2 for management, 3 for staff and rooms and 4 for the grounds
on Oct 27, 2017
This is a lovely facility with a nice pool and watering hole, lots of lounge chairs etc.
The rooms are very large - almost to the point of overwhelming. The bathroom must be 100 sqft! The beds and pillows are comfy and there was lots of hot water. That's all well and good but the aircon in the unit didn't work worth a damn and so we ended up having to physically move the bed underneath the aircon to get enough cooling to be able to sleep. It was ungodly hot.
The manager of this facility is a somber looking fellow who entirely lacks people skills. I'm actually typing this as I sit here at 8:45am. Checkout is not till 10 and our flight is not till 5 so we're taking our time. He keeps trying different ploys to get rid of us. The last ploy was that he needed to get into our room to 'restock the mini bar'. We had one bottle of sparkling water and one bottle of still. Wow. He's gonna have to book the afternoon off to restock that!
The waitress last night was standing by the service area picking her nose. Not just a bit but doing some serious nasal mining - like the cure for cancer could be found in there. Then she brought us our drinks and served us our dinner. Charming.
We booked on the game drive they offer but then bailed at the last minute when we found out that they pile the car full before sending it out. Safari vehicles are all configured the same. Driver and passenger in front, then 3 rows of 3 - either bench or seats. Every other place does the same thing - they put 2 people in each row and leave the center seat empty. They do this because a) the person in the center can't see or photograph worth a damn and b) it gives people a place to put their camera/water/jacket. Here, though, they load the car up. Sure it maximizes profits but it also ruins the drive.
Anyways..... I would most certainly not stay here again. The area is pretty but there really doesn't seem to be any good reason to stay here anyways. There are far nicer places to visit in Namibia. This serves nothing more than as a space filler in your vacation and will definitely not be missed if you skip it.
Africa Close and Personal
on Oct 13, 2017
The start of our African tour was - wow! We approached the Zebra Kalahari Lodge and my images of Africa were realized, wide open expanses with varied and abundant animals occupying the plains. The game drive was a highlight of staying in this magical Lodge. The drive along with the lodge's thatched roof, spacious rooms and outdoor shower gave staying here that 'other world' feel. It was a pleasure to freely walk the surrounding red sandhills to see the lodge from a different angle especially when elsewhere dangers lurk when walking away from the lodge. The experiences we had here ensured a memorable stay and a destination we would gladly return to.
Great place to relax and observe wildlife
on Aug 24, 2017
It's a 5K drive sandy drive (H2 will do) from the gated entry (have your voucher ready) to the lodge.
If you happen to have your room right at the lodge's place and not in one of the separate buildings, you'll have a nice view at the wildlife using the artificial water hole.
Rooms and bathrooms are very spacious. Wifi will only work around the lobby/restaurant/pool area, maybe also at the nearby rooms.
During winter time, you get a hot-water bag in your bed as it may get pretty cold during the night. My only complaint would be the mattress which was a bit soft for my liking.
The pool water might be a bit cold for a swim during winter time.
Breakfast is of buffet type, dinner is a set meal with 2 choices of main course.
The bushmen tour early morning (before breakfast) is informative and gives you an idea how these people used to live.
You are free to walk around the whole area which allows for some stunning encounters with wildlife (tele lens recommended).
Coffee/cake is complementary at 1500.
Join the game tour at around 1530 followed by a sundowner before heading back for dinner.
Beautiful hide-away on the outskirts of the amazing Kalahari desert
on Aug 13, 2017
The best surprise during our Namibia trip. Beautiful lodge, excellent staff, abundance of wildlife at the local waterhole. I've never seen as many ostriches ever in my life before! An amazing last stop for our Namibia trip!
Very good but some suggestions..
on May 24, 2017
Our first impression was 'wow', with the deep red sand highlighting the row of only 8 attractive rooms, the blue of the pool and the wildlife around the water hole in front of the lodge. The location, the large well-furnished room and the great sundowner game drive were real highlights. But - a couple of suggestions for improvement. The beds should have mattress protectors: sounds like a small thing, but when I found the plastic mattress label at face level on the bed and decided to take the sheet off and flip the mattress, it wasn't pretty. And the food could be improved too - appreciate the challenge of catering in the desert, but they should at least check for dietary requirements when it's a set meal, and soup as a starter both nights, and fruit salad for dessert the second night just weren't what I'd expect from a lodge of this quality. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it, but hope they note the suggestions.