The last stop on our tour around Nambia and unfortunately a big disappointment. While the rooms were good, well kept and clean the staff service and food quality was pretty poor. The staff were just going through the motions, they had no interest whatsoever in their guests. They seemd bored, never welcomed you first, mostly ignored us. A typical example was at meal times, a grunt or a nod at the door with single phrase communication throughout the meal. Drink, Sign here, may I, enjoy, buffet is over there...all delivered with bored looks and rudeness. Drinks were never cold, always served warm, sorry but warm Savannah Dry is not good. The food was buffet style (yawn), they promote "gourmet food", not good, more club style. Steamed veg, chips, Oryx steak (overcooked and unseasoned), dry prawns, soggy squid. Breakfast was good though. Give this place a miss, there are much better places around. On the other hand we did do a sunset and sunrise game drive with Benny and Jeremiah and have to say they were fantastic. Very knowledgeable, approachable and answered all of our dumb tourist questions with a smile. They took the time to search and look for the animals that the tour wanted to see. The visit to the San people though is a bit wierd, seemed staged. The village they show you is not where they San people actually live, though the trip is informative. They do promote as free and ask for gratuity which we left in a basket in the middle of the small village. What annoyed us was that the driver from the lodge collected the money and put it in his back pocket saying that this will go to some account and the San people can buy things later. Didnt seem right to let us see that. If thats the way it happens then keep it to yourself Erindi Lodge. We hope the San people actually see the colour of that money. We do believe that Erindi Private Game reserve needs more high end accommodation, the reserve itself is wonderful, shame about the service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- After an exhilarating nature experience, enjoy the space and comfort of our luxury suites. Guests can spot various game species on their way to one of two watering holes within the Old Traders Camp. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Erindi Private Game Reserve / Old Traders Hotel Okahandja