What a TREAT!! and a real Oasis. A long drive but the dirt roads are good and we were travelling from Swakopmund to the Eastern Cape. A welcome two night stay here. This place caters mainly for foreign tourists arriving in coaches for a one night or two night stay, Germans mainly and then a smattering of french and eastern European travellers. No other South African that we met. Most people arrive as part of a tour package on their way to Etosha or elsewhere.
Spotlessly clean chalets. Some are dune facing which are lit at night, but we stayed in a velt facing chalet and watched Springbok feeding and various birds and bugs going about their daily chores. Wonderful. A restful place with private veranda and air conditioning. All mod cons in good accommodation.
Staff are fluent in nearly all the languages spoken by guests and you are met by Mac in the car park on arrival who hands you an iced flannel to wash off the desert dust. A nice touch.
There are walks of differing levels of complexity and length for the energetic and we noticed that Oryx and Heartbeest were also around.
Food. Freshly cooked served in the large thatched lodge and a buffet service at dinner, but be warned. They mostly serve game which my husband eats but I don't. If you are like me then you can order dinner, Chicken or vegetarian at reception in the morning and it will be personally brought to your table by Shereen the Chef. A really nice touch and most appreciated.
Children were also catered for and we saw toddlers and older children at the resort.
I have seen other reviews which talked about the distance from the reception area to the chalets. It was not a problem and nice to be in the quiet area to appreciate and listen to nature rather than other people.
Wifi reception is only in the Reception area.
I can't understand why I saw this place rated as only two star, it really is a wonderful place
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The main building and the chalets of Namib Desert Lodge are spread out along the foot of the fossilised dunes of the ancient Namib. A comfortable sojourn is guaranteed by 65 en suite rooms with air conditioning. A restaurant and bar, an inviting terrace with views of the fossilised dunes and two swimming pools beckon you to linger and relax. Oryx antelope and springbok make frequent appearances at our illuminated watering place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Namib Desert Hotel Namib-Naukluft Park
- Namib Desert Lodge Namibia/Namib-Naukluft Park