We spent two nights in Na'an Kuse at the end of a two week tour of Namibia. There are several similar-style lodges in Nambia, but Na'an Kuse is probably the most famous. We wanted a luxurious end to a gruelling trip and Na'an Kuse mostly delivered.
The best parts of the experience at Na'an Kuse were the up close visit with the cheetahs and the caracals. The cats are amazing and we got to play with both and take lots of pictures. The caracal Medusa was amazingly fun, and feeding time was great. The feeding tour was also very impressive - the lions are intimidating, the leopards interesting and the baboons are, well, baboon-ish. I prefer the cats :-)
The food in the restaurant was very good, but not great. At dinner we had a spectacularly good mushroom soup and the beef filet was wonderful. The fish was also good, but the oryx was tough...but oryx is *always* tough. Lunch was a little disappointing - a help-yourself buffet where the food was OK, but not outstanding.
The rooms were beautifully designed - aesthetically spectacular. However, ergonomics came a poor second. The sink is a plastic plank made to look like wood and it looks great but you cannot pool water for shaving or washing and if the tap is turned on full, water sprays onto the floor. The sunken concrete bath looks magical, but the water heater in the room doesn't provide sufficient volume to fill it hot and the shower head is poorly attached to the wall. The water pressure for the bath and shower was low. The concrete is very slippy when wet. The toilet is hidden from the rest of the room by a curtain! The rooms are the reason that I've given Na'an Kuse four instead of five.
The lodge staff and guides were friendly and helpful. Solomon, in particular, was a great guide - as good as anyone we met in Namibia. We were allowed to check out late as our flight was in the evening and the staff did everything they could to make our stay comfortable.
Its location makes Na'an Kuse an excellent place to end your trip to Namibia. It's only 40 minutes from the airport and, if you have a tough itinerary like we did, it's a very pleasant stop to relax at before your (typically) long flight home.
I'd recommend a stay in Na'an Kuse, but for only as long as it takes to play with the animals. There isn't, in my opinion, enough to do to make it worth staying there for longer than three or four days...but those three or four days could be wonderful. If the rooms were better thought-out, I'd upgrade my rating to five.
- Also Known As:
- Naankuse Lodge And Wildlife Sanctuary Hotel Windhoek
- Naankuse Lodge And Wildlife Sanctuary Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary offers two types of accommodation: one for lodge guests at our luxury charity lodge, and one for volunteers looking to help with conservation. For our lodge guests, the N/a'an ku se Lodge is the ONLY charity lodge in Namibia, with all profits going back to the foundation's conservation and human aid programs. The Lodge offers six individual luxury chalets and five private holiday homes set in the middle of a 3,200ha wildlife reserve in the African Savannah. It is located only 30 minutes away from the airport and therefore makes it the ideal place to stay at the beginning or the end of your journey through Namibia. To view animals, our lodge guests have access to our carnivore tours and game drives, led by our local San Bushmen. For our volunteers, N/a'an ku se's Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Program is located at the Wildlife Sanctuary, and offers volunteers the rare and exciting opportunity to work closely with and actively participate in the conservation of African wildlife. Volunteers can stay from 2 weeks to 3 months and will have the opportunity to care for our orphaned and injured wildlife including a number of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals and baboons, etc. Both experiences will leave you with great memories of Namibia while aiding in our conservation efforts which better the lives of the local San Bushmen and our animals. ... more less