- Reviews: 965
Ojitotongwe Cheetah Reserve: Grrrrrrrrrrr meow
Arriving at the "farmhouse" where there is a sign ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK ... and quite right too... they have a couple of "domesticated" cheetahs prowling about their personal land... not to mention (when we were there in July 2009) a cheetah cub full of teeth, claws and mischief!
We followed Mr CheetahMan in our car to our cabin - lovely - away from anybody else and... right besides an enormous enclosed area which had a mummy cheetah and all her cubs - and they happened to like it down by us.
Our accommodation was not why we were staying here - we were here for cheetahs. It was however clean but it was basic and perhaps our timing was out of keeping with a possible solar system(?) but at no point did we discover any water that was so much as luk warm... and we were here in winter so the idea of showering in the freezing night or morning, in cold water was far from appealing! The pros of this place certainly outweighed this one con!
There is a bar... and a very well stocked bar at that too.
The dinner was absolutely scrummy. Some of the best foodwe had in our entrie time in Africa.
Mrs CheetahLady was so friendly and so child friendly with free gifts for the boys (one of whom was having his 8th birthday) - a nice touch.
Outside our accommodation was an UBER FIRE and we sat out until very late, under the beautiful Namibian (night) moon. Was a very special night.
N$600 per adult & N$300 per child including breakfast.
Master CheetahMan (Mr CheetahMan's son - one of two) came to collect us in the back of his pick up truck and together with 3 French campers and an enormous bucket (which we would later discover contained donkey legs) took us up to the house where we had the delight of meeting the "domestic" cheetahs. Amazing. Simply amazing and awesome (and very pampered pussy cats) BUT nowhere near as amazing as going out and having a dinner rendezvous with the wild cheetahs they had rescued.... enter the donkey legs.
Really the wild cheetahs were really the most incredible encounter. I was absolutely entraced by them and could have cried when our chetah time was all over.
If you can then DO IT! You will NOT regret it. Amazing creatures and an amazing place.
- Reviews: 965
Canon Village: Shhhh! it's all so quiet....
A small, windy, quiet, dirt track wiggles its way down to Canon Village; a semi cleared area of bush with tastefully erected cabins, placed non-obtrusively apart from one another, naturally fitting their natural setting.
The main building contains reception, the restuarant and a shop (with over priced African cd's, metal decorated gecko ornments, postacrds etc... stamps and mailing facility also here).
There is also an ice cold swimming pool set back so that it cannot be seen.
Cars may be driven to the cabins in order that you may unpack but must thenbe returned to the front of the "village" so as not to upset the aesthetics of the place.
This is not a contained area so do no be surprised to find the remains of small animals, porcupine quills etc...
As a family of 4, we had to have 2 adjoined cabins, which was wonderful but did bumped the price up considerably. Al the hotels/lodges around the canyon have a prime audience - there is no choice but to stay in one of them and to eat in them too. We paid N$2200 with breakfast included. Credit cards are accepted.
It is an idealic setting. It is clean. It was comfortable.
- Reviews: 965
A Little Sossus Lodge: Sesriem's finest (I think)
Nestled away from the road, peaceful & tranquil is The Little Sossus Lodge.
A wonderfully warm welcome and and a wonderfully welcome, ice, cool drink upon arrival. Our hosts and all staff were simply charming and very friendly.
The "rooms" are individual and very stylish cabins with such attention to detail - from the draped mosquito nets over the four poster beds to the rolled, white towels, fastened with natural string and threaded through a stark, red chili... perfect but not at all pompous.
Breakfast is included in the price and, for those, like us, headed at a ridiculously early time for Sossusvlei a packed breakfast is provided - and so huge is the breakfast we only collected 2 of our 4, never believing we had one enormous box each! The total cost for our huge family room was N$2200 which seemed average for this area and this standard.
Dinner is paid for seperately. It was a little too formal for my liking and the children had to wait between each of the 4 or 5 courses but the food was delicious and it would have been thoroughly enjoyable had we not been completely exhausted.
The lodge has stables and we took a Sundowner ride which lasted 1.5 hours but who was time watching - certainly our guides were not. They were loving the fire red sky as much as we! The Sundowner ride was N450 each but there are day rides for N$150 per person.
- Reviews: 4102
MAKALANI HOTEL: THE BEST HOTEL IN TSUMEB
This is a great hotel. It's small and intimate. I really felt at home here. The staff checked me into a very nice room with a fantastic bathroom, huge closets, comfortable beds and lots of mirrors. I was introduced to the resident crocodile (pictured), had a good swim in the pool, ate my lovely dinner poolside and even washed my car! I had a few cold beers and then a great nights sleep in my air-conditioned room.
You can watch sports in their pool-side Lapa and also eat dinner here. Most rooms have a balcony and overlook the Lapa and pool surrounded by the gardens. Your car is safe inside the compound which is patrolled by very nice security guards. They even showed me where the high pressure water hose was so I could have a good wash of my car. And the staff? The reception ladies kept me laughing during my whole stay. The bar and restaurant staff were always polite and helpful. I really felt very welcomed here.
This hotel is set in it's own gardens and is a real oasis of relaxation. If you are travelling in Northern Namibia - stay at least one night here.
A nice pool with a great restaurant alongside. A very good buffet breakfast in the morning. Comfortable beds with coffee/tea making facilities in your room. Excellent and exotic decor. Fantastic staff who keep you laughing.
They also offer:
• Conference and full businesss facilities
• Satelite TV in every room
• Can make you packed breakfasts and lunches to take with you
• All 28 rooms are en-suite and remote control air-conditioned
- Reviews: 4689
The Daan Viljoen Camp site
The Daan Viljoen Camp site is a good option for someone who prefer the nature stay, especially in a case where I went all the way to Africa and wasn't really interested to stay in Windhoek hotel. It only took about an hour to drive here and the camp basic facilities were fine for a night of stay.
- Reviews: 2
Ti Melen: a new guesthouse in Windhoek
I strongly recommend this beautiful guesthouse where you are so well welcomed !
It is hold by a very nice couple, they can give you many tips for your trip in Namibia as they both are former guides.
Rooms are big and nicely decorated.
- Reviews: 2
Huab Lodge: a unique lodge in Damaraland
A peaceful and personable atmosphere in the middle of Damaraland...
Diners are nice moments when all guests are gathered around the table and may discuss. You are served fine wines and very good food.
Enjoy having a shower with a great and unique view on the nature !
- Reviews: 4102
BAMBATSI HOLIDAY RANCH: OVERPRICED
Located somewhere between Outjo and Khorixas is this place I believe is completely overpriced. They really cheesed me off. I was driving towards the end of a long day and saw their sign showing some stars and looking inviting. I went through the gate and drove for miles and miles on a bad path that nearly damaged my car. Then I came up to a place that did not look that great. In fact it looked worn and dirty. I was met by an unsmiling lady who told me she had one unit left and showed my a dark and very univiting room that looked like it needed to be repainted completely. She then quoted me a sky high price. I couldn’t afford it and she would not negotiate. She got zero dollars and I got going. Back to the road.
The worst part is that there is no idication on the sign several miles from the road what the prices are or a phone number. I arrived in the late afternoon - and you cannot drive in Namibia at night. Hitting an elephant or other large animal in the dark with a car is fatal. I wasted at least 30 minutes getting from the gate to see the place and then back on my travels. It is 5kn one way on a path through rocks, streams, dirt, mud and steep hills. This is a deliberate trap to get you to stay and agree the price in my opinion. Sorry - after driving 10 hours I do not appreciate the attitude I was given. She would not have filled the room. I was willing to go towards her price - but nothing. They mention camping on their website - it was not offered to me. They show a sign with a phone number on it on the website - I think the photo has been edited. You can see the sign I saw below.
Not recommended by me.
- Reviews: 4102
If you want a good campsite at Sossusvlei (Sesriem campsite) you need to book in Windhoek and/or ahead of time. Otherwise you only get cancelations or sleep in your car.
I just showed up and had to sleep in my car!
Please note: You need to bring your own food with you from Windhoek. There is a shop, but its a few canned good (pilchards!) and some fizzy drinks, water and petrol. They also have a swimming pool.
- Reviews: 4102
RIVENDELL: QUIET B&B IN WINDHOEK
Rivendell is a very pretty bed & breakfast hidden away behind high gates in the leafy neighbourhood housing various embassies. The rooms are resplendent with new furniture, tasteful décor, comfortable beds and large sliding glass doors to let in the sunlight. You also have a nice swimming pool, sun lounges and tables right at your doorstep. This is a great place to stay. The gardens and patios are well maintained, they have a tasteful communal lounge area where you can relax and watch satellite TV. They also have very safe off-road parking, secure storage for luggage, laundry service, Internet access & phone. The rooms are non-smoking. All in all – a very good night’s sleep!
• Small, intimate and cosy
• Good quiet location
• Nice swimming pool on your doorstep
• Great security for you & your car (see picture of the giant dog)
- Reviews: 1417
Orange River Lodge: Just across the border
The rooms are basic, but the atmosphere is great. The dining room has a thatched roof, and they have nice breakfasts.
If you're coming across the border from South Africa and you need a place to stay, this is the option, and a good one it is. You can get a room or camp on the banks of the Orang River. Beautiful!
Wake up and wander past the disembowled goats to breakfast. Fresh meat is so good! A bit gruesome, but that's nature.
- Reviews: 4102
CHAMELEON BACKPACKERS & GUEST LODGE: BUDGET STARTING POINT
If you are on a budget tour of Namibia, start here in Windhoek. Chameleon can either organise your travels for you or you can meet people who will take you further. Chameleon is also a great place to stay and get all the great atmosphere of a Backpackers without the sacrifice. Yes, they have dorm rooms and even camping, but they also offer big bright en-suite rooms at a low cost. Throw in a poolside open air bar and TV lounge, cooking facilities, pool table and internet lounge. They have a very secure car parking facility, safe deposit boxes, and friendly staff that can help you with anything. They can arrange tours to as far away as Victoria Falls or you can put your name up on the wall looking for rides. I took 3 people all over Namibia that I met here. This is a fun place to stay and its still quiet at night. They only ask that you don’t feed ‘Burn’ the dog (pictured).
- Reviews: 9
Rivendell Guest House: Windhoek B&B
A very clean and tidy place to stay highly recomended ,Very friendly and efficent staff
Lovely clean pool
- Reviews: 1
Etosha, Okaukuejo Resort: Namibia's Best Safari Place
I would certainly recommend it.
The people working at the receptiondesk were not that friendly.
The best thing here however is that Okaukuejo has a permanent waterhole that is floodlit at night.
This year (2007) they renewed the bungalows and they are really nice now.
From your bungalow you have a good view on the waterhole.
This is the best place to watch game, visiting the waterhole.
If you sit there, it's so amazing that you want to skip dinner and also your bed.
You watch the elephants, lions and many other animals drinking there.
- Reviews: 4689
The Okonjima lodge is one of the outstanding accommodation places I have ever stayed in. Not only that it is beautiful & luxurious, it is also including leopard tracking and visit to the Cheetah farm of The AfriCat Foundation.
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