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#1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Kalkfeld
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The lodge is situated in the private Okonjati nature reserve in the North of Namibia, which is home to hundreds of species of birds & animals, ranging from 20 different antelope to elephant, lion, cheetah and black & white rhino. All luxury rooms have en suite facilities and several rooms are furnished with Jacuzzis. Game viewing is undertaken in open safari vehicles or on foot. The pristine African wilderness surrounding the lodge provides unique opportunities for bird and wildlife photography. Participate in the lion and cheetah feeding session and track rhino for a truly African experience. Fossilized dinosaur footprints on site may be visited free of charge. A small souvenir shop/museum outlines the signing of the Namibian Independence Declaration at this historic lodge in 1989. Mount Etjo - encounter Namibia!
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Janey wrote a review Nov 14
United Kingdom51 contributions17 helpful votes
We camped at Mount Etjo's campsite for two nights. The campsites are great, out in the bush with dik-dik right in the camp when we arrived. There is a baboon proof metal building with private facilities which we really liked, and a really nice braai area. Beautiful view over a waterhole, we saw oryx, kudu and more dik-dik. There's a great walk you can do from the campsite for a few kilometres to some dinosaur tracks across a rocky hillside. Mount Etjo lodge is nearby, we had a very nice supper there. We went for an excellent game drive in which we saw wonderful animals including a black rhino. Recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: We were warned about baboons - they were around all right but didn't visit our campsite while we...
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danielgc205 wrote a review Jan 2021
Windhoek, Namibia23 contributions8 helpful votes
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This has been an excellent stay in a chic and excellently-run Delight of a place. Staff members made our stay amazing and their politeness and diligence were admirable, thanks! The room was impeccable and really good, whilst breakfast (included in our price) was also really good and neatly served every single day of the three days we stayed. In fact, our initial plan was to stay for only two days but we extended because it was a great place. Thanks!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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P85 wrote a review Sep 2022
Diekirch, Luxembourg150 contributions37 helpful votes
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a great hotel with an impressive diversity of wildlife. great to learn about Namibian wildlife, they have lions, rhinos, elephants, hippos, … the game drive was very good and you may even participate to lion feeding in the evening. The room was very very huge and comfortable, the hotel was really beautiful, dinner was served in a traditional African room built around the fire with an open roof. No complaints!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ralph N wrote a review Aug 2022
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The game reserve is superb and they have outstanding guides for private game drives (Orlando is great). However, the lodge severely sucks. Essentially, it’s a time travel to 1980s. The rooms are very spacious but are cold caves with completely outdated bathrooms and furniture. The staff is clueless how to operate such facility. The only highlight is the spectacular dinner place. But the breakfast in a freaking cold open space cures all enthusiasm the next morning. On top, some of the delicatessen served for breakfast must have been really unhealthy given the aftermath… In a nutshell: great environment, but for the lodge there is only one solution: take it down and rebuild it.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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happyfourGent wrote a review Aug 2022
Ghent, Belgium217 contributions112 helpful votes
This lodge site in a huge private game park offers a lot to see, magnificant views to the Etjo mountains, game of all kind, a beautiful lodge garden and excellent Safari tours with Orlando ! Food and breakfast were delicious. Rooms were spacious but our room was not clean. We had the impression that the room has not been used for quite a while, there was a particular nasty smell, the shower in the bath did not work very well, ... the room itself was a disappointment, what a pity. It could have been so much more inside, if you compare it with the outside architecture, gardens and environment. Very friendly and helpful staff.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Carola R Oelofse, Guest Services / Front Office at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
Responded Aug 8, 2022
Thank you for the feedback, much appreciated! We will pay attention to the shower drains and smells!
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jakehall8855 wrote a review Jul 2022
Smithfield, Utah3 contributions3 helpful votes
Orlando our game driver driver was the “GOAT”! (the greatest of all time) He made the holiday experience worth coming back! We loved getting to know him personally and he took interest it making us feel comfortable.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Marie S wrote a review Jun 2022
Tucker, Georgia66 contributions16 helpful votes
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Our first time visiting, but not our last. We drove up from Windhoek which was an easy trek. The dirt road is not bad at all. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and helped to lunch which we had requested in our booking. Then off to our family rooms which were right past the flamingos and overlooking the lovely pool. The rooms are well appointed and huge! After coffee and cake it was time for our afternoon game drive. Orlando was our guide. He was delightful and made sure to point out things our eyes could not see. He was knowledgeable about the animals and the lodge. We saw so much, but my kids commented later that just being together on the drive in nature was the best part! Afterwards, we met the staff and other guests at dinner under the lapa. We had a fantastic 3 course meal with the most excellent service! Cornelius and the whole team spoiled us! Everything was delicious! The night continued with the lion feeding. This is an experience I recommend. We’ve been on many safaris and never seen anything like it. There is so much to learn and appreciate with these wild animals. This encounter was definitely something we’ll never forget! See you soon Mount Etjo Safari Lodge! Thank you!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Definitely book the lion feeding!
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Marie D wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom23 contributions12 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights here and had 3 day Game drives which was a gift from my partner which was arranged by a tour guide. Our first game drive was great, after spotting Giraffe and Elephant we were happy to book for the next day. On the morning of our second game drive we see nothing. Apparently it was too windy for the animals to come out of the bush so they were hiding? or so we were told by our guide. After returning from our drive we sat around the pool area for a hour or so and while there we joked that we heard gun shots. As if anyone would be shooting animals near here we thought. That evening was our third game drive, hoping to see Lions or Rino however we were told by our guide who was different to the mornings, that again the weather was to bad for the animals to be out? I thought the weather was perfect, the wind had died down and there was not a cloud in the sky! And as if animals think oh, the weathers bad so I'm not going out today! Drives was meant to be 3 hours long but after having a sundowner by the river and waiting for our guide to finish his cigarette, we drove back to the lodge, we got back 30 minutes early. we did complain and were offered a bottle of wine as an apology which we refused. We didn't pay for the drive. The verbal communication from the guides were non existent, you would just get the name of the animal which you were looking at but there was no factual information which we learnt on the animals. That evening we spoke to a lady who we had befriended, and she showed us photos of the magnificent Lions we had been wanting to see. She told us she went out with the owner and they knew where the lions were as one had been TAGGED so they knew where to find them! I was horrified. Not only does Mount Etjo tag animals, the guides know where the lions are and they obviously do not show you them on a drive as they earn so much more if you pay for a night time Lion feed. which coincidently, you get asked if you would like to join every evening during dinner. We obviously refused as we believe animals should be in a natural environment and hunt their own food. So it really doesn't matter how many times you pay for a game drive, the likelihood of you seeing lions would be non excitant by looking at the reviews most pay for the lion feed, and the excuse they come up with is the weather! More disturbing is that when returning home we discovered that Mount Etjo is part of Jan Oelofse Hunting lodge which is situated in close proximity to the main lodge. Here you can hunt and kill the animal ( for a high price of course!) as they proudly advertise on their website if you search for it. Looking back we thought that there were some strange men on our drive on the first afternoon. No cameras and dressed over the top in full hunting clothes. We didn't see them on our full day until dinner time around the fire. I could tell they were extremely happy with themselves and with beer in their hands I could hear them talk about seeing that day and I'm sure I heard the word gun. We thought it was strange as we hadn't seen them on the drives that day. but again at the time it didn't register as I guess we were a little naive. The fact that we were in the same room as theses pathetic people makes me feel ashamed to be a human being. We were told that there were only 25 people at Mount Etjo and that if there was an overflow some will be housed in the other lodge, now we know that is Jan Oelofse hunting lodge. Jan Oelofse Hunting lodge even have the audacity to have the words conservation and hunting on there website! I am sure there will be a reply defending pathetic men and women who love nothing more than to put a gun in their hands and shot defenceless animals! If you care for animals and believe they should be free then avoid these places. I feel sick that our money was given to these discussing people who are happy to display their kills. We are now going to work with people who really care about Wildlife Conservation who protect endangered species and try to educate and stop people like this who put profit in front of the welfare or animals.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Carola R Oelofse, Guest Services / Front Office at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
Responded Jun 8, 2022
Dear ToniMarie We would have appreciated it, had you approached us directly and given us the opportunity to explain and to clear up any misconceptions that you might have, instead of turning to a public space. So please, do take the time to read through our reply, before judging further. We are aware that hunting is a practice which is not understood. Nonetheless, since you have opened the topic here, you need to appreciate that hunting in Namibia has served nothing but conserving the great and beautiful variety and number of animals that are sustained by it. Firstly, it is true, that in the crazy winds that we have been having, you will see less animals. Would you have had the privilege of spending more time in the wilderness, you would know this. The fact that you did not see animals on your second game drive has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that there is some hunting taking place. It is a strict rule that we do not 1) shoot into herds (so that animals are not disturbed) and that we shoot 2) only old, lonely bulls (who do no longer contribute to the survival of their species, and would alternatively suffer a death of old age). You can rest assured that our animals are by far the least disturbed by cars, or any other practices, and that other guests experience awesome game drives. It is simply impossible that you would have heard a gunshot, because there is NO SHOOTING taking place in the area surrounding the lodge. Also, our hunting guests DO NOT spend ANY TIME at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, simply because we do not want to offend anyone. It is possible you have been in accompaniment of other guests booked at the lodge, but these were not our hunting guests!! We acknowledge your right to voice your concerns on this platform, but kindly ask that you refrain from making such untrue allegations. You will note, if you do know wild animals, that they are healthy, well cared for, and managed. Hunting to us is a management tool. The motive of the hunter is secondary. No, we do not ‘defend pathetic men and women who shoot defenceless animals’. In fact, hunting to us is a job that fulfills a purpose, that has a cause, it is a sacrifice of one animal to save hundreds more. It means providing food for the humans (I am sure you yourself will have enjoyed some of our game meat at dinner? The meat supplied by the hunters does not even suffice to cover the demand for meat at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. We do additional meat hunting – not trophy hunting – to cover this demand). It means taking out the animals who have passed their prime age, to gain proceeds which are then used to benefit the habitat, the conservation, the system. To us, the protection of endangered species is a matter which is extremely close to our hearts. The owner herself runs a nationally recognized rhino orphanage, which takes in rhino orphans from across the entire country, from other reserves, where the mothers have been poached for their horn. Do you know the costs involved in such an operation? One little rhino drinks up to 25 Litres of milk, every day, for 18 months. It costs us almost half a million Namibian dollars to raise such an orphan. But it costs even more to protect the rhino from poachers, which is why our animals are partially tagged. We have a security company permanently residing on the property, patrolling the area on foot, making sure that the animals are safe 24/7. We employ additional security guards to make sure that all is well. You should be made aware that our property is probably one of the safest for any animal in the whole of Namibia, protecting endangered animals and paying for their protection out of our own pockets. Not a single animal has been poached at our reserve – ever – which is a track record which you will not easily find. Little do people appreciate that a privately owned area, even if it does span more than 36000 hectares, needs to be managed. If it is not, some species would take away habitat from others. During droughts, it includes feeding the animals, and in the past 7 years we have spent millions on feed, pulling through these animals, which would NOT BE HERE, if it had not been for Jan Oelofse, the founder of Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. Almost all the animals that reside here today were once purchased and brought into the reserve. The entire Okonjati game reserve was nothing but a collection of cattle farms, without elephants, lions, definitely without rhinos or most of the antelope species that you have the privilege of seeing in their natural wild habitat during your stay. Needless to say, these behind-the-scenes efforts, which go unnoticed by you, are tremendously expensive, and are financially not carried solely by tourism. The hunting community do pay a great deal of money to ‘harvest’ an animal, thereby funding first and foremost conservation efforts, sustain a community, and help protect and save endangered animals such as the rhino. In our experience, the hunters are very appreciative of wildlife and the ways of the wilderness. They are not appalled when they happen not to see animals out on a windy day. And they are willing to pay a great deal to see a lion, because they truly value what effort goes into sustaining this majestic animal’s life and its habitat. The fact that you accuse us for not showing you the lions to apparently get a mere N$220 out of your pocket so that you would ‘have to go see them at night’, shows how little appreciation you have of the true effort and cost involved in operating a wildlife sanctuary. The N$220 that you could have paid, would have covered maybe 12 litres of milk for one of our rhino, which is not even half of what it needs per day. Does this seem short-sighted yet? You would have thought differently, had you known that one of our lionesses currently has 2 little cubs, over which she is very protective. Out of respect to her, we do not take guests to her on a daily basis. She does hunt her own food, and deserves to be left undisturbed for that matter. We would have invited you to have a look behind the scenes, to really get involved, to understand and to appreciate wilderness, nature, the beauty of the Namibian system which is one of the few in the world that is self-sustaining, that does not depend on NGOs to fund their conservation projects. To us it is tremendously sad that our efforts do not only go unappreciated by (luckily, few) visitors, but are completely and utterly misunderstood. We pour our lifeblood into the protection of wildlife, every day, and need to give feedback to someone who does not have the courage to speak to us directly, but preferably and quite comfortably sits behind their screen. You go so far as accusing us of putting profit before the welfare of our animals, this is appalling and it is the furthest from the truth. If you manage to find other places that have a more sustainable and efficient conservation strategy, and manage to give back as much as we do, please do let us know. We have successfully managed this reserve within our family for over 40 years, and only to the benefit of all its animals and communities. On our guide: apologies if he did not offer the service he was trained to give. We will follow up, because smoking is definitely prohibited.
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Johan S wrote a review Apr 2022
Swakopmund, Namibia1 contribution
Rooms are big, really big. Staff are friendly and the overall experience a pleasant one. The place can however do with an improved wine list. I recommend brining your own, there's not a decent bottle of red on the menu and the variety of white wine on offer is not much better.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Fredi80 wrote a review Apr 2022
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The stay was great - as the place is great. The staff is very friendly and supporting where necessary - and food is really good. On the other hand though, for this price range we expected a well organized place. From the start everything was chaotic - starting with our room booking not being in the system (glad we had printed proof) as well as other room related topics. Everybody always made an effort to find solutions, but organization in general can be improved for the sake of customer satisfaction. Another point to criticize is that we had to pay full price for all activities for our kids (being 5/8 yrs old). Anyway in the cars then we had to take the little one on our lap....so as a recommendation for fairness, I would recommend to rethink the price structure for activities on kids. All in all: a really nice and pretty place, great animals and tasty food.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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$221 - $255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NamibiaOtjozondjupa RegionKalkfeld
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Etjo Safari Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Mount Etjo Safari Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Dinosaur Tracks - National Monument NAMIBIA (3.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Afrikaans.
Is Mount Etjo Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.