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Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   PO Box 6597, Namibia   |  
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Vancouver
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

This place was fntastic, interesting, beautiful and we were treatedextremely well by a professional and competent staff. We're from Vancouver Canada, where tourism abounds and this lodge was great value, service and proved to be an oasis in the desert. What a nce surprise.

Sometimes I think those who write such negative reviews should just stay home. You have to remember that this lodge is remote and yet immaculately clean, and with professionally prepared buffet meals in a beautiful setting.

Just go and you'll be well rewarded.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Breda, The Netherlands
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

After a long drive we arrived at this nice architectural lodge but unfortunately the total uninterressed and demotivated staff was a big disapointment. The rooms are quite poor no special decoration. Food has been seved in a buffet form by lazy staff. We experienced unfortunately the same attitude at all NRW governemental managed hotels. Avoid them and enjoy this wonderfull country!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Acton, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

We chose this lodge because it is the closest to the Twyfelfontain Rock-art World Heritage Site. It is also very close to the Organpipes formation.

Meals are buffet style. Dinner included a plethora of roasted meats, plus a variety of side dishes. All were very salty -- but that is the norm in Namibia. During dinner the entire staff sometimes sings and dances. It was quite entertaining, but they don't always do this. The open-air restaurant is rather chilly in winter.

Some of the stairs within the restaurant/bar building are built to incorporate the natural rock, so footing is tricky.

There are some good rock carvings near the main building.

Rooms are like basic motel rooms, grouped with 4 rooms backing 4 other rooms. The "front" rooms have a wonderful view. I would guess that the back ones do not. We were there in winter. It got quite cold at night, but the room stayed comfortably warm.

We took a morning game drive to see the desert-adapted elephants, and got an excellent view of them. However, the driver/guide was so focused on finding the elephants, that he drove right past and ignored other wildlife. When we spotted some wildlife and asked him to stop, he did.

Room Tip: Room #1 is the closest to the restaurant/bar, but not so close that you can hear noise. It is one o...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

You are greeted with a wonderful refreshing drink in this harsh but beautiful landscape. The hotel is set into the side of the mountain which offers much needed shelter from the hot summer sun! Fabulous views, a welcome pool and open air bar, lounge and dinning room. Rooms do not have air conditioning but you are provided with fans. In the summer months the temperature at night does not drop below 30°C so can be difficult to sleep. Food is limited due to location but adequate. Usual game drives are offered, One fantastic feature is the rock face the surrounds the hotel, it has many rock carvings which are still in extremely good condition.

Room Tip: All rooms are of similar quality
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eddie W, General Manager at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, responded to this review, July 20, 2012
Thank you for your kind words. They are an encouragement to all of us here to improve our standards as much as possible. Airconditioning for the rooms is on the cards and we will hopefully have this completed by season next year. From my team and me, we hope to greet you here again soon.
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Eddie Weber
General Manager
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

This was a welcome sight and a beautiful setting especially after a long trip on some of the worst roads we experienced in Namibia. The room was comfortable and the shower hot water proved difficult to keep under temperature control. The room was extremely hot at night, over 30, even with both fans going in mid May. The food offering was limited to buffet style only. This was suitable for mass catering of people but expensive especially if you wanted something light. Pity about the lack of evening game drive vehicles that were only able to take a touring party and no one else. The staff at the bar were very friendly and efficient but could not say the same for certain members of the restaurant staff.

Room Tip: If walking is a problem then ask for a room close to the lodge
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Great setting built against the rock face with ancient rock carvings on rocks close to hotel. Lovely pool and pleasant rooms but may be hot in summer, superb in winter. Large open air dining area and lounge. No other restaurants so food choice not great and relatively expensive, very few vegetarian options.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mainz, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

After a long drive on gravel roads we arrived at this Lodge. The welcome was warm and the location was well presented and explained. The staff was friendly and extremly helpful with a repair on our cars tail gate. We had good food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with reasonable prices.
Our stay was great.

Room Tip: try to get a room on the front side of the area. Then you have a great view!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

Address: PO Box 6597, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Otjozondjupa Region > Damaraland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Damaraland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Twyfelfontein Country Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is an activity based lodge lying in the core area of Namibia's only World Heritage Site. Only 3km's away from the largest collection of Bushman engravings in Southern Africa, we offer a unique experience in the picturesque, versatile nature of Damaraland. From tracking desert adapted elephants to exploring the geological formations of millions of years, trying to decipher the meaning of bushman folklore from their engravings and paintings, you can experience it all in this beautiful part of Namibia.With 56 rooms and one of the greatest buffets in the country, there is ample space and place to relax, let your hair down and experience this great part of the world with us. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Twyfelfontein Country Hotel Damaraland
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge Namibia/Damaraland

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