibia. Mammals include shrews (2 species), hedgehog, elephant shrews (3), bats (13), bushbaby, baboon and pangolin, hares/rabbits (3), molerat, squirrels (2), porcupine, springhare and dassie rat, rats and mice (17), carnivores (17), aardvark, rock dassie, warthog, antelopes (7).

 

» Species list of mammals

Reptiles*

 

At least 78 species of reptiles are expected to occur, comprising at least 36 snakes (3 blind snakes, 1 thread snake, 2 pythons, 5 burrowing snake and 25 typical snakes), of which 8 are endemic to Namibia, 2 tortoises and 1 terrapin and 34 lizards, with 13 of these being endemic to Namibia.

 

» Species list of reptiles

Amphibians*

 

Roughly 13 species of amphibians are expected to occur. These include 3 species of toads, 2 rubber frogs, 2 puddle frogs and 1 each for bull frog, sand frog, kassina, rain frog, cacos and platanna. Three species are endemic.

 

» Species list of amphibians

Arthropods*

 

 Arthropods are invertebrates with an exoskeleton, segmented body, and jointed limbs. They include the insects, arachnids, and crustaceans and are vital components in the cycling of nutrients through ecosystems. A diverse arthropod fauna occurs with many species which are especially adapted to the particular environmental conditions in the area. Many species are considered threatened by habitat degradtion, and the impacts of agriculture, alien species and pollution.

 

*Information based on specialist studies undertaken for the Windhoek Biodiversity Inventory - an inventory of an area overlapping the landscape.

 

Relevant literature

 

    Aquatische Habitatnutzing von Flusspferden (Hippopotamus amphibius) in Dusternbrook

 

    Aquatische Habitatnutzing von Flusspferden (Hippopotamus amphibius) in Düsternbrook. André Battermann, Dezember 2011/January 2012

    Aquatic habitat of hippos in Dusternbrook

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    Bird species list for the landscape

 

    Bird species list for the landscape, derived from data collected by the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP) phase 1. Harrison J.A., Allan D.G., Underhill L.G., Herremens M., Tree A.J., Parker V. & Brown C.J. (eds). 1997. The atlas of southern African birds. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg

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    Birds of Düsternbrook Guest Farm

 

    List of 180 birds observed at Düsternbrook Guest Farm, compiled in November 2006

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    Common Birds of Düsternbrook Guest Farm

 

    Illustrated list of Common Birds of Düsternbrook Guest Farm

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    Game estimates for Dusternbrook and Ombota

 

    Game estimates for Dusternbrook and Ombota February 2012

    For 22 species, gives numbers utilised in 2011, estimated number on the farm and planned utilisation in 2012.

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    Mammal species list for the landscape

 

    Checklist of mammals known or expected to occur in the Windhoek Green Belt landscape

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    The birds of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

 

    Clinning, C.F. and Jensen, R.A.C. 1971. The birds of Daan Viljoen Game Reserve. Windhoek: Divison of Nature Conservation

    Popular illustrated guide to the commoner birds of the reserve, with complete checklist at time of publishing

    The leopard population on Düsternbrook game farm

 

    The leopard population on Düsternbrook game farm: A pilot study. Shaun Astbury, August 2011

    The aim of this study was to provide an estimate of the distribution, abundance and population density of leopard on the farm from a combined track identification and remote camera trap survey, and GIS spatial analysis.

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Herzlich willkommen auf Monte Christo, unsere Jagd und Gästefarm in Namibia, Afrika.

Herzlich willkommen auf Monte Christo, unsere Jagd und Gästefarm in Namibia, Afrika.